Saturday, December 15, 2012

Newtown, Connecticut

It will never be the same for me!  I lived in nearby town New Fairfield, CT and had to use Danbury Hospital many times during the 7 years I lived there.  This is the 2nd tragedy this year for my classmates and I to have to try and go through.

The first was the deadly shooting at the end of the street I lived on where a 5th grade teacher shot and killed what he thought was an intruder in his sisters house (next door).  Turns out when the police removed the mask it was his very own adopted son.

Now, we have the school shooting in Newton, CT. The one thing I don't understand is, why did he choose those 2 classrooms?  I feel for his brother and father.  I don't think they will ever have answers.  Don't lose sight that they too lost people they loved.

Some of the early reports put out a false facebook of the shooter which ended up being a guy completely not connected.  Turns out, the shooter had his older brothers id with him.  They had just recently changed the security at the school.  It is also reported he tried to gain entry to the school a few days before or the day before. If they didn't recognize you on the camera you have to show an id and sign in.  That is where the confusion at the beginning as to who the shooter really was came from.

Some great hero's came out of this story too!  a 6 year old that was in the classroom where Vicki Soto had been.  He saw his teacher get shot and some of his friends.  He was interviewed by police and he was very good at recalling details etc.  He doesn't yet know that his teacher and those kids have died.  He had the sense of mind to run past the gunman, out the door, and down the street to safety. Way to go!

Vicki Soto was a teacher who had huddled all of her kids behind her to shield her and gave her life trying to protect them.

Another teacher shut and locked the door, pulled the blinds down, huddled everyone in a corner away from the door and read them a book until the police banged on the door saying it was all clear.  They had the sense of mind to instruct the kids to line up, close their eyes, and put their hands on the shoulders of the person in front of them as they were lead out around some of the bodies etc. so they wouldn't see it.

So sad.  Just so sad.

Thank you to the media for keeping the cameras focused on the firehouse and not on the school while parents were escorted to identify their child and giving them the privacy.

My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by this.

Here's a link to the giveaway of the nail polish color specially done for Newtown and how you can get it if you don't win.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Dateline last night

so last night Dateline profiled a case that was right here by me.  I'd followed the case from the beginning and have very strong feelings about it.  here's the link to dateline:

The story was called The Day She Disappeared, The Nancy Cooper case. before I post my views on this case I'd love for y'all to watch that show and then go to:

Look and see what all Dateline left out then come back and tell me your thoughts.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Casey Anthony

I'm not gonna give her a lot of the attention she is craving but I just had to wonder WTF was she thinking calling Pierce Morgan when the appeal is up in the air on her conviction and the civil suit is still going on? can we say DUMBASS? *shakes head* that's all you'll get from me.

Jerry Sandusky's Trial

I don't know about anyone else, but I am getting tired of the constant coverage of this trial. Yes, child molestation is a very important subject and my view pisses people off and some have said it's people like me that keep victims from stepping forward etc.

However, have you ever thought that these now men get revictimized not only when they testify but every time their story is brought up on the news? There is a reason they don't allow camera's normally in molestation/sex crime trials. While this isn't the reason the camera's aren't in the courtroom in this case, in mostly every other state they aren't allowed due to the sensitive subject and respecting the victims etc.

Also, in these cases the identity of the victims are protected etc. The fact that this judge decided not to strikes a chord with me. I applaud In Session for NOT revealing the identities and keeping the protection there even when the court wouldn't.

On Monday people were mentioning how big the news media presence was there and tried to compare it to the likes of the Casey Anthony case etc. Let me tell you, I was at the Casey Anthony trial for a day, there was no where NEAR this many news agencies/ satellite trucks present there as they are here. The reason It's so much bigger here is because football is like at least a national attention getting if not globally since we are seeing agencies not from the US there. Even Sports Illustrated is there! Penn State is KNOWN for their football and that is what the areas around the college are all about. Everyone roots for Penn State and supports the college etc.

We don't need to know ALL the facts, it's none of our business. Yes, it's in court but just because something is in court doesn't mean we are entitled to know every single detail. The more you discuss the facts, the more you revictimize these guys over and over.


Adam Kaufman Trial

I have to say that I am very happy he was found not guilty. He is innocent. I know this because of experiences in my own life. When I was in high school, I had an allergic reaction to a medicine and the reaction was to pass out after using the restroom. This wasn't the only time. Prior to my marriage, while living at my parents house I had another allergic reaction to another medicine. Not only did I pass out after using the restroom, I never made it out of the toilet area. In my parents house the bathrooms had the toilets in their own separate area that you could close a door for privacy etc. while others were using the sinks etc. Apparently, When I got up to leave the toilet area, I passed out b/w the doorway and the toilet getting a bruise around the left eye and cheek. I also bruised my backside which had hit the toilet on the way down apparently. So it does happen. I wasn't even 25 when that happened.

