I have to let you all know that I just combined my two similar blogs here on WordPress into just one- This one. The “For the MIssing” blog has been imported into this one, the “Justice Be Served” blog. The posts didn’t go anywhere, they are all here in one place now!
Police focus on child abuse in New Haven girl’s death
Published: Sunday, November 21, 2010
By Mitch Hotts, Macomb Daily Staff Writer
Dad says 2-year-old fell from stepmother’s arms
New Haven police on Sunday were investigating whether the “suspicious” death of a 2-year-old girl was an accident or the result of child abuse.
As relatives of Lily Furneaux-Wolfenbarger awaited word from police, they also began preparing funeral arrangements for the precocious little girl whose smile warmed their hearts.
“She was a very sweet child who loved her mom — she was everything in this world to her mom,” said Lynette Furneaux, the girl’s grandmother who resides in Lapeer.
According to police, officers were called Saturday afternoon to a home on Apple Blossom Court in the Meadowcreek
Mobile Home Community near 27 Mile and Gratiot in New Haven for an unresponsive child. The girl was rushed to a hospital but was pronounced dead.
“The cause of death has not yet been determined and right now it remains as suspicious and under investigation,” Police Chief Michael Henry said in a news release.
New Haven police Sunday afternoon indicated there would be an update on the case later in the day, but none was provided as officers continued their investigation. An officer Sunday evening said additional information would be provided today.
An autopsy was conducted Sunday but Macomb County Medical Examiner Dr. Daniel Spitz said he could not comment on the manner or cause of death because it’s an ongoing investigation.
The child lived with her mother, 24-year-old Lauren Fureneaux, at Lauren’s parent’s house in Lapeer. The mother shared custody with the child’s father, Jeff Wolfenbarger, who resides in New Haven.
Relatives who did not want to be named said Lily seemed to be afraid of Renee King, Jeff’s wife, who has three children of her own. Lily sometimes came home with bruises, a family member said.
Jeff Wolfenbarger could not be reached for comment Sunday, but he told WDIV-TV (Channel 4) that he didn’t want to believe his wife could have harmed the girl. He said his wife’s version of the incident was Lily fell out of King’s arms after being bathed.
“She did what she could, she told me,” Wolfenbarger told the TV station, adding his wife splashed water on Lily’s face in an attempt to revive her.
The status of the union between Renee King and Jeff Wolfenbarger was not clear Sunday.
Macomb County Circuit Court online records show Wolfenbarger filed for a divorce or annulment on Oct. 7, but the two appear to still be living together and he referred to her as his wife.
Friends of the family said Lauren is understandably devastated by her daughter’s death.
“Lily was intelligent beyond her years,” said Elizabeth Makedonsky of Imlay City, a friend of Lauren’s, and whose children sometimes played with Lily. “She was an amazing child with a vocabulary that was quite extensive for a 2-year-old.”
The family plans to have the funeral at Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors in Lapeer. Anyone who would like to help the family pay for expenses may make a donation to a memorial fund that will be opened at the Lapeer County Bank & Trust.
I am taking a break for the day from the normal sad, ever constant coverage of our nation’s missing children, the nightmarish stories that we hear on the news every day and every night about the injustices done to so many of our nation’s citizens, to just put out a slight little paragraph on something that stood out in my mind this morning. I hope you bear with me.
Martin Luther King Day?
As I sat here this morning, listening to the news, and then listening to my husband’s running commentary on the news, it got me to thinking. He pointed something out to me; if it weren’t for Abraham Lincoln, ‘Dr. Martin Luther King’ likely would not have been able to make the kind of influence that he did on the American government, and on the American People. This is the next point in mind- why do we not celebrate the birthday of Abraham Lincoln? Or that of George Washington? The true founders of America as we know it now? While yes, we do somewhat celebrate Washington’s birthday, it is normally never commemorated as such- it is known as “President’s Day”, which vaguely covers all the Presidents, including Washington, celebrating so to speak our “President’s Day” on, or close to Washington’s birthday does not come NEARLY as close to being such a big deal as what is made out of King’s birthday. Why? I can answer the question for you-if you haven’t figured it out already. Because of the RACIAL issues in play- that is why. We don’t have a Lincoln Day, we don’t have a Washington day, or a Kennedy Day, or maybe a Reagan Day, or a Carter Day because the powers that be were, and are, too afraid of the fallout if we WERE to create such a holiday. But for some reason, those same ‘powers that be’, were NOT afraid to create a day that became a NATIONAL HOLIDAY of all things, for a man who had little to do with what actually put today’s african americans in the positions that they are able to enjoy. Doesn’t that make you think just a little? It does me, it actually rather makes my blood boil, to tell you the truth. It is time that someone started standing up for the things in our history that also need to be recognized, not just because of the color of our skin- but for the TRUE reasons that they should be recognized and remembered, such as freedom, among others.
