The Honeymoon Murder

BBC - The Honeymoon Murder

BBC – The Honeymoon Murder

I love South Africa, having gone there for holiday in 2008, but one thing I don’t love about it, is the crime rate.  Said to have more crimes committed than Baghdad, it is sad to note that stories like this are not uncommon in South Africa.

The story begins by painting the husband, Shrien Dewani as a shady character.  You know the type, constantly stepping out to make “business calls,” having secret negotiations with people, makes inappropriate hand gestures.  And what the parents have to say about it is very concerning to say the least.  What rubs me to wrong way are the texts she starts sending out before her murder.  I don’t know, but if I were just wed I wouldn’t be sending out texts wishing it never happened….call me crazy.

Still, could it have just been a few men taking advantage of a situation?  Could Shrien Dewani be innocent and these stories against him have been fabricated by the shooters for a lesser sentence?  Which brings up an excellent question.  Why in the world do we continue to work with criminals, usually offering a sentence that is considered a walk in the park?  Have they forgotten that these men are criminals, you know, lying, stealing, cheating, oh did I forget to mention LYING.  Sigh, and that’s where the testimonies fall apart.  The many false claims that were made that did not match the footage from cameras.  So after finding that the testimonies were false, why not remove the plea bargain of a lesser sentence?

Tragically, we are no closer to the truth.  The case is still open and South Africa would like Shrien Dewani to be extradited to stand trial, but currently Dewani’s lawyers are fighting to appeal on the grounds that he is suffering from severe post-traumatic stress and depression.

Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father

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Kurt Kuenne’s tribute to his dear friend, Andrew Bagby is one of the most raw, emotional, powerful documentaries I have seen in a long time.   It is such a good documentary that I will never see again.  Even today, almost a year after I saw it, I remember this story.  A story told by the many who had come to know Andrew Bagby and who had shaped him to be there person they so much loved.  If you ever wonder, can one life really make a difference, then let me tell you, after you watch this, you’ll never wonder that again.

The emotional roller coaster I felt watching this was like no other.  The documentary had me teary eyed in less then a minute.  Frustrated a bit later and then just when I thought any moment now, the clouds would diminish and the sun would come shining through I was thrown a twist in the plot that sent electrical currents of confusion and then anger to all my extremities.  Don’t worry if you find yourself screaming at your screen trying to piece together things that could have been or should have been.  For this documentary, actions of screaming at screens, punching pillows, or cussing at nobody are completely valid.

Still having said all that, I would highly recommend everyone (adults) to watch this documentary.  A two box of tissues documentary if there ever was one. Kuenne does a wonderful job bringing together the memories he had of his dear friend.  It’s unlike many documentaries out there, and it brings to light the lack of regulation on extradition laws in Canada and how custody laws are not always right.  Intense and well made, this is one documentary that is a must see and possibly one of the best in its genre.

A Death in St. Augustine

“The women’s testimony was considered so important, FDLE asked the Secret Service to give them lie-detector tests.  Both passed.” – Frontline Narrator

A Death in St. Augustine is a great crime documentary that tries to uncover some questions regarding the death of Michelle O’Connell and whether her boyfriend, Deputy Jeremy Banks,  had any involvement in it.  Watching you can see that Frontline does its best in trying to piece together some holes in the case and you”ll notice that alot of things just don’t seem to add up.  And boy the twist plot at the end… you would have thought it came straight out of a Hollywood script.

Here’s my take on it.  I am absolutely appalled at by the hazardous investigation this sorry bunch of uniformed individuals (I reserve the word officers for those who deserve it) had orchestrated.  This investigation was handled so poorly, you’d think it was the OJ trials all over again.  Just listen to the 911 call and the strange change in tone, changed from hysterical-distraught, to emotionally sober, angry, and finally demanding.  Now maybe that doesn’t make you suspicious but wait for it.  When FDLE local prosecutor, R.J Larizza asks to be recused, after telling the family he would like to investigate further…. well if that just doesn’t burn your biscuits, I don’t know what will.

Now the biggest thing I take from this is that domestic abuse still happens, and the unfortunate thing is that it usually ends terribly.  What pains me is that Miss O’Connell really had no where to turn.  The interview with Ms. Dottie Davis does indeed paint a chilling outlook on the fears Miss O’Connel may have had.

“In my 32 years in law enforcement, I can probably count on these fingers the number of agencies that have actually held officers accountable and terminated their employment.  It is very rare that you see an officer even prosecuted because most prosecutors don’t want to file criminal charges against an officer because they need them for their cases…And in today’s technology, a victim calls 911, well, guess what?  Their statement’s right on the screen for every fellow officer and every friend of that officer to read, and to make a call and let him know what she just told the dispatcher and that people are responding.”

How effectively does law enforcement investigate cases involving its own officers?  By all accounts it is very evident that the Sheriff has a powerful influence in the community, but what happens when its corrupt? Where does one turn?

“I’ve never stood up in the past and claimed to be right 100 percent of the time.  In fact, I’m right maybe 60 percent, if I’m lucky.  But on this issue, I’m right.  And by me standing up here and having this conversation with you, I’m doing what I can to take care of him.  And I’m going to ask that Jeremy and Scott stand up.  Would you two stand up?  Let’s give these two guys a hand.” Sheriff David Shoar (aka imbecile)