Friday, February 15, 2013

The Account of Ayla Reynolds Analyzed


The following account was publicly posted on the Internet regarding the disappearance of Maine toddler, Ayla Reynolds, from someone who described herself as a friend of Ayla's father, Justin DiPietro about 2 months after the police report made in December of 2011.  Angela Harry took down the post shortly after analysis of it was posted.  

What does Statement Analysis show of the account?

First is the account itself, followed by the account with Statement Analysis in bold type, and emphasis added to the account. 


Ayla Reynolds was reported missing by her father, Justin DiPietro last December.  Since that report, the public has learned:

1.  Justin DiPietro, single father and unemployed,  purchased a life insurance policy against Ayla's life approximately 6 weeks before reporting her missing.

2.  Ayla's blood was found in the basement of the home of Justin DiPietro.

3.  Justin DiPietro, his sister Elisha, and his girlfriend Courtney Roberts, have all withheld information about what happened to Ayla, from the police. 

4.  Justin DiPietro and Elisha DiPietro reportedly failed polygraphs, though he said he "smoked" his, and she said she "did fine" on hers. 

5.  Ayla had a broken arm which went untreated for 24 hours prior to her disappearance.  Ayla's mother reported a series of unexplained or ill explained injuries to Ayla, including a black eye which her father reportedly stated that it happened because "Ayla got into a fight."

6.  Justin DiPietro issued a public challenge to Nancy Grace to come to Maine.  When producers attempted to do so, he refused to meet with them and is not cooperating with investigators.

7.  The maternal family has been shown evidence proving Ayla died in the home of DiPietro.
8.  DiPietro drove 160 miles, to Portland and back, before calling 911.  

To date, no one has been arrested.  

Here is the account given by the of Ayla's father.  Analysis to follow:  

I.  The story

"Ayla Bell Reynolds, 20 months old, disappeared about one week before Christmas 2011. 

Ayla had been living with her Daddy, Grandmother, and Aunt and cousin in Waterville, Maine  for just about 8 weeks before she disappeared in the middle of the night. 

Those two months had been the  happiest of her Dad's life.  Justin still can't comprehend how his life went from being full of optimism and promise, to dark and hopeless literally overnight. 

Justin had found out that he was a father when Ayla was 7 months old.  He never even knew Ayla was on the way, so he didn't get to meet her when she was born.  When he found out that he had a child, he was happy to be a Dad and  he tried to learn things quickly.  There didn't seem to be room for him in this little baby's life with the family she already knew, but he was determined.  Even though there had never been a committed relationship between he and the mother, he was very willing to learn to co-parent.  There were, however, some dynamics there that made it difficult.  This isn't the appropriate place to discuss it, but it is important to note that Ayla has two parents that love her, who don't happen to have a relationship with each other beyond co-parenting.  It matters because sometimes it sets the stage for people to understand the dynamics better and helps people not to create "if-then" scenarios that don't apply in this particular case.  
Justin does have a long time girlfriend who also has a young child. Things had been going well for them and they truly were very happy.  Justin's girlfriend from Portland, and her son were up for a visit which was normal on the weekends.  They'd met during his 5 years in Portland where he lived with other single friends in an apartment. He'd recently had to leave Portland to have a better home environment  for Ayla since he had just gotten custody of her and was working towards getting on his feet in Waterville- and out of the temporary room he had in the basement of his mom's house.  His girlfriend's family and support network is in Portland where she also has a day job and continues her college education at night.  She is currently working towards her masters degree there but spends as much time as can be spared with her baby boy as well as Justin and Ayla. Justin often feels like she doesn't give herself enough of a break, but also respects her drive.  Things were going well in the big picture and the future was looking brighter. 

The night of Friday, December 16th, 2011 was no different than most any other night for the two months he'd been back.   Everyone went to bed, Ayla was checked on at 10 pm, and sometime after 8 am on that Saturday morning, people in the house started waking up and realizing that their entire world had just turned into a nightmare. 

It was at about 8:30 that Justins sister, whose room is closest to the baby room, awoke and started moving about the house in her Saturday morning routine.  That particular night only Ayla was in her room as her younger cousin had slept in her mom's room.  That wasn't at all unusual for the 18 month old and her mom.  Moments later the aunt walked into the babies shared room only to find Ayla not there. After a rushed trip down the stairs and the discovery that Justin did not have Ayla either, there was instant panic.  He bolted up the stairs, knocking over the gate that was placed there every morning for the two little girls, and into her room.  Nothing.  She wasn't there.  She wasn't anywhere inside.  Outside- nothing.  

I don't think any of us that are parents have to think too hard to remember a time when we thought- for a handful of seconds or minutes- that one of our little ones had toddled off alone.  While on one hand you are panicking at what "could be" on the other hand you are keeping yourself in check because your logical mind keeps reassuring you that if you breathe, stay calm, and think...you will find that little munchkin- probably in the tupperware cabinet again.  

Only, in Justin's case, he's had to wake up to the same nightmare day after day without end.  In those frantic, surreal moments the possibility that she could be in that house SOMEWHERE kept competing with the thought that someone had taken her.  As the morning unfolded into what felt like an eternity...he just kept thinking that by the days end they would have found Ayla.  The police would have put every officer within a hundred mile radius on the case and they would figure out who could have taken her.  But night arrived, and Ayla did not. 

