Sometimes a single story becomes a freeze frame—a stand-in—for other larger issues.
This is the case of murderer Amy Bishop, 44, who gunned down three of her University of Alabama colleagues last Friday during a staff meeting.
The dead include (l-r):
Maria Ragland Davis, Adriel Johnson, and Gopi K. Podila.
Two of three wounded in the attack remain in critical condition.
After the shooting she called her husband and asked him to pick her up as if nothing had happened, said police Huntsville Chief Henry Reyes. She has been charged with capital murder.
A family source said Bishop, a mother of four children - the youngest a third-grade boy - was a far-left political extremist who was “obsessed” with President Obama to the point of being off-putting.
Not unlike the Fort Hood shooter, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, it appears that someone, everyone, have been covering for a lethal individual who has repeatedly demonstrated great instability and murderous intent.
The deadly attack appeared to be triggered by the college denying her tenure.
- In 1986 Bishop shot her brother to death; it was ruled an accident at the time.
- 18-year-old Seth Bishop died of a shotgun blast to the abdomen, the result of her learning to handle the weapon.
- In all, three shots were fired: Braintree police Chief Paul Frazier said she shot once into a wall, then shot her brother, then fired a third time into the ceiling, apparently three “accidental discharges in a row.
- Her mother and father and Bishop all gave police different accounts of what had happened. Read more here.
Police referred the case to the District Attorney Bill Delahunt's office (who had a reputation of being soft on crime); it was ruled an accident, no charges filed.
Authorities are now reviewing the case and have found some of the file contents missing.
And as they say, “but wait there’s more” .
The Boston Globe has reported that Bishop was a suspect in a 1993 mail bomb attempt on a Harvard professor 17 years ago.
Dr. Paul Rosenberg received a package at his Newton, Mass., home containing two pipe bombs. The explosives did not detonate because the box was cut open. No one was ever arrested in the incident.
Bishop, a Harvard medical student at the time, was questioned in the bombing attempt because she was worried about receiving a negative evaluation from Rosenberg on her work.
After being questioned by AFT Bishop told a co-worker about it "… ‘with a smirk on her face’.”
"We knew she had a beef with Paul Rosenberg, the co-worker said. “And we really thought it was a really unbelievable coincidence that he would get those bombs."
Bishop’s family and friends agreed that she demonstrated “not a hit of violence” and “were shocked at the shooting.”
This is what comes of a “non-judgmental” society in which the left, especially insists that judging anyone (except white, male conservatives) is wrong. Major Hasan wasn’t judged… death toll: 14.
Suspicious-acting ragheads on airliners can’t be judged; women can’t be judged, blacks, Mexicans… can’t judge them or your a homophone, racist, sexist; and the death toll mounts.
If there is one thing true of academia, considering that academics do not live in the real world, is that being “non-judgmental” is a religion.
Yet Bishop was considered by some at the university as an “oddball”, “hard to get along with, arrogant” and “brilliant”.
That last trait covers a multitude of sins on campus… especially when the person is a female.
Bishop’s husband even found a way to blame the University of Alabama: “Everybody loves her. And everybody, including myself, we’re shocked. We don’t know what happened. They don’t know what the university did to her.’’
Here is a brief list of some of the “oddball” academics who get away with questionable, belligerent and even violent behavior, but are ignored until it’s time to fill the body bags.
But thank gawd the University was a “gun-free” zone.
One UA student, Gina Hammond, said she lobbied the school trustees to allow students with gun permits to carry their weapons on campus. She was turned down.
“I’m scared to go back to school,” Hammond said. “However, if they were to allow me to carry my pistol on campus, I would not be as scared.
“... I’m sorry that nobody in that room had a pistol to save at least one person’s life.”
Never happen, Gina; campuses are leftist Utopias.