The Vulture Queen

November 13, 2006

I knew it was only a matter of time before one of the anti-immigrant hysterics on the right swooped down to batten on the shocking murder of actress and filmmaker Adrienne Shelly. Though I’m surprised it took this long to happen, somehow I’m not surprised that the first winger vulture to feast on the body was Michelle Malkin.

Shelly, 40, was a magnetically lovely woman who came to everyone’s attention through independent filmmaker Hal Hartley, who featured her in The Unbelievable Truth and Trust. Since women are not allowed to age in the movie business, Shelly was reinventing herself as a filmmaker and apparently getting some nice buzz from her first project, Waitress. So when she was found hanging by her neck in her office last week, nobody believed she had actually committed suicide. The New York cops went to work and quickly collared a murder suspect — a 19-year-old illegal immigrant from Ecuador. The grim twist was that the teenager did not, as he thought, kill Shelly when he punched her face during their argument; she was simply unconscious. She was actually killed by the hanging the kid set up to make it look like a suicide.

A terrible story. But when an ideologue needs fodder for a column about one of her pet causes, no tragedy is too terrible to exploit, so Malkin goes to work making this tawdry little killer from Ecuador into an emblem of all the bad things that happen because so many dark-skinned people are able to get across the border.

Incidentally, it turns out that the creep who was sending ph0ny anthrax letters to Nancy Pelosi and other left-leaning folk is a conservative who frequents the comment secitons of various Winger web sites.

Since Malkin prefers to judge the left according to the behavior of its freakiest and angriest members, I wonder what she’ll say about this development.

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