Just the Way You Remember It

Memory is a funny thing.  You can remember a lot.  The exact spot in the road where you were driving the last time you heard a particular song.  The jingle of some dumb advertisement from twenty years ago.  Your old telephone number.  A street address for a house that doesn’t exist anymore  A random coworker you haven’t seen in years.  The party where some drunk kids tried to rape you.  That time you smothered an old woman to death.

Some of those things probably didn’t happen.  Especially not that last one.  But smothering an old woman to death is exactly what Ada JoAnn Taylor plead guilty to doing in 1989.  She and five others spent decades in prison only to be exonerated by DNA.  Only one of the six insisted that he wasn’t present for the rape and murder of Helen Wilson.

A combination of weak and abused “perpetrators,” police officers who weren’t bothered by conflicting accounts of the crime, and a psychologist encouraging the accused to remember what happened led to a terrible miscarriage of justice.

James Dean was arrested the next day. It was his twenty-fifth birthday, and he and a team of construction workers had just finished demolishing houses in Lincoln, fifty miles from Beatrice. He was booked into the Gage County jail. A guard wrote that he was “pacing, crying, talking to himself,” waving his arms and exclaiming, “I’ve been arrested on something I know nothing about.”

The sheriff’s staff called Price and asked him to come to the jail to help Dean calm down. In a long session with Price, seventeen days after his arrest, Dean began crying and said that, as a child, he had been beaten by his father and his brother-in-law. Price proposed to Dean that these childhood experiences had created a fear of violence, which caused him to repress his memories of the crime. Price relied on the theory that some events are so traumatic that they are retrieved only through flashbacks and dreams, a notion that became so fashionable in the nineteen-eighties and nineties that it led to one of the most shameful episodes in the history of psychotherapy: patients, eager to please their therapists, engaged in “memory work,” which produced claims of convoluted forms of abuse, like infant incest and satanic ritual rape—memories they later disavowed.

Although at first Dean denied that he was involved, Price wrote that by the end of the session Dean “was doubting the veracity of his own statements.”


Six days after Dean’s session with Price, he confessed to Searcey that he had been an accomplice to Wilson’s murder. “I feel that I remembered it in my sleep,” he said. “I had a memory loss, which just kind of just—I didn’t have no idea about none of this stuff.” He seemed fascinated by his new understanding of his own mental processes.


Joseph White was the only suspect who tried to prove that he was innocent. He requested DNA testing, but his motion was denied. At his trial, for rape and murder, the only evidence against him was his co-defendants’ confessions.

White years later would be able to get the DNA testing done which proved that someone else had committed the crime.

While this case is rather extreme in that even the allege perpetrators couldn’t remember properly, it serves as an important warning.  Eye witnesses can have critical effects on cases but it is clear that it is all too easy for their testimony to become corrupted or be utterly false simply because they remember something that didn’t happen.



The Death of Heather Heyer

Here’s how it’s described on Wikipedia:

After the aborted rally, at around 1:45 p.m., a man drove his car into a crowd of counterprotestors, hitting several and slamming into a stopped sedan, which hit a stopped minivan that was in front of it. The impact of the crash pushed the sedan and the minivan further into the crowd. One person was killed and 19 others were injured in what police have called a deliberate attack. The man then reversed the car through the crowd and fled the scene.

The ramming occurred at a pedestrian mall at Water and Fourth streets, about four blocks away from Emancipation Park. Heather D. Heyer, a 32-year-old paralegal from Charlottesville, was fatally injured in the attack and pronounced dead at the University of Virginia’s University Hospital. Video footage recorded at the scene showed a gray 2010 Dodge Challenger accelerating towards crowds on a pedestrian mall, hitting people and sending them airborne, then reversing at high speed, hitting more people.

Now watch this little clip.

You heard that right.  Heather Heyer died of a heart attack.  Heather Heyer, whom the media has told us again and again was killed after being run over by a white supramacist.  While that statement might be strickly true, generally people asume that when someone dies as a result of being struck by a car that the death is a direct consequence of injuries sustained due to being struck by a car.

I have heard that Heyer had a leg injury because of being hit by the car but have not as yet found a source for this.

Whether or not Fields rammed the crowd deliberately is for the courts to decide.  One thing is absolutely clear: it doesn’t matter if you’ve watched a dozen youtube videos showing the incident; you don’t have enough evidence to say one way or the other.  Especially when the media is twisting thing to make them sound different than they are.

