They Finally Arrested Mark Redwine

Dylan Redwine went missing in November of 2012 and due to the contentious relationship he had with his father, Mark Redwine, Mark had always been a person of interest in the case.  In June of 2013, Dylan’s half-brother said that his father Mark told him that Dylan died of blunt force trauma and that it will be up to the investigators to find his body.  Well, Mark got his wish.  In November of 2015, Dylan Skull was found by some hikers on Middle Mountain.

Now, I ask Mark Redwine, is that really what you wanted?  I mean, sure, you have been free for almost five years, but where has it gotten you?  In that time, you probably seen your other kids grow a little longer; made a little bit more money that you can’t take with you; and entered more relationships that will always wonder how someone they know could do this.  But the end is the end and nothing ever makes it different.  It will be just as painful today as it would have been five years ago.

I am thankful for the investigators that never give up.  They keep searching until they get answers.  I think so many answers would come if we just wait.  I think in the case of Caylee Anthony, if we weren’t so rushed to a judgment and waited as these investigators did, would the outcome have been different?  I think it would have.

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How Many Latino Women Would Kill Their Family??

In Gwinnett County on Wednesday evening, Isabel Martinez killed 4 of her kids and her husband.  Another child, 9-year-old Diana Romero, is in critical but stable condition in the hospital.  This family is a Spanish speaking family; only the kids can speak English fluently.

I watched Martinez in court this morning for her first appearance.  You would think this case wreaks of the insanity plea … but I don’t think so.  I think this woman knew full well what she was doing.  I further think she is doing everything in her power to make it look like she is insane.  She has told the police that she wants them to tell the community that a vicious killer is not on the loose (no, because she is in jail without bond).  In the court appearance, she was waving at the press, smiling at them and at one point got out of her seat and bowed to them.  She had to be asked by the guards to get back in her seat and stay still.  She went as far as to represent herself in court and she doesn’t want the court to order a co-counsel in the legal field to be with her, in the event that she has questions.  These are all indications of an insanity case.  The crime itself yells insanity.  I am having a hard time looking past all the signs that yell insanity and I am afraid the courts are going to be unable to also.

It is too early in this case for them to know who the prosecutor will be in this case, but whoever it is needs to really be on his/her toes and be ready for any rabbits in the hat that this lady might try to pull out because I think she is a little trickier than you see on the outside.

I have been reading some statistics in Latino mental health and the numbers are more alarming than I first thought.  Approximately, 17.4% of the USA is identified as Latino and of that percentage, approximately 15% are diagnosed with mental illness.  Most often times, the diagnosis is depression.  One of the studies of women who kill their kids showed that there were other factors that played a part: most often of these are mental illness, post-partum depression, or they recently lost a loved one.

I personally have a hard time with this.  I don’t think this lady had any of these.  Sure, her family has come forward and said that she just recently lost her Dad and that after that event, she started acting different.  I don’t think so.  I think this was something much deeper; something much darker.  First question I would ask the family is: how was she acting differently?  Did she act depressed?  Was she suicidal?  Was she homicidal – had she spoken of killing anyone after her father died?  I would need to know what was different about her before I could even take this as a factor in the case.  Otherwise, I would have to chalk it up to family members trying to save the one alive and in trouble at the moment.  Second, how did her father die?  Was it natural causes or was he murdered?  Third and final question, where did he die?  Was he here in the USA or was he in Mexico?  The news is reporting that not only has she been arrested and charged with 5 counts of murder and slew of other charges; she is also be held for the U.S. Immigration Enforcement and Customs Enforcement.  My guess is, she will not even see the inside of a Georgia court room for her case.  She will be deported back to Mexico or Cuba or anywhere else she might have come from.

I think maybe her father wasn’t in the US when he died and she may have wanted to go back to Mexico.  Really?  You would KILL your whole family to go back to Mexico because your Dad died?  I think we need to hold her here, let her see the full force of the US law on mothers who kill their children.  She thought this was her only option out; I think that opinion would quickly change under the US laws.

To answer the question that is in the title, apparently, only one seems crazy enough to do it.  I plan to follow this case.  I want to know more about her.

