Ann Rules?

Finally and most importantly:

If trained, she would be a good defense lawyer.

Someone I knew once used a phrase that I cannot remember. It was specific to the internet but it is also the way some people may think and it is very much a sign of the times. It was something like “self convincing.”

You can find anything. Maybe you can even find anyone, but that is a story for another time. Almost always, you can find a viewpoint or even something fairly scientific to back-up your opinion.

I even remember it from law training too: you can always find a law to support a certain position. That does not guarantee you will win or even that your case has merit though.

I really wanted to read Small Sacrifices but could not find it for free or in an e-edition. My large local library does not have it; a print edition could be sent, but it is not worth it, I think, after taking a closer look at Ms. Rule’s career. I admire her for going back to school, working in law enforcement and related fields, and studying courtrooms to be the best she could be. Her books, however, are just one woman’s opinions. The whole thing, like any science or profession, can be subjective. The legal process itself is contentious, adversarial, and human.

Abducted in Plain Sight

Jan Broberg from 'Abducted in Plain Sight' says her parents ...
Jan Broberg, Abducted in Plain Sight

I suffered through it and you can too. Following are some links for afterward.

“Trust, shame, and complicity” are three good descriptions.

Asked how Berchtold came up with this extravagant deception plan, Borgman said her only theory is that inspiration struck from the 70s zeitgeist. “This whole idea of science fiction was popular, and tape recorders had just come out. There were also a lot of newspaper articles about U.F.O.s and whether or not they were real.”

“To be able to actually kidnap somebody is incredibly difficult. Then to be able to maintain this ruse for years and years really takes somebody who has very little empathy for anybody else. It really does take a sociopath.”

The Atlantic:

Manipulation and grooming are not understood by so many. It happened to my whole family, this man was a master and my parents saved my life. They’re the bravest people I know, willing to try to help the rest of you see what they didn’t. That is the only reason we told our story.

I’ll browse on my phone and see if I can come up with more facts that are relevant.

Until then, I’ll write two things: The Vanity Fair piece is the better one. Is Skye Borgman a journalist or a film maker or both?

The story of Chad and Lori

I am finally starting to put it together: KTVB, KSL, Fox10 Phoenix, and East Idaho News. EIN is connected to the Idaho Statesman through Nate Sunderland, the managing editor.

There are some internet celebrities (Nate Eaton), real reporters (Justin Lum), YouTube phonies (take your pick), and just plain weirdos (Eric Grossarth).

For now the things that are holding them together are the Mormon church and murder.

Followed by Good Things live. Unfortunately, there is more.

This is the story of Chad and Lori.

Well she ain’t lookin’ back anymore
She said, “Catch me if you can anymore”
Ya know she didn’t want to do it
But he just pushed her to far

Everybody got a breakin’ point
And Baby there you are
She’s a Runaway
Run, Run, Run, Runaway

Does anyone have pictures of Emma making faces? It sure has layers. According to this link, “I’ve seen this before where it’s a bizarre case, it makes no sense and then it comes down to something as simple as greed or avarice or, you know, selfishness.”

Dominick Dunne on Power, Privilege, and Justice could summarize it in one paragraph. But as he once said, he doesn’t do poor people.

They are poor people, what with Lori “five kids and no money” Vallow and Chad with his 25 books bringing in $3000 a year. Specifically, Lori has shown a distinct inability to sustain herself over the years; she is a classic case of rolling up debt and then blaming the creditors.

Chad’s house in Salem, Idaho was bought on the cheap and never upgraded to a house for teenagers. Gravediggers do not make any money. Mrs. Tammy Daybell appeared to hold the family together, financially and otherwise, having worked her way up to full-fledged, tenured librarian. Plus, her work on the covers and sales efforts were a big part of selling the flimsy little 170-page novels. The fact is he had virtually no income of his own and maintaining the inventory of books was a problem.

The D.A. said the way one body was buried was egregious. I always thought egregious was an adjective. That is my layer, and I will come back to it.

Nate Eaton has done some fine work. But who wants to listen to Melani, or Melanie, or some other religious fanatic (e.g.,

Just the link.

Earlier a D.A. in the Daybell murders elected to simply bow out. This one, who has been leading the prosecution and investigation for a half a year, waited for a nice Summer day. The house is a mile over the county line.

Oh, George

I do like listening to all sides. I’ll just say I don’t like listening to people like LeBron James all the time.

Who would have known? I certainly did not.

Pretty much anyone who has ever had any contact with a police department is standing up. Statistics take a back seat because it does not happen all the time; of course black people are unduly persecuted by white people. This goes deeper. It is finally coming out. Who do you think you are? What gives you the right?