While I was a senior in high school, I had a family friend pass away of an undiagnosed enlarged heart. He was 23 and in the navy. Don't you think that would show up in the physical? The days leading up to his passing, he had been practicing on deep dives in a deep dive tank. His roommate had moved out and they had a false alarm fire alarm go off. No one saw him come out during that so they went to check on him and that's when they found him. He'd passed away 3 days prior. He hadn't complained of chest pains or anything else prior to his passing. It is possible for people that young to have heart issues and not even know it!

Lena's family said she had had several episodes of fainting so it's entirely plausible that is what happened and when she did, her neck landed on the strap of the magazine holder and cut off her airway. She was out cold so the lack of oxygen wouldn't have taken long for her to pass away due to this.

I just hope that Adam and all the people affected by the loss can now move on with their grieving. What do you guys think of this case?

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Baby Gabriel Case

So I've been watching all the coverage on the baby Gabriel case and it kinda reminds me of 2 other high profile cases from the past. The most recent of course being Casey Anthony and the not so recent Melinda Duckett. Casey from day one wanted to put Caylee up for adoption but momma Cindy wouldn't have it. Casey eventually got jealous of the relationship Cindy was forming with Caylee so my opinion is that she killed her to hurt her mother because she tried to be Caylee's mother and seemingly a better mother to Caylee than she was to Casey! Melinda on the other hand, was also mentally unstable and would constantly use Trenton as a pawn like Elizabeth Johnson was doing with baby Gabriel. I have a feeling, like the previous two cases, that Gabriel is no longer alive and was killed out of spite like the other two. I wish women like this weren't able to procreate and use their babies as pawns. There are people all over the world that can't have kids and desperately want kids! I think that Elizabeth's conversation in jail with Tammi is quite telling. From the loads of observations I've made over the years in cases and watching people, I think Tammi was telling the truth and being played by Elizabeth. I think Tammi stopped for a moment to make sure that she could clearly state what she was going to and that if it were true she set up an adoption with friends of hers they would have already figured that out. I think Tammi was played by Elizabeth BIG time because Elizabeth saw how desperate Tammi was to adopt another child. I feel for the men like Josh Duckett and Logan in what they have been put through and will probably never find out what happened to their sons due to the selfish, sick, unstable women they impregnated. Just my $0.02. feel free to join the discussion on facebook:

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Zimmerman V. Trayvon.

This has been a heated topic on the web and tv pundits for a while now.  I don't think they will get murder 2, reckless homicide would be good.  His parents aren't looking to burn him at the stake etc. They are seeking that justice is served to the one that killed their son.  They want him to be brought to trial and judged by a jury not the public.  They will live with whatever the verdict is because they know that in the end, everything was done to get justice for their son.  They don't need to see him get the death penalty because that won't bring their son back.  Justice I believe would be his gun permit revoked permanently, jail time, and if he is able to get out on parole he should be made to go around and speak to schools about what happened.

What do you guys think?

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Jury Tampering

I've been attending the Jason Young trial off and on for the past 4 weeks in person. Some people in the media (not all and in this case they know who they are) made some broad and baseless assumptions that it sure is nice I have all this free time on my hands to be able to attend a trial in person.

If you don't know me or live in my house NEVER make assumptions on why I might be attending a trial in person and or have all the time to do this etc.  While this was the 3rd trial, 2nd in this area, this year I attended in person, I've been lucky to be able to.

Appearances can be deceiving.  Anything I attend in person is because I have followed the case from day 1 and want to see all the evidence live if I have the time as it is neat. I can currently attend trials during the day during the week thanks to the lovely economy tank 2 years ago that hit the Administrative Assistant field the worst and still hasn't regained.  Yup!  Unemployed and not on unemployment.  Would hate to have people assume I was taking advantage of the system or something.

I have been trying for the last over 2 years to gain employment only succeeding for a short time 2 summers ago with the lovely Census Bureau!  Resume after resume sent out and interview after interview still goose egg on offers.

My loving husband is in an industry that makes it ok for me to be able to take the time to look for the right job etc. unlike most in my industry have. Thanks to a great year with his current company he got an awesome bonus and raise at the end of the year! The year prior we had to sell one of our 2 cars due to the switch from his previous job to the new company as it was contractor status much longer than it should have been and we ended up having to for the first time in 13 years paying for health insurance up the wazoo on our own until he was signed... a lapse of 6 months b/w companies.