I first read about the Molly Wrazen murder about a year ago. And tonight, as I re-read back through my notes, and the linked pages about her death, I was just as shocked as I was the first time I read it. This case, to me, seems to just scream cover up and hidden agendas. There are far too many unanswered questions.
I am quoting directly from the articles I mention, and will also link to each one. I hope this blog serves as a depository of information on this incredible case. May we all pray that justice is served as it should be.
The first site I reference to is Molly Wrazen.com:
Word for word, here is what is contained on the very first page of that website: (I am emphasizing in bold the parts of this that I want to highlight)
The young woman in the photo is Molly Wrazen. She was a 1998 graduate from the University of Pittsburg School of Pharmacy and member of Chi Omega sorority. Her male associate is a fellow named Justin Hembree. Molly worked as a retail pharmacist. Her last place of employment was the K-mart pharmacy in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. It is unknown exactly what sort of work Justin was doing when he met Molly, but he was working as an undercover narcotics police officer for the town of Mount Pleasant at the time of Molly’s death. How he made the meteoric rise from uniformed patrol officer to under cover narcotics in just nine months is also unknown.
Justin was required to attend the police academy in Columbia SC as are all officers given police powers by the state of SC. He checked up on Molly often while he was out of town for academy training, not just to confirm that she was safe, but to also determine exactly who she was seeing and where she was going.
Justin came into the K-mart pharmacy often after graduation. He seldom spoke to anyone but Molly; and it unnerved the pharmacy employees that Justin, conspicuous in his police blues, would simply stand and stare at Molly. He disliked it when she would go out with her friends and he threatened anyone he perceived as a potential male suitor. Apparently he did a good job challenging other suitors, because once threatened, they never came back.
We were never quite certain about how or why their engagement ever took place. It was told that Justin took Molly into a back room during a family event to present and pressure her into taking the ring. Molly cared for Justin, but such formality in the relationship was not what she wanted. Her tactful insistence on waiting met with pleading and begging and more pressure to accept the ring. Molly was extremely generous and kind, and even in the end when she knew she must get away from him, she didn’t want to hurt Justin. She was not at all prepared to spend the rest of her life with Justin and told him so, but she did finally acquiesce and take the ring.
After “the engagement” it didn’t take long for Justin’s controlling and possessive nature to fully manifest itself and for Molly to recognize it as a threat. She did seem to “try on” the engagement for a while and even introduced Justin as her fiancé. But this was short lived. Molly tried to give the ring back on more then one occasion. She would take it off at work, leave it by the computer, and then scramble to retrieve it and put it on when Justin came into the store. I believe it was at the Coroner’s Inquest that someone told a story of going to pick up Molly at the airport, only to find her frantically digging for the ring in the bottom of her purse when she discovered that Justin, too, was coming to meet her. At some point she did manage to return the ring back to Justin, only to come home to a locked house and find it sitting on the dresser in her bedroom.
Justin tracked Molly’s movements. As a Mount Pleasant police officer driving a marked police car, he had no reservations about putting the emergency blue lights on to pull her over. Much to Molly’s displeasure, he did this on more than one occasion. Justin tracked her to Myrtle Beach one weekend when she tried get away with some friends that included a male acquaintance from her home state of Pennsylvania. Molly had worked at the K-mart Pharmacy in Myrtle Beach and Justin knew which hotels she had stayed in. He contacted the hotels and (we believe he) used his police credentials to compel the managers to reveal whether or not Molly was a guest. When he found the right hotel he called the room and screamed at Molly over the phone. When she hung up on him he sent a note up to the room just to let them all know that he was close at hand.
Justin apparently kept Molly’s house under surveillance. When he discovered that the male friend was visiting Molly at home one weekend, he called Molly, screamed at her, told her that he had run this guy’s tags through the police computer, and described the exact clothes the fellow was wearing at the time.
Molly’s parents had retired, sold their home in Pennsylvania, and were in hopes of building a home in Mount Pleasant. Molly invited them stay with her while they decided where to build; and it was not long before they developed a deep concern about Justin. They were profoundly worried about his jealous and possessive nature. They also found it more than just a little disconcerting that Justin, when invited into Molly’s house, would go directly to the phone and check the caller ID to see who had been calling Molly. Justin was not bashful about calling the numbers to see who would answer on the other end. He would also change the code in her cell phone so Molly could not retrieve her messages, but he could.
