Originally written on Dan Shanoff  |  Last updated 11/17/11
The new New York Times report on Penn State is must-read. Here it is. Among the key details: Second Mile files are missing. (Go figure.) The Penn State lawyers never knew. (WTF?)And this, which is the focus of the headline and the lead of the story, but largely ignored beyond that: It was a message board posting that helped investigators crack the case by leading them to McQueary for his statement of what he saw in 2002.Consider that for a second: You're a die-hard Penn State fan hanging out on -- say -- the Scout.com "Fight On State" message boards, as you constantly do.One day, some guy is seemingly trolling the boards by talking about a coach who saw Sandusky raping a kid in the locker room.The next day, that "troll" is the de facto hero of the case -- the truth-teller whose message-board raving turns out to be THE detail that cracks the case, because investigators took it more seriously than the denizens of the message board, who almost assuredly wanted nothing to do with it.It ...
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