I have to stop here because I simply can't find any more words that will fit on this page.  My understanding of what happened from that day on, through many conversations, have forever changed me.  The things that have taken place since then defy reason, to be honest.  I can't believe that we still haven't found this precious little girl.  It is more apparent than ever that if we don't round up the help of everyone we know and all of their friends too, Ayla could be waiting to see her Daddy for a very, very long time.  He wakes up to this again and again, in the face of a foaming at the mouth public that is hell bent on making him the villian in a tabloid event.  I pray for him daily, as I pray for his daughter's safety, well-being, and quick return."
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II.  Analysis of the Story

For our analysis, note emphasis with italics, underlining and color is added, followed by specific analysis in bold type to differentiate it from the original story.  In the process of SCAN, the color blue is used to represent the highest level of sensitivity.  Simply by following LSI's process of color coding alone, has solved cases.  

In this blog, we also use red to indicate deception.  This may be a single word, or it may be as the result of concluding, from several sensitivity indicators, that deception is present.  Both colors should cause the reader to pause, which is why the color coding is not overdone.  

 Also note that no author took responsibility for this story.  We will view the language, and seek to distance ourselves (plural is:  including readership comments, suggestions, editing) from some of the released information where applicable, though some may serve to confirm the analysis for readership.  

The "subject" is the writer of the story, and will be identified as the "subject", as we will look at various aspects of the story.  

Here is the account with Statement Analysis.

Form:            Narrative Form
Published:   On internet
Content:       962 words.  
Expectation:

Given the report of a kidnapping, the expectation will be:

1.  Focus upon Ayla, as victim, meaning that most of the sentences should be dedicated to her. 
2.  An appeal to the kidnapper to return Ayla, or release her to a safe place, like a police station.
3.  Personalizing of Ayla, including her needs for food, any medication, diaper issues, and so on.  

"Ayla Bell Reynolds, 20 months old, disappeared about one week before Christmas 2011. 

In Statement Analysis, we recognize that where the subject begins the statement often indicates the purpose of the writing.  Here, we have it that "Ayla Bell Reynolds" "disappeared."

This is not expected. 

1.  The name. 

We view all names in a statement.  The law of economy in language says that when a full name is used, the latter references will likely be shortened.  "Ayla Bell Reynolds" is expected to become "Ayla" in progress. 

2.  The word "disappeared."

Ayla Bell Reynolds did not disappear. 

To "disappear" would be a suspension of nature.  An adult removed her from the household, and the report was that she was taken from the home.  She did not "disappear" into nothing. 

This is the unexpected we now encounter.  Rather than rationally appeal to the person responsible for causing Ayla Bell Reynold's disappearance, the first sentence in the story removes responsibility from all persons because of the passive "disappearance", as if it was a magic trick performed on stage. 

The opening line of the story is deceptive since Ayla did not "disappear"; she was removed from the house by either a kidnapper, or another adult in the home. 

 This should immediately put the reader on alert for the account to have a purpose in deception.  The subject has a need to deceive.  

Ayla had been living with her Daddy, Grandmother, and Aunt and cousin in Waterville, Maine  for just about 8 weeks before she disappeared in the middle of the night. 

A.  Names

The SCAN process notes all names used in a statement, as mentioned above. We note the names written, spelling, capitalization and order.  Here:
1.  Daddy
2.  Grandmother
3.  Aunt
4.  cousin

Note that "cousin" is lower case.  

B.  Sensitivity in repetition. 

Next note that the subject repeats, early on, the word "disappear", which is now to be not only considered deceptive (above) but sensitive, since the subject has repeated the word.  Any word repeated is important.  Here we have the word that began the statement quickly (in close proximity) repeated. 

C.  Time

Please note that the subject identifies a time frame for Ayla's "disappearance" as in the "middle of the night."  This means the subject knows that in the early evening, after being put to bed, and early night, the baby did not "disappear."  It also shows knowledge that the baby did not go missing in the early morning hours, or close to the time 911 was called. 

Please note:  This knowledge of time when Ayla went missing should be compared, by investigators,  to the 160 mile round trip taken by Justin DiPietro to Portland, which has recently been published in media.  


Those two months had been the  happiest of her Dad's life.  

Please note that "Daddy" is now "Dad" (economy) and that it shows that the subject has knowledge of Justin DiPietro's emotions indicating access to him. 

The story began with "disappearance" and has now moved its focus to Justin DiPietro in the third line of the story. 

Justin still can't comprehend how his life went from being full of optimism and promise, to dark and hopeless literally overnight

The subject went from "Daddy" to "Dad" to the personal "Justin" and reports in the negative (indicating importance) his inability to "comprehend."  Please notice that time is mentioned again:  "overnight."

This 2nd reference, when weighed against the knowledge that he drove to and from Portland that night, is of importance. 

Justin had found out that he was a father when Ayla was 7 months old. 
 He never even knew Ayla was on the way, so he didn't get to meet her when she was born.  When he found out that he had a child, he was happy to be a Dad and  he tried to learn things quickly

Only 2 sentences were used about Ayla, as the subject continues to focus upon Justin. 
Note the blue color of "so" as sensitive.  This is the need to explain something that is highlighted for sensitivity.  The subject has a need to explain why Justin was not present for Ayla's birth.  Note that he tried to "learn things quickly" indicating pace.

The word "tried" when used in the past tense, often indicates attempt and failure. "I tried to hit a home run" or "we tried to save her life..."

Note that Justin has another child.  


 There didn't seem to be room for him in this little baby's life with the family she already knew, but he was determined.  

The focus remains away from Justin, and here we have the subtle disparagement of the mother and her family but it does explain the sensitivity above. 

The subject had the need to explain why Justin was not present for the baby's birth. It is not the lack of presence that we are interested in; it is the need to explain.  Now we see that the subject seeks to blame the maternal family, and contrast this with Justin being "determined", indicating that the resistance of the maternal family was deliberate and would cause Justin to have to make effort. 


