University of Virginia crime update and a look back.


When I was a first year student at the University of Virginia, there was an ominous and bizarre case which became an international sensation – that of Elizabeth Haysom and Jens Soering, who were convicted for killing her parents, Derek and Nancy Haysom, in Lynchburg while Elizabeth and Jens were First Year students at Virginia. It is widely believed that Soering committed the actual murders himself upon the intoxicated and older Haysom couple. Apparently, the very grand Haysoms, descendants of Lady Astor, didn’t approve of Soering as a boyfriend to their daughter, ergo, arousing their ire and hatred. Soering’s defense is that he was clouded by sexual obsession from an older and experience woman. Soering, a German national, now maintains his innocence while proclaiming Haysom acted alone. Haysom, who keeps a blog, maintains Soering is crazy and acted alone. After the murders, when the heat started coming down, they fled to Europe and were eventual caught passing bad checks. They were known around Grounds as creepy, clingy, withdrawn and odd, geeky loners and outsiders who were obsessed with one another and, frankly, thought themselves superior.

Now comes the story of these two gems who kidnapped a guy and held him for 24 hours. What do you think of campus crime that seems unmotivated and senseless? Does this smack of the terror at Virginia Tech or is it about bad eggs in an otherwise good carton?

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