On the evening of December 11, Tessa Majors, a freshman at Barnard College in New York, was fatally attacked by three young boys, all between the ages of 13 and 14, in Morningside Park, just steps away from the campus of Columbia University on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

You might think that if there was one thing that could unite people in our polarized age it would be the murder of an 18-year-old girl. Surely everyone would want to know the exact time the murder occurred. They would want to know where she was, why she was there, and what she had been doing before she arrived there. They would want the murderer or murderers to be caught as quickly as possible, and they would want them to be tried and sentenced accordingly. They might also want to know about what measures were or were not taken to protect the murdered girl by whatever authorities had been entrusted with her care.