Even though there had never been a committed relationship between he and the mother, he was very willing to learn to co-parent.  

Note that the relationship that produced a child was not a "committed" relationship indicating a demarcation for Justin in relationships. 
Note the social introduction of the mother is an "incomplete social introduction" which indicates a negative relationship.  


There were, however, some dynamics there that made it difficult.  This isn't the appropriate place to discuss it, but it is important to note that Ayla has two parents that love her, who don't happen to have a relationship with each other beyond co-parenting. 

This indicates that the subject is willing to discuss the dynamics, but not in this story. 

Please note that Justin being "willing" to learn to "co-parent" is sensitive with the word "very" attached to it. 
Note that "committed relationship" is changed to the shorter "relationship."

"Dynamics" and "co parenting" are "social-worky" words; that is, words commonly used in social services field.  This indicates that the subject herself, or her source for information, is either in the social services field, or has been serviced by the social services field. This is sometimes called "clientization" or one being "clientized" where social services are given to the person, who then borrows the language from the professionals.  

Even when taking the "high road", insults can be made.  

 It matters because sometimes it sets the stage for people to understand the dynamics better and helps people not to create "if-then" scenarios that don't apply in this particular case.  

The subject anticipates blame and wishes to cut it off immediately.  Recall, that Ayla was not "kidnapped" but "disappeared" (author's language).  Now, the author seeks to continue the same them of no-responsibility. If Ayla "disappeared" that is, her molecules vanished, no one is responsible.  Here, she affirms that she does not want responsibility assigned.  Without responsibility, Ayla cannot be found.  She "disappeared" and her molecules cannot be found and restored. 

Note that Ayla's "disappearance" is now called a "case."

Note that, thus far, Ayla is not the focus of the story.  
Note that, thus far, Ayla's kidnapper has not been addressed. 
Note that, thus far, Ayla's needs have not been addressed. 


Justin does have a long time girlfriend who also has a young child. 

The story continues, but it is not about Ayla, but about Justin's girlfriend, who is now in comparison to "the mother."

Justin's relation to her is that she is a "long time girlfriend" instead of a "committed relationship."  The competition is set. 

One is "long time" but both have children. 
Note the use of "child" and not "son" nor "daughter"; gender neutral.  This may be because the subject does not want to reveal the identity of her child.  
Note that the use of the word "child" is often associated with child abuse. 

Things had been going well for them and they truly were very happy.  

Regarding their happiness, we have three indicators to deal with:

a.  "had" and "were" are both past tense; not present tense. 
b.   Being "happy" is qualified twice, with "very" and then "truly", making the assertion weak.  

The assertion of them being happy is weak, but it is also placed firmly in the past.  


Justin's girlfriend from Portland, and her son were up for a visit which was normal on the weekends.  

We now see the word "son", indicating that the subject is not concerned with concealing the child's gender, leaving alone, by itself, the association with child abuse. 

Note the location where Justin's girlfriend is from.  This appears to be unnecessary information. 

Unnecessary words are to be deemed "doubly important" in analysis.  "Portland" is an important place. 

Please note:

a.  That in Portland, Courtney Roberts' sister lived and was arrested for a large cache of drugs. 
b.  That in Portland, Justin traveled 160 miles (3 hours) before reporting Ayla missing. This time frame is within the author's time frame of when Ayla "disappeared."
c.  Normal.   When someone uses the word "normal", we should be on alert for something to be anything but "normal" in the story. 


They'd met during his 5 years in Portland where he lived with other single friends in an apartment. He'd recently had to leave Portland to have a better home environment  for Ayla since he had just gotten custody of her and was working towards getting on his feet in Waterville- and out of the temporary room he had in the basement of his mom's house.  

"Portland" is in the mind of the author.  She mentions it again.  
Note the time frame of 5 years.  The author does not say that the "long time" girlfriend is "5 years" but only that during this period of time is when they met. 

Why is this part of the story?

Where is the plea to the kidnapper?

Where is the personalization of Ayla Bell Reynolds?

Where is the part about her nutrition, her blankie, and medicine, or anything else that was important to Ayla?

Who is this story about?

This section is about Justin and his girlfriend and about a grown man living in his mom's basement. 

Note that leaving Portland is very sensitive. 

We give two areas of speech the highest level (blue) of sensitivity:
1.  The reason for something
2.  The leaving of a place

Here, the author gives an admission that the home environment that Justin was in was not appropriate for a child. 

What was it in Portland that was not appropriate for a child?

Portland was:

1.  Where the girlfriend was from 
2.  Where an inappropriate child environment was
3.  Where Justin had to leave
4.  Where the Breanna Roberts was arrested for drugs
5.  Where Justin visited on the night of Ayla's demise

We continue to note the repetition of Portland:

His girlfriend's family and support network is in Portland where she also has a day job and continues her college education at night.  She is currently working towards her masters degree there but spends as much time as can be spared with her baby boy as well as Justin and Ayla. Justin often feels like she doesn't give herself enough of a break, but also respects her drive.  Things were going well in the big picture and the future was looking brighter. 

We now have the abundant praise of the girlfriend and see why she is so much better than "the mother":

1.  she is from Portland.  She is not from some provincial, small town, but is from the "city" and obviously more sophisticated.
2.  "support network" is also 'client-speak' increasing the likilihood of involvement with child protective services or social services 
3.  Girlfriend has a day job.  This is in contrast to the chronic-unemployed Justin.  Since it requires a job to feed oneself, why mention this?
4.  continues her college education at night
5.  Working towards masters degree
6.  Yet, still spends as much time as "can be spared" with her "baby boy" as well as "Justin and Ayla" with "Ayla" mentioned last. 
7.  The subject goes on to know Justin's inner thoughts:  "he often feels like she doesn't give herself enough of a break"

We have a story about a kidnapping of a toddler, yet the bulk of it is now in praise of "super woman", shamelessly shilling how wonderful she is, especially in comparison to "the mother" who did not allow "room" for Justin.  Things "were" going well, but that was in the past tense. 

