Until Proven Guilty…

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I recently wrote a three part series about the Gannon Stauch case that was taking place in Colorado Springs, Colorado. You can view that series here: https://truecrimecaseanalysis.home.blog/2020/02/20/persecution-part-1/

After part three was published, there were a few days where the case gave the impression of going really quiet. Before anyone knew it rapid developments began, and on Monday, March, 2nd Letecia Stauch was arrested in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. If you recall, Letecia is/was the stepmother of Gannon Stauch and, my last series was about her public persecution on social media. I want to be clear before I begin by saying I stand by everything I wrote and her arrest does not change that. She was extradited over the course of a few days back to Colorado, has been appointed a public defender, and is awaiting a series of hearings.

Press conference after Letecia’s Stauch was arrested.
Press conference after Letecia’s Stauch was arrested.
Press conference after Letecia’s Stauch was arrested.

I’ve got to say; I really never thought a case would leave me as captivated as the Watts case again. I always seem to hone in on one particular story while simultaneously following several others in a smaller capacity. This is one of those stories were I soak up every single ounce of information surrounding the crime. The problem is, we have no real information which is so perplexing and baffling that the result of trying to deduce any logical information is very confusing. Drawing a reasonable conclusion is problematic at best.

There’s a lot to cover with this case and it’s difficult to pick & choose what to discuss. I am going to talk heavily about the legal side of the case because, I am seeing there are so many that are absolutely clueless as to how it all works. I am going to make a statement and then repeat it a second time. I want you to read it twice to let it sink in:

“False convictions BEGIN with being falsely arrested”

“False convictions BEGIN with being falsely arrested”

You cannot be falsely convicted of a crime in a court of law if you were never arrested & charged falsely to begin with. I am saying this because mainstream public opinion believes in order to be charged for a crime they MUST know or have the evidence that you did the crime. FALSE! Get that idea out of your head that someone being arrested means they are guilty and the state has what they need to prove it. Again, FALSE. Remember, employees that work for the state are also just people and they have their own opinions and beliefs. I hate to repeat myself, but sometimes it needs to be said several times for it to sink in. Repeat this to others and plant the idea for them to think about what they are typing!

Did everyone forget Casey Anthony?

She’s a free woman, and yet she was charged with:

-First degree murder (NOT guilty)

-Aggravated manslaughter (NOT guilty)

-Aggravated child abuse (NOT guilty)

-4 charges for lying to law enforcement (of which she was found guilty of)

The state failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Casey killed her daughter Calee. There was no burden of proof! If you think she’s guilty that’s fine, but I honestly can’t blame the jury. They did their job and the state failed! They did not have what was needed to prove she killed her, let alone that it was premeditated murder in any way. This is why we have trials, so to assume a charge means the state has done their due diligence before an arrest is simply inaccurate. I mean we would just skip trials if arresting someone means they are guilty. Sounds ridiculous right? I can guarantee if you were ever falsely arrested for a crime you would be grateful for our system. I do believe Casey to be guilty but, I can’t ignore the conclusion, the jury did their job the way that is legally required.

Bringing the Watts case up for a moment. No matter what anyone believes happened on August 13, 2018 there’s one fact that no one can argue. People have been trying to argue all week about something, but they have failed – That is; there was absolutely NO concrete, irrefutable, direct, physical evidence showing Chris killed anyone, let alone three people. Despite that, he was charged with:

-3 counts of first degree murder

-2 counts of first degree murder of child under 12 by person of trust

-Unlawful termination of a pregnancy

-3 counts of tampering with a deceased human body

Bringing the grand total of 9 charges! That’s a multitude of charges to fight, and furthermore can be immensely discouraging. Did you know that prosecutors slap on as many charges as they can intentionally? It helps the state to have as many charges as possible so deals can be bargained. In Chris’s case they refused to accept anything other than ALL the charges. The state also used the death penalty as a bargaining tool, which in Colorado it is likely he would never have been put to death. He really did not get a “deal”. If you recall, I spoke about Chris having a previous offer that we have never seen. That offer was countered with nothing less than ALL nine charges and no death penalty, absolutely nothing less, not one teensy bit altered. I would bet the no death penalty part of that offer was not in the first offer but, was planned on being used exactly as we imagine it was. You have no idea how badly I want to see that original offer but, I know we never will. Anyway, the point being is that he was charged collectively with five counts of murder, but no evidence exists to show that he killed anyone. Wow. Isn’t it crazy how that worked?

We discussed in earlier blog posts that Chris succumbing to a plea deal before he even had a preliminary hearing is almost unheard of. There is an abundance of investigative work that is done between the arrest and a trial. Since Chris took a plea deal all the investigative work came to a screeching halt. There was nothing tangible prior to his arrest that pointed to him as the sole killer of his entire family but, he was still ARRESTED and CHARGED. Some would say, well he was arrested, because he confessed. He did confess that is true, but he did not confess to killing his children at the time he was charged for their murder. In the Watts case, it’s safe to say there was so much focus on the oil disposal aspect that, it was the straw that broke the camel’s back for Chris. Even Chris himself knew that and said so to his father during his first confession. He knew it and he was right! The manner in which the bodies were disposed of does not indicate with certainty that he was guilty of killing them all. We discussed disposing of bodies in depth in the “Never Say Never” series you can find it here: https://truecrimecaseanalysis.home.blog/2020/01/07/never-say-never-part-1/

How does all of this connect to the Gannon Stauch case? Letecia Stauch, as I’ve said, has officially been arrested for his disappearance and what they “believe” is Gannon’s murder. Here are her charges, keep in mind she is in Colorado just like Chris Watts so, two of her charges are the same as his:

-First degree murder of a child under 12 by a person of trust

-Child abuse resulting in death

-Tampering with a deceased human body

-Tampering with physical evidence

The kicker is NO body has been found yet. That makes this case a bit challenging, because they stacked hefty charges on her without having Gannon’s body, which is a huge piece of evidence. Do you recall the Patrick Frazee case that was also in Colorado a year ago? That case was handled through the same prosecutor’s office and they had no body when charges were filed against him too. It used to be very hard to take a case to trial without a body but, as technology & forensics have evolved it has made that obstacle easier to pull off and convince a jury, depending on exactly what they do have of course.

Letecia’s charges do not mean the state has damning evidence of her guilt. It doesn’t work that way, but understand that people think whatever they have is solid evidence when it may necessarily not be the case. Probable cause is all that is needed to file an arrest warrant, which a judge signs off on if he/she agrees with it. For those who don’t know, probable cause is reasonable grounds. Law enforcement said they “believe” Gannon is deceased and most think they would not make such a powerful public statement without rock solid evidence proving that to be true however, statements like that have been declared by law enforcement agencies before, then later the person is found alive! Crazy! I know it’s also a rarity but it does not negate that it does happen. To tell his parents he is deceased if they don’t have concrete physical evidence would be careless. I would hope that they wouldn’t say that in this circumstance, especially given this case involves a child. Even if they have evidence showing Gannon is deceased it does not substantiate that Letecia is his killer. It will depend on what evidence law enforcement has gathered and how it proves their conclusion that he is dead and she is responsible, beyond a reasonable doubt. At the time of writing this her first appearance in court is today. There has been several requests put in from local media to get the arrest affidavit unsealed.

What is an arrest affidavit and what will will it show? There are many misconceptions about an affidavit. In summary, an arrest affidavit is paperwork from the arresting officer stating their observations &/or witness statements concerning the alleged criminal act. There will be some evidence contained in the document, certainly not all the evidence. There will be parts redacted if there is any information about minors, witnesses, or anything they want to keep from the public. Some affidavits are one page long and some are as long as twenty pages, it varies greatly. Letecia will have a series of hearings which will eventually include an arraignment (when she enters a plea) and also a preliminary hearing. A preliminary hearing is in a way, a trial before a trial. During this hearing the evidence will be examined to see if it’s sufficient enough to make the defendant stand trial. Preliminary hearings are proof that an arrest & charge happened, it doesn’t mean the evidence is substantial. If it did, then preliminary hearings would not be needed to see if the evidence is sufficient enough to take the next step. Here is an example of an arrest affidavit; this was Chris Watts affidavit: https://mediaassets.thedenverchannel.com/document/2018/08/20/arrest%20affidavit%20chris%20watts_95256653_ver1.0.pdf

I would like to point out that Chris’s arrest affidavit was composed inaccurately. Once we saw his full confession, after the affidavit was released months later, it revealed that he had never said he observed Bella looking blue on the baby monitor. Chris also never said definitively that the girls had been strangled. In fact, upon viewing and hearing the videos, he said ‘smothered’ first, then ‘strangled’. Since that blatant inaccuracy occurred I am a bit skeptical of all affidavits. Here is Casey Anthony’s since I brought her up earlier: https://www.scribd.com/document/60115606/Casey-Anthony-Arrest-Report

Have you ever watched a murder trial, whether it was a trial being broadcast live or aired later as a documentary? Both the state prosecutors and the defense lawyers present witnesses and experts. Each presents evidence and calls their individual experts to the stand to explain what they feel the evidence shows. Right now the prosecution team in Leticia Stauch’s case may think the evidence they have collected proves her to be guilty, whilst the defense team will review the evidence and come to a completely different conclusion, stating it proves her innocent. Finding ways to paint a scenario of how they interpret the evidence is their job, to prove guilt or raise reasonable doubt. They will consult their own experts to refute the other side thoroughly to prepare for a trial defense, if the case makes it that far, approximately 5 to 7% of cases go to trial. Given the events that have happened since Gannon vanished, personally I don’t believe this is a case where this defendant (Letecia) will take a plea deal. That being said, of course I could be wrong.

Now I want you want to consider a thought I had while preparing this post. Law enforcement & the prosecutors office in this case want the public to believe they have enough evidence showing Letecia to be guilty. They even went out on a limb saying they “believe” Gannon is deceased. Keyword here is “believe”. Usually cases will make a statement like that in a more matter of fact way. In similar cases with no body it has been said outright, “Blood found in the home is in an amount resulting with the victim not being able to survive.” That’s a bit more blunt than saying we “believe”. For whatever reason, this case has law enforcement keeping every detail under wraps, which may be why they are being cryptic in their use of the word ‘believe’.

I would feel a bit differently about this case if we had even a sliver of information. Just a small piece of information would persuade me in their ability to prove her guilty. I’ve got to say that my evidence based mind can not reconcile what happened in this case. I have no opinion or theory which is a first for me. I know that right now, based on everything that has transpired, all of it can be explained away and I am able to raise reasonable doubt concerning most every aspect. If someone’s life is in my hands, and justice is needed for loved ones of the deceased, I would want it proven without a smidge of doubt that the defendant is guilty. I would want it proven that there is absolutely NO way that anyone else could have committed the murder. I have a soft spot for wrongful convictions, there’s something about a person losing most their life to the justice system that makes me feel gutted.

In this day & age it doesn’t make much sense that they would have enough evidence for the charges, but not enough to find him since he left the home. All the technology, her Apple Watch pings, cameras, surveillance, GPS, places she went, etc., and yet NO Gannon. Things that make you go hmmm sometimes, I tell you! If they are hoping to locate him with her help now that she’s in custody, I would say they jumped the gun. After prosecuting Patrick Frazee through the same office, and sealing a conviction, I hope they did not become too confident thinking they can do it easily again. Cocky, if you know what I mean. Here is why I hope they didn’t jump the gun or caved under pressure from the public . . .

Everything about a trial is PROVING beyond reasonable doubt that a defendant did or did not commit a crime. From point A to point B needs to be shown, demonstrated, explained, and backed up. If the crime originated in the home it is reasonable to assume Letecia may be involved. The problem is we have seen in a neighbor’s video footage that it appears Gannon left alive on Monday, before he vanished. In a courtroom it will be presented as ”okay the home is where we believe the crime took place” and jurors will expect for the state to explain in detail what happened next. The jury would be thinking “okay, but there’s footage of him leaving the home”. Juror’s should then expect or demand to see &/or hear what happened after that. If they don’t know what happened next, that’s a major issue which would raise significant doubt. Given that they don’t know where his body is, as of yet, after six weeks implies to me they may not know what happened next. If they had any idea what happened next they should have a very good idea of where he is, and would be doing active searches. Letecia was arrested Monday. It has now been over a week and it appears that there is not a single search being conducted, at least not any that the public is aware of. I’ve got to say, I am not very confident they have secured enough evidence to prove in a trial what has happened to Gannon Stauch, at least not thus far. They may though and hopefully we will know soon if the affidavit gets unsealed today.

Review what I said again! They want us to believe they have enough evidence to prove a murder took place, and that Letecia committed that murder. They don’t have enough though to find him. No body murder cases do exist, and the reasons for no body found can vary. That’s not what concerns me! What concerns me is that if they knew what happened after Gannon appears to leave alive they should know, or have a general idea, of where he is. Why is there not a public call for experienced people in searches to help find this boy? Are they waiting for more evidence to pinpoint his location? Are they hoping her arrest and time in solitude will get her to cave and tell them? Do they not believe they’ll be able to find him?

Even if the crime began in the home it didn’t end there. You can have what you believe to be a crime scene, but in this instance that wouldn’t be the only crime scene. In a court room, I would expect to see a prosecutor connect all the crime scenes to paint a picture of what happened to Gannon.

Recently, we briefly spoke of the Fotis Dulos case who was charged with his estranged wife’s murder and no body had been found. The evidence in his case implied the murder took place in the home, and her body transported elsewhere. Gannon, no matter if hurt or drugged, appeared to leave the home ALIVE on Monday. That’s a huge difference when laying out the crime from beginning to end.

Here are different types of evidence:

Demonstrative- photographs, videos, sound recordings, x-rays, maps, drawings, graphs, charts, and things of the sort.

Digital- electronic source, such as emails, hard drives, word processing documents, instant message logs, ATM transactions, cell phone logs, social media, online shopping, etc.

Documentary- similar to demonstrative, but in writing. Contracts, wills, invoices, etc.

Exculpatory- evidence that favors the defendant that either partially or fully removes their guilt.

Physical- This would be things like fingerprints, DNA, blood found, murder weapon, footprints at scene of crime. Anything that is whole or part of an object that may connect the object to a suspect or defendant.

Prima Facie- Evidence sufficient enough to establish a claim or defense until rebutted by contrary evidence. In Latin the term means, “on its first appearance”.

Scientific- In general, scientific evidence is based off of knowledge that has been developed by using a scientific method. This means that the basis for the evidence has been hypothesized, tested, and is generally accepted within the scientific community.

Testimony- spoken evidence under oath, at a deposition, written evidence under oath through an affidavit, etc.

I went over types of evidence for a reason of course. During a trial not all evidence will be presented, some evidence will not be admissible, and other evidence can be withheld if it’s nothing of substance.

We can only guess what evidence they may have now concerning Leticia, until we get access to the information in the affidavit. We may get more at a preliminary hearing but ultimately to know most of what has been collected will be when a trial unfolds, if it does. Let’s play with a few scenarios involving potential evidence they may have.

Let’s say the evidence law enforcement found is blood inside the Stauch family home only. We’ll continue to imagine the blood evidence is a decent amount and based on the states forensic team expertise they deemed Gannon could not have survived. Sounds pretty damning doesn’t it? It’s not. Most would say, well Letecia was in the home so that means she killed him. Nope. It’s not that simple, and I know most the public wishes it were. Her defense could imply that Letecia was not the only person in the home that weekend. They could even say that Gannon hurt himself accidentally and it wasn’t at the hands of anyone else in the home. The home had people continue to live in it for over a week after Gannon vanished as well. The defense could claim it was a set up or could claim that the individuals that stayed in the home tainted the crime scene to raise doubt.

