Friday, January 31, 2014

Leeanne Bearden: Family Now Says Missing By Her Own Accord

"She left on her own free will" is a very unusual statement.  Is it due to entering into the language of law enforcement?  Or, if it is from the husband's own internal personal subjective dictionary, it suggests that there was an argument, or that her will prevailed over his.  
In any case, after calling for funds$ to hire a private investigator, and for a drone search, we learned that they had a private investigator, and now that they believe she left on her own accord. 
The husband's statements are generally "we" statements, and not the expected "I", which is unusual.  
The case gets stranger by the day...from CNN: 
CNN) -- Leanne Hecht Bearden may not be missing after all -- in fact, she might be missing by her own accord.
That's what her family said Thursday, after days of pushing for help in finding the 33-year-old last seen leaving her in-law's house in Garden Ridge, Texas, just northeast of San Antonio.
But the bottom line is that still is still missing, nearly two weeks after she went for a walk.
Pointing to investigative work done by the Garden Ridge police, Comal County Sheriff's Office and Texas Rangers, the family said they now believe Bearden may have gone missing intentionally.
"There is evidence that Leanne may have voluntarily left the area, and we understand this is a strong possibility," the family said in a statement posted Thursday on a Facebook page devoted to finding the young woman.
If nothing else, Bearden is a veteran traveler. In the last couple of years, she traveled the world with her husband, Josh Bearden, in an epic 22-month trek that she extensively documented in a blog. They climbed Mount Kilamanjaro, swam in the Dead Sea, attended an Indian wedding and much, much more.
Then, in December, the couple returned to the United States.
That included a brief stop in Georgia, then onto to Texas to visit Josh's family. From there, the two were working on finding jobs in Denver, where the couple was married and had settled.
Her brother, Michael Hecht, said upon returning to the United States, the couple had spent a short time in Georgia, then went to Texas for a few weeks to visit Josh's family. He said they were working to find jobs in Denver, where the couple was married and had settled.
Coming back to her native country wasn't necessarily easy, her family suggested.
"The pressure of transitioning from her two-year trip back into what we consider 'normal' life seems to have left her very anxious and stressed," they said.
The word "normal" is noted in statement analysis.  
On January 17, Bearden told her family she'd be back in about an hour after setting out on a walk from her in-laws' residence where she and husband were staying.
Josh Bearden told CNN affiliate KENS-TV, "She left on her own free will. That is what she did. That is absolutely true, but what happened after she left the house on her own free will I don't know."
The word "absolutely" makes the statement sensitive, as he has a need to persuade.  This should tell us that her will, being engaged, may have been opposed at some point, prior to leaving.  Was this a domestic dispute that turned into a missing persons case?
The statement:
"she left on her own free will" is thus made weak by the follow up, "that is absolutely true"
"but" is in comparison to that which preceded it, sometimes even refuting the information.  
That "free will" is repeated, and qualified, makes it very sensitive. 
He and other relatives and friends worked intently to spread the word after she didn't return, as the search for her expanded.
Her brother told CNN two helicopters searched for nearly three hours six days after she was last seen, and that followed ground searches the previous two days.
"It's baffling right now about what happened. Maybe she fell and hurt herself. You start thinking about things. I don't think she had any enemies. She is loved very much," Hecht said then.
The biggest such search -- covering 23 square miles, by air and land -- was last Saturday.
The Garden Ridge police noted their serious concern about Bearden last week, while adding "there is no indication at this time that (her disappearance) is criminal in nature."
"at this time" leaves open the door for other times to be considered possible criminal in nature. 
They and other authorities talked to relatives and friends, combed through e-mails and text messages, checked out phone records and contacts -- all in addition to looking for physical signs of her.
But none of these efforts have revealed any "evidence ... of her presence," according to her family.
"If Leanne has indeed fled the area, she is extremely vulnerable," they said. "She left with only a few assets and is traveling very light."
The family added that while Bearden is athletic, "she is small in stature."
"Her mental and physical status is uncertain," the said. "We fear for her greatly."
The Facebook page devoted to finding her continued pleading Thursday night -- shortly after the family's statement came out -- for the public's help, asking people to print and post fliers with her picture and share her story through social media.
"Continue to send your positive thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of Leanne who are really in need of them now," the post said.
Isn't Leeanne, herself, in the most need for prayer?