We continue to be made to wait to learn about Ayla, and have this public story cry out to her kidnapper, and offer whatever help it can, to facilitate her return. Instead we have 

1.  nothing dedicated to Ayla, 
2.  a slight dedicated to Trista Reynolds
3.  Justin's pain
4.  Superwoman girlfriend


The night of Friday, December 16th, 2011 was no different than most any other night for the two months he'd been back.   

Note that "he'd been back" is yet another reference to "Portland" which is very important to the subject. 

Note that "no different than most any other night" is a linguistic signal, like "normal" that this night was nothing like any other night.  


Everyone went to bed, Ayla was checked on at 10 pm, and sometime after 8 am on that Saturday morning, people in the house started waking up and realizing that their entire world had just turned into a nightmare. 

1.  "Everyone went to bed" does not say that anyone went to sleep. Unless someone tells us so, we often find deceptive people using "going to bed" as a way to convince readers, without direct lying, that they went to sleep.  (See Patsy Ramsey and Billie Dunn, specifically, on this deceptive technique). 

2.  "Ayla was checked" is passive language.  Passive language seeks to conceal identity or responsibility.  "The gun went off" is an example of passivity as guns do not go off on their own.  Children do not check on themselves.  Who checked on Ayla?  

3.  10PM is mentioned as a time.  This should be compared to statements made early by Justin DiPietro.  

4.  Note when anything is reported to have "started" or "begun" but not completed. 

5.  Please note the lack of commitment to time:  "sometime after 8 am"

Note also the word "that" seeks to distance oneself. 

6.  Please note the pace of the statement:

at this time, people were waking up and at this time, just realizing that their entire world had just turned into a nightmare:

Watch the chronological unfolding: 

It was at about 8:30 that Justins sister, whose room is closest to the baby room, awoke and started moving about the house in her Saturday morning routine.  

"Justin's sister" (not "aunt") is a change from "aunt" (above) and is not named.  The author has knowledge where her bedroom was ("closest to the baby room") and "started moving about the house" in her Saturday "morning routine."

This, also, is the same as "normal" indicating that the aunt was not doing what she normally did on Saturdays.  

This reveals to us that what she, the aunt (Elisha DiPietro) did on that morning was not even close to her normal routine.  In the story, we are:

"about 8:30AM" and people have started "moving around the house" and "Justin's sister" is in her "routine"


That particular night only Ayla was in her room as her younger cousin had slept in her mom's room.  

surprise, surprise; just on "that" (distancing language, instead of "this") "particular night" "only" Ayla was in her room.  Her "younger cousin" was in her "mom's room."

Note that we were at 8:30AM and now we are back into the night. 


That wasn't at all unusual for the 18 month old and her mom.  

1.  This is unnecessary information. 
2.  "That" indicates distance
3.  Language change:  the "younger cousin" is now "the 18 month old"

This is "unnecessary" information making it highly important to us.  The writer has the need to explain why the other child was not in her room.  This is very sensitive to the author:  the need to explain.  It was one thing to say "she slept in another room" but now she had given us additional information by having to justify that this was not "at all unusual" as explanation. 

The need to explain is what is sensitive.  

Moments later the aunt walked into the babies shared room only to find Ayla not there. 

We are back at 8:30AM and not in the night.  

Note that the aunt "walked"; as she was before "moving around"


After a rushed trip down the stairs 

This is a passage of time, and states that the aunt "rushed down the stairs" introducing the topic of stairs to us.  

Why the need to introduce "stairs" to us?  The analysis continues and will see if "stairs" is mentioned again.  


and the discovery that Justin did not have Ayla either, there was instant panic.  

Note "the discovery" is passive language, which seeks to conceal information, particularly, responsibility or identity. 
Note there is nothing about what Justin said, or what the sister said. 
Note that there was, at this time, "instant panic."


He bolted up the stairs, knocking over the gate that was placed there every morning for the two little girls, and into her room.  Nothing.  She wasn't there.  She wasn't anywhere inside.  Outside- nothing.  

Please note the "stairs" again. 
Please note "knocking over the gate" is mentioned, but then the additional and unnecessary statement:

"that was placed there every morning for the two little girls"

This is an attempt to portray a situation where Neglect is not present. 

Please carefully consider the need that the author has to add in that the gate is there "every morning" yet we do not read of the sister knocking it over, or moving it.  If it was pup in place "every morning", who did this?  

Please notice that "the gate that was placed" is passive language as well. 

Since no one is mentioned as having put up the gate, nor do we learn that the sister had to move it, or knock it over, we consider why the stairs, and the gate are mentioned?  Why the need to portray the absence of Neglect?

Note in the descriptions, including "outside-nothing" we have dropped pronouns, reducing commitment to the statement. 

I don't think any of us that are parents have to think too hard to remember a time when we thought- for a handful of seconds or minutes- that one of our little ones had toddled off alone.  While on one hand you are panicking at what "could be" on the other hand you are keeping yourself in check because your logical mind keeps reassuring you that if you breathe, stay calm, and think...you will find that little munchkin- probably in the tupperware cabinet again.  

This section seeks to have other parents enter into a feeling of panic. 

It is void of any information about Ayla, nor does it seek to help locate her. 

Only, in Justin's case, he's had to wake up to the same nightmare day after day without end.  

