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Category: Zina Linnik


TNT’s editor explains decision to publish Adhahn’s photo

This is a special Lights & Sirens appearance by TNT editor David Zeeck. Here’s what he had to say on his blog today about publishing Terapon Dang Adhahn’s photo in the paper and online:

Since Tuesday the TNT had a photo of the man charged in several rapes of young South Sound girls. But we didn’t decide to print it until late yesterday.

Why wait?

Tacoma police asked us not to print the image while they were out questioning witnesses in other cases linked to the man. They wanted to present half a dozen photos of

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Adhahn was a registered voter – how?

One of the many searches we ran on Terapon Adhahn over the past few days revealed that he has been a registered voter since 2002.

That doesn’t make much sense – Adhahn was a legal permanent resident, according to the immigration folks, but not a U.S. citizen. Plus, he was a convicted sex offender, which should have barred him in another way.

Since it’s the weekend, we can’t call the bureaucrats at the county or the Secretary of State’s office to get a clear answer on this one, but we’re working on it. Meanwhile, I

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Calling jerrygarcia

One of our online readers, who goes by the handle jerrygarcia, raised a question about naming Terapon Adhahn, which we first did in web stories posted yesterday, before Tacoma police formally named Adhahn as a suspect in a news conference a little later.

The answer: high-level editors decided to go ahead with the name, which we had known for several days, because of the previous night’s disclosure that information from Adhahn led to the discovery of Zina Linnik’s body. Up to that point, we had relied on our general standard of not naming people before they are charged

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No announcements on Zina expected today

This is Sean Robinson, pinch-hitting for the Lights and Sirens crew today.

We’re still following developments in the Zina Linnik case, pursuing a a few stray angles. Tacoma Police spokesman Chris Taylor said there won’t be any major announcements today. Five or six detectives are assembling their case for prosecutors. According to chief Don Ramsdell, that work will lead to charges against suspect Terapon Adhahn – but not until next week, perhaps a few days in.

More to come…


Press conference rescheduled for noon

Tacoma police tentatively announced an noon press conference on the Zina Linnik case, but it could be delayed. Police spokesman Mark Fulghum said internal briefings at police headquarters and additional information-gathering could push it back further.