06-02-2008 10:15 AM
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06-02-2008 11:51 AM
thekoolaidmom wrote:What effect does it have on the search for Kim? The small town hick cop thinks of her as an adult who broke free from the little town and ran off for the bright lights of the big city. He never really put in the time and effort he would have if he'd thought she was in danger. Also, the small town made the number of people who could have seen what happened much smaller than a big city. The potential witness pool was shallow and scattered.
06-02-2008 11:56 AM
And at the same time, the local cops don't have the experience or the resource of a big time police department. In my own town, I can only remember two cases in the past twenty years where high school students went missing, and in both cases they were children of divorced parents who we quickly found out had run to the other parent or to a grandparent they though would treat them better. Our small town police department has never, as far as I know, had to face a situation like this, and I don't know how skilfully they would cope.
What effect does it have on the search for Kim? The small town hick cop thinks of her as an adult who broke free from the little town and ran off for the bright lights of the big city. He never really put in the time and effort he would have if he'd thought she was in danger. Also, the small town made the number of people who could have seen what happened much smaller than a big city. The potential witness pool was shallow and scattered.
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06-02-2008 12:02 PM
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06-02-2008 02:14 PM
KxBurns wrote:What effect does it have on the search for Kim?
06-02-2008 03:06 PM
tHow does the small-town Kingsville setting influence the lives of the characters in Songs for the Missing? I assume it would make it easier on the family to know most people in the small town. I think living in a large city, you would seem helpless, but in a small city or town, you can walk on the street and talk to people asking them when and where they last seen her. But then its the pressure of blame sake. Is she blaming me for my child missing, sort of thing with small towns. Everyone knowing everything about everybody. But in a case like this, I would prefer the small town. I would feel more people are out there looking for her, knowing her and so forth.What effect does it have on the search for Kim?I think I answered this up there!
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06-02-2008 08:57 PM
tWhat effect does it have on the search for Kim?I think I answered this up there!
I agree with you Kiakar, I think living in a small town, where everyone knows everyone, especially if you are raising kids, would at least give you more people who might know something about her that could help and yes, it seems, more people do help look for the missing kids, when its a small town. There are lots of volunteers out, whereas in the city, you may not even know your neighbors and you may just be another news story.
I think too that missing kids in a small town has a bigger affect on the whole community than in a big town. Not that they care more then people in a big city, but because, as stated, you tend to know the people involved and that makes it so much closer to home. Also, in a small town, where maybe there is not a lot of "big" crime, a girl going missing could have everyone worried about their own much more than in a big city where it was "just a news item" about someone you didn't know.
As for the small town cop. Maybe he didn't do all he could but at the same time, given her age, what the found out about her, the time requirements on a missing person, there are some things he just can't do right away. At the same time, I thought there were hints of some things he was doing, that he just couldn't tell them he was and so they thought he was doing nothing. Sometimes the parents have to be left out of the loop initially and any and everyone can be a suspect. Another reason he may not appear to be handling it the best way, or the way they want at least, may be because they are in a small town where this kind of thing just doesn't happen. He is just going by the book till he can make sure that she isn't another small town runaway kid headed for the city, and he needs more expertise. Also, since it is a small town, at least they know someone to go to, to try to get more help.
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06-02-2008 09:13 PM - edited 06-02-2008 09:14 PM
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06-02-2008 10:27 PM
KxBurns wrote:How does the small-town Kingsville setting influence the lives of the characters in Songs for the Missing? What effect does it have on the search for Kim?Can you give some examples of the positives and negatives of the small-town ethos, as experienced by Kim, her family, and her friends?-Karen
Kim wanted to become someone who was not from Kingsville and a private, independent person. She did not hate the town and in another thread I stated how O'Nan pointed out the many things that Kim really did like about the town. Like many small towns everybody knew each other and fixed labels on families and individuals which stuck. Kim like many of her class wanted to leave; but growing up in a small town made it easy to know everyone and every place and feel comfortable and grounded with the knowledge of who and what you were and where you fit into the town's pecking order. In 39 days, that solid grounding would be replaced by the unknown and the rug could be pulled out from beneath her. Sometimes I think Kim felt how much easier it would be to be a big fish in a little pond. Was she going to be able to survive when she ventured beyond this so called safe small town into the big world. Would she lose everything that she had, would she fail without what she knew. Her family was going through the same thing experiencing a sense of loss in advance of her leaving. Everyone was starting to panic. Why leave at all when everything back home is safe: boring as all get out but predictable.
On the first page of the novel, O'Nan said it best. "The sins of the Midwest: flatness, emptiness, a necesary acceptance of the familiar. Where is the romance in being buried alive? In growing old?"
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06-03-2008 07:38 AM
I like the feel of a small town, and having lived in both large and small, I prefer the small. People know each other, and while there may be too much of your life known by your neighbors, they also notice when something is wrong. It seems that life is slower, simpler, and easier in a small town, but who knows how long that will last? Big city crime is moving to rural areas, and our story is just one example of that. The whole town seems to feel the family's pain here.
I think the small town setting hindered the search in the beginning. I'm not sure that the police had the resources or training to deal with a missing person, and so much time had already gone by. They certainly found out how little each of them really knew about Kim and her actions. A big positive was the number of people who came out to search. I also felt a lot of community support for the family. This was not simply another missing child. This was one of their own. I think the community was changed forever.
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