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July 19, 2012

Sean Hannity’s interview with George Zimmerman, the man charged with murder in the Trayvon Martin case

Filed under: True Crime — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 10:23 am

Last night I watched the interview that Sean Hannity conducted with George Zimmerman, who has been charged with second degree murder in the death of 17-year-old black teenager Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26, 2012 in Sanford, Florida.  I was impressed with Zimmerman’s demeanor; in my opinion, he conducted himself very well during the interview.

I learned a few new details in the case.  For example, Zimmerman said that at first, “I didn’t think I hit him.” He added that he had only later found out that Martin had died.  He said that he has not returned to his home since that night.  He has been holed up in a hotel in another city because of the death threats against him.

The latest news is that the prosecutor in the case will include this interview in its prosecution of the case.  “Anything you say can and will be used against you.”  That is the law.  So why did Zimmerman go on TV and give what amounted to his testimony — before the trial?

Zimmerman has been demonized by the press so much that, in my opinion, he wants to change the minds of the potential jury pool before the trial. The jury pool has been poisoned by all the negative publicity about Zimmerman. Or it could be that Zimmerman does not want to take the witness stand at the trial, and he anticipated that the prosecution would use this interview in the case.  Based on what Zimmerman said in this interview, I believe that he will be acquitted.  And then the riot will start.

There have been rumors that Sean Hannity offered to pay Zimmerman’s expenses in the case, but both Zimmerman and Hannity denied this last night.

Among the details revealed by Zimmerman last night was his claim that Trayvon Martin was walking through the gated community where Zimmerman lives, but not on the sidewalk — he was walking between the houses. Zimmerman was returning from a trip to Target to buy food when he observed Martin strolling leisurely through the gated community in the rain.  Zimmerman said that Martin was not walking on the concrete path that winds through the houses, but was “walking between the houses.”

Then Zimmerman told about a recent incident when a “home invasion” occurred near his home and Zimmerman’s wife saw the home invader running through their back yard.  Throughout the interview, Zimmerman mentioned his wife many times.  It was clear that Zimmerman was thinking about the safety of his wife, as he watched a young man, wearing a gray hoodie, walking between the houses in the rain.

Zimmerman says that he got out of his car, not to follow Martin, but to walk around to the front of the houses so that he could get an address to give to the police.  It was at this point that Martin approached Zimmerman and asked “What is your problem?”  The altercation began with Martin punching Zimmerman in the nose, then straddling him on the ground as he pounded Zimmerman’s head against the concrete path that was level with the grass.

Zimmerman had already called the police and he knew that the police were on their way, but he had not given the police an exact address.  He screamed for “Help” several times, hoping that the police would arrive in time to save his life.  Zimmerman did not speculate that Martin intended to kill him.  No, Zimmerman knew that his life was in danger because Martin told him that he was going to die.

If Zimmerman had not had a gun in a holster that night, it would have been Zimmerman who was killed, and this story would never have made the national news.

At the end of the interview, Zimmerman turned to look directly into the camera as he said:

“I do want to tell everyone, my wife, my family, my parents, my grandmother, the Martins, the city of Sanford and America that I’m sorry that this happened,” he said. “I hate to think that because of this incident, because my actions, it’s polarized and divided American. And I’m truly sorry.”

November 13, 2011

The movie J. Edgar and the Lindbergh kidnapping

Filed under: Germany, movies, True Crime — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 9:07 am

I’ve been reading the reviews of the new movie J. Edgar and I am surprised to learn that some of the critics are panning it.  For example: this review.  To me, J. Edgar is one of the best movies ever made, if not THE best.  The problem is that the story of J. Edgar is told through the eyes of the director, 81-year-old Clint Eastwood.  Younger people may not agree with Eastwood’s interpretation of events.

Here is a quote from another review:

It’s the graying Hoover we meet first, dictating his somewhat suspect memoir to a series of young agent-stenographers because he feels that “it’s time this generation learned my side of the story.”

