Every couple of months, there has been a headline-grabbing story in the Chicago area. Besides being a major news event for several days, it is one that wrenches this country and who we are and where we are going.

When the story hits the papers, as Americans, citizens and taxpayers, we are outraged to hear that certain crimes are being committed-especially when the victims of the crimes are very young women. Then, after the entire viewing public has been whipped into a frenzy over the crime, there is barely a sound made when the outcome is finally revealed.

We, the viewing and maligned public, barely offer a peep or a whimper. We are silent when we should be incensed. But for reasons I don’t comprehend, the outrage that should be as much a part of the conclusion as it was when the crime was committed is barely displayed, voiced or demonstrated.

How can it be that a community that originally became outraged when the crime came to light can so easily accept the letdown following the outcome? Perhaps it has a lot to do with the fact that the original crime was a bald-face lie to begin with.

For example, last December we were all made aware of the case of Anu Solanski. She was the 24-year-old woman who went in the freezing cold to the river to place a religious Hindu statue in it. On her way to the Cook County Forest Preserves location where she wanted to put the statue, she managed to call a friend and tell them that four men are following her. Her car is later found but not her. She is headlines news for days as divers search the river for her. Over $200,000 of taxpayers’ money is spent looking for her, only to learn that she faked her disappearance to run off with a man from California.

This past September we were again put into a tizzy when a young, white 17-year-old girl, working at a sandwich shop in Palos Hills was “sexually assaulted” by a man lurking around outside the store. Rather than call 911, her parents or even the owner, the girl calls a friend who arrives at the workplace to find her purse, cigarettes and cellphone scattered on the ground. When she finally shows up at home, she claims to have been raped by a man. She not only helps police make a sketch of the “Arab” who allegedly committed the crime, but two days later she is also involved in passing out those flyers. Alas, the truth comes to light with a small disclaimer in the papers that the girl, whose name was never made public, made up the entire incident. Taxpayers were again on the hook for another $200,000 and the community was frenzied up, only to have the incident turn out to be a complete fabrication.

Can it get even worse in this current rash of major phony crimes? Yes it can! Who didn’t hear the news all last week about the Muslim female student Safia Z. Jilani at Elmhurst College who was attacked in the bathroom of the school and hit over the head? The entire campus was locked down, and student groups held a candlelight vigil to protest the racism and hate crime that occurred. Turns out she too made up the story.

Her lie cost taxpayers money, soiled the name and reputation of a school and again put the community into a tizzy.

All of these modern day trollops and tarts are guilty of “crying wolf.” For whatever reason, these young females have no problem fabricating a lie and putting others in jeopardy as they claim their 10 minutes of fame. Those divers who searched the river in the dead of winter risked their lives because of the fabrication of a kidnapping, or worse, by Anu Solanski. Any man of Arab descent automatically risked being labeled or killed as a rapist because of the phony description given by the teenager in Palos Hills. All the male students at Elmhurst College were painted with a racist/terrorist brush because Safia Jilani accused them of that. All three of these females (they don’t deserve to be called women) are victim-wannabees. But what they should all three be are inmates in the jail system with fines and prison sentences that will let the next young girl who wants to “cry wolf” know there are consequences for their actions.