You are a human being just like me and this is wrong.

These questions are not so hard to answer. They are hard to address, hence the protests.

Jeffco Jeff Shrader

How does a patrolman who went to a tiny, local, religious college become, and survive at, sheriff of a 583,000-person county?

ANSWER: By doing the same old thing and blaming everyone else. That is how to survive at it; the rise comes from supporting and condoning corruption and Shrader learned from Ted Mink.

Mr. Shrader, did you ever think about what you would do after public service?

It is going to be a good story, this one, because it involves dozens of examples, thousands of photographs, and absolutely clear efforts to obstruct it. It is set against a backdrop of defunded police departments. At the very least they are losing a lot of their protections.

Now is a good time.

Chad Daybell

There are many, but this is one of my favorite videos. I like to look at people’s houses and this is a very good view.

I have had time to put my thoughts together. Here they are.

ONE. It has a lot to do with Mormons and the LDS church. The Grand Poobah, or whatever he calls himself these days, should take (partial) responsibility. Much of the family, and now the neighbors, have been making statements throughout and we got a good glimpse. It is enculturation (more commonly known as brainwashing).

Utah, Idaho, Arizona… I will not be moving to Rexburg.

More. HD.

TWO. As has been said by others, it is about fatal attraction and two losers. This hinges on the LDS church as well. Lori Vallow has gone through and/or killed four (now five) husbands and cannot sustain herself or children. As for Daybell, killing your wife and burying kids in your backyard is no way to go through life. To think… Six months ago they were celebrating in Hawaii. A gravedigger; crummy novels and podcasts is not an occupation either.

THREE. There is a strong element of narcissism here but even that is overshadowed by the church culture. It is like being addicted to Facebook. You are tracked either way.

FOUR. Last but not least (except for the next one), these are extremely serious crimes: murdering children and spouses; insurance and social security fraud; fleeing and lying to law enforcement. They murdered children and buried them in the backyard, and all the while smirking and lying about it.

FIVE. As noted, they are removed from the real world. They are also dumb.

Here is another good video (AZFamily), but I don’t like using the images of the murdered kids (so it is no longer here). The pictures say a lot, especially if you go back knowing what we know now. And these are the same news correspondents who have been working on the case from the beginning.

I won’t watch or read anything “deseret” since I learned what the word means. Anyone who thinks Joseph Smith or Brigham Young were prophets, well, I just do not have much in common with them.

Most of the reporters are probably LDS too–Nate Eaton and others.

Dominick Dunne

Before I could express my thoughts on Dominick Dunne I had to look into two other names: Truman Capote and Andy Warhol.

Warhol was primarily a commercial artist and he was extremely successful at it.

Capote is the more pertinent artist in relation to Dunne. His relationship to Harper Lee is a stunning education and as a child he worked at it and declared himself a writer at age eleven. From there he only elevated his craft through his efforts and schooling in New York City. Born in 1925, Capote hit it big with the publication of Breakfast at Tiffany’s in 1958. He described his career as “before and after” the release of the short novel.

Capote attended trials as a kid with Ms. Lee. After Breakfast he is best-known for In Cold Blood, true crime with a lot of fiction mixed-in or roman a clef.

All three were and are unusual characters as males. They were driven and highly successful. All might also be described as effeminate or gay; picked-on could be another description. Each prospered as an artist.

power, privilege, and justice

Detectives spent three years working on the investigation, which ultimately found that Michael Skakel had “in all probability killed” Moxley, according to Dunne’s characterization. The detectives hired the 24-year-old who ultimately met with Dunne to turn the investigation into a narrative. Rushton Skakel stashed the report away, according to Dunne.

Steven Wayne Benson.

Filthy Rich

Lesson: don’t read Roger Ebert reviews (since he died).

I think it just came out. I mean within the last few days. I was able to download it and…

I watched in the background without paying attention. The beginning episode flew by. By the second one, I knew it was something deeper and better. I found myself rewinding the third one a lot. But I was done for one day anyway.

On Day 2 I paid more attention to episodes 3 and 4. Again I found myself making sure I followed episode 3. The final episode went by pretty fast. It is over and he is dead.

But I am very glad the victims found a form of closure.

It is good because skilled documentary producers have a way of making you see things you didn’t or couldn’t see on your own. It is pretty remarkable really, because the whole thing is only maybe two hours, about feature film length.

It is great that the Vanity Fair woman started it because, she started it. Julie K. Brown did not appear, because she did not need to.

