Police on right track

Published 1:17 am Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Sadly, it is the way of the world for us to lose our parents. Hopefully, those we love will make their transition as peacefully as possible.

But when that death is violent, seeking the cliché, “closure,” just doesn’t cut it. We want justice. Not revenge, but justice. That is why the Ironton Police Department should be commended for re-opening the Thelma Mooney murder case.

Mooney was the Ironton woman who was brutally stabbed to death in her home in 2007.

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Police initially arrested her grandson and his wife. His wife was then released and then her grandson was also cleared of the murder charges just about a week before his trial was to begin.

If the police have any strong leads right now, they are rightly keeping quiet. It is important that this case be solved. The family deserves it. Just as the family of the Sureway cab driver William “Bill” Keen, who was killed on the job in 2000, deserves it.

According to a recent report on National Public Radio, there is a higher percentage of unsolved murder cases today than 50 years ago. The statistics are 64.1 percent are solved, compared to 90 percent a half century ago.

With that national stat, the desire and willingness to go the extra mile by the IPD is the right move. When these cases are solved, families will have justice. Everyone will have justice.