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Saddest story of the year

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by sirvaliantbrown, Mar 9, 2009.

  1. Did you all read Gene Weingarten on parents who accidentally killed their children by leaving them in their cars?


    It's excruciating. Man. To make yourself do 15 of these interviews...
  2. Bullwinkle

    Bullwinkle Member

    Wow, Gene Weingarten is one hell of a writer.
  3. Cubman71

    Cubman71 Guest


    and as a parent of two young children, it hits home even more.
  4. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    It's an interesting story - he didn't get too deep into the pathos and sadness that linger over the story, but actually seemed interested in finding out why and how something like that could happen, instead of just pondering the metaphysical.
    Surprised someone hasn't come up with something to attach to the car seat, (some kind of trigger) that would go off if it was depressed by the baby's weight and the doors locked.
  5. HejiraHenry

    HejiraHenry Well-Known Member

    Stunning, haunting piece of work. Up there with some of the best magazine writing I have read.
  6. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    From the story it sounded like something like that had been created. But liability and salability (who would buy it, thinking they'd need it?) are keeping it away.

    What a story.
  7. 93Devil

    93Devil Well-Known Member

    This scares me to death.

    Lil 93 tends to fall asleep in the car as well...

    I am guessing something could be triggered with the snaps, but God, this terrifies me.
  8. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    That ending absolutely slayed me.
  9. KG

    KG Active Member

    From my years of being a nanny, I still don't get out of my car without looking at the back seat first. Back when I was a nanny, I was constantly checking the back seat while driving (to make sure everyone was in the car, breathing, etc.), even when the kids were not with me. It may seem like a paranoid habit, but if it saves a life, it's worth it.
  10. FileNotFound

    FileNotFound Well-Known Member

    Me too. That is, by far, the best story I wish I had never read.
  11. shockey

    shockey Active Member

    just finished the piece. extraordinary. can't wait for the follow-up. :D :D :D
  12. ADodgen

    ADodgen Member

    I just can't imagine doing those interviews.
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