as stock photo, blog post by John Hoff
On August 8, 2012, somebody commenting on this blog left the following information:
At that time my recent comments function, which works for a while then goes out for months at a time, was WORKING. The comment was left on a random blog posting where there happened to be a hot discussion going at the time. Also, the same comment was posted multiple times, as though the commenter was trying to see his or her comment appear and was frustrated when it didn't pop up or was having some other technical issue.
Based on my experience vetting tens of thousands of comments, I would say my commenter was familiar with social media but not a technical whiz.
Something about the comment...some ineffable quality...made me believe in my heart the commenter was sincere. In fact, I forwarded this information to police and I ended up talking in specific detail to a high-ranking police officer about the comment. I remember well that I was in Indian Head, Maryland on a road trip with my son and I ended up talking to this police officer on a phone while I was doing laundry. Funny, the stuff you remember.
In good faith I forwarded the information to police and talked to police. I also begged on my blog for more information from the commenter. But no more info came my way. I can't even narrow down which "Ronnie Ward" the anonymous comment references, since there is more than one.
I am now going to take things to the next level and post something permanent on the sidebar of my blog hoping for more information to come my way about the tragic shooting of Terrell Mayes.
The reward for information leading to conviction is $60,000. If anybody else besides the original commenter has information about "drunk Ronnie Ward and his bro" which connects somebody to the Mayes shooting, FIRST contact the police and THEN contact this blog.
If, however, you are unwilling to contact the police I will gladly forward any information that comes my way.