BROWNSVILLE, Texas - In the aging, fat files of police departments across the country, they are listed as unsolved crimes. On television, they are referred to as cold cases. Always, they are rife with titillating tidbits of info that lead those poring over the material to craft a worthy conspiracy theory. A bullet hole in the low back of the neck indicating upward flight of the projectile and it's a dwarf doing the shooting. A butchering from behind with a hunting knife and it's the business partner. A dead-on pistol shot in the face and it's the wife unable to come to terms with her man's sexual infidelity.
The case of Arturo Jose Iniguez here has birthed a litany of theories.
They say Iniguez was despondent, but that has been thrown out as if describing the color of his vehicle or his casual, day-off shirt on the day he died, without proof or elaboration.
Some pointed to a comment Iniguez left before his mysterious death.
"We're the middle children of history, man," he wrote in his last days while adding a post to his Facebook page, quoting froma character in the movie, The Fight Club. "No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War's a spiritual war. Our Great Depression is our lives."
But what's become especially grating is D.A. Villalobos and his decision to say little about Iniguez, the death, or the investigation. An autopsy of the young lawyer's body in Mexico revealed traces of an animal sedative in examined tissue. Villalobos accepted the possibility of suicide at first, but then sought a second autopsy to be conducted in this country. Nothing has been said about whether it was undertaken, or about its results.
Much has been made of family privacy, which is laudable, but this was a public servant who died while under the employ of a public entity. Iniguez was not just another ambulance chaser or bribe-provider in town; he was a defender of the public's side of things in court. His having a young wife and 2-year-old child seem at odds with suicide. Villalobos hasn't budged. He has quietly disdained disclosing his findings, odd as that sounds for a prosecutor. Assuaging the public he serves appears not to be his favored path on this particular case. Perhaps he wants the death to simply go away or be added to the slush pile of unsolved crimes. Rumors however, abound, too many of them to let that be Iniguez's legacy.
Villalobos, forever the coy, selective-prosecution D.A. with higher political ambition, owes the public a thorough investigation and complete disclosure of the findings - good or bad for his office or his image.
His is not an unsolved case - or a cold case - at this point.
This is now a sad case, and someone should be held accountable for the shoddy treatment afforded this young man. You'd think a speedy resolution of the manner and reason for his curious death would be uppermost on the minds of those who employed him and knew him...