Category Archives: True Crime Apologies

Daddy Turner Overdrive

You all know Brock Turner? Convicted three-count felon? Stanford swimmer? Recipient of an astonishing, articulate and heart-rending victim impact letter, read aloud in court by the woman he sexually assaulted? Dude who could have gotten 14 years in prison but was … Continue reading

Posted in Apologies and the Law, Bad Apologies, Bropology, Judicial Apologies, True Crime Apologies | Tagged , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Who knew, guru?

On Christmas, my non-SorryWatch-non-Sumac colleague Mark Oppenheimer published a piece in the New York Times about a New Age spiritual leader named Marc Gafni. Gafni advises such luminaries as John Mackey (of Whole Foods), John Gray (of Men Are From Mars, … Continue reading

Posted in Business Apologies, Non-apologies, Religious Apologies, True Crime Apologies | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

I back-dated my license to kill, was that not okay?

There’s this host of an Outdoor Channel show, who also does shooting tips for a shotgun company. While on a bear-hunting trip for the show, the star messed up in a big way, shot too many bears, and cooked up … Continue reading

Posted in Animals and Apologies, True Crime Apologies | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

At last

Hugo Solano was killed by a violent teenager. Left behind were his wife Ana Solano and their two children. When the teenager, Juan Martin Garcia, was on trial Ana Solano was asked what sentence she thought he should get.

Posted in Accepting apologies, Belated Apologies, Good apologies, True Crime Apologies | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

If you really want to be helpful, don’t let the twins moon the judge

It’s possible to be harmed by peanuts even if you don’t have a peanut allergy. In 2009 a widespread salmonella outbreak was traced back to the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA). Hundreds of people got sick when they ate tainted … Continue reading

Posted in Bad Apologies, Corporate Apologies, True Crime Apologies | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Is there any act too horrible for a Tshirt thief?

Joseph Sledge stole some T-shirts from a department store. Shoplifting. Is a crime. In middle school, high school, and college, I knew kids who shoplifted. Naming no names. Little did we realize how that leads to a lifetime of suffering. … Continue reading

Posted in Apologies and the Law, Belated Apologies, Performative Utterance, True Crime Apologies | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Thieves sorry they can’t spell

At Valle Verde Children’s Center, a day care center at Valle Verde Elementary School, the staff came in on a Monday morning and found their three rabbits were missing. The rabbits had been in a secure hutch, and the hutch … Continue reading

Posted in True Crime Apologies, Youth apologizes | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

He can’t even

We weren’t eager to cover Dzhokar Tsarnaev’s apology. The crime – the Boston Marathon bombing – was so terrible. We’re both against capital punishment. The whole business makes us queasy. But it seemed important to look at it. How can … Continue reading

Posted in Bad Apologies, Religious Apologies, True Crime Apologies | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Now that he knows…

This story starts very badly, but gets better. A young man raped a girl in 1997. He was 22, a veteran, sleeping on the floor at someone’s house in Calgary, Alberta. So was a 13-year-old girl at a sleepover. He … Continue reading

Posted in Accepting apologies, Belated Apologies, True Crime Apologies | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

There are no words. Apparently. Just Blam! Blam! Blam! Blam! Blam!

In April 2012, as Steve and Paula Alarcon were sleeping, someone fired five shots through the bedroom window, hitting them in the legs. Steve Alarcon wasn’t able to walk for months. Paula Alarcon did better, once the risk of bleeding … Continue reading

Posted in Apologies and the Law, The Mechanics of Apology, True Crime Apologies | Tagged , , , , , , , | 7 Comments