The profile picture a defense lawyer is painting of Harvard student Eldo Kim is one of a highly stressed youth under great pressure to measure up to the rigors of an Ivy League education, and someone who is dealing with the third anniversary of his father's death this month. But the facts outlined in a Dec. 19 Yahoo News article paint a different profile of the man accused of threatening to blow up four buildings on the Massachusetts campus.
First, he has participated in several internships in South Korea, where his mother lives, yet he renounced his citizenship there years ago. Renouncing citizenship without a good cause is concerning, especially when his mother still lived in the country, and he has continued to visit it.
Second, as a high school student he has volunteered at a monastery in Nepal, which shows he is both a well traveled youth with a familiarity of foreign countries and has an accomplished ability to travel alone and self educate himself. So why not study sufficiently to ace a test?
These characteristics about Eldo Kim fly in the face of the image attorney Ian Gold is painting of the suspect. Kim competently accessed a temporary anonymous Internet protocol address in order to send his bomb threat. And that shows he realized what he was doing was so bad that he sought to hide his identity and elude capture or consequence for his crime.
Third, sending the threat mere minutes before he was to take the exam speaks more about his lack of planning to be able to ace the test than it does a desperate student who had crammed and crammed and studied until he knew he didn't know--or couldn't learn--the material.
Will this Harvard student be made to be responsible for the lost manpower and resources used by numerous law enforcement agencies and emergency personnel, or will he be like many of today's youth and get away with his crime because he had stress in his life?
National Criminal Profiles Examiner Radell Smith has a degree in criminal justice and behavioral forensics.