It’s said that police are there for our protection but it’s difficult to deny that there are a number of instances where those in power do the complete and utter opposite, sometimes with people paying the ultimate price with their own life. One such instance is the case of Bijan Ebrahimi - a disabled Iranian refugee, living in Bristol, UK. In 2013, Ebrahimi was recording his neighbour, Lee James, as he was drinking on the street. He had intended to use this as evidence that his neighbourhood was the scene of antisocial behaviour. James then kicked down Ebrahimi’s door, claiming that he was a pedophile recording his children. This footage can be viewed here. Lee then called the police, alleging that Ebrahimi was a pedophile; the police arrested Ebrahimi with absolutely no evidence. While in custody, Ebrahimi told them that he was afraid of his neighbour and wanted protection from him as he had been threatening him. They denied him protection and sent him back home after finding nothing on his phone or camera to indicate he was a pedophile, like claimed. As Ebrahiimi was in custody, Lee had been spreading rumours that he was a pedophile and over the next few days, Ebrahami called police a total of 12 times. He was terrified for his life. His desperate pleas were ignored and in the early morning of 14 July, Lee brutally beat Ebrahimi to death before setting him on fire. Neighbours, believing the lies Lee had spread, refused to help him as he was brutally murdered. Ebrahami came to the UK in search of a better life but instead, he was treated like a criminal for a non-existent crime which cost him his dignity and then his life. Lee James was sentenced to life imprisonment.
This puzzle in Silent Hill 2 can be found towards the end of the Labyrinth and is based around people who were hung for crimes they committed. But there is one innocent person in the bunch!
When playing the game one will come across two of the rooms for this puzzle. One room will have nooses hanging and the other room will have corpses hanging with a description of the crime that lead them to being hung. However depending on the difficulty setting of the game, the riddle/ puzzle can become very difficult to figure out; meaning each puzzle varies and it can be irritating trying to figure out which individual is innocent.
When I played the game I had it on the normal setting, which contained a fairly easy puzzle/ riddle. This is the riddle that I got:
“Dead men, dead men, swinging in a tree How many dead men do you see? Tongue turned blue and face gone grey Watch them as they twist and sway
The first one killed the butcher man Then cooked him in the frying pan Served him to his hungry guests And gave them seconds on request
The next one with his smile and sweets Stole poor children off the streets To men who dressed unsavory He sold them into slavery
Breaking into home at night The thief he had a nasty fright Filled his foolish head with ale Woke in the morn in the county jail
The artist with his daunting skill Tried his hand at painting bills But caught in rain he was undone When the ink he’d use did start to run
With promises of great return Taking gold he did not earn Bundled it up out of sight Quietly slipped off into night
Three houses into ashes burned The sheriff with no place to turn Did spy a stranger in his town Locked him up and beat him down
Dead men, dead men, swinging in a tree How many dead men do you see? Six feet long and six men wide Round their necks the noose be tied.”
There’s no denying that the murder of a child is every parent’s worst nightmare, but what if you’re then wrongly accused of that child’s murder? Well that very nightmare happened to James Joseph Richardson, who was wrongly convicted of the murder of seven of his children. On 25 October, 1967, Richardson left his seven children, ranging between two-years-old to 8-years-old in the care of his neighbour, Bessie Reece, as he and his wife, Annie Mae Richardson, went to work for the day. Over the course of the day, all of the children became sick and all were dead by the following morning. An autopsy revealed that the children had been poisoned. An initial search of the Richardson apartment revealed no poison however the following day, a bag of parathion was discovered in the shed behind the apartment - it wasn’t there the previous day, it was noted. Despite the fact that Richardson was a doting father and that there was no reason for him to kill his children, he was arrested and charged with their murders. Cellmates of Richardson claimed that he had confessed to murdering his children and during a time when racial segregation was high, an all-white jury found this evidence enough to convict him, completely disregarding the fact that the children were fed by Reece, not Richardson. He was sentenced to death.
Richardson remained incarcerated for twenty years. Mark Lane, a well-known trial attorney, decided to take matters into his own hands and began to look into the case. It was revealed that Reece had been out on parole at the time of the murders. What for? She murdered her husband with poison. At the time Reece was living with caretakers as she was suffering from Alzheimer’s. She had confessed to the murder of the Richarson children 100+ times to these caretakers. It was also revealed that the cellmates of Richardson had lied about his confession in return for a lighter sentence. Richardson was eventually released in 1989 and filed a lawsuit for his wrongful incarceration, getting just $150,000. Eventually, in 2014, bill HB 227 was signed into law, meaning that wrongfully incarcerated inmates can be granted compensation for time served. It was estimated that Richardson could be awarded up to $1.3 million, however he hasn’t yet received that compensation.
They were both flawed. They were both brave. They both died at the hands of Voldemort in order to save Harry.
James is in the books for 5 or 6 scenes. Snape is a MAJOR character. Snape was friends with Lily. James was her husband. So what if they had a rivalry? Draco and Harry had a rivalry and most of us don’t pick one or the other.
We should be able to look at them completely divorced of one another because they are completely different characters and serve completely different functions narratively.