 

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What Would A County Do To Cover Up A Contrastrophe?

Updated for:  06/30/17

Today, 11Alive News reported that they have dropped the charges against the two teens Gaitlinburg held responsible for this fire.  I could not see it then and I can’t see it today, how anyone would think it was the teens fault for doing this.

 

 

I took a trip to Gaitlinburg and Pigeon Forge to observe the devastation from the fires of November 23rd, 2016.  Two teens have been blamed with the fire that:

  • Destroyed 17,136 Acres of land
  • 1,123 Destroyed residential Homes
  • 14 Homes had major damaged
  • 71 Homes had minor damage
  • 181 Homes were affected in one way or another by the fire (this could be smoke or water damage)
  • 58 Structures that were businesses were destroyed
  • 3 Structures had major damage
  • 2 Structures had minor damage
  • 10 Structures were affected in one way or another.
  • 14 people lost their lives
  • 134 people were injured in one way or another.

The two teens are 15 and 17 years old.  The 17 year old has a parent that works for the Sheriff’s Department.  Both teens have an attorney, but neither attorney is speaking to the media.  The boys are accused of walking up the hiking trail lighting matches and throwing them down on the trail.  These lit matches eventually lead to the fire that done all of the above damage.  I spoke to some of the people in Tennessee and they seem to feel these kids should have to serve at least 10 years.

Well, I have a problem with this.  The following is the time line for the fires:

  • Wednesday, November 23rd at 5:30pm
    • Firefighters observe smoke coming from the Chimney Tops
    • As it got dark, they hike the trail to the Chimney Tops and find a small fire that had burned about 1.5 acres already.
    • With the darkness and the rough terrain (the hiking trail for the Chimney Tops is for Advanced Hikers), the firefighters decided that there was nothing they could do and returned to the office.
  • Thursday, November 24th
    • Firefighters hiked the trail again and marked off 410 acres that the fire was allowed to burn. This was more or less a way of roping off and area for the fire to burn itself out.
  • Friday, November 25th
    • The fire continued to climb down the rocky terrain.
    • The firefighters continued to look for alternate moves, but no safe alternatives were found.
  • Saturday, November 26th We are at 6 acres that have burned
    • A 4-Day Near Term Analysis from the USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station was requested. The analyses said that the fire would grow at a slow rate and move slowly toward the boundaries that have been set for it.
  • Sunday, November 27th We are at 35 acres that have burned
    • The Storm Team said that humidity dropped and winds picked up to cause the conditions to change on Monday. The Storm Team said that winds would be anywhere between 12 – 25 miles per hour (mph) and the gusts could be as high as 40mph.
    • The estimates were much lower than expected. Some of the gusts were as high as 87 mph.
    • 3 Helicopters were ordered to dump large buckets of water on the hottest parts of the fire to hold it at the containment lines.
    • On the ground, firelines were formed to fight the fire from the ground.
    • Late Sunday, the fire was still only at 35 acres had been burned.
  • Monday, November 28th
    • The Storm Team informs the firefighters that the weather conditions changed drastically overnight from the forecast they had given just 24 hours prior.
    • Strong winds had pushed the fire to the Northeast.
    • Now they were fighting what was called spot fires which are embers that fly up from a major fire and land in a spot and form another fire.
    • The spot fires were anywhere from ½ a mile to a 1 mile from the main fire.
    • This was deemed extraordinary fire behavior. Fires like this only happen in the plain states.
    • A larger effort to fight the fires was called in.
    • Warnings were sent to Gaitlinburg Fire Department about the impending spot fires (although, the firefighters seen it unlikely).
    • Because of the smoke, it became impossible to track the acreage at this point.
    • Within 3 hours, the fire had jumped 3 miles away from the main fire with spot fires.
    • The largest call out for other firefighters ever in Gaitlinburg history went out.
    • Between 5:45-6:00pm the power went out to the weather tools and multiple trees were falling, power lines were falling, and several more spot fires started.
    • Mandatory evacuations of small communities started at 6pm.
    • There is no fire warning on the emergency sirens, so the flood warning siren went off twice between 8:30 and 9:30pm.