Two Men Arrested in Heather Elvis Case

This is going to be interesting:

how will the legal system deal with two men who involved themselves into the investigation into the disappearance of Heather Elvis?

One of the two men is a friend of Terry Elvis, Heather's father.  They have been accused of posting false information.  What makes this relevant may be the argument that they posted "in good faith" rather than deliberately posting false information. 

Depending upon how this turns out, it could impact the myriad of people who call police departments claiming to have "psychic" powers in missing persons cases.  Due to the extremity of emotions in missing persons cases, families can fall victim to those who seek to prey upon their vulnerability.  

William Christopher Barrett, 52, and Garrett Ryan Starnes, 25, were both arrested and detained, according to information provided by the Horry County Sheriff’s Office.
Police say Barrett began posting misleading information on Facebook regarding the disappearance of 20-year-old Elvis, who was last seen Dec. 17. The release states Barrett’s posting “created a community reaction that diverted investigating officers.”
In the case of missing Baby Ayla, police eventually announced:  "no more 'psychic' tips accepted" from the public.  Most psychic tips show common sense vagueness, while some show deception.  "I see her, she is is dark..." as a general principle. 
'Pyschics' have never recovered a missing person.  The success rate odds may be less than winning the lottery, yet with the popularity of some television shows, and the "graduation ceremony" provided by social media, those who seek out this form of a attention has multiplied greatly. 
Heather Elvis has been missing since Dec. 18, when she called a family member to talk about how a date she was on had gone well, her family said, around 3AM. 
 She was reported missing two days later when her car was found at a boat ramp about 8 miles from her home, police have said.
Terry Elvis said, “I’m really disheartened. That’s not the kind of arrest we’re looking for. This is an unnecessary distraction.”
Lt. Robert Kegler, spokesman for the Horry County Sheriff’s Department, commented on the arrests: 
“It was an investigation separate from law enforcement,” Kegler said.
Police have accused Barrett of questioning potential witnesses. This may become problematic in the legal system:  is Barrett not allowed to speak freely to people he thinks may help the case? What about journalists?  Should an investigative journalist seek out those who may be connected to the case?  
“It was also discovered that in an effort to conduct a separate investigation from law enforcement, he began questioning a witness in an attempt to gain confidential information about the law enforcement investigation,” according to a press release from police. “In addition, he conducted an independent search, where potential evidence was uncovered and did not immediately report it to law enforcement.”
The police investigation has not found Heather Elvis, which may produce some sensitive emotions within law enforcement. Professionals want to find her, and likely there are some who have dedicated themselves to this cause.  Not only might feelings of competition be aroused, but the plain fact of wasting time can cause heightened aggravation, especially as patience grows thin. 
Police accuse Starnes of deliberately posting fabricated misleading information  and then relayed this false information to law enforcement. He posted it online, causing  officers to obtain time eating warrants which diverted them from their actual work.  This is where paid man-hours is lost, and should the state prove Starnes did so knowingly, a crime has taken place.  Not only is money wasted, but time that should have been spent searching for Heather, was lost.  

Yet, what if these two were investigative journalists or private investigators?  As a family member, would you want all the help possible?  

The posting of deliberate false information is "not good faith" information, the same as 'psychic' tips, and if seen as an intentional or even inadvertent diversion of resource, it should be punished. The state will have to show that either one, or both, knew that the information they gave to police was false. 

As to uncovering evidence while not releasing to police, this is unthinkable, and more about personal vain glory than helping assist the Elvis family.  
This blog will continue to highlight Heather's case, helping to keep her name and face in the public mindset. 
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Leeanne Bearden Family Statement

Please note that this is a statement posted by the family.
The police have stated that the husband is cooperating and is not a suspect.
Note also that they have a private investigator already in their employ.

This blog continues to post information in order to assist keeping Leeanne's face and story in the public mindset.

"As you know, Leanne Bearden was last seen leaving her in-law’s house in Garden Ridge, Texas on the afternoon of January 17, 2014 for what she had said was to be a one-hour walk. She has not been seen or heard from by her family since. We initially believed that she was somewhere in the local area. However, after much searching, culminating on January 25 with an extensive air and land search of a 23 square mile area including Garden Ridge and the immediate surrounding area, no evidence has been found of her presence.

