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 bottle...is 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 blood...so 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.

https://snapshot.parabon-nanolabs.com/

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.

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

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

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15 comments:

  1. Steve Bloomington IndianaSeptember 25, 2016 at 10:44 PM

    I'm confused. What about all the information you heard on the "voice mail?" In the 20/20 piece it said nothing could be done to "clean up" the audio enough to make the words intelligible. Yet I saw a long "transcript" of the call you had previously posted after listening to it. Just trying to get clarification. Thanks!

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  2. Have authorities looked into the two men who are seen exiting Thrill with Faith and Karena on the surveillance video. When I saw that footage I got the impression there was some tension between the 4(the two men, Karena, and Faith.) I honestly think Karena was involved somehow. Maybe not the murderer but knows who did it or was present when the murder was done.

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    1. I agree so much with this. It appears the first girl out the door (Karena I believe) is very angry about something.

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  3. Have authorities looked into the two men who are seen exiting Thrill with Faith and Karena on the surveillance video. When I saw that footage I got the impression there was some tension between the 4(the two men, Karena, and Faith.) I honestly think Karena was involved somehow. Maybe not the murderer but knows who did it or was present when the murder was done.

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  4. If Karena had nothing to do with it, she would cooperate with police. She would want to tell them as much information as possible to find the murderer of her best friend.

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  5. I am so saddened for this poor woman and her family. I am infuriated that this case has dragged on so long. How can there be so many coincidences of names in the phone call vs people in her circle of friends?

    The composite of the murderer in this picture:
    http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2016/09/police-hope-new-composite-could-break-hedgepeth-case

    Looks exactly like Micah Byrd in this picture: https://www.facebook.com/259534867399587/photos/pb.259534867399587.-2207520000.1463218612./570371386315932/?type=3&theater


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  6. The 911 call from Karena sounds like my 4 year old daughter when she is fake crying. When she is speaking, it sounds like she is "crying" but what about getting the sniffles when your actually crying? Or how usually breathing becomes harder if your crying and talking at the same time? She also said that her friend is unconscious, but it was stated Faiths shirt was pulled on her head, she was naked from the waist down, sitting in a pool of blood from bludgeoning and Karena didn't check on her immediately? Didn't try to c.p.r. if she only thought she was unconscious? If she had, she would have known Faith was dead and beyond help and would have stated that in the call. But she didn't try to help cause she already knew Faith was dead and not just unconscious. Also, if I was to walk in my home and find my roommate in that state, I would be freaking out, terrified I walked in on a killer who had yet to finish, or just in general getting to safety and away from any perceived threat.Another thing she doesn't do. And in the voice-mail you can clearly here them say Rosie, and Karena's last name is Rosario. It's common for the nickname Rosie to be used for Rosario, I imagine she got it in school at some point and close enough to her to call her by her nickname. Also it does look like a females handwriting trying to disguise it. IMO she did it.

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  7. The 911 call from Karena sounds like my 4 year old daughter when she is fake crying. When she is speaking, it sounds like she is "crying" but what about getting the sniffles when your actually crying? Or how usually breathing becomes harder if your crying and talking at the same time? She also said that her friend is unconscious, but it was stated Faiths shirt was pulled on her head, she was naked from the waist down, sitting in a pool of blood from bludgeoning and Karena didn't check on her immediately? Didn't try to c.p.r. if she only thought she was unconscious? If she had, she would have known Faith was dead and beyond help and would have stated that in the call. But she didn't try to help cause she already knew Faith was dead and not just unconscious. Also, if I was to walk in my home and find my roommate in that state, I would be freaking out, terrified I walked in on a killer who had yet to finish, or just in general getting to safety and away from any perceived threat.Another thing she doesn't do. And in the voice-mail you can clearly here them say Rosie, and Karena's last name is Rosario. It's common for the nickname Rosie to be used for Rosario, I imagine she got it in school at some point and close enough to her to call her by her nickname. Also it does look like a females handwriting trying to disguise it. IMO she did it.

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  8. After watching the 20/20 special I felt like more questions arrised than answers given on the case. I'm trouble that it finally cane out who was with KR when Faith's body was found. Uopn MR interview her word usage and tone of voice sounds strangely familiar...911 call. I also wonder about the specifics of what shape the apartment was in given in the 911 call about things not being where thwy usually are, looks like someone has been in here and etc vs the information that wasn't being told...Faith's name. The address. The name of the caller. To me if seems like exculpatory evidence of the crime was already in place. Perception is reality.

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  9. Karena did it. Why leave the front door unlocked? She did that so someone could come in and finish the job.

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  10. Why leave a club feeling ill to go home? Only to go back out again. When exiting the club Karena looked mad not sick. Left the door unlocked. Brandon's phone gets blown up by both Karena and Faith. I'm not totally convinced the message to Brandon from Faith's phone actually came from Faith herself. (Was this a lure to get him back in the apartment to discover Faith?)

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  11. Been doing lots and lots of research via social media accounts, blogs and forums...verifying/fact checking. Very interesting. Things are becoming more clear each and everyday. Your time is running out. Soon all will be revealed and everyone will know your secret and lies you have been telling for over 4 years. Your smooth talking will catch up with you. You're slipping.

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  12. After the 20/20 episode (with the Latino phenotype) the police claimed they got 100s of new leads from around the country. Have you heard anything at all from your sources as to how those leads are panning out?... or must we yet again wait 'til Sept. for the police to amble out and repeat they're hoping for just a little more input from the public?

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  13. I have a lot of questions. There is search warrants on vehicles and items such as clothing.... Shoes... And other things that were taken from the apartment and eriqs car and brandons car. Did they find anything? Considering all the blood in the bedroom? Did they find her dna/blood anywhere on the items they took?

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  14. The tangled web we weave when we practice to decieve KRosario

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