Although never rude to Justin, Molly’s parents were concerned about his angry reaction to any friends that Molly would socialize with, male or female. They were pleased when Molly reached the point where she no longer considered herself engaged, but knew she would have difficulty in dissolving the relationship. Justin was determined not to let her go, and she had better be wearing that ring if she was around any of his police friends or his family.
Justin had wanted to take Molly to an upcoming family reunion (his family) for the weekend. She was his trophy. She was witty, pretty, extremely kind and generous, radiated an innocent charm, and had a smile that would truly warm your heart; not to mention a great career as a pharmacist. She was indeed a trophy and Justin treated her as such.
Molly refused to go with Justin to the family gathering and elected instead to go see her sister in Columbia, SC. Justin either learned where she was going or tracked Molly to Columbia and confronted her at her sister’s apartment. Justin, of course, just wanted to patch things up, and when she finally acquiesced and got in the car after Justin’s incessant pleading “please get in the car and let’s talk”, the next stop was his family’s home in Anderson, SC. Molly’s car, keys, cloths, and cell phone were still at her sister’s apartment in Columbia.
Justin told Molly she could file a complaint against him with the police regarding his behavior toward her, but for her to remember that he was the police, that they stick together, and that no one would lift a finger to help her. Molly did confide her concerns about Justin to the State Department of Health and Environmental Control officer who had inspection and enforcement jurisdiction over her pharmacy. This DHEC officer advised a Mount Pleasant Police Sergeant that the Mount Pleasant Police Department had a problem in Justin Hembree and that the department needed to do something about it. This DHEC officer described several of the instances Molly related to him about entry of her home, of Justin stalking her and of his threats to others. Although this sergeant provided a business card to the DHEC officer to give to Molly, the Mount Pleasant Police now deny that this conversation ever took place.
Molly could, at times, be a little disorganized. She thought she had been keeping up with her continuing education requirements, but when a random audit showed she was a few hours short she ended up having her pharmaceutical license suspended and ultimately lost her job. In retrospect, many of her friends and colleagues wondered if she had not done this on purpose.
A woman from the Board of Pharmacy testified at the Coroner’s inquest that Molly was contrite and apologetic about getting behind and having her license suspended. Molly immediately enrolled in and completed continuing education courses (that surpassed the minimum requirements) so she could have her license reinstated. It also appears that by this point in time Molly’s plans to move to Jacksonville, Florida were already in the works. Her license would in fact have been restored the next time the full board met. This woman was neither a close friend nor coworker, but Molly had spent enough time with her to confide that she was uncomfortable living in Mount Pleasant because Justin seemed to follow her everywhere. Molly had in fact accepted a job out of state because she was tired “of living under a microscope.”
The pharmacy manager who hired Molly testified that Molly had truthfully divulged that she was working to have her license reinstated after falling short on continuing education hours. All of this was noted on the application to transfer her license from South Carolina to Florida. This was of small concern to him since Molly would have to pass the Pharmaceutical Law exam in Florida before she could become registered there. He had made arrangements to put Molly in a store where she would be working as a technician, under the direction of a licensed pharmacist until she could get registered. He definitely wanted that smile and bubbly personality working in his store as soon as possible. Many of the Mount Pleasant K-mart Pharmacy customers related that they looked forward to having their prescription refilled just to have the pleasure of visiting with Molly.
Molly had a new job, had a contract on her home, found an apartment, and was making plans to move to Florida with her parents the first week in November in 2003. The planned move never took place. Molly was shot and killed on Monday November 3, 2003, the day before election Tuesday; three days after she delivered a “Dear John” letter to Justin, and three days before the moving van was to come for her furniture.
Those of us who knew Molly, and knew of Justin’s outrageous obsession with her, knew instantly what had happened when we learned that Molly had been shot. It seemed to us that it just wouldn’t take SLED (the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division) very long to figure this one out. There was little in the news about Molly following her murder in Mount Pleasant. At first we thought this was good; that SLED was keeping things quiet and that the trial could be held in Charleston County since there wasn’t any “prejudicial” information getting out through the media. We just had to be patient.
What SLED had to work with was this:
1.Molly was found shot to death in Justin Hembree’s apartment by officer Hembree, ostensibly when he returned from working narcotics that day. (He started to slip in the 911 audio and name (or couldn’t remember the story of) who he was supposedly working with, but he quickly recovered and said “working narcotics”.)
