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    Revolving Doors

    In a case of what goes around, comes around, I wrote a post about James Thompson and Walmart last year, on October 8. Titled Does Not Compute, it focused on his description of running into Casey and Caylee at the Casselberry Walmart store on June 16, 2008, while on his lunch break. Normally, I would jump at the chance to find evidence proving that Caylee did not die sometime during the night of June 15, which has been the theory of many, but my goal was to just validate some things he claimed in his police report.

    In my post from last year, I wrote this about Casey and Caylee:

    If you recall, Thompson wrote in his statement to the Maitland Police Department that the two of them came into TechBay, his computer store, around June 9 of last year. He also wrote that he ran into them at the Casselberry Walmart store on June 16, the day after Father’s Day. This was the last day Caylee was seen alive according to law enforcement and state prosecutors. How fascinating, I thought. I live in Casselberry and shop at that particular Walmart. Not only that, but his computer store is in Maitland, right down the street from me on US 17-92. This was well worth looking into.



    One thing immediately puzzled me. In his report, Thompson wrote that Casey was exiting Walmart around lunchtime, with Caylee lagging behind, while he was entering; yet Casey’s cell phone was nowhere near there at that time according to pings. She was at her parents’ house or very, very close by. Something was not computing in my head. The Casselberry store is 15 miles away,¹ while the closest one is less than half that distance from her house.² Both are on Semoran Blvd. Why would anyone go out of their way at lunchtime, especially when cell phone pings prove otherwise? Initially, I thought that, perhaps, her battery was dead, there were none available at the nearer Walmart, and an employee sent her up to the other store. But then, I went back and scrutinized her cell phone records and concluded that she chattered throughout the day except for about an hour, and it wasn’t until after 4:00 pm that she began driving north from Hopespring Drive.

    So far, his story could be questionable because cell phone pings absolutely proved otherwise. There was no way Casey was in that vicinity at lunchtime, but lunchtime can be vague. In his police report, he wrote:

    “Casey Anthony was coming out one of the interior Walmart doors as I was coming in. I recognized her immediately from the week before because she was the pretty girl who came into my store… At first I didn’t see Caley [sic] with Casey. I was going to ask Casey if she bought a monitor yet, but then I saw Caley in the background walking by herself about 10 feet behind Casey and having to open the big Walmart door by herself. The little girl looked angry and had a determined ‘I can take care of myself’ look on her face. I specifically remember feeling sorry for the little girl having to open the door by herself and wondered why her mom wasn’t helping her…”

    Remember now, this is copied verbatim from James Thompson’s sworn police statement. I continued on my October post, after I had the opportunity to speak to him:

    I asked him if he was sure he saw them on June 16. He was absolutely positive. I mentioned that on his written statement to police, he stated he saw Casey and Caylee at lunchtime, but on his interview with Bob Kealing on WESH, he said it was around 4:00 pm. That’s a big difference. He shot right back, though. He said when you own a store, lunchtime could be 4 o’clock. OK, I guess, maybe, in a stretch, but what about the doors that open outward? I told him I was over there last week shooting video and those doors slide sideways. He said this happened a year and a half ago. Actually, it was a year and four months ago, but I didn’t correct him. I asked him if the doors had been changed since then. He said, yes, there was a lawsuit over the old doors.

    True, there was a lawsuit, but it wasn’t at that store. It took place years ago and it’s one of the reasons why Walmart changed their doors everywhere. To make a long story short, I proved that Walmart had sliding doors in place before June of 2008 from solid research on my part, and backed that up after one of my commenters supplied a link to a video of a gentleman walking to that precise store. No internal doors, either, and it seemed to have debunked his story. No cell phone pings registered near that store until 6:32 PM on the 16th, well after lunch, whether it was a noon lunchtime or 2:00 PM or 4:00 PM, which was conveniently changed in his rebuttal comments as I produced more information.

