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Rabia Chaudry

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Profiling

Yesterday Bob Ruff’s Truth and Justice podcast was fascinating. After his shoutouts to the Undisclosed team and all the volunteers helping us dig up information (right back at you Bob), he featured an interview with the very famous Jim Clemente.

I’ve been in communication with Jim for a while, mostly sending him all of the case documents and police files as they came my way, but unfortunately due to his insanely difficult and busy schedule and some health issues he simply didn’t have the time to go through all of the documents. And I get it, because there are thousands and thousands of pages.

I did finally get a chance to speak to Jim for a couple of hours about two months ago and was blown away. His dynamism, energy, passion are unbeatable. And he oriented me to the facts of this case and the crime scene in a way I had never thought about before.  I realized then that I had to connect him with Bob, who is an incredible interviewer and having so much experience himself with crime scenes would be even better suited to nail down the best questions for Jim.

I already knew part of what Jim had to say in terms of creating a profile for Hae’s killer from when we spoke, but a few things were new to me, like Jim’s conclusion that the killer was someone who was neat with his outside appearance.

First, though, let me briefly address the art of profiling itself. Because I do believe it’s an art and not a science, and I think Jim would agree.  There are plenty of articles that reject profiling and while I think it’s important to keep their criticisms in mind, it’s also important to remember what Jim said – profiling is a tool used when other evidence can’t be found.  In the absence of physical evidence or eyewitness evidence, law enforcement will use profiling in order to create leads.

These profiles are not definitive, they are simply probabilities that don’t exclude every possibility. In other words, when you have nothing else, profiling is a place to start.

Which is exactly what happened in Adnan’s case. The Baltimore county and city police profiled him as an angry Muslim male with a motive.  Because there was no physical evidence and their eyewitness, Mr. “if he’s innocent, it has nothing to do with me”, had yet to be manufactured.

The problem is BCPD and BPD let their profiling narrow their field to a single suspect, failed to pursue other leads with any seriousness, and then built a case by manipulating witnesses.

But Jim’s profile actually leaves us with two: Adnan and Don. Some may include Jay in this profile, and that’s hard to argue.

Here is what Jim told me when we spoke and Bob in the interview, he said the crime scene and body tells him this:

  • It was not a robbery because she was still wearing her jewelry, though we did not discuss why her pager and wallet were missing while her purse was still in the car
  • The killer personally knew her because only someone with a personal connection conceals a body in order to help evade that connection
  • She was not nicely buried, rather she was rather hastily dumped in an awkward position and covered up in a frantic manner
  • Her “burial” most likely happened at night
  • The perp is young, first time offender
  • Since there is no evidence of sexual assault or robbery, likely a crime of rage or revenge
  • Since she is a “low risk” victim, most likely the perp is someone with easy access to her
  • Killer had time to get their story straight (might I note the only person with no story to cover his ass was Adnan, because he had no idea he needed one)

This is a great start, but Jim and Bob aren’t done yet. They have yet to explore who Adnan and Don were (maybe Jay too?), their statements, their behavior, and of course their opportunity to get to Hae.

As they move forward through these things, this profile will get clearer.  Again, a profile is not evidence. But it’s also not meaningless.  It’s a starting point to then look for independent evidence that supports a lead, but not a point to start creating evidence to fit the suspect you want. Alone, it’s not enough.

Still, I look forward to hearing Bob and Jim go through this process. In case you haven’t realized it yet, Bob doesn’t do anything willy-nilly. His podcast and investigation is deliberate, and he’s building the foundation of his case against who killed Hae brick by painstaking brick.

DUN DUN DUN DUN, DON

Ok, here is what we know thanks to Bob:

  • Don’s timesheet for January 13, 1999 was falsified
  • The only person who could create such a timesheet was his manager, who happened to be his actual mother
  • That timesheet could only be created by the end of the work week, meaning it was falsified long before Hae’s body was found which should make everyone wonder why
  • The police never went to the Hunt Valley store to talk to other employees about whether Don was there on the 13th, instead they spoke to the manager at his regular store, Owings Mills. And that manager, FML, was Don’s mom’s live-in girlfriend/future wife.

A family affair indeed.

So what’s it all mean?  It means if this murder investigation is re-opened, which I will do my absolute best to make happen, Don will get a harder, closer look.

By the way it’s totally my bad that Bob announced at the end of his Don episode last week that we would be discussing the legal implications on Undisclosed. We got sidetracked with other issues and both Colin and Susan, the brains of the operation (I fully own being the Forrest Gump of Undisclosed), decided other issues needed priority.

Issues like…Abe Waranowitz.