2.Molly had been shot with a small 22 caliber, seven shot Rossie revolver that belonged to officer Hembree.
3.Two bullets in the gun had been struck. The first one was a dud. The second round was struck, fired and entered her body above the left breast and traveled down through her heart. Molly was right handed.
4.The cylinder had advanced to a third shell. The gun was not cocked but was in the down position. There was a live round under the hammer. (If you understand pistol mechanics you’re on your feet at this point.)
5.There were no latent finger prints on the gun and it was first reported that there was no gunshot residue on Molly’s hands. (The gun shot residue story changed just prior to the Corner’s inquest, after Hembree’s attorney was granted full access to SLED’s records. Hembree was not tested until late that evening for residue. None was found.)
6.Molly was retrieving her personal belongings from Justin’s apartment. Some of her dresses were laid across the end of the bed in the room where she was killed.
7.Molly was found lying on the floor, on her back, next to a bed that looked like it had just hosted a street fight. There were bruises on both ankles.
Justine Hembree is a hunter. A look in his “trophy room” revealed an intimacy with the brutality of death that far surpassed merely pulling the trigger. He kept the small revolver in a zippered case in this room. Molly hated that room and would not go in it because the walls were literally filled with the heads of animals he had killed.
Molly disliked guns as much as she disliked going in that room. Justin compelled her to accompany him to the firing range one day so he could teach her to shoot. She couldn’t stand the violence or the noise. Justin refused to take her home until he had finished his practice; so she just sat in the car and cried until he was done.
To this day, Justin has never spoken to Molly’s parents following her death. He has never expressed his regret to them, nor did he ever return any of Molly’s possessions that were in his apartment, including the keys to her house. The canvas bag in which Molly carried bills, phone records, check book and other documents has never been found. The Mount Pleasant Police allowed Justin to keep the keys to Molly’s car so he could pillage through it at will.
But all we had to do was be patient. We were certain that SLED would figure it out.
You can imagine our shock, surprise, and pure outrage when a May 2004 article in the Post and Courier revealed that SLED’s “profiler” had decided that Molly’s death was “most consistent with suicide.” Fortunately for us and for Molly’s family, the Charleston County Coroner, who was at the crime scene that night, was not at all convinced that Molly had died by her own hand. A rare Coroner’s Inquest was convened on Molly’s behalf in early August 2004. It took the jury longer to fill out the paper work than it did for them to conclude that Molly’s death was a homicide.
Friends of Molly who attended the inquest found it interesting and moderately satisfying that the profiler was made to look a perfect fool during examination on the witness stand. Lead agent Matt Ford came across as a pure incompetent and was reported to have lost his job after the inquest closed in August 2004. Agent Ford was clearly inept, but this had to have been known by the SLED hierarchy before he was assigned to the case. We still wonder if someone wanted to assign Mr. Ineptitude to the case so it could be spun as a suicide and quietly put away.
Even though subpoenaed to appear at the Coroner’s Inquest, Justin Hembree invoked his Fifth Amendment rights and refused to testify. The police spun it as not wanting to compromise Hembree’s undercover status. Interestingly, his undercover coworkers were conspicuous at the hearing, but they disappeared after the first day.
The May newspaper article had some information on the case that was indeed news to friends and coworkers. Someone had tried to scramble the hard drive on Molly’s laptop computer. Hembree professed a certain knowledge and competency with computers and was at her home on the Friday (Halloween 2003, ostensibly to help pass out candy) before she was killed. The lawyer for Molly’s family had the computer examined, and it was found to contain evidence of narcotic pain killer purchases over the internet. These orders for schedule III narcotics were delivered to Hembree’s apartment complex. Federal Express records show that one delivery was made directly to Hembree’s apartment. It was signed for in Molly’s name, but the signature was not hers. Justin never signed for any of these, but are we to believe that the girlfriend (no! the loving fiancé according to Hembree) of Mount Pleasant’s rising star in undercover narcotics was moving massive quantities of drugs through his apartment without his knowledge?
Justin stalked Molly and knew her every move. Molly often commented on how Justin would show up every where she went. She couldn’t hide from him or go anywhere undetected. So how could she possibly conceal drug purchases that were being shipped to his apartment complex? On one of the documents recovered form Molly’s computer, the phone number listed as the primary contact turned out to be Hembree’s cell phone.
It is ironic that this movement of drugs and Molly’s murder took place within a few blocks of the police department. The alibi provided by his narcotics buddies on the day of the murder also puts him within a few blocks of the apartment during the time of her death.
