Why was there no angry response when this was first stated on national television?
In attempting to explain "sexual homicide" and language in the post "My Hypothesis", I sought to differentiate between a sexual homicide where all participants are engaged in sexual activity, and one who witnesses a homicide in which there was sexual activity. This was only in regards to Statement Analysis, and may have caused more confusion than clarity. In upcoming articles, I will clarify as to meaning.
The hypothesis is here which is based, primarily on Statement Analysis, but also on Behavioral Analysis, and facts from the police affidavit. Its base is similar to what I originally wrote which drew the ire of both Dunn and her attorney.
Let's look at what may classify this, overall, as a "sexual homicide", even if not all participants were engaged in sexual activity.
A caller identified as "Benay" (sic) "from New York" called the Nancy Grace Show in January of 2011 asked if Billie Dunn had felt jealousy over the attention Shawn Adkins gave Hailey.
Please note that Hailey's grandmother had raised the issue first, claiming that she feared that Shawn Adkins had raped Hailey, and when Hailey threatened to tell, he killed her and the mother, Billie Dunn covered up for him.
This would be a sexual homicide. Billie Dunn's reaction was muted. By alleging this to be the case, it gives the subject the opportunity to deny the account. The expected:
"It did not happen and I would not have covered up for him or anyone!" along with some anger. Lillian Glass noted the lack of response during the show:
"This is the first I'm hearing this. Why didn't nobody tell me?"
Dr. Glass later, while interviewed on our show, said that Billie Dunn may have viewed Hailey as a rival for Adkins' affections.
A few nights later the issue was raised by a caller.
Nancy Grace: Out to the lines, Benay in New York. Hi, dear.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Hi, wonderful Nancy! I`d like to know if there`s any reason at all to believe that Hailey`s mother was so jealous of her boyfriend`s attention to Hailey that she (INAUDIBLE) behind Hailey`s disappearance?
GRACE: OK, hold on just one moment. Let me get this straight. Benay in New York, you`re asking is there a reason to believe that her mother, Billie Dunn, was so jealous over what?
Benay: Over -- over her boyfriend`s attention to Hailey.
GRACE: So let`s go to the mom, Billie Dunn. What`s your response to Benay in New York that you were so jealous of your boyfriend`s attention to Hailey that you murdered her?
BILLIE DUNN: "Wow. I`m definitely not jealous of her. I`m so proud of her for how smart she is, how pretty she is, how funny she is. She didn`t get any special attention from Shawn."
GRACE: You know, another thing, Billie...
BILLIE DUNN: I`m not jealous at all.
Please note that the denial is in the present tense, but the caller (and the accusation) is specifically a past tense issue. This is not a strong point, but it is noted. More attention is called to the denial by the words, "definitely" and "at all"; making the denial sensitive.
GRACE: ... when I see my husband, my family, my parents give attention, lavish attention on my children, the twins, I`m so happy.
NG projects her personal life into cases regularly, which is an interviewing mistake. It is commonly done and can make it more difficult for the interviewer to understand and enter into the 'world' of a sociopath. Analyst Kaaryn Gough speaks often of using visible imagery to enter into the "expected" versus the "unexpected." John Douglas' books impressed me with his ability to attempt to think like a serial killer would think, though I believe there is an emotional and physical toll to be paid for such. Safer is the distance that NG creates: in her world, she rejoices over attention her children get. Her world could not be any more different than the world that Hailey Dunn lived and died in.
BILLIE DUNN: Yes.
GRACE: I`m so happy that someone wants to play with them, read to them, be with them. It makes you happy when you think someone`s showing interest...
BILLIE DUNN: Yes.
GRACE: ... and loving on them, and spending time with them. Doesn`t make me jealous. I`ve never picked up on that.
the more she speaks, the less information from the subject we get: this is something investigative journalist should keep in mind.
To Caryn Stark. Where would that theory even come from, Caryn Stark?
CARYN STARK, PSYCHOLOGIST: Because there definitely are, Nancy, women who are jealous of their teenage daughters. And I know that for you, it`s not the case. But it does sometimes happen that it makes them bemoan the fact that they`re getting older and that they`re not the same way. We`re not talking about a good mother or good parenting, but it does happen, particularly when they don`t have the right attention from a spouse.
We rarely get this type of clarity from a guest. It is usually a rush to see which guest can heap the most amount of praise upon the mother. Because Nancy Grace injected her own life into the situation, the psychologist had to address that, as well, also limiting information that would have been relevant to the case.
Note that Caryn Stark pointed out that BJD is "getting older" and she is not "the same" as she was when she was younger. The pithy remark should have been followed up upon, just as the question from Benay from New York asked a pointed question.
"Water" in sexual homicides, and as accurately pointed out by an astute reader, references were made which we will examine shortly.
Also: It would be interesting for "Benay" from New York to comment on what caused her, this early in the case, to ask such a strong question.
Please note that I do not know if "Benay" is proper spelling, therefore the use of "sic" in the opening.