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? 

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.


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Holly Bobo’s Remains Found, TBI Aggressively Investigating Murder

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


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

Is Amanda Knox Lying? Expert Lena Sisco Analyzes CNN Chris Cuomo Interviews


Guest Blogger Lena Sisco, Certified Military Interrogator, Former Naval Officer, Body Language and Statement Analysis Expert, Answers the Question:

Is Amanda Knox Lying?

Lena Sisco, President of The Congruence Group in Virginia Beach, Virginia, is our guest blogger today! Ms. Sisco took time from her demanding work schedule, at my request, to offer her professional expertise in statement analysis and body language analysis. I asked her to analyze media clips of Amanda Knox, and Ms. Sisco generously agreed. Many readers have expressed to me an interest in professional analysis of Knox based upon the sciences utilized by the FBI, law enforcement and the military. Ms. Sisco’s biography reveals a long and distinguished background in serving our country, as a former Naval officer, as a military intelligence officer,  and in her capacity as teacher and trainer.

Ms. Sisco is also a Lead Instructor at the Body Language Institute founded by Janine Driver, a well-known media commentator on the science of deception. Lena also provides media analyses on programs like Dr. Drew on HLN.

Here is Lena’s impressive biography directly from her website:

Lena+Sisco-300x300Lena Sisco is a former Department of Defense (DoD) certified Military Interrogator and Naval Officer who served in the Global War on Terror. She is the recipient of the Joint Service and the Navy/Marine Corp Commendation and Achievement Medals. Ms Sisco has 14 years experience in the field of Human Intelligence (HUMINT). She has worked for the Office of Naval Intelligence, Defense Intelligence Agency and partnered with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service in HUMINT Collection Activities. Ms Sisco has been training DoD personnel in interrogation, tactical questioning/debriefing, site exploitation, elicitation, counter-elicitation, cross cultural communications, HUMINT policy, detecting deception and behavioral congruency for over 10 years. In addition to instructing, Ms Sisco has developed courses and training curriculums and is Instructional Systems Design certified. She has experience in assessing individuals’ personality type preferences according to Jungian personality type concepts using the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) tool in order for her to guide students to achieve the maximum learning experience in her classes. She also analyzes handwriting samples to help assess personality preferences. Ms Sisco is certified as a Body Language Institute Train-the-Trainer Instructor and instructs with Janine Driver. In addition, she is Six Sigma certified. Prior to her career in HUMINT, she received her Master’s Degree in Archaeology from Brown University and excavated overseas. She founded The Congruency Group in order to share her skills with DoD and Law Enforcement personnel and the private sector in order for individuals to achieve ultimate success in their personal and professional endeavors, put criminals behind bars and gather intelligence information to save lives. Follow Lena on Twitter 

Statement Analysis and Facial Expressions of Amanda Knox During Her Interviews with CNN’s Chris Cuomo

by Lena Sisco

Amanda Knox, accused, jailed and convicted for murdering Meredith Kercher on the evening of November 1, 2007, was provisionally acquitted by the first appeals court, returning home to Seattle in October 2011. Upon review by the Supreme Court of Cassation, the acquittal was subsequently annulled based upon a manifest lack of logic and other major points of law on March 26, 2013.

On April 29, 2014, the second appellate court upheld the initial conviction of Knox and her then-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito. Knox is now expected to file a final appeal to the Supreme Court. If the court decides to hear her appeal, it will only consider points of law. There will not be a retrial.

During the recent CNN interview between Chris Cuomo and Amanda Knox published on May 2, 2014 on You Tube

Amanda Knox continues to defend herself against accusations that she murdered Meredith Kercher. Knox answered Chris Cuomo’s questions slowly and methodologically, even six years after Meredith’s murder. Although you can see her struggling to carefully choose her words to plea her innocence, the words she used actually tell a different story. Below is an analysis of Amanda Knox’s statements during that interview and a look at her facial expressions in another interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo that both indicate behavioral incongruence, when the body language doesn’t match what the words are saying. Continue reading

Amanda Knox Inflicted Death Blow, Fought with Meredith About Stolen Money says Italian Judge

Judge Alessandro Nencini  announces upholding of GUILTY verdict January 30, 2014

Judge Alessandro Nencini announces upholding of GUILTY verdict January 30, 2014

April 29, 2014

Amanda Knox wielded the knife that killed Meredith, says judge

AMANDA KNOX inflicted the fatal knife blow that killed Meredith Kercher while Raffaele Sollecito and Rudy Guede held her back, according to the Italian judge who convicted the American of murder earlier this year and who today released his ‘reasoning.’