Depending on the amount of blood found, if splatter, smears, droplets or a combination of any, and where it was found and what the defense’s experts say, they could even attempt to claim the blood was not from a single event. Sounds far fetched but you would be surprised how the evidence can be picked apart, explained away, or chalked up to something else entirely.

Let’s say the prosecution believes the crime happened within the home based on finding any sort of evidence inside. That is not necessarily enough to convince because, as I’ve said before, Gannon does appear to leave ALIVE. To say the crime scene was in the home and deem him deceased based off that would mean he died there. Again, we know that cannot be the case because we see Gannon in the neighbor’s footage leaving Monday. Whether he was drugged or badly hurt is up for debate; regardless he does appear to be alive leaving which shows the house could not be the sole crime scene. There has to be multiple crime scenes, it would definitely be two location. One would be the home, and then the location of his body. It could also be three crime scenes which could be the home, the truck (if evidence was found), then the location of his body. Perhaps even more, its possible other evidence was scattered elsewhere, anywhere. No matter how many crime scenes it needs to be laid out in a series of events and presented as to how it started in one place and ended another.

Letecia mentioned in an interview with Crimeonline, something about law enforcement finding a bloody 2 x 4 and a bloody sock outside the home. We do not know if that’s true yet but, since possible, let’s discuss that. If a bloody board & sock with Gannon’s blood were located outside the home and it also contained her DNA that can be explained. Our DNA is on most items in our home, so finding these items with her DNA on it does not necessarily mean she committed a crime involving the items. They would need to prove the board came from the Stauch family home.

There has been speculation that Letecia’s minor daughter, or her own mother, turned her in. That is possible, but let’s discuss that. If they did and gave details to the crime their testimony needs a form of evidence to support it. Anyone can go to police and say, “My mom stabbed _____ with a butcher knife and threw the body off a bridge.” That can be entirely inaccurate, especially if the cause of death didn’t involved being stabbed. In this case, they do not have Gannon’s body, and his body is a crucial piece of evidence, which could tell a great deal of the story. It could also show nothing at all, which was the issue in the Casey Anthony trial. Anyway, they take what a key witness says and they will check to validate it. Without a body this would mean trying to find the butcher knife to back the stabbing claim. I am not saying a knife was involved in this story but using it as an example.

In the Patrick Frazee case we discussed briefly the prosecution had a key witness who was, Krystle Lee Kenny. Once she spoke to police about her own involvement in the disappearance of Kelsey Berreth the police took her on a road trip. They had her take them to the crimes scenes and explain what happened as she had recalled it while she pointed out locations & evidence. They went to work inspecting these locations and using forensics to back up her story and prove her a credible key witness for the state.

It’s one thing for the public to think Letecia is guilty but, thank goodness our system is not one based off of public opinion. I cannot even fathom if that were the case after witnessing public persecutions. Social media has its pluses and minuses like anything else in life. It’s a great tool for when someone goes missing to spread the word to as many people as possible and instrumental in retrieving more tips into any given department. On the flip side it can be a hinderance, as we have seen how the public will call in theories, opinions, and hunches as tips which waste crucial time. There have always been challenges in jury selection but with social media this has now made it more complex. Before, the only way for anyone to know about a case was a newspaper, and then television broadcast came onto the scene. Unless you tuned into the news, or read the newspaper, one hardly ever heard about these cases. The majority of people do some form of social media and it’s used by all ages. You would be surprised how many don’t hear of cases that we may believe to be widely known. It does happen, because some people don’t watch the news or may not have social media, or simply aren’t interested. Some may have social media and watch the news, but don’t pay much mind beyond a one minute segment on the news. Jury selection isn’t so much about people having heard about a case but more to do with the ability to stay unbiased during the trial.

The ability to remain unbiased has been tainted by social media and these public persecutions play into that. Gang mentality if you will, and you see one person’s comment that can sway your opinion. A juror in the future may feel a lot of pressure knowing that the public already deemed the defendant guilty. That pressure could prevent the juror to review the evidence & arguments rationally. The emotions involved in these cases are over the top, to the point that people seem more hurt or angry than those involved. I mean, total strangers going out to tattoo their bodies with the name of a child they never knew is frankly creepy.

Example of tattoos strangers have gotten.
Example of tattoos strangers have gotten.
Example of tattoos strangers have gotten.

These types of people are not ones you would want to see on any jury for any case.

It is standard protocol for cases like this for defense to put in motion for no media in courtroom. Everyone is assuming it was Letecia’s request.
Without seeing any evidence they are appalled she has the right to an attorney. They are outraged any attorney would take the case.
False & uneducated assumption.

Furthermore, these public persecutions have a domino effect, here is how:

Story gains traction.

Immediately the public questions someone’s involvement based solely off behavior.

Witch-hunt begins.

Story is now national news and the witch-hunt increases at an alarming rate.

The story becomes so widely known that even inmates in the local jail have now heard about it.

The suspect whom people believe is guilty already, despite not seeing any evidence, is arrested.

Suspect ends up in the county jail with the inmates who know about the case and what the publics opinion is of said suspect.

Suspect is segregated or placed in solitary due to the high profile nature of the case, and for their own safety.

Suspect hears of death threats against them, hasn’t had any contact with anyone but guards & lawyers, and in a cell 23 hours out of the day. We have spoken in prior blog posts about the affects of solitary confinement, it’s terrible, even inhumane according to studies (which I have sourced before in other blog posts).

Suspect becomes incredibly vulnerable and completely broken. They lose hope and become desperate to end it all, whether via suicide or succumbing to a plea deal. The mountain to climb seems too much to bare.

Sounds great to most people who believe that suspect is guilty, before seeing any evidence, or it being proven. Not everyone in these high profile cases are in fact guilty though, so what about the innocent ones who have to endure this? I understand that when someone is murdered the public wants someone, literally anyone to pay for it. It is a valid reaction to the heinous act of murder. We need to be more cautious, so we are not turning innocent people into guilty ones.

Not saying that’s the case with Letecia Stauch; and all the evidence may prove with certainty she could have been the only one to end Gannon’s life.

Some of the most horrific things have been said across the platforms, even such as wishing for Letecia’s own murder to happen, without proof of her guilt. If that doesn’t scare you, I don’t know what would.

Never say never…

Speak of these cases the way you would want people to discuss it if it were you as the suspect or defendant. Don’t say you would never be in a situation such as this, because no one can be certain of that. Such carelessness in discussions could be a contributing factor to the demise of innocent people.

Once the hearing takes place today I will start part two to discuss what happened. If the affidavit is unsealed and released to the public I will include that in my analysis.

Until next time, stay objective, logical, reasonable, and most importantly rational. The following immature pictures were made by a bunch of people who are supposed to be adults, all within a day of her arrest. A child is likely dead, did everyone forget that?

Intent to Abduct

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Welcome back!

Here is the Heidi Broussard post, finally after a few detours. The Broussard story is one that is relatively black & white and everything is as it appears to be. There’s not a whole lot to discuss about the case particularly thus far but, we are going to discuss the reasons it became widely known and some other similar cases.

People are murdered, or kidnapped, or abducted everyday across the globe. Each story seems to have minor similarities to another and some have elements that make them different. We all know that some stories gain traction within the media while others we never hear about. Why did Heidi & Margo missing get so noticed? Initially, it was due to Heidi’s fiancé, Shane Carey’s interview that sparked interest across national news. Immediately the public was questioning whether he was involved. We discussed this briefly in other blog posts. They started to compare Shane to none other than, Chris Watts. Anyone who gives a media interview now is compared to Chris, yet there were many before him that gave eyebrow raising interviews.

As the days unfolded with no news of the whereabouts of Heidi & Margo, designated social media groups were on fire with accusations, speculations, and theories. One week exactly had passed since the mother daughter duo went missing when there was breaking news. The details were not fully known, but the Austin, Texas Police Department were at a home in Houston, Texas. Most of the public had no idea what was going on, but Heidi’s friends made the connection right away. Turned out it was the home of Magen Fieramusca, Heidi’s long time best friend. Wow, I don’t think anyone saw that coming! There were theories that included a possible baby abduction, but I don’t think a single person considered it was one of Heidi’s friends.

When I heard the story my initial reaction, like others, was to assume her fiancé was involved. I was not totally convinced of that, and then I realized the couple lived in an apartment. I remember saying in one of the groups that the fact they lived in an apartment tells me it was someone she knew. I have lived in apartments and people are always coming & going. I could not envision anyone snatching her and a newborn baby in broad daylight without a scene. I mean if someone was trying to abduct me with my baby in tow I would like to think I would scream bloody murder! My vision of what happened was that maybe she walked to her mailbox and ran into a neighbor, or a neighbor told her to come outside, or a coworker stopped by, or something along those lines. I was leaning more towards thinking an acquaintance of sorts was able to convince her to get into a car. Truly, I never considered a close “friend” of many years. I was just as stunned as the rest of the public when the news was unfolding, despite my hunch it was someone she may have known.

Newsfeeds were flooded and the confusion was immense as the details were analyzed by media outlets. Then the tragic news was released that Heidi was found deceased in the trunk of a car on the home’s property, whilst miraculously Margo was found alive inside the home. An unimaginable situation for family & friends, to be utterly devastated, yet relieved that baby Margo was safe!

A friend! Not a stranger, acquaintance, or coworker, but a friend! Not only a friend, but a long time childhood friend at that! Women are killed by their husbands, strangers, boyfriends, etc. all the time. Those stories are terrible without a doubt, but a close long time friend? It just takes your breathe away, awful. At least for me it was when I heard the outcome!

There’s a different relationship dynamic between a “best friend” and let’s say a significant other. Our closest friends know us in different ways. We confide in one another, turn to each other with our problems, share inside jokes, secrets, endure life’s joys with one another, and so much more. The level of betrayal involved in this story makes it so gut wrenching.

This was someone Heidi trusted, probably fully! In Heidi’s last moments, I cannot even imagine what was running through her mind. Her knowing that someone she thought was her “best friend” was ending her life. Magen was in the delivery room when Heidi welcomed her daughter Margo into this cruel but also beautiful world just two weeks prior. I don’t think Heidi ever anticipated the most cruel act of all was on the horizon. An inconceivable plan was set in motion before Margo even took her first breathe outside her mother’s womb.

What kind of mindset did Magen have to be in to have witnessed her “friend” give birth to a precious baby, and then follow through with a plan to end her life? Scary is an understatement!

This element of the story is what makes it so heart rending and gripping for me. We cannot live life in constant fear or questioning everyone around us! That’s not living at all and it’s terrible that we even have to side eye people we have history with. I have been wondering what Heidi would say about her own murder. I know that’s strange, but think of the level of fear, betrayal, confusion, and shock, was probably experienced all at once. To not only be murdered but the realization as to who her murderer was.

Do you have a long time friend? Someone you grew up with? I do! We have been friends for almost 30 years and we went from young kids to teens, then young adults to engaged and married, then pregnant with our children together. We have history that’s highly documented and she’s someone I trust explicitly. Sorrowfully, my friend in the last year was diagnosed with terminal cancer. She is like my sister. Her pain, anguish, and trials I feel at my core. I am losing my friend and would do anything to save her if I could. I ask again, how deep in mental anguish must Magen have been to have no regard for her friend’s life?

My husband is hands down, unequivocally, my best friend and he knows me too, don’t get me wrong. We’ve been together for a very long time and are high school sweethearts. That being said, this friend of mine knows me in different ways. Both of us girls who grew up together into women, and then mothers. I mean let’s face it, my husband can’t relate about things that are female oriented. She loves my babies like they were her own and I feel the same about hers. Matter of fact, after the birth of her first child is when I decided I wanted children of my own. Our relationship is deep and different than that of the one with my husband.

Hindsight is 20/20 and I am sure the friends & family of these women have recalled all sorts of red flags since this tragedy. Who ever stops to think that a friend would turn on you? Murdering you to fulfill a lie she started? No one. We can take a little bit of something from each horrific true crime story we see. There are lessons around us everywhere.

How many times has someone jumped into a car at a gas station as the driver is pumping gas? It’s a rather common thing to hear about and it stays in the back of our minds. Next time we go to a gas station, and our minds recall the story, we remove the keys from the ignition. How many people are abducted while on a morning jog? This is a rather common occurrence too! Someone who is a runner hears the story on the news and files it in their mind, then it is recalled before they head out for a run. That person makes sure to bring a phone, perhaps a weapon, runs in a populated area, and is much more aware of their surroundings.

These are examples of ways to learn from others, stories which are a learning experience to prevent it from happening again. Someone’s life ending unnecessarily and tragically gives us an opportunity to learn from it to protect our own lives and those of the people we love. This very reason is why so many loved ones start organizations and get laws on the books; they do not want their loved one dying in vain, they want others to know and to learn from their heartbreaking experience. This is how Amber Alerts came about and also why John Walsh became a criminal investigator, human rights and victim rights advocate and also had the TV show America’s Most Wanted for so many years.

The false accusations against Shane Carey is a whole n’other aspect of this case that is important to discuss. That poor man, to have to endure what he did during the most horrifying time I’m sure he will ever experience. I am going to discuss that part of the case in another blog post in the near future. What I do want to cover in this post is other stories about mothers murdered for their babies.

I got sidetracked for a few days catching up as progress was finally made in the Gannon Stauch case. I recently wrote about it and you can find that here: https://truecrimecaseanalysis.home.blog/2020/02/20/persecution-part-1/

After I publish this post I will write about everything that has unfolded since that series was posted.

Moving on to discuss other cases of baby kidnapping.

Kala with her two older sons.

In 2012, Kala Golden was walking into a pediatricians office with her three-day-old son and was shot several times in her torso. Kala’s son Keegan was abducted after his mother was shot. The wounded mother screamed and tried to chase the car down before being hit by the car. She later died at the hospital, succumbing to her injuries. The investigation revealed the suspect, Verna McLain, had told her fiancé she was pregnant prior to the murder. She failed to tell him that she had suffered a miscarriage. McLain told her fiancé she had given birth and ultimately presented abducted baby infant Keegan to him. McLain was a nurse and mother of three prior to telling a lie that led to murder. Law enforcement found it to be a random attack and the two women did not each other prior.

Keegan was recovered alive at McClain’s sisters home just six hours later. Law enforcement said she acted alone and her sister was not involved. Once law enforcement confronted McLain she admitted to the crime and identified information that only the suspect would know. Protocol for baby Keegan was just like the Broussard case, which was to take the baby in to protective custody until the legal paper work was complete. He was reunited with his father just a few days later, bittersweet.

The suspect & baby Keegan.

Laura with her infant daughter in the days before her murder.

A Dallas woman named Yesenia Sesmas traveled to Wichita to meet with a friend and former coworker, Laura Abarca. While in Laura’s apartment, Yesenia shot and killed her before sticking Laura’s newborn daughter Sophia in a diaper bag and fleeing the scene. Law enforcement quickly tracked Yesenia’s movements to a home in Dallas where baby Sophia was found safe. Yesenia faked a pregnancy during the same time Laura was pregnant. As soon as Laura’s baby was born Yesenia set her plan in motion, to travel to murder her friend and abduct her baby. She told officers that Laura had agreed to give her the baby, but had changed her mind. There was also a claim that the shooting was accidental. The evidence reflected neither of those claims to be true. Sophia is being raised by her father and other loved ones.