    On October 10, James Thompson filed a lengthy comment on my blog. It was a privilege to publish his response and I must give him credit for that. He wrote, “Remember, I was an Officer in the Military and completed over 185 JAG investigations myself so I have an excellent memory and attention to detail better than most. My vision is 20/20 or better and I am smart so I know what I saw no doubt,” only there were too many discrepancies. You really should go read his response, but one thing he made very clear was that, “I only shop at the Casselberry Walmart so it couldn’t have been anywhere else.”

    This leads me to a piece of evidence that was released in the latest discovery, and it’s rather intriguing. Someone I know felt it was important enough to e-mail me news that Casey did, in fact, write a check at Walmart on June 16, 2008. HUH?! You bet that’s important, and sure enough, I saw it for myself, but unfortunately, there’s no time stamp. All we get to see is Cindy’s bank statement showing that a check was written at store number 3782. In early June, one was also written at store number 1084.

    Here’s the problem with store number 3782. It’s not the Casselberry store where James Thompson insisted he saw her. That’s store number 943 and it’s much farther north. Store number 3782 is located on Goldenrod Road, near Lee Vista Blvd., and very close to the Anthony home, where Casey’s cell phone WAS pinging until late in the afternoon. Based on my research, Casey could have easily “killed” time there while allegedly waiting for her father to leave the house. I have no proof of anything else other than cell phone pings. Of course, there is one other possibility - that it was Cindy who wrote the check.

    My job is to bring you the truth, however it turns out. I have every right to investigate and question anyone I please in this case. I would never accuse James Thompson of lying because I didn’t get the impression he was. Instead, I feel he may have gotten his facts confused, and I pretty much settled it. To his credit, James wants justice for Caylee as much as any of us, but I would much rather the state have a credible witness on their side; one that the defense couldn’t rip to shreds over inconsistencies. If Caylee was seen alive at 4:00 PM or later on the afternoon of June 16, the state’s case will be on shaky ground. That means she was alive and alert, and she would have to have been killed around dinner time and in a very populated area. Rush hour. It would also prove that cell towers are liars.

    I urge you to read the two posts about James Thompson. I would strongly recommend that you read the comments, too. Below are two videos; one I shot of the store and the other one an unsuspecting young man’s video that proves no interior doors existed when Thompson claims they were there. No doors to push, either. Below those two are parts 1 & 2 of the drive time from Sutton Place, where Anthony Lazzaro lived, and the Casselberry store.

    One final thought… In the latest dump, you see a lot of checks written to Target. Someone asked me why Target would cash checks like that. I called the Casselberry store because, like the Casselberry Walmart, that’s the Target where I shop. I told the nice person on the other end why I wanted to know and she promptly asked for my autograph. Just kidding. She told me it’s company policy to not ask for IDs unless the individual clerk finds a reason to. As long as the check is clean and it clears, the store accepts it without asking for identification.

    The following video was shot in January 2008:

    Two more to watch:

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    Reader Comments (63)

    Very interesting. I have been very busy so I have yet to read all the documents. I appreciate you keeping me informed. I will go read the older post you did. What is your take on the inmate from Michigan?

    November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTony

    Thank you, Tony. This should shut the door on the issue over the Walmart siting. I haven't had a chance to talk to anyone about the Michigan dude, so I will refrain from saying anything about it right now.

    November 4, 2010 | Registered CommenterDave Knechel

    I would tend to believe the cell phone pings over someone's memory. It seems like he has changed parts of his story as time has gone on. He may very well believe what he thinks is true, but that doesn't make it so. I think in this day and age that it is a bad policy for Target to not get any identification for checks. I would bet that they get checks that have been stolen or as in Casey's case, she took them from her mother. I know where I live, Target stores ask for identification. Thanks for all your investigative work for this post, Dave. It looks like you did your home work. It is another great piece of work. It is appreciated!

    November 4, 2010 | Registered CommenterMary Jo

    Is this the same guy that said Casey got pissed because he gave Caylee a lolipop? Great Post Dave....