This news of the internet drug purchases triggered an audit at the pharmacy where she last worked. Large amounts of narcotic painkillers were found missing. Hembree’s attorney, in a retaliatory smear campaign after the inquest, proudly announced that $80,000 to $90,000 worth of drugs were missing (and or purchased, I forget whether his total included internet purchases) from the Pharmacy where Molly last worked; the implication being that they had passed through Molly’s hands. (So why didn’t his client, the undercover narcotics officer catch on to this?)
We know of no instance where drugs went missing from any pharmacy where Molly worked until she started dating Justin. And, oh yes, how was it again that this fellow made the unheard of jump from uniformed patrol officer to undercover narcotics officer in just nine months? Did he arrive with some currency that made him a player? Justin used to toss an endless supply of small stuffed animals over the counter to Molly, just the right size to conceal a bottle of pills. She gave most of them away to the children of co-workers and friends, but not all were accounted for. Justin would also walk Molly from the Pharmacy to the checkout counter at night when the Pharmacy closed. A noble gesture, but then who would check a police officer escorting his girl friend out of the store at night.
None of these drugs were found in Molly’s body after careful screening during the autopsy. She was not a user. An examination of her personal accounts and bank records showed no deposits of movements of money that would indicate that she had income aside from her salary.
We expected the police, at least at first, to close ranks around their man. Hembree apparently caused no difficulties at work, and must have been productive as a new narcotics officer. But in light of the testimony from the inquest, of how he stalked Molly, and how he used his police authority to extend his control over her; not to mention $90,000 worth of drugs that passed under his nose, how can this guy possibly keep his job? And, more importantly, how can the State of South Carolina give authority and accreditation to a police officer who refused to testify in the shooting death of his girlfriend in his apartment?
Some peculiar forces are at work.
Both the Mayor of Mount Pleasant (Harry Hallman) and the Chief of Police were contacted on Molly’s behalf after the story broke in May 2004. Neither of them seemed too concerned with the actions of officer Hembree, and both were quick to point out that his attorney would most likely sue the town of Mount Pleasant if Hembree were dismissed from the force. We found this laughable since it was rumored that the Mount Pleasant Police immediately secured the services of this attorney on behalf of officer Hembree; but we do not know this for certain. What did seem certain was that both Mayor and Chief of Police jumped to this assertion that the town would be sued way too early in their conversations with those who spoke on Molly’s behalf. It all seemed a very prearranged line for any inquires that would come form the community.
It wasn’t until after the Coroner’s inquest that Hembree was put on administrative leave. The local news media fell all over themselves to get an interview with Hembree’s attorney, who was very unkind in his assessment of Molly’s character. It was a brutal thing for Molly’s mother to endure.
An assistant attorney in the solicitor’s office assured those who inquired from the community that they were carefully looking into Molly’s death. Once again we were simply stunned when we learned that the Charleston County Solicitor ordered SLED to turn over all of their files on the Molly Wrazen case to Hembree’s attorney, and then recused himself, suddenly recognizing that he had a conflict of interest in pursuing this case.
So why would the Charleston County Solicitor compel SLED, the top law enforcement agency in the state, to turn over files on a open case, to an attorney for a person who had not been charged or even listed a person of interest? Is this the good-ol’ boy network at work?
We have had access to SLED hierarchy in Columbia and we want to believe that SLED will properly sort this out. They do not determine guilt or innocence. All they can do is assemble the facts and present what they have to the State Attorney General for a decision on arrest and possible prosecution. We do not know what political forces may affect the decision of the State Attorney General. SLED turned over their new findings to the State Attorney General on July 29. It is said to be the biggest report they have ever produced. We have confidence in the integrity of SLED and the AG’s office, but this case has suffered a series of unusual events that breed questions that remain unanswered.
Molly was from the town of Laflin, Pennsylvania. She was adored by everyone she met. It is a sad thing to say, but it is our earnest belief that if Molly Wrazen were a daughter of the South, then Justin Hembree would be in jail right now. She has been treated by the Mount Pleasant police as a transient and a throw-away.
Molly Wrazen was in fact as kind and generous as she was lovely.
Molly’s murder is the story of unexplained obscurity of the obvious. A young woman, who was moving to get away from her boyfriend by moving to another state, was found shot to death three days before the moving van was to arrive, ostensibly discovered by the boyfriend, in his apartment, shot with his gun.
Many of you who have been directed to this website have been asked to perform a specific task on Molly’s behalf. Please take the time to get involved. It could make a world of difference.