Caroline Flores had been found stabbed to death in her Houston apartment and her infant daughter was missing. A few days later police swarmed a complex after someone spotted a dubious couple with an infant. The baby turned out to be Caroline’s newborn daughter Shamali. Erika Jisela and her boyfriend were both arrested under suspicion of murder & abduction. Erika had faked a pregnancy after suffering a miscarriage and knew the victim for a few years through Caroline’s brother. It was later found only Erika was involved in the murder & abduction and her boyfriend did not plan or execute the plan with her.

The next story gained traction less than a year ago and was all over national news headlines. It’s the story of Marlen Ochoa-Lopez who was lured to the home of Clarisa Figueroa, who lived with her daughter Desiree, under the guise of free baby clothes. A mother-daughter duo planned and implemented the plot to take the 19 year old mother’s baby from her womb. Once inside Desiree distracted Marlen with a photo album while her mother came up from behind her and tried to strangle Marlen with a cord. Marlen was able to get her fingers under the cord, at which point, Clarisa yelled at her daughter for not doing her part. Desiree then pried Marlen’s fingers off one by one as her mother continued to strangle her for five minutes.

Once Marlen was deceased they cut the woman open with a butcher knife and removed the placenta. The baby was removed and placed in a bucket with the umbilical cord still attached. Marlen was placed in a plastic bag and dragged to a trash can outside a garage. Clarisa then called 911 saying the baby she just delivered was not breathing. When paramedics arrived the baby was blue so was transported with Clarisa to the hospital. Once at the hospital it was found that Clarisa had no signs of a woman who had just given birth. She also had blood on her arms, hands, and face which was later shown to be Marlen’s blood. Sadly, the infant did not survive, passing seven weeks later.

There’s more details involved with that story if you are intrigued enough to want to look it up.

Indiana woman, Geraldine Jones, drove to the home of Samantha Fleming on April 6, 2015. Jones knocked on the woman’s door posing as a child protective service officer. She dressed in business attire and even had a binder full of fake paperwork. Samantha’s boyfriend answered the door and woke her up. Jones told Samantha she was there to drive her infant daughter and her to a court hearing. Samantha believed Jones, and proceeded to pack up to go with her.

Samantha was later found in Jone’s home, she had been stabbed ten times. Her body was doused in bleach and was inside a bin located in a closet. The investigation uncovered that Jones had told family members she was pregnant and expecting twins. They found a fully furnished and decorated nursery in Jone’s home. It was also found that there had been a baby shower for Jones.

There’s so many more stories, here’s a few links to others I saved. Most have one thing in common; which is they lied about being pregnant and needed, in their mind, to produce a child. Others appear to have been pregnant but suffered a miscarriage and for whatever reason couldn’t admit to people that they had lost their baby.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-measure-madness/201012/new-mother-is-killed-her-baby-kidnapped

Police: Woman Kidnapped Expectant Mother And Tried To Cut Out Her Baby

Just recently this story happened which was after the Broussard case: https://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2020-02-17/kidnapping-plot-suspect-arrested-by-us-police/11970888?pfmredir=sm

Basically, a woman who went by the names Juliette Parker, Juliette Noel, and Juliette Gains posed as a photographer. She had posted online offering free baby photographs to mothers. Nothing is ever for free, perhaps from a friend but never from a supposed experienced in their field ‘professional’. The suspect visited a target’s home several times then on the third visit she drugged the mother via cupcakes. The victim immediately realized she had been drugged and asked the suspect to leave. After the suspect left with her teenage daughter the victim noticed her house keys were missing. There was an elaborate plan to steal her baby and thank goodness the mother knew something wasn’t right and acted.

What can we learn from some of these cases? Well, if someone shows up to your house claiming to be a child protective services officer you do not need to allow them in your home. Legally you have a right to deny access without a warrant signed by a judge, and be sure to ask for identification. It should go without saying, to review the complaint the person is claiming has been made by calling the department directly.

In the photographer posing story, I would say we should always question everything. Someone claiming to be a professional photographer willing to do photographs for free is a huge red flag. Professional photographers charge a lot of money for their knowledge and expertise, they had to pay for their education, as do all professionals. Try not to meet in your home with any photographer, unless you have another person present with you. There are many public locations to have these pictures taken.

The story of a random attack outside a pediatricians office had no warning signs or red flags. That’s not to say we cannot learn to be more vigilant and aware of our surroundings. Always look around before exiting your car, park close to the door if possible, walk briskly, and stay in line of and near cameras. Always have keys ready in hand before exiting a building, and ideally your phone, in case you need it. All these are safety measures we can use in our everyday life and we can make them a part of our routine.

If a friend is claiming to be pregnant the exact same time as you, and even claiming to be due the same time as you, question it! In the Broussard case one of the things that immediately caught my attention was when friends said no one saw a picture of Magen’s baby. What mother does not share a single picture on social media, or text, after becoming a mother? Most mothers want to immediately show off their newborn baby, especially to loved ones. A friend wanting to be in the delivery room isn’t peculiar if there’s a deep friendship there. If you already have a support system there such as a spouse or family member, then a friend insisting on being there too isn’t really necessary.

Let’s gain knowledge from these horrific tragedies and take a little bit of something from each to implement further safety measures. In doing so we can limit fewer babies being raised without their mothers.

Coincidence?

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I wrote a blog post called “Public Opinion” roughly two months ago. You can see that post if you missed it, or want to refresh your memory here: https://truecrimecaseanalysis.home.blog/2020/01/20/public-opinion/

I am bringing it back up after a story unfolded in Florida just two weeks ago. It’s the story of Sarah Boone out of Winter Park, Florida, in the Orlando area. Boone was arrested for second degree murder after her boyfriend was found deceased inside a suitcase. Boone claims that her and her boyfriend were both intoxicated and decided to play hide & seek. Boone claimed he got in a suitcase voluntarily and she zippered it up. At some point Boone went upstairs and passed out in her bed. When she woke she couldn’t find her boyfriend and realized he may still be in the suitcase. When Boone unzipped the suitcase her boyfriend was non responsive and not breathing. A small laceration was found on Jorge Torres Jr.’s lip and bruises had formed around his eyes.

A video was found on Boone’s phone which contradicts her initial claims to police. Torres can be heard, repeatedly, yelling her name. In the video, Boone says, “For everything you’ve done to me, (expletive) you. Stupid.” Boone is laughing in the video too, according to the affidavit.

Torres is heard saying, “I can’t (expletive) breathe.” Sarah replied, “That’s on you. That’s what it feels like when you cheat on me,” and “that’s what you do when you choke me,” and that he “should probably shut the (expletive) up.” The video also showed the suitcase facing down with Torres inside, pushing on the suitcase in an attempt to get out.

Why am I sharing this and how does this connect to the “Public Opinion” blog post about the Watts case? Allow me to explain…

Some people do not agree with the negative view many have about how Shanann Watts allowed Bella and Celeste to sleep. Not only in how she allowed them to sleep but, also how she had a strange fascination taking photos of them with blankets &/or pillows over their mouths and noses. Those people feel as though I and others were reaching, grasping, or trying to fit a narrative, when we share the photos as something negative. They say the pictures were in good fun, there was nothing malicious, and it is sheer coincidence they died by smothering. Is it though? Here is why I ask…

Sarah Boone, the woman we just discussed, who killed her boyfriend by zippering him up in a suitcase took this photo. This photo is her son from four years ago zipped up in a suitcase, in the left picture, and as you see is in the right picture too. Her son is smiling and it seems all in good fun. Just four years later though, that’s exactly how she killed her boyfriend.

I had a bit of deja vu when I looked into the story and saw this prior suitcase photo. On the original photo, no one batted an eye at the potential danger. There were comments from friends laughing, making jokes, and wishing them a fun filled trip. Similar to the reactions of Shanann’s friends & family to the girls allowed sleeping behaviors. After Boone killed her boyfriend using a suitcase, per usual, the public scrolled Boone’s Facebook profile and quickly stumbled on the prior suitcase photo. More deja vu as I read some of the comments people left, and looking at the picture in hindsight, of what ended up being her murder weapon. Let’s review those, because it reminded me of peoples reaction to the creepy doll picture Shanann posted a few days before the murders. I previously shared some of the comments on the creepy doll picture and how at the time many of the commenters didn’t know that was exactly how the girls slept. They were outraged that a doll was covered up in that manner but, when it was finally revealed there were countless photos of the girls sleeping in similar ways they were not phased one iota. Here are some comments left recently about Boone’s prior suitcase picture:

I agree it’s not wise to teach or condone a child to climb in a small airtight space they can get entrapped in. This could cause a child to do something similar when not in your presence, which is extremely dangerous. Boone’s son at the time of the picture was around 3 to 4 years old and it was intended to be in good fun.

Bella & Celeste Watts, who repeatedly slept in a manner very similar to smothering, then both died by smothering. Here is a woman who killed her boyfriend by sticking him in a suitcase and zippering him up. Four years prior the same woman zipped her own son up inside a suitcase. In hindsight, when looking at Boone’s suitcase picture, did you have a bit of deja vu reading the comments that were left too? Next question, do you believe it’s all just a creepy coincidence in both stories? Let us know in the comments of our Facebook page located here: https://www.facebook.com/TruecrimeAnalysis/

Stay tuned because the Broussard blog post is on the editing floor. I am headed now to begin a new series on the Stauch case with all the updates this week. See you soon…

Stay tuned…

Persecution (Part 3)

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I have a list of things to discuss in this blog post about the Gannon Stauch story. It is taking three parts for this series to cover all the madness and once I finish this one it still won’t cover it entirely.

As I write this on 2/22 there have been no updates or breaking news in regards to the case. Gannon is still missing, the case is still not labeled as a criminal investigation, no person of interest named, no suspects mentioned, and no arrests. Let’s get back to it!

Any time these cases unfold the trolls run a muck all over the groups, YouTube, Twitter, and even Facebook messenger. I am always skeptical of anything posted from a “source” claiming they have inside information. I am the type that says it is fake until it’s proven real. Did you know there are apps that allow you to make fake texts, Facebook posts, tweets, Facebook messages, etc. ? I have said it before and I will say it again, you can be anyone you want to be on the internet! It astounds me how gullible & naive some of the general public can be. So many fall for anything said and very few ever stop to question the legitimacy of information.

The excessive gullibility of some astounds me, even worries me about these people in everyday life! Some are the type you can sell the clothes they are wearing right back to them. Good grief! Let me give an example of a comment that was said in one of the groups that so many members believed. I will point out exactly how you can tell it’s nonsense.

I really hope most my readers and listeners can spot the part that shows this to be fake information. For those who cannot spot it right away let me break it down:

This entire second half of the comment. It is saying that everything happened right in front of a camera, and Tee sat right in front of said cameraS. It says if Tee confesses and tells how it all played out she won’t be in as much trouble. If “something” happened directly in front of a camera, why would she have to tell how it played out? If it’s on camera she would have been arrested already, and no confession would be needed. Confessing would not get her in less trouble if she was indeed caught on multiple cameras murdering her stepson.

Jump to the bottom of the comment, it says these multiple people who all have footage aren’t releasing it to the public only to law enforcement. It then ends with saying “because they don’t want to risk messing up the case”. If any of this were true this random person would not even be saying this, because it absolutely would mess with the investigation. It’s nonsense plain and simple. It is also quite obvious, this poster knows every person who got footage? Nah. Doesn’t matter though because the groups went wild over it.

In part one of this series I had shared messages that Tee’s daughter received. I know they are real, because I cropped the pictures of the people’s name out before I uploaded it. The names matched people on the members lists in many of the Gannon groups. Their history in the groups show they did send them.

Let me share something else though:

Seen in this screenshot is only two apps that can generate fake messages. There are several other very quick ways to produce the same without downloading an app.

1) Is to duplicate a profile; take someone’s profile picture, cover photo, basic information section, and produce a new profile. Sounds like a process but I can make a basic profile in mere minutes. People use the profile to have a conversation with someone else, screenshot the conversation, then the fake profile gets deleted afterwards. Boom, you have a whole fake conversation to share.

2) Trolls produce fake messages by taking any profile they have already and simply changing the name.

3) Is to put a “nickname” on any person in messenger and then change the profile picture.

4) There is also of course photoshopping and I am sure other ways I am not even aware of.

Moral of the story – stop believing everything you see! It’s the internet! Everything and anything can be replicated and produced.

Some of the reasons that people give for why they think Tee has lied boils down to fake messages they’ve seen. This also stands for comments too, and it’s done in the exact same ways I listed. This doesn’t confirm Tee lied, but does confirm people will believe anything.

Then there are those who claim to have inside information. Let me give you an example from Gannon’s case:

These comments sparked hundreds of posts to be made. Let me start by saying that on YouTube you can change your name to anything just like Facebook. This profile seen in the screenshots appeared on a YouTube live as, Brian Rasmussen. Which I googled that name, because often trolls copy names of famous people. Here’s what I found:

A college tennis coach & an actor.

Someone who argued relentlessly with me about the validity of this person said she called the Petco he claimed to work at. He supposedly works at a Petco 21 miles away, but there is a Petco right by the Stauch family home. This group member mentioned the name we see in the screenshot when she called, and of course to fit her argument she says they confirmed him to be an employee. Go figure! It is never okay to call a business to ask questions about a case you are following on social media. That’s a line no one should cross and in this circumstance I do think she called. I am betting many called, but I do not believe they confirmed his employment there. What is the purpose of calling anyway? Let the detectives do their jobs!

This “Brian” claimed he is a cashier that checked out Tee at Petco on that Monday morning hours before Gannon went missing. A Petco trip has never been confirmed by Tee or law enforcement therefore, we do not know if she even went to Petco. That does not stop the groups from making hundreds of posts about the now infamous two stops at Petco. Every post & comment is as if it is a confirmed FACT she did, because this one YouTuber’s comment said so.

I did not buy anything “Brian” threw down. What’re the odds a Petco employee would happen to be tuned into a live video on a YouTube channel about the case? On a channel that I, as a True Crime blogger, had never even heard of before? You know where trolls hang out the most? YouTube! The chances it’s his actual name? Slim. People took these comments and ran full throttle with it. We don’t even know if she went to Petco at all, let alone twice. Nothing has been confirmed and Tee only said she went shopping. “Brian” said she was looking at clearance dog coats and somehow the public turned that into she bought 3 dog coats. Someone said they “thinks” it was probably a buy two coats get one free sale. That’s not a fact, it’s her opinion based on what “Brian” said. Someone else made a post with her theory in it, she said Tee left her phone that’s why she went back a second time. The way she worded it was as if it were a fact. People started to run all over the groups telling everyone she left her phone behind. This then escalated more by making people think she did it intentionally so she could dump his body without being tracked. A few days after “Brian” appeared in the comments of this YouTube channel live discussion another “source” was leaving comments too. Odds now that two “sources” happen to tune into the same exact channel with inside information? That hasn’t been confirmed anywhere else? Highly unlikely based off my experience with these cases.

