TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Death, destruction and mass casualties appear to have a track record historically in mid-April; and this year is no different. But, is there a correlation between the events?
Reporters thousands of miles away bring a scene into your TV screen that captivates even reporters in Terre Haute. Friday it's the manhunt for Boston bombers. But, this week over more than a century a similar scene has repeated, for at least 5 events.
All of them involve death in the United States and in some cases mass amounts; and all of them falling on this week of April.
But this year, with the use of technology, a viewer can have these images in the time it takes to click a mouse.
Images not available 18 years ago, this week, when Ted Elbert first covered the Oklahoma City bombing for national news.
"When we were covering the Oklahoma City (bombing) and so on, we went around trying to find anybody who had video and we came away empty," Elbert said.
He would know about the changes in technology. Historically, ted has covered many devastating events on the week of April 14th.
Starting with April 19th 1993 and the Waco Siege where 82 people died, to the carnage at Columbine high school in 1999 on the 20th and Virginia tech's massacre on the 16th in 2007.
There seems to be a pattern or at least we think there is.
"It's human nature and journalistic nature to want to find threads of logic behind things that on the face don't seem to be logical some of that speculation is natural," Indiana State Journalism Professor Lori Henson said.
So it seems it's just a disastrous coincidence; there may not be a logical connection between all the events.
But, you have to wonder if John Wilkes Booth knew he was starting a tragic trend 148 years ago when he shot President Abraham Lincoln on April 14th.
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