If speculation could convict, it might be that Raymond Clark would already be sentenced in the death of Annie Le.
Fortunately that's not the case in our society, but there's plenty in Clark's past that, while proves nothing, certainly doesn't vindicate him either. In the days since the discovery of Le's body at a Yale laboratory Sunday, September 13th, Clark is the only person arrested. The Hartford Courant reports, Yale security records indicate that Clark would have been the last person to see Le alive. Security swipe card readings suggest that Clark entered a laboratory a short time after Le had entered; Le's card was never swiped again. Clark's card was later used to gain entry to the room where Le's body was eventually found.
But with so much still unproved legally about the death of the 24-year-old Le, the path of public curiosity is taking its usual path, through the suspect's long-term history. Here's part of what it includes:
According to a New York Post report, in September 2003 police were called to Branford High School, to investigate an altercation between Clark and his girlfriend. A detective noted that the girlfriend was trying to break up with Clark, but Clark didn't want the relationship to end. The same detective reported that Clark had vandalized the girl's locker. At the time, the girlfriend told police she and Clark had had a sexual relationship and that at least on one occasion he had forced sex upon her. That claim never resulted in a charge. The New Haven Independent reports, in recent days the same young woman has posted on her Facebook page, apparently in reference to the Le case, "I feel like I'm 16 all over again."
In addition to participating in track, football, and baseball at Branford High, Clark -- who is white -- was a member of the school's Asian Awareness Club. Le was of Vietnamese descent.
In contrast, another of Clark's high school mates, who talked with Fox 61, described him as having been sweet, saying she was "shell-shocked" by the news that he was a person of interest. Another former Branford High student who played baseball with Clark told the Yale Daily News Clark was generally personable -- he always greeted acquaintances on campus -- and that he had a good sense of humor. Yet another remarked that Clark was "good-looking" and had a number of friends.
But there were also opinions that Clark might have seemed distant and aloof to those who did not know him well, and that he was quiet.
Now that Clark has been apprehended and charged, it's anyone's guess how much if any of the suspect's past will be mentioned, let alone admitted, in a court of law. However, the court of public opinion -- as is dictated by human nature -- is already in session.
Looking Into Clark's Past
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