Friday, April 24, 2015

Statement Analysis: Death in the Home

Backstory:

The wife died, falling down the stairs, and the investigation did not show any foul play, yet a relative insists it was murder.

The best way for us to know if he killed his wife is to see his written statement, which we do not have, but we do have this short 911 call.

Does the call show guilty knowledge?



8/9/13 Call to 911: 911: what is your emergency?
Caller: yeah I need some help. I found my wife on the floor. She’s passed out and unresponsive. I can’t wake her.


The caller asks for help for himself rather than the victim, which is something we look at, specifically, in context.  

This is not inappropriate if the caller is administering first aid, CPR, attempting to revive the victim, etc, showing a need for help, for the caller, specifically. Even if the caller is knowledgable (like a nurse, for example), if success is not forthcoming, the caller may still ask specifically for help.

Note he calls her "my wife" taking possessiveness with her title. A full social introduction is not expected during a rushed call. We will, however, see if he either:

A. Works with the operator for the flow of information or
B. Works against the operator to hinder the flow of information

911: okay, address? Caller: 45** 8 Street.
911: 8 Street? Caller: 45** 8 Street, in Addis.
911: Oh okay, I’m sorry. [pause] Caller: Send somebody quick.
911: Okay Sir, I am taking down the information.
Caller: She’s not breathing. [long pause] I can’t wake her up. 
911: Okay, I’m gonna go ahead and send paramedics now and I am going to give you to give you to [inaudible]. Now don’t hang up, okay?! (silence) Dispatcher: You need an ambulance? What is the address of your emergency? Caller: 45** 8 Street
Dispatcher: What city is that in? Caller: That’s in Addis.

note the word "that" as the caller is repeating back the words of the operator, which is common.
Dispatcher: Alright, can you spell that street for me so I can make sure I got it right? Caller: A-d-d-i-s
Dispatcher: alright, uh, what’s the nearest street that makes a corner to you right there? Caller: Warsak.
Dispatcher: What is, what is, what is 48th Street off of? Caller: It’s off of LA 1.
Dispatcher: alright… Caller: I don’t have a pulse.


The caller is taking ownership of his wife's pulse here. This pronoun ("I") strongly connects the caller to the well being of the victim in the context of his care for her.

Dispatcher: Okay — [pauses] Caller: She’s not breathing. I can’t wake her up.

The same pattern of responsibility for her care continues.
Dispatcher: Okay, I need you to get him flat on his back on the floor, okay? Flat on the floor. Caller: She’s on the floor!

noted exasperation and frustration
Dispatcher: Alright. Alright, I’m going to say exactly what you should do next. How old is she? Caller: She’ssss 59.

The question is answered, yet when answered again, he gives specific information to help facilitate her care.
Dispatcher: She’s 59?
Caller: uh, she’s not breathing, she has no pulse. Her eyes are open. I can’t wake her up [sounds like he is starting to cry].

Note that he already gave her name, so he does not repeat it, instead, the information of her age is "overruled" in priority by the extremities of the situation:
a. She is not breathing
b. She has no pulse
c. Her eyes are open
d. I can't wake her

Note that, again, he takes responsibility for her care with "I can't wake her." Guilty callers often find subtle (and strange) ways to distance themselves from their victims and even blame them, with "she won't wake up", whereas he, instead, blames himself and it is his own frustration, as seen in the instinctive use of the pronoun "I"
Dispatcher: Hold on Sir, I need you to stay calm with me. Did you see her stop breathing or did you wake up ——
Caller: [interrupts] No! I got up and I came downstairs!

