I have been asked about my recent statement showing optimism in the call for justice for murdered teenager, Hailey Dunn. I believe that both Shawn Adkins and Billie Dunn are going to be charged with not only her death, but a host of other attendant crimes associated with her death and subsequent disposal of her remains.
I understand some of the complexities of the prosecutorial case and remain optimistic in spite of what the professionals face.
Yet it is that officials have not released Hailey's remains to the unnamed suspect (Billie Dunn) is, itself, a strong statement telling Dunn and Shawn Adkins as well as the public, in no uncertain sound:
We are not done with you yet.
Both Shawn Adkins and Billie Dunn live their lives wondering if, at each morning's wake up, if this is the day they have been waiting for, in spite of the passage of time. It is an ongoing anxiety that takes its toll upon the human body, no matter how hard the brain works in denial over the passage of time. It is with them all the time, and likely is going to impact their immune system and overall health and longevity in life. It is a constant stress and anxiety that can lead to even more substance abuse and other forms of attempting to alleviate the pressure. Yet we ask:
Who killed Hailey Dunn?
Analysis has given us an insight into the details and I believe we even have a description of Hailey's life that was not intended to be disclosed. We saw the telegraphing of where her remains would be found. We heard the language so commonly associated with sexual assault. We saw the coming together of violence, sexual perversion and drug abuse, so very lethal in life, particularly to children.
In failed polygraphs, there is a high percentage of confessions. This leads to two questions:
1. Why would the guilty party take a polygraph in the first place?
2. Why is the percentage of confessions so high immediately after the failed polygraph?
Who killed her?
I think they had different elements of responsibility in her death (see above comment), and like others, I am not certain who inflicted the final blow.
Dr. Lillian Glass aptly applied envy, a deadly sin, to the case, viewing the case as "the aging stripper versus the youthful rival" scenario, of which the language and behavior agree.
Prosecution must have precision.
It is the same with the child pornography: several people had access to the various computers/memory sticks.
That Dunn was deceptive about child pornography and bestiality is an important point: She had the need to be deceptive, and was aware of its existence. Who actually downloaded and from which computer and in which county?
It is complicated.
Would you show up like this after your daughter was murdered by a mask-wearing 'monster'? Do you find this comical? Or, do you find it provocative?
That they have not released the remains sends a strong signal to the perpetrators that they are not done with this case, as there is no white flag raised by Texas officials. Remember, those responsible for justice for Hailey feel the same way that you and I feel about the boldness of the lies, the injustice of it all, and the lost life of opportunity that was Hailey's.
In other words, that these two are free to walk the streets bothers them, just as Billie Dunn has worked hard at insulting law enforcement, showing both open contempt as well as flaunting their failure to prosecute in their faces.
I've always wondered about those who tweak the nose of their enemy. It makes little sense outside of psychology. It certainly doesn't hold practical sense, as they fill their enemy with resolve. Dunn did this repeatedly and angered many along the way, including those responsible for justice. Not smart. Yet, we can return to why the guilty often take, and fail, polygraphs.
There is a rule in Statement Analysis that continues to amaze me, even as the years pass. It is the "no man can lie twice" rule.
Deeply embedded within the liar is a desire not to be seen as a liar. When properly understood by law enforcement, this is a powerful, razor sharp tool to use against the deceptive perpetrator.
It was successfully used against Dunn, as they backed her into a corner about taking a polygraph.
She thought she could outsmart them by showing up under the influence, as if using a sedative would work. Yet is was the need to use artificial means, itself, that said:
"You're a liar!"
This she could not abide.
She then was "forced", by her own ego (and her power of persuasion over her boyfriend, Adkins) to show up stone-cold sober and answer the simple questions of:
Did you kill Hailey?
Do you know where Hailey is?
Do you know what happened to Hailey?
She failed. Adkins failed. (Later, when pleading with his family that he was innocent, he took a private polygraph and failed that, as well).
She then did what Lance Armstrong and so many others did: she attacked.
She attacked everyone and anyone, both ridiculing and threatening suit. Her language, plain to the untrained eye, showed more concern about her reputation than at any point of finding Hailey. She lost more 'fans' with this, as she did each time she spoke out. She eventually posted a rhetorical question about bestiality on Facebook that lost her even more supporters: "Who hasn't received some bestiality pictures?" as if it is a common experience to all.
This led me to poll readers, friends and family.
No one had been sent bestiality pictures. There is nothing common, ordinary, nor even comical about the sexual abuse and torture of animals, for the sexual gratification of the viewer. Most wrote to me asking what it is that must happen to a human to lead them to sexual arousal over the abuse of an animal.
I had no scientific responses for them. Her supporters became even less in number, and more rabid in their defense of the indefensible.
That "no man can lie twice" is often used, in a sharp angle, by asking "Why should we believe you?" knowing that the liar, for whatever reason, will not look upon his or her own lie and say it is the truth.
It isn't done.
The ego seems to press upon the language avoiding lying about a lie.
We are fearfully and wonderfully made, and this complexity is fascinating to study.
That deception was needed on the part of both Dunn and Adkins, and that both failed their polygraphs let investigators to the right people.
They are going to, one day, prove their case. They have not surrendered and have held on to those remains for a long time. They want a successful prosecution.
They also know that suspects' stress levels decline with time, and, in creation, we communicate. The more these two communicate over time, the more likely it is that a missing piece of information will slip from one (or both) of their lips, and will be the trigger that sets in motion that dreaded day, with a knock upon the door, and handcuffs awaiting the guilty.
Yes, I believe prosecution is coming, and those responsible for successful prosecution want it just as much as Hailey's father, or a nation who embraced this murdered teen as their own.
Justice will come.