Upon finding out about Henry Granju’s death, one of the thoughts that crossed my mind was that this was potentially very bad news for the guys that beat him up to begin with. Not just because the crime became more serious, but also because Mamapundit’s (and her family’s) attention was previously divided between caring for Henry and trying to light a fire under the Knox County Sheriff’s Office’s posterior and soon it will not be as divided. Now there’s nothing left but mourning and justice.
Ms. Granju had complained before about getting the runaround from the investigators because without any statement from the victim there is no victim. After she explained that the victim in this case was incapable of speaking, they basically intimated that there likely would not be an investigation. My initial thought was that crimes like this are probably hard to investigate, but Granju provided names of witnesses and other people to talk to.
There are between 400 and 600 assaults in Knoxville every year and another 400 in Knox County. There are, however, less than thirty murders in the city or the county. It’s maddening that it takes a death to get their attention, but apparently it does. The fact that the deceased was an addict who was in a place he should not have been probably plays a role in their seeming indifference. But one thing we have to keep in mind is that whatever Henry’s mistakes, he paid for them. Those that beat the tar out of him have not.
I’d still imagine that a crime like this is going to be difficult to pinpoint and prove (depending on what exactly Granju was able to give them), but even prior to it being a murder irreparable damage was done. A kid shouldn’t have to actually die or have a blogger for a mother for the police to consider it serious enough to investigate.