Please note that in alibi building this information is likely found earlier in the call as the guilty caller's priority is himself, and not the victim. The location of this information suggests that his priority is her lack of breathing, that is, her condition.
Dispatch: Okay. Once again, I want you to —she’s on the floor? I want you to go ahead and I want you to put your uh, place the heel of your hand on her breastbone, right between her nipples —
Caller: [interrupts and talks over dispatcher irritated] I know how to do CPR! 
Dispatcher: okay well I want you to do that 600 times. I want you to feel the chest come all the way up between pumps and count loud so that I can hear you, and count with you, okay?
Caller: How many times do you want? I’m sorry [voice cracks]

We note the inclusion of "I'm sorry" within the call. In context, he has used the pronoun "I" repeatedly, in taken ownership of the CPR care. Here, "I'm sorry" is produced in context to the specific count of CPR, which he has stated, is not working. This is likely an appropriate response and not "leakage" due to the context.
Dispatcher: it’s okay, you’re going to go 600 times. Go! Caller: 600?
Dispatcher: yes sir but I need you to start right now though! Caller: I gotta put the phone down to do that.
Dispatcher: That’s ok, put the phone down, now count out loud Caller: okay [you hear a small noise putting phone down] [in the distance] Caller: one, two, three, four … there’s liquid coming out of her mouth…five, six, seven, eight, nine [recording stops]

Please note that there is nothing within this call to indicate status of guilty caller. He kept the flow of information going on that which was his priority: her first aid, and took ownership of the failure to revive her, something that a guilty person is not likely to do.

14 comments:

Bonnie Blue said...

This is a really good learning experience for me Peter, thank you!

Anonymous said...

Agreed. I like it when some of them are not guilty :)

Jen Ow said...

I caught the last part of "Dateline" tonight, about a cold case where a woman was killed by her on/off again boyfriend, yet prosecutors had twice declined to bring charges due to lack of physical evidence. The Prosecution decided to try to move foward with charging him by building a case based on his multiple interviews with investigators. They hired an "evidence whisperer" to review the taped interviews for clues within the suspect's language to support their case.

The evidence whisperer is named Larry Montgomery, otherwise know as "Saint Larry", whom they hail as someone who can look at evidence in a different way, and see what other did not.

He is applying Statement Analysis to the case, and points out examples of S.A. principles within the interviews he reviewed such as minimization, distancing, and self editing. He calls the subject's noted sensitivities,"tells" and he explains that, "The guilty person knows a lot, he cannot forget all that he knows, so when he's talking, all that information is in his brain, and it can slip out."

How's that for a new title: Peter Hyatt, "Evidence Whisperer"

;-)

(The Pros. ordered new testing on the evidence for touch DNA, and ended up charging the boyfriend, and his two cousins for the murder, and disposal.)

Anonymous said...

Peter, does mental impairment change the dynamics of statement analysis? Ex: If a wife is missing and the estranged husband states he believes she is dead after only a couple of weeks, is that a red flag if: the husband is mentally impaired and the woman was mentally impaired to the point of being in and out of psychiatric hospitals? There are some direct quotes in this article. http://www.ky3.com/news/local/laclede-county-detectives-search-for-missing-woman/21048998_32564188

tania cadogan said...

off topic apr 7th

INDIANAPOLIS -- The man accused of killing his 6-week-old son and lying to police about the chain of events was appointed a new public defender.

Willie Wilson appeared before a judge Tuesday in connection to the baby's disappearance. Detectives said they believe the infant, known as "baby Delano," is dead. The child's body has not been found.

In August 2014, Wilson called 911 to report an abduction, saying that he was walking down an alley when he was approached by a man and woman who robbed him and took baby Delano.

According to security video taken from that area, Wilson was seen walking down the alley alone without a baby.

Wilson is facing a murder charge and his next court appearance is scheduled for June 2.

http://www.theindychannel.com/news/local-news/dad-accused-of-killing-newborn-son-faces-judge

john said...

Peter, iv'e transcribed Timothy Sparks 911 call. There are Red Flags within

Gun went off, Mason caller tells 911

Mason police are investigating after a 56-year-old woman was found dead at a home on Mackenzie Court.