On another YouTube channel a woman called in saying she was the sister of a neighbor who lived by Gannon. She spoke about the truck footage before it got leaked. She told the audience what she was told by her sister about what the footage showed. This means the neighbor who found the footage told her sister, and then her sister told her, before she told YouTube. Guess what? What she claimed the video showed was proven false when the video leaked. Telephone game again, folks.

A few days later someone shared this photo:

If you have not had time to watch the footage mentioned earlier in this series this picture shows a red truck similar to the one in that footage. A member of a group posted it claiming that a real estate person just “happened” to capture this car on the day Gannon went missing. It was said the car was acting “suspicious” and was near the location the police had been searching through the snow. The groups went WILD! Even Gannon’s mother shared it asking where it came from! Guess what? Turned out to be totally bogus, the video was shot in the Denver area no where near their home or law enforcements search location. The car was not even the same make & model either by the way. Three different people claimed to know the the woman who took the video and proclaimed it was legit. They all lied! How terrible to get a family’s hopes up! This is what sparked the comment I shared earlier in this post about everything being caught on video. Yes, this picture spun into a whole tale. Unreal!

Even after it was proven to be fake with the actual footage, people refuse to accept it. Theories unfolded that maybe, just maybe, she did go to Denver. Boy, oh boy.

The very next day this was shared by Gannon’s mother on her Facebook:

It was on the neighborhood ring app and the owners of the home were asking if anyone knew this person. Landen said in her post she thought it looked like Tee. The crowd went wild again…

Turns out the picture was taken eleven days prior and they later found out the woman in the picture was going around selling solar panels. What had me in stitches is the theories people came up with! They were thinking Tee went around taking pictures of neighbors’ cameras, so she knew where everyone’s cameras were so she can avoid being seen. These theorist’s implied that she premeditated the murder of her stepson. I kept my mouth shut but wanted to say, “So in order to avoid being seen on camera she walked up on to the porch of neighbors’ houses and took a picture of a camera while that camera took a picture of her?” Why does no one stop to think about what they are saying? That makes no sense at all.

What’s even more hilarious to me is one minute there’s a post thinking Tee is some criminal mastermind, and then several posts saying she has called in all 700 tips to send law enforcement on a wild goose chase. I wish I were kidding. Other posts accuse Tee of running 50 different Facebook profiles hopping from profile to profile and group to group to defend herself. These same people who think this are the ones thinking she was stupid enough to walk up to a camera to be captured for eternity. Is she a mastermind? Or dumb? They need to make up their minds.

Tee went on a social media crusade almost two weeks ago defending herself. She made a long post in the Lorson Ranch community group that included pictures, a video, and she left some comments too. A lot of her post was disclosing information about Landen’s (Birth Mom) past. People felt this was in poor taste and it didn’t matter if his mom had a past. Let me say this; it does irk me when people air their dirty laundry on Facebook. I really dislike it, but I also understand, sometimes it is needed. I am not defending Tee’s actions. I want to be hypothetical here for a moment, let’s say Tee is innocent. Now let’s say the things she disclosed (and some claims were backed up with proof) about Landen is true. Now imagine the public is sending you and those close to you death threats. Everyone is accusing you of murder, digging in your past, analyzing you, etc., and you have to sit back watching the public coddle his mother, who actually does have a shady past. When you knowing so much about her and were the one raising Gannon, legally. That’s enough to make anyone react and speak up. Like wait just a minute here …

It’s easy for people not in that situation to say Tee shouldn’t care what people think or say. Whole other ballgame to be in her position! I cannot know what I would do, but I can envision myself doing the same. Although, probably more likely I would drop the proof and let it speak for itself. That’s a tough situation to be in. You know what caused this sudden post to her neighbors? Gannon’s mother’s side of the family had been talking bad about Tee all over social media groups. I didn’t know that at first and when I saw Tee’s post I actually said in a group, “Her post feels like she was provoked”. I don’t know why, but that was the impression I got. I got attacked BAD and everyone swore Tee was just a narcissistic piece of garbage. A few hours later the information about comments made disparaging Tee by family members came out, BEFORE her post. Not even joking, I was right! I am not saying it is okay for her to do it, because the others did it first however, it was her decision. Come on, we are not children. It does show a double standard and how context always matters.

Tee’s post caused the groups to defend Landen which resulted in Landen being coddled even more. It backfired for sure, because it appears Landen can do no wrong in this story. The double standards in this case are unbelievable. Let me give another small example, if I listed them all it would take an entire blog post. Landen left the STATE during the time that police were spending a great deal of effort digging, poking, and sifting through snow based off a tip they received. Very few batted an eye about it. Had Tee left the state…you know I don’t even think I could adequately describe how the groups would have reacted had the roles been reversed.

Tee cannot win! As, I’ve said, she is damned if she does, and damned if she doesn’t. We have not heard from Tee since 2/12, as I type we are rolling into 2/23. I mentioned in a group that we have not heard from her in almost 2 weeks and someone said her silence is worse! I am not kidding. That person said because she was speaking out right when Gannon went missing, that it was the worst time. Really? Why? There is no reason, nor reasoning. Even with SILENCE they fault her. Whether innocent or guilty, can you imagine being in that position, that no matter what you do or say it simply doesn’t matter? Another person said if she had apologized afterwards, then people would have forgiven her for “attacking” Landen and gained respect. I laughed extremely hard at this, it is clear that commenter is not in any of the groups I am in! No way, no how, would anyone have gained respect for Tee had she apologized, or would any of them have forgiven her.

Let’s continue & wrap this up. We can continue to discuss the case as more information is disclosed.

A very short video clip was released by Tee in her community group post that I have been talking about. The video Tee claims was recorded accidentally, and it is mostly just audio, of Gannon crying. It was supposedly taken after the candle incident and you hear Tee speaking with Gannon. Here’s the video: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=EhLRB228mBI

This video enraged people to the point they started waving their torches in the air and chanting it was child abuse, manipulation, neglect, emotional abuse, and one poster even said Tee had terrorized Gannon. Others joined in saying, “Yes, spot on she is a terrorist!” Woah! Everyone will see things differently and some may not be okay with how she handled it. It may not fit another’s parenting style. It may make you uncomfortable to hear a child crying who is now missing. Screaming terrorist & abuse though? That’s a bit of a reach, let’s reel it back in here.

The audio is under three minutes long of one moment in time of Tee’s parenting. I can not scream abuse, manipulation, or anything else without much more documented evidence of her parenting. That’s being a rational person. We all have our bad moments and maybe that was one of her bad moments. Honestly, the video did not bother me. Am I saying I would have handled it the same way? No. I won’t lie, if my kid burned our carpet I would definitely not be hugging them and telling them it’s okay, as one commenter suggested. Yes, someone actually said she should have hugged him for burning the carpet. Hey, if hugs work in your house for consequences and discipline that is amazing! Oh, how I wish all it took was a hug with my kids. At the rate my busy kids are I would be hugging someone every five minutes.

Anyway, hopefully you’ve heard the video by now. Personally, the way I took the video is that she was trying to calm him down and was just spewing out words to fix the situation. People were flabbergasted she talked about selling the couch to repair the carpet and took it literal, as if she was really going to do that. How many reading this have told their kids if they don’t stop misbehaving Santa isn’t coming? How many reading have told your kids that if they do not clean up their toys you are gonna throw them away? Ever told your kids you will cancel your fun plans if they don’t stop arguing? These are a few examples and you know when you said it that you really did not mean that. Especially, not about things you spent money on like Christmas presents, throwing away toys, or cancelling already paid for plans. Do you really believe she was gonna sell their couch? I do not believe that for a second! I took it as more of a; hey Gannon, listen its okay, we will do what we have to do, just stop crying. Then she just spit out random things to sell hoping he would calm down and realize everything will be okay. They will fix it and all will be okay.

I often tell my husband I feel like a bomb diffuser or hostage negotiator with our kids. I am constantly trying to calm someone down, making deals, persuading, or convincing a child in some way. Do you have any idea how many times I’ve found myself in the middle of Walmart trying to negotiate with a three year old? The whole “please stop screaming”, and “I will give you that tongs you saw in aisle 7” hmmmm, okay? Come on, I think we have all been there trying anything just to get them to stop crying, and yes even saying the most ridiculous things. You know how it’s often said that kids say the darnedest things? In our house I say, “Add this to the list of things I never thought I would say as a parent.”

As far as Gannon’s crying, I’ve noticed that us parents often hear someone else’s kid crying and feel sympathy for the child. Our kids cry and we are less understanding. I can hear a kid crying in Target and say “Aww” but, my kid cries and I am all come on kid hush. I hope you are giggling right now, because I know others have felt this way. Point being, every kid is different and we don’t know the dynamics of their household. I have an overly emotional sensitive child, but all my kids have expressed themselves similarly to the other before. That particular child cries worse over the Internet being out and not being able to watch Netflix than Gannon is in that video. No exaggeration! It feels as though someone is always crying, screaming, whining, yelling, hooting, hollering, or fussing over something in my house. Of course they are not always upset, we have a ton of giggling throughout the day.

I hear a boy who accidentally knocked over a candle, possibly had even been told to be careful five times before he knocked it over too. Most accidents here usually occur after I have said multiple times to stop. Which of course leaves me saying, “I told you to….” Gannon sounds like he knew what he did was wrong and was concerned about getting in trouble. I felt nothing more than that. Others were really disturbed by his cries and even said it sounded as though he was having issues breathing, sounded like he was significantly hurt, and one even said it sounded like he was suffering from internal bleeding. How you can sound like you are suffering from internal bleeding is beyond me. You try to make sense of that opinion!

There is STILL so much more to discuss, but let’s stop there for now.

Let’s not forget an eleven year old boy is missing who loves all of his parents. Write as though he may read it someday. Will this case be another with a major plot twist no one saw coming? A miracle in the making? Or, will the public end up being spot on? Most important question, will the public be able to accept & apologize if they are wrong? I hope we soon find out, because Gannon’s family needs him home.

For my loyal blog followers I have full intentions of discussing Detective Baumhover’s new blog. You thought I moved on from the Watts’ case? Not a chance! Give me a few days before that rolls out and finally the Heidi Broussard blog post.

I am seeing quite a few new followers to the blog. Please feel free to check out all other blog posts, you can get to all of them here: https://truecrimecaseanalysis.home.blog/2019/12/29/all-in-one-place/

Persecution (Part 2)

Audio version available here: https://www.facebook.com/102475607821736/posts/209533473782615/?vh=e&d=n

Right back to it! Remember this is an ongoing investigation and as of now it has not been labeled a criminal one. Gannon is still missing and as I type this that could change at any moment. If that occurs I will update the post before publishing and add asterisks so you know it’s an update.

Let’s discuss Tee’s interview for a moment. I am not gonna break down the entirety of the interview, just some key points. Tee’s interview was filmed in the family’s neighborhood called Lorson Ranch. Tee was present on camera, but her back was to the cameraman. This immediately alarmed people and they thought she was trying to hide any potential body language. Some even said Tee took notes from Chris Watts on what not to do. No one stopped to consider other possible reasons for her appearing on camera in this way. Let me list some possibilities:

1) It was filmed in what appears to have been a very wide open area with no shade in middle of the day. She did have on sunglasses but depending on the direction of the sun, it could have still been heavily in her face. Some would say, well then it would be in reporters eyes. If you watch the reporter, he does appear to put his head down when speaking and when he looks up he is squinting. Probably wasn’t the case but, a possibility. Here’s an example of what I mean:

Squinting
Looking down

2) It could be that the media saw her outside and began to speak with her, hoping she would agree to go on camera. The cameraman could have set the camera down behind her as she spoke with the reporter. Once she agreed to go on record it is possible they just started rolling rather than move anything.

3) The reporter brought up death threats Tee had been receiving, which she clearly had told him prior to the on camera interview. Yes, her face is on the Internet but this may have been the reporter’s decision to have her hidden due to the threats.

4) Someone I was talking to brought up another possibility that made a lot of sense to me. She said Tee seems like the kind of person who has to be “done up” before going anywhere. It’s clear in the video she’s not at her best and maybe didn’t want to appear on camera on the spur of the moment. The reason this made so much sense to me is because my own mother will not even go in a gas station if she doesn’t have makeup on. Tee had shared she had to leave the family home, leaving behind all her possessions, which would include her clothes & makeup. Most wouldn’t care what they looked like when their child is missing but, for those who are in a habit and typically care, it’s plausible. Not everyone is the same! I will roll up at a mall in my pajamas, because I simply don’t care. That’s me.

Am I saying any of these are reasons why? No. I am saying there could be other explanations as to why it was recorded that way. No one cared to consider other possibilities though. It was cut & dry to them she’s guilty since her back was turned. You know it may very well be that we simply don’t know. I am not crazy enough to bother the poor reporter to ask him. Please do not contact him either.

During the interview Tee was all over the place. She talked about her rights being violated by police and how she hopes she would eventually get an apology for being falsely accused & mistreated. Yes, I have to absolutely agree it was mostly about her, and not Gannon. To so many this meant she was a narcissist. I hate how often that word is thrown around! 8/10 times people don’t even know what an actual narcissist is but, fling it around like pizza dough. You cannot label her a narcissist off only one interview. Have you ever been on camera? I have! I am a very confident person and outgoing, I thought I would have my interview in the bag. I even practiced everything I would say. As soon as they hit LIVE I was a deer in headlights and all over the place. I didn’t remember anything I rehearsed, and the things I did remember to say, I did not express in order. I was fidgeting & fiddling and left out a lot of what I wanted to say. It was a train wreck. I was shocked by the fact I totally flopped because it goes against my natural personality.

Mind you, I was just sharing a personal emotional story about my family and it did not involve a missing child. I can not fathom what it must be like to go on camera when your world is falling apart, the public is after you scrutinizing every detail, death threats, family issues, police involved, and a child is missing on top of it! Yikes! It makes me nervous just thinking about it. And, if guilty even more nerve wracking trying to keep lies straight. It doesn’t surprise me that her interview wasn’t flawless. If Tee went on blubbering and talking all about Gannon they would have found faults in her blubbering and how she should have been more focused, or composed, to get the word out about Gannon. You cannot win! What also needs to be taken into account is the interviewer was a reporter and had very leading questions, because let’s face it, reporter’s want to sell headlines. The beginning of the interview starts off with him mentioning the death threats she’s received, naturally she started to talk about that! He didn’t ask about Gannon at first, although soon afterwards he did. The next question was about the social media presence surrounding the case, the accusations, theories, and conspiracies against her. So again, of course she started to speak about that.

At one point in the interview she called over her daughter to verify Gannon was at home after their hike on Sunday. People said Tee coached her daughter on camera. That makes no sense, because it was her idea for her daughter to come over, and even speak with the reporter. Why even call her over in the first place if she wasn’t sure her daughter would verify and say exactly what she wanted?

People are all over Facebook groups screaming she’s a liar but, when you ask them what she lied about they get all bent out of shape and offer no answer. They refuse to share why they are calling her a liar and just attack. The few who have taken the time to explain what they interpret as lies, in my opinion, fail to actually prove it a lie. I want to cover some of those but first let me make clear the following:

Taking what Tee said and comparing it to what the media has reported does not mean she lied. The news is known for running with information, being inaccurate, and even sensationalizing and lying for views. Even the news sources who strive for accuracy are guilty of these things. Remember, it was reported for five days that Chris Watts had confessed to killing his wife and daughters, when we now know he never said anything close to that at the time.

