Some out there aren't buying the story
of George Zimmerman as some kind of hero who rescued a family of four from an overturned truck, reports Alternet
's Alex Seitz-Wald. Instead, some suspect the infamous Floridian of somehow staging the rescue.
So-called "Zimmerman Truthers" think it's all a little too good to be true, that it's a little suspicious that this man who was sorely in need of a reputational pick-me-up managed to get one just days after he was found not guilty of murdering 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
"Zimmerman can pull someone from a burning car, but he can't a push 17-year-old, 150 pound boy off of him?" asked one Twitter user, who assumed the car in question was on fire. "There's something fishy about this #Zimmerman Rescue, feels too perfectly timed and convenient," claimed
While the idea that the entire incident involving
the Gerstle family was staged appears to be gaining little traction, less fantastic notions suggesting that Zimmerman's happening upon the crash was no coincidence certainly have been.
"Theorists have speculated that Zimmerman might have a police scanner, given his work as a neighborhood watchman and his current fear for his own safety," writes Seitz-Wald, "and that he used it to respond to the crash before authorities could get there."
Others want to know why there are no pictures from the scene of the accident, or why no member of the Gerstle family shared news of the crash on social media.
"In refusing to speak with the press, they've helped fuel the conspiracy narrative," Seitz-Wald adds.
However, authorities in Seminole County just north of Orlando have confirmed
that the crash and Zimmerman's participation after the fact definitely took place. As for the Gerstle's lack of publicity, that's already been covered
by their apparent disinterest - can you blame them? - in being linked to a man who supposedly "got away with murder
Via Alternet and USA Today