Police originally responded to reports of a shooting around 6:45 a.m. in the 4200 block of Mackenzie Court, officials said.

The death is considered "questionable" and an investigation is underway, Sgt. Craig Kline of the Mason Police Department said. An unidentified man was taken to the police station and is being questioned.

The woman's husband called 911 around 6:45 a.m. Monday and told emergency dispatchers that he needed an ambulance because his wife had been shot.

Operator: 911 whats your emergency ?

Timothy sparks: Ugh please, my wi.. i need an ambulance quickly quickly quickly.

OP: What your address ?

TS: Er 4293 Mackenzie court.

Op: And whats going on ?

TS: Ahh my wife had a ahh a gun my gun, the gun went off the gun went off my wife she's been shot. Oh my god Susan, please baby.

OP: Who shot her ?

TS: She had the gun. I tried to take it away from her, i have no idea. i was i was..

OP: How old is she ?

TS: She's err err err 56.

OP: Is she breathing ?

TS: I can hear her gulping gulping, she's like gulping.

OP: Alright, where are you at at the residence ?

TS: I'm in my bedroom.

OP: Whats your name ?

TS: My names Tim.

OP: Whats you last name Tim ?

TS: Sparks, Sparks.

OP: Is your door open, unlocked ?

TS: Err No i i i..

OP: Were you guys having a fight, or what was she doing with the gun ?

TS: No, i was, she was she, i was getting ready for work and i just came in came in and she's standing there with the gun, i said Sue what are you doing ? Oh hurry hurry please. What do i do ?

OP: Where was she shot at ?

TS: Err, it looks like right in the chest. I tried to take the gun from her she pulled it toward her.

OP: Can you tell where she's breathing from ?

TS: She's bleeding from the chest.

OP: Ok.

TS: She's bleeding a lot.

OP: Can you get a clean rag and try to hold pressure where the wound is ?

TS: Yes yes.

OP: And i need you to see if she's breathing when you start CPR.

TS: Err she's gul..she's gul

OP: Is she still gasping ?

TS: I'm holding my hand on her chest.

OP: Ok, can you get like a shirt or a towel or something to hold over the top of that ?

TS: Yes yes..(inaudible)

OP: Is it 4293 Meckenzie court right ?

TS: Yes yes.

OP: ok.

TS: I got the blanket i'll take the blanket. I'll hold the blanket on her.

OP: Ok. Is there anybody else in the house with you ?

TS: No no no.

OP: How old is she ?

TS: Uhg Uhg Ugh, she's 50..6

OP: And how old are you ?

TS: 58

OP: Has she ever threatened suicide before ?

TS: Uhg erm, she she she, she suffers from depression.

OP: Is the depression really bad ?

TS: she would never do this..She didn't do this on purpose. I tried to get it from her.

OP: Was it a hand gun ?

TS: No, its a its a shot gun. That we keep in the closet.

OP: And where is it at now ?

TS: Uhg aahh, its laying on the floor.

OP: In the same room as you ?

TS: Yes yes

While the OP is typing you can hear TS in the background saying "honey, honey, honey, honey.

OP: Is she still breathing ?

TS: Sh's..no. She was gulping..

OP: Can you feel on the side of her neck and see if you can feel a pulse Tim or..

TS: Hang on...No, i don't know how to feel it, no, i don't feel anything.

OP: Ok.

TS: Her chest was moving i can feel it now.

OP: OK

TS: Chest stopped moving, chest stopped moving

OP: Is it moving still ?

TS: No no it's not moving.

john said...

Cont..

OP: Ok, take a deep breath for me. Is she on her back ?

TS: God..

OP: Is she on her back ?

TS Yes, oh my god oohhh.


OP: Can you start CPR ?


TS: Are they here, are they here ?

OP: They'er coming. It's gunna take them a couple of minits but they are all on the way. Can you start CPR again ?

