Though I was late to the scene, I’m quick to make up for lost time – and all I can say at this point is that it is good news even when it is bad regarding the national coverage of Kendrick Johnson. Awful to discover his organs were missing, replaced with newspaper – which the Florida pathologist discovered when he performed the second independent autopsy after the Johnson family’s attorney, Albany, Georgia-native Chevene “C.B.” King, obtained from a superior court judge permission to exhume the body on June 14, 2013.
Beau Webster, the former police officer and private investigator hired by the Johnsons and Mr. King months ago, has been interviewed exclusively by EBONY, which has also been featuring true-crime writer Fred Rosen’s multi-part breakdown of the KJ case most recently. The information coming from Rosen is voluminous, names names – including the kid KJ fought on the school bus with who was suspended from football, along with another student whose girlfriend allegedly had feelings for Kendrick.
Webster, who asked to meet with me over the summer for reasons I’m still unclear on, admits now that he has been focusing on five suspects since early June, prior to the body’s exhuming and second autopsy – a fact he denied so vigorously to me, I still have to scratch my head and wonder.
Webster sincerely seemed to be emotionally invested in the investigation, due to his growing closeness to the Johnson family – and unless that, too, was a charade, I’m pleased he’s on the case and willing to “name names” as the Ebony interview espoused.
He did not, however, “name names” in the Ebony interview dated October 14, 2013, but Ebony says he is ready to – and even visited Macon, Georgia-based US Attorney Michael Moore. Moore said he’d not received his files, Ebony reported – which I don’t quite understand. Did Moore receive the request from Johnsons/King to open a federal investigation months ago? Did Webster send his information from personal investigation along with that request months ago? Does that mean Moore is just now getting the request to level federal scrutiny on Kendrick Johnson’s suspected murder?
If Webster met with Moore recently and Moore has not previously heard of the requests for a federal investigation – what does that mean? This needs to be clarified.
Jordan Conn, who wrote a follow-up piece for Grantland/ESPN, suggests naming names is about to be all the rage in this case. I’m ready, and I think everyone else is.
My question for those out there looking in – if this happened to someone you knew in your town/city/school, and you knew who did it, would you be out with it or keep your mouth shut? And if so, why/why not?
The hush-hush approach to naming names in this small town is maddening. Someone knows whose Facebook pages were deleted after posting off-color “goon” comments regarding “bodies showing up” following Kendrick’s death. Someone also knows which students were transferred out of Lowndes High after January 11.
What onlookers don’t truly “get” about this case is the close associations of the entities which would have to be in collusion to pull off this level of cover-up of “5 suspects” (according to Webster’s count in the 10-14 Ebony interview). First, you have the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office, with Sheriff Prine on the serious hot-seat and seemingly not-giving-a-damn all the live-long day if you take into account his disposition in the CNN on-cam interview which he oddly-enough allowed to even happen (just to rudely dismiss CNN’s Victor Blackwell and his attending crew like they were street rabble as soon as they asked him a topical question).
Second, the Valdosta Lowndes Regional Crime Lab, which boasted of its “state-of-the-art” features at the time of its opening, is comprised of both LCSO personnel and Valdosta Police Department members. The lab is located on Ashley Street, Valdosta’s main drag, in a red-brick building with a huge thumbprint affixed on the front.
Third, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), is in as deep as they can possibly get, no matter how much they try denying what our eyes plainly see. According to James Thornton’s criminalist report of the Lowndes High School gym/death scene, when he arrived there were a dozen or so members of the sheriff’s office, crime lab and GBI (from the Thomasville Region 9 office about 45 minutes from Valdosta). This alone tells anyone paying attention plenty if they do the proper math.
I’ve been lathered up about this ever since I got wind of it – and how could I not be if I’m any kind of halfway humane individual. Who can sit back and say this kind of behavior is okay in a community this small and by it’s own estimation a good Christian stronghold of the holy Biblebelt (amen, thank you, Jesus). Something is so very rotten in this un-Denmark rotgut underbelly of the Deep South – but that is not anything new, if you know anything about this area.
And I love the South, love Georgia, even love the awful bastards who scream “crooked” carrying badges and campaigning for any number of positions. God knows my little hometown has loved our good-ole-boy sheriffs through the generations who have “fixed” a ticket or two here or there, or let us out of jury duty, or let us go when we drank too many teaglasses full of Jim Beam and hunch punch and drove into the fire department roll doors….
I could go on, and on, and on, and on and on…I do not recall anyone asking to look the other way when they beat the life out of a high school student so they could roll him up in a gym mat and then brag about it on Facebook and expect everybody to cover for them, though, among other things. But that’s just me. There are lots of things I won’t do, therefore won’t have to ask such questions.
Fathers and mothers will do anything to protect their children, everybody knows that. And that clearly figures in to this alleged cover-up, if we are to reasonably deduce that fellow students had something to do with a death which occured on school grounds in the middle of the day, broad daylight, etc.
After the GBI – the Lowndes County School District.
Then South Georgia Medical Center for firing the paramedics who came out with what they’d written on the report – calling it a crime scene. Nick Tomlinson’s dismissal from SGMC after years of apparently upstanding employment as an EMT is suspicious, indeed.
And now we’ve got to point a finger at Harrington Funeral Home, even though they’re denying having anything to do with the missing organs or the newspaper used to replace them…
Off the cuff I’m firing this one off. Have my hide or not, this hush-fest is tedious. People can read, they can connect the dots, and it’s getting such national attention now I think it’s safe to be frank and direct for a change.
I would usually never put anything like this up unless I’d also adhered all the back-up links to back up everything I’ve written but it is nearly 3 a.m. and I’m exhausted enough to trust people to think for themselves.