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Easily the worst story you’ll read today

May 4, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

PNC Park

Last month an usher from PNC Park was found dead in his car by the side of the road, having apparently died on his way home from a Pirates game. Yesterday, Pittsburgh police filled out the story a little bit, and it’s awful:

Police say they’ve arrested a 17-year-old boy accused of robbing a PNC Park usher and stealing his car after the man pulled over while having a heart attack on his way home from an extra-inning Pittsburgh Pirates game. Police aren’t identifying the suspect because of his age. But they say he approached the car driven by 58-year-old Michael Schacht, who was slumped over and in distress. Police say the boy pulled Schacht out of the car, stole his wallet and then drove off, leaving Schacht on the ground.

Now would be a good time to revist those things we talked about on Monday about tempering our understandable blood lust when punishing atrocities.

  1. RedHeadedBastard - May 4, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    That’s unbelievably horrible. How could someone do that to someone in dire distress? Horrible.

  2. Old Gator - May 4, 2011 at 9:38 AM

    What can you say? This kid sounds like a hardwired sociopath. Why not just sign him up with the Taliban and then take him out with a predator drone.

    • bigxrob - May 4, 2011 at 9:42 AM

      Brilliant idea.

  3. halladaysbicepts - May 4, 2011 at 9:43 AM

    You’re right. This is probably the worst story we will read today, unless another MLB player is caught for DUI.

    • Alex K - May 4, 2011 at 9:49 AM

      Wow, you really got your feelings hurt yesterday.

      Can’t you just own up to the fact your comment was dumb? It happens, most people let it go.

  4. BC - May 4, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    They should just blow a few holes in the kid – maybe let him panic and suffer a little bit first, so start with the legs. Then be done with it. Kid doesn’t deserve to live. That’s atrocious.

    • kcroyal - May 4, 2011 at 11:50 AM

      What a tool you must be. Blow some holes in a 17 year old kid you’ve never met? You don’t even know the freaking story…hell Craig says the kid stole his wallet and took him out of the car then goes on to say he was found dead in his car. It’s pretty obvious none of you know what the hell actually happened….and you want to put holes in a freaking kid. Pathetic.

      • BC - May 4, 2011 at 12:53 PM

        If he robbed the guy and then left him to die, you bet, start blazing away. If the story comes out differently – assuming it ever does come out – then I reserve my right to change my mind.

    • crpls - May 4, 2011 at 1:53 PM

      And your own sociopathy here isn’t atrocious?

  5. cktai - May 4, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    Why is he charged with stealing a car rather then criminally negligent manslaughter?

    • hasbeen5 - May 4, 2011 at 10:31 AM

      How is it criminally negligent? He didn’t run over the guy because he wasn’t paying attention, he pulled him out of his car left him to die.

      • hasbeen5 - May 4, 2011 at 11:22 AM

        Thumbs down, really? I’m asking a serious question. I thought to be criminally negligent would be something where a lack of attention caused a death, more or less an accident that still needs to be punished. This doesn’t sound like it was an accident.

      • cktai - May 4, 2011 at 1:49 PM

        I’m not sure about the American justice system, but in the Netherlands, you can be charged with criminal negligence when you could have saved someone had you acted as was reasonably expected, but failed to do so. In this case calling 911 could have saved the guy he was robbing.

  6. mkd - May 4, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    I’m always amazed at how many people just seem hardwired for murder. The minute we feel like our moral calculus will let us get away with it, we’re all about the kill-frenzy. We should blow a few holes in the kid? Maybe let him panic and suffer? Really? I gotta be honest, I do not think that is a healthy reaction.

    • BC - May 4, 2011 at 10:35 AM

      I’m all for an eye-for-an-eye. Load up the ammo and blaze away.

      • mkd - May 4, 2011 at 11:01 AM

        That’s what freaks me out. The speed with which decent people can just hop over and start advocating torture and murder is terrifying. Beneath the civilized veneer we’re just 6 billion psychopaths begging for a reason.

      • BC - May 4, 2011 at 11:24 AM

        I don’t advocate it for the sake of doing it or doing it just for fun. But to sort of equal things out in severe crimes, sure, go for it. This dude didn’t boost a pack of gum from a 7-11, or even boost a car without harming anybody, he robbed a guy and left him to die. That’s horrible. He deserves some “equaling up”.

      • crpls - May 4, 2011 at 1:57 PM

        I’m not sure if you’re trolling or a sociopath yourself, but if we’re doing eye-for-an-eye for this kid… then he needs his car stolen. Which would probably be less of a punishment than he hopefully gets.

  7. minnesconsin - May 4, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    Craig, I’m confused. if the kid stole his wheels and left the guy on the ground, how was he “found dead in his car by the side of the road?”

  8. professor59 - May 4, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    On whose authority do we know that the man was having a heart attack first? Doesn’t it seem just as likely that he had a heart attack while being carjacked, from the stress?
    If that’s how it went down, then it’s murder.

  9. jkay123 - May 4, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    This is what sidney crosby is doing while getting over his concussion? These 17 year olds are out of control.

    • tk1966 - May 4, 2011 at 1:15 PM

      Wow, what a stupid comment.

  10. bklynbaseball - May 4, 2011 at 12:42 PM

    For those of you whose reading comprehension skills seem to be failing you, please re-read the blog. It would appear that the INITIAL reports of this gentleman being found dead in his car have been clarified by the more recent “filling in the details” report which includes the carjacking youth. Like Craig said, try taking a few deep breaths before assaulting the keyboard next time.

  11. bklynbaseball - May 4, 2011 at 12:43 PM

    And yes, this is probably the worst story…….

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