TS: (Inaudible)

OP: Ok. Lets give her two breadths

TS: Ok where

OP: You are gunna tilt her head back a little bit and pinch her nose and give two breaths into her mouth.

OP: Where at in the chest was she shot at ? Are you gunna...

TS: In the middle, oh my god.

OP: Is it like between, like her breast bone ?

TS: Yes yes.


OP: Ok. Are you able to do chest compressions over the top where the gun shot wound is ?

TS: I got the blanket on her

OP: Ok

TS: Oh my god oh my god. Come on baby come on babe. Baby look at me. Honey come on, oh my god. What did i do, what did i do ? She's not breathing, she's not breathing

OP: Alright, ok Tim

TS: She's not breathing

OP: Alright, are you able to do chest compressions on her ? Over the top of where the gun shot wound is.

TS: Whats that, just push on her ?

OP: Yeah just give her thirty compressions

TS: Just like push on it

OP: Yep

TS: OK......Oh My God, oh my god oh my god...Baby, baby.


OP: Are you giving her compressions Tim ?

TS: Yes i'm pushing on her

OP: Ok. After you have give thirty of those, go back and give her two breaths again

TS: OK i did..Thirty

OP: Where are you at in the house ?

TS: I'm in the bedroom

OP: Is it a two story or one story ?

TS: It's a two story, do i need to unlock the door ?

OP: Are you upstairs in the bedroom ?

TS: No, it's on the first floor,. When you come in the door, turn left

OP: OK

TS: I need to unlock it though

OP: Yes, get the front door unlocked

TS: Ok i'm gunna unlock the door

OP: Do you have any dogs or anything in the house

(Dogs barking in the background)

OP: can you put the dogs in another room ?

TS: Yeah. Come here, come here. (Talking to the dogs)

TS: I don't think she's breathing ?

OP: Ok

TS: Honey

OP: Lets give her two more breaths. Did you get the dogs secured ?

TS: Yeah

OP: Ok. Lets give her two more breaths

TS: Oh baby, oh noo oh noo

OP: You are doing good Tim

(Inaudible) TS is saying something

OP: Do you have a Police Officer with you ?

Police in the background

Police: sir let me see your hands, let me see your hands, slow down

TS: She's not breathing, she's not breathing

Dogs barking, noise in the background.

Call ends..

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tania cadogan said...

off topic

Shamed newsman Brian Williams's lied in his reporting to make himself look good at least 11 times, an internal investigation has reportedly found.

The total, cited in media reports about the secretive investigation, would mean the trail of deceit from the fallen face of NBC's Nightly News goes far deeper than previously reported.

Investigative journalists at the network have been poring over Williams's past reports and statements after he was booted from the top job in TV news, hunting down signs of dishonesty.

Williams was publicly suspended with no pay for six months after it emerged that he repeatedly told a self-aggrandizing, false story about being aboard a military helicopter hit by an RPG over Iraq.

Further scrutiny of Williams's record turned up other questionable claims, including dodging rocket fire over Israel and seeing a body floating through the French Quarter of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.

Even more such claims have been turned up now, according to reports by CNN and the Washington Post.

Both cite a briefing given to NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke on Thursday in New York City at which top executives were updated on the investigation.

CNN said 10 puffed-up claims had been found, while the Post said the figure was 11.

An earlier report in the New York Times, identified a particular incident, dating back to Williams's coverage of the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings.

NBC investigators honed in on an appearance on the Daily Show where Williams boasted that he had looked into the eyes of mounted Egyptian soldiers in Cairo's Tahrir Square, and seen armed men beat protesters.

From his conversation with host Jon Stewart, Williams implies he was in the thick of the chaotic pro-democracy movement.

However, the Times said, NBC news broadcasts from the time make it clear he was in fact on a balcony overlooking the square from a safe distance.

Williams is currently halfway through his six-month suspension from his roles as anchor and managing editor of the Nightly News.

