Now, Steve McNair can finally rest in peace.
The exploitative, attention-seeking cop-turned conspiracy theorist named Vincent Hill was recently fully rebuffed by a grand jury investigating his claims. Thank goodness a jury had more respect for McNair than Hill does.
|Steve McNair was laid to rest nearly a year ago, now he can rest in peace. (Getty Images)|
The case was closed and McNair was buried with respect, remembered as a flawed but nonetheless inspirational figure to a number of African-American quarterbacks and others. For a short time, McNair was allowed to have the peace in his death he apparently did not have while living.
Then along came Hill, a former Nashville police officer, peddling a book and a conspiracy theory that Kazemi didn't commit the crime and documenting what he claimed were numerous mistakes by the investigating officers. The grand jury reviewed Hill's claims and concluded there was no evidence to support them.
That hasn't stopped Hill. He self-published Playbook to a Murder and continues pushing it to fellow conspiracy-minded suckers. You too can purchase the book for just $12.99 plus $3 shipping and handling.
On his Facebook page, a taunting Hill describes the book as "sure to enlighten readers of the lies, deceit, treachery and lack of evidence used to classify the murders as a murder-suicide."
Grand juries are apt to believe almost anything, yet they told Hill to take a long walk off a short pier. If Hill's evidence was as convincing as he claims why didn't a group of Hill's peers believe him?
Most of all, Hill's attempt to profit off the death of McNair makes you want to throw up in your mouth.
We haven't seen this type of shameless exploitation since O.J. Simpson's If I Did It.
The McNair case and Hill's views exemplify a major problem with American society today in that the simplest, most plausible explanation isn't good enough for people.
We think there are conspiracies everywhere. There are nutmeg crazies who believe the Sept. 11 attacks were perpetuated by the American government. There are the extremist birthers. The paranoid who believed fluoridation was part of a communist plot to mind control American citizens. There are the people who think Princess Diana was killed by the Royal Family or that the moon landing was filmed in a movie studio in the Mojave desert.
Or Simpson isn't the real killer.
Some believe the military is hiding a fully functional UFO in a bunker deep inside Area 51. Well, OK, that one is true. But the others are total lunacy.
The sports conspiracies are just as insane. Crazies believe that somehow David Stern controls game officials in real time from his New York office. How's he doing that exactly? Borg technology? Marionette strings?
Some jingoists in the American media portrayed the World Cup official who made the horrible call that went against the U.S. as some sort of anti-American zealot when he was just a bad ref.
It's the unique American fascination with conspiracies -- or our gullibility -- that allows trolls like Hill to squirm their way into pseudo-national relevance.
The McNair case is nothing but a tragic story of a secretly flawed man who was unfortunately felled by a psychotic lover. He cheated on his wife and ran into the wrong woman while doing so.
It's that simple. That's it. That is all.
Were there possible police errors in the investigation? Sure, but the McNair conspiracy theories -- like most, if not all, conspiracy theories -- isn't backed by facts, and Hill making money off of his flawed claims destroys any credibility he ever had.
The grand jury clearly felt Hill wasn't believable, which is why it patted him on the head and sent him on his way.
So, now, hopefully McNair can rest in peace.
Let him be. Please.