CAN I GET A WITNESS?

That’s how I felt about Justin’s response brief to the State, filed last week.  Phew, did he tear them up.  I weep for thee Thiru.  But not really.

Not only did their own brief bite them in the butt because they underestimated the underhandedness of their colleague Urick, the State’s own and singular cell tower witness was like “hold up, wait a minute” when he realized that the fax cover sheet was withheld from him by the aforementioned shady prosecutor.

So what’s the importance of Abe’s affidavit that was filed with Adnan’s response? Essentially he is saying that if he had seen that fax cover sheet, his testimony would not have been the same. He doesn’t state how it would be different, but it’s enough to scrap his previous testimony and allow him to testify on the issue again. And I hope he gets that chance.

But that wasn’t the only affidavit, another affidavit on the cell tower issue was submitted in the response by an expert who consults with the Innocence Project, Gerald Grant.  Essentially Grant offers that the fax cover sheet saying incoming call pings are not reliable for location is applicable to these records because a host of other information about the calls is missing:

Grant says without all of this information you can't determine the cell phone's approximate information. Meaning, even if you have all this information, the location you determine will still be approximate.

Now it’s important to understand what Grant is saying here. He says without all of this information you can’t determine the cell phone’s approximate information.  Meaning, even if you have all this information, the location you determine will still be approximate and estimated, not exact.

So that’s that when it comes to the cell phone evidence. I think, coupled with what Asia has to say about Urick talking her out of testifying, the judge will not be happy with knowing Urick withheld the cover sheet from his own expert in order to manipulate his testimony.  It’s not looking great for our intrepid hammer of justice.

I can’t wait for the hearing.

SOON, ADNAN, SOON

Bit by bit the State’s case is falling to bits, and the police and prosecutor’s misdeeds are being peeled away like layers of an onion. And like an onion, when it’s all peeled away, nothing will be left. There is no core, there is no spine.

I spoke to Adnan a few days ago, it had been a few weeks since we talked, and I was excited to talk to him about the affidavits. He didn’t know about them until after they were filed too. Justin knows better than to discuss such revelations over the phone with Adnan, the recording before every call clearly says the calls are being taped.  Who knows who is listening right.

Adnan was a little amazed, and mostly thrilled.  For the past year he has been telling me to be patient, that one day the very people that brought him to where he is would be compelled to speak, compelled to the truth, and that he had faith in God that their eyes would be opened and their hearts turned.  He was right. It’s happening. Slowly, but still.

We had a good conversation and as always he was joking, wishing my hubby a happy birthday as we were on our way to celebrate, but I felt terrible because he sounded pretty awful.  He’s been sick for a couple of weeks, something in the lungs, but he’s not sure what.

He said it was going around, other men also had the same thing, and all of them had been given a Z-Pak 5 day course, which didn’t work. Then some got the 11 day course and it worked.  That or the virus/infection just died out on it’s own.  Adnan hasn’t been given the 11 day pack yet.

I found myself particularly upset because a couple of days prior I was on the phone with my eldest, asking when she was coming to visit now that she lives out of state for college.  But she was sick and wasn’t up to coming. It wasn’t anything serious, seemed like food poisoning, but still I wasn’t with her to give her fluids and check her temperature.  I felt like crap that my baby was sick but out of reach.

When I spoke to Adnan I realized his mother had not been able to take care of him for almost 17 years when he’s been sick. And he’s been sick and hurt plenty of times.  Most incarcerated people get sub-par care and there is nothing their loved ones can do.

Here is to the small blessings in our lives, even the blessing of being able to take care of our sick loved ones.  I pray for all those who aren’t able to, God speed to them to return to those who care.  And God willing it will be soon for Adnan.

 

 

Hae and “K” Speak

A photocopy of a picture found in Hae's belongings of her and Adnan together in Patapsco Park.

A photocopy of a picture found in Hae’s belongings of her and Adnan together in Patapsco Park.

A few days ago Susan blogged, after many moons and much anticipation (I love her posts), and what a write-up it was.  Susan tackled the very difficult and sobering issue of the lividity, the way Hae’s body was found at the crime scene, and mysterious marks that appear on her body in the autopsy photographs. Continue reading

Fightin’ Words

"We know your tales, idiot" sayeth the Bard

“We know your tales, idiot” sayeth the Bard to the State

So the State of Maryland filed its response to Adnan’s motion to reopen, which, by way of reminder, he was directed to do by the higher court, the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland.  I’d say when the higher court literally says “yeah go file that motion” instead of dismissing the issue at question outright, the ball is already in our court.

