Criminal Law, Evidence, Murder, Soering, True Crime

Söring Snubs ‘The New Yorker’

As I’ve observed before, Team Söring’s only response to the fresh scrutiny of his claims so far was to create a new page on his website called “The Story” (Die Geschichte). Söring, or whoever manages his personal media presence, even announced it on his Facebook feed:

You can see it here. Note that it calls the website “Reports on the Haysom-Söring Case”. Elizabeth Haysom, as usual, is shoved into the driver’s seat, although she now lives under a different name and avoids publicity.

As I’ve said, there are gaps in “The Story”. No links to any of my articles or to the Wright report, of course. More interesting is the fact there’s no link to the 90-minute-long softball interview with famous talk show host Markus Lanz, broadcast in May 2020. Also no links to the fawning  feature on Jens Söring from the German private broadcaster ProSieben.

That’s because the Lanz interview and the ProSieben feature have been scrubbed from the Internet after complaints and criticism. ProSieben had the professionalism to explain why they had removed the feature (it didn’t live up to their “journalistic standards’). Lanz didn’t.

But wait, there are other gaps in “The Story” on Söring’s website: What about the New Yorker articles?

The New Yorker is one of the most famous English-language newsmagazines in the world. Its Wikipedia entry, which is available in 45 languages, notes: “The New Yorker has a wide audience outside New York and is read internationally.” It’s renowned for its investigative journalism, which has nudged history a few times. It claims the most remorseless fact-checking staff in all of journalism; American journalists who’ve written for the New Yorker were prodded for months to verify every allegation, no matter how (seemingly) trivial.

New Yorker staff writer Nathan Heller investigated Söring’s case and wrote three (!) articles about the case: ‘Blood Ties‘ (2015), ‘The Double-Murder Case That Still Haunts Me‘ (2017), and ‘A New Chapter in a Double-Murder Case‘ (2019). None appears on Söring’s website. Fancy that: One of the most renowned newsmagazines in the English-speaking world devotes three articles to your case, and you don’t even cite one of them.

Why?

Well, problem was that Heller was doing journalism. He wasn’t interested in merely transcribing Team Söring’s innocence claims. He treated Söring’s statements and witnesses like Tony Buchanan with journalistic distance. This did Tony Buchanan no favors:

“Now, first things first,” [Buchanan] said crisply. “Let’s see some identification.” I fished around in pockets and came up with a business card. Buchanan scrutinized it for a long time. Then he reached into the back of his pants and drew a semiautomatic gun.

“You understand,” he said. “This is because I don’t know who you really are.”

Heller also noted the echo-chamber within which Söring and his supporters operated:

It should be noted that both men [Chuck Reid and Chip Harding] became involved through the initiative and the coöperation of Soering’s associates, who maintain an impressive catalogue of documents and living sources and helpfully mete them out to anyone on the scent. Soering, who likes to anticipate everything, tended to grow distraught when my reporting carried me into less known territory. Both of the letters by Reid and Rosenfeld draw on Soering’s approved library of information, and hew to its broad contours.

Söring was outraged that the New Yorker articles didn’t parrot Team Söring’s line, and complained to its editors. They stuck to their guns.

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