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Why I am interested in the Gricar Case.

Occasionally, people have asked me why I'm interested in the Gricar case.  There is not a single answer, but several.

I could say, "I love a mystery," but I don't to any great extent.  There are the unsolved murders of Jonbenet Ramsey, Chandra Levy, and the disappearance of Natalee Holloway. I'm not too interested.  Frankly, I've never been to Boulder, CO, Aruba, and except to stop for gas on my way Alexandria, I have not been to Washington, DC since my senior trip.

There are local mysteries, well local to most of you reading this.  There were the disappearances of Brenda Condon and Cindy Song, and the murder of Betsy Aardsma.  I must admit these interest me a bit more, but still not a lot.  Ms. Aardsma was murdered when I was about seven or eight.  It was the stuff of legend when I was there.  I've never had the connection with either Ms. Condon or Ms. Song.  I do have a connection with Ray Gricar.

I lived within ten miles of Johnstown, PA for about 25 years.  During that time, I held several local governmental posts, elected and appointed.  I was politically active, helping other people run for office.  I admire people who serve and serve well.  Mr. Gricar served well.  In a 33 year public legal career, he had a grant total of one sanction raised against his office. He certainly could have made more money practicing as a defense attorney or in civil law, but he made his choice.

I have that connection with Mr. Gricar; he served and so have I.  My service was never at the level of his, nor as long, but I respect the people that serve.  It is the combination of geography (I know the area) and his service that attracted me.  I became frustrated with the seeming lack of progress and began asking questions.  I'm still doing it.

So, I am interested in what happened to Mr. Gricar.  Why is that?  About a year ago, and old friend, who also held office, asked me that question.  My answer was, "If Mr. Gricar was murdered because of his public service, a few years ago, it could have been me, or you."  It is that possibility, a real possibility, in my opinion, that keeps me asking questions.  That is why I am here.