NYT’s strange, soft profile of the accused killer of Mollie Tibbetts: ‘an attentive father’

NYT’s strange, soft profile of the accused killer of Mollie Tibbetts: ‘an attentive father’
Christian Bahena Rivera (Image: YouTube screen grab)

[Ed. – Maybe the Nobel committee will think of some suitable way to reward him.]

Saturday’s New York Times provided a soft profile of Cristhian Rivera, the accused killer of Iowa woman Mollie Tibbetts: “From Quiet Village in Mexico to a Lonely Furrow in an Iowa Cornfield.” It took nine reporters from across the United States and Mexico to capture this soft-focus portrait (whitewash?) of Rivera, the main reporters being Ann Klein, Mitch Smith, and Miriam Jordan.

Cristhian Bahena Rivera, the Mexican farmworker accused of killing a 20-year-old college student and concealing her body beneath corn leaves, seemed to have built a quiet, productive life in the seven or so years since he slipped across the southwest border and found work in the fields of Iowa.

He tended to dairy cows on a farm owned by a prominent family and returned home each evening to a modest brown trailer along a gravel road outside town.

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But Mr. Bahena Rivera’s quiet demeanor sometimes stood out in jarring ways. A neighbor said he did not always follow the local custom of acknowledging him when Mr. Bahena Rivera drove by in a Chevy Malibu. And, more alarmingly, a woman said he made her uncomfortable with a romantic advance and repeated Facebook messages in the middle of the night.

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