Continuing with the various podcasts I enjoy while riding and commuting, allow me to discuss one that is produced very well, but the content can give a sense of frustration and confusion. I am on the fence with this one. I have always said that one of the most fragile areas to our nation is the judicial branch. I am primarily pointing toward the criminal justice system. Note that it is not called the victim’s justice system. It breaks down like this: if you have enough money, you can keep the appellate system tied up for decades with attorneys scouring every little detail (as long as the money keeps flowing in) to see if a judge wrote down the wrong date on a document or a juror, who owns a wrecker company, towed a car for the victim’s uncle 17 years before the crime. If you have enough money, you can get away with murder . . . literally. Yes, the beautiful part of our system is that a person is considered innocent until proven guilty. But there is the rub. When a person is proven guilty, that is only the beginning. Sometimes the victim’s family can spend decades and money they do not have trying to keep the offender behind bars.
The podcast The Orange Tree is exactly that. Two journalism students from the University of Texas started this podcast and waded into the sorted details of Jennifer Cave’s horrific murder. Found in a bathtub in apartment 88 of an on-and-off boyfriend, the body had been decapitated and the hands had been removed. It gets even more complicated. There are other girlfriends, friends, rivals, drugs, a shopping trip to Home Depot, and a run for the boarder. It seems fairly cut and dry . . . but then my eye rolling began; that was my one outlet of frustration. Okay, I did ask questions aloud, a time or two. I am person who believes that common sense is the new super power. It is a rare thing these days.
As parents we all make mistakes. I know there are many places where I would turn back in time and re-do, if I could. No parent is perfect, but then there is the coddling parents of grown adult children. You know to whom I am referring. We see it more and more, these days. Have you heard any of these from the parent of an adult child before?
- Well, his dad didn’t give him a lot of attention when he was little.
- His parents divorced when he was small and well . . .
- No matter what, you have to stand behind your children.
- His friends took him down the wrong path.
- He never seems to catch a break.
- We didn’t have the money when he grew up that a lot of people had.
- Yes, he still lives at home, but the job market is really bad.
- He’s gone through about four cars, but it seems that accidents find him.
- He used drinking and drugs to escape.
You can probably think of more, but get ready for some of that in The Orange Tree. There are times in this podcast when you have a roller coaster of emotions. Sometimes I would even need a break for a day before I could listen again. I had to see through. Not all podcasts are created equal, there are many I have turned off and deleted (I will share those too . . . maybe in one fell swoop). Just give this one a try and let me know what you think.