Haystacking (glossary entry)

I just heard Jay Dyer & Tim Kelly on Our Interesting Times discuss the term “haystacking,” a phenomenon I’d been aware of but didn’t know had a name. It means to kill a bunch of people so it doesn’t look like one of them was targeted & thus throws off the investigation–making it like finding a needle in a haystack–as opposed to a single murder which might point to the culprit. The death of Ron Brown comes to mind or the Lockerbie Bombing. In both cases, there is reason so suspect a single assassination was behind the air disasters. (I myself wonder that about the Germanwings crash.)

Categories: quick hits

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