NYTIMES – One of the questions surrounding the sex-abuse case against Jerry Sandusky is why a former district attorney chose not to prosecute the then-Penn State assistant coach in 1998 after reports surfaced that he had inappropriate interactions with a boy. The answer is unknowable because of an unsolved mystery: What happened to Ray Gricar, the Centre County, Pa., district attorney? Gricar went missing in April 2005. The murky circumstances surrounding his disappearance — an abandoned car, a laptop recovered months later in a river without a hard drive, his body was never found — have spawned Web sites, television programs and conspiracy theories. A small but strident minority believes Gricar did not want to tackle a case that involved a hometown icon. Others who knew and worked with Gricar say he was a meticulous, independent and tough-minded prosecutor who was unbowed by Penn State, its football program and political pressure in general. “No one got a bye with Ray,” said Anthony De Boef, who worked as an assistant district attorney under Gricar for five years. “He didn’t care who you were; he had a job to do.” So what happened? Friends and colleagues say Gricar was not the type to walk away. His bank accounts were not touched after he disappeared, he had no other sources of income and he had no major debts, said Robert Buehner Jr., a friend and the district attorney in Montour County. “He was absolutely looking forward to his future,” Buehner said.

A commenter brought this up yesterday in the Penn State blog. I almost forgot about it because nobody ever talks about it. Almost like it never even happened. Am I the only one who sees it clear as day? Obviously Joepa killed this guy. I’m not even joking. Joe Pa decided he wanted to keep the diddler story quiet and this guy wouldn’t comply so he had him wacked. Who else has the power and connections to just murder a DA, wipe his laptop clean and have everybody pretend it never even happened? Only one man in Happy Valley could hatch a scheme like that. His name is Joe Paterno. Murderer. Pedophile protecter, great man. I can feel it in my bones.