Hannah Graham Still Missing, Jesse Matthew, Jr. Extradited

Suspect Jesse Matthew Charged with Abduction, Attempt to Defile; Extradited from Galveston TX to Virginia

Missing student Hannah Graham, Alleged Abductor Jesse Matthew's mugshot

Missing student Hannah Graham, Alleged Abductor Jesse Matthew’s mugshot

 “We don’t know where Hannah Graham is and we have to find her,” Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo said at a press conference Wednesday.

Is there a serial killer in Virginia? A bright, beautiful young university student has vanished, while her shattered parents plead for her return. University of Virginia student, 18-year-old Hannah Graham — missing since September 13 — was last seen in the company of suspect Jesse Leroy Matthew, Jr., 32.

JesseMatthewCCTVThe two were captured on local businesses’ video surveillance throughout the late night and early morning hours. In the sequence of the surveillance,  Hannah is seen walking alone, even running, and appeared disoriented. This disorientation is alarming considering Hannah’s familiarity with the area. She attracted the attention of at least two men, one of whom is the suspect in her disappearance. The second man, an unidentified white male, later contacted police to explain that he was following Hannah because she seemed in trouble and might need help. Additional information about this second man has not been released. I want to know more about this guy who was spotted lurking in doorways, waiting for her to pass by, then following her. Call me skeptical, but a mature man lurking and following is not very likely to nurture fatherly feelings of concern for an attractive young woman. If indeed he believed she was “in trouble,” the solution is self-evident: Call The Police!!!

Earlier in the evening, Hannah was last seen by friends leaving a party held in an off-campus apartment. Captured by surveillance in the apartment building hallway, Hannah disappeared into the night carrying only her iphone. Video surveillance cameras along the way captured Jesse Matthew following her — hair in dreadlocks and wearing white board shorts. Witnesses saw him with Hannah at Tempo Restaurant and Bar, where he bought her a drink, according to what he told police. Hannah was seen after 1:00 a.m. leaving the bar with Matthew’s arm around her. The frightening aspect is Hannah’s inability to walk unsupported.

According to witnesses, Hannah was incapacitated, barely able to walk.  Her obvious state of vulnerability was a sign of distress. Were there no Good Samaritans? If just one person had contacted authorities at the sight of this young woman’s erratic behavior, would there have been a happy conclusion?

Police Focus on Finding Hannah, $100,000 Reward Offered

Hannah_Graham_RewardNoticeCharlottesville Police Chief Timothy J. Longo has given brief pressers from the start, emphasizing the focus on finding Hannah. There now stands an award of $100,000 for information leading to her return.

I encourage readers to study the details and contact authorities if you have any knowledge or suspicion concerning Hannah’s whereabouts. Considering that her possible assailant, Jesse Matthew, drove the 1,200 miles from Charlottesville to Galveston, it compromises the investigation. 

The Abduction and Murder of Morgan Harrington

MorganHarringtonOn October 17, 2009, a 20-year-old Virginia Tech student named Morgan Harrington disappeared from a Metallica concert held in the arena of the University of Virginia. Morgan left her friends to go to the restroom. When she didn’t return, her friends called her cell phone. She told them she’d gotten locked out of the arena (due to the re-enter policy, probably requiring a hand stamp or some similar identifying mark), said she was ok and would find her way home. She was reportedly seen with a few men, and an artist’s rendering of one man was released. Three months later in January 2010, Morgan’s remains were found miles away in an isolated area of farmland. Although police still won’t release many details of her murder, she was known to be raped and suffered broken bones. It is reported that police also have a forensic link to another unsolved case.  Continue reading

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Holly Bobo’s Remains Found, TBI Aggressively Investigating Murder

Several Arrests Have Been Made in the Nursing Student’s Murder

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After nearly three years from that day in April, 2011 when 20 year-old Holly Bobo was snatched from her home in Darden, Tennessee, her family received the bittersweet news they’d been awaiting. The young nursing student’s remains were found in heavily wooded property in Decatur County.  Anyone following this case in all its horrific details can only grieve with this family who has waited so long to be reunited with Holly.

