O.K., so far, here is what we know. 29 year old April Holmes of Houston got into an argument with her husband Donald Wesley Holmes, also 29. According to neighbors, she ran into him, as he was standing, with her car, and then in a style reminiscent of fellow Houston murderess Clara Harris, ran over him several more times to make sure he was good and dead.
You might think I want to do an analysis of violent women- or point this out to feminists who are always saying men are the problem.
Instead, since the event is fresh as of today, September 7th, 2010, I want to post this article as the beginning of the very first A Voice for Men Countdown to the Big Excuse Event.
I want to time this one, and readers are welcome to start a pool, to see just how long it takes before her attorney, or the media, or some politician comes out with some reason for us to believe that she is not just another murdering bitch, but how she was driven to it from abuse, mental illness, being on her period, or as a response to 3,000,000 years of patriarchal oppression.
People in the comments at The Houston Chronicle have already beat the mainstream to it with claims that she must have been provoked by the track marked husband. One even commented, with cloying empathy, “she has the saddest eyes I have ever seen.”
Really, these people don’t count. We all know the average reader ingesting mainstream media news is brainwashed beyond hope.
My interest is in establishing and refining what I call the Gender Excuse Time Index- or how long it takes after death is pronounced before the real push for public sympathy comes out on behalf of the female killer. I think Andrea Yates (also of Houston) has the record so far, but I will have to do some research.
I am guessing in this case it will be 96 hours (or less) before one or more soundbites about how she was the real victim -not the dead and mangled husband- will be delivered to a desperate and impatient public from a high profile source.
Do I hear 72 hours? 48?