Wednesday, January 1, 2014

TIME TO SAY MORE ABOUT THE HEDGEPETH CASE

I left town for a while, and now I'm back. I remain deeply committed to reporting and writing on this shocking case — the case of who murdered Faith Hedgepeth. If I am able, I want to help identify who committed this truly brutal, almost inconceivable crime against the 19-year old UNC-Chapel Hill student...and who else may have been involved in it. 

Indeed, one scenario suggests that a man and at least one other person, possibly a woman — may have been involved in what happened to Faith in her bedroom in the middle of the Thursday night of September 7th, 2012. 

Perhaps, in another telling, up to three or four people might be criminally linked to the terrible events. Meaning: a plan or a coverup or both. A small group of people who knew before — or came to know afterward. 

There is even speculation that parts of the crime scene were staged to throw investigators off. 



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This may be an act where one man with very strong possessive emotions about Faith went there as a monster to kill, or he just snapped at the scene.

Or, it may be more complex. Involving one or all of these elements: jealousy, insecurity, pride, rejection, sick desire, unfounded fears, sociopathic narcissism and drive, or...revenge.

Or, it may be something — a setup — that was "designed" to frighten Faith, or punish her — and everything fell apart. People panicked. 

Faith was left lifeless, alone, gone. A young woman beloved...taken in a torrent of hate or self-hate.

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Not long ago, a young man I believe to have been — or still be — a person of interest — wrote me back on Facebook after I contacted him. He is said to have gone out with Faith. I had been told he received texts from Faith shortly before she died, which was past three in the morning. I wanted to talk to him. He has/had a UNC connection to Faith.

I had some other unsettling reasons to wonder about the man and his behavior toward Faith.

He wrote, in part: "...I apologize for my late response. But yes, I did receive text messages from faith before she was murdered that night. It's hard to feel any kind of closure or positivity about what happened because to the public we don't know what is going on with the case at this time.Your blogs gave me a lot of insight which is much appreciated."


By "positivity," I am going to assume the young man meant "certainty." Because there is certainly nothing positive about this case.

Based on all the knowledge I have about this young man, I don't really know what to make of his response. But I'll say this much: it is not comforting.



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I sat with a woman today, on New Year's Day, who said, within seconds of our introduction: "2014 is the year it be will be solved."

Then she went silent for a short bit. As if she'd said what she needed to say. 

The woman is a member of the Haliwa-Saponi tribe, many of whom live in and around Hollister, near Warrenton, NC. The woman's daughter was close to Faith.

The woman said that she believes Faith's spirit is not at rest, and cannot be until the murderer is found. She feels this almost overwhelmingly, and it is hard not to believe that's true...that she feels it.

"Her life ended so abruptly, so violently, that she was nowhere near ready," the woman told me "Faith was like a prodigy — she held so much promise, and the Haliwa-Saponi members were so proud. Then, she was taken in rage...so suddenly."

So, Faith's spirit is near and apparent to some, the woman says. Faith is tormented again, and asking for help...so she can leave the in-between, and achieve some peace.

That's when the woman told me things about the scene that few people know. I had been told of these specifics by those close to the case, but I had not reported them.

The woman also said: "If I see the murderer's face someday, I will know it's him."

There are many people, nearly all men, that authorities have examined, talked to, observed...as suspects or persons of interest. The woman I sat with has seen some of those faces.

To her, none of them is a man who she believes created the bloody, barbaric scene in that bedroom.

"I would know," she said.

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It was extremely bloody, and barbaric is the most accurate way to summarize what I have been told by someone in law enforcement who saw the scene.

These words, I know, are hard for Faith's loved ones to hear, but....most already know. Not all the details, but the general, god-forsaken picture.



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I will be checking in on the investigation soon. In early October, the SBI was asked at last to get deeply involved in the case. We've heard nothing since. This is how the SBI works, though. They don't talk until a case breaks, even then not all that much.

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Authorities who do talk about the case keep saying they need someone who knows something to come forward. They are convinced someone besides the murderer or murderers knows something relevant. 

Fear could keep them from speaking about it. Whomever was capable of doing what was done to Faith Hedgepeth is definitely someone to fear. 

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Courage is a tremendously strong emotion, too. Maybe, just maybe, we'll see some of that soon from a person or persons who can help, and thus lead everyone to the terrible truth.

For Faith. I have no doubt that her spirit...needs to know — and will. 

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POSTSCRIPT

I remain interested in hearing from anyone who wants to send me ideas, information or tips, or wants to talk or meet me with me.  I do not have to know who you are to listen or follow up. I do not have to use your name in a story, depending on what you say and what we agree to. See "Contact" on the right. 

Of course, to reach the Chapel Hill Police, call Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515 or the department at 919-614-6363. There is also a $39,000 reward potentially available. 

The SBI is on the case now, as I wrote earlier, as is the Durham County District Attorney's Office. You can contact those agencies, too.

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  2. Praying that this will be solved!

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