Taking what Tee said and comparing it to what her mother said does not mean Tee lied. That’s called telephone, third party information, or hearsay. She was not there.

Taking what Tee said and comparing it to what a random person on the internet said does not mean Tee lied. Anyone claiming to be a source, close to the family, a witness, etc. is not a fact. You can be anyone you want to be on the internet! When these stories transpire the trolls come out in troves from their mommy’s basement.

Confirmed to be from their hike on Sunday.

-The whole issue about Tee lying about Burger King we already discussed in Part One. Here’s what I said:

To expand on this, it’s being deemed a lie because in her interview she used the word “we”. Tee’s mother was in a group and said Tee & her daughter had dropped Gannon off at home before going to Burger King. Tee’s mother was not even there, so she does not know anything except what she is told. The public is taking what Tee said as literal and thinking they all immediately went to Burger King after their hike. Simply because she stated, “we went to Burger King after” does not prove who went nor that it’s a lie. And, again, the telephone game is in action.

-I discussed in the first part of this series about how there are nurses hotlines to ask questions versus going to doctor, no need to go over that again. Here it is in the following screenshots for a refresher:

I also seen that Tee said the doctor told her a home remedy to try, and people did not believe that. Why not?My kids have a mainstream pediatrician who also turns to natural remedies & treatments for minor issues. There’s no reason for a child with constipation or even a stomachache to sit in a sick filled waiting room for nothing. Any number of remedies can be easily explained over the phone.

-Tee said on a post “He was gone after the bus came” and commenters called that a lie because he didn’t go to school. Well, he has a younger sister who did go to school that day and even if she hadn’t, by saying he was still home after the daily bus came fits the timeline of when she claims she last saw him.

-Tee said to a friend in a text that she doesn’t keep up with all his friends and didn’t know which ones he went to hang out with. She also said Gannon had texted his father, who was away, asking if he could go. Last she said that his dad allowed him to roam the neighborhood. This last part is proven true, because his father Albert was quoting as saying:

His father was texting all Gannon’s friends when he wasn’t even home, which does show he had his friends saved in his phone. If Gannon’s phone was left behind it’s safe to assume his friends numbers were in it. What we do not know is if his phone was immediately given to police when they arrived that evening. If it was then Tee had no access to it. If his father was already calling everyone there would be no need for her to call too.

-Tee said two things on different occasions. One was she said they can tell he got out of the truck with technology that detects shadows & movement. The other, that there was footage turned in of the other side of the truck after the initial video was leaked. The public says this is contradicting. It could be they were able to analyze the footage at first then later received additional footage that confirmed it.

-Social media sleuths have focused in on one of her first comments that said, “he did not go to school today. Nor have we heard from him.” You can see the entire comment here:

They think this was said on Monday, but you can tell it was said on Tuesday the day after he went missing. The use of the word nor tells me she meant he didn’t show up to the school on Tuesday after he went missing. Most wouldn’t think he would show up to school, but it’s possible he could have. We know he didn’t because they had checked.

-Tee originally said he left with nothing but later said his Nintendo Switch was not at the home. This doesn’t mean she lied about him not taking anything. It could mean later upon further inspection the switch was found to be missing.

–In her initial interview she talked as though Albert & her were not speaking to each other because of all this. Over a week later she said they talk everyday. Again, the sleuths proclaimed this was a contradicting lie. How can anyone call this a lie? It could have been initially there was a conflict but later the couple talked.

-Some random person on the internet claims that Tee’s best friend told her that Tee said her ex-husband was after her about money. Tee’s first husband actually died. This does not mean Tee lied, because some random on the internet made this claim.

-The scrutinizers are hung up on her calling her daughter a kid but, then claim her daughter is in the Air Force. Technically, it is her kid. I am in my late 30s, married, with several kids, and my mother still references me as a kid.

-Tee claims there was a candle situation that occurred Sunday evening. Supposedly, Gannon knocked a candle over and it burnt the carpet on the rug. The public sleuths proclaim that’s impossible and that the wax would have put the candle out. To that I say tell your local fire department that it is impossible because I bet they would disagree with you. One easy google search revealed, “Candles are festive and can brighten up any room, but they are also the leading cause of house fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)”

-Tee claimed she was being run off the road by angry people who are out for her. This is absolutely possible and has happened in other cases. “They” say it’s a lie, because her car was taken so how can that be happening. No one stopped to think maybe she has a rental car to get around, driving a friends’ car, or has received her car back.

-The public says she lied about not having her possessions when she gave her interview, because it was later said that she had a police escort to collect her things. Her interview was within the first few days of Gannon missing. If she later had a police escort that does not mean she lied about originally having to leave without her stuff.

-Oh, those sleuths! Tee had second guessed herself on what he was wearing. That’s pretty normal to second guess yourself because, let’s face it, parents aren’t expected to remember exactly what their kids wear every time they leave the house. We do not walk around making a mental note of every nonsignificant thing with the idea lurking in the back of our minds that our kid may go missing at any given time. Tee later said in her media statement that she had taken a selfie with Gannon in the truck that day. Of course, this made everyone call her a liar because originally she wasn’t totally sure (second guessing herself). Think about that for a second, if he was in the backseat of the truck, and she took a selfie his pants wouldn’t be visible. Guess which article of clothing she was not totally sure about? His pants. She simply couldn’t remember if they were for certain black pants or blue jeans.

-They say she lied in her interview about her daughter’s car keys.

God forbid she forgot the keys were in her purse. I mean no one ever forgets things. Yes, that’s sarcasm.

-Tee says she’s hired a lawyer and can not talk about the details of the case. When she did speak about some minor details of the case her lawyer got mad about her disclosing information. It wasn’t anything that would mess with the investigation. It was details mostly about the weekend before he went missing. Even when she shared minor information those reading it did not believe her because they say she would have included proof. But wait, as I said “they” were mad she disclosed information, but also wanted her to provide proof. Can’t make this up even if I wanted to.

– One commenter said the following (bm is birth mother):

Tee didn’t start this fundraiser a family friend did, so not a lie that Tee may think money being donated to the birth mother should go for a reward.

-The public is hung up on her saying; “This was an accident not some tragedy and Gannon is alive.” They are sold this was a Freudian slip admitting it was an accident. If it was an accident that’s a tragedy. I perceived it as her saying this wasn’t some malicious horrible thing that so many think it is. Which is what the majority thinks, she murdered her stepson that she had custody of.

-“They” say it’s a lie because she said he was going to a friends house but there’s no footage of him leaving. How do they know there isn’t? How do they know he didn’t leave out of the gate, and was captured by some creep? We don’t know, because the police haven’t said. What we do know is that there was an attempted abduction a few days before Gannon disappeared and one just earlier yesterday, eleven miles away.

– Commenters say it doesn’t make sense he stayed home from school “sick” but then later went to a friend’s house. I think it’s plausible given he wasn’t sick, but had a stomach issue. He may have been feeling better and would not have been contagious. “They’re” also saying it doesn’t make sense she took him out on errands if he was sick. As I just said it was a stomach issue and many parents take their kids out when actually sick. It doesn’t mean anything.

Do you see where I am going with all this? I am analyzing the information and coming up with reasonable explanations & possibilities. If this turns out to be a mostly circumstantial case, a defense lawyer and then a jury, would be analyzing it the same way, probably more so. At least any good lawyer and jury would, & should. The whole idea is to raise reasonable doubt.

This post above made me giggle. More happens in my household in 24 hours than that, obviously besides any child going missing. When you have multiple kids it’s nonstop chaos for the most part. If that person has kids and an uneventful household I will gladly trade places. Kidding, of course…

I am serious though, kids get hurt, have accidents, make messes, etc. It’s not abnormal to have that much happen in three days time. I live in a 1300 square foot home and am always right here, or within feet, of my kids. They still manage to have things happen.

I am not done and about to start Part 3. As this story unfolds I will continue to write about it whether Tee ends up innocent or guilty.

Stay tuned for Part 3…

Which is available now: https://truecrimecaseanalysis.home.blog/2020/02/25/persecution-part-3/

The search for Gannon is ongoing. Today is 3 weeks & 5 days.

Persecution (Part 1)

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Welcome back! In order for me to write any of these posts it is almost mandatory for me to follow True Crime group discussions very closely. Trying to balance my personal life, the blog, and these cases can be taxing & time consuming. The current case I have been following heavily is the story of Gannon Stauch. I briefly brought up Gannon’s story in the, “Coffee Chat” blog post. You can see that post here: https://truecrimecaseanalysis.home.blog/2020/02/04/coffee-chat-part-1/

Please refrain from sharing this post in the groups that are specified as only Gannon groups, as tempting as it may be. You will understand why it’s not a good idea to share in those groups, instead feel free to share this in generalized True Crime groups. What an eventful three weeks it has been since handsome young Gannon vanished. The groups have gone wild and are disturbingly out of control. The witch hunt often seen in these type of cases is beyond overboard, it’s perturbing to me to say the least. The majority of the public has Gannon’s stepmother, Leticia, tied to a stake waiting & chanting for the fire to be started. She was the last to see him before he vanished. Every ounce of rational, logical, reasonable, level headed critical thinking has completely gone out the window. If you aren’t sitting Indian style, or throwing wood in the pile for the fire to be lit with the townspeople, you are then accused of defending & supporting Leticia. They take it even further by accusing people of being her family, friend, and even her! I was accused of being Leticia eight times in one day! I am currently on a Facebook ban as they reported me thinking I was her! How insane is that? Pass the marshmallows!

On top of that, the rumors, misinformation, and drama is bountiful, dare I say far more than I have ever seen before. For those new to hearing the name Gannon Stauch let me backtrack and share what we know. What we know is basically nothing, nada, zip, zilch, that’s what you need to know. I am kidding of course there are basics, here they are:

Gannon is a 11 year old boy seen here:

Here is his missing flyer please share for the family:

The story is out of guess where? Colorado! Colorado Springs area to be exact.

Gannon and his younger sister live with their father Albert & stepmother Leticia who I mentioned already.

Albert (father) is in the military and was away for training when his son Gannon went missing.

Gannon’s mother lives in South Carolina & has another younger child from another marriage.

Leticia (stepmother) has an older daughter from a previous marriage.

Based off a series of events that have taken place over the last 3 weeks throughout social media, it is safe to say there is a massive amount of family drama.

Gannon was last seen, according to his stepmother, between 3:15-4:00 pm timeframe on January 27th, 2020.

Gannon was originally reported as a run away and was upgraded to a missing endangered child soon afterwards.

Law enforcement who is handling the investigation is being incredibly tight lipped. They refuse to confirm, or deny, any piece of information.

Gannon’s parents spoke during a press conference the first week he was missing.

https://www.facebook.com/taylorbishopfox21/videos/2995894563776827/?vh=e&d=n

Gannon’s stepmom gave a separate interview to a local media station the same week.

https://www.facebook.com/TrueCrimeJunkiesTCJ/videos/131791437989520/?vh=e&d=n

It’s been three weeks and it “appears” to the publics’ perspective that there’s been no progress, even though over 600 tips have been reported into the police tip line. That being said, there may be progress, we just don’t know because of how little information we have been given.

That’s it. That’s what we know. Most anything beyond that is a rumor. Oh, boy the rumors are aplenty!

Since we have very little information and hardly any facts right now ANYTHING is possible. Do not dare try to say that in any of the groups though, or they’ll tie you up on a stake with her. I think this case can really be a learning experience for those who are new to True Crime cases. Based off of what I have been watching unfold it seems similar to the Watts case, in the respect that there are many newbies in discussing these types of cases. Basic questions are being asked that most whom typically follow cases would know already, example being: “ Why wasn’t an Amber Alert activated?” The answer, in relation to Gannon, is because he was originally labeled a runaway.

Here is information on Amber Alerts: https://amberalert.ojp.gov/about/faqs#faq2

Do you know the cost to activate an Amber Alert? I didn’t! I found it can cost between $200,000-$500,000 dollars depending on what resources they use to find your child. There was a woman last year who killed her child, but lied about him being abducted. It was concluded she cost her state law enforcement departments $500,000 by lying! Wow!

You need car description &/or abductor in the most advantageous circumstances for law enforcement and finding the child. Hopefully both are available, which obviously is much more helpful. Amber Alerts are not activated every time a child goes missing, it’s simply just not how it works. If that upsets some, then take the time to contact your legislators and push for them to make a law, or reclassify Amber Alerts in general. That would be more productive than being angry at the police for not activating an Amber Alert when they have protocols and criteria to follow.


*There are rare exceptions to everything of course.

Let me continue, but first put a disclaimer:

I believe wholeheartedly in the concept of innocent until proven guilty. With the age of social media that idea has been completely lost. I believe in FACTS, and distinguishing those from rumors. I believe in choosing your words carefully, because if you don’t then opinions get misconstrued as fact! Which is exactly how rumors begin and circulate, like a game of telephone. Convicting someone and playing judge & juror can destroy someone’s life, and has. This is not a game, this is someone’s real life! I understand that “juicy” sells as much as sex does, I mean why else would the Jerry Springer show have become so well known & popular? That being said, an eleven year old boy is missing, at this point the chances that he is alive is extremely slim. He is/was an innocent young child who most likely loved the people who cared for him, which includes his stepmother. I don’t know what happened to Gannon, and neither does anyone else at this point. Emotions do not belong in True Crime discussion. It is human nature to feel sympathy, and sadness. It is not healthy if you are crying, losing sleep, having dreams, or publicly saying you are gonna need mental health support over a child you didn’t even know! It is also not cool to leave comments on people’s social media that are involved in a case, either victims or suspect! I really hope 95 percent of the people I have seen discussing this particular case will never be called to jury duty, because their behavior is quite unnerving.

Let’s proceed.

Stepmom Leticia, who I will now refer to as “Tee” from here-forth, was the last to see Gannon as previously mentioned. Over the weekend she had disclosed that Gannon was helping her unload items in the garage, and happened to cut his foot on a hammer. Here’s a picture of the garage taken a week later:

As you see, right there is a table saw in an area that is very cluttered. I work with wood, and I can attest that when one is building, dropping tools, placing them on floor, having them scattered, etc. is quite normal. Given the clutter surrounding the table saw it’s not a stretch that there may have been tools located on the floor in that area. Tee claims Gannon cut his foot, she cleaned it up, bandaged it, and he was good to go. This was a statement to the media a week after the live interview: “Saturday Night, G was helping me unload in the garage and cut his foot because there are a lot of tools because Albert does woodworking. He sat on the edge of the car and we bandaged it up. He was good to go. He always loves helping his dad in the garage build things like his LEGO tables and the flower pot they built for me as a gift. After this, I noticed G kept going to the side of the house.” I have cut myself on a tool before, I skimmed a hammer! There was a ton of blood but when I cleaned it up you couldn’t even see a cut. Similar to another time I cut my foot on a small piece of glass, after the accident blood galore, but as soon as I cleaned it up you wouldn’t have had a clue. Members of groups started questioning what kid would be walking barefoot in a garage, well mine do. We leave the door leading into the house open, because our washer & dryer are located in there as well as other things we need throughout the day. They were wondering why he would be helping unload anything in the garage barefoot, and to that I say have you never had to remind your kids to get their shoes on? I was relieved to see many people saying they walk barefoot in the garage, and even carry in groceries barefoot from the driveway into the garage. Relieved seems like a weird word choice, but it shows that not everyone is the same! Glad they spoke up about their personal experiences and actions.