In the Lord’s time this will all get worked out.
Blessings to you all for taking the time to get involved.
This next article, is written by
Below, is another article written by the same two gentlemen:
State attorney general’s office continues probe into ex-fiancee’s death
Mount Pleasant – Narcotics officer Justin Hembree was on desk duty as state and federal detectives tried to unravel the mysterious death of his former fiancee, Molly Wrazen.
Tired of waiting for the state attorney general to decide what to do with the case, Mount Pleasant Police Chief Roddy Perry has ordered Hembree returned to full duty.
‘I think 23 months of administrative leave is ample time to investigate and reach a decision,’ Perry wrote in an e-mail to Mac Burdette, town administrator.
But members of the Wrazen family question the move, said Tim Kulp, the family’s attorney. ‘Especially considering this is the second anniversary of their daughter’s killing.’
Exactly two years ago, Hembree found Wrazen’s body in the bedroom of his apartment. She had been shot once in the chest with one of Hembree’s guns. Hembree was immediately placed on paid administrative leave.
Since then, the case has frustrated and infuriated family and friends of Wrazen who accused the State Law Enforcement Division of assuming her death was a suicide and failing to investigate other possibilities. Hembree’s family and lawyer, meanwhile, said the lingering questions cast a cloud over his career.
Last year, in a rare coroner’s inquest, a jury determined that Wrazen’s death was a homicide, not a suicide. The inquest shed light on some shortcomings in SLED’s investigation. As a result, one SLED investigator was fired, others were reprimanded, and a state and federal task force was created to look at the case.
This summer, the task force delivered a report to the attorney general. Prosecutors have declined to discuss the case, but in his e-mail to Burdette, Perry suggested that investigators had found no wrongdoing.
‘I was unofficially told by those close to the task force investigation that Hembree
had passed three polygraphs and that Molly Wrazen had gunshot residue on her hands and Hembree had none, that nothing new had been uncovered that would indicate involvement by Hembree,’ Perry wrote Burdette in the e-mail. Mount Pleasant police provided it to The Post and Courier.
Perry and Burdette couldn’t be reached for comment Wednesday, but Mount Pleasant police Maj. Harry Sewell said Hembree was back on duty Oct. 26.
Andy Savage, Hembree’s lawyer, said there is no reason to keep him sidelined at this point. ‘I know of nothing that has been uncovered, other than emotional statements saying that he was involved.’
Savage said he is disappointed that the attorney general’s review has taken so long. Hembree has fully cooperated at every stage of the investigation, he said.
Trey Walker, a spokesman for S.C. Attorney General Henry McMaster, said there is no projected time line to complete the investigation. He said it was a two-pronged probe into Wrazen’s death and the competence of SLED’s initial investigation.
‘This is not a routine criminal investigation,’ he said.
Walker said prosecutors had not briefed Perry on particulars of the ongoing investigation.
Wrazen was a popular 28-year-old pharmacist who worked at Kmart in Mount Pleasant. According to friends and family, she broke off a relationship with Hembree days before her death and was about to move to Florida where she had rented an apartment and found another pharmacy job.
Her death raised many questions. Among them: Why was the gun that killed her found cocked? Why were no fingerprints found on the gun? Why would she take her life when she was making so many plans to move?
Many of Wrazen’s family members and friends were convinced that she hadn’t taken her own life, and during the coroner’s inquest, they spoke about how Hembree tracked her movements, called her constantly, threw food at her during an argument and used his police cruiser to stop her.
It was discovered after her death that she was buying thousands of dollars in painkillers over the Internet, and that some pills were sent to Hembree’s Mount Pleasant apartment.
Investigators have yet to say publicly why she was buying those pills and where they were going. An autopsy showed she wasn’t taking any painkillers.
On Wednesday, Charleston County Coroner Susan Chewning said she had nothing to say about Hembree’s return to active duty. ‘I maintain that this case has never been about Justin Hembree. It’s always been about Molly,’ she said. ‘My whole point was that Molly deserved a good investigation.’
Kulp questioned whether Mount Pleasant police were acting too soon. ‘Hembree’s return to full duty would be confusing to our community,’ he said, adding that town officials have consistently said that they would allow state authorities to handle the matter to avoid any appearance of impropriety.
Another important blog that deals with all cases the writer can find that are similar to this in nature; Behind the Blue Wall:
After reading the linked article here, make sure you check out the blog in general.