Yes, these boys were acting in a way that was dangerous in drought conditions.  Honestly, do you think these two teens even knew what a drought was?  Sure, we studied that in science in school, but how many science projects are about drought conditions?  I cannot remember seeing one science project that resembled the affects of a drought.  You tell me, after seeing this time line and seeing that no real effort to put the fires that started on November 23rd out started until November 27th, what do you think?  There were 4 days there that the firefighters done the minimum efforts to fight what turned out to be devastating fires.

Back to question one, what would a county do to cover up a catastrophe?  Why would they want to cover it up?  Let me start with the why.  As I said, I went up there and I was talking to different people about the fires and went fishing for their thoughts.  For the most part, these people thought those teens needed to hang because they left so many people devastated.  One guy said that his house was paid for and he lost everything he owned in the fire.  He went to FEMA and asked for help and they turned him down because he made too much money.  Apparently, even the money that Dolly Parton offered was tainted.  She would not help him either.  In my experience, I have learned one thing, if you find one with a story like this, there are usually a lot more that do not have an outlet to get theirs out, but nonetheless have the same story.  So, why would a county want to cover up a catastrophe, because they do not want to be the ones that is sued because of their neglect.  Plain and simple, this was neglect at its best.  A firefighter with 25 years experience is in charge of fighting this fire and this was the best that someone with 25 years experience could come up with.

Both of the teens have attorneys and as I sit here tonight writing this, my heart goes out to these boys that are in lock-up until the judge decides what kind of release they would be eligible for.  Honestly, they probably would not be safe on the streets anyways.  The people in Tennessee all believe the legal officials when they say that these teens caused all this devastation.  NO, they did not cause all of it.  Sure, they set the fire, but it was not their job to fight the fires.  How would this be their fault?  I do not see it.

Give me your opinions, I sure would like to hear them.

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September is Literacy Month

September is national literacy month and I am trying to take a survey to write a blog for that month.  I need my family and friends help for this blog.  I am hoping this blog is going to be published for the group that I am in, Sister In Crime.  Please help me.  Take the survey yourself and then share it on your page asking your friends and family to take the survey.  It is merely on reading.  Anyone and everyone is encouraged to take this survey because I need as much data as possible for my blog.  I need the survey to be taken by at least 100 people, but if I can get more, that would be awesom!!!

So, are you ready.  All you have to do is either copy and paste the questions in a response directly to this blog post or simply copy and paste the questions with your answers to my Facebook account.   Here we go:

  1. How many books do you read in a month?
  2. How many books do you read in a year?
  3. Do you encourage reading to your family? (family reading time, suggest books to kids, etc)
  4. How many times do you visit the library in a month?
  5. How many times do you visit the library in a year?
  6. Do you visit the same library each time?
  7. Do you buy the books you read? Or do you prefer to borrow from the library?
  8. How many books do you buy in a month?
  9. How many books do you buy in a year?
  10. Do you read fiction or non-fiction?
  11. What genre of books do you read? (Fantasy, True Crime, Drama, Romance, Etc)
  12. Do you read books on a digital device (Kindle, Nook, or Phone)?
  13. Do you chart the books you read (ex. Goodreads)?
  14. Do you keep a Journal (a daily journal, book journal, or any type of journal)?
  15. Who is your favorite author?
  16. What was the last book you read?
  17. When did you finish it?
  18. What do you plan to read next?
  19. How do you find you the books you read? (word of mouth, advertisement, library suggestion, etc)
  20. How old are you?

Thank you again for your participation.  You have been such a great help.

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Time To Deal With North Korea

I apologize for the long break in blog posts; I hope this one makes up for it.  In the news the past couple days has been Otto Warmbier; a college student that was enticed to go to North Korea “for an experience of a lifetime”.  That was a direct quote from his Dad that gave a statement to the news agencies on Thursday.  The parents are extremely upset at North Korea and our government for what happened to their son.

 

Warmbier went to North Korea because there was a travel agency that lures young adults to other countries and then they are mistreated.  As Otto Warmbier was boarding the plane to leave the country when the North Korean government apprehended him and charged him with the “war crime” of stealing a banner from a church.  He was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for that crime.

