Monday, March 09, 2009

Some Tunnel Vision

Barrett's Arrest Raises Question: Why 32 Years Later?
Barrett Charged In 1975 Slaying Of Vanderbilt Student.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The arrest of Jerome Barrett in the Sarah Des Prez case and his accusations of involvement in the Marcia Trimble case have led some to ask: What took so long?

"Quote" “I guess (it’s) what I call tunnel vision,” said retired Metro official Sherman Nickens. “I had an informant tell me that a black Muslim could be involved in this. I do remember going to the mosque on Jefferson Street"

“Case files were kept by individual detectives except what was turned in to Central Records. So there was actually no central database for us to go to,” he said. “We could not bring up cases the way that they can now.”

Barrett's DNA linked him to Des Prez, but it took 32 years to make the connection!!! hummmm