The Garden Ridge Police, Comal County Sheriff’s office, the Texas Rangers, and other agencies as well as a private investigator have conducted an extensive investigation including talking with many of Leanne’s family members and friends as well as many other people living in this area. They also examined Leanne’s computer and telephone, including emails, text messages, and phone records and contacts. The pressure of transitioning from her two year trip back into what we consider “normal” life seems to have left her very anxious and stressed. As a result of this investigation there is evidence that Leanne may have voluntarily left the area, and we understand this is a strong possibility.

If Leanne has indeed fled this area, she is extremely vulnerable. She left with only a few assets and is traveling very light. Although she is athletic, she is small in stature. Her mental and physical status is uncertain. We fear for her greatly. We urge anyone who might have any information about Leanne to contact the Garden Ridge Police department at 210-651-6441 or Private Investigator Charles Parker at 210-826-4052.

Please remember Leanne, the Bearden and Hecht families, and all of Leanne’s friends in your thoughts and prayers."

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Amanda Knox Found Guilty of Murder Issues Statement

If there is ever an opportunity to say "I didn't do it" it would be here.  

"First and foremost it must be recognized that there is no consolation for the Kercher family. 

Their grief over Meredith's  terrible murder will follow them forever. They deserve respect 

and support.

I am frightened and saddened by this unjust verdict. Having been found innocent before, I

 expected better from the Italian justice system. The evidence and accusatory theory do not

 justify a verdict of guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Rather, nothing has changed. There 

has always been a marked lack of evidence. My family and I have suffered greatly from this 

wrongful persecution.

This has gotten out of hand. Most troubling is that it was entirely preventable. I beseech 

those with the knowledge and authority to address and remediate the problems that worked

 to pervert the course of justice and waste the valuable  resources of the system: 

overzealous and intransigent prosecution, prejudiced and narrow-minded investigation, 

unwillingness to admit mistake, reliance on unreliable testimony and evidence, character 

assassination, inconsistent and  unfounded accusatory theory, and counterproductive and

 coercive interrogation techniques that produce false confessions and inaccurate 


Clearly a wrongful conviction is horrific for the wrongfully accused, but it is also terribly bad

 for the victim, their surviving  family, and society."

What is missing is a reliable denial:

"I" with the pronoun "I"

"didn't" or "did not"

and the specific allegation.  In this case, being present for the murder, helping clean up the blood, and lying to the police.  

She is convicted in concert, that is, working with others, in the murder.  

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Woman Claims Attacked, Tied Up, While Child Killed

from NY Daily News.  Regarding the profiling that was popular in the 80's:  we are seeing more and more violent crimes committed by first time offenders, or even nominal criminals.  In the "photobomb" killing in California, the killer never had a single arrest and "graduated" all the way to killing.

We are not seeing that pattern in play...

Texas woman killed fiancé’s toddler, lied about attack: cops  

Melinda Lynn Muniz, 25, initially told cops an intruder attacked her and killed 2-year-old Grace Lillian Ford after the woman was found tied up inside the Plano home on Jan. 9, according to reports. But cops allegedly found surveillance video showing the woman took the toddler to a dollar store, where she bought the supplies needed to commit the murder and cover up the crime.

Melinda Lynn Muniz, 25, allegedly lied when she told investigators an intruder attacked her fiancé’s 2-year-old daughter before she was arrested for the murder.

Melinda Lynn Muniz, 25, allegedly lied when she told investigators an intruder attacked her fiancé’s 2-year-old daughter before she was arrested for the murder.

A Texas woman was arrested for killing her fiancé’s 2-year-old daughter after cops found a surveillance video showing her buy the supplies needed to commit the sickening murder — during a shopping trip with her tiny victim.
Melinda Lynn Muniz, 25, initially told police that an intruder attacked her and little Grace Lillian Ford after the woman was found tied up with her pants down inside her fiancé’s Plano home on Jan. 12, the Dallas Morning News reported.
Grace, her mouth covered in duct tape, was lying unconscious in her crib. She was rushed to a hospital, but could not be saved.
An autopsy determined that 2-year-old Grace Lillian Ford died from being suffocated. Her father’s fiancée, Melinda Lynn Muniz, was later arrested for the murder.


