Stupid Luck and Happenstance, Thread III

Unless the shooter tries for an insanity plea, (and they'd be a fool not to try it), Richie is right. And sometime around 1980, once all the appeals have finished, there will be an update where Richie and Mike will be asked if they wish to attend the execution.



Assuming California still has the death penalty by then. OTL it was struck down, temporarily by People Vs Anderson case of 1972. OTL, it was reinstated shortly afterwards via Proposition 17, but anyone convicted of Murder prior to Prop17 passing had their sentences commuted to life in prison.

P.s. @Peabody-Martini 1971, not 1964
 
In some ways it would have been better if Ritchie had been hit by a carbine round trying to protect the Teacher. The fact that the vest saves Ritchie and allows him to engage the gun man would be a real eye opener for the senior ranks in the LAPD if not the whole American police community. As written, excellently as always, Ritchie's use of the vest is basically inconsequential.
 
Why was that guy in the school anyway? What does he even accomplish by shooting a bunch of students and teachers? Unless he did it for shits and giggles. Or did he do it to make a statement of sorts?
 
Could just be someone who was seriously mentally ill.

Charles Whitman, of University of Texas tower shooting infamy, was mentally unwell (as well as physically in the form of at least one brain tumor that may have been causing the other issues) when he shot and stabbed 15 people in 1966.
 
Could just be someone who was seriously mentally ill.
Silicone chip inside his head switched to overload...

Ritchie and Mike are going to get the highest award that the LAPD has and the fact that they are minorities in an overwhelming white police force is going to played up by both the LAPD in order to recruit more minorities in the force and the press as an additional angle to the story.
It is going to come out that the vest Ritchie wore was a present from a certain German Princess and that is going to garner attention for itself.
This is also going to formalize the creation of SWAT units with Ritchie getting a promotion and the offers to outgoing Special Forces soldiers to join the police.
The neighbors of Ritchie and Lucia are going to look more favorably on having them as neighbors as they may for some reason been a little standoffish to them.
 

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1971? I don't know who it could be then. Unless it's the comeback of the guy who robbed a convenience store in Ohio (or Indiana). Oh yeah, I also forgot about the 1984 San Ysidro McDonald's massacre perpetrated by James Oliver Huberty. It could be him.
 
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Yes that's correct, Boomtown Rats song, they made some very interesting music about difficult subjects. Try listening to Banana Republic, Diamond Smiles & I Never Loved Eva Braun. Then "Sir" Bob Geldof got knighted for the Live Aid concert and was the first rock knight, and from Punk as well.
 
Part 123, Chapter 2066
Chapter Two Thousand Sixty-Six



7th June 1971

Plänterwald, Berlin

The signs on the quay either said Mooring by Permit Only and, Warning, High Security Zone, No Trespassing which meant that the ML Meta was one of the few craft that moored here when she wasn’t across the river, stored in a marina as she had often been over the years. Kiki was thinking about this as she helped Gregor Kirchhoff tie the Meta up to the quay just a stone’s throw from her front door. They had gone to Spandau to retrieve her that morning and Kiki had enjoyed the trip back. She had always found the task of piloting the Meta cathartic, even when she needed to bring her security and Gregor along.

While the rest of the world was looking at recent events in Los Angeles in voyeuristic horror, Kiki only cared about how she was getting her boat back today. Charlotte had asked her about what had happened, mostly because Kiki had visited Los Angeles last year when she had toured America with Benjamin. Of course, she had no insights about what had happened beyond what she had heard on the news. A student who had been expelled from the school a few days earlier had returned and shot up the place in a fit of mindless, incoherent rage that had left ten dead and dozens more injured.

Charlotte, being a Social Worker, had pointed out that there was no way that it was as simple as the American Press was making it sound. Kiki wasn’t so sure. She had seen that form of homicidal rage before in the form of Mithras and his Jacobin followers. The chilling part was that the police had never caught whoever had perpetrated a massacre in Mitte similar to the one that had just happened Los Angeles four years ago. All evidence pointed to it having been one of the Jacobins who had done it, but the trail had gone cold due to the well-executed plan of the perpetrator.

The only conclusion was that for the good of society, some people needed to be locked away from it. The Americans being Americans, they were not satisfied with merely locking someone up. Governor Nixon of California had already announced that he and Attorney General of the State of California were pushing for the maximum penalty under the Law. In this case that would be Death, a practice that Kiki considered completely barbaric. The only aspect of the case that Kiki found remotely interesting was that she recognized that Richard Valenzuela, someone she considered a friend, had been involved somehow.

Retrieving the Meta was something that had proven to be a bit thornier than she had realized because she had inadvertently stepped into the middle of a fairly major political issue. Recently, an article about the Meta had run in a boating magazine, afterwards Kiki had been contacted by two groups with competing philosophies. One was a group of boating enthusiasts who felt that the inland waterways should be opened to more than just commerce. The current regulatory regime was too onerous and created too high a bar for entry. They had been trying to get the Government to create a system in Germany along the lines of what already existed, and worked, in France and the Low Countries. The other was composed of Government Officials from a host of Ministries. Finance, Interior, Economics and Energy, Labor, Environment, just to name the major ones. It was the Government’s position that if it floated and had an engine, it needed to be duly registered, the owner/operator should be licensed and be able to produce the necessary paperwork when asked.