Personally, I keep feeling that our legal system in many cases is a system gone totally wrong in a lot of branches. Just the simple fact that a police officer somehow can manage to twist things around the way it appears that this man did, sends cold chills up my spine.
Can we make it stop?
Just wanted to share with you all a new app that I just recently found out about.
It’s called Add the Alert, here’s what their website says:
Add the Alert is:
an app that for the first time creates an instant notification system for missing children with worldwide reach.
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Rosie O’Donnell recently featured Add The Alert on Rosie Radio. And in recent days, broadcasters in Los Angeles and in Australia have reported on Add The Alert.
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Leading child safety advocate Marc Klaas believes the Alert Button represents the best technology for the protection of children. “Instant notification in a community where a child goes missing has been needed desperately,” said Klaas, founder of the KlaasKids Foundation. “The Alert solves this need. The Alert will save children’s lives. Everyone must Add The Alert.”
I hope you all will join me in enabling this free alert on your computer.
Time and action by surrounding people is the key if and when a child does go missing. We must ALL work together to prevent anymore of our children’s innocent lives being lost.
WAKE UP WORLD- !!
This is basically a distress call. It is addressed to ANYONE, ANYWHERE, WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CARE OF A CHILD.
Are you AWARE of what the child you are entrusted to care for is doing RIGHT THIS SECOND?
IF NOT- WHY???????????
If they are supposed to be outside playing, ARE THEY WHERE YOU TOLD THEM THEY COULD GO?
IF NOT, WHY AREN’T YOU OUT THERE LOOKING FOR THEM?????
If they are in the care of a babysitter, do you KNOW AND TRUST that babysitter?
If they are supposed to be at school, DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOUR SCHOOL’S POLICIES ARE ON ABSENTEEISM?
IS THAT POLICY BEING FOLLOWED CORRECTLY?
If they are supposed to be at a school function, a church function, lessons of some type, or any other activity that they are away from you, their guardian and sole providers, do you KNOW that they are all right?
Do you fully, 100% TRUST the person, or persons that they are with?
If you DON’T- then WHY is your child, or your children, with that person, or persons??
I know, some of you are sitting there reading this, thinking, this writer is full of crap. You’re thinking, there is NO way possible to KNOW exactly where your child is, what they are doing every second of every day. But- and I won’t be the first to say this, to you, and everyone else out there responsible for the care of a child, and I won’t be the last: SURE- YOU MAY BE RIGHT- YOU MAY NOT BE ABLE TO BE THERE 24-7, BUT: Even if you can NOT physically be there, all the time, to INSURE that your child is safe, you CAN take every possible precaution to HELP insure that child’s safety. AND IF YOU DON’T- THEN YOU ONLY HAVE YOURSELF TO BLAME IN THE LONG RUN.
These things include simple items like these:
Set up a code phrase with your child. This is an age-old trick that has, in the past, helped avoid tragedies. For instance, if your child knows this code phrase, he is LESS likely to willingly get into a vehicle of a stranger, he is LESS likely to be lured away holding some strangers hand. Only you, your child, and specific other caretakers should KNOW this phrase. In some cases, parents take the time to CHANGE the code phrase on a monthly, or yearly basis, to prevent anyone else from finding out, either accidentally, or by the child slipping up and letting it out to the wrong people.
This tip is from the Polly Klaas Foundation: The best thing about the “What If…” game is that you can adapt it to your own life situation, and you can play it with children of all ages. For example, when you walk into a grocery store with your child, you can ask, “What if you couldn’t find me, who would you ask for help?”Going through the exercise of actually choosing the right person to ask for help is an excellent way to establish brain patterns that can kick in if they are ever needed. Scientific research shows that our brains work by pattern recognition. When an extremely frightening situation happens, human brains sort through their database for a “script” of actions taken previously. The brain that has more “scripts” can respond more quickly than a brain that has to process never practiced information. That’s why schools hold fire drills. Each time the kids get out of the building in a safe orderly fashion during a fire drill, their brains remember what they did and why. Actually going through fire drill practice is much more effective than only being told where the exits are and what to do in case of an emergency.
If you are a teacher, a babysitter, a neighbor, a Sunday School teacher, a clerk at a convenience store that knows your regular customers, for crying out loud- KEEP YOUR EYES AND YOUR EARS OPEN! PAY ATTENTION!!!!!!!! If you SEE or HEAR anything from the children you are accustomed to seeing on a regular basis that you KNOW is not normal, DO SOMETHING about it! STOP SITTING ON YOUR DUFF AND ACTING LIKE YOU ARE DEAF, DUMB AND BLIND- TAKE THE RIGHT ACTION- YOUR ACTION OR PHONECALL MAY SAVE A LIFE!!!!! OR, AT THE VERY LEAST- HELP PREVENT ANOTHER DAY OF PAIN OR SUFFERING FOR AN INNOCENT, HELPLESS CHILD- !
