October 29, 2002

WHERE SERIAL KILLERS UNWIND: Somebody sent me another story on this yesterday, but I couldn’t post it because of the server outage. Now the story’s in the New York Times — about the bar in Bellingham where serial killers hang out. Weird.

Since it’s extremely unlikely that there’s much more than coincidence here, this is a useful warning that, though Occam’s Razor is a handy tool, strange things do happen for no reason. Or almost no reason. The story suggests that the bar’s problem may be that its patrons are too nice:

Despite the guest list, people who drink at the Waterfront described themselves as warm, well-adjusted. Perhaps it was their accepting attitude, they surmised, that let so many notorious characters feel welcome.

Go figure.