Tuesday, August 30, 2011

How Our Minds Imagine When We Don't Have All The Facts..........


This photo is a scene from one of my favorite movies called "Twelve Angry Men" .  The story I wanted to talk about today reminded me of a jury I was on once where a lot of my fellow jurors were just trying to imagine what could have happened instead of dealing with the evidence that we DID have.  Which was very little....
A couple of weeks ago we noticed a house that just looked so odd ..with destruction... we just had to imagine what could have possibly happened to it.  The tree in the back yard was all sawed to pieces in a very strange way.  The back porch was all torn up.  The windows were all smashed in.  The garage door was busted in pieces.  There was no sign of smoke damage anywhere that we could see.  At first I thought it was an explosion from a meth house, or just a gas tank or leak somewhere...but that would have left some type of smoke evidence...I thought.  We kept trying to drive by it when we had time and the only thing we could think of was that the home had been foreclosed on and the previous owners went berserk and smashed it to pieces.  I could find nothing about it on the news and thought that in itself was strange because our news media stations are always out searching for a story.  There sure looked like there was a story here.  Finally last night while Bob was at a church meeting, someone that lives in that subdivision told the story about it.   The subdivision entrance was on a hill where it was very difficult to get out of or into safely.  The neighbors complained enough to get the city to try and fix the problem.  The only solution they could come up with was to tear down the house we saw damaged and redo the entrance, so that the entrance would not be on a hill with limited view of oncoming cars.  They allowed a SWAT Team to practice on the house before they tore it down.  It turns out the couple had been trying to sell the house for some time and the city bought it so they were happy.  I can't tell you how happy I was to hear the whole story behind this mystery.  With crime being what it is today I was just really spooked out about this house.  Now we know...it was just the good guys trying to find better ways to catch the bad guys.

6 comments:

The Bug said...

What a great reminder that our imaginations are just that & not real fact. Love this story!

Renie Burghardt said...

Well, I'm glad you found out the real story behind it, and don't have to worry anymore. I think The Bug is right, our imaginations can get carried away.

Hope you're enjoying a nice day today, Brenda.

Rudee said...

Well now, this story has a very interesting ending. Too bad you didn't get to watch the swat team take it down.

Winifred said...

I loved that film too. My experience of being on a jury was a weird one. There was one youngish women who was anti police and was determined not to believe the evidence the police had given. A couple were anti young people and had the young lad guilty before we even discussed the evidence. For me the worst was the older woman who just wanted to go home and didn't care what happened.

Glad the real story wasn't such a tragedy Brenda. You would have made a good scene of crime officer or CSI as you call them looking at the evidence.

Sandy said...

well that is a fascinating story, thanks for sharing Brenda...cool.

bettyjf1 said...

LOL Brenda; it's always good to have a mystery solved.

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