The investigators’ initial interview tapes with Alfonso Rodriguez have been released. The Forum posted the audio files online if you want to listen to them. I assume that folks in this area know that name all too well, but for those of you who don’t know who Rodriguez is – he is the man convicted of kidnapping and murdering Dru Sjodin.
I personally can’t even stand the sight of the man…I’ll be damned if I spend even a tenth of a second listening to him. His actions have already spoken volumes. He kidnapped and murdered a 22 year old girl…a 22 year old local girl. Dru’s disappearance, the subsequent search for her, and the ultimate discovery of her body was national news for many months.
I never met Dru, but like so many others who came to know of her disappearance, I came to know Dru through the eyes of her family and friends. She was a beautiful, vibrant, and loving young woman. The notion that her life could be snuffed out at the whim of someone like Rodriguez is so vile that I literally become nauseous thinking about it.
I personally consider myself to be fairly non-violent, however the thought of what Dru went through at the hands of Rodriguez make me literally want to beat the man to death with my bare hands. This murder strikes a chord with the remote fear that sits at the center of every parent’s heart – the fear that a bad person with no regard for human life could come along and hurt their child.
So I won’t spend a moment listening to the words of Rodriguez. I am much more concerned with Dru’s Voice - the voice that was snuffed out by Rodriguez. It has been 8 1/2 years since Dru’s disappearance…8 1/2 years that her family and friends have been without her…8 1/2 years of living with the knowledge of what Rodriguez did to her. I cannot begin to imagine how difficult these years have been for them.
So listen if you will to these early interviews with Rodriguez, but remember the deafening silence in the room belongs to the young, beautiful soul whose life he so callously took.
Day nine hundred and fifty-four of the new forty – obla di obla da