Warmbier arrived home 3 days ago in a coma.  According to the North Korean government, Warbier went into this coma soon after being sentenced.  Not one time was he allowed to go home for medical reasons.  The government nor the penial institution would inform his family of his medical state.  His family found out last week the condition that he was in.  Warmbier has been in a coma for 15 months and no one bothered to inform the family.

Our government was telling the parents to “lay low” and “be quiet” because “we don’t want to upset the North Korean government.

Ok, I have a problem with this!!!  “LAY LOW” “BE QUIET” “DON’T UPSET NORTH KOREA”!!!  Really? If this was the only thing that North Korea was doing that might need addressing, then that would be one thing … but it isn’t.  It is time that the American Government and People start taking a stand and letting North Korea know that we are not going to tolerate any more of their shenanigans.

In 2017 alone, North Korea has shot off 16 missiles that we know of.  In 2016, the year that Warmbier was arrested and sentenced, they shot off 8 missiles.  Over and over again, if you Google it, the America has warned North Korea to stop setting off missiles and yet they keep doing it.  Warmbier was arrested in March 2016 and in August 2016 North Korea set of a missile that could have reached the US if they so wanted.  Could this be why Warmbier’s family needed to “LAY LOW” or “BE QUIET”?  Why was this necessary.  If we were making moves to turn this around and bring Warmbier home, then I could understand such actions.  However, I don’t think that was it at all.  I think they needed to be quiet because we were likely to get bombed by them.  I know, listen, my family and I live here too.  I don’t want to be bombed any more than the next person, but when one of our people are captured, we don’t “lay low” either.  We go in as one to get them.

Grant it, we finally got Warmbier home, but I would like to know exactly who brought him home and how long did they actually work on doing so?  I agree with Warmbier’s Dad, “North Korea does nothing out of the goodness of their hearts”.  With that being known, it had to be someone else who convinced them to let him go.  With North Korea doing nothing good at any time, that means someone had to be talking to them.  I want to know how many times they were talked to and I want to know the extent of the conversation.  I want to know when those conversations started and how long they lasted and in what form they were in?  Is this too nosey?  I don’t think so.  We are talking about a country that has repeatedly refused to adhere to our warnings to stop firing missiles and I know they got those warnings because the news was always so proud to report when they launched one and what our response was … which usually amounted to nothing more than a hand over our mouth while saying “oh no you didn’t”.  It was time to act then and it has been time to act for a while.  When do we take our country serious again?  When do we do like Toby Keith says and “fight when you rattle our cage”.

Shout out to Trump, you want to make “America Great Again”, start with North Korea and get your mind of the Russian Probe … “matter”.  Isn’t that what you want it to be called … a matter?  Well, get off the “matter” and start focusing on real President stuff.  Yes, I hope you are impeached at the end, but for now, you are all we have that can take care of North Korea.  Show us your muscle and quit talking about it.

Women Kill Me!!!!

Shane Ladner was in court this week to find out the verdict on his case of lying about having a Purple Heart.  He was a police officer in Cherokee County and was accused of lying under oath about having a Purple Heart.  He was found guilty on 6 of the 7 charges against him.  One charge of lying to investigators and 5 counts of lying to the tax commissioner so he could get a “free tag” for his truck. As he is lead out of the courtroom in handcuffs, friends comfort his wife.  Are you serious?  Some women kill me with how easily a guy is able to smooze her.  She don’t even get a clue that if he lied about this, what else do you think he lied about.  His tag was only $20 a year; he lied to get a $20 tag free.   I promise you, the lies he has told his wife are a lot worse.  Wake up lady, this is only the beginning.

