Police have now announced the arrest of an 18 year old gang member, Larry Taylor, who appears associated with the prior arrest, which showed the strategy as collateral interviews likely yielded information leading to the 18 year old main suspect.
Where does the case stand thus far?
Does the killer know Amanda Blackburn's husband, Davey?
Statement Analysis showed that Amanda Blackburn's husband revealed guilt in his statements, and did not deny association. The unanswered question remains:
What is the source of this guilt?
Based primarily upon his language, though the former has circumstance to it:
It is either association to the killer, or it is guilt from being freed from a marriage that did not propel his career as expected. Here is why:
I. Guilt from Within
It sometimes helps to consider an account in general terms, where religious or political language is removed:
A man opens his own company and readily complains about his wife. He openly and publicly states that it is a bad marriage, having a child was a trigger, and sex was frequently something to complain about. In his company, he spoke using violent metaphors and even once, most inappropriately, used a gun as a prop. He warned others, who were not likely to open their own companies that wives can really help the company or really hinder it.
His wife agreed that the marriage was bad, but stated that it was bad due to the man being consumed by his company. Indeed, everything the man talked about came back to the company and bringing in new customers.
Then, as little as one month later, his pregnant wife is killed, and sexually assaulted.
How would the man react?
He reacted by using the death as an advertisement for his company, and avoided speaking of love for, or from his wife. He used his company's advertising slogans and even verbally connected his wife's death with free national advertising and boasted of how many customers her death brought in.
He did not condemn the killer, nor express any fears of the killer, instead opting to continue his advertising campaign, repeating slogans and commercial jingles.
His language showed guilt, by quickly moving from "I" to "we" regarding sensitivity towards her death, the killer,
In Statement Analysis, we believe what one tells us, unless they give us reason not to.
I believe Blackburn about his bad marriage, and I believe him about his quoting of the number who attended his memorial service and, in this sense, I believe him when he avoids saying "I love Amanda" and I would have believed him had he issued a reliable denial instead of giving a cagey avoidance that only increased the attention upon himself and his company.
II. Guilt from Without
The interview process, along with a myriad of records will seek to learn:
Had the 18 year old, or his co-gang members, met or connected with the husband, Davey Blackburn, in any way, at any time.
Is there a connection?
Did he meet them at school? Did any of them visit his church? Did any member hear him in his many complaints about her?
Specifically: did they hear him complain about her sexually?
Did they ever visit his company?
Is there anyone who knows him, and knows them, who may stand as a connection?
Police have not released the 911 call, but perhaps, with the arrest, will shortly.
The next few weeks, we should expect the same intense thorough investigation that thus appears before us today.
Guilt is seen within the words, and what words are missing.
What is the source of the guilt?
This question remains unanswered.
That his words and actions reveal crass opportunistic commercialism and obsession with business may be the source of the guilt.
If there is a connection to the killer, it should surface.