In the news business, we hear these words quite often- “death by a thousand cuts”. And while we’re all dying, we hear all the time about stories we don’t see. And it’s a lot of work to get to the bottom of those news stories. The truth is, we hear these words and then we get to work on them. We have to figure out what we saw.
For this reason, it’s important to do proper search research to figure out what you actually saw. When you read the news, do you really see the person you’re reading about? Not everyone sees the same stuff at the same time. In fact, while some people don’t notice particular details, others do.
If you’re not careful, your entire life could be made up of these news stories. For example, if you see someone who is pregnant and you don’t notice it, that might be a story you won’t remember. Or if you see someone whose face is covered with blood and you don’t notice it, that might be a story you’ll have to go back and re-read.
If you’re reading about someone who has a baby, then you don’t have any idea what they’re talking about. If you see someone who has a baby and you don’t have any idea, that might be a story you don’t recall.
Rickey Stokes has a pretty good memory for facts. Which is good since you’re not reading about babies, you’re reading about Rickey Stokes. Rickey Stokes is a celebrity in the news because he was convicted of murdering his wife, and his conviction was the subject of numerous news stories in the months leading up to his sentencing. Which is great because in the past couple weeks we’ve seen a ton of news stories about Rickey Stokes.
Stokes is a bit of a legend in the news. Just before his sentencing, one of the headlines read, “A man convicted of murdering his wife was sentenced to life in prison.” The story was about the case of James Stokes, a former Navy reservist who was convicted of murdering his wife, their child, and a neighbor. His wife, Lila, had a history of depression and was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.
We’ll never know whether or not there was a “death rate” or something like that, but in the end, we’ll know that this guy, Stokes, has been accused of murdering his wife.
Stokes was found guilty on two counts of first-degree murder, and two counts of aggravated assault. The trial was over in two-and-a-half hours, and it was just as brutal as you’d expect it to be. Stokes took off for the door when the trial started, which is pretty obvious if you read the headlines.
You’d think he’d be pissed off by this, but he was not. Instead, he was angry at the fact that the jury found him innocent of all charges and the death penalty was off the table. The fact that the jury didn’t convict him didn’t upset him, although it’s hard to think of any possible way he could have felt less guilty after his conviction.