Thursday, September 17, 2009

Scared Workless

Like most people who sit in front of a computer all day, we at WG have been following the murder case of Yale graduate student Annie Le closely (pictured on the right). How could someone stuff her into a wall and not expect to be caught? Who was the murderer? And the question that has really been bothering us, what was the motive?

According to New Haven Police Chief, James Lewis, the grad student's death was one that resulted from workplace violence. "It is important to note that this is not about urban crime, university crime, domestic crime but an issue of workplace violence, which is becoming a growing concern around the country," Lewis said during a news conference today.

The suspect in the case is a lab technician named Raymond Clark III that worked in the same building as Le on campus. Numerous news reports say he served in a custodial role at the university campus overseeing the lab mice that Le worked with while pursuing her doctoral degree.

Just in case you don't know the details - Clark has been charged in the death of the 24-year-old Annie Le, who disappeared on September 8th. Her body was discovered five days later (on what was supposed to be her wedding day!). The body was found stuffed into a utility compartment behind a wall in the basement of the research building where she and Clark both worked.

Various news reports are now painting a portrait of Clark that depicts an angry employee who gave workers a hard time for not handling the lab mice or lab tools correctly. In fact, ABC News reported that Clark sent a text message to Le the day she disappeared requesting that they meet to discuss the cleanliness of the mouse cages she had been using. [ABC News]

As details still emerge, the talk of workplace violence has begun circulating. An American human resources firm stated that office suicides jumped 28% in 2008 from the previous year, which many attribute to the recession. [National Post]

According to the United States Department of Labor, violence in the workplace is "a serious safety and health issue" that in its most extreme form leads to homicide. Homicide is the 4th leading cause of fatal occupational injury and in 2005, there were 564 workplace homicides out a total of 5,702 workplace injuries.

13 comments:

Psych Babbler said...

I was willing to bet that it was a crime of passion...he was infatuated by her and she wasn't...hence the result. Guess I was wrong. Did not know about the workplace violence bit. Thanks for enlightening us! :)

amillionmilesfromeverywhere said...

That's super scary. You just never know when a completely normal person (or supposedly normal) is gonna snap. And it's really no surprise that it could happen in the workplace, where tensions and stress can run high.

Akirah said...

This is so sad. Every time I think about it, all I can do is shake my head. I can't even imagine what how her fiancee feels. I hope that they are able to convict the right person for this and bring that person to justice!

Sarah said...

This is such a sad thing for a bright student.

Christin said...

This is just a sad story! She seemed so happy and was about to get married! I hope they catch/caught the right person and they receive a really harsh sentence.

Lisette said...

This story gives me the creeps and makes me so sad. Her poor little fiance.

Lisa said...

This story is so sad, horrible, and disturbing. Scary about the workplace violence thing-- I think that is something that often gets overlooked. Let's hope justice is served!

bruce jones said...

fry his ass..

Jessie said...

yes this is incredibly sad. it's been haunting me all week since i live about 45 minutes from Yale. it's so sad to know sick people like that can get away with such horrible crimes. even if they are caught they still got away with it because she is still dead.

Melanie's Randomness said...

Woa I had no idea of those statistics. Poor girl, that's such a shame.

Constructive Attitude said...

I cant believe they found her on her wedding day. that is SOOOOOOOOOOO sad.

But why did they say that this lab tech guy did it? i dont understand.

whatitfeelslike4agrrl said...

I think this news event is really telling of the times we are living in. It is so important to have a job you enjoy. It sounds like this guy didn't enjoy his job too much or at least the people he worked with, which in the end can be very stressful. Also, this story tells us that we must always be aware of our surroundings, even familiar ones.

I believe its a sad story all around and I hope that God heals this poor woman's fiance's heart and her family as well. I also pray for the perpetrator as in these stories all parties involved do become hurt and loose something is some way or another, which should evoke all our sympathy.

E said...

Like you I have also been reading the news about this case. It is very sad and like you I wonder what was his motive? I feel so bad for her family and friends. And the statistics you included surprised me a little. Wow. Thanks for the great post!