RSchultz, I honestly don't think that makes a lot of sense. The police didn't appear to be out to get Matt from the beginning. It wasn't like Matt was badgered by the police and had to get lawyers to get them off his back. Let's say for the sake of argument he did feel badgered by the police and wanted to prevent false accusations, why then did the lawyers badmouth Gail in the press? It didn't help them at all, it just made them all look bad and more suspicious than they already were.
The problem, Eric, is not that Matt lawyered up after he was accused by many people. He lawyered up before he was accused at all -- and he was never accused by police. Plus his girlfriend and mother both lawyered up, too. They prevented police from searching the homes for months, and they took computers out of the homes before police could see them. These lawyers went to the media to say Gail was mentally ill, and Matt and the lawyers filed paperwork with the court to specifically imply she was heavily medicated and a danger to herself and others.
Much of the problem with this case has been the way Matt and his criminal defense attorneys acted. If the lawyers and police both knew all along that Gail's cell phone and GPS showed a 500 foot drop toward sea level at 12:25 PM on April 30th, WHY did they go to all that trouble to make Gail look bad? WHY didn't they help try to find Gail? It would have been so much easier to release the info and state they think an accident had occurred... but they didn't do that, and I would really like to know why.
Yes, that's right rolando, it's a conspiracy of justice-minded women trying to prove that women are more competent than men at everything.
Seriously: Beth, if you wouldn't write "all-male" then don't write "all-female." It sounds ridiculous and old fashioned.
It's not so odd for people to think it's strange when a large red Jeep going off the road right in front of a residential section on a busy, sunny Saturday afternoon isn't noticed. She went missing after multiple 911 calls, after her husband and his girlfriend skipped out on a conference to go who-knows-where and buy the girlfriend a new car, after he left threatening messages on her sister's answering machine. He never searched for her, he immediately said she ran off and abandoned the kids and was planning on taking them out of the country. Matt and his mom and his girlfriend lawyered up with criminal defense attorneys immediately, and his friends were seen all over online forums saying Gail had stolen hundreds of thousands of dollars and ran off.
If Matt was suspected of something, it's almost entirely his own doing by his own actions. No apologies to that man are necessary.
I'm saying it looks like foul play because of the body, but also because it seems unlikely that the Jeep hit a rock and plunged off a cliff in the middle of a weekend afternoon without anyone noticing. Even if no one heard or saw, surely skid marks plus the missing rock would alert someone to a problem. Surely pieces of the Jeep were left behind once it hit that rock.
Best case scenario here is that she had an accident and no one in that area who saw the missing rock, tire skid marks, or pieces of a vehicle on the side of the road said anything about it even though Gail's story was in the local news for weeks and weeks. That's a pretty awful best case scenario.
Dub, they didn't know there was no body at first -- the comments you're reading are from before the police released that info.
I am so glad they found the Jeep, let's hope that the evidence is handled properly. No Gail in the Jeep sure points to foul play, in my opinion.
Rolando is simply a troll who posts ridiculous things on a variety of news stories to upset people. He used to try to come up with quote-unquote legitimate arguments for why he felt Gail Palmgren ran away, but now as you can see, he just makes stuff up.
McRand, I've always wished I had the kind of life where I could get righteously indignant about such silly, mundane things. I can't imagine the kind of privilege and soft life you must have lived to think a hypothetical bend in your windshield wiper -- something that DIDN'T EVEN HAPPEN TO YOU -- is so important that you must publicly insult people who are trying to find a woman who has disappeared without a trace. I genuinely hope for your sake that you are a troll, too.
Ronaldo, you spend a lot of time trolling a lot of threads on TFP, and your tendency to Godwin comments by inserting random, inappropriate Nazi reference always amuses me.
Yes, there are some like you who think lack of evidence means she's off with a new name, new social security number, and a new life after having abandoned her entire family, her children, and hundreds of thousands of dollars in retirement accounts. That makes sense to people like you.
What is clear Rolando is that you don't really know anything about missing persons investigations. This is a situation where a woman whose husband said she had "psychiatric issues" disappeared. His friends were quoted as saying Gail had a "psychotic breakdown" just before her disappearance. For public safety and welfare, law enforcement is morally and legally obligated to try to find her, because she is a potential harm to self and others. That means they should investigate, and part of that investigation means checking the home. You know, for psychotropic medications, online activity, missing articles to show she ran off, emails, phone calls, letters, something. The police did none of these things. They did not even try to go in front of a judge to get a warrant.
This is sadly not a "high-visibility case." It gets medium coverage on a local level with lengthy periods of no coverage at all.
Your comments on this case are routinely ill-informed and ridiculous.
He cannot legally sell the home, so just what is he planning here?