It should be noted, however, that if Fields rammed the crowd deliberately, it may make no difference whether he were the direct cause of Heyers death or not–provided the act of ramming the crowd is a felony.  Virginia has the felony murder rule which means any death resulting from the comission of a felony would be the same as first degree murder.


I gotta say, this really sucks for the parents (or is is only the mother?).  I could be wrong, but they don’t look like internet savvy, rabid SJW types.  If they’re not, they were probably totally unprepared for how they were going to be treated.  The neo-Nazi LARP contingent attacks and trolls them while the news media parades them around and uses them for pawns.

Seth Rich and the 400 Pound Hacker part 2

Seth Rich’s family says Kim Dotcom tried to hack into slain DNC staffer’s email to plant fake evidence that he gave documents to Wikileaks

The alleged attempt came by way of a request sent to Rich’s gmail account from the email address welcome@mega.nz. Mega is the New Zealand-based cloud storage company that Dotcom used to work for and resigned from in 2013.

Rich’s father, who has been monitoring his email account since his death, believes the invitation was an attempt to hack into the account and the family has consulted specialists.

In a statement, they said; ‘We are outraged that certain individuals continue to try to use Seth’s name and memory to advance their political and ideological agendas.

‘We hope people will think twice the next time someone makes an outlandish claim to have discovered new evidence in this case.’

Kim Dotcom wasted no time in issuing a refutation and threatening to sue them for defamation:

5. I remain prepared to assist in the investigation, as I have said. While I want to show understanding to the family in this difficult time, I also maintain that what I have said is true and will be substantiated upon investigation. While that may be difficult for the family to accept, in time I expect it to play a valuable part in revealing the truth. However, that is a matter for the current investigation. I simply wish to make sure that the investigators have the benefit of my evidence.

6. I have said that I will share what I know, and why, with the relevant authorities if the appropriate arrangements can be made. That is what I understand from our communications the family also want. The family, once fully informed, can then make up their own mind, as will the investigation. However, that will not happen by ignoring the evidence of witnesses like me who are prepared to speak up, or by seeking to discredit such witnesses by pre-emptively attacking their credibility. I simply ask that the family listen, before attacking.
13. The suggestion that I am attempting to plant evidence into Mr Rich’s email account would appear to be an attempt to discredit any evidence I may give before I have a chance to give it. That those who seek to speak the truth are, as I have been, subjected to a smear campaign to try to discredit them indicates to me that the truth is known and not welcome.
21. I therefore request that, in the meantime, the family refrain from repeating the false statements described in this letter. I have not taken the step of commencing defamation proceedings in relation to the above statements although I would be entitled to do so in New Zealand. I reserve all of my rights and remedies in this regard. My preference is that the family and I move forward together. If, after learning what I have to say through the appropriate channels (as requested by the family), the family choose not to accept it, that is a matter for the family. I seek only to pass on what I know so that the truth can be fully and openly investigated and then reported on. Why that should cause me to be unduly attacked raises more questions than it answers. My view is that the truth is not something to be feared.

22. If, however, the statements are repeated, I will have no choice but to consider the formal legal options available to me. I hope this will not be necessary, hence this correspondence.

Making things a little more complicated, one has to wonder if it’s actually the family saying this stuff or their “spokesman.”  WND published claims by another third party who says that that family had been saying things to him contrary to what the spokesman is.


Giving in won’t save you

It sure looks like it’s done Hannity a lot of good to cave on the Seth Rich case:

Advertisers Bow to Activist Left, Begin Pulling Ads from Hannity

Companies including Cars.com, Peloton, and Leesa Sleep have all given in to pressure to cease advertising on the show over Hannity’s pursuit of now retracted claims made by Fox News that murdered DNC employee Seth Rich had contact with Wikileaks before his death.

On Tuesday evening, Hannity invited internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom onto his show to discuss his claim that Seth Rich had provided Wikileaks with internal Democratic party emails.

However, after Rich’s family sent a letter to Fox demanding that Hannity not host KimDotcom, the appearance was cancelled, with Hannity saying he made the decision “out of respect for the family’s wishes.”

“I totally and completely understand how upset and how hard this is on this family, especially over the recent coverage of Seth’s death,” he said. “I’ve been communicating with them. I got a very heartfelt note. I also sent them a heartfelt note back.”