    November 4, 2010 | Registered Commenterecossie possie

    Hi Dave - Really good post! I can see where James' story would be punched full of holes by the prosectution, but used to instill reasonable doubt by the defense. I have thought about him from time to time and wondered if he was going to "disappear" as quickly as he appeared - months after Caylee's body was found. Thanks!

    November 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenternymima

    Ecossie~~LOL No, it wasn't a lollipop. It was some stuffed toy...ha ha ha Now I am off to reread those comments he made way back when.. I shall return.. oh lucky you!

    November 4, 2010 | Registered CommenterSnoopySleuth

    Hi, Mary Jo - I would believe pings over someone's memory, too. That, and the fact that his story did change as commenters challenged him on what he was saying. I only called my Target store, but I guess the policy may change from store to store or, like the woman told me, it's not policy to check, but it is at each clerk's discretion.

    Thank you, once again, for the kind words. You are appreciated too, you know.

    November 4, 2010 | Registered CommenterDave Knechel

    Thanks, ecossie possie. Snoopy is right, it was a Beanie Baby.

    November 4, 2010 | Registered CommenterDave Knechel

    Hi, nymima - Thank you very much. You know, he's listed as a witness for the state, not the defense, so if the state chooses to put him on the stand, it may backfire. The defense is what would try to instill reasonable doubt by punching holes in his story, not the other way around, but you're right, he does seem better suited for the defense. It would show Caylee was alive until 4 pm +, but it would still prove Casey lied about dropping Caylee off early in the day, which didn't happen, either.

    November 4, 2010 | Registered CommenterDave Knechel

    Well, it won't prove anything except that Caylee was murdered after 4pm on the 16th of June. Remember, there's the store video of Casey and Tony without Caylee that night. There's no accounting of where Caylee was at that time. Sometimes, I wonder if Caylee was in the trunk of Casey's car with her mouth triple taped to be assured that Tony would not hear her crying.

    Just reread your comment, Dave, and you made a good point-it would prove that Caylee was not dropped off at Sawgrass Apts.

    November 4, 2010 | Registered CommenterSherry

    Yes, Sherry, there is that video, so that would mean it had to happen between 4 and 8 and in a heavily congested area. Casey didn't actually leave from the area of her house until after 4, making it impossible to be at that Walmart store at the same time. I'll stick with the cell phone pings. They also prove Casey never went to Sawgrass that day.

    November 4, 2010 | Registered CommenterDave Knechel

    Dave, I am so glad you brought this up again, there has always been parts I could not put in good perspective when it was first discussed on your blog. Is Mr Thompson still at his computer store and have you had any personal contact with him since he first communicated with you. When we are out and about will our cell phones leave those pings if it is not turned on, and/or as you mentioned battery is dead.

    November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNew Puppy

    If the state uses him as a witness, perhaps it will be to show how disconnected Casey was from her daughter - both in his computer store and again at Wal-Mart. The defense could poke holes in his credibility though because parts of his story don't hold water as pointed out in your post. It will be interesting to see the prosecution's version of the timeline when this case goes to trial.

    November 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenternymima

    Hello, New Puppy! James Thompson still has his TechBay computer store and I have not had any reason to contact him since I originally wrote the posts last October. That, of course, includes his own comments on the blog.

    As far as I know, your cell phone will not ping if it is turned off or it runs out of power. Many new phones have a GPS function built in and I'm not sure if they work when turned off or not, but I would guess they still have to be powered to emit a signal.

    The only time a person has to worry about someone tracing them is when law enforcement asks for and receives a court order, like in Casey's case. Otherwise, the coordinates just sit around harmlessly. On January 12th 2007 President Bush signed H.R. 4709, The Telephone Records and Privacy Protection Act of 2006 making it illegal to sell, transfer, or possess confidential phone records, which includes information relating to the the quantity, technical configuration, type, destination, location, or amount of use of a service offered by a phone company. That means your records are safe until the law comes after you, which is not going to happen.

    November 4, 2010 | Registered CommenterDave Knechel

    It will be very interesting to learn what the state's version of the timeline is. Yes, nymima. I know the state will list lots more witnesses than they intend to use. One of the reasons is to push the defense into spending more money to depose all those people. Now, Casey is indigent, but she wasn't when the list was released.