People were assuming that since he needed a bandaid this must have meant the cut was bad. That’s simply not true and is an assumption. How many people put bandaids on paper cuts? The foot is an awkward location to have a cut and a bandaid would help if you need to put socks & shoes on. Tee has shared that they went hiking on Sunday, the social media groups couldn’t understand how he could go hiking when he cut his foot. Well, for starters we have no idea how bad this cut was! We don’t know where the cut was located, on the top, side or bottom of his foot. We don’t know anything in relation to the cut foot beyond he had cut himself according to Tee. They even went as far as saying this proves the cops must have found blood, because why even mention him cutting himself. Right after she discussed him cutting his foot, it was mentioned that he kept going to the side gate. If reading the media statement as it is written, it makes it appear as though she brought it up because it was a part of the lead up to him checking the gate. I don’t think it means, nor indicates, they found blood. Here is the rest of her quote; “After this, I noticed G kept going to the side of the house. He told me he was checking to see if the gate was locked because he was the only one with a gate key. It made him proud to be the man of the house while Albert was away. Fast forward, we did a hike on Sunday [cleared], and shopping on Monday [cleared as well for him getting out of the other side].”

There was a Burger King trip mentioned by Tee during her interview that was supposedly after their hike on Sunday. During her interview she said “We went to Burger King after”, and later Tee’s mother said Gannon was dropped off home, before going to Burger King. The public immediately called this a lie. During Tee’s interview her daughter made a brief appearance, which is when Tee said “We went to Burger King after”. She didn’t clarify who went and could have meant her daughter & herself. It did not necessarily mean that it was immediately after the hike before going home, or that Gannon went with them.

Monday rolled around and according to Tee, Gannon stayed home from school “sick”. Sick can mean a plethora of things, examples includes; cold, flu, headache, stomachache, etc. It’s been said by Tee’s mother on social media that it was for constipation. Note though, Tee’s mother was not there to know for sure. Constipation could definitely be something that would cause a child to stay home, and that does not require a doctors visit in many cases. Oftentimes, when a child is experiencing some sort of stomach issue a call into the nurses line will help a parent decide whether to take them in or not. Tee told someone in a message circulating that he had to go to the doctors, and she also mentioned calling the nurses line somewhere else. People proclaimed this as conflicting and declared her to be lying. She may have considered taking him to the doctors but after calling the nurses line was advised on what to do via phone, with no need for an in person visit. This doesn’t mean she lied.

During the morning hours of Monday, the day he vanished, a neighbors surveillance video showed two individuals leaving the Stauch family home. Opinions vary on what is seen in the footage. Some see Tee & Gannon, others see a male & Gannon, some see Tee & her daughter, and other variations. The truck pulls out and returns four hours later. This footage was found a few days after his disappearance by a neighbor who then spoke with the media. That neighbor showed the video to the family and media first, who was then asked by law enforcement not to share it. Unfortunately, a day later the footage was leaked via the media. It was claimed by the neighbor and most of the public that it shows Tee leaving with Gannon, and not returning with him.

If this is true it would mean her story about last seeing him between 3:15-4:00 pm that day is false, because she returned around 2:15pm. The issue here is law enforcement refuses to comment on the video, and were quite upset it was leaked, as it may have hindered their investigation. The second issue is the truck is seen backing into the driveway. You can see someone exit the drivers side after few seconds, it does not appear that anyone else gets out. The footage is only the drivers side of the truck, and there’s no way to know for sure if he didn’t get out the passengers side. I have been attacked for pointing this out, and people have said if he did we would see shadow, feet, legs or something under the truck. Many actually have thought they did see a shadow or feet on the other side. Put your law enforcement & jury hats on here for a second. If there is no clear shot in a video of the passengers side of the truck it is NOT a fact he didn’t get out. Saying you don’t see a shadow, feet, or legs isn’t enough for the people doing the real investigating in this case. It raises doubt, and can be simply explained away that he exited the other side. This footage does nothing for them without additional footage, and they may very well have seen other footage after this one was leaked. Due to the first footage being leaked it would make sense law enforcement would not make that mistake again to share any other footage. If I was a juror on this case there is no way could I accept that video as “proof” he did not return. Hopefully, most of you wouldn’t either! Here’s the footage that was leaked: https://youtu.be/Wx-2TdY0hCw

Personally, at the start of the video I see a male. It looks like a male with a book bag on shoulder, and white baseball cap backwards. When the person reaches the truck they appear to be as tall as the truck, and Tee in pictures does not appear to be that tall. Here’s a screenshot of the person, which to me it looks to be a male:

Read my words carefully again! I am not making excuses, defending, or supporting Tee. I am pointing out that a little bit of critical thinking, logic, rational, and level headedness without allowing emotions in can prevent persecution. If she is indeed guilty the law will hopefully handle it. Allowing the professionals to secure concrete evidence and perform a thorough investigation that can be passed off to the district attorney is ideal. Calling in theories, hunches, or opinions can hinder their efforts. Let the system decide her fate if she ends up guilty, but we the public do not need to destroy, harass, attack, implicate, accuse, or even worse, threaten her. Not just her, but any parent or person involved in one of these unthinkable situations. I had someone try to call me out, and say I did the same to Shanann Watts. False! And, Sigh! We discussed, analyzed, and theorized the FACTS. It’s not even remotely the same as what has been transpiring within this case. Furthermore, Shanann is deceased, and nothing we discuss can affect her worse than that.

Look at these messages sent to her minor daughter:

These are just a few messages to her daughter, and even with this proof people don’t believe Tee is getting these messages as she claims.

There seems to be a growing trend of following these cases and with it mass public scrutiny, and conviction involved in these cases. Let’s discuss what one should consider doing if they ever, sadly, find themselves in one of these situations.

In the year 2020 everything is recorded! When police arrive on scene, obviously share with them what is going on. Do not offer up any extra irrelevant information that is unnecessary to disclose. If you are asked to come in for questions, stick to the facts, and details that matter that can help locate your loved one. For any further questioning, and/or interrogating meetings, keep your lips zipped. Everything you say will be documented and can be brought up at a later time, and in court.

While most of us can not afford a lawyer on a whim there are ways around securing one. Until you can figure it out, decline further questioning without a lawyer’s assistance & guidance. Ask around to friends, family, and coworkers about a good local attorney. Call some offices and explain to them your current situation, they may do a free consultation.

I highly advise against agreeing to a lie detector test. There’s a reason they are not admissible in a courtroom. Law enforcement can lie to you at anytime, and even say you failed, this could lead to them lying about evidence against you that doesn’t even exist. The time & money spent on a polygraph test can go towards them working on the investigation, interviewing potential suspects, evidence collection, and local searches.

Do not blindly think you have “nothing to hide” and agree to everything they ask. Do not be naive and think the truth will set you free.

Consider NOT talking with the media unless it’s through a press conference led by police. If you do, after your statement refuse to answer any questions. If you secure a lawyer you can have them release a media statement on your behalf. Stay away from YouTube channels claiming they want to help, because they really only want to use you to promote their channel for having a “source”. Ask your friends & family not to speak with any of these channels, on any social media platforms.

These True Crime discussion groups are not for your eyes during such a scary time. Advise your friends & family to not join or engage with the public no matter how hard that is. Everything they say will be used against you within the publics’ eyes, and possibly even by law enforcement.

It is human nature to want to defend yourself. Many people can just ignore what is being said, because they know it’s all inaccurate. There are others who cannot handle it, and instinctually want to defend themselves. This is why being a part of these groups, reading any public posts and/or comments, or opening any private messages from someone you know, or don’t know, is not wise.

Immediately lock up your Facebook profile, and as a matter of fact do that now! Share publicly only information you want to be shared to get the word out. Advise your friends and family to do the same, because people will seek them out too if they are connected to you. You can go to Facebook Help to find instructions to lock your profile down.

Doing any of these listed things does not make you, or anyone else guilty! It makes you smart for protecting yourself from a witch hunt, and shielding yourself from incrimination, false accusation, false confession, or worse false conviction.

I don’t know how many times I’ve seen people say the following:

“If he/she is innocent they would be out helping search”

This is false. Often, law enforcement will ask the families to not help them in their searches. There are various reasons for not wanting the family to join them. In the Gannon Stauch case we have not seen or heard about ANY of the parents or family helping in the searches. If none are, then why is everyone saying the fact Tee isn’t out helping means she’s guilty? Not only that, but it’s quite an assumption that she isn’t helping with searches when we don’t have tabs on her all day long. That is why I said just because we have not seen, or heard of the parents doing this, that does not mean it’s a fact they aren’t.

“If he/she is innocent they would be begging & pleading for the public to help find their loved one”

This is false. Not every parent is emotionally and mentally able to speak to the public during such a horrifying time. Beyond that though, damned if you do & damned if you don’t. If you do, your every blink, twitch, words chosen, gestures, posture, etc. will be overanalyzed. They’ll pick apart even if you have a grey hair, because that may mean you are stressed. I am kidding of course on that last one, but this is how far the public takes it. A little girl went missing last week in South Carolina and immediately the public descended on her parents. They were digging into their past, looking up their history, stalking their family, and four days later the child was found deceased. It was disclosed today at a press conference that she was abducted by a neighbor who killed her, and then himself. When she had went missing every other post was people questioning WHY the parents haven’t spoken publicly, and that they must be guilty. Everyone seems to think they know exactly how they would be, and what they would do in these circumstances. We discussed all this in the, “Never Say Never” series here’s the link: https://truecrimecaseanalysis.home.blog/2020/01/07/never-say-never-part-1/

“If he/she were innocent they would take a polygraph test”

I can confidently say this is false. I know for a FACT I would not agree to one. I don’t need to be in that situation to know this is an exception for me. When you know far too much about how the process works then you know it’s best to decline. And again, there is a reason they are not allowed in a courtroom.

“If he/she were innocent their story wouldn’t change”

This kind of makes me giggle to see. I am noticing a lot of names in the groups about Gannon are also from the Watts case groups. Chris Watts’ story didn’t change those three days before his confession. That’s just the Watts case, and best believe there are more. Then when he confessed the first time, and they kept asking him the same questions in various ways, the details to that confession did not change. These same people seem to forget that Chris’s story didn’t change during the time his family was “missing” and we all know now he was lying!

“ If he/she were innocent they wouldn’t have used past tense”

This is also false. Sometimes people’s mind are already in a bad place, and mentally their mind defaults to past tense. The public was outraged to hear Tee speak of Gannon in past tense, but a few days later the other side of Gannon’s family spoke in past tense too. Tee also spoke of Gannon’s sister in past tense, so it could just be her speech mannerisms. I am not so sure it really means much. Consider this: People tend to speak in past tense when the person has been gone a few days. Let me give you an example: You have a friend come visit for two days, then leaves. Someone asks you about the visit and you say something to the effect of “She WAS so happy to see us.”

In the next part of this series about the disappearance of Gannon Stauch I will discuss:

Hypocrisy

Double standards

The “lies” people claim Tee has told

And more

Before I go, why is the public practically rooting to be right about the stepmom’s involvement in his disappearance? Look at just these two screenshots of comments left on his mother’s posts. What is so funny? Being right would mean someone Gannon trusted betrayed him! It would mean his life is over, two families’ lives destroyed, marriages broken up, a daughter without a mother, anguish, and utter heartbreak. The turn True Crime Case discussions have taken is snafu.

I’ll be back to continue…

Part 2 now available: https://truecrimecaseanalysis.home.blog/2020/02/21/persecution-part-2/

Coffee Chat (Part 2)

Audio version available: https://www.facebook.com/102475607821736/posts/196441871758442/?vh=e&d=n

Let’s pick up where we left off! To see part 1 click here:

The next story I wanted to discuss is that of a currently missing eleven year old boy named Gannon Stauch. This story is unfolding in Colorado just like the Watts case, but that’s not all they have in common. There was also an interview by Gannon’s stepmom, the last person to see him alive, and no surprise she was coined the female version of Chris Watts. Seems the new thing to do is automatically compare &/or liken every television interview to Chris. Chris is not the first, or the last to give a television interview, not really understanding why everyone tries to compare every interview to only Chris’s now. The step mom’s interview was nothing like Chris’s, and anyone who has followed the case should immediately be able to see that. Her interview had its own unique awkwardness that left many with the mindset that she’s a cold blooded child killer.

Here we go again, with the public making automatic assumptions about a parent connected to a missing child. We recently discussed how in the Broussard case, Shane Carey the father of Margo and fiancé of Heidi, was deemed guilty by much of the public based off his interviews too. There’s also the Harley Dilly case. The public was ready to hold a hanging of his entire family in the town square and still are, despite his death being ruled an accident after being found in a chimney. There was another case before Christmas that didn’t end in tragedy, but a miracle. Two young siblings ran off during a barbecue at their home when their dad ran inside for some food. The public instantly called out the parents because they felt the story didn’t add up. They wondered how did two children suddenly vanish with no trace. A few days went by and the children were found alive! They were in a pump house in the woods for days and only found during a search of the area. They were checked out by the local hospital and deemed totally fine. It was a true Christmas miracle and the public was left feeling so relived they started to apologize all over public posts for thinking the parents were involved. Here’s the Christmas miracle story: https://www.news4jax.com/news/2019/12/17/search-for-missing-children-nears-critical-48-hour-mark/

Back to the Gannon story for a moment. The step mom gave an interview as I said, and his biological parents both spoke at a press conference. It’s rather fascinating how people can all watch the same thing but come to different conclusions. This shows very little can be known from these public outreach type of interviews. I felt Gannon’s mom was putting on a bit of a Broadway production trying to come across as a passionate loving mother. For many, the press conference of the father seemed fake as he seemed to try to wipe invisible tears, until the end when genuine upset can be seen. I never did see a single tear from Gannon’s mother but again, very little can be told by that alone. The stepmother’s interview sounded very selfish and came across dubious, especially considering she didn’t show her face as she had her back to the camera. That can be perceived as trying to hide her body language, but she could have just been trying to protect her identity. The only takeaway from all three parents speaking publicly is that there is a lot of family drama. Nothing like your kid missing for all your dirty laundry to be aired for the public to see. Yikes! Family drama doesn’t mean any of them became a killer. At minimum, it definitely appears this solemn time could cause another divorce in the future between Gannon’s stepmom and father.

There are several reasons I am bringing up Gannon.

1) To help raise awareness that he is missing at the time this post was written.

2) To discuss their media interviews as I just did.

3) I am about to disclose.

We should be rationally minded and keep our emotions in check when following cases of missing children. I know this can be hard, especially if you are a parent. The goal while a child is missing should always be on how to help, where to help, spreading the word etc., the more time that passes focused on the wrong thing can put risk to the child. Every investigation being handled by any law enforcement will have the facts held close to their vest as to not jeopardize the investigation. Presuming or deeming someone guilty can very much damage a person in many ways. Depending on the insinuations or accusations made, could be forms of defamation or even slanderous. Try giving these parents the benefit of the doubt at first. Doing such does not mean you are defending, or sticking up for anyone. It’s simply hoping for the best outcome but preparing for the worst. This week I was accused of being the step mom’s friend or family. I was told I am sticking up for a child killer, and more. All of this simply because I pointed out that everyone could be way off base by the history of public opinion in other cases.

