By Marc Klaas
As the Olympic Torch passed through San Jose yesterday, it is appropriate that the jury and the killer chose this day to view the crime scenes. The juxtaposition of symbolism is incongruous. The best and the worst representations of our culture should not be in the same place at the same time. The three hour bus trip resembled a funeral procession as the jury, escorted by red lighted squad cars and the killer in a heavily guarded, tinted windowed van, traveled north to Petaluma.
Prosecutor Greg Jacobs felt that the jury needed to visit Polly's home, Pythian Road and Cloverdale to get a real sense of the locations, distances and timelines involved in the trial. The killer exercised his constitutional right to accompany the procession, and revisit his darkest hours.
Finally the jury will understand first hand the absurdity of the killer's claim that he was sightseeing on Pythian Road, and that Polly waited patiently for thirty minutes after the Sheriff Deputies ran him off of Dana Jaffee's property. Perhaps they will have a better understanding of the terror Polly experienced in the very real clutches of this cold blooded predator. I certainly hope so. This scenario plays itself out as a constant loop in my consciousness, just as it was a typical experience in the barbaric pattern of this killers miserable existence.
Unfortunately, the jury is not allowed to visit Polly's final resting place. A poinsettia plant, left by an FBI agent out of respect for Polly's plight, inspired a stream of remembrances for my little girl. With helicopters beating overhead, the jury will drive by the Cloverdale sight that no longer resembles the desolate, toxic location where the killer offhandedly dumped Polly's remains after satisfying his blood lust. The residents of this rural community lovingly care for the often visited memorial created to honor the twelve year old who will change the world.
Davis is dancing naked on the table, and his options are rapidly disappearing. He is exposed, and his judges have finally visited the devil's playground.
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