    November 4, 2010 | Registered CommenterDave Knechel

    Dave~~It doesn't look like James Thompson will play any part in Casey's trial. I am sure we would have heard if the state attorney planned on James taking a deposition. Deadlines for the deps are fast approaching and we can ninety-nine percent cast Thompson aside and put him in file 13. Other than the written statement he gave to the Maitland LE, I do not recall seeing any transcript of an interview with OCSD.
    James' recollection of events were just too flimsy too carry any weight. He has nothing to substantiate Casey having been into his shop with Caylee.

    My opinion is: Business was slow and he knew of a way to do a bit of advertising . If he wanted to make a serious, more truthful statement, he would not have mentioned Casey's cleavage. He also would not go on a blog to try and make himself more believable. IMO, the only place James Thompson saw Casey and Caylee Anthony was on the television or internet.

    Thanks for bringing this post back. I should never have read all those comments that were made back in Oct/09. I am mad at you all over again.

    November 4, 2010 | Registered CommenterSnoopySleuth

    Well, Snoopy, you must admit that I have softened my stance a lot since those days. I'm not nearly as ornery.

    November 4, 2010 | Registered CommenterDave Knechel

    Do I recall correctly that Lee had purchased throw away cells for Casey and Cindy. I wonder what the purpose was in doing that, don't they also give off pings. I've been looking over my shoulder lately and feeling like someone is after me. LE, probably

    November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNew Puppy

    That goes to show all my obedience training was not in vain. LOL

    November 4, 2010 | Registered CommenterSnoopySleuth

    I did notice that James Thompson described what Caylee was wearing almost the exact same as George's recollection. A jean skirt, pink or purplish top... Shorts were found with Caylee's remains.

    November 5, 2010 | Registered CommenterSnoopySleuth

    I don't remember any throw away phones or, for that matter, prepaid ones, but I won't say he didn't. With prepaids, just don't give any personal information and no one knows who owns it. Hmmmmmm... LE is after you?

    November 5, 2010 | Registered CommenterDave Knechel

    Snoopy - That's what made me wonder if he had heard it on the news.

    November 5, 2010 | Registered CommenterDave Knechel

    Dave~~another red flag was his lenghty comments back in October/09. He was using way too many unnecessary words and at times, seemed to be going round in circles. Someone who is telling a talllllllll story will stretch it out to try and make it more believable. I just do not believe a word he said.

    November 5, 2010 | Registered CommenterSnoopySleuth

    True, he was definitely writing in circles, and after that video sprang up, he was gone.

    November 5, 2010 | Registered CommenterDave Knechel

    Yes, Dave, that was good reporting by you. Ahem, cough, clears throat, I am so glad that I mentioned to you, before you went to Walmart to video, that they have automatic doors. With my mode of transportation, I have a photographic memory when it comes to barriers. Goodnight et bonsoir.

    November 5, 2010 | Registered CommenterSnoopySleuth

    Who knows, maybe there was some sort of problem Caylee had opening the doors, something else, but his mind supplied a reason for that after that just doesn't jive. It happens. I broke my arm when I was a kid and swore up and down that I was taken to the Suburban hospital (where my dad was working that day- you should have seen his face when he went tore through the double doors!) in a proper ambulance and it wasn't until years later Mom informed me it was just the neighbor down the street with a long white woodie station wagon- no special striped ambulance, no sirens either, that was another ambulance converging there. The mind supplies readily an explanation.

    November 5, 2010 | Registered CommenterKaren C.

    great post as usual...I remember well the article about this guy.
    many thanks for keeping us informed about your investigation, your work is very interesting and brings substance to think about...
    have a nice weekend.

    November 5, 2010 | Registered CommenterRita from luxembourg

    I have to get admit I am getting tired of all this. There are times I wish an inmate with KC would do the right thing and remove the need for a trial.