An autopsy determined that 2-year-old Grace Lillian Ford died from being suffocated. Her father’s fiancée, Melinda Lynn Muniz, was later arrested for the murder.

The child’s death was ruled a homicide days later, after a medical examiner determined she was suffocated.
Muniz told investigators that the suspect — who she described as having dark hair, black gloves and black boots — sexually assaulted her during the attack, but the evidence didn’t support her claim, KTVT reported.
After speaking to Grace’s father, Mitch Ford, police learned the couple — who were engaged in December — had a fight that morning and that Muniz was told to move out of the home in the Eastside Villages Apartment complex, KDFW-TV reported.
Grace Lillian Ford, 2 (pictured here with her mother, Emily Ward), died days after she was found unconscious in her crib on Jan. 9.


Grace Lillian Ford, 2 (pictured here with her mother, Emily Ward), died days after she was found unconscious in her crib on Jan. 9.

Police retraced Muniz’s steps before the alleged attack and found that she took the little girl to a nearby dollar store, where the woman was captured on a security camera buying several disturbing items: duct tape, zip ties, kitchen shears and cotton swabs.
“She took the child with her to purchase the items that she was going to use during the commission of the crime,” Plano police spokesman David Tilley told WFAA-TV. “Clearly premeditated.”
Muniz (not pictured) allegedly took the 2-year-old girl (pictured here with her mother, Emily Ward) to a store, where she bought the supplies needed to commit the murder.


Muniz (not pictured) allegedly took the 2-year-old girl (pictured here with her mother, Emily Ward) to a store, where she bought the supplies needed to commit the murder.

Once cops had enough evidence to prove Muniz staged the crime scene, they made the collar.
Muniz was ordered held in lieu of $1 million bail after she was charged with the murder on Tuesday.

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Can We Hinder Missing Person Searches?

                                                              by Peter Hyatt

When someone goes missing, commentators speculating on who might have caused the person to go missing does not hinder search and rescue efforts.

Blogs publishing the information, including the statements from the family, are helping promote the missing person's plight, with often family not caring whether the coverage is positive or negative, as long as it "gets out there."

When the husband of Leanne Bearden spoke to the press, it is presupposed that people will have an opinion on his words. It is part of human communication:  do we believe someone or not?

In Statement Analysis, the presupposition is innocence.  This is not a judicial or moral stance, it is a principle of Statement Analysis for the purpose of discerning guilt.

We presume innocence and seek to put ourselves into the subject's own shoes, giving voice to what we might say under the circumstances, particularly, where they may be doubt.  For example, if people thought you had something to do with your wife's disappearance, what would you say?

I would say that I didn't.

This is the "Expected" in Statement Analysis.

We find this in cases where someone is, for example, accused of murder and the subject will say anything and everything but "I didn't do it..." ranging from the sensitive responding to a question with a question, "How could you think this of me?" to the future/condition tense (usually coupled with minimization) such as "I would never harm my wife..." and so on.

"I didn't cause my wife's disappearance" is plain, simple, and easy to say.

"I caused my wife's disappearance inadvertently because we argued..." which is very different than saying "I caused my wife's disappearance inadvertently because she argued with me..." which uses the distancing word, "with" between people  The former uses the word "we", which shows unity and cooperation.

If my wife was missing and I had hope I would say that I would not give up searching until I found her.

OJ Simpson said he would search for the real killer for the rest of his life, leaving no hope of success.
John Ramsey said that they would search for the rest of his life, leaving no hope of success.

If I did not have hope, I might say something else.

These types of comments are not expected and in Statement Analysis, we are confronted by the "Unexpected"; such as Justin DiPietro not calling out for his missing daughter, Ayla.  This is not expected if we assume innocence.

This is what Statement Analysis does.

People who comment on a newspaper article, or on a blog do not stop police from searching.  They do not harm nor impede the investigation.  Statements to the contrary are concerning.

When someone calls in a fake tip, as do hundreds or perhaps even thousands of people who claim to have "psychic" powers, it can impede search efforts because they send police on tangents.  Doing so, not in good faith, can lead to criminal charges, as we now see in the Heather Elvis case.   If someone posts fake documents, for example, or finding of evidence and not turning it over to the police.

