A loaded gun is just bad karma waiting to happen -SC
I am now waay confused. I thought there were texts on Henry's phone that went back six weeks establishing a relationship with Harper and pal? I also assumed there were numerous texts. Are there only 4 msgs total, or is that what TBI says? It sounds like KCSO got caught with their pants down on this one and are trying to make up for some major mistakes. I still don't understand why none of the 'officials' will meet or speak. Isn't it time that everyone stops using the 'well, this is the South, and that's how we do things/were raised' excuse for anything and everything? (I'm speculating here, but getting this feeling that this might be the mindset of some involved with the case. Change of habits don't seem to be welcomed by many people I've met in this area.)
After reading the KNS article (and the comments, which are always full of redneck punditry) I keep being struck by the extreme difference in the attitude towards Henry, a kid with an addiction who died in suspicious circumstances and the Christian/Newsom murders. Don't get me wrong, what happened to those kids was evil. But weren't they trying to buy drugs from the people who ended up torturing & murdering them?
Why the huge support for two kids killed in a deal gone bad, but nothing but dismissal for a kid who was himself a victim? Why are some people considered worthy of justice but not others?
There was never any evidence that the Christian/Newsom murders involved drugs. No evidence at all.
After missing an entire day of work yesterday to sit downtown at KCSO to wait for a copy of the case file, I simply can't do anything but focus on my job today. However, Chris and I will be responding to this joke of a file point by point, with documentation, in the days ahead. For now, however, here is our family's public response to the case file released by Randy Nichols and Jimmy "JJ" Jones yesterday: http://justiceforhenry.com/2011/07/o...cso-case-file/
KCSO initially said it would be released at noon but around 11ish said copying was taking longer than anticipated because of the volume of material. I got the call that it was ready close to 5:30 and had it in hand by 6. As far as other texts, Kevin's summary indicates there were no other texts on which to support a case, but the four in question were, based on phone records, in the time before the overdose and quite long. They appeared to be one conversation strung over four texts from Harper to Henry. That they were deleted was in and of itself suspicious obviously. I haven't read the entirety of the file, as I mentioned earlier, but Kevin's summary indicates that while he thinks there is lots of smoke to buttress claims not only against Harper, Houser, the robber boys and another guy identified as having supplied Henry with roxies, there isn't enough admissible evidence to take it further. However, as i said before, I plan more extensive coverage next weekend and I also am working on a piece that will take direct aim at how overdoses are handled by local and regional law enforcers and how the feds would prefer they be handled.
Make no mistake. Our kids are dying from this opiate epidemic. The question is what can and should we do. No easy answer but certainly this case, whether one camps out on one side or the other or squarely in the middle, certainly is helping to shine a light on the questions.