    November 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBeast

    Interesting. I can't get the documents to load from this website so it was a lot of fun reading this particular post. Why? I worked at Walmart for 5 years and transferred to the Jacksonville store with them back in 2004. If those were checks written at Walmart an ID would have been required unless the cashier wasn't doing her job, so I have to think they are Cindy's. If they were debit transactions anyone can do it if they have the pin number. The difference in clearing between a check and a debit is that a check takes a day or so, and the debit comes out instantly. I don't see a check number on this statement.. they didn't have check numbers so you could balance the checkbook? That's wierd. Also, if I had said I saw them on my lunch hour it would have been around 6 pm and I wouldn't have thought a thing about someone thinking it would have been around noon, mainly because that was MY lunch hour. So I'm inclined to believe him a bit but not much. Also from working in that scenario I can tell you I've said "hi how have you been?" to people who made an impression on me as customers only to have them be complete "strangers".. as in not customers at all. I think he THOUGHT he saw them and I'll leave it at that. So I think it was a case of mistaken identity.

    Oh, and those doors? I sincerely thought ALL Walmart stores had progressed to the doors they have now until I moved down here and saw Jacksonville wasn't up to date on refurbishing their stores and 1 store, the one nearest me, had the old style doors and extremely small store. It was truly wierd.

    No, I didn't read his statement or responses. I tend to stay away from people who are completely fanatic about their own opinion. From everything I read Casey liked shopping at Target and not once in all of the statements by her or her friends was Walmart mentioned. So I think he was mistaken and like a lot of people can't admit they might have been wrong.

    November 5, 2010 | Registered Commenterconniefl

    New Puppy, I think it was in the statement that Cindy gave for the Zenaida civil case that she said Lee bought them all OTC cell phones because all of theirs were being bugged by the police.

    November 5, 2010 | Registered Commenterconniefl

    Hi Dave,
    Great reporting, as usual! Did you read about Grandma Shirley getting dragged through the media because of her pathetic daughter and granddaughter. Her emails have been posted on the internet, not great readings for Cindy. So sad, life should be special at her age, not having to deal with these loons. Not sure what I make of Thompson's comments. Everything about this case seems to be a mystery. Hopefully, it will end soon and put Baby Caylee to rest, once and for all.

    November 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersimba

    Thanks for the "debunking".
    I suppose if the PI for the defense spent his time doing this, rather than "fishing", they might find an avenue for reasonable doubt. (well, at least it would be time and money better spent)

    November 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKara Zor-El

    Yes, Snoopy, I recall you mentioning that. Ahem... or is that ahum?

    November 5, 2010 | Registered CommenterDave Knechel

    Yup, Karen, the mind can play tricks, and I think it did in his case.

    November 5, 2010 | Registered CommenterDave Knechel

    Thank you, Rita. I think it's ironic that a member of the Anthony family DID shop at Walmart that day, only it was a different store.

    I hope you have a nice weekend, too.

    November 5, 2010 | Registered CommenterDave Knechel

    You know, Connie, that Walmart visit could very well have been transacted on a debit card, hence to copy of a check. I remember, many years ago, I used to drive by a bar on my way to work in the morning. I could never figure out how people could drink at 7:30 in the morning. One day, I asked my boss, Jack Little, the best boss I could ever have, why people drink that early in the morning. They must be hard core alcoholics. He said, no, not really. Most of those people are just getting off their third shift at work. This is happy hour to them. That taught me a good lesson about people and how we all differ, including our internal clocks. What puzzles me about James Thompson's account of what happened was that no matter what, as a person who pays attention to detail, he would have clarified that discrepancy over time instead of changing his lunchtime from 2 t0 4 and beyond. That's not paying attention to detail, if you ask me. That's fudging.

    November 5, 2010 | Registered CommenterDave Knechel

    Hi, simba - I haven't gotten around to exploring the e-mails to and from Shirley Plesea. I will probably get around to it this weekend. Yup, a lot about this case is mysterious confusion, but I am confident Caylee will one day rest - sooner than later.


