Loving Tara Grant to pieces

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As you will see, this is a twisted bit of news. For those of you who crave more than just a bit, keep checking in with our “What the…?” category. 

See, this is the kind of news story I simply do. not. get.

Man meets woman. Man falls in love with woman. Man marries woman. Man cuts woman into pieces. And thus is a major local news story born, drenched in its own blood and vomit.

Jesus, I am so very sick of all this.

No, it’s not that I don’t think it’s a story. When Stephen Grant killed his wife Tara Grant, leaving parts of her body around the house, I’d say that qualifies as being enough out of the ordinary from your run-of-the-mill murder to merit some news coverage. Sure. OK.

But is this really the only news story in Michigan? I guess I should be used to the fact that local news really is a sad and pitiful joke, but sometimes it’s still hard to just shut up and accept the fact that it really has gotten this bad. In a state with the worst economy in the nation, where Wayne County leads the nation in home foreclosures, it seems to me that we really just don’t have the time to be wasting a full month (so far) obsessing over a murder mystery.

Because when it’s all said and done, what are we left with? One woman was murdered, and one man is probably going to get life imprisonment. The end. I don’t mean to sound cold about all this, and sure I’m sorry about the kids that will be forever traumatized by this whole sick mess, but this isn’t exactly the first time we’ve seen or heard about a murder in Southeastern Michigan. Sad to say, but it’s not what you’d call an exceedingly rare occurrence.

So I guess maybe you’re wondering if maybe since it was the husband that killed the woman, and since the cops found her torso in the garage, that somehow this should be a good enough excuse to warrant all the media madness. OK, so the murderer didn’t just put a gun to the temple of a complete stranger and pull the trigger, he carved up someone he knew.

Right, right. I understand. Now it’s a sexy little murder. Now it’s “Movie of the Week” calibre. Wait a minute…they don’t have Movie of the Week anymore, do they? How long has that been gone anyway? Damn.

Meanwhile, we hear today that Comerica Bank, a Michigan cornerstone business – and anchored in Detroit – has decided to pack it up and move to Texas. http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070307/BUSINESS06/703070318/1019/BUSINESS06

Another major Michigan business in the wind. 

And then there’s the story about Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s plan to try and revitalize six blown out Detroit neighborhoods (http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2007702190371). I have no idea whether his plan has any chance or not, but for the sake of the people in those neighborhoods I damned sure hope so. But whatever goes down with this plan, this is something – just like the Comerica Bank story – that will be affecting one hell of a lot more people and that deserves to be covered Tara Grant-style. But since the news – and not just in Detroit by any stretch – is now entertainment orchestrated by the perverse appetities of the profit pimps, we can pretty much forget about that ever happening. If real news is meat and vegetables, then what we’re all choking on is a surplus of cotton candy.  

Look, if the entirety of Detroit’s – and Wayne County’s – condition were ever covered with the same twisted aggressiveness and bloodthirsty glee that made Tara Grant a household name, perhaps some of us would actually be awakened from our slumber  to take corrective action.  That’s all I’m saying. For now.

Arise, O Zombie Nation.

Those who are (thankfully) not familiar with the Tara Grant story can click on the following Detroit News link:

http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070306/METRO/70305002/1003&template=theme&theme=Metro-TaraLynnGrant 

Those who would like to read something considerably more interesting by the Metro Times (and not just because I’m in full agreement with their POV, check this: http://www.metrotimes.com/editorial/story.asp?id=10266

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~ by Keith A. Owens on March 8, 2007.

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