It's a little belated, the days do tend to get away from me, but on December 26, 2003, SII made its debut on the World Wide Web. Needless to say, I certainly didn't think we'd still be at this 8 years later.
What prompted me to put up SII? Well, to make a long story short, I grew tired of the constant talk among those not at all convinced of Scott's guilt that someone should put up a website to counteract all the misinformation out there about Laci's disappearance and Scott's arrest and hearings. I thought to myself, hey, maybe I can do that. I had a small personal site up so I thought I knew enough to put up an information/opinion website. Well, I was partly right, but I gained what knowledge I needed as I went along.
What surprised me most was the sheer hatred and contempt the site would generate. It took me a long while to develop a thick-enough skin to deal with it. I keep reminding myself that words on paper may espouse stronger feelings than the writer actually feels. But mostly I just ignore the hate. Sincere disagreement, however, I welcome.
SII grew much too large to handle, and that is why I opted to use a blog to keep interested readers updated on the case and to bring new information to light. Had I to do over again, I would have used a blog from the beginning for opinions, trial coverage, and updates, and reserved SII for only the objective information, such as court documents, transcripts, and exhibits. But it would take too much effort to divide the content now and I believe SII readers are intelligent enough to tell the difference between a transcript and an opinion article.
Because of SII, I've learned a lot that I would not otherwise have had the need to learn. It's good for the aging soul to have something new to learn on a daily basis. When I was laid off in 2004, suffered a stroke a few months later, and unable to find work for years, working on SII and a few other wrongful convictions gave me something very worthwhile to fill my time and keep my mind engaged. I love my kids and grand-kids, but the mind needs something challenging to keep aging at bay.
Now, back to our regularly scheduled programming . . .