'Track you down like dogs'

Dateline: Fri 18 Jan 2008

Vic Ryckaert at the Star has done an outstanding job reporting on the Hovey Street murders. His phone interview with a man who says he witnessed the killings, fled Indy allegedly in fear for his own life, and called Ryckaert from Toledo, added to the drama and gave the Star an exclusive.

To illustrate the power of language, Public Safety Director Scott Newman told WIBC that he believed Sheriff Frank Anderson's tough message helped police bring in, so far, three suspects.

Here was Anderson's message, as reported by Ryckaert:

"Whoever is responsible for this, we're going to track you down like dogs. We're not going to stop until we find you and put you in a cage where you belong."

Anderson also said there was a special place in hell for anyone who would murder babies.

Newman observed that "track you down like dogs" apparently means, to some people in the criminal world, that the target will be shot down on the street. Some of us may have cringed over the force of the words, but apparently, in Newman's opinion, they had the desired effect.

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