Read more of Andrea Vogt’s update today in The Week on the publication of Judge Alessandro Nencini’s 337-page sentencing report. Personally, I have been counting down the days until he published his report outlining the logic and reasoning in the appellate court’s decision to uphold the initial trial court’s Guilty verdict in Perugia back in December 2009.

amanda_knox_ABCNewsAs much as I hoped Nencini would specifically address Knox’s infliction of the fatal knife wound, reading his words jolted me again into the horror that was Meredith’s final night on earth. Anticipating class the next morning (unaware that the university was closed for a national holiday), Meredith wanted to study and rest at home after a late Halloween the prior night. She departed for home after an evening of fun and friendship, completely unaware that her American roommate had been morbidly brooding, unaware that this kooky girl from Seattle was a walking time bomb. Within the very home where Meredith should have felt safe and secure, the American girl from Seattle lay in wait, accompanied by two male accomplices. Three against one. 

Whether murder was the original intent, whether it was a retaliatory hazing escalating to murder, or whether an argument about stolen money further enraged Knox, she stabbed Meredith in the neck with Raffaele Sollecito’s kitchen knife. We know this because Amanda Knox’s DNA was found in two places on the handle of that knife near the intersection of knife and blade, and Meredith’s genetic material was found on the lower blade. Meredith had never been to Sollecito’s flat. And why was his DNA missing from his own kitchen knife?

In the scathing report that spells out the evidence, logic and reasoning that led to his guilty verdict in Florence on 30 January, Judge Nencini also says Knox and her defence tried to tamper with evidence and pervert the truth by introducing prisoners as witnesses, whose testimony turned out to be false and induced by “other interests.”

“It is clear how this trial was subject to heavy evidence tampering, both internally (slander) and externally,” Nencini writes.

Knox's Very Young Half-sisters interviewed during her appeal, photographed outside the cottage where Meredith was murdered

What parents would allow very young daughters, Ashley and Delaney, Knox’s half-sisters, (with sis Deanna) to be interviewed during her appeal, and photographed outside the cottage where Meredith was murdered? Publicity campaign and tourist attraction, anything for the cause.

Tampering with evidence? Perverting the truth? Slander (Libel)?  Here Nencini directly acknowledges attempts by Knox, her defense, and by inference those who colluded — her family and PR rep — to influence a verdict and bring down a system of justice portrayed as utterly archaic, corrupt and incompetent. Ditto for Raffaele Sollecito and his high-profile lawyer, Giulia Bongiorno. After a bitter loss following her failed plea for Raffaele’s innocence in the September 2013 appeal over which Nencini presided, Bongiorno launched a bulldozing attempt to discredit him. With accusations of impropriety relating to his spontaneous, informal court hallway remarks to a journalist following

Lawyer Giulia Bongiorno with her client Raffaele Sollecito

Lawyer Giulia Bongiorno with her client Raffaele Sollecito

the appeal conclusion, Bongiorno’s efforts were a major fail. [Note: if you research Giulia Bongiorno’s career and public escapades, you’ll learn about her own questionably-timed interviews with the press.]  After an inquiry, the Italian Magistrate commission found no evidence of Nencini’s impropriety. He was not censured and the investigation was closed. How did that work out for you, Ms. Bongiorno, especially now that you’ll be preparing for another appeal?  HarryRag’s tweet to her perfectly sums up reaction to Nencini’s motivations report:


The Mirror focuses on the explicit conflict between Amanda Knox and the woman she murdered, Meredith Kercher:

Meredith Kercher murder: Amanda Knox ‘fought with British student over money on night of her death…

The court noted that at least two knives were used to attack Meredith and there were also finger imprints on her body, indicating she had been restrained – ruling out the possibility that Guede was the only attacker.

The court said there was ample evidence of a bad relationship between the two roommates, despite Knox’s attempts to play down differences in court, and cited statements by Guede under police questioning that Meredith had accused Knox of taking money from her room.

The court said it was not necessary for all of the assailants to have the same motive, and that the murder was not attributable to a sex game gone awry, as it was out of Meredith’s character to have consented to such activity.”

Meredith photographed in Italian publication

Meredith photographed in Italian publication

It was not enough for Amanda Knox to wield the death weapon and terrorize her victim. As evidenced by numerous and various sized hand imprints/pressure marks on Meredith’s body, Knox forcibly restrained her. All three assailants were convicted of sexual assault and murder, and Rudy Guede today lives out his prison sentence.  Amanda Knox is sentenced to 28 years, 6 months, compared to Sollecito’s 25 years. Her additional time is connected to the crime of calunnia for which she’s already served three years. But you see, Amanda Knox loves to talk. She loves to write. Some of those she has defamed in her memoir and in her numerous media interviews have been watching, reading, gathering evidence for lawsuits. Knox — and her parents — could be entangled in lawsuits for a very, very long time. Italian justice moves slowly but surely. To those who say that residence in the States protects them all from judicial action, think again.

