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‘The Usual Suspects’: Detroit Police Make Arrest in Murder of Synagogue Leader

Posted on | December 14, 2023 | Comments Off on ‘The Usual Suspects’: Detroit Police Make Arrest in Murder of Synagogue Leader

Probably not a Trump voter:

A 28-year-old man was charged with the murder of Detroit synagogue leader Samantha Woll Wednesday after he allegedly broke into her house two months ago, prosecutors said.
Michael Jackson-Bolanos was charged in the stabbing death of Woll after a person of interest was taken into custody Sunday, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym L. Worthy said during a press conference Wednesday.
Jackson-Bolanos, of Detroit, was an apparent stranger to Woll, 40, Worthy said, adding there were “certainly no facts to suggest” it was a hate crime against the Jewish leader.
Instead, the fatal stabbing happened during a break-in, Worthy said. Woll’s front door “was ajar and unlocked, and a significant amount of blood was inside,” the prosecutor said according to the Detroit Free Press.
The suspect allegedly lied to detectives about the theft and attempted theft of cars the same day Woll was found dead outside her home on Oct. 21.
On top of the murder charge, Jackson-Bolanos was also charged with home invasion and lying to a police officer.
“This was an extraordinarily sad and tragic case,” Worthy said.

Because she was murdered just two weeks after the Hamas terrorist attacks in Israel, many at the time were concerned that Woll’s murder was a “hate crime,” even though police immediately emphasized that nothing was known about the motive, and then later ruled out anti-Semitism as a motive. My initial reaction: “However, knowing what we know about Detroit, I’m willing to hazard a tentative guess that the killer was probably not a Trump supporter.” This was a simple deduction. Detroit is a crime-ridden pesthole and, as in most such cities, Biden voters comprise the vast majority of the population. So if police did not immediately suspect Woll’s murder to be motivated by anti-Semitism — if there were no anti-Jewish slurs spray-painted at the scene, etc. — a simple process of elimination would lead one to guess that her killer was an ordinary local criminal. It is therefore not surprising to read this:

Jackson-Bolanos previously spent two years on probation after being convicted of receiving and concealing a stolen motor vehicle in 2019, according to the Michigan Department of Corrections. He also spent four years in prison for a similar offense in 2013.

If the killer had been a MAGA-hat-wearing Republican, this story would be 24/7 on CNN. Under the circumstances, however, we can expect the murder of Samantha Woll to disappear quickly from the news.



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