Here, we have an indication that the "nightmare" will not have any end to it.  This may explain, even by itself, why the author has no interest in:

a.  pleading for Ayla
b.  personalizing Ayla
c.  highlighting Ayla's needs
d.  expressing concern for Ayla

We are not given any information about Ayla, what she must be experiencing, if she is hungry, scared, well cared for, and so on. 

It is utterly void of any empathy for Ayla. 

It does, however, seek to bring sympathy to Justin DiPietro, via the method of appealing to parents. 


In those frantic, surreal moments the possibility that she could be in that house SOMEWHERE kept competing with the thought that someone had taken her.  As the morning unfolded into what felt like an eternity...he just kept thinking that by the days end they would have found Ayla.  The police would have put every officer within a hundred mile radius on the case and they would figure out who could have taken her.  But night arrived, and Ayla did not. 

Note the word "possibility" 
Note the word "competing" used.  

Note, "Ayla did not" does not say "arrive", but it was her who "disappeared" and not was "taken."

I have to stop here because I simply can't find any more words that will fit on this page.  My understanding of what happened from that day on, through many conversations, have forever changed me.  The things that have taken place since then defy reason, to be honest.  I can't believe that we still haven't found this precious little girl.  It is more apparent than ever that if we don't round up the help of everyone we know and all of their friends too, Ayla could be waiting to see her Daddy for a very, very long time.  He wakes up to this again and again, in the face of a foaming at the mouth public that is hell bent on making him the villian in a tabloid event.  I pray for him daily, as I pray for his daughter's safety, well-being, and quick return."

"Through many conversations" is passive language and conceals with whom these conversations took place. 
"To be honest" should be noted that there is a need for emphasis on honesty, introducing the question, "Where have you not been honest?"

She cannot "believe" that "this precious little girl" has not been found, yet she does nothing to facilitate the finding. 

Note the lack of optimism in "very very long time" and seeks to defend Justin from the public. 

The author has had "many conversations" and enters into the thinking, emotions, and words of the father, in the story. 

The child was reportedly "kidnapped" or "taken" from the home, since children do not "disappear" yet:

1.  There is nothing about Ayla
2.  There is nothing about her needs.
3.  There is nothing about what Ayla is going through, only Justin's emotions

The account is a defense of Justin DiPietro, and not a genuine account of what happened. 

There is no reaching out to whomever had her, reducing commitment to the Ayla being alive at the time of this account. 

The author dedicates more words to Justin's girlfriend, heaping praise upon her, rather than implore the public to help find Ayla, or

Speak directly to the kidnapper, making him aware of Ayla's needs. 

For the author to be a parent and not consider what Ayla is going through is either incredibly calloused, or the author does not believe Ayla is alive. 

The lack of urgency, the absence of attempting to facilitate her return, and the overall pessimism, this early in the case, indicate that the writer does not believe Ayla is alive, and her concern is shilling for him, building up his reputation and that of his girlfriend, and cause the public to sympathize with him. 

The writer shows little concern for Ayla.  This may not be from a calloused heart, but from knowing, or believing, that Ayla is beyond help, therefore, her focus is upon presenting Justin DiPietro in the best possible light. This is why the public reacted with such anger:  they thought they were reading about Ayla, and not an apologetic for Justin DiPietro nor a venomous strain towards Trista Reynolds. 

The story began as if it were to be about Ayla, but instead is an empty shill for the very person the author cannot help but portray as the guilty taker of the life of Ayla.  

For those new to the case of Baby Ayla:

1.  Baby Ayla was reported missing December 2011.

2.  The father refused to speak out to the kidnapper of his daughter and refused initially to take a polygraph.  In Behavioral Analysis, innocent parents immediately cry out to the child, and seek to not only personalize the child, but actually negotiate with the kidnapper. 

3.  Police said his story did not "pass the straight face test"

4.  The father reportedly failed his polygraph, as did his sister, but the girlfriend reportedly refused to take one.  When he finally spoke out, he challenged Nancy Grace to walk in his shoes for a day.  She attempted to but he refused to answer the NG producers.  They were willing to highlight Ayla's case, but Justin would have none of it. 

5.  The child had a history of unexplained injuries and he had broken her arm just before reporting her missing.  She appeared to be a battered child, including a black eye that the father said she got "in a fight" at a ball pit where no ball pit exists.  The language highlighted that he had, himself, been raised in violence.  He and his brother bullied the sister's ex, with a bat, and they have been known as small bullies growing up.  

6. Unemployed, single, and rumored to be in the drug business, the father purchased a large life insurance policy against the toddler's life, profiting if she should die.  His girlfriend's sister's apartment was the scene of a large drug raid, further indicating closeness to the drug world. 

7.  Ayla's blood was found on the floor near his bed, in the basement. 

8.  Statement Analysis showed that Ayla was deceased and the father deceptive. 

9.  The family that sold him the life insurance policy has been a tireless shill for the DiPietros, who remain un arrested to date.  They have used ridicule, insult, and taken to great hostility towards the maternal family, especially Trista's father, who has endured not only the pain of losing Ayla, but the incessant taunting and insults from the DiPietro life insurance sellers.  

As to why no arrests have been affected, it is difficult to understand.  Prosecutors have, on one hand, overwhelming circumstantial evidence as well as DNA evidence.  On the other hand, they have a case that will bring in a national audience, and three suspects all maintaining the same lie.  

For those hoping for Justice for Ayla, it is better to see an assistant district attorney going down in a fight, than in letting the case go cold. 

33 comments:

Anonymous said...