    November 5, 2010 | Registered CommenterDave Knechel

    Kara Zor-El - You know, you're right. It was very easy for me to do. I used my phone, drove my car, and shot vieos and pictures. Bingo! No big deal. Thank you, and I'm glad I was able to debunk.

    November 5, 2010 | Registered CommenterDave Knechel

    Hi Dave.

    Geesh it has been about 2 years since I first commented on your Blog, hope this time we can agree to disagree on matters we have different opinions about regarding this case :).

    Couple of questions, and I have not gone over any statements and/or comments regarding James Thompson with a fine tooth comb, except for this present Post, but I would like to know if James Thompson was ever asked if he had security video footage of the "pretty girl" he claims to have been Casey Anthony in his store a week prior to him seeing both Casey and Caylee at the Casselberry Wal-Mart on June 16th 2008 around "lunch time". If so, did he produce it and was it confirmed without a doubt that it was both Casey and Caylee at his store? I do think that Mr. Thompson needs to be applauded for clearing up the descrepancy with that June 9 2008 date as being when both Casey and Caylee were at his store prior to him seeing them a week later at the Casselberry Wal-Mart It has always troubled me that both Casey and Cindy initailly told LE independently that after Father's Day of June 2008, it was the 9th that they last saw Caylee Marie -- that would make in both their minds that Sunday, June 8, 2008 was Father's Day and how could that be when they have to know that Father's Day in America is always celebrated on the 3rd Sunday in June. That June 9th date means something significant in the case imo, but oh well, my opinion of this whole case differs tremendously from everyone else, even LE, but remember Dave we are going to agree to disagree, right?

    There are a heck of a lot of "pretty girls" with female toddlers living in and around the Casselberry area and I am just wondering if Mr. Thompson might be mistaken, after all Cindy Anthony was pretty darn convinced that the sighting of the toddler at the Mall in Jacksonville was little Caylee -- and she is the Grandmother;s=1;p=news&dm=ss&tn=b. One would have thought that Cindy of all people would have immediately noticed the pronounced nose on the toddler in the Mall sighting photo and said "nope, not my Caylee, the profile is definitely not the same, look at the bridge of the nose". My personal opinion is that the Mall sighting photo was photoshopped by someone who knows their photoshopping and who sent it to Dominic Casey. Besides, who can trust anything that P.I. Dominic Casey has had a hand in regarding this case - he has very questionable blogger friends (I can name a few, but will not here) who early on were hell bent on creating that reasonable doubt in this case to help free Casey at the behest of Cindy Anthony, per the Document Dumps this past year or so, which believe it or not I only recently got to read through.

    P.S. Dave, hope by my commenting on your Blog it does not cause you any problems from "the haters" out there who seem to think they own this case and every other missing/murdered childrens' cases, as well as all of our given rights to get involved in any way, shape or form and to voice our opinions with a sincere heart. You may feel it best NOT to publish this comment, but I sure would like to hear your answers to my questions raised. Thanks.

    November 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKariSueBee

    Sometimes recollections are just wishful thinking...and howmany times have each of us been wrong about what we "thought" we saw...I misread billboards all the time...Our brain plays tricks on us to keep us on our toes...I'm sure Mr. Thompson wasn't "looking" for Casey and Caylee, so how could he be so sure that it was them??? Case of mistaken identity...When I was in Miami October 2008 I thought I saw Caylee when I had gone to a mall...So many people resemble one is easy to be mistaken...Thanks for the great followup work Dave...You never disappoint me...

    November 5, 2010 | Registered CommenterEstee

    Yes, it's been a long time, KariSueBee, and I hope all is well with you. Since I wrote the original post about this incident, I have mellowed a bit, so you won't find me as gruff as I used to be at times.

    If I recall correctly, Thompson had no video footage to back up his claim Casey & Caylee visited his store, but I never discounted that, anyway. They may have well been in his store. Unfortunately, no footage exists of what he says he saw in Walmart. There's no reason to retain video unless an incident takes place. A full year and four months had passed since he made the claim and what once was, was no longer around.

