Phoebe DiPietro, mother of Justin DiPietro, and grandmother of missing toddler, Ayla Reynolds made this written statement 21 months later.
What do we expect to hear?
1. Concern for Ayla. Specifically, what Ayla was experiencing.
2. Direct address to the kidnapper whom her son told her had stolen Ayla
3. Impatience and anger towards police for not finding Ayla and the kidnapper.
Dear Members of the Media and Public -- For 21 months my family has been heartbroken waiting for word on Ayla. Praying daily and hoping every time the phone rings that the authorities have found Ayla.
This is the grandmother; we expect strong personal language and commitment, using the pronoun "I" and the pronoun "we" regarding family.
Instead, we have dropped pronoun for praying daily and hoping.
Note the "authorities" is used.
Blog world, the newspapers and even the evening news have a way of distorting the truth.
Note the order:
1. Blog world
3. "Even" the evening news
Note what they have: "a way of distorting the truth."
She does not say they lied, nor does she say what truth was "distorted."
This is a good place for her to "un-distort" or bring into clarity that which has been distorted.
You have heard and read over and over again that Law Enforcement believe the 3 adults know more than what they are saying.
Here is a good place for her to deny this and say, "My son, my daughter and Courtney have told the truth and that means the whole truth." Instead, she turns to a question:
Let me ask you this, if they so strongly believe that, why are they not asking the questions? Why are they not scheduling meetings with my family or with my attorney?
She avoids asserting that they told the truth and does not state that the police lied when they said "the three adults are not telling all they know about that night..."
One my consider that the use of the pronoun "my" in "my family" and "my attorney" may answer the question as to why "meetings" (not interviews") are not being scheduled. This is to go on the offensive (strategy) while avoiding telling the truth (tactic) where failed polygraphs, walk outs, and refusals to cooperate have left law enforcement with little hope that an interview with them will yield anything. Law Enforcement told the public that they withheld information and the three of them were holding firm together.
This leads to a choice:
Charge all three, in concert, or continue to 'wait.'
They chose to wait.
Had they chose all three, their job would have been significantly more challenging, yet they would have increased the chances that one of the three would put self preservation first and testified, for example, against the father. Two women had custody of their children and if they lied, via withholding information that led to one child's harm, jeopardy can and should be argued in court to persevere the lives of the other two remaining children. If these two lied about Ayla, they are not reliable caretakers of children.
Trista can say and do what she wants. To the best of my knowledge LE has not confirmed her allegations nor stated that she has been cleared as a suspect herself.
Here is a method of deception and tells us where Justin got his lessons: red herring.
Ayla was reported "missing" while in Justin's care. She was also battered and bruised in his care, including a broken arm which they did not seek timely medical intervention for; leaving the baby to suffer the fracture without care for at least 24 hours.
I believe that the Focus should remain on finding Ayla.
Will now the grandmother express concern for what Ayla is going through?
This is the most natural and expected of all statements: especially from a biological grandmother.
Yet, what if she knows that Ayla is deceased? What if Justin told her what happened that caused the spilling of Ayla's blood in her basement?
Then, it would be expected (and natural) that she would not express concern for what Ayla is experiencing because Ayla is not experiencing anything.
Once Ayla is found then and only then will I think about justice.
Here is an expression of confidence for her son. Can you imagine your grandchild being "kidnapped" and you, the grandparent refusing to think of justice? There is a reason why she does not wish to think of justice. For grandparents, parents and loved ones, the kidnappers being brought to justice would be the most dominating emotion, after Ayla's own plight.
We heard nothing from the family about Ayla's plight. We heard Justin DiPietro speak of Ayla as if dead.
This then makes sense that they would not have concern for Ayla's day to day life.
Ayla was beyond help.
Justice is served only when all facts and evidence are known and presented in a court of law.
For my family – the last thing left in Pandora ’s Box is hope.
The reference is to "Pandora's Box" where, opened, means trouble. The Greek reference is to open the box which contained all evils. It is a distinctly negative connotation. This is to recognize how bad it is, yet this is what is inside her "Pandora's box", "hope."
This affirms why no hope is offered, and why no concern is shown for Ayla, from the first day she was reported to have been "kidnapped."
It is interesting that she mentions the "evening news", as well, since it was there that she was caught being deceptive on camera and had to "clear things up" with the evening news.
We choose to hold on to hope that Ayla will be found and brought home. If 3 adult women were held captive for over a decade and finally rescued then please believe there is hope Ayla will be found alive. So we ask and plead that the public continues to look for Ayla. Her eyes are beautiful and distinctive which will be a good focal point in looking for her. We continue to pray that a Good Samaritan will come forward with the information LE needs to bring Ayla home. Ayla, my granddaughter is out there alive so please do not give up looking for her. If you know anything please come forward.
This is a thinly veiled attempt to shift public attention from her son and her daughter. Her "evening news" interview revealed to us her need to protect her son. Her lack of commitment to the 'kidnapping' story told us that she knew it was not true. Her lack of concern for Ayla's plight told us that she knew Ayla would not be found alive and that she needed to protect her son and now even her daughter, who has gone into criminal conspiracy of silence though 5 years have passed and the State of Maine prosecutors have not brought forth charges.