On Tuesday, as San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson announced two arrests in the 1996 murder of college student Kristin Smart. Longtime suspect Paul Flores, a fellow student at Polytechnic State University, was charged with killing Kristin Smart as he attempted to rape her in his dorm room. His father, Ruben Flores, 80, was charged as an accessory after authorities said he helped hide the body, which has never been located.
At a press conference, the sheriff credited podcaster Chris Lambert with helping draw worldwide attention to the case and bringing forward several key witnesses, thus propelling the case forward. There is an example of law enforcement keeping an open mind instead of shutting doors. How is it that every single tip turned into the Michigan State Police is always “low priority”? And don’t get me started on the Oakland County prosecutors office or the Oakland County sheriff or the FBI in this case. Hands off, not my problem, too busy, too hard, too corrupt. The mantra is “The case will never be solved.” Think about why that might be the case. There are plenty of suspects, many of them longtime suspects, just like Paul Flores was in this case. It took a podcaster to move the ball to expose Kristen Smart’s killer and his criminal father. But the SLO sheriff ran with it.
Speaking of podcasts, there is a new podcast about the OCCK:
There have been numerous podcasts, newspaper and magazine articles, books and a documentary about the OCCK case. Still the state police, the OC sheriff and the OC prosecutors down the line have kept a lid on this case. These gas-lighters will not be moved by any podcast. What good is it if the very few people who have a conscience come forward when there is really no one to come forward to? They tell their story and then get blown off. However, I guess it does help to bring national and international exposure to the OCCK case. Exposure of the environment in and around Oakland County which allowed these crimes to occur and to remain unsolved. Exposure of parallel child sex and porn rings flourishing in that county in the 1970s and 1980s. Exposure of the roadblocks preventing the closing of these cases or even a hint at the mis and malfeasance that occurred here. Not only did very bad things happen in Oakland County, they were covered up or ignored. This means no positive change, no “never again,” no making sure child victims didn’t die in Oakland County in vain.
Still think that you can figure out who is a pedophile or that surely you wouldn’t find one in a place like your safe town or suburb? Think again.
https://www.sonomawest.com/sonoma_west_times_and_news/news/past-sebastopol-mayor-held-on-11-child-sexual-assault-felony-charges/article_d57e7cbe-9d72-11eb-9311-4393b43d58bc.html. (Thanks to a reader.)
Finally, if you were one of the many victims of former UCLA gynecologist Dr. James Heaps, and those who enabled him, you have until May 6, 2021 to opt out of the class action lawsuit being brought against him and UCLA. Opting out will allow the filing of an individual lawsuit in state court against these defendants, thereby avoiding the cap on the amount of compensation for class participants. The class action format benefits Heaps and UCLA. Consult an attorney ASAP.
Here is an awesome “short,” DO NO HARM, which addresses the power of sending a message, getting monsters off the street and forcing change where those in power want to look the other way:
“We have the truth.” That’s something some players in the OCCK case want to make sure no one ever sees.