Post-state’s response, it’s still in our court. I won’t get into details why, after all Colin already wrote quite well about it and we’ll be discussing it in tomorrow’s Episode 12 of Undisclosed, but suffice it to say the brief is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

Thanks to the Swan of Avon for that.

No substance, just posturing.  I assume they needed the extension because they realized they’re kind of screwed because there is literally no case precedent supporting them and the best option they have is just delaying, delaying, delaying justice.

But justice delayed is justice denied. Which is what the State has been doing in this case for the past 16 years.  It will catch up, in fact it is catching up to them.  But they’re making it clear they aren’t going down without a fight. They’ve circled the wagons, and as much as I was hoping they’d be human enough to feel like crap, as they should, for putting away an innocent kid for life, they did what we can all expect “The Man” to do.

I did expect it, especially considering the weirdness we’ve been hit with on getting the investigation done. For example, we initially were aiming to hire a MD private investigator who is former law enforcement, because it just kind of makes sense.  So we reached out to a couple different folks, and both took a couple of days and got back to us and said, sorry no we can’t take this case.   I guess a case in which one of their own probably did some shady stuff was too close to comfort, have to protect the brotherhood.  Realizing the closeness of this bunch, which is also apparent in how vigorously the State is defending Urick, we decided better safe than sorry and got a PI from outside the state.

Then the lab that we sent that brandy bottle I found a few months back in Leakin Park said sorry we can’t do the testing because we work with MD State’s attorney and it would be a conflict of interest.  Which may be their policy, but a weird policy indeed. After all, we aren’t asking for an opinion. Just a straight up test and result.  Neutral scientific results can now, apparently, pose conflicts of interest.  Anyway, band of brothers all the way.

Having said all this, I expect the State to fight the entire way.  They’ll keep spending tax payers money on the inevitable, Adnan’s exoneration.  Here’s a reminder to them: we have much more to fight for than they do.  For them, it’s time and money and reputation. For us, it’s Adnan’s life.  We won’t get tired of this fight because we can’t.

 

LOVE FINDS A WAY

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I had the pleasure to speak to Adnan’s ex-wife today for a while.  We had spoken years ago when they first got married, but haven’t connected in a long time.

As someone who thinks prying in personal matters is uncouth, I never asked either of them too much about their relationship. I’ll be writing about it all eventually, and have our conversation recorded so may release bits of it here and there.  Today I learned so much I didn’t know about Adnan.  I always thought he was a great person, after my conversation with her I’m feeling rather humbled.  He’s got a heart of gold in ways I never imagined.

And, according to his wife, who I’ll call “K”, she still loves him and would marry him again when he gets home.  I can’t wait to tell their story and share everything she has to say about him one day.

 

THE DYNASTY CONTINUES

Bob did a masterful job, as an investigator himself, in talking about Debbie’s interview (which was conducted weeks after Adnan was arrested) in his most recent episode of Serial Dynasty.  He pointed out the leading questions, the tactics, and the oddity of some of their questioning.  Especially with the hotel questions.

In case you didn’t hear the episode (but you really should) Bob notes that the police ask Debbie a couple of times whether she knew if Adnan and Hae visited any local hotel or motel to hook up. This is after she’s told them that they hooked up at parks and parking lots. But they don’t follow up with questions about parks and parking lots. They want to know about hotels and motels.

Why?

Bob thinks it may be because they got a tip about a hotel, they have some information that is throwing a wrench in their narrative. I have another theory.

And that’s this: the cops have been around enough to know that Hae wasn’t put in a car trunk after being killed and then buried a few hours later.  They know lividity*, they understand it.  And they realized that she had to have been fully face down after being killed when lividity fixed, which can’t be in a car.  But it can be in a hotel or motel.  That, coupled with a receipt showing she had visited a local hotel after school back in November of 1998, probably made them wonder if the “something” she had to do was stop at a hotel/motel.

The question then is this: stop to meet who?

*Bob addresses some of the Reddit drama on lividity and the crime scene pictures in this episode as well, but I’m not going to spend time refuting an anonymous random internet stranger’s interpretation of a picture when we have every expert, from the medical examiner who was at the crime scene, to those who’ve looked at it recently, say the same thing: lividity was fully anterior, but she was found on her side. In a couple of weeks Bob will be interviewing Jim Clemente, who I had the pleasure of speaking to at length. They’ll be discussing the crime scene pictures as well, and that will be yet another expert who will confirm what we know. That Hae was killed and left face down flat somewhere for around 10 hours before being left in Leakin Park.  Yay for experts. 

I also don’t need to address it because Bob ripped the sickos on Reddit many new holes. The week is starting off great. 

 

 

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