From U4A

Answers4Ayla says:
February 15, 2013 at 8:22 pm
FYI; Justin calling Derek before the 911 has been established, but they BOTH rode to Portland together. I do not know if Derek picked Justin up or if Justin picked Derek up in Winslow on the way down, but it was not until they returned to Waterville that Justin called 911. http://united4ayla.com/why-do-you-bother/

Listening said...

Thank you for highlighting this "story" again. Justin's original story, which was deleted off the internet, should not be forgotten. I'm calling it Justin's story, because it is his friend who published it for him. The information came from someone, apparently not from the author, who lives nowhere near him. Where did her information come from? It must have come from her friend, Justin.

Miss. Elizabeth said...

Still creeps me out reading that, yuck

reversechapter said...

I'm frustrated about the handling of the Katelyn Markham case, although I understand a missing adult presents a greater challenge for the police. They have to balance the right of an adult to intentionally "disappear" with the consequences of waiting too long before becoming aggressive. The Fairfield police waited three days before securing and processing Katelyn's town home, and before searching the area landfill. Three days of additional trash from Cincinnati and the surrounding suburbs in the absence of preplanning make a landfill recovery unlikely. The Fairfield PD is patiently and secretly focusing on evidence collection intended to lead to an arrest and conviction. The Chief once said they'd find Katelyn if it takes "90 days or 90 years." My opinion: That approach often works against the aggressive and public effort required to quickly find someone who's missing.

Peter has analyzed the "911" call and three interviews related to the Markham case, but I'd like an opinion about a specific word used by Katelyn's fiance, John Carter, during an interview on August 16, 2011 (three days after she disappeared). The word is "still." My sense is that John's use of the word is extraneous and implies recent-past knowledge about Katelyn contradicted by his alibi. Here's the summary:

John admitted he was the last known person to see Katelyn. He said he left her town home around Midnight on Saturday night; she was in good health and spirits ("totally normal night"). She lived in a small complex, and the residents had assigned parking spots (a neighbor posted on our Facebook page that John sometimes parked in HIS space). The following evening, Sunday at around 6PM- 7PM, John said he started getting worried because he hadn't heard from Katelyn. This is what he did next, in his own words:

"So then I went to my manager at work and I said, 'Is it okay if I go to her house and see if she's okay?' I went to her house; her car was still there. That made me worry, because she should be at work. So I ran inside - I, I didn't - I mistakenly didn't check to see if the door was locked."

Here's my question about his story: Before he even goes into her house to check around for any sign of Katelyn, how does John reach the conclusion that her car is "STILL" there? Doesn't that word imply knowledge by him that Katelyn hadn't driven her car since he was with her last? What makes him so sure that a perfectly fine, able-bodied Katelyn couldn't have driven her car someplace and then returned to the town home? Unless he had a reason to believe that she was incapacitated and unable to drive, wouldn't he have said "I went to her house; her car was there"?

Is my observation legitimate under the rules of Statement Analysis?

Thanks a lot!

reversechapter said...

Additional Note about my post above: The reason I missed the problem with the word "still" for so long is because I was getting caught up in the OTHER problems with this part of his statement. I know the line after the one with "still" is an attempt to explain his "worry," but I reject that. Remember, he hadn't been there since Midnight. He has no way of knowing whether she had car problems, she left work early, or whatever. Also, he's getting back to "check on her" right about the time she's due to get home from work anyhow. Finally, we know that he DID NOT call her workplace at all or drive by the location, even though he is saying that's where she's supposed to be as he's telling this story. In other words, he drove to the place where he expected her NOT to be, then he expressed concern that she seemed to BE there. Crazy.

Not all of these observations uses Statement Analysis principles alone. I am asking whether we can see his deception the moment he uses the word "still"?

john said...

In those frantic, surreal moments the possibility that she could be in THAT house SOMEWHERE kept competing with the thought that someone had taken her.

Why does the Author feel the need to say THAT HOUSE.

THAT=distance.

THIS=Closeness.

So why the need for the distancing language, unless the Author has some knowledge of what happened in the house, or believes something happened in the house and wants to distance themselves away from what ever went on.

Apple said...

Thank you for keeping Ayla in your posts. You keep her name being discussed more than anyone in her paternal family.

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john said...

OT.

It has been confirmed by the Family that Mark, Elaine, Cory and Brandon (Mark's oldest son from a previous marriage) will be taping Dr. Phil on Wednesday, February, 20th.

This is fantastic news. This is just what we need to get Dylan's face out there to MILLIONS of people.

I haven't heard when the show will air, but I will let you all know as soon as I know.

This is going to open up so many opportunity's to get Dylan in the National Media spotlight where he belongs.

GOOD NEWS!!!!

http://www.facebook.com/FindMissingDylanRedwine

hey doc said...

I think it's time we had a talk...

Anonymous said...

LE have "unequivocal evidence" to conclude that Ayla is no longer alive. The same evidence should be enough for arrests.

sidewalk super said...

What have all these people done since Ayla departed this earth?

mama dipetro? does she talk to anyone while buying groceries, while getting gas, while at work? Has she forgotten her granddaughter, the justin look-alike?

courtney, the big city, multi-tasking girlfriend, how's her writing project coming along? she still have time for her stud in Waterville? Or has she succumbed to the drug culture of her sister, and the thug culture of her brothers?

elisha, the unrealistic actress wanna-be, she still rushing up and down stairs? Did she ever have a niece? Is she still providing alibis? Protecting her sibling?

where is brother lance? Who might have been able to help his niece?

And where is Ayla's father, justin?
What has justin done with himself in all this time of freedom from child support payments? Has justin received his Ayla death payout yet?

WHY NO ARRESTS?

Are these suspects that wealthy(?), that influential(?), in Maine? Does Waterville rival Chicago as the most crime-ridden city in the US?

