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'Vigilante Justice,' Menendez Trial

January 23, 1994

* I find it incomprehensible that jurors possessed of IQs above room temperature can believe that Erik would confess the killings to a therapist and not at the same time blurt out the alleged child abuse which drove him to homicide (Jan. 14). Of course this hardly explains why he also decided to kill the eyewitness while he was at it. She happened to be his mother.

The real tragedy is not that the taxpayers have been soaked for yet another farce of a trial or even that another killer may someday go free. The real tragedy is that our public schools produce "educated" citizens with such confused values and deficient abilities to analyze and process conflicting information that they would believe the highly predictable and clearly concocted alibis of a desperate killer able to afford high-priced legal talent and imaginative "expert" witnesses.

R. D. KIRWAN

Los Angeles

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