Saturday, September 24, 2016

Initial Observations on 20/20: Karena Rosario still won't talk; Marisol Rangel's tears; the DNA image; handwriting side by sides; the rum bottle

The 20/20 broadcast Friday night. Powerful, provocative, poignant, and disturbing, both a re-telling of events, the eloquence of some of the people in pain, and the cold, hard, unforgiving reminder of just what kind of death Faith suffered. 

It is all but impossible to imagine. Then, to know the person who who slammed her skull repeatedly with that rum among us, among people. If he/they think they are close to being caught, what will they do then?

Overall, the 20/20 broadcast underscores a number of important observations I have made here over the last few years. Plus, some significant new areas to focus on, think about, act on.

However, remember this: much of what we saw that was "new" was new only to us. The Chapel Hill Police have had these lines of inquiry for a good, long while, probably. They have not led to an arrest...yet.

                 POINTS OF INTEREST

> Marisol Rangel's demeanor: did she seem believable? Did she not sound almost exactly like Karena Rosario in the 911 call?

> The handwriting comparison between the note at the murder scene and the and lease filled out by a undisclosed man that the two men/"private investigators" singled out (who seemed to arrive "on" the case and in the story out of nowhere). I will concede: the handwriting looks fairly similar. Coincidental? Likely, but perhaps not. The broadcast said CHPD is trying to get the DNA on the man with the similar handwriting: sounds like a judge may have said no to a request to compel a DNA sample. It was unclear. 

I certainly have always thought that note left at the scene did not express a real sentiment tied to the crime - that it was meant to deflect or even confuse.

> Karena's stonewalling posture from the porch wherever she's hiding (and why is she hiding - or being so scarce for so long?) I can see her not talking then, at the time of the crime, but why not later? 

Why not ever? So, 20/20 said the police had questioned her 10 times. Seriously? I have reported previously that (I was told) Karena had been questioned not long after the murder for about 10 hours. I have not confirmed that with authorities, but police don't question people for 10 hours - or ten times or both - if they want to be gentle, and are getting the truth.

>The DNA from the person police believe to be the actual killer, not necessarily an accomplice, on the pen found (where?) in connection with the note. That's interesting. Same DNA found on the male biological substance and on a rum bottle. I still feel there's more than person's handwriting on that note. Some of the letters look as if a female wrote them.

> Speaking of the rum bottle, the smudged stark. Hard for anyone to see because of the cruel, fierce and near-prehistoric violence it represents, but think of Faith's family members: such a gripping, horribly sad reminder that Faith just...went though hell.
Why? What could possibly account for that sort of brutality?

> The extrapolated image of the young, possibly Latino (or Native American?). Many questions and even concerns about that. First, why didn't police release the "Snapshot" image right after it was done? When was it was done? Why wait until 20/20? How long have they had it?

Before the show, CHPD should have held a press conference, answered a range of questions on the process, the company, and why investigators went that route. The department didn't. Yet they saw to it that 20/20 had the info, and, apparently, okayed the company, Parabon NanoLabs, to talk to the show on the record.

Take a look at Parabon's site. Honestly, it looks like a sixth grader did that site, or someone just trying to sell something. Lots of somethings.

Not impressive, I'm sorry. If this phenotyping was considered extremely credible, we'd hear about it on every unsolved case. We don't. I am not saying it won't evolve into something really important in law enforcement, but it's far from being there yet...from what I observe.

I do see why 20/20 highlighted the image though, absolutely. CHPD chose that route investigatively, thinks it was a good idea to have it public, and now we see the young man's image. Theories about who it may be are already flying.

Maybe the image is close to what he looks like. I think that is possible; I just question why this is not done more if it's a potentially telling tool.


I have gotten a few good tips to look into and possibly interact with the police on, and I welcome more., 919-219-0042, Facebook Messenger, Whatsapp.

What an inhuman deed to such a decent human being. Beyond the worst imagination.


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

It happened four years tonight -- 20/20 is on the case now

In about six hours, four years ago on September 7, 2012, Faith Hedgepeth was murdered by a person or by persons...with brutal abandon - as if she weren't a human being but an object to be beaten again and again, probably with a bottle, until the assailant(s) were worn out.

But the 19-year old was living and breathing. Until....
Until the unmitigated attack left Faith dead. Gone. 

She is not gone here. She is not forgotten by her family and friends and the authorities still plowing ahead to try to solve this case.

And they are not alone. ABC's 20/20 is on the case, too.

After four years, Faith's case finally gets some big-time, national TV news coverage. 20/20 has been investigating the murder for months. Their broadcast, which I expect will air within two to three weeks, will break some new ground, ask some very tough questions, focus on the strongest theories.

What happened? How could it have happened? Why?

Who? Who has lacked the conscience, after 1460 days, to step forward and talk? Even step forward and confess. It happens.

It hasn't happened in this perplexingly challenging case.

I was interviewed for the broadcast. I was candid and directed with my thoughts, as I have been here from the beginning of the blog. 

Everyone engaged with this matter must be forthright.

This is the kind of case now 
that only gets solved when someone who knows something speaks about what they know.

Directly below, a link to my column from August 17. Read carefully. The new CHPD lead and investigative division head on the case has some interesting responses to some provocative questions. It is revealing. 

Lt. Celisa Lehew talked to 20/20, too. 

Lehew is on it. She's ready. She's pressing some buttons now. There is less caution, more focus on action/reaction.

Maybe the newsmagazine broadcast, going full bore at the highly publicized, complex, still-unsolved but eminently solvable case, can be the key. The key to finding justice for Faith. At least that.

At last.

It will likely come from a viewer. It could come from you.

The murder of Faith Hedgepeth was not the perfect crime. 

It's just far. 


There is a $40,000 reward potentially available. 

Call Chapel Hill-Carrboro Crimestoppers at 919-942-7515.