This lack of interest in protecting it's young citizens, any citizens, should scare people away, seems to this outsider. Has tourism in this area gone down? Have people been moving in or have they been leaving?
Who is in charge in Waterville?

Anonymous said...

Amen!!!

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Trigger said...

Ayla Reynolds "disappeared" in her home with a $25K life insurance policy in force.

Everyone involved in Ayla's life should be examined and closely monitored.

"The worst behaved people on the planet" destroyed Ayla's life.

A man who imitates "insane" and "idiot" gave her a black eye and a broken arm then waited 24 hours before getting medical attention for her.

Angela, please take more classes on how to handle "the worst behaved people on the planet." Those who give little girls black eyes, broken arms, and spill their blood in basements before they "disappear" from their "caretakers."

Where is Ayla, Justin?

Anonymous said...

I felt there were some thought provoking words in this in this statement from one of our favorite authors. A.H. :P


"People didn't like the emotion filled way that I presented what I was told about the morning Ayla was discovered missing. They thought

I WAS TRYING TO PAINT A *KILLER* IN A PRETTY LIGHT"

"I believED that a man and his family were desperately seeking their child. I believED that the hoards of people on the internet who were seeking answers had jumped to conclusions long before any facts were even available (and that was true).

"Not knowing me, or my cousin, or anyone else "involved"...

Anonymous said...

If Angela Harry has reconsidered her assistance to a killer she should have the courage to post it. The case is as simple as can be No one snuck into the house that night and took Ayla. No one snuck into the house and spilled her blood and got out, without leaving DNA behind. It is shameful to see no arrests. Why are your prosecutors so cowardly?

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
I felt there were some thought provoking words in this in this statement from one of our favorite authors. A.H. :P


"People didn't like the emotion filled way that I presented what I was told about the morning Ayla was discovered missing. They thought

I WAS TRYING TO PAINT A *KILLER* IN A PRETTY LIGHT"

"I believED that a man and his family were desperately seeking their child. I believED that the hoards of people on the internet who were seeking answers had jumped to conclusions long before any facts were even available (and that was true).

"Not knowing me, or my cousin, or anyone else "involved"...

February 16, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Where can this be found? Did Angela Harry really use the past tense?

Anonymous said...

It can be found on Facebook on TLLOM.©
I posted in its entirety but I think I broke a rule on here; it was taken down.

I'm sorry Peter didn't mean to cause more work. I thought it would be helpful in statement analysis.

Trigger said...

Anyone who can dismiss the violent behavior of Justin Dipietro and his neglect to get medical help for his broken child is "jumping to conclusions" that Justin is "desperate" to find Ayla.

A desperate parent would have gone on Nancy Grace and begged for the safety and well being of their child.

Justin has only cared about his own safety and well being by hiding from the producers of Nancy Grace who wanted him to come on the show as he cavalierly stated that he would.

The cavalier Justin hid in silence when accountability was required.

"Not knowing me, or my cousin, or anyone else "involved"

Anyone "involved" should go on Nancy Grace and answer questions truthfully if they care about Ayla's well being.

No one protected Ayla the night she "disappeared" so why change it now by examining those with a motive? like the silent Justin?


impulsive said...

OT: I just thought this man's only statement about the incident was interesting:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/02/15/idaho-man-charged-slapping-infant-delta-flight-atlanta/1923979/

(he's accused of slapping an infant aboard an airplane)

Anonymous said...

Ok I don't get it. There's probable cause to arrest Justin and charge him with murder. Ayla is missing from his house, her blood found on his basement bedroom floor, he drives 130 miles before reporting her missing! History of physical abuse! What more do they need????

Hobnob said...

off topic

Missing W.Va. girl's mom loses all parental rights
February 15, 2013
Associated Press
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) —
The mother of a 3-year-old West Virginia girl who vanished without a trace in September 2011 won't regain custody of her other six children when she gets out of prison later this month.

The state Supreme Court this week unanimously upheld a Lewis County judge's order terminating Lena Lunsford's parental rights — a decision backed by child welfare workers and the unidentified father of one of the children.

Neither his attorney nor two of Lunsford's lawyers immediately returned telephone messages seeking comment on the ruling, which identifies Lunsford and missing daughter Aliayah only by initials, but with unmistakable dates and details.

The U.S. Bureau of Prisons website shows Lena Lunsford is set to be released Feb. 26 from a facility in Baltimore, where she's been serving an eight-month sentence for welfare fraud.

The high court's ruling notes that the Lewis County court also terminated the parental rights of Ralph Lunsford, whom one of Lena's attorneys had previously described as Aliayah's stepfather. While Ralph Lunsford is identified as the father of "most" of Lena's children, the ruling says one, identified only as T.C., was fathered by another man.

The state Department of Health and Human Resources filed an abuse and neglect petition with the courts in October 2011, alleging the Lunsfords' remaining children were in imminent danger. They had been neglected to the point that some had irreversible tooth decay, case workers said.

That complaint also noted that Lena Lunsford had previously reported to DHHR that her husband had attempted to cut her throat, "yet she and the children continued to live with him."

At a termination hearing in May 2012, the circuit court judge "found that the parents had more knowledge about A.L.'s whereabouts than they revealed but refused to provide that information to the court," the high court wrote.

Lena Lunsford fought for her children, arguing that "evidence was not clear and convincing that she harmed or threatened her children's well-being," and that she appropriately notified police when she couldn't find her daughter.

But the Supreme Court cited witnesses who say she gave conflicting statements about Aliayah's disappearance and noted that she and Ralph Lunsford have "vaguely accused" each other in the 16 months since.

Lena Lunsford's lawyers also argued that the circuit judge erred in deciding there was "no reasonable likelihood" that the abuse and neglect would stop under a court-supervised improvement period.