So we currently have 1 car, no a/c or heat on the main floor where our bedroom is (for over 2 years), etc. but we are rolling in dough! At least from the outside looking in people make that assumption.  Most days Bill goes to work and I'm stranded at home all day all week.  We decided for this trial I would drop him off on my way to court and pick him up on my way home at the end of the day.

I do not work for a newspaper or tv news station, I'm just a lover of true crime and have been for 18 years. I was sitting in court as an observer and tweeting for those who couldn't be there and wanted to know what was up. Contrary to this time last year I'm not affiliated with anything to do with the Brad Cooper case. Any protests etc. have nothing to do with me.

At the lunch break I left court for the day not talking to anyone.  I come home to find out a few hours later that someone had approached a juror and tried to strike up a conversation on the Jason Young case I had been attending.

I will not publicly say who I thought it was as I don't know the persons name and they were only there for 1 day out of 4 weeks of the trial and probably did it as a not thinking at the time thing. I will emphatically say it was NOT me.  Apparently though the vibe I've gotten is that was the assumption since I never came back after the lunch break.

I would -NEVER- approach someone with a juror badge period. I waited in the courtroom for a period of time to make sure if they were taking elevators or were in the elevator lobby they were gone before I left. If I am out in the lobby and there is anyone involved with the case waiting for elevators etc. I stand away from the elevators and wait until the lobby is clear and then call for an elevator so no possibility of that situation.

Why after being there for 4 weeks would I suddenly decide to try and talk to a juror? I think it was an honest mistake by the person that just wasn't thinking. Yesterday was their first day at the court house etc. that's all I will say on it. my leaving yesterday had to do with something personal and I had no idea about the juror attempt until well after I got home.

When I came in the court room this morning the vibe was very strange and came off as everyone surprised I returned after I tried to talk to a juror yesterday etc. I sat there all morning with a reporter that I know loathes me sitting next to me on one side out of the blue and a detective sliding in on the other side during the defense closings. I just kept waiting for LE to tap me on the shoulder or something to come with them. That's what it seriously felt like!

So I im'd my husband at work(his first day back this week since being out sick) telling him I was heading home as soon as the lunch break started. I asked if he wanted me to stop and pick him up as we only have the one car(I dropped him off there on the way to court) and he said yes. He's still feelin icky so it was a great timing for him to come home and work from home.

Only a few times in my life have I had my integrity questioned like that and I was shocked. My integrity is everything to me.

Life is short, don't waste it with anger/assumptions/ etc. live it to your fullest and happiest. Unless you are in the situation, don't jump to conclusions without all the facts.

I'm currently in the process, thanks to my husbands bonus and raise at the end of last year, updating and upgrading my home studio for my partnered Youtube channel and the photography for my nail blog!

Peace and love.

The Jason Young Trial

I feel I need to do this as a blog post so I can just post it all at once and can paste the url to it on my twitter and facebook for people asking my thoughts as it winds down.

When I first heard about the murder and Meredith finding her after Jason asked her to go get those papers I, like many people, immediately felt he did it and how sick and twisted that was to make her sister find her.

After sitting through 2 weeks in court and 2 at my tv watching all the evidence, reactions, etc. I know this won't be liked by some people, but, as an outside observer knowing everything, waaaaay too much reasonable doubt. I can see why the last deadlock happened.

I left the courthouse today with my opinion completely changed from 11/06. There's no physical evidence connecting him. no blood anywhere, no marks, no dog prints in blood.

I believe the postal worker's observations.

This incident happened within 5 miles of another case where they zero'd in on the husband and ignored anything that didn't fit their idea of what happened. That verdict was guilty to a husband that is innocent.

Let me tell those of you that don't live in this area, the Cary Police, wake county sheriffs, and SBI are all under investigation for how they collect evidence etc. It is these same groups that have made it so Michael Peterson is able to be out on bail and get a new trial. they actually did a wide sweep of firings due to it.

Now, I'm not saying Jason isn't an inconsiderate and adultering asshole. But that doesn't equal murder. It also doesn't mean he couldn't have hired someone else to do it which I could go with given the observations of the Postal Worker. There has been talk of a suspicious white working van before in one of the other cases.

Anyone consider the 2 in the smaller type suv (which I thought in my mind like a toyota rav 4 or something) at the edge of the driveway might be a scorned fling and husband or male friend? It's an avenue never traveled. Not saying it was just throwing out other possibilities.

Bottom line is this. It was a horrible incident to a wonderful woman and her unborn son. I think that due to the inept LE in this area we will never know what really happened. While Jason was an ass of a man to her, it doesn't make him a murderer. I feel for the Fisher family and Michelle's friends etc. but based on the evidence or lack there of, he didn't do this.