Does this (David Kravets, "Hans Reiser Leads Police to Nina's Body," "Threat Level" on Wired.com, 7/7/08) mean that finally the blogs I depend on for tech updates and other real news will stop trying to "prove" that the case against Hans Reiser, author of the ReiserFS file system offered in most Linux versions, in the murder of his wife, was "only" circumstantial? And ideally drop the subject altogether, since if I wanted true-crime news, there are plenty of other places I could look for it?
News flash: once the weight of it rises to a certain level? And in the absence of any other plausible suspect? And given motive? "Circumstantial" evidence is actually the best evidence there is, better than eyewitness testimony. In this case, the word you were looking for wasn't "circumstantial," it was "forensic." There was never any meaningful doubt that he did it, and I will be completely damned if I have the slightest idea why that was so hard for nearly every tech journalist to believe.