Zachary Adams

Zachary Adams

The Tennesse Bureau of Investigation (TBI), County Sheriffs, police officers and investigators united to perfom a thorough investigation resulting in several arrests. Law enforcement across the country should take note. THIS is how an investigation is conducted. If necessary, arrest a suspect on unrelated charges to keep him behind bars, to prevent evidence tampering and/or a disappearing act while the investigation continues.  

John "Dylan" Adams

John “Dylan” Adams

Dylan Adams, 26, younger brother of Zachary Adams, 30, was already in custody on federal firearms violations. Authorities issued a warrant for his arrest on charges related to Holly’s kidnapping and murder, but he hasn’t yet been indicted. Older brother Zachary was indicted on charges of First Degree Felony Murder and Aggravated Kidnapping.

Detained in different jails, earlier this year Zachary was charged with trying to coerce Dylan into silence.  The older brother reportedly attempted to deliver a menacing message to Dylan.  

“Tell my brother he is the one who started this (expletive) and if he don’t shut his mouth he will be in the hole beside her [Holly],” according to the warrant. Adams gave the message on March 4 to an inmate who was going to be transferred to Obion County, the warrant says. 

After the discovery of Holly’s partial remains, Decatur County Sheriff Keith Byrd had announced at a news conference that additional arrests in the case would be forthcoming. Continue reading

Caylee Anthony, RIP August 9, 2005 – June 16, 2008

Caylee Marie Anthony, We Will Never Forget You

CayleeAnthony3Along with thousands of other trial watchers, I followed the Orlando trial of Casey Anthony starting May 24, 2011, lasting six weeks. Starting with jury selection in the neighboring county of Pinellas, I watched and listened to voir dire with a sinking feeling that the jury was ill-chosen for such a high-profile crime. Some had brushes with the law and/or had family members who did, and one juror stated clearly that she couldn’t judge, only God could. Not a good mix. Factor in the frustration and loneliness of being sequestered far from home, and you have a defense lawyer’s dream jury.

Caylee Anthony's final resting spot after flooding by Hurricane Fay

Caylee Anthony’s final resting spot after flooding by Hurricane Fay

Casey Anthony, then aged 22, had been indicted by a grand jury for capital murder (which carried a possible death penalty in the state of Florida), aggravated child abuse, aggravated manslaughter and four counts of lying to law enforcement. CaseyAnthonyCourtThe trial was televised, and it was maddening to watch the defendant play to the cameras and to the jury. In the presence of presiding Judge Belvin Perry, Jr., but always outside the presence of the jury, Anthony smirked, giggled, flirted, gave middle finger salutes, and bantered with her attorneys Jose Baez and J. Cheney Mason, otherwise known as her “boys.” It’s inconceivable, but Judge Perry allowed such behavior without even a single reprimand delivered to “Miss Anthony.”  In the jury’s presence, she sobered up, and intermittently poked at her dry eyes with a tissue in an attempt to squeeze some water out which became a bizarre ritual.  In the escalating courtroom drama, Jose Baez ensured that his client was portrayed as the only victim and a great mom.

Grief Expert Testifies, Dr. Sally Kerioth

Grief Expert Testifies, Dr. Sally Kerioth

To explain away the 31 days that she didn’t bother to report her daughter “missing,” Baez waited until his opening statement to deliver the bombshell that was guaranteed to instill doubt in the minds of a handpicked jury too mentally-challenged to grasp the calculated timing and theatrics. In a performance straight out of an actors’ workshop, Jose Baez announced that Caylee never was missing; she had drowned in the above-ground family swimming pool. The logical question then became why did HE allow his client to sit in jail for three years for an accidental drowning?

To maximize the impact, Casey Anthony sat in her permanently lowered chair (to look more vulnerable) and did her best to cry. To further convince the jury, his backup plan included the testimony of an expert witness, the eccentric “Grief Specialist” Sally Karioth, who did a lot of arm-waving, reminiscent in demeanor and speech patterns to Seattle lawyer Anne Bremner. Continue reading

Amanda Knox: Harry Rag Explains Media Image Campaign

Explaining the Guerilla-Style Social Media Campaign

Much of the American media coverage of Meredith Kercher’s 2007 murder in Perugia, Italy, has been appalling — one-sided, biased and riddled with factual errors. Many of the journalists covering the case have behaved like press spokespeople for Amanda Knox. Instead of providing balanced and factual reports about the case, they have provided PR spin. Harvard Law School professor and media legal commentator Alan Derschowitz noted that the media coverage in America has been extremely one-sided:

“I have to tell you, in 50 years of practicing law, I had never seen a more one-sided presentation by the media in the United States of the case. Everybody is saying there’s no evidence against her [Amanda Knox] and she’s totally innocent. It’s just not true.” (Alan Derschowitz).