In short, "buzz" is good.

People talking about the missing person, regardless of what they say, is good.

What is expected is that the spouse of a missing person, for instance, will seek out all publicity possible, for his wife's name and face to be firmly implanted in the public mind.

Publicity for the missing person is good.  False information is not.

Discussion and speculation keep the interest high.  We are a nation which thrives on the "who done it?" mentality, as evidenced by the myriad of "CSI" like television shows, which leads to people contacting police departments as "experts" advising police based on tv.

With the public, just a bit of patience and understanding can go a long way.

Jesse Ryan Loskarn: Statement Analysis

Jesse Ryan Loskarn was arrested for child pornography and later committed suicide.  This is his letter.  Statement Analysis will look for truth or deception, and indications of childhood sexual abuse.  

Jesse Ryan Loskarn's Last Message:
On December 11, 2013, I was arrested for possession of child pornography.  Writing those few words took a long time; seeing them in print is agony.  But I owe many, many people an explanation – if that’s even possible – and that’s why I’ve written this letter.
Note that the letter begins with the pronoun, "I" and speaks of the arrest.  As we say, the first sentence often reveals the reason for the statement, and in this case, it is plain.  He is writing it because of the arrest.  
Note that even seeing them in print "is" (present tense) agony.  This is a very strong statement and should be seen in light of suicide.  He uses no word to qualify the "agony", making it stronger.  He believes that suicide will end the agony.  
The explanation of "why" he was arrested is the reason for the letter.  This coincides with the principle of the opening portion of a statement (letter, email, etc) is always important and often the reason of the statement. 
The news coverage of my spectacular fall makes it impossible for me to crawl in a hole and disappear. I’ve hurt every single human being I’ve ever known and the details of my shame are preserved on the internet for all time.  There is no escape. 
The pronoun use is strong.  He does not distance himself from what he experienced.  This is very personal. 
Instead of "I hurt" he uses "I've hurt", which elongates the period of time in the past, as ongoing.  This is an indication that he is aware of the passage of time he has hurt those he knew "every human being I've known..."
My family has been wounded beyond description.  My former boss and colleagues had their trust broken and their names dragged through the mud for no reason other than association.  Friends’ question whether they ever really knew me. 
Everyone wants to know why.
I’ve asked God.  I’ve asked myself.  I’ve talked with clergy and counselors and psychiatrists.  I spent five days on suicide watch in the psychiatric ward at the D.C. jail, fixated on the “why” and “how” questions:  why did I do this and how can I kill myself?  I’ve shared the most private details of my life with others in the effort to find an answer.  There seem to be many answers and none at all.   

