Headline, or "hed," on the front page of The (Syracuse) Post-Standard, July 24, 2008:
Sheriff: Bisesi walked in, admitted killings
"The guy wanted to spill his guts and they didn't stop him," he says.
I have to tell you, as I fished in my pocket for the two quarters to pay for the newspaper (all you online readers are wondering: newspaper? what's that, you troglodyte!), I juggled some confusing thoughts in my still-waking brainpan: who is "he"?
I first thought -- excuse my ignorance -- that "he" referred to the murder suspect, Bisesi.
Then I cleared it all up.
Chalk up this confusion to the albatross of miscommunication known as an unclear pronoun antecedent.