A ruling on the verdict by the Supreme Court of Cassation will be announced, possibly by September.  Knox and Sollecito’s lawyers are expected to file appeals.

I’ll cover the motivations report more thoroughly when an English translation is available, thanks to the dedicated volunteers at True Justice for Meredith (TJMK) and the sister sites of Perugia Murder File (PMF). Amanda Knox will undoubtedly send out an SOS for help with her own translation. It’s not a bad thing to have personal projects to occupy time while awaiting the inevitable. And Italian fluency will be an advantage when she’s serving out her 28 years, 6 months.

As always, I’m interested in hearing from my readers. For those who have not yet commented but have something you’d like to say, there is nothing complicated about the process. All that’s required is a screen name and email. If you’re already signed up with Disqus, all the better, and you may sign in with Facebook as well. Let your voice be heard!

Until next time,

Holly Bobo Murder: Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

           Zachary Adams Retains Attorney, Pleads Not Guilty at Arraignment

HollyBoboZacAdamsGrinThe man indicted by a Grand Jury for Especially Aggravated Kidnapping and First Degree Murder of 20-year old Holly Lynn Bobo has pleaded Not Guilty at an arraignment held today in Decaturville, Tennessee. Zachary Adams appeared in court with his newly hired attorney Jennifer Lynn Thompson. Rejecting a court-appointed lawyer, his family gathered enough funds to retain an attorney known primarily for representing a mother who sent her 10-year old adopted son back to Russia.

Meanwhile, investigators are still searching properties and highways adjacent to the suspect’s residence, as reported by WSMV-TV Nashville:

Meanwhile, investigators appear to not be finished looking for clues near Adams’ property. Search crews and dogs showed up again Saturday off Highway 69 in Decatur County near his Adams Lane home.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation confirms it requested Shelby County Emergency Services to search there in connection with Bobo’s murder. What they can’t say is what they were looking for this time around.

So far, the TBI has yet to indicate whether any remains have been found in the case.

It’s interesting that Adams wore a bullet-proof vest at the arraignment. Seems Tennesseans don’t like him much? (Sarcasm of course.)  He continues to be held without bond, with the next status hearing scheduled for April 9. Holly’s family was present in the courtroom, her mother crying near the end of the hearing. Also present was Holly’s father and brother, Clint. Clint, who unknowingly witnessed Holly’s abduction while gazing out his window, endured suspicion and vicious social media accusations of being involved in Holly’s disappearance. He thought Holly was arguing with her boyfriend who was known to be turkey-hunting that day. The hunting camouflage clothing would be expected under the circumstances. Did the abductor/killer know this? The harassment and suspicion directed at Clint is just part of the collateral damage of Holly’s murderer(s).

Last Saturday, hundreds of local citizens participated in a memorial ride for Holly, with many Justice for Holly signs and posters in view. A closely-knit, church-going community, residents have kept vigil for the last three years, and are now enveloping the family in love and support.

I expect in the following weeks, updates on the property searches should reveal important information and evidence supporting the indictment of Zachary Adams. This is a man with a lengthy history of repeated brutality, particularly against women. The charges against him state that Holly’s murder occurred during the perpetration of the kidnapping, which I interpret as taking place during the actual abduction or soon thereafter. It is unknown if additional suspects will eventually be named, and investigators haven’t revealed whether her body – or body parts) – have been recovered.  Investigators remain circumspect and diligent in their pursuit of evidence.

On the day Holly disappeared, Clint Bobo described a disturbing account of seeing Holly and her abductor facing each other, seemingly in a kneeling position, engaged in a verbal confrontation although he couldn’t hear the exact words. They quickly headed for the wooded area adjacent to her house. Was a stun gun or similar demobilizing technique used? I say yes, although wounds could have been inflicted to frighten her into submission. Her blood was detected in the garage/driveway. Taking place so early in the morning while Holly was departing for her nursing classes and her abductor’s  camouflage attire demonstrate this was no random kidnapping.

RIP Holly

RIP Holly

We’re always interested in reader feedback. What do you think about Holly’s abduction and murder, the indictment against Zachary Adams?

Until next time, CaliDeeva

Holly Bobo: Kidnapped and Murdered

A Family Grieves, the Community and Nation Mourn Holly Bobo

holly-bobo-gallery-14On the morning of April 13, 2011, 20-year-old Holly Bobo disappeared into the woods adjacent to her family home in rural Decatur County, Tennessee, never to be seen again. Holly, a nursing student, was leaving for classes around breakfast time. Her brother unknowingly witnessed the last moments she was seen alive as he gazed out the window that morning to see Holly walking into the wooded area around the house, accompanied by a man dressed in hunting camouflage. Thinking it was Holly’s boyfriend, he was not alarmed. I can only imagine his anguish in retrospect, knowing this was likely his sister’s murderer.