The DHHR successfully argued that without an explanation of Aliayah's disappearance, "there can be no assurance that the other children in the home can be safe in their parents' care."

Aliayah disappeared Sept. 24, 2011 from a rented home near Bendale. She's never been found.

Hobnob said...
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Hobnob said...

Lena Lunsford told police her daughter had been ill and was vomiting the night before. Aliayah was in her bed at 6:30 a.m., her mother claimed, but missing when she went to check on her a few hours later.

Authorities have made no arrests and identified no suspects. The FBI has refused to say whether agents believe Aliayah is still alive, but it has offered a $20,000 reward for information leading to her recovery or an arrest.

Lena Lunsford was indicted weeks after Aliayah's disappearance on charges that she illegally swapped welfare benefits for cash five times in two months. She pleaded guilty to selling $114 worth of credit on her food-stamp card for $50 cash and reported to prison last June.

During one of the hearings in that case, a judge ordered her to live apart from Ralph Lunsford after he acknowledged on the witness stand that he had bought and used synthetic drugs called bath salts that are known to cause extreme agitation, hallucinations and violent and bizarre behavior.
Ralph Lunsford also acknowledged in his testimony that police had considered him a person of interest and repeatedly questioned him in Aliayah's disappearance.


Lena Lunsford gave birth to twins after Aliayah disappeared and before she went to prison. They were taken into state custody with the other children. She later filed for divorce.


Hopefully should she ever fall pregnant (i fully expect she will for the money) CPS will immediately remove them from her as soon as they are born.

She will be looking for a way to make money since she is losing a chitload now she doesn't have any kids.
I also wonder, when she meets her next boinking partner and he has children, if said children will be removed from his care (either with their bio mom or CPS). will he choose her or the children?

What is clear is they know she is involved in the murder and disposal of Aliayah, they don't have enough evidence currently to charge her, and they know her other children are at risk as she is known to consort with drug users and is likely a user herself.

I do wonder what has gone on behind the scenes with the investigation whilst she has been in prison.
Whilst there she can't do anything in regard to moving anything incriminating, hiding evidence or threatening those who may have info (especially as all calls, mail and visitations are monitored)

Sus said...

Wait a minute! Derek Tudela rode along on the little jaunt to Portland before JD called 911??

The Derek Tudela who sold him the LIP on Ayla, who is the last known witness to see Ayla alive in the Dip's home (on the 16th).

The Derek Tudela who was on facebook the very day Ayla went missing spouting how JD was a great father and Trista was a homeless one night stand who lied. He has spent his time since on numerous facebook pages and blogs giving the "Trista did it" theory.

The Derek Tudela whose mommy took in the entire Dip clan while their home was searched, who gives interviews on her veranda overlooking the Kennebec River valley...while telling the state police they don't know how to do their job. The Derek Tudela whose mommy, aunt and mommy's friend have to make up stories to save his sorry a--.

That ride Derek Tudela took with JD puts him solidly in the lists of suspects...as some of us have long suspected. That is a conspiracy charge, even if it was just to get rid of something out of the house besides a body.

Sus said...

And you can obviously tell that ride angers me! Derek Tudela, you are a father of a son around the same age as Ayla would be. You care more about your policy money and your reputation than the torture Ayla's family is going through. Shame on you.

drdebo said...

Great assessemnt- as usual Peter!Any jury would CONVICT with evidence they have now- why aren't they trying it?
i think that is the same for all faux-kidnappings of last few years- why not just try them- i bet the public would donate to cover the costs to the respective states.

And if the courts are too wimpy- then why don't the relatives take civil action- I think the public would happily cover that expense as well.

I do not understand why LE will not act.

Mainah said...


Have patience... It's not a TV show. I think charges are coming. The case is being built, that takes time. I have confidence in investigators, I'm not sure about the new DA.

I think it shows competence (I hope so...) that the case has not been prosecuted yet. It seems prudent that our newly elected DA should want to have a solid and effective case before moving forward with charges. She needs to know every single aspect better than anyone else who has investigated the case.

Right away, Angela tells what she knows: "Ayla had been living..."

VLW said...

OFF TOPIC: I was just watching a recent episode of Disappeared, detailing the case of runner Amy Bechtel. Her husband's 911 call sent up a barrage of red flags to me after studying statement analysis. You can hear the fishy greeting on his 911 call at about 21:26 on the following link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwxnKadaG8A

He greets the dispatcher with "Hi" and then goes on to say, "I'm Steve Bechtel and...uh...I've got a missing person, and I was wondering if you had an extra." He also refused a polygraph, and in the few clips shown of him, makes odd, imbedded statements and even refers to himself in the 3rd person. Really disturbing to me. I'm curious if anyone else has seen this and has an opinion.

Lis said...

There is no doubt they are guilty and it was no accident. What is wrong with the DA? Do the Tudelas know someone? Is it their money the DA is afraid of?

Concerned said...

Not sure if it matters.. but I saw with both of my eyes BOTH Courtney Roberts and Justin DiPietro walking together on Park Street in Portland on Valentines Day.. this would be the day after the sentinel put out a story which cites that accrording to Ayla's maternal family, police have shown them evidence that she is dead. Also, there seems to be a belief that courtney Roberts and Justin dipietro are not together.. seems strange that both were together on valentines day. Possibly a deep and horrible secret is what bonds them both together.

Jennifer Guinn said...

Justin must be a snitch. There is a guy in my town who beat up a blind woman, but didn't stay in jail because he basically works for the cops busting druggies. The he goes right back to the blind lady like it is nothing. And nobody says anything to him, including her.