The rest of the characters are excellent. Dershowitz (legal and ethical are the same thing to him) and the Prince look like buffoons; Maxwell and others are just as guilty as Epstein. Acosta resigned. Judge Berman (no relation to D.A. Berman) set a new tone for victims. Epstein is dead (I already covered that). Some people did honorable work, e.g., Palm Beach police. Journalists in particular–Ms. Brown and others–virtually brought him down when others could not.

Everyone who is still alive only has to live with themself.

“I’m not Jane Doe, I am Courtney Wild.”

Good stuff.

The Mormons, part 1 video

This, Part 1, is exceptional. These people know what they are talking about and they are worth listening-to.

The scene I remember most is the one of the single mother with two daughters and a son walking from Illinois to Utah. Earlier, or I think this woman was one of them, the episode told the story of a woman recruited from the U.K. for the trek only to be told to build a cart and go.

This woman’s son died of starvation along the way and she was pleased it happened. Pleased he was put out of his misery is one way to look at it, we will be stronger and make it to the end of our journey is another. The mother embraced the latter position and this cuts to the heart of blood revenge or blood atonement. It is similar or worse than killing or harming disbelievers. It is okay if it is in the name of the religion.

Today it would be could be considered manslaughter or child endangerment.

I learned concepts like communitas, initiations, and rites of passage studying cultural anthropology a long time ago.

Both Joseph Smith and Brigham Young used them to create a massive enterprise. Smith and his family were “downwardly mobile” and Young was a 30-year old go-nowhere carpenter in Ohio. People would listen to them and they amassed great power and led that multi-billion dollar organization. Neither had any higher or formal education nor were either ever elected to any public office.

Smith was removed from every place he lived as a result and was finally murdered. Palmyra, NY, Kirtland, OH, the Garden of Eden in Jackson County, MO, and finally Nauvoo, IL. That is Americana. He was exiled and killed by the other Americans.

He was arrested some 30 times in his 39-year life for charges ranging from disorderly person/fraud to bank fraud, to treason, to conspiracy to murder. His profession–treasure hunting on poor farmland–may have been legal but staring into a hat and claiming to see where gold is buried, and taking money for it, is not.

Kingdom of Nauvoo.

When Smith was killed he was in serious legal trouble and facing treason charges in both Missouri and Illinois. He is not a martyr, he was a criminal.

Under Young the Mormons fled to Utah Territory. They had amassed money (Smith with his office over the general store, and the banking; I don’t know when tithing started.) They sent missionaries or scouts and every destination was legal or acquired at the time.

Utah was part of Mexico.

One thing about Americana is the law has never changed. Towns, companies, religions, and even cultures may come and go but the Constitution, except for a small number of amendments, has not changed.

Mormonism was formed under or because of freedom of religion in the United States (i.e., the Constitution). What I found best about the program is that it describes how it has been restrained since inception because of those laws. That is the concept of theocracy.

Wherever Joseph Smith tried he was kicked-out by the locals. Sometimes it was more legal than others, but it was accepted by the majority and/or powers that be at the time. His ideas or practices were not acceptable to the majority of the people or elected authorities where he and his followers lived and he was removed. Once this was by the governor of Missouri.

At the time it was different than ‘We’ll put you in jail and throw away the key’ (e.g., Warren Jeffs). They didn’t have the FBI or a lot of other resources. It was done in more forceful ways.

He seems to have had an incredible, look you in the eye charisma as well as sexual charm.

In reference to the May 25 letter to the editor “Mormon polygamists forced to follow laws,” and the claim that polygamy was not illegal in the United States before mormons practiced polygamy:

The Illinois anti-bigamy law enacted February 12, 1833 : “Sec 121. Bigamy consists in the having of two wives or two husbands at one and the same time, knowing that the former husband or wife is still alive. If any person or persons within this State,

being married, or who shall hereafter marry, do at any time marry any person or persons, the former husband or wife being alive, the person so offending shall, on conviction thereof, be punished by a fine, not exceeding one thousand dollars, and imprisoned in the penitentiary, not exceeding two years. It shall not be necessary to prove either of the said marriages by the register or certificate thereof, or other record evidence; but the same may be proved by such evidence as is admissible to prove a marriage in other cases, and when such second marriage shall have taken place without this state, cohabitation in this state after such second marriage shall be deemed the commission of the crime of bigamy, and the trial in such case may take

place in the county where such cohabitation shall have occurred.” Revised Laws of Illinois, 1833, p.198-99.

Illinois population 1830: 157,500

Illinois population 1840: 457,000

Illinois population 1850: 851,500

Nauvoo population at peak (around 1842): 13,000

Hancock County pop. 1840: 9,946 1850: 14,652 1860: 29,061 etc.,_Illinois