It is not a discussion if you shut down someone who views it a tad different than the majority. The step mom may very well be involved in his disappearance, but she also may be entirely innocent. Innocent until proven guilty is a lost notion these days in the age of social media. I will publicly declare in this post if anything was to ever happen (knocking on wood) I will not agree to a polygraph, I will demand a lawyer as it is my right, I will cooperate to a degree, and I will not give a television interview. None of this means I am guilty. I hope my family and friends reading take note of that! Law enforcement sets their eyes on a person of interest, and sometimes lose focus, which could result in the wrong people being arrested, charged, false confessions, or conviction. Exercise your rights and protect yourself. I have often wondered how differently the Watts case would have gone had Chris not cooperated, not given his interview, and lawyered up right away. For more information about Gannon Stauch see here: https://www.fox35orlando.com/news/search-underway-for-11-year-old-boy-missing-since-monday

Press conference I mentioned can be seen here: https://www.facebook.com/KOAA/videos/157147839039306/

Stepmoms’ media interview is here: https://www.facebook.com/TrueCrimeJunkiesTCJ/videos/131791437989520/?vh=e&d=n

There are many groups already formed all over Facebook you can easily find too.

Since I began writing this post a development unfolded in the search for Gannon. A neighbors video surveillance footage caught the last image of Gannon alive the Monday morning he vanished. The video goes against the original story told by the stepmother. Here’s the problem though, the footage isn’t of good quality. It appears to many it’s the stepmom helping Gannon into his father’s truck. The truck leaves, returns four hours later, and at first glance it appears Gannon does not get out. Unfortunately, the video is worthless for law enforcement as it can simply be said he got out of the other side of the truck. You also cannot tell for sure if it’s Gannon. You can’t tell if it’s the step mom, or a male helping him in, if it is him. There are several who think the footage shows a clear as day tall man with a duffel bag over one shoulder. The video is now being highly overanalyzed all over social media groups. Since the video can easily be explained away it really is worthless, especially in a trial. A fair jury would say there’s no way to know who it is for sure, and since it’s from one angle there’s no definitive way to know if he got out. It certainly doesn’t look good since it doesn’t match the original story that his step mom gave of the last sighting, which was that he left for a friend’s home on foot on Monday. It remains to be determined if the stepmom is involved, and it is quite possible she is. That wasn’t my point, my point was to not jump to conclusions based off of emotions until more information is disclosed, and analyzed.

I recently received my first jury summons, and unfortunately could not participate, so was excused. I was disappointed because I have always hoped for that opportunity. I feel I would be a fair juror and worried that whoever took my place would not be. When I am in social media groups and people are so quick to convict someone in their minds, I always think please do not let any of these people serve on a jury. It is actually scary!

I think there are certain stories where assuming the worst, or considering the parent is involved would be a fair assumption. Let me give an example of one of those stories. Have you all heard about the two missing Idaho children? I’ll link you the story, because wow is it intense. Once you read the story I think you will see why in this particular story, presuming the mother is involved is a fair assessment. There’s more than just body language, and a strange interview to come to that conclusion.

https://wchstv.com/news/nation-world/fbi-issues-nationwide-search-for-two-children-believed-to-be-in-extreme-danger


https://www.fox10phoenix.com/news/expert-mother-of-missing-children-and-her-new-husband-are-part-of-a-cult

https://abcnews.go.com/US/deadline-looms-mom-produce-missing-kids/story?id=68617895

The next story I want to discuss is another that reminded me of the Watts case, but for only one reason. That’s the story of Rachel Henry who allegedly killed her three small children. Noticed I wrote allegedly. Well, Henry did confess to killing her children and the evidence is pointing in that direction. Going off what we’ve discussed about false confessions though just recently, I will deem her innocent until proven guilty. Henry gave a very detailed account about killing her children, one by one, in their home. Which by the way, Henry said her son who was just three years old attempted to save his one year old sister instinctively. That should give pause for people to think of Watts’ second confession about a meek Bella, almost five years old, sitting quietly with no mention of any attempt of her trying to help her baby sister. Anyway, one article had quotes made by the children’s great aunt, one quote said “I thought maybe she had overdosed the babies. She was always giving them medicine, even if they weren’t sick.” Sound familiar to everyone? It should, it has been discussed many times throughout the Watts case about Bella & Celeste Watts receiving unnecessary medications, even a medication to help them sleep possibly too. Here’s the article: https://www.azfamily.com/news/great-aunt-of-the-kids-killed-by-their-mom-at/article_5c1a468a-3d99-11ea-8781-732ada4a5cc2.html

Not sure how her case will unfold, however I highly suspect mental illness was at play. It is also a possibility that she suffered from postpartum considering she had three babies in three years. To learn more about that case read here: https://www.fox10phoenix.com/news/phoenix-police-mother-arrested-after-admitting-to-killing-3-children-at-home

If the case does indeed factually involve mental illness, postpartum or both, or even more, it’s a case we want to spread awareness about, and the signs of, to others who may be suffering.

Next on roster is a story out of Michigan about Ryan & Rachel Hamm. I watched this story on A Netflix docu-series a few nights ago. It was intriguing enough to give it some attention, and you will see why.

Rachel & Ryan married in 2007. Ryan had been married prior, but the marriage only lasted about six years, and he had no children. There’s no real explanation as to why his first marriage ended, but what little has been discussed sounds like something shady may have been going on with Ryan at a job he worked at during that time. He had gotten himself mixed up with the wrong people & things, also around the same time he came down with Crohn’s disease, and some say IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) too. Anyway, in the midst of mysterious business dealings and being sick he met Rachel who would later would become his wife.

Their marriage started off with everything on the surface appearing to be fine and normal. Rachel’s family was not very fond of her new love interest because some of the interactions they’d witnessed between the couple. They loved Rachel so tried their best to be happy for her. Not long after they met they became engaged, and from that point the family turmoil started to grow. There were a series of events involving Ryan’s outrage and inappropriate behavior at family parties and get togethers that had transpired. Those incidents damaged any form of deep relationships from forming and even created an awkward tension within the extended families every time an event was planned. From family and friends accounts it appeared that Ryan was mendacious, also very controlling and demeaning of Rachel, their overall observations were that he was abusive in every way except physically. Unfortunately, Rachel did not see it, as most on the receiving end of an abusive relationship do not.

The more controlling Ryan became as they ventured into married life, the more Rachel lost. They moved many hours and towns away from friends, family, jobs, and basically started a brand new life. Once they moved Rachel got herself a job as Cook at a local restaurant, called Larry’s Sports Grille. She had trained and aspired to be a professional chef in a fancy restaurant one day, however that never came to pass as their family grew to include the birth of their first child, an adorable little boy named William. With William came more control she relinquished to Ryan. Ryan got a job at a local newspaper company, called The Atlantic Community. He was making a decent livable salary but, between the two of them a respectable wage was coming into the family home, definitely enough for them to afford a good comfortable way of living. This all sounds familiar doesn’t it? I know that’s why I wanted to share it. Let me continue! It gets even more interesting. Ryan wanted more though, he never felt satisfied. He wanted a boat, snowmobile, motorcycle, and he had dreams of a much bigger home right on a lake. The problem was, his actions were counterproductive to the vision that he held. Ryan got heavy into gambling, which was a local interest for many. He quickly got involved with the gambling scene in their area, and he made a ton of new friends. The life his gambling friends seemed to lead gave Ryan the illusion that he could live like them too. Giving up his steady good income job at the The Atlantic Community he became a full time gambler. Rachel was not exactly thrilled with this decision, but wanted to be a supportive wife, and stood by her husband’s side.

While Ryan was chasing down a lifestyle that didn’t really exist, Rachel started to lose even more of what was important to her. She had already given up her family, friends, old hometown, her old job where eventually she would’ve had the opportunity to be a chef apprentice. That was only the beginning, she went on to give up even being a cook and switched jobs when William was barely a toddler. Ryan had urged her to change jobs and even sought out potential leads for her. One panned out through his gambling crew of friends and Rachel landed a job. This job was working at a coffee warehouse called Cool beans, it was less money, but had a better schedule so she was able to be home more for their son, William. Rachel had agreed thinking a smaller income would not be detrimental, not realizing the extensive debt they were already in, because Ryan controlled the finances. I mean her husband urged her to switch jobs, she assumed it was because he knew they could afford to make that decision.

Their second child was born 14 months after their son, this time it was a girl named Arianna. Over the next couple years Ryan’s gambling increased. One summer he told Rachel they were making enough for the kids to go to summer camp. The children had gone and were out of the house much of the summer, despite Ryan being home all day and not really needing to send them off. Ryan worked in the evenings, so the children could have been home. Rachel started to wonder, but trusted her husband, besides even remotely questioning him would start an argument Rachel didn’t want to endure. Guys, I am not kidding! Isn’t this all so familiar?!

During all this, Ryan invested in a brand new car for himself. Around the same time, Rachel gave up her car because her job had a perk that after a 18 months with the coffee company you were able to use a company car for to & from work. Ryan became increasingly demeaning as time passed. He was often putting Rachel down, talking about her weight, never giving her credit for anything she did, constantly trying to make her look stupid in front of friends, and she started to lose basically everything that involved their children or life. Even Ryan’s family and friends noticed how Ryan treated her, but no one would say anything or dare get involved.

Rachel started to grow increasingly lonely, feeling she lost control over any part of her life. She would look in the mirror and not even recognize herself anymore. She had no real friends to turn to, and the ones she did have, she didn’t think would remotely understand. One day, at that very job her husband had helped her get, a man a few years younger asked her out on a date. She immediately thought there’s just no way, and declined! The more shifts this new coworker Michael had with her, the more Rachel started to feel a little like herself again. She couldn’t understand how she was able to even entertain the thought of accepting the invite, but Rachel finally agreed. They went on a few dates, secretly of course. Ryan picked up on the difference in his wife’s demeanor. He started to question, hound, attack, and demand why she was so different. Rachel being confused about all that was happening dismissed any claims of her being different. The more she did though, the more Ryan grew distressed, trying frantically to regain control over his wife. Ryan knew in order to maintain the life he was striving for and keeping all his secrets in the dark, especially everything he kept from the people he loved, he needed to make sure Rachel didn’t leave him. Rachel made it very clear that her main concern was not wanting to miss their beautiful children lives, even though their relationship had hit a low point. Ryan couldn’t regain control, he couldn’t punish her financially, he had no leg to stand on to take their children from her, his desperation grew even more. Much like the desperation that grew within Magen from the Broussard case. He was spinning out of control, and at a rapid rate. Every red flag was there that this marriage was in one way or another not going to end amicably. One of the last things Ryan asked his wife was “Rachel if we didn’t have the kids, would you stay with me?” Three days after that question, Ryan threatened her that she would lose their two children in court, and he had plans to move them out of state, after she had confessed she wanted a divorce. In the same week, just four days after telling her his plans to take their children, their son William, daughter Arianna, and Rachel were dead.

The last thing I want to discuss, because it matters in regard to True Crime discussion, is the Super Bowl. This series seems to be a mixture of current affairs and true crime, a little change never hurt anyone. Wow, views of the halftime show were split right down the middle. I hadn’t seen the show yet when my friends statuses started to roll in. I was laughing at my diverse friends list of people who had good and bad things to say. I told them I would watch, and give my analysis to them after I made a post about the huge split I was seeing. I am NOT about to break down my halftime show analysis to you, so don’t worry. I only shared that with my friends on Facebook, and this isn’t the platform for that. That being said here’s why I even brought it up.

I read all my friends opinions and views before watching myself. I watched with the intent to not only dissect it, but to try to see it from all my friends point of views. When I finished watching I was able to see why some were very upset and why others absolutely loved it. I sat in my thoughts as I drove my kids to school and took into consideration the concerns about the show. Those concerns varied from trafficking, illuminate, demonic influences, raunchy, not family friendly, etc.

You know whose opinions I took into consideration the most? The ones who presented their argument in a respectful manner that weren’t dismissive with their words to those who didn’t view it the same way. The ones who presented their argument in a thought out well written way. Not only presented it kindly, but had “evidence” to back it up. With all these thoughts in my mind, I ended up having an opinion that was different than rest. I wasn’t for the show, and I wasn’t against it either. I was able to see the good things, and the bad things. I was able to see each of my friends viewpoints, and on my analysis post I was able to even defend their views even if I didn’t totally agree with them. But, something even more amazing happened on my post! Adults had an open discussion that was very respectful and everyone was able to express themselves without attacks. Those who didn’t see it the way others did attempted to try to! This is how I feel about the Watts case specifically, and honestly, even some other cases. I am able to see both sides of the Watts case even if I don’t fully agree with one specific side. I can see why one side feels as they do and if they present it in a detailed manner, it gives me an opportunity to reconsider certain aspects. Taking the time to listen, or read, what someone has to say allows us an opportunity to open our minds. I am grateful for that post, because maybe people will start to listen or read with the intent to understand, instead of instantly reacting.

Here is the kicker! My post went phenomenal, so civil and even a few laughs. Then I scrolled my feed, and saw that other friends had written their own analysis. Theirs though either went one way or another, not middle of the road like my post was because, I had looked at both sides. In their comment sections there were much different responses. People were arguing, attacking, dismissing, laughing at others opinions, and even blocking their friends over those different opinions. Do I react to things I see or hear? Absolutely, we all do! I want to grow as person and I strive for that daily. Writing this blog has really opened me up to be able to process information, try to understand others viewpoints, and ultimately be able & open to see why people feel the way they do! What an opportunity it has been for me, I hope to continue to grow as this blog continues. I told one friend, “I can see it both ways” and her reply was, “You are better than me, because I only see it from my viewpoint”. We had a laugh, but I am not better. I am simply learning that not only one opinion, viewpoint, or speculation is all that matters, they all matter. I have learned to look at everything as a whole, and in context to open my mind to a new way of thinking.

Almost forgot to give you a link to the Ryan & Rachel Hamm story. You can see that here: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.insider.com/chris-watts-murder-timeline-2018-12%3famp

Did I get you, or did you figure it out right away? I was indeed kidding, the entire story is made up. I wanted to see, and hear from you, what your thoughts were while you read the story, if you took any mental notes that the story sounded familiar but the roles were reversed, from a different gender standpoint. I am also curious if people read this story/case and their minds came to a different conclusion. The gender bias in the Watts case has always blown my mind, even little details like some of the things Shanann would say publicly about Chris. If some of those comments were Chris saying it about Shanann, so many people would be outraged. I sense a gender bias blog post in the future needing to be done.