Why Are They Not AS Big And Tough In Court As They Are On The Battle Field

When I first heard the story about Kayla Norton and Jose Torres, I didn’t feel compelled to write about it.  After watching all the videos available on the case and seeing all the comments on Facebook, my blood is boiling.  For those that have no clue what I am referring to, in 2015 when the Confederate Flag was taking a beating, a group of people that called themselves “Respect The Flag” terrorized a 8-year-old little girl’s birthday party.  It was a group of several trucks with several flags in the back of the trucks and the passengers and drivers were yelling obscenities and threats to the partygoers.   At one point, the people from the trucks were threatening to get guns out of their trucks.  When I heard people done this at a child’s birthday party, my heart sunk.  I couldn’t believe we had adults, young adults, but nonetheless adults acting like this.

Fifteen people are arrested: Kayla Norton was sentenced to 13 years to serve 6 in prison; Jose Torres was sentenced to 20 years to serve 13 in prison; Thomas Summers was sentenced to 6 years; and the other 12 were sentenced to probation.  Here is where I get heated.  There is a petition shared on the social media sites asking the Governor of Georgia to overturn the wrongful convictions of Kayla Norton and Jose Torres.  I am trying to figure out how Patrick Rogers of Pennsylvania knows anything about this issue to begin with.  Patrick Rogers is the person who started the petition.  He doesn’t know what it is like to live in Georgia where 60% of the population is white and 30% of the population is black.  In Pennsylvania, those numbers are more like 80% white and 10% black.  To narrow it down a little more, in Douglas County we have 52% whites and 39% blacks.  Do you see where I am going with this?  We have to get along.  It is so close to a 50/50 split.  We don’t have room to rise up against the other.  No one can call the other more superior than the other can, because we aren’t.  We definitely don’t need someone from Pennsylvania that has no clue what it is like to co-exist with another race causing issues down here in Georgia.  Even the original Mr. Rogers knew to stay within his own neighborhood.

Another thing that upsets me about this whole issue are the lies that are being spewed.  Starting with Norton and Torres’ lie: they were not in that area to crash a birthday party (like they would say it if they were), they were there to sale American Flags to raise money to buy Confederate Flags for those less fortunate and can’t buy their own … or something like that.  Not sure exactly what they were doing, but selling or buying flags was not what they were doing in this video.  If you will notice, there are a lot of police already on the scene.  This is the only video that anyone has of what happened.  Witnesses in court testified that objects thrown at the partygoers along with racial slurs yelled and threats of bringing out guns.  I have yet to see any proof of anyone selling flags.  The fact that the police are there tells me something had to have happened before this video started filming.  It was a lie.  Last night someone claiming to be Norton’s best friend (and we all know how that goes, with friends like that ..blah ..blah ..blah) said that she “knows her friend Kayla wouldn’t have done that because she has been dating a black guy for the past year”.    Here is what I do know; Jose Torres is the father of Kayla Norton’s 3 kids.  I doubt she has been dating a black guy, but if she has, I think that would have been more for Judge McClain’s benefit than anything else.  Lie … another bold face lie.

Although the previous points are surely damaging on their own merits, the thing that eats me up is how far above this we should be by now.

  • Slavery was abolished on January 31, 1865
  • Douglas county Georgia is originally named after Frederick Douglas (a black slave abolitionist) on October 17, 1870.
  • Some 84 years later, Desegregation of the schools happened in 1954

We should be far above anyone doing any acts of this sort.  Tonight someone asked me why I thought it was right to sentence Kayla Norton and Jose Torres to more years than a rapist or murderer, because what they done was worse than murder.  That 8-year-old and all her friends should have only seen something like that in history books in a history class.  Thanks to Norton and Torres that poor child seen what her Great-grand-parents went through first hand.  They murdered a child’s ability to trust white people.  A child is innocent and everything that we teach them will eventually come out in action … what do you think the action will be from this learning experience?  Gangs?  Murder?  Burglary?  The only way these things and plenty more are not the result is going to be based on how the parents can turn it into something different.  The video of one of the victims in court gives me hope that she will do just that.

As with anything that upsets the public to this degree, this too shall pass, with the passing I hope we learn some lessons. We need to respect one another … no matter who your neighbor is, we all can connect on one level or another and we need to find a way to do so.  If you don’t have a dog in the fight (speaking of the guy in Pennsylvania), then stay home.  There are a million things I can think to say about this topic and a million things I wish I still had time to say; but I think for now enough said.

 

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