Drug Crime Too Close To Home

No political slant needed for this one.

In the neighborhood where my establishment is located, the underworld pulse is strong with drug and criminal activity.  The naïve won’t notice it, at least at first.  To them this place is a quaint, historical district with lots of character and charming people.  Personally, as I approach my 13thyear in this part of Portland, I can almost smell the debauchery.  That is, when I can’t see it.  The denizens of these streets identify themselves as participants by manner, dress, behavior, and also by a vibe that I’ve learned to pick up on that I really can’t describe.  (This is further evidence that I’ve been here too long.) Mark Edward Olson is no different.  Although I’ve never met him, I’ve observed enough to not be surprised at what I learned last Sunday morning.

PDXmugshot Mark Edward Olson

Stabbing Victim Mark Edward Olson

In the apartment building directly across the street from my bar, he was repeatedly stabbed and left for dead around 6am.  Death didn’t find him, as of yet, but it’s clear that a lot of other trouble has.  I mean, it took no effort at all to find his mug shot.  This particular one is for an earlier arrest involving methamphetamine.   So, as Mr. Olson lays in the hospital in critical condition, the question that comes to my mind is, are there really any innocent parties here?  Sure, there was a victim of horrible violence who may or may not survive.  But isn’t it clear that he simply reaped what he sowed?  And should they ever get out of jail, isn’t it safe to assume the two arrested for this incident will meet a related kind of fate?

I’ve learned a few truths about this aspect of my underworld.  One is that addiction is indeed a disease, but it’s one ignited by bad decision making which is launched by an absence of a moral foundation.  This void can usually be placed at the feet of uninvolved parents.  Secondly, street justice has a way of evening itself out.  Innocence doesn’t exist in the underworld, so each action is an affront to someone with the mentality to exact revenge.  The future isn’t often considered.  Consequences are never considered.  Rather, getting even and getting “rich” while maintaining credibility within peer groups is all that matters.

Of course, this is all relatively short lived.  Morgues and prisons put a stop to at least this version existence.  It remains to be seen if Mr. Olson will end up in either after this incident.  And if he doesn’t, I have no doubt he’ll get another shot soon.


About Carl Incognito

Conservatives in liberal places are often in the shadows. Conservatives seeking jobs in liberal places depend on them.

Posted on August 16, 2011, in portland, small business, Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. LookAroundBoysIntergalaticGirl

    Geez…are you related to the DA, Chris Mascal, who prosecuted this case? You both got key info, upon which you based your ‘case’, completely wrong! Not having the facts correct has allowed you both to create a fantasy storyline which serves to support your argument and prove your case. By not checking facts, you both used incorrect data to make false assumptions about someone and your conjecture is derogatory, potentially damaging, and more importantly FLAT OUT WRONG!!! You refer to Mark Olson as having a prior drug charge. Perhaps you misread? He has no prior drug charge. Secondly, you try to link him to the 2men other than the altercation. These men were 100% unknown to Mark, strangers hired by Mark’s girlfriend to move a box out of the apt. Your misleading post is forgivable human error-please delete it. The D.A.’s failure to do any basic fact checking is unfathomable, unforgivable & should lead to her being disbarred, as she promoted falsehoods completely skewing critcal events of this tragedy.

    • Hello, and thank you for your comment. I never wrote that Mr. Olson had prior drug charges. I wrote that he had prior arrests for drug related activity. That is indisputable, and it’s how I obtained the particular mug shot used. I never accused anyone of anything, but I did allude to the characters involved as being shady and worthy of scorn. This applies to Mr. Olson or anyone who has multiple mug shots from which to choose for such a post.

      My only reconsideration of this particular post would be the title. Being that it was written soon after this incident, and that Mr. Olson had clearly made some poor decisions involving drugs in the past, I assumed that drugs were part of this crime. One point of the piece is the explanation as to why such an assumption isn’t so far fetched.

      I am also aware that Mr. Olson has since died from the injuries he sustained. That is indeed a tragedy. It was also at least slightly more predictable than it would have been for someone else who hadn’t lived the way he apparently chose to.

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