Kiki felt that both sides were correct in turns. She also understood that were far larger questions tied up in the debate. The waterways were a part of the commons. The canals with the locks, dams, and aqueducts that linked together the naturally formed were all maintained at taxpayer expense. So, who had the right to use them? Looking out across the waters of the Spree, Kiki could see a pair of tugboats pushing and towing a number of unpowered barges hauling mounds of something covered in tarps up the river. A Péniche that looked like it was running entirely on ballast was going in the opposite direction. Both were examples of commercial use of the river. There were also a handful of Speedboats or Motor Barges plying the water at any given time. How many of them were being operated by someone breaking the rules for a bit of fun or an escape from everyday life? Kiki remembered that that had been her mindset when she had bought the Meta, the rules had not even been a consideration for her. Fortunately, she hadn’t got caught on that odd trip up the Rhine to the Danube and Prague. Only later had she gotten things straightened out, but she had resources that ordinary people did not have. That was why she had been able to gain certification very swiftly, something that would have taken years for most, if they could have managed it at all.

At that moment, a motorboat came around the bend and Kiki saw that there were men aboard pointing telephoto camera lenses at her. Since the Government was so keen on regulating just who was on the waterways, they could start with them, Kiki thought to herself as she made sure to keep the bulk of the Meta between herself and them.

“Friends of yours Ma’am?” Gregor asked when he saw what Kiki was doing and getting a withering look in return. He had been a pilot driving one of the tugs that ran the barges up and down the rivers for years before he had been referred to Kiki a few months earlier to help her with the Meta and presumably the larger barge that would replace her in the near future. It was clear that he didn’t care who Kiki was, often finding the hoops she had to jump through as a Princess to be a form of dark comedy.

It was one of the reasons she liked working with Gregor.
 
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Mithras and his Jacobin followers. The chilling part was that the police had never caught whoever had perpetrated a massacre in Mitte similar to the one that had just happened Los Angeles four years ago. All evidence pointed to it having been one of the Jacobins who had done it, but the trail had gone cold due to the well-executed plan of the perpetrator.

So I assume that this guy will turn up sometime...
 
This issue of the use of the various waterways in the German Empire is going to be a contentious non-partisan one that cuts across ideological lines and competing interests.
This will also lead to the bigger question is at this point ITTL is there a feeling that there is too much over regulation in everyday life in Germany?
For the commercial barge traffic they would like very limited recreational use of the waterways, for smaller localities that are being bypassed because it is more efficient to ship goods to and from larger markets they are dealing with deteriorating docks and waterfronts the increase recreational use of the waterways is an opportunity to repurpose them to serve a new potentially lucrative market.
From sheer ignorance on my part the solution could ne having the smaller older waterway be used for the most part by recreational boaters and for the larger ones various degrees of mixed use of commercial and recreational traffic.

As for the "Alleged" school.shooter there are studies that for the most part they are Narcissistic Sociopaths with a desire to commit nihilistic acts.
 
In some ways it would have been better if Ritchie had been hit by a carbine round trying to protect the Teacher. The fact that the vest saves Ritchie and allows him to engage the gun man would be a real eye opener for the senior ranks in the LAPD if not the whole American police community. As written, excellently as always, Ritchie's use of the vest is basically inconsequential.
Remember the shots fired at the patrol car hit the drivers side AND came through the windscreen. Ritchie was driving. Chances are that he did get hit but didn't notice at the time due to adrenaline, etc. When Big Mike asked Ritchie if that was why he was wearing the vest, he might have been referring to a 0.30 carbine bullet being lodged in the vest and not, as Ritchie assumed, referring to its ammo carrying capacity. It would also (partly) explain why Mike didn't really argue when Ritchie told him to let him lead.
Charlotte, being a Social Worker, had pointed out that there was no way that it was as simple as the American Press was making it sound. Kiki wasn’t so sure. She had seen that form of homicidal rage before in the form of Mithras and his Jacobin followers. The chilling part was that the police had never caught whoever had perpetrated a massacre in Mitte similar to the one that had just happened Los Angeles four years ago. All evidence pointed to it having been one of the Jacobins who had done it, but the trail had gone cold due to the well-executed plan of the perpetrator.

So I assume that this guy will turn up sometime...
Andreas Baader, come out, come out, wherever you are. Last seen heading for Britain.
 
River boat cruises would be classified as commercial traffic and it would mostly appeal to an older clientele who wants a more controlled experience.
 
River cruises might be a thing in 10 or 20 years. Too expensive at the time to become a mass market.

Been on the Amarican Queen twice and both times far below the average age.

And the thing about cruising on channels never had had the potential for a big political debate. If it has an engine you need a license was never contested in Germany as a philosophy (and anyone complaining from the USA about Germany being overregulated will get read the riot act as the USA is far more regulated in many areas) there was and is that one exception on some waters. No political fuss about it at all.

And the sad thing is that for the rest of the world nowadays it is just one more killing spree in the USA.
 
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