Monday, August 08, 2005

Reasonable doubt, meet a jerk-off


E and I stayed in the Bookhouse Saturday night, which led me to watch 48 Hours. It's a show I usually miss, but this episode was a keeper. It told the story of Sebastian Burns (right) and Atif Rafay, two teenagers who "discovered" the bodies of Rafay's entire family. Those quotes are there because Burns and Rafay were later convicted for the murders. The two confessed to undercover cops posing as the mob (long story), and their best friend testified that they had told him about the crime.

In typical 48 Hours style, the show somehow managed to be thorough and facile at the same time. However, I felt pretty sure that Burns and Rafay were guilty. It wasn't just the evidence or the confessions. It was the fact that Burns, who allegedly wielded the baseball bat in the killings, came off as a totally arrogant psycho killer every time he was in front of the camera.

I know what you are saying: "Hey, appearances can be deceiving. You shouldn't judge someone on their attitude like that." Aw, the hell I shouldn't. Just look at the bastard up there. That''s him delivering a hour-and-a-half long lecture to the court during his sentencing. When the jury declared him guilty, he gave them such a classic "angry psycho" expression I laughed out loud. Burns struck me as an amoral (a word the judge used) semi-intelligent bastard who mistook a slight facility with words for awesome ubermenschian superiority. When convicted, he looked like he thought that he had performed such a perfect crime, the jurors were idiots for convicting him on the evidence. Oh, no, not that he could have messed up.

His condescending tone of voice alone should have gotten him 3-5 years in the joint. And tack on another year for writing a screenplay called The Great Despisers. That is a semi-smart hack title there, Burns. The defense website for the pair doesn't bother to mount a defense of Burns' startling douchiness: for some attacks there are no blocks. However, it clearly helped convict him, as one juror said later that she was terrified of Burns. Might want to keep him off the stand next time.

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