Retired Palm Beach PD Chief Michael Reiter wrote an opinion piece in the Palm Beach Daily News last week in the wake of the conviction of Ghislaine Maxwell in New York after Florida utterly failed to have the courage to bring Jeffrey Epstein and Maxwell to justice 15 years ago. It is a concise statement of how evil it is when prosecutors and other agencies bend to the power and influence of someone like these two monsters. It also is yet another reminder of how in the OCCK case, prosecutors and police did the same damn thing, only worse.
Reitner quotes an Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals opinion concerning the rights of Epstein’s victims: “The facts underlying this case, as we understand them, are beyond scandalous–they tell a tale of national disgrace.” The facts underlying the murders of Mark, Jill, Kristine and Tim and the facts underlying the investigation by Oakland County and the Michigan State Police are worse. The “forewarning” to prosecutors on how they can be influenced to fail in their duties to both victims and the public happened the last week of January, 1977, in Flint, Michigan and underscored when my brother was abducted a few short weeks later on March 16, 1977. Underlings who also ignored their oath and moral compass and those not in a position to question authority became the prosecutor’s proxies then and now. This playbook goes way, way back.
National disgrace doesn’t begin to touch the OCCK case. And decades later to keep the lid on, when all else fails, gaslight the victims’ families and treat them like suspects. You wonder in Michigan why you have such a public corruption problem? It is so deeply ingrained and the courage to address it so lacking, that it might just be a terminal national disgrace on many levels. Just a few more people need to die and take secrets to the grave in the OCCK case. That’s all it will take; that was the plan and for a few of these dirty bastards, it has worked out well. Authorities will keep digging for the remains of Jimmy Hoffa, but not for answers in the abduction, torture, rape and murder of four children who were held captive for days before being snuffed out. And god forbid anyone look closely at the corruption involved in this investigation. Pay no attention to the man (men) behind the curtain.
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The Epstien/Maxwell sex ring is a whose who, of rich and influential people. The fact that Alex Acosta, the federal prosecutor, that cut Epstien a sweetheart deal in his Florida case ended up being Trumps Labor Secretary. Trump is a known associate of Epstien and Maxwell. Prince Andrew is still in hiding, and won’t cooperate with the sex investigation, regarding Epstien’s sex island. Bill Clinton is on numerous flight logs as a passenger on Epstien’s private jet. Epstien was “allegedly” suicided, as two jail guards took a nap. These cases show that power and wealth can buy your way out of jail. The OCCK case could’ve, and should’ve been solved many years ago, but, Brooke’s, Cooper, and their subordinates hid, and lied regarding information to the families and public.
Careers ahead of victims. Success on the backs of dead kids. They know it and live with themselves. And so do those close to them.
I keep thinking of these lyrics from the musical ‘Hadestown.’ I truly believe it’s not for the few with power and privilege, to tell the many what is true. I know it’s easy for me to say, Cathy—I haven’t lived and struggled and fought for decades with the lies and indifference as you have. But I’m with you all the way!
Cause the ones who tell the lies
Are the solemnest to swear
And the ones who load the dice
Always say the toss is fair
And the ones who deal the cards
Are the ones who take the tricks
With their hands over their hearts
While we play the game they fix
And the ones who speak the words
Always say it is the last
And no answer will be heard
To the question no one asks
So I’m askin’ if it’s true
I’m askin’ me and you
I believe our answer matters more than anything they say
I believe if there is still a will then there is still a
I believe there is a way
I believe in us together
More than anyone alone
I believe that with each other, we are stronger than we know
I believe that we are many
I believe that they are few
And it isn’t for the few
To tell the many what is true
Thank you very much, Mary and thank you for your kind Christmas wishes. Happy New Year and here’s to fewer trolls, more answers and less darkness.
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