This is very sad reading, as regret is openly expressed. Does the biological father have an idea of what happened to AJ?
No suspect has been named in AJ's murder.
Her adoptive father, Wesley Hadsell, was arrested for breaking into a home and obstruction of justice. Prosecutors have remained closed lipped about details.
Wesley Hadsell claims that he was doing his own investigation. Statement Analysis of his interviews show:
1. Knowledge or belief that AJ was deceased prior to her remains being found.
2. Combative, violent language
3. Possible sexual abuse connection of AJ, perhaps even going back to when AJ was a 12 or 13 year old child.
4. Language of domestic violence and control issues.
5. A refusal or unwillingness to deny causing AJ's disappearance.
6. Deception indicated regarding tangent issues; likely stemming from the investigation.
7. Language of a pathological or habitual liar (from childhood).
8. Need to persuade that he was 'helpful' in the search for AJ, highlighting the very opposite of helpful: obstructive.
On the Nancy Grace Show, early in the case:
GRACE: Hold on. I`m hearing right now, we`ve got Angelica`s dad, Wesley Hadsell, on the phone. Thank you for being with us. If your daughter can hear us right now, what is your plea to her or her abductor?
The question is specifically addressed to the "abductor":
HADSELL: Basically that we just want her home and we just want her back home and she`s never
hurt anybody. She`s always helped people. She doesn`t deserve this. Nobody deserves this. And if they would just let her go.
Ask yourself: What would you say to your daughter's kidnapper?
"Let her go. Please. AJ is wonderful; please don't hurt her. Whatever you want, we will give you..."
We note that he uses "just", which is a word of comparison, indicating that it may be the sole desire, while considering other things. What things?
We note also, that as father, he used the plural "we" in his answer. If he is with his wife (AJ's mother), it is appropriate.
Additional information: "she's never hurt anybody" introduces the word "hurt" in association with AJ. Why?
Speculation: If the scenario is that AJ threatened to "hurt" her adoptive father by revealing something about him, and he had to silence her, she "never hurt anybody" because she was stopped from doing so.
Next, we note that he does not use AJ's name, nor a nickname; only the pronoun "she"
We also note that he lectures the kidnapper with not only AJ not deserving, but "nobody" deserves this. Would this be considered soft words to persuade a kidnapper?
Then, note the distancing language of "would" in "And if they would just let her go..." instead of a direct, "Please let her go..." appeal.
Does this short response show conviction of belief that AJ has been kidnapped?
GRACE: When did you last see her, Mr. Hadsell?
This is a good question and it is direct. It is directed towards Wesley Hadsell, himself. He should answer with, "The last time I saw her was..." without equivocation. The parent of a missing child is on alert and hormonal elevation brings clarity, especially since the innocent parent of a missing child is playing and re-playing everything in his mind. Therefore, the expectation is: clarity of thought evidenced in words.
HADSELL: The last time we saw her was Monday a week ago, March 2nd, I think.
Note the change of pronoun, directed at him, but answered with "we", and then notice that reduced commitment with the words, "I think" indicating that he does not wish to lock himself into an answer.
That he answered with "we" is not expected, even if standing next to his wife, while on the phone. It took an extra effort to change the question's direction.
It takes less effort to parrot and answer a question directly, using the Interviewer's own words (which is why we are careful with our wording). When extra effort is needed, for example, in changing the words, changing the pronoun text, or even avoiding the question:
it indicates a disruption in the speed of transmission: sensitivity noted.
That he reduced commitment with "I think" is not expected.
The speed of transmission is slowed, making the topic:
The last time Wesley Hadswell saw AJ, a sensitive question to him.
GRACE: Everybody, you`re seeing a shot right now of a missing Virginia girl. Anjelica, A.J. Hadsell, she`s 5`6, 120 pounds. A mole beneath her bottom lip. Tip line, 757-664-7026. There`s a $3,000 reward tonight, her father Wesley Hadsell begging for you to bring his daughter home.
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Those are questions her biological father wants answered.
For the first time we’re hearing from Mel Langer. The pastor and spokesperson for AJ’s family confirmed Langer is her biological father.
“I’d like to know, really know who did it,” Langer says. “And hopefully get justice for what happened to her.”
To "really know" indicates a play between two "knows"; that is, what he suspects or thinks happen, and verifiable fact. This is a strong indication that he thinks he knows what happened, but awaits authoritative word on such. We are given more hints in the following statements:
Langer lives in Jacksonville, Florida and spoke with NewsChannel 3 over the phone. For 18 years, he says AJ has been a distant part of his life — until last month.
“I just regret not being part of her life,” he says. “I guess I didn`t try hard enough.”
Langer says his relationship with Anjelica’s mother unraveled soon after AJ was born.
On March 2, the day she disappeared, Langer says AJ’s mother reached out through Facebook, asking if he’d heard from AJ. However, Langer says they hadn’t talked since last year.
There was no contact in a year, but it is here reported that contact was made, through Facebook, on the day AJ disappeared, by AJ's mother. This indicates:
Urgency on the part of the mother.
It also tells us something else: AJ's mother has spoken to the subject.
This is likely where his belief in what happened came from.
Wesley Hadsell revealed that AJ's mother will not speak to him.
In what the mother filled him in, along with what he has read on line, he may "know" but not "really know", that is, verified by law enforcement investigators, and suspects Wesley Hadsell's involvement.
“I`m just heartbroken for me and my family is heartbroken because we didn`t really get to see her, spend time with her, you know she`s gone,” he says.
Last week investigators found AJ’s body outside a vacant home in Franklin.
“I`m kind of happy really, put closure on it,” Langer says. “Let her rest in peace. Don`t have to worry about everyday people talking about her missing and all that.”
Langer is the third man to play the role of father in AJ’s life. Last week, we heard from Zach Hoffer, who says he raised AJ for nearly 13 years.
“I`m not known as her dad. You all know who is known as her dad and of course that hurts,” Hoffer told NewsChannel 3.
The dad Hoffer is referring to is Wesley Hadsell, AJ’s legally adoptive father.
Hadsell currently sits in jail for breaking into a woman’s home and obstruction of justice, both charges that are connected to his daughter’s disappearance.