He was replaced by Lester Holt, who has kept ratings relatively steady. It is unclear whether NBC will put Williams back in the top slot when the suspension ends, or look for a way to get rid of him.

Williams has reportedly been banned from speaking publicly about the investigation, or defending himself against any new claims.

Industry analysts have said the NBC report is likely to prove significant as the network wrangles over what to ultimately do with Williams, who had signed a multi-million-dollar contract to keep anchoring the Nightly News until 2024.

The findings could play a part in any legal discussions, it was suggested, with NBC gaining leverage over its employee by either agreeing to keep it under wraps or threatening to go public.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3056156/Brian-Williams-lied-news-reports-make-look-good-ELEVEN-TIMES-according-NBC-investigation-help-seal-shamed-anchor-s-fate.html

tania cadogan said...

off topic

The man named as a person of interest in the disappearance of William Tyrrell was living with three young boys at the time the toddler vanished - despite authorities being aware of allegations he raped two young girls in 1987.

The New South Wales Ombudsman is investigating how Bill Spedding, 63, who has been charged with five counts of child sexual assault and two counts of common assault, was able to live with children despite claims being made against him.

The mother of the three young boys, who cannot be named, was shocked to discover that the children had been living with a man accused of child abuse.

'Someone... needs to be held accountable,' she told The Australian.

The boys' grandfather told the newspaper: 'I am very concerned about what may have happened to my grandchildren.'

During a short hearing on Thursday, a court heard Spedding raped two girls aged six and three in a caravan repeatedly nearly 30 years ago.

Case notes held by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services detail the allegations of abuse, court documents show.

While the Ombudsman confirmed it will be 'making inquires' into the accused sex offender's living situation, police are expected to lay more charges against Spedding and his alleged involvement in a paedophile ring.

'Investigations are continuing concerning such matters and it is anticipated further charges will brought against the accused in the foreseeable future,' the police fact sheet states, according to SMH.

Spedding has denied any involvement in the disappearance of William, who was three years old when he vanished from his grandmother's Kendall home in September as played, dressed in his favourite Spiderman costume.

Police emphasise the charges against Spedding are unrelated to the case of missing boy William Tyrrell, who disappeared from Kendall in NSW's mid north coast on September 12 last year.

The disturbing historical crimes emerged after the washing machine repairman became a person of interest in the ongoing search for the three-year-old.

Police will allege that, during a weekend in 1987, a three year old girl was sexually penetrated four times and assaulted in a caravan, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Spedding was staying in a caravan on a property in Campbelltown in Sydney's west which was reportedly owned by his friend.

In a victim statement the child, now aged in her 30s, claims she was either thrown against a wall or off the bed when she woke to found herself being raped.

Court documents reveal that the mother and grandmother of the victim recall the three-year-old being greatly troubled by pain in her vagina and telling them that 'Bill did it', according to SMH.

She was 'ill and continually vomiting' the following day and had 'extensive, black coloured bruising to her vagina and legs', according to the Daily Telegraph.

At the time, the child sex assault unit at Westmead Hospital assessed the two children and determined that the three-year-old had been sexually penetrated in a number of ways.

The six-year-old's injuries were also ruled to have been caused by penetration.

tania cadogan said...

Spedding's lawyer Robert Hoyles said the accused is adamant he is innocent and has done nothing wrong.

'One might say Mr Spedding will deny these allegations until his final breath,' Mr Hoyles said.

Mr Spedding refused to take part in a formal interview at Port Macquarie police station on Wednesday night, according to SMH.

The court heard Spedding denied the claims when police initially put them to him in the 1980s.

The case is only as strong as it was in 1987, Mr Hoyles said.

He argued that to detain a man with no criminal record for such an historical matter when a trial was up to a year away would be a great injustice.

However, the magistrate found Spedding had not shown cause as to why detention was unjustified given the serious nature of the offences and Spedding was denied bail.

