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What happened to David Hartley?
In analyzing the interviews that Tiffany Hartley gave on national television, I have determined that:
Tiffany Hartley was deceptive about what happened to David;
Tiffany Hartley withheld the general identity of the shooters;
Tiffany Hartley was deceptive about why she and David went to Mexico, across Falcon Lake. They did not risk life and limb over a polaroid.
I know these things and with that knowledge in place, I can speculate on the specifics, but would only know them if I were able to interview her as well as the collateral interviews, which in this case, would include Mexican officials. The interview is where most information is obtained, which is then confirmed by forensics and other evidence. It is very difficult to solve a case when the suspect refuses to speak, but it is done and in those cases, the forensics must speak for themselves.
Over the years, I examined many suggestions sent to me as to what happened, based on Tiffany's need to lie, and I am comfortable for a variety of reasons coming to a general conclusion--an educated guess on what really happened.
Please feel free to do the same.
What happened to David Hartley?
I believe the following:
David and Tiffany Hartley went to Mexico to purchase drugs; likely cocaine and after giving money to the low level cartel associates, they reneged on the deal and just took the money, without giving the product.
It is a story that fits. Here are some of my thoughts...
David's family listened to the outrageous lies told by Tiffany and did not respond in public with anger or resentment. When Tiffany told the world that David told her she could be kidnapped or die, all for a polaroid, it was a terrible insult of him.
Why did Tiffany reveal this?
When asked about it, she went into experiential memory and told the truth, and began to talk from it, not keeping track of the fact that this doesn't fit the floated false narrative of going after a photo.
This would have been terribly insulting to David's family, but they did not appear insulted. In fact, his sister's comments, which are in the analysis, shed some light onto the family's thinking, with her "110%" support of Tiffany.
That they did not react suggests that they knew, likely with much shame, what the two of them had gotten themselves into.
This would also explain the lack of family protests and demands for justice and arrests. I think they are more comfortable letting the whole thing go; it will not bring back their son and they may have been deeply hurt by Tiffany's "cameo" like appearances on television, her publicized shopping spree, and whimsical "David would have wanted me to go joy riding across Europe" type of statements about travel, while his remains were left unclaimed and unburied.
This likely has left a terrible scar for them, yet it explains why no great noise was made through media on the recent anniversary of his "disappearance."
The scenario likely took place predominantly on water. Here is the scenario I feel most comfortable with:
The two wanted to earn money and earn money fast, and be able to enjoy expensive trips, expensive toys and expensive life styles beyond what they could both earn, especially before it came time to have children.
He appeared to be hard working, and perhaps frustrated with stock market returns (especially the financial crisis of 2009) and got involved in seminars, and sought out some "get rich" schemes. This is more common than realized. Consider the owners of the New York Mets were taken in by the Bernie Madoff scam and lost millions. It happens. Greed makes people take high risk investments or bets...sometimes even illegal and immoral.
Frustrated, they knew that Colorado was less risk than other states to re-sell drugs (perhaps cocaine) to the rich jet set party crowd where, instead of making a 15% return, they could make a 1500% return, not in a year, but a week.
They took out cash, forgot about the real estate seminar stuff, and went for it.
They had met with drug cartel associates when they lived in Mexico, as Tiffany revealed: the home they rented was connected. They would take, perhaps $20,000 and shoot across Falcon Lake "to the Mexico side", as Tiffany said, show them the cash, get the drugs, and head back to the United States, divide up the product to smaller, easy to sell amounts, and make their "once in a life time killing."
When they crossed over, they either met on land, or, more to my thinking, met their contacts on a boat, where they were betrayed by low level associates, and David, big and strong, refused to back down. The drug cartels are known for viciousness and for making headlines with the ostentatious acts of violence (like beheading) and shot and killed David while watching Tiffany jump on her Jet Ski and turn tail.
Since she did not have a truthful account, her deceptive account had to come from somewhere, so she chose the Hollywood movie, " Titanic", which, in my opinion, fits her personality and mentality level.
The "3 boats" triggered suspicion by the number alone, but the passivity was a thinly veiled attempt to avoid identifying them. She may have saved her life by refusing to come close to identifying them, and perhaps, she appeared so terrified that they believed she would not identify them.
When asked motive, she said, "Who knows?", answering a question with a question, and then moved to the plural "we", further signaling knowledge. But then she gave it away with the word, "just" regarding money: they "just" wanted money with the word "just" used as a negative comparison to something else.
What "else" might it be compared to?
It sounds very much like "just" refers to breaking the deal; they
""just" wanted the money but didn't deliver their end of the bargain.
Tiffany would likely have not only lost her husband, but spent some time in prison for this and it is remarkable that some in media did not see this; in particular, Anderson Cooper's embarrassing miss, and Nancy Grace's "Lie to Me" like conclusion: she could just look at her and know she was telling the truth!
Sheriff Ziggy Gonzalez did not polygraph her, likely because he wished to use her story to help his ambition to shut down the border from criminals. This is pragmatism for a cause, and he might have thought to himself, 'this won't bring David back.' He, Tiffany and the Governor of Texas made a public appearance together, and when the Governor was asked about "those" calling for Tiffany to be polygraphed, he said that "anyone" who thinks she should be polygraphed is "an idiot."
Thus the mystery of the death of David Hartley. With much of her account showing sentences that are reliable, it is likely that he was shot by drug cartel associates when he and his wife went to meet them on the "Mexico" side of Falcon Lake.