In this world today, of lightening fast communication possibilities, there is simply NO EXCUSE for another child to go missing, or for another child to be abused, or for another child to be murdered. NO EXCUSE WHATSOEVER!! Perhaps it is time that we, as adults, finally wake up and realize that the children of today, no matter WHAT country they live in, are the FUTURE OF OUR WORLD. What is done to them, what memories they have to deal with, what pain they have to bear, or, if they are fortunate – the blessings and happiness they have to remember, is what is going to INFLUENCE their actions in the future! WE- as their caregivers in whatever form we take- are RESPONSIBLE FOR THAT! Do you REALLY want to sit back and keep your mouth shut, and let another idiot harm another child? It’s on your conscience if you do, YOU are the one who will have to live with it, knowing you DIDN’T do anything to help- IF DOING NOTHING is what you choose to do!!!!!
The single most important thing to do today, as in years and decades and centuries past- is simply to take the time to TEACH your children. TEACH them right from wrong, TEACH them what TO do and what NOT TO do, instill in them the knowledge that will ultimately keep them safe. A little common sense goes a LONG way, in today’s world, just as in yesterday’s world. Yes, times may be different, but the basic fundamentals of parenting, teaching, caring for our world’s children has never changed.
In this writer’s opinion, it’s not the basic everyday values that have changed, it is the number of people today that practice them. If we ALL make a concentrated effort to abide by the RIGHT things to do, (yes, this includes HAVING A CONSCIENCE), then there won’t BE anymore Caylee Anthony, Haleigh Cummings, Kyron Harmon, Skylar Newton cases. Together- WE can make this STOP.
BONAPARTE, Iowa (AP) — Even a year later, residents of this tiny, scenic town struggle with the details of the heinous crime that brought national headlines.
The five-member Bentler family, by all accounts a fixture in this community of 400 or so, apparently all killed by their own son and brother, Shawn Bentler.
“It’s still hard to believe something like this could happen here,” said Peggy Troutman, owner of Bonaparte Mercantile. “I try not to think about it, but it’s difficult, even after all this time.”
Like many here, Troutman had connections with the Bentlers. Her son went to school with Shawn Bentler. Now, she said, her son rarely speaks of his former friend.
In May, Bentler, of Quincy, Ill., of five counts of first-degree murder for shooting deaths of his parents, Michael and Sandra Bentler, and his teenage sisters, Sheena, Shelby and ShaynDe.
Authorities said he wanted the family’s inheritance from a lucrative grain business that Michael Bentler owned. Bentler has been ordered to serve five life sentences in prison, including four concurrently and one consecutively, although he has appealed his conviction.
Resident say the Bentler family’s presence can still be felt here. During a recent hayrack ride, for example, some said memories of the family came flooding back as the route traveled past the gravel driveway that used to lead to the Bentler’s home.
“It’s been tough,” Troutman said. “It still hurts to think about it.”
The impact was especially acute at Harmony High School, near Bonaparte, where each of the sisters attended school.
“We still have students going to counseling,” said Tim Peterson, the school’s superintendent. “We are a small school, and everybody knew the girls. Our kids are just trying to be kids. It has been difficult at times, but we have all pulled together.”
In recent months, friends and classmates have created online tributes to the girls, including groups on Web sites such as Facebook and Myspace. On YouTube, a four-minute movie features photographs of the sisters set to music. The photos show the girls hanging out with friends, hunting and riding horses.
On Sunday, the anniversary of the deaths, residents were planning to hold a formal memorial service and visit the Bonaparte Cemetery, where flowers and wreaths have been placed in tribute.
Members of the Bentler and Mendez families will gather to pay tribute to their loved ones at St. Bonafice Catholic Church in Farmington, where the Bentlers worshipped.
Even those who did not know the Bentler’s seem to have been affected.
Near the cemetery gates last week, Janice Morgan of Freeport, Ill., paused and looked up the hill toward the family’s resting place. Morgan was in Bonaparte when news of the murders broke. She said she returned to town to pay her respects.
“I don’t even know them, but my heart goes out to them,” Morgan said. “I love visiting this area, but this year I knew I had to come to pay my respects to that family. I have kept up with the case online. You don’t have to know them personally to know this is a terrible loss to the community.”