Until next time…

Coffee Chat (Part 1)

Audio version now available: https://www.facebook.com/102475607821736/posts/195613295174633/?vh=e&d=n

I am back! After I published the last blog post titled “Public Opinion”, which had to be redone due to a saving error, I needed a small break. If you have not read that one yet here is the link: https://truecrimecaseanalysis.home.blog/2020/01/20/public-opinion/

For those new to the blog here is a link to all other blog posts: https://truecrimecaseanalysis.home.blog/2019/12/29/all-in-one-place/

In the time that has since passed I’ve been looking up other cases we may be able to discuss and analyze. I have yet to come across a case as complex, fascinating, and as attention grabbing as the Watts case. Quite honestly, I doubt we will ever see a similar story. I do have a few intriguing nationally headlined cases that I want to discuss as we continue through this blog post. Some of these stories made me think of the Watts case, but not because it was similar per se. I’ve titled this post, “Coffee Chat”, because I want readers & listeners to imagine sitting around like old friends chatting about these cases together. Grab coffee, tea, or whatever drink you desire and let’s get started. Add any input, or opinion in the comment section of our Facebook Page. You can find that here: https://www.facebook.com/TruecrimeAnalysis/

First up, let’s discuss a story that doesn’t fit under the True Crime genre, because it is classified as an accident. It is a story almost everyone has heard about this week, and if you haven’t you must live under a rock, please come out from under it. It’s the horrific, unthinkable ending of nine lives taken in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California last Sunday morning. Most everyone recognized the name of at least one passenger on that flight, which was the retired NBA player, Kobe Bryant. Everyone has an opinion about the accusation of transgression from Kobe’s past. If you don’t know what I am talking about you can google Kobe’s name followed by the year 2003. Don’t worry I am not gonna talk about that, and please refrain from discussing that in the comments on our Facebook page. I only mention it because I know his name can be upsetting for some as I’ve seen that all over social media this week. His life, three young teenage girls (one of which was his daughter), and five other adults losing their lives far too soon is all that should matter for this particular post. Four different families and countless friends whose lives are now forever changed. Kobe’s teammates, and those who viewed him as an inspiration are left in deep mourning. Several children are now left without parents, three of his daughters are left without their father, and sister. Husbands and wives climbing into an empty bed ever since, if they can even sleep at all.

In the midst of all this, and with people all over the world grieving the tremendous loss & heartbreak, several press conferences unfolded. As they began to recover the victims bodies, and dug through the wreckage the media brought us updates on what possibly went wrong in the final moments of that fatal flight. The NTSB [National Transportation Safety Board] broke down several safety recommendations from prior crashes that were never implemented by the FAA [Federal Aviation Administration], which could have helped them to gain more insight into what had transpired. The idea is that with more protocols, high tech gadgets, and safety measures in place, there are more ways to prevent any similar tragedies in the future. The recommendations certainly cannot change what happened, or bring these particular nine people back, but it can help save loss of life in the future. This tragedy caught my attention, and some may be wondering why it did, or where am I going with this. Well, if you follow this blog you may have figured it out, and if you are new then allow me to briefly explain! I have been saying that there are so many lessons to learn from the Watts case, lessons that can maybe prevent the loss of another family in the future. I’ve said many times that discussing the family members, what transpired within their family, what happened prior, and after, all of it matters and can bring awareness to so many relatable everyday issues. Discussing the entire story of the Watts family from beginning to end does not bring Shanann, Bella, Celeste, or Nico back. It does not get Chris out of prison, and definitely does not restore an entire family. It could however, help other couples, young families, and children. It seems perfectly fine to discuss and recommend safety measures when a tragic accident occurs, in fact it is expected. It does not seem to be an acceptable topic when the public wants to discuss the everyday issues that transpired in the Watts marriage. Issues that could have an impact on a great deal of other current & future marriages, which are more commonly known to happen on a daily basis than any of us possibly dying whilst flying in a helicopter.

During the crash coverage this week late night talk show host Stephen Colbert brought up his own story of loss while doing a remembrance show regarding Kobe Bryant. He discussed how when he was just a young boy he lost his father and two brothers in a tragic airplane crash. On the emotional level of grief in such a sudden accidental way, Colbert was able to relate to the families who lost their loved ones in the helicopter crash. Ordinarily, when a loved one dies we know the why, and what happened before they died. If it’s cancer we know it was cancer that took their life. If it was a car accident we usually know what part of the crash caused their loss of life. What’s worse than losing someone you love? Well, in Colbert’s words, the NOT knowing what happened! Not having the intel that pieces together all those final moments to produce some sort of sense, of closure. Which again, made me think of the Watts case. There’s nothing, except circumstantial evidence, and endless stories from the lone survivor of that August morning in 2018. No one knows what happened, and the families have to pick a version they want to believe, in order to try to even remotely move on with their lives. Many would have imagined a compelling effort pushing for a trial, for the sake of finding out what had happened because, the not knowing is so much worse. Had there been a trial there was no guarantee of the details having come out, however, a trial would have brought everyone closer than they are now to knowing what happened that fateful night. This is why several agencies inspected the crash site, examined the wreckage, and transported that wreckage to a special location to comb through it further. All are efforts to seek answers for these families. While I believe that plea deals can be a good thing in certain cases, there are many cases where a plea deal just doesn’t suffice. Maybe the families are okay with not knowing what happened, or maybe only one side is okay with it. I am not one to know their thoughts, but did find what Colbert said perceptive, that what makes it all worse is the unknown. I can speak on my own behalf in saying the not knowing in the Watts case, and the mystery of it all, is what captivated me to discuss it as long as I have. I am not quite certain of course, if it were my loved ones, if I would feel the same way.

Another thing that has caught my attention, is the people who were greatly annoyed that there was more coverage about Kobe and his daughter than the other lives lost. They kept reminding the public to not forget the others, and their lives mattered too. I think we can all agree, all their lives mattered, very much so. It is no surprise though, that the man whose life and career was documented in front of the cameras for over 20 years was the prime focus. He has been a household name for a majority of those years, and widely known, even if you are not a sports fan. Kobe was famous, iconic, a leader, a mentor, a champion, and a big part of NBA history. Sadly, most of us didn’t know the names of the others that sat beside Kobe. Many did not even know Kobe’s beautiful young talented daughter’s name, Gianna, until she lost her life too alongside him. Why does this part intrigue me? In the Watts case, Shanann has been idolized to the point of people practically making her like “a Kobe” in her own right. There is so much focus on her, and definitely much less focus on Bella & Celeste Watts. Some people have lumped the three individuals into one personage, which devalues the girls short lives. Shanann was not a Kobe Bryant. Kobe & Shanann as humans shared many things in common which was that both were fallible, had flaws and strengths, lost their lives far too soon, had people who loved them, and were parents, that’s it. Whether you feel good, bad, or indifferent about Kobe the fact remains he is considered a sports legend, was inspirational to millions, motivational, a leader amongst adults & children, and a champion, he was indeed an actual idol for thousands; just look at the news this week. The seven other passengers traveling with Kobe and his daughter Gianna were, I am sure, highly loved and appreciated by those closest to them. In this enormous sudden loss, I would bet they don’t resent for a second the attention Kobe has received, and possibly even agree with it, as he was their friend too. I have not heard of anyone lumping all nine lives in with Kobe’s despite all having died on the same day and in the same moment within seconds of each other.

At the end of the day all of their lives mattered, and I would like to see this thinking extended into the Watts case with more acknowledgment of Bella & Celeste, or any future case. Almost every show or book has been about the girls’ evil monster daddy, and saint like mother. The most current show that had a debut last weekend was the Reelz episode, it focused heavily on Shannan too! Which by the way, the entire show was like hearing about a fictional character. Shanann’s friends came across as wanting to make her someone that she was not while alive, and even trying to reshape her image in death to the image she strived to fulfill for so long, that of being and appearing perfect. There’s documented, endless proof, of Kobe being all the things I’ve listed. With Shanann the little evidence we have shows a much different picture. If you have not seen that Reelz show you can view that here: https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=QYjIM4mzngU

Here is a link to an article about the show: https://www.oxygen.com/true-crime-buzz/shanann-watts-remembered-in-lifetime-special-about-chris-watts-case?sky=soc_fb_bgc_crimetime_familycrimes

I am considering a blog post about all the shows, and the ridiculous Lifetime movie that aired.

Anyway, a prime example of the misguided focus, or lack of focus, on the girls in that show was when Shanann’s friend, Cristina spoke. Cristina said, “How could he do this to HER”, and didn’t say, “how could he do this to THEM”. Cristina flew out to the Watts’ family home to take care of the girls for six weeks a year prior to the girls’ deaths. She had a relationship with the girls too, but failed to acknowledge them in that statement. Before we move on, let me end this portion with acknowledging the deaths of nine lives. May their families find some sort of peace & comfort to guide them the rest of their days. I hope further investigation will reveal some answers.

The next story I want to discuss is the Heidi Broussard case. I know I keep saying I will do a blog post about her, and I will! It is a case that can also raise a lot of awareness and education to prevent it from happening again. We should not have to constantly be on guard, especially with those closest to us, but this is the unfortunate reality. I was gonna do that blog post next, but then saw Dateline was covering the story. I figured I would allow them to debut their show, and we can discuss it at a later time, maybe after Magen appears in court. If you want to get caught up with the story the Dateline show would be a good place: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=LVmLzEaTqsg&feature=youtu.be

One of the things that was said multiple times during the Dateline episode, was Heidi’s friends and family wondering: Why did Magen(the accused) do this? What caused her to do this? How could she do this to her “best friend”? Even Heidi’s mother expressed how they simply want to know why! There are many types of motives for murder, and some stem from jealousy, desperation, resentment, anger, loathing, and greed to name a few. In this case, I would say it’s safe to assume, at minimum, there was jealousy & desperation at play.

Magen started a lie that grew, and she never stopped it. The lie spun so out of control, and as it unfolded, the desperation took over Magen. She likely tried at some point to find a way to stop the spinning, and did not see any other way out of her lies. An unfathomable plan was set in motion to try to regain control. It’s unimaginable that she would turn her sights on someone who trusted her, and with whom she had a lengthy history with. If someone has never felt that level of desperation before, it would be very hard to understand it at all. It happens though, and often in many different crimes. Think about why so many rob banks, it is often because the person had a growing debt, were sinking, and needed a quick life raft. Think about murder-suicides that we discussed a few blog posts ago. The person is desperate, and suffering that desperation hid any light at the end of the tunnel. Think of someone stealing a car, they need a means of transportation for any variety of reasons, and set sights on the first car they see, out of desperation. Desperation is the state of despair, typically one which results in rash or extreme behavior.

As we will discuss in a future blog post about this case, is what makes the Broussard case different, is Magen’s desperation grew bigger than the friendship she had with Heidi. That desperation likely didn’t allow Magen to stop and consider how absurd the idea was, how she would never get away with it, that she was gonna take her friends life, and leave two children without a mother. I am definitely not excusing anything this woman did and she needs to be prosecuted to the highest extent of the law. I do have to wonder how deep the dark hole of desperation she must may have been in, and how I wish that someone had seen this coming from a mile away to prevent it. No one could have known though, and it provides learning opportunities for others to become aware now.

Have any of you heard about the nationally covered story of a woman named Paighton Houston out of Alabama? Just this week her autopsy came back as an accidental overdose. People were shocked! You see, when she went missing her friends said they received a text from her when she left a bar with someone she claimed to not know. The text implied that she didn’t know where she was and also thought she was in trouble. Naturally, this was perceived as she was in trouble, because of the person she left with. The autopsy showed the accidental overdose was caused by morphine and methamphetamine. Paighton was high when she sent this text and it could explain why she didn’t know where she was, and why she felt she was in trouble. A man was arrested in connection with hiding her body in a shallow grave, which was found at the beginning of January. We discussed in the, “Never Say Never” series how oftentimes people hide bodies out of fear. I shared several stories, and two were drug related. The person had been doing drugs too, and feared being arrested so hid the body. You can read that series here: https://truecrimecaseanalysis.home.blog/2020/01/07/never-say-never-part-1/

Here is an article about Paighton: https://www.cbs42.com/news/local/coroner-report-paighton-houston-cause-of-death-confirmed/?fbclid=IwAR0S__fjFXtbJ3ukxUjbElJ5UHfGQ974wjAanC0332Uid4-Mv5qxmc_F5ds

This story is another example of how what the public believed happened actually wasn’t the case at all. This is why so many were shocked at the autopsy results! It should be noted that she did have a history of prior drug use. People had already compared Paighton to Savannah Spurlock, a young mom of several children who went missing last year. Savannah was last seen leaving a bar as well, with three men, never to be seen again. Her body was located at one of the three men’s parents property six months later. Savannah had indeed been murdered, and the accused has been officially charged. At first, it was presumed all three men were involved in her disappearance after being seen on surveillance with her leaving the bar. As it turned out, as far as we know thus far, there is only one responsible for her murder, and children being left without their mother. The public was wrong assuming Payton had the same fate as Savannah. While both women lost their lives it was in different ways, despite the period of time before vanishing being so similar. Here is a link to Savannah’s story: https://www.wkyt.com/content/news/Savannah-Spurlock-murder-suspect-scheduled-to-appear-in-court-566681311.html

There’s two other current cases that have made the headlines that have something in common, a suicide note. One of the stories is about a young woman named was Stephanie Parze of New Jersey. She had been in an abusive relationship in the past, and went missing on October 30th,, after her parents dropped her off. The family tirelessly searched for her for months. Last week, she was found deceased by two teens walking on a busy road to work. Let me back up though, last month her ex-boyfriend who was abusive committed suicide in his parents home after being released from jail for other charges. At the time rumors were whirling that there was a suicide note, but it was not confirmed by law enforcement. Of course, since he killed himself and at the time was a person of interest, it was assumed he must have killed her. This was confirmed to be true a month later when her body was found. The Parze family, and law enforcement, confirmed he had indeed left a note stating he had killed Stephanie, unfortunately he did not disclose where her body was. Want to learn more about Stephanie Parze do so here: https://patch.com/new-jersey/freehold/family-creates-stephanie-parze-foundation-honor-her-life

In the meantime, another case was unfolding which was a mother of five who suddenly vanished. Her name is Jennifer Dulos, and she has yet to be found. Last week, her estranged husband Fotis Dulos, with whom she having a bitter divorce with attempted suicide by carbon monoxide in his garage when he was suppose to be appearing in court. He was transported to the hospital, and was in critical condition for a few days. Fotis later succumbed to his suicide attempt, and there was a suicide note left behind. He did not however, admit to killing his missing estranged wife, Jennifer in his note.

In their divorce proceedings Jennifer made a lot of claims about her estranged husband. Jennifer claimed that Fotis was verbally abusive toward her and said he had exhibited ‘irrational, unsafe, bullying, threatening and controlling behavior’, according to an affidavit from the divorce proceedings obtained. Dulos claimed that Fotis had threatened to ‘take all of the children’ and ‘disappear’.

Two stories that involve suicide notes left behind. What can we learn from these two stories? Just because they are similar does not mean much of anything. One admitted to his crime which explained why he took his life, but still wouldn’t give her family the location of her body. The other refused to admit any involvement at all, only thinking of how he did not want to spend another minute in jail. The evidence against Fotis involved DNA evidence, and from that alone makes it highly likely he was involved in some way. His attorneys have now asked for the case to go forth even though he is deceased. Five children were left without both their parents, and for what? Stephanie was a young woman, the age of 25, at the time of her murder. She had not lived her life yet, didn’t experience marriage, children, or anything that would have come thereafter, before her life was taken from her. Her family, friends, and loved ones all now knowing that all those months that had passed their loved one’s body laid on the side of a road. In this instance, do we say at least he admitted he did it before taking the cowards way out? I don’t know the answer to the that. I hope Jennifer Dulos is eventually found as her loved ones likely need that for some closure.

I am gonna stop there, and start on part two so this post does not become epically long. In the next part, we are gonna discuss a current missing eleven year old boy, another story I read about in Michigan that wasn’t headline news, and a few others. Join me in the next post to continue our True Crime coffee chat.

Link to Part 2: https://truecrimecaseanalysis.home.blog/2020/02/05/coffee-chat-part-2/