It seems the national news media has discovered the rape case of 14-year old Daisy Coleman a few months too late. The story is, no pun intended, nothing more than a dead pile of ash like the Coleman’s former house, which has been burned down without a distinguishable reason for why it burned down. Regardless, this quiet suburb in the northwest corner of Missouri has the national media descending on the re-opened case, and the Internet connected public up in arms over the dismissal of the case originally.
Anyway, one follow-up article to the one I’ve read recently by the Kansas City Star can be quotes from several citizens of Maryville giving their pure, no-bull thoughts on the case originally and why they think it has been opened up again nearly two years since the saga began. Asking many people around the city will give an article a flair for diversity in opinion, as well as get a perspective from the townspeople who saw the case unfold from the beginning.
Another follow-up I would consider, given the recent claims by the other alleged rape victim Paige Parkhurst, is tell the story of what happened the night of January 8, 2012. Given the new information, a story of what happened can be told through her perspective and possibly fill in the blanks that the public can’t agree on it.
Since it’s been so heavily compared and paralleled to, comparing the Maryville case to the recent Steubenville rape case from last December is another option for a follow-up story. Since Steubenville is still fresh in the public’s mind, a story comparing and contrasting the two cases can point out distinct facts in each case, as well as pointing out where the cases are significantly different. The Maryville victims were younger than the victim of Steubenville, and the perpetrators in Steubenville were also younger than those in the Maryville case.
No matter how this new chapter of this sorrowful saga ends, hopefully this can bring light to the world of small-town politics, shady business in district courts and the alleviation of football culture in high schools across the country.