Despite the obscenity of the charges, Spedding’s wife Margaret supported him in court and they pressed their hands against the glass when he was refused bail, according to SMH.

Mr Spedding applied for bail on Thursday but it was refused by Magistrate Thomas Hodgson.

He will next appear in court on June 18.

The 63-year-old was arrested at his Bonny Hills home on the NSW mid-north coast on Wednesday after five detectives descended on his property.

His wife Margaret was in court as Spedding made his bid for bail.

Spedding is believed to have said 'no' when five detectives asked him to go with them in the unmarked police car on Wednesday, Fairfax reported.

While Spedding's wife, Margaret, was seen yelling at reporters during the arrest at their home.

Just hours earlier, it was revealed that William's grandmother asked Spedding, a few days before her grandson disappeared from her garden, to fix her washing machine because she was expecting her family to stay over, The Daily Telegraph reported.

This contradicts reports that her family's visit was unexpected.

Spedding was due to fix William's grandmother's washing machine around the time the boy vanished.

This week investigators visited Spedding's home for the third time this year before his arrest.

It comes after police revealed they believe William may be alive, despite fears that he was abducted by a paedophile ring operating on the mid-north coast of NSW.

Investigators believe he was snatched during a very short window of time when he was out of sight of his family as he played outside.

The parents have urged anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers immediately on 1800 333 000.

The release of the video comes more than a month since police scoured bushland in Bonny Hills, south of Port Macquarie, for evidence relating to William's whereabouts.

Police divers were brought in from Sydney to search a murky dam in a bush reserve and a nearby swamp, after more than 30 officers and the dog squad had spent spent two days searching through dense bushland - including along a track that can only be accessed by four-wheel drive.

The three-day search was carried out near Mr Spedding's home.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3056245/Person-William-Tyrrell-case-living-three-boys-time-toddler-s-disappearance-despite-officials-aware-child-abuse-claims-against-him.html

Anonymous said...

the investigation did not show any foul play
ADDIS - The News 2 Investigative Unit uncovered serious problems with the investigation of a woman's death in West Baton Rouge Parish. Four different doctors who specialize in autopsies classified her death as a homicide, but the investigation is closed and no one has been arrested.
Addis Police Chief Ricky Anderson wasn't happy when News 2 began asking questions about Sandra Rinaudo's death. He demanded to know who tipped WBRZ off about this story. As we try to get answers for the family, we've encountered pushback and excuses from authorities.
Sandra Rinaudo loved life. She was 59 years old when she was found dead on August 9, 2013 in her home.
"She was a great mother, and she's greatly missed," Her daughter, Ragean Bellelo said.
It happened in the middle of the night on Aug. 9, 2013, starting with a 911 call from Rinaudo's home on Foret Street. Her husband pleaded for help with 911 operators, saying he'd found his wife unresponsive.
"She's not breathing, I can't wake her up," Eddie Rinaudo told dispatchers.
Rinaudo's body was removed from the house, and the West Baton Rouge Parish Coroner's office conducted a full autopsy. It was determined by Doctor Michael Cramer, who has decades of experience examining dead bodies, that Rinaudo had been killed. Her cause of death was listed as homicide from "multiple traumatic injuries. Her ribs were fractured, pancreas split in half and she had a broken nose."
Doctor Cramer declined to do an on-camera interview, but told News 2 in a written letter that "injuries such as these are only seen with severe trauma such as those in automobile accidents, aviation accidents or severe beatings." He said Rinaudo's injuries are completely consistent with the victim "succumbing to a savage beating."
That decision was also backed up by the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner's office, which issued a report stating they agreed and supported the cause and manner of death determination originally made by Dr. Padgett of the West Baton Rouge Parish Coroner's office.
"It's horrible," Bellelo said. "Horrible knowing my mom's death was classified as a homicide and there's no investigation being done."

Anonymous said...

