Some things that were apparently not disclosed last night on Dateline.
1 The Cold Case Detective is no longer with the Police Department because he is a first hand expert in domestic abuse. He punched his live-in girl friend in the face. If we had gone to trial, I would have qualified him as an expert. That examination would have given me perverse pleasure.
2. Dateline researchers located the “friend” in Phoenix, but because he had not been located during the actual investigation, they did not interject him into the story. When the Cold Case Detective (see number 1) was trying to find him, he sent letters to all the people with the same name in the Phoenix area asking if they had been involved with Ellen’s husband. Wow! What a surprise! No one raised his hand and said, “Yep. It was I.”
3. The ranting sister was estranged from her brother. He went out of his way to avoid any contact with her. I suspect she feels dreadfully guilty about that.
4. The deceased’s family has shunned his daughter (only child), so she not only lost a parent, she lost grandparents and aunts as well. She was just a little girl and had no responsibility for what occurred. Shame on the family for treating her badly.
There are a million other things that will occur to me as time passes, but I think these four things have bearing on the case.