That story begins with a rarely examined event in American history, the 1919 Palmer raids against anarchists and other supposed radicals. In response to a series of bombings, U.S. Atty. Gen. A. Mitchell Palmer in effect took the law into his own hands, collaborating with the 24-year-old Hoover and the newly formed FBI to attack people for their ideas without evidence of crimes. It’s the first of several examples we see in the film of what can happen when unchecked governmental power falls into the hands of the ruthless and the self-righteous, when influential people believe, as Hoover did, that “sometimes you need to bend the rules a little to keep our country safe.”

There is an early scene in the movie when Emma Goldman, a famous anarchist and radical, is shown in court where she refuses to answer questions. In 1919, she was just out of prison after serving a two year sentence for “conspiring to induce men not to register for the draft.”  Not a single review, that I have read, mentioned the Emma Goldman character.  Why is Emma Goldman important?  Emma Goldman was deported to Russia because America didn’t want Bolsheviks, anarchists and radicals back in those days.  If she were alive today, Emma would be leading the Occupy Wall Street movement and she would be a hero to the progressives.

Before I went to see the movie on Friday, I imagined that the plot would dwell on the Kennedy brothers and Martin Luther King, Jr.  They were included, but the most important plot thread was the kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby in March 1932.  In one scene of the movie, the discovery of the body of the 18-month-old baby is shown.  The body was decomposed and nothing was left but a skeleton; it was found near a road and within sight of the house.  There is a brief moment when the skeleton is shown with the white Lindbergh house visible in the background.  The movie does not show, nor mention, that any effort had been made to bury the body.  Who kills a baby and then leaves the evidence behind, where it can easily be found?   (more…)

November 6, 2010

Beth Twitty confronted Joran van der Sloot in prison and it was all caught on camera

Filed under: True Crime, TV shows — Tags: , , , , — furtherglory @ 6:48 am

Update Nov. 9, 2010:

Entertainment Tonight had more on Monday night about Beth Twitty’s confrontation with Joran van der Sloot, back in September.  This part of the documentary showed that Joran abruptly ended the session and walked out. (Apparently, the story that the confrontation was stopped by prison officials is untrue.) After Joran walked out, Beth broke down and cried.  Throughout the  confrontation, Joran had kept his cool and didn’t get emotional as he said all the right things, like “I should have learned from my mistakes, yada, yada, yada…”

After Joran was out of the room, Beth talked to herself, with tears streaming down her face, as she accused Joran of taking everything from her: her daughter, her husband, her life, etc., etc., etc.   It never occurred to her that SHE was the one who took everything from Joran and ruined HIS life.  He was 17, with his whole life ahead of him, when Beth decided that he had murdered her daughter.  Joran spent time in jail twice, but was released each time for LACK OF EVIDENCE. 

My original post:

Last night, I watched bits of the documentary aired by the TV show Entertainment Tonight after the show purchased the film from the Dutch network SBS6.  In the documentary, Beth Twitty, the mother of Natalee Holloway, the teenager who disappeared in Aruba five years ago, is shown as she confronts Joran van der Sloot in prison in Lima, Peru.  The whole thing was very strange, to say the least.   (more…)

October 31, 2010

Dorothea Puente house in Sacramento

Filed under: California, True Crime — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 5:16 pm

Dorothea Puente house at 1426 F St. in Sacramento, California

(Click on the photo to enlarge)

It’s Halloween and time for ghosts and haunted houses.  Today I went to see where Dorothea Puente buried the bodies of 7 of the 9 people, that she had allegedly murdered, in the back yard of her house at 1426 F Street in Sacramento.  (more…)

October 12, 2010

Oprah’s interview with Mark Fuhrman, the detective in the O.J. Simpson case

Filed under: True Crime, TV shows — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 9:15 am

Yesterday Oprah did one of her best interviews when she talked with Mark Fuhrman, one of the detectives in the O.J. Simpson murder case.  This was Oprah’s second interview of Fuhrman.

The most astonishing thing that Mark Fuhrman said in his interview with Oprah was that O.J. “didn’t go there to kill two people.”  He went on to explain that O.J. “had a history of stalking” Nicole and spying on her. He said that Nicole “saw him hiding in the bushes,” and this was what led to the murder of her and Ron Goldman. He said that O.J. “knew of her relationship with Ron Goldman.”