Ragean Bellelo was so upset she was in close contact with Addis Police Chief, Ricky Anderson. A Facebook message we obtained from Anderson's account to Ragean Bellelo, says... "everybody agrees, it's a homicide." So we had to ask Anderson why his office is not looking for a killer.
"Did you ever tell the family that you thought it was a homicide," Nakamoto asked Anderson.
"Nope," Anderson responded.
"Are you sure," Nakamoto asked once again.
"Nope," Anderson reiterated.
"We have a facebook message that we obtained that came from your facebook account saying it's a homicide. Did you not send that," Nakamoto asked Anderson.
"I didn't say," Anderson said. "I said... I never said... I thought it was a homicide."
That's when Anderson got agitated and said he had enough. He walked away and added that no body has presented evidence it was a homicide.
Ragean Bellelo saw the entire case file and was shocked at what she discovered. According to the documents, Addis Police conducted their investigation with Eddie Rinaudo still in the house.
"During the investigation, the detectives were having him hold the tape measure on different objects, she could have fallen on," Bellelo said. "I saw the investigation pictures."
Eddie Rinaudo admitted to News 2 he was the last person in the house with his wife's dead body, and he helped investigators. Despite what four different doctors say about his wife's savage beating, Eddie has his own conclusion.
"I think she had a seizure and died," he told News 2.
Last year with the evidence collected, prosecutors took the case before a grand jury. After listening to testimony from witnesses, the grand jury came back with no true bill. The News 2 Investigative Unit has learned the pathologist who examined Sandra Rinaudo was never called to testify before the grand jury. Instead, the district attorney's office had a third party pathologist come in to interpret Dr. Cramer's report.
News 2 checked with other judicial districts about pathologist protocols. Four district attorney's offices in our area said they would have wanted the pathologist who examined the body to testify before having someone else read his report. But, that wasn't the case in West Baton Rouge Parish, where Ricky Ward is the district attorney. He did not return News 2's requests for an interivew.
The way the investigation was conducted, and the way D.A. Ricky Ward's office handled it, are concerning to family members.
"It's very infuriating," Bellelo said. "It makes it seem as though there's a lady who was a mother of 2, grandmother of 3 that in some people's opinion maybe her life wasn't important enough for them to get to the bottom of it, of who killed her."
After our interview with Chief Anderson, family members told the Investigative Unit that Anderson said no one could force him to reopen the investigation, and that he would investigate it at his leisure.
The News 2 Investigative Unit requested the entire case file on Sandra Rinaudo from the Addis Police Department, but Chief Anderson denied our request. The WBRZ Investigative Unit filed a lawsuit requesting the courts order the Addis Police Department to release those records, records we believe are public. A judge is expected to hear this matter within 14 days.


http://www.wbrz.com/news/investigative-unit-getting-away-with-murder-/

Red Meat said...

8/9/13 Call to 911
911: what is your emergency?

Caller: yeah I need some help. I found my wife on the floor. She’s passed out and unresponsive. I can’t wake her.

He asks for help for himself, not specifically for his wife. He then tells us he “found” his wife on the floor. Order is important: 1. He found (alibi- he was not there when she got “on the floor” 2. Her body’s position, then 3. She’s “passed out” 4. And unresponsive
At this point he is not accepting responsibility for anything and it is still possible she got herself in this position


911: okay, address?
Caller: 45** 8 Street.

911: 8 Street?
Caller: 45** 8 Street, in Addis.

911: Oh okay, I’m sorry. [pause]
Caller: Send somebody quick.

Send “somebody”? Why the vagueness in the request. He does say “quick" showing a sense of urgency. He doesn’t specifically ask for help here. He doesn’t ask for an ambulance. He doesn’t (ever) ask what he should do in the meantime.

911: Okay Sir, I am taking down the information.

Caller: She’s not breathing.

[long pause]

I can’t wake her up.

