Saturday, December 16, 2017

Five years and 100 days ago -- Podcast, Pt. 2: "You have to think multiple people know about this"

The second episode of my conversation on Faith's case with former Secret Service agent John Taylor is now up on his website, Twisted Podcast.

In his open, Taylor says Faith's murder is "the most perplexing case I've ever researched." That's saying a lot.

You can hear Pt. 2 at the link below. The conversation starts right around 3:00 in. Some highlights...with additional points of reflection/commentary from me, below the link.

It opens with the beginning of Karena Rosario's 911 call on September 7, 2012. 

Taylor, who is now a crime writer/author and private investigator, discussed that call with me at some length in Part 1.

I have said many times here: more than a few things about Karena's call just aren't "right." They:
  • Aren't what you'd expect
  • Aren't similar to most of what I've heard before from a party with no culpability
  • Aren't indicative, in my view, of a roommate who was stunned, afraid, and immediately grieving the grievous wounds and apparent death of a friend.
I have to say: listen to only about 30 seconds of that call on this episode, right off the top, and see if it seems totally "legit" to you. 

(The entire 911 call is also on this blog at my  post.

I could be wrong. I've been wrong before. I'll be wrong again. But I don't think that 911 call is all it purports to be.


Taylor asks me about Takoy Jones. We know his DNA doesn't match what was left at the scene. We don't know why he appears to have written such strange things around the time of the murder. 

I suspect there's a lot about Takoy Jones we don't know.


In Pt. 2, Taylor and I talk about the fact the police have told me they've done some 800 DNA tests. 

Taylor calls that "incredible."

We discuss the cruel and almost astonishing paradox of an out of control murder with a controlled note left at the scene – found but a few feet away. That doesn't make sense if just one person were involved at that scene. 

It is telling and in the end, may be the crucible that somehow breaks the case – the note.


Taylor asks me if I put any validity in the idea that the murderer or murderers meant to kill Karena...went there for that purpose or for the purpose of attacking her in some manner. That  Faith was not the intended victim.

Could that somehow explain Karena's all but non-existent public "profile" in the last five years? 

To me, nothing we know explains Karena's public silence on this case...the terrible murder of her friend, Faith.

After Faith's family, don't you think she would be the most powerful advocate foe the public's help? She lived with her, was with her all evening, presumably cared about her...and found her beaten body in her own (Karena's) bedroom.

Why wouldn't she at least be out there every few months urging with all her heart for someone to speak up, to provide the key bring resolution to the murder that happened in her own apartment?


In our discussion Taylor and I talk about the recorded pocket dial - apparently from The Thrill nightclub on the early morning of Faith's death. An audio expert created a powerful transcript of what he believed was being said: in his view, repeated moments of intense hostility...seemingly aimed at Faith. 

Other experts apparently strongly disagree that what this expert heard...can be discerned.

In response, I say to Taylor: "He (the expert) doesn't have the incentive" put out something that leads to ridicule. Does he?

I add: "I'm not sure we have to think he's pulling it out of thin air."


At about 19 minutes in to the 26-minute conversation, Taylor asks me what I think it's going to take to break this case.

My initial one-word answer. "Bravery" 
Then I explain what I mean.


Taylor and I both agree that, beyond the fervent desire to solve this case – to find justice – the person who actually carried out the deadly beating is nothing if not...
...acutely dangerous. A walking threat to anyone who crosses him.

Taylor: "It's not a one-time thing."

Gaspo: "Someone who does this can do it again."

But: it seems this killer and his possible confederates...have not murdered again. Remember, there's DNA. A databank waiting to catch the primary perpetrator.

So far.

Where is he? Who is he?

Taylor says in the podcast, "You have to think multiple people know about this."


I think people involved in this crime, and others who likely know the truth...are reading these words.

Someday, justice is going to show up at the the car, at a place of work. 

You will never stop hearing Faith's footsteps...until they find you. 

...  TG

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