Since O.J. didn’t go to Nicole’s condo with the intent to kill her, according to Fuhrman, this means that it was not first degree murder.   (more…)

September 8, 2010

Joe Tacopina says Joran van der Sloot has “disintegrated” in last five years

Filed under: True Crime, TV shows — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 7:43 am

Last night on the Joy Behahr TV show, Joe Tacopina said that Joran van der Sloot was a nice guy five years ago when he was accused of being responsible for the disappearance of Natalee Holloway, but after five years of accusations without any evidence, Joran slowly disintegrated and turned into a completely different person.  Joran is being held in Peru for the murder of Stephany Flores Ramirez, a crime to which he has confessed.

Joe Tacopina was formerly a defense attorney for Joran van der Sloot and he still sticks up for him, although he is much too high priced for Joran now.

I don’t care much for Joy Behahr’s jokes, but I watch her show every night because she usually has interesting guests.  I give her a lot of credit for putting on criminal defense attorney Joe Tacopina to take Joran’s side in the discussion.  Tacopina was famous long before the Natalee Holloway case; I first heard about him when he defended New York police officers in a losing battle about 15 years ago.

I learned last night that Joran’s mother tried to get Joran committed to a mental facility a year and a half ago.  The relentless accusations by Natalee’s family were driving him nuts.  Joran was 17 and had just graduated from High School when Natalee went missing and her family was sure that Joran had killed her.

Joran’s father was also accused of being involved in Natalee’s alleged murder, but Tacopina said last night that Joran’s father had no power in Aruba at that time and that he had done nothing to help Joran in the alleged murder of Natalee.

I believe that Tacopina hit the nail on the head when he said that Joran disintegrated over the last five years of his life.  Joran recently confessed that he tried to extort Natalee’s mother to get back at her for all the trouble that she has caused him. Tacopina revealed that Joran’s lies about the Natalee Holloway case were prompted by the money that he was offered over the years to publicly talk about the case.

It is very sad that an innocent 17-year-old boy was driven to madness and the murder of another girl by five years of accusations by the Holloway family.  Joran might walk on the murder case in Peru because he was not given his rights after his arrest.  He will still be prosecuted in the extortion case because the Holloway family will never give up.  I predict that they will finally drive Joran to suicide; his life is over anyway.

July 10, 2010

Dr. Oz TV show and acid reflux disease…

Filed under: Health, True Crime, TV shows — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 8:08 am

Yesterday I tuned into the Dr. Oz TV show just in time to hear Kim Kardashian tell Dr. Oz that her father Robert Kardashian died from esophageal cancer which was brought on by acid reflux disease.  You can read about esophageal cancer here. On the show, Dr. Oz explained the cause of esophageal cancer, but didn’t offer any solution for preventing acid reflux disease.  


June 13, 2010

Criminal Museum in Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Filed under: Germany, True Crime — Tags: , , , , — furtherglory @ 11:00 am

I’ve been reading about the Natalee Holloway Resource Center that opened on June 8th in the National Museum of Crime and Punishment in Washington, DC.  That reminded me of several trips that I took to the German town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber which has something called the Criminal Museum.  I am putting up the photos that I took in the Museum. Click on the photos to see a larger size.


June 8, 2010

Who planted date rape drugs in Stephany Flores Ramirez’s Jeep?

Filed under: True Crime — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 9:13 am

Now that Joran van der Sloot has tearfully confessed to the murder of Stephany Flores Martinzez, it seems unlikely that Joran would have given her a date rape drug while the two of them were in Stephany’s Jeep before going to his hotel.  The Flores family made a big deal out of telling the press that there were date rape drugs and/or wrappers found in her Jeep.  Obviously, they wanted to protect Stephany’s reputation by claiming that she was drugged before Joran took her to his room for sex.  According to the Flores family, Joran’s alleged motive was that Stephany said “No” even after she was drugged and that’s why he became enraged and killed her.


Joran van der Sloot has confessed

Filed under: True Crime — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 6:50 am

I just heard on Fox News that Joran van der Sloot has confessed to the murder of Stephany Flores Martinez.  He told investigators that he went out for coffee and when he came back, he found her using his laptop computer.  Stephany had googled his name and was reading about his alleged murder of Natalee Holloway. This was what caused him to go into a rage and kill her. Joran said that they argued about her invasion of his privacy on his laptop and then he attacked her.


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