“However, out of respect for the family’s wishes, for now, I am not discussing this matter at this time,” Hannity continued, although he later contended that he had “retracted nothing” and would continue to “try to get to the truth.”

In a series of tweets on Wednesday, Hannity accused figures including George Soros, David Brock of Media Matters, and failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton of “liberal fascism,” after his advertisers were reportedly “inundated with emails” from left-wing groups asking them to stop advertising on the show.

He shouldn’t have gone along with the family’s wishes.  Since when have families’ wishes been even slightly considered by the media?  But this looks like it was a good opportunity for another stab at Hannity.  Their sexual misconduct trick fell through.  He’ll be let go soon enough.  I wonder if Razorfist is right about why Fox is purging conservatives.

Seth Rich and the 400 Pound Hacker

Megaupload Founder Kim Dotcom Claims Seth Rich Was DNC Leaker, Offers to Work with Special Counsel Mueller

Dotcom claims in the statement that his conversations with Seth Rich are what led to his comment in 2015 that Julian Assange would be “Hillary’s worst nightmare in 2016.” He added in the same interview, “I’m aware of some of the things that are going to be roadblocks for her.”

As part of the statement, Dotcom explains that he believes he should make a complete statement to U.S. authorities on his connections with Rich. He said his lawyers will work with the American government on creating a plan to do so, specifically naming former FBI director Robert Mueller, who has been named special counsel by the Justice Department to head the investigation into supposed connections between Russia and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Dotcom is currently targeted for extradition to the United States to face criminal charges related to his file-sharing website Megaupload, which authorities shut down in 2012.

I wonder how long it’ll take to find out if Dotcom is full of it or not. He’s been full of it before.  I ain’t holding my breath, but on the other hand, Dotcom did predict in May of 2015 that Julian Assange will be Hilary Clinton’s worst nightmare in 2016.  Maybe he already knew about the leaks to come.

Meanwhile, Fox News removed their Seth Rich story.

The trolls are out like mad.  Hannity is claiming that Mediamatters is trying to silence him and from the number of comments on his twitter demanding he be fire, I’m inclined to believe him.  We’ll see if he actually has anything to say on the matter like he’s claiming.


Forget about Seth Rich; nothing to see here!

Oh!  The Daily Mail says it was nothing!  We should just go back to claiming Trump’s DC is a “scandal fest” and not worry about any unsolved murders which are totally NOT tied to Wikileaks.

According to the Daily Mail:

  1. The family is threatening to sue the PI for blabbing
  2. The PI recanted his story about Wikileaks
  3. Julian Assange said Rich wasn’t the leak
  4. The timeline of the murder “cut against” any conspiracy theories
  5. Russia did it

Wait, what?

However GOP lobbyist and DC lawyer Jack Burkman formally appealed to Congress to investigate the death after claiming he had evidence that Russia may be behind Rich’s murder.

‘Nothing was taken from Seth – not his wallet, gold chain, credit cards or a sizeable amount of cash,’ He told DailyMail.com in February. ‘So you know there’s no robbery gone awry.’

He said he was contacted by a man in his 60s, claiming to be a former US intelligence officer, who claimed ‘it [the murder] was arranged by the Russian government at a very high level’.

Burkman went on to say: ‘He just said he had knowledge it was arranged by the Russian government and stressed that it was at a high level.

‘I’ve met this person and he seems very credible. We’re now investigating the allegations he has made.’

You have got to be f’ing kidding me.  Why would high level Russian government officials want to kill a nobody staffer for the DNC? As for the other points:

  1. The family “spokesman” is a PR guy who works for the DNC.  Why is he acting in such a capacity?
  2. Strange that I didn’t see any headlines on DM when the recanting happened.  You’d think they’d like to rub that in.
  3. Can’t find where Julian supposedly “clarified” that Rich wasn’t the source
  4. The timeline is: he got drunk, left the bar, was shot, oh and we can’t actually account for all the time after he left the bar.  That sure is airtight, clears everything up.

Now, let’s say that PI was wrong, let’s say that Assange did come out and say “it’s not Seth Rich.”  Why is it that when ever his name gets brought up, the paid trolls and shills come out of the woodwork and start spewing everywhere?  Any pro-Rich conspiracy posts instantly get brigaded.  What is about Seth Rich that makes someone out there want no one to talk about him?

His name was Seth Rich and there will be justice.