Arson at Councilwoman’s House Generates Unstated-But-Implied Conspiracy Theorizing

The Daily News lays out the pieces. It just won’t say what they mean.

Unusual story from the Daily News today, in that it lays out a few pieces of evidence without directly saying what those pieces, taken together, seem to imply. The pieces:

• Last week, there was a fire at a house owned by City Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez.

Edwin Diana was arrested for arson in the fire.

• Diana was living in a nearby house owned by Margaret Zapiec.

• Zapiec, who died recently, is a sister of state Sen. Tina Tartaglione.

• Tina Tartaglione is being challenged in the Democratic primary by Thomas Sanchez.

• Thomas Sanchez is husband of Maria Quinones-Sanchez.

What a coincidence!

Now: The police say their investigation is over, even though the councilwoman is certain there was more than one culprit involved in the crime. Tartaglione says Diana was staying at the home following some problems with his own family, and supports calls for a full investigation of the matter.

But the Daily News story seems to imply a chain of possible responsibility beyond Mr. Diana, doesn’t it? It’s the old “just asking questions” theory of journalism: Printing the questions lets you get a juicy idea into general circulation when you don’t have the last few bits of evidence to say what you’re trying to get everybody to think. There’s nothing necessarily wrong with that — and we’re fans of Sean Collins Walsh — but readers might want to be a little careful with the conclusions they draw and express publicly, as a result. The Daily News has libel attorneys. You probably do not.


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  • TommyBoy

    I know Mr. Diana for many years… He is a kind a peaceful kid. The description given in all the news papers does not match him. The crime does not fit him… Considering his family owns a restaurant for over 17 years next store to her house that was burned. Only a idiot would do something like that… and even though this kid may seem like a idiot… he’s not that His father is more strict then police lol… So to do something that close to their family business for what? “Tv’s, Jewlery, etc.” Does not make sense considering the concequences. Why throw away your whole future for something so petty. He wasn’t a dirty kid, he always stood well groomed, dressed nice, and knew everyone in the neighborhood. I mean literally would stand out on the block where the restaurant was at and know everyone who drove by or walked pass. He knew the seniors to the youth… Not to mention he worked with kids for a few years. The picture I am trying to paint here is to me, Edwin is still that chubby gullible cool kid who wouldn’t step on a roach. lol. Even though he is 23 to me he is still a friendly kid who does not seek trouble. He knew Maria, He knew of her and her political position… DUMB is the only word that comes to mind when i think of a criminal trying to pull off a stunt like that. He knew next door to his dads restaurant were cameras that his neighbor installed. So this is like a no brainer…

    Make NOTE: Considering how media works I am surprised they have not put a mug shot of him yet, or followed up with the reports and his charges. Its like as soon as he was apprehended everything was kept on a hush. Come on any other case would of been displayed on TV and his mug shot would of been up by day 3. Something does not make sense… Only way to hear the story is from him I guess. I can’t wait to hear from that genius. smh. lol.