[News: The I-35 Killer]
[The news cycle is constantly refreshing itself, and even the big stories usually fade to the background of public consciousness after a few days. Last summer, one such story was that of the I-35 Killer, James Walker Simms, convicted of the kidnap, rape, and murder of nine different teenage boys along a stretch of Interstate Highway 35 in Iowa. Viewers were briefly fascinated by the story of how he'd been apprehended by two of his would-be victims, but following a brief open-and-shut-case trial, the public, as usual, forgot.
The story briefly resurfaces this weekend, getting a couple minutes' airtime, every couple hours on the cable news networks, for a couple days, accompanied by stories on their websites: Simms' appeal of his conviction has been denied. It's a non-story to most: old news, nothing to see here folks. He's not getting out of prison. He won't be stalking the highways and byways of the Upper Midwest to snatch your boys away anytime soon. One station has a 30-second, where-are-they-now type sound bite from one of the boys who helped capture the killer.
The one who can be reached, that is.]
warning: story contains mentions of sexual assault