Australia witnessed live on TV and the internet via Twitter a very unique crime which unfortunately starred a Sydney teenager earlier this week.
A device, originally thought to be a bomb with a ransom letter, was allegedly placed around the neck of an 18 year old school girl, Madeleine Pulver, by a balaclava clad man. She was told she could call the police but was limited to what she could say to them.
Eventually, some 10 hours later, with the girl’s parents waiting patiently outside while the world looked on, the drama finished in the early hours of the morning when the device was removed from around her neck and the girl was taken to hospital for a check up. Luckily she was fine, albeit with a bit of a sore neck, and was released the following morning.
During the 10 hour ordeal the girl was reported to be fine and co-operative and was superbly looked after by members of the NSW Police Service.
All’s well that ends well.
Well not quite. As at time of writing, the perpetrator was still at large with no solid leads and no arrest imminent, according to police.
Whoever he is, I bet right now he must be getting a little bit of cabin fever.
How are those four walls looking? I just bet they are closing in on you, inch by inch, day by day. You can’t hide inside forever.
If you are venturing out, when someone looks at you do you think they know who you are? Can you trust your accomplices if you have any? Are you sure they aren’t right now dobbing you in to police.
Is there anyone you can trust?
You went to a lot of work to carry out this crime. Surely you had help. By the sounds of it the device was very well made and made to look like the real thing. Who helped you? Can you trust them to keep your identity a secret?
The area of Sydney you committed this crime in is very affluent with many homes boasting CCTV systems. How many of these homes captured you entering and leaving the street. Has your type of car been identified and police are now going through records of ownership? Or was the car stolen and ditched? How long until the car is found with crucial DNA evidence contained within.
Yet as the days go by and you are not captured, do you start to get a little careless. Do you start boasting about the crime of the century? After all a lot of criminals commit crimes to be famous. Do you want to be famous? Do you want to be known as the bloke who picked on a helpless teenager and had the world watching?
You may think you have committed the crime of the century but when you get a whole nation drawn into it and hoping for the best for this young woman, it also means the police are going to throw plenty of resources into finding you, and you will be found. You’ll let your guard down and pretty soon you’ll see a SWAT team smash down your front door and take you down.
Maybe that is what you want. After all this isn’t the movies. We don’t know whether the ransom note asked for money or not but you must realise you were never going to get it, if that is what you were trying to do.
Nope. Your days are numbered and while you will soon be going to prison, you’re living in a virtual prison now.
Tick, tock, tick, tock. That’s the sound of your last minutes as a free man. They’re coming for you and we’ll have a front row seat when it happens.
Where’s the popcorn?