A recent guerrilla-style social media campaign featured a series of creatively edited  images highlighting the media blackout in Seattle. Blackout refers to the absence of legitimate facts about the case. In addition, the Seattle press avoids any mention of the defamatory nature of statements made by Knox’s PR consultant David Marriott, and Seattle lawyer and media commentator Anne Bremner, legal consultant to the Friends of Amanda organization (FOA). A blind eye also is turned to the ignorance of a number of Amanda Knox’s high-profile supporters.

AnneBremnerMugShot1A dishonest ex-jailbird with no regard for truth or justice shouldn’t be allowed to be a television legal analyst.

In 2010, Anne Bremner was caught driving under the influence of alcohol after attending a drink or drown party. She was arrested, brought to the local Seattle police station and King County Jail. She later attempted to suppress the truth about what happened during the arrest by blocking the release of the investigative and video reports. At the time of her arrest, she claimed to have been a victim of a hit-and-run accident, and that she had a brain injury that mimicked the signs of alcohol impairment. Thanks to the efforts of a number of determined journalists, the investigative reports and video were eventually released. Bremner pleaded guilty to driving under the influence, was sentenced to two days in jail, a $5,000 fine and required to have an ignition locking device installed in her car.

DougBremnerNaziThen there is Anne Bremner’s brother, Doug, another vociferous supporter of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito. He stunned social media with a tweet comparing Meredith’s family to the Nazis in Germany, claiming they were persecuting Amanda Knox the same way the Nazis persecuted the Jews and gypsies. [Read his tweet, captioned in the above image.]  By the way, Doug offered no evidence of the Kerchers persecuting Amanda Knox. Continue reading

Casey Anthony: Still Hiding Three Years Later

Lawyer Cheney Mason Promotes New Book, Describes Casey as Living the Life of a Hermit

On July 5, 2011 the verdict was announced that set Casey Anthony free. Has it really been three years? For those following her trial, that moment is deeply imprinted in our collective memory.  There was shock, disbelief, followed by a deep and abiding anger and outrage. Social media was flooded with comments declaring our justice system very broken. Also broken were hearts of strangers who had come to embrace this little girl as our own, while her “mother” — more accurately described as her egg donor — had tossed this precious child’s body in a swamp.

Caylee Marie Anthony

Caylee Marie Anthony

Caylee Marie Anthony would have been three years-old on August 9, 2008. But on December 11th of that year, her skeletal remains were recovered from a wooded area about half a mile from the Anthony residence. Caylee had spent her short life on this earth in that unhappy home where her mother Casey lived with her parents, George and Cindy Anthony, and Casey’s brother, Lee.

Astonishingly, three years have not dimmed the public’s love for a child abused and abandoned by the very people who should have protected her.

With Caylee securely enshrined in hearts and memory, the injustice that set her killer free haunts those who witnessed the travesty that unfolded in that Orlando courtroom presided over by Judge Belvin Perry, Jr.

casey-gives-the-bird-44Back in March 2010, lead attorney Jose Baez hired J. Cheney Mason as co-counsel.  Now aged 70, at that time he became the senior member of Anthony’s legal team. Reportedly, he developed a “fatherly” affection for the defendant. Anthony had a particularly close relationship with her lawyers, with frequent courtroom hijinks on display throughout the televised trial.

Last month, Mr. Mason was busy promoting his new book, Justice in America: How the Prosecutors and the Media Conspire Against the Accused.  Although not scheduled for official release until this month, the pre-orders and preliminary reviews do not look promising. Reduced by 30% on Amazon, ranked at #137,874, the less-than-lacklustre reception by the public is set to rival the abysmal sales of the book published by Jose Baez back in 2012.
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