Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Will There Be Justice For Sarah?

See that guy over there to the left?  That's Sean P. McNee, 43, of 182 South Park Street in Willimantic.  Sean is the upstanding citizen who thought it was a good idea to steal what was once a beautiful bronze statute that someone had lovingly put on the grave of Sarah Larned Osgood over 100 years ago and try to sell it to a scrap yard.  In the process Sean, great guy that is, managed to break apart the 450-pound figure of a kneeling woman in flowing robes and completely and totally ruin what was not only a beautiful piece of art but the best part of the Yantic Cemetery here in Norwich.

Sean - in my own humble opinion - is a dirtbag.  A dirtbag of the highest caliber.  Or is that the lowest caliber?  Sean should go to jail and stay there for a good chunk of time for what he did but unfortunately, what with the justice system being what it is these days, I rather doubt that's going to happen.  Perhaps instead we could make him kneel at the grave of Sarah Osgood every single day for a good long time?  I'd be happy to take a shift watching over him.

The details of the crime so far are still sketchy but kudos to the people at the unidentified scrap yard who reported to the Norwich Police that they had part of the statute which our boy Sean there had brought in to sell once he had cut it apart.  An investigation led to an arrest warrant which in turn brought in the "alleged" thief on charges of first-degree larceny, first-degree criminal mischief and desecration of a grave site.  A nice hefty bond of $150,000 was ordered and the "alleged" thief is due in Norwich Superior Court today where I'm hoping the judge raises the bond and throws him into a nice cold cell until his next court date rolls around.  

According to the report in the Norwich Bulletin, the head is still missing from the statute and other arrests are pending so I can only hope that perhaps during the continued course of the investigation that missing piece will turn up and maybe, just maybe, they'll be able to piece Sarah's statute back together again.  I don't know if it's possible but I sure hope so.

The article in the Bulletin didn't allow for reader's comments but a similar story in the New London Day does and it's rather obvious that other people in the area feel the same way that I do about this horrible crime and would like to see justice served.  First, though, the Norwich Police need to round up Sean's cohort(s) as I rather doubt he was able to remove a 450-pound statute by himself and then - however many of them there are - they need to be dealt with through the criminal justice system also. 

I have to tell you, looking at the desecrated pieces of this once-beautiful monument makes me sick to my stomach and I have to wonder again how people can do such things without having some twinge of conscience or sense of remorse or inkling that what they're doing is about as wrong as it gets?  How do people get to be so cold and uncaring?  I know the economy is bad and that times are tough but times were tough before; when this country went through the Great Depression this same statute knelt at Sarah's grave but no one pried her up, busted her apart, and tried to sell her for scrap then. 

Sean McNee, I hope that you are prosecuted to the highest extent of the law and if by any chance I find out when your next court date is and I don't have to work, I'd be happy to be there to see you - hopefully - get the justice that you so richly deserve.  That's a blog post I would be more than happy to write!

An updated article in the Norwich Bulletin appears here if you'd like to read further. 

*Photo credits to the Norwich Bulletin and the Norwich Police


  1. I am with you in the fact that it makes me sick to my stomach.
    I'm afraid I'm much more vindictive than you in that I hope he is dismantled and sold on the black market for parts, and that the fees garnered for selling his organs help reassemble Sarah.

  2. All I can think of is to cuss... I can't believe that Blankety Blank.. I was there it is something I remember well.... GRRRRR

  3. I agree wholeheartedly with your assessment of this incident, Linda. People who desecrate graves -whether it be by pushing tombstones over or stealing monuments and anything in between -should be given the maximum penalty possible.

  4. Add me to the list of wanting this THIEF to receive as much punishment as can be given him. And make him do public service cleaning up cemeteries. May he be haunted forever.

    I would join you at that trial.


  5. It is events such as this that make me think society is coming unglued and that because there are too many rats in the cage they are starting to eat each other.

    Whatever got left out or beat out of this young man, it is probably too late to alter him. Lock him up and forget where you keep the key.

  6. He's even more of an idiot if he figured he could try to sell pieces of that statue without it being reported since it was so well known in the area that Sarah had been stolen!! No conscience whatsoever. I'm so glad the police found him and hopefully they can find his cohorts and give them all the penalty they so richly deserve. I like your idea, of making them kneel in Sarah's place:-) xoxo

  7. honey look at his eyes. he is an addict. he stole it to sell for drug money. if he goes to jail it might save his life. or not. this kind of thing hurts me to the bone. i am torn between anger and fear and pity.

    hugs, bee

  8. My guess is he's a druggie - they just don't care who they hurt to get money to feed their addiction. If he's not a druggie he's the worst kind of scumbag!

  9. No pity from me, Ms Bee. I think whether he's an addict or not he should be punished to the full extent of the law. To desecrate a grave is just an unforgivable act IMHO.

  10. Dirt bag? You are being too kind Linda. Where I live these kinds are a dime a dozen. You are aware of the fact I live in the meth capital of the world. Useless, worthless humans if you ask me. They would kill their own families for their next fix and they certainly steal anything and everything. I've no use for them whatsoever.

    Have a terrific day. Big hug. :)

  11. He is the scum of the Earth for sure.

    How anyone could desecrate a gravesite is beyond me.

    thanks for updating us on this crime. No doubt there are at least 2 more arrests to be made.

  12. Good to hear he was caught, although I doubt justice will be served. Hope the statue can be restored. Keep us informed, Linda.

  13. As my mom used to say "I'd call him an asshole but even assholes have a use". I'm with Mo, disassemble him and sell the parts...altho they're probably useless, diseased and ruined.

  14. Anonymous9:34 PM EST

    Oh my goodness.

    I'm with Bee. Anger, sickness, and frustration. (don't quite know about pity, just yet...)

    I don't know if this man is an addict. I don't know his motives, but I do know that he deserves a punishment to fit the crime...not exactly eternal damnation / decimation / dissaembling / and disregarding.

    I do hope that our legal system will work as it should, blindly and fairly...although that is asking a LOT nowadays.

    After all, it seems like we dish out harsher punishements for cruelty to animals than cruelty to humans, so things are quite topsy turvey, you know.

  15. I'm glad they found her but it's so, so sad that she's dismantled! What a creep.


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