This is the first mention of her not breathing. It comes after
1. I found her
2. She’s on the floor
3. Passed out
4. Not responding
5. Send “somebody” quick
Then the sixth piece of information (plus answering about address) is that she is not breathing.


911: Okay, I’m gonna go ahead and send paramedics now and I am going to give you to give you to [inaudible]. Now don’t hang up, okay?! (silence) Dispatcher: You need an ambulance? What is the address of your emergency?
Caller: 45** 8 Street

Note he does not answer that he needs an ambulance.

Dispatcher: What city is that in?
Caller: That’s in Addis.
Dispatcher: Alright, can you spell that street for me so I can make sure I got it right?
Caller: A-d-d-i-s
Dispatcher: alright, uh, what’s the nearest street that makes a corner to you right there?
Caller: Warsak.
Dispatcher: What is, what is, what is 48th Street off of?
Caller: It’s off of LA 1.
Dispatcher: alright…
Caller: I don’t have a pulse.

He does not say “she doesn’t have a pulse” or “I can’t feel her pulse.” If we are not to interpret, what do we make of these words? His blood has stopped pumping? If we can’t say it for him, can we be sure he has checked her pulse? What words indicate he is taking responsibility for her?

Dispatcher: Okay — [pauses]
Caller: She’s not breathing. I can’t wake her up.

He repeats exact same words. Scripting? He does not ask what he should do about her not breathing.

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Dispatcher: Okay, I need you to get him flat on his back on the floor, okay? Flat on the floor.
Caller: She’s on the floor!
Dispatcher: Alright. Alright, I’m going to say exactly what you should do next. How old is she?
Caller: She’ssss 59.
Dispatcher: She’s 59?
Caller: uh, she’s not breathing, she has no pulse. Her eyes are open. I can’t wake her up [sounds like he is starting to cry].

“Her eyes are open” is new. The other three pieces of information have already been conveyed. Caller does not respond to “I’m going to tell you exactly what to do.”

Dispatcher: Hold on Sir, I need you to stay calm with me. Did you see her stop breathing or did you wake up ——
Caller: [interrupts] No! I got up and I came downstairs!

Not sure when the interruption occurs, but he had provided information that he “found” her to the previous dispatch. He is insistent by interrupting. He does not reflect dispatch’s language that he “woke up” but that he “got up” and “came downstairs.” He does not indicate what caused him to come downstairs. Was it coincidence? Did he hear something? He doesn’t bring himself to say it, so we can’t.

Dispatch: Okay. Once again, I want you to —she’s on the floor? I want you to go ahead and I want you to put your uh, place the heel of your hand on her breastbone, right between her nipples —
Caller: [interrupts and talks over dispatcher irritated] I know how to do CPR!

Begs to question: Why has he not started CPR on his “not breathing” wife? Other than reporting her status, in what way has he asked for help with her condition?

Dispatcher: okay well I want you to do that 600 times. I want you to feel the chest come all the way up between pumps and count loud so that I can hear you, and count with you, okay?

Caller: How many times do you want? I’m sorry [voice cracks]

Dispatcher: it’s okay, you’re going to go 600 times. Go!
Caller: 600?

With “Go!” The dispatch is trying to get him past his apparent surprise at the high number and get him to help his wife who’s not breathing, unresponsive and eyes are open. Will he “go!”?

Dispatcher: yes sir but I need you to start right now though!
Caller: I gotta put the phone down to do that.
Dispatcher: That’s ok, put the phone down, now count out loud
Caller: okay [you hear a small noise putting phone down] [in the distance]
Caller: one, two, three, four … there’s liquid coming out of her mouth…five, six, seven, eight, nine [recording stops]

Nowhere does the caller actually ask for help for his wife. He never asks for an ambulance nor does he answer when asked if an ambulance should be sent. He repeats key phrases about her condition. He asks for help for himself, he notes he was not there when it happened, he then relays her condition with “not breathing” coming last in his description of her condition. He stalls when asked to perform CPR, which he insists he knows.