Here you can see the difference in time passage, and we note the order: 
1.  I've asked God
2.  I've asked myself
3.  I spent and not "I have spent", as he addresses this specifically as "five days" whereas the above have a passage of time that is not exact.  This is a good example of the difference. 
That he asked God first shows that he felt answers were needed above his own powerful intellect.  It may be that his powerful intellect kept him from seeking professional intervention as he may have found therapists and doctors who did not impress him.  This is not uncommon. 
The first time I saw child pornography was during a search for music on a peer-to-peer network.  I wasn’t seeking it but I didn’t turn away when I saw it.  Until that moment, the only place I’d seen these sorts of images was in my mind. 
Here is the first hint of weakness:  "I wasn't seeking..." is in the negative.  Searching for music will not produce child pornography unless there is a certain element within music.  This may be something he did not come to terms with (denial), yet he states strongly "I didn't turn away when I saw it" with the strong pronoun use.  The denial may be evident in his next sentence where he admits fantasizing about children and sexuality.  Because of the immense pain he was suffering, some minimization is expected, yet in this letter, it is remarkably low. 
What kind of music is found on a "peer to peer" network.  
What one reports in the negative is always important:  "I wasn't seeking..." yet uses the word "but" to refute.  
"I didn't turn away" is a very strong admission.  The pronouns throughout this statement are strong. 
Note that "the first time" presupposes that there was a second time, in the least. 
I found myself drawn to videos that matched my own childhood abuse.  It’s painful and humiliating to admit to myself, let alone the whole world, but I pictured myself as a child in the image or video.  The more an image mirrored some element of my memories and took me back, the more I felt a connection. 
Statement Analysis principle:  When one uses the word "child" to describe oneself, it is a signal that the subject may have been abused as a child, with this abuse being 80% likely sexual.  
"felt a connection" is something that child abuse victims, as adults, often say.  This may be because the brain was so acutely impacted early on, that the imprint is powerful and something in adulthood can trigger it.  Pornography, (adult) is harmful to survivors (I can argue that it is harmful to everyone) as it can touch upon a brain's connection and trigger many issues.  
This is my deepest, darkest secret. 
As a child I didn’t understand what had happened at the time of the abuse.  I did know that I must not tell anyone, ever.  Later the memories took on new and more troubling meaning when I became a teenager.  They started to appear more often and made me feel increasingly apart from everyone else. In my mind I instigated and enjoyed the abuse – even as a five and nine year old – no matter the age difference.  Discussing what had happened would have meant shame and blame. 
These are indications that he is telling the truth.
1.  Reference to himself, again, as a "child"
2.  Having no "voice", as the child feels muzzled by the perpetrator
3.  "apart":  this is the brain's way of protecting itself:  disassociating from the abuse.  This is often the case in highly intelligent victims and leads to mental illness.  (DID).  The child's imagination "escapes" the abuse, and the victim will describe 'almost watching, while floating above' the abuse take place.
4.  "enjoyed the abuse":  if the perpetrator did not inflict pain, but the sensations were pleasurable, the victim will sometimes suffer even more from it, as guilt is not added to the powerful equation of hell unleashed in their soul.  
For me, this is an inescapable proof of having been created in the Image of God.  A child is touched, sexually, and not injured physically, but actually touched in a way that brings pleasure, yet the damage, often surfacing in adolescence and then re-emerging in the 30's, is acute.  The victim suffers for life for what was done in childhood.  Physically, this makes no sense, yet, it is a form of violence done against the Image bearer.   It hurts the victim and everyone that loves the victim.  
I always worried someone might look at me and know, so I paid close attention to others for any sign they might have figured it out.  
This is also common among victims:  the shame is so deep, and so intense, that they believe others can see it.  They often hide their faces and hate having their pictures taken.  They think others can "see" and "tell" that they have this shame upon them.  
No one ever did.  By my late teens I reached a sort of mental equilibrium on the matter.  I couldn’t stop the images from appearing altogether, but I generally controlled when they appeared. 
The high levels of hormones (natural strength) keeps the damage at bay, but middle age is coming, and when hormones drop, often for women, for example, in their mid-30's to mid 40's, the suffering explodes as the brain has not forgotten what was done.  
As an adult I thought I was a tougher man because of the experience; that I was mentally stronger and less emotional than most.  I told myself that I was superior to other people because I had dealt with this thing on my own. 
The natural strength in overcoming?  No, it is actually denial.  Having forced down the abuse, the brain's tension remained to do its damage.  This is why intervention is critical.  
Those I worked with on the Hill would likely describe me as a controlled, independent, and rational person who could analyze a situation with little or no emotion.  That’s how I viewed myself.  In retrospect, the qualities that helped me succeed on Capitol Hill were probably developed partly as a result of the abuse and how it shaped me. 
Dissociative Disorder often is seen in very highly intelligent victims (DID)
In the aftermath of my arrest and all that followed, the mental equilibrium I had created to deal with my past is gone.  Today the memories fly at me whenever they choose.  They’re the first thing I see when I wake and the last thing I think about before falling asleep.  I am not in control of anything anymore, not even my own memories.  It’s terrifying. 
Victims who are not helped, often struggle to discern truth from deception and can lie to themselves in powerful ways:  
In my life, I had only ever mentioned the abuse to three friends, and then fleetingly so.  I never spoke to a mental health professional about this or any other matter until I was in the D.C. jail.  I talked with a counselor there about my crime and the horrible hurt I had caused so many people.  I didn’t talk to him about my past.  I didn’t think it mattered because I intended to kill myself as soon as possible.
The self-loathing caught up to him.  He could have been helped.  His high level of honesty and ability to take responsibility would have made treatment successful. 
The session ended and I left to be taken to a cell.  Before I’d gone far, the counselor called me back. He said there was something he couldn’t put his finger on and he wanted to talk some more.  And then he just stopped and looked at me, not saying a word.  He was the first person in my life who I think had figured it out.  And he was the first person I ever spoke to in any detail about those memories. 
the word "left" is highlighted in blue, as the highest level of sensitivity:  it indicates missing information.  He explains exactly what that missing information is, and why we highlight the departing of a place as very sensitive.  
That conversation was the first of many that have already taken place, and many more to come, as I begin the process of trying to sort this out and fix myself.      
I understand that some people – maybe most – will view this as a contrived story designed to find some defense for defenseless behavior.  That it’s an excuse.  In some ways I feel disgusting sharing this truth with you because in my heart I still struggle to see my five-year-old self as a victim.  But I’m sharing this with you because it is the truth, not an excuse.  And I believe it played a role in my story.
His language tells us that it is the truth.  He asserts it.  
To my family, friends and Capitol Hill colleagues:  I’ve had individual conversations with each of you in my mind.  I’ve pictured your face as I admitted to my failure and heard the shock and disappointment in your voice.  I lay awake at night reviewing these conversations over and over again.  They are among the most excruciatingly painful aspects of this terrible, terrible nightmare. 
To those who choose to sever all ties with me, I don’t blame you.  No one wants to think or talk about this subject matter.  All I can say is: I understand and I’m sorry.
To those of you who have offered words of compassion to me and my family: your kindness has been remarkable.  Compassion is harder to accept than condemnation when you feel as disgusting and horrible as I do, but it means a great deal.  I’m more grateful to you than you can possibly imagine. 
And last, to the children in the images:  I should have known better.  I perpetuated your abuse and that will be a burden on my soul for the rest of my life. 
 This is the first time I have ever read of a possessor of child pornography address the victims in the imagery.  It is remarkable. 

