More info has come out since the recent arrests of Paul and Ruben Flores for Kristin Smart‘s 1996 disappearance and presumed murder. Paul has been charged with murder and his dad, Ruben, as an accessory: authorities believe he helped hide Kristin’s body.
Now the police are saying that the Floreses buried Kristin’s remains in Ruben’s yard, but “recently” moved them to another location. And furthermore, that Paul is a serial rapist and “dozens” of women have come forward about his “sexual assaults and predatory behavior.”
None of this is terribly surprising to me. I don’t think it would surprise anyone who’s followed this case over the years.
If Paul had just confessed to Kristin’s murder at the time, owned up and apologized and taken some kind of plea bargain, he might very well be out of prison by now.
Honestly I despise him for torturing the Smart family over the past 25 years, as much as I do for Kristin’s killing. I don’t think there is any worse pain you can cause a family, than make their child disappear without a trace and never be found. At least my parents know where my two dead brothers are. At least they had a chance to bury them properly, and can visit their graves, and know they’re not scared or sad or suffering.
Same with the killers who refuse to give the location of their loved ones remains. It makes me feel frustrated for the families.
Australia has a “no body, no parole” law. I wonder if it would be possible to enact such legislation here.
“If Paul had just confessed to Kristin’s murder at the time, owned up and apologized and taken some kind of plea bargain, he might very well be out of prison by now.”
Exactly! He could have even spun the story as an accident or self defense or the like (whether or not anyone would believe it, without evidence to dispute it, he could have gotten away with some manslaughter or other lesser charge based on whatever tale he told) and have done a relatively short sentence.
But he is a narcissist who feels entitled to have whatever he wants (ie sex) and cares much more about himself than he does the feelings of Kristin’s family. Interesting to learn that his dad is the same way. I really hope they’ll find her, and absolutely nail both Paul and his sorry father with the longest sentences they’re able to achieve.