For the last few years, Holly’s family has searched for her relentlessly, keeping her image and story alive in the media. Remarkably, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) “said the Holly Bobo investigation has historically been one of the most exhaustive in terms of time, resources and cost.” The Bobo family demonstrated how a family is galvanized to find their missing loved one, unfailingly pursuing every avenue available to find her. This is how innocent people behave. Compare to the behavior of numerous families of “missing” or “abducted” children making headlines in recent memory. Caylee Anthony, Baby Lisa, Isabel Celis, Ayla Reynolds, Aliayah Lunsford…the list goes on in a tragic epidemic of dysfunction, abuse and blatant criminal activity in concealing coldblooded murder. I will write about some of these cases, particularly Isabel Celis, Lisa Irwin and Aliayah Lunsford. Margie is our resident expert in the Casey Anthony case.

Zachary Adams, charged with Aggravated Kidnapping and Murder of Holly Bobo

Zachary Adams, charged with Aggravated Kidnapping and Murder of Holly Bobo

Back to Holly, within the last week, a shocking series of events in her disappearance led to the indictment and arrest of Decatur County resident 29-year-old Zachary “Zach” Adams.  A Grand Jury was convened on Wednesday, March 5, resulting in an indictment of especially aggravated kidnapping and first degree felony murder. The Grand Jury was presented information not released to the public which must have been horrific enough to warrant “especially” aggravated kidnapping. Investigators are certain that Holly is deceased but have not said whether her body has been recovered as of this writing. Her family is devastated. They’re receiving an outpouring of support on social media from around the country. The messages posted for them on Twitter reveal just how many people followed this case, praying and hoping that Holly would be brought home safe and alive. That was not to be because of this grinning freak who brought harm to an innocent woman just living her life and, as a nursing student, trying to make this world a better place. 

Part of Zach Adams Lengthy Arrest Sheet

Part of Zach Adams Lengthy Arrest Sheet

Residing not far from Holly’s family, Adams has a 13-page criminal record. Are not his photo and rap sheet chilling? Really, it strikes terror in my heart to contemplate what Holly endured with this psychopath, meth manufacturer and drug dealer/user. How long had he been stalking her? The kidnapping was planned, perhaps with accomplices, but details haven’t yet been released. I’m not sure if he’s talking or has shut down, deferring to a lawyer for any communication.

Here’s what is known about his capture. Arrested on charges unrelated to Holly’s kidnapping, he sat in jail while investigators executed search warrants and gathered evidence. There was a MASSIVE search effort conducted for Holly. Last Friday, search warrants were executed on various properties, including the property where Adams resides.  His property was thoroughly searched by a crew of investigators, seen in Adams’ backyard with a cadaver dog, shovels and other search equipment. Vehicles were impounded. NewsChannel5 Tennessee published this quote by the District Attorney General Hansel McCadams:

McCadams from the 24th Judicial District said his office believed they could prove Bobo was taken forcefully from her home without her consent. Based upon the evidence that we have before us, we also feel that she was killed in the perpetration of that kidnapping,” he said.

McCadams said his office would consider seeking the death penalty.

Holly in her student nurse uniform.

The Decatur County Sheriff’s Office, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, and the District Attorney’s office and the FBI mobilized to execute an investigation with force and precision. I feel nothing but admiration for this DA and County investigators. In my view, it was sheer brilliance to jail Adams on unrelated charges [of course, this guy had a lengthy rap sheet and outstanding charges], while they gathered the information needed for the kidnapping and murder charges. So many jurisdictions seem to be frozen in inaction and hesitation, letting “persons of interest = perpetrators” go free instead of charging them with even minor charges to ensure they’re taken into custody while investigators build their case.

Read here for the remarkable back story of the twists and turns leading to the arrest of Zachary Adams. Next week should bring more press releases from the DA’s office which has already announced that with sufficient evidence, it will consider the death penalty.

holly-bobo-gallery-9My mind has turned  often to Holly in recent days. In her brief life, she touched many people with her interior and exterior beauty, intelligence and zest for life. Let’s keep her family in mind and heart in these next days and weeks which are sure to be agonizing for them. This case is moving so swiftly, there may be updated information even now. If readers have details, please feel free to leave updates in the commentary. As always, we want to know what’s on your mind, and welcome your comments!

RIP, Holly

Until next time, CaliDeeva