Statement Analysis shows that this man has told the truth about childhood sexual abuse.  His striking honesty meant that had he not committed suicide, there was hope for him.  This is a terribly sad tragedy for all around, including the children in the images that were exploited.  He likely suffered from a Dissociative Disorder.  There is nothing within his language that suggests that he sexually abused children, including large gaps of missing information.  He truthfully reports the imprints that were left upon his brain, though he only goes back to age five, it is likely that he was sexually abused even earlier, interfering with natural brain development.  His strong intellect is evident within his statement (and his life) and his letter is unusually low in minimization.  
It is not surprising that he took his life by hanging, as the self loathing would have driven him to a violent death.  
Why does he not attack his perpetrator?  This may be because he does not know or remember the identity (not likely since he mentions age five) or it could be that he does not wish to further pain his family.  It is the unexpected that he does not go after his victim.  This may be part of the self loathing victims experience. 
His life stands as a warning to parents to be vigilant over their children's safety.  It only takes a momentary lapse to destroy a life.  

Heather Elvis: 2 Arrests Interfering With Investigation



Two men have been arrested and charged in connection with interfering with the case involving the disappearance of Heather Elvis, Horry County Police said Tuesday afternoon.
William Christopher Barrett, age 52, and Garrett Ryan Starnes, age 25, both of Myrtle Beach, are facing charges of obstructing justice.
"During the course of the investigation, suspect (William) Barrett began posting misleading information on a social media site regarding the disappearance of Heather Elvis, which created a community reaction that diverted investigating officers," police said.

Actual fake tips can lead to arrests if officers who are paid to investigate, must investigate the deliberate tangent.  This is not a "good faith tip" but must show intent to deceive. 
It was also discovered that in an effort to conduct a separate investigation from law enforcement, he began questioning a witness in an attempt to gain confidential information about the law enforcement investigation, police said.
In addition, he conducted an independent search, where potential evidence was uncovered and did not immediately report it to law enforcement, police said. 
"Also during the investigation, (Garrett) Starnes fabricated misleading information regarding the disappearance of Heather Elvis and then relayed the false information to law enforcement," police said.
This information was then posted to a social media site, causing investigating officers to obtain legal process regarding the information which diverted them from legitimate leads, police said.
 Both suspects were taken to the J. Reuben Long Detention Center.