    I don't know if the two of them were in his store on June 9 or not, but I don't think it's an important date other than it was the one the Anthonys gave in the beginning, but that was later clarified when the nursing home video surfaced. Given the shock and frustration at the time, a whole month later, I can understand some confusion. If I remember, it was Cindy who first said the 9th and the rest of the family followed suit, including Casey. Actually, when Casey said she hadn't seen her daughter in 31 days and that date being July 15, it couldn't have been June 9, and it wasn't really 31 days, either, considering there are 30 days in June.

    I know that everyone has their own thoughts regarding this case. Initially, I was overwhelmed, but things have settled down now. As for Photoshopping and all, yes, it could be true, but I just don't know. The mere fact that you commented today is fine with me, if you don't mind what the scabs will do with it. I don't care, actually, what they say, but you might. If not, then welcome back. Your thoughts are more than welcome. Fortunately, they lost all credibility, if they ever had any, because all they ever do is spread hatred and lies. No one cares about them any longer. Except for them, but we won't address them here. Life continues.

    November 5, 2010 | Registered CommenterDave Knechel

    Thank you, Estee. I really don't know what transpired that day or the week before. It could have been a young mother and her daughter who lived nearby and he mistook them a year or so later for Casey and Caylee.

    November 5, 2010 | Registered CommenterDave Knechel

    [Edited for content.] The defense knows EXACTLY what they are doing, just ask Dave. He fell into a trap of their so called "fishing expedition". Wait and see, I'm sure they will find reasonable doubt. I wish for Caylee's sake they would find out what really happened, but they don't even know the CAUSE of death. They need PROOF to send Casey to jail.......

    November 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterZor Del Kara

    Do you think that the defense understands that LE has debunked Caseys scenarios?
    They have squandered time chasing pipe dreams, I can't yet fathom what their defense is amounting to.
    If they are looking for a lay person to state the area Caylee was found was not under water, how would that help? The state has hydrology and topography experts to refute a lay person.
    Even if they can drive home a point that "perhaps" some on else put the body there while Casey was incarcerated, The charges are murder, etc, not gross abuse of a corpse. (Also the state has experts to say the vegetation present and growing in the remains is consistent with her body being placed in the swamp late june-ish)
    It seems to me they aren't trying to poke holes in the prosecutions claims that only Casey had motive, means, and opportunity to commit the crimes. Casey was the last person or authority to be seen with Caylee. There is a whole village of imaginary people described by Casey. Not one of those people has been found, nor have they come forth to help defend Casey's claims. Right down to the African American man who pushed her car into the amscot parking lot.
    I just can't wrap my arms around the benefits of the TES fishing trip. nor how it will help acquit her of all the charges..
    I think if I were innocent, I'd be pretty darned angry, and be screaming that I hadn't gotten a penny of value out of 200 plus g's I'd given them.
    I mean, come on, why the heck are you letting me sit in jail for all this time? Just give the world that "aha" moment, instead of baiting them like the Heinz ketchup commercial, and the Carly Simon song "Anticipation"
    sorry for the long post!

    November 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKara Zor-El

    Dave, I am actually tired of saying “excellent article” and praising you so therefore, from here on out if I start any article with “Dave” its already implied…cool?

    I do remember this article as it was very entailed and I thought it very cool that he took the time to respond. Something has to be said to those who respect you enough and that you write about to read your post/blog and then comment. But, not to blast Mr. Thompson, memory is very finical. I don’t take away from Mr. Thompson’s intelligence or his dedication to professionalism but memory will play tricks on the most intelligent people. If you believe something enough it will be so. Think about it, for those guys who are married have you ever had your wife say to you “she knows she told you on this day and in this context” but for the life of you, you don’t remember? My own wife has admitted doing this, and this is after she tells me the context on what conversations were taken place, but it does happen. I know this sounds far removed and perhaps I am comparing apples to oranges but look at it in its simplest form. I have no doubt that Mr. Thompson has seen KC or that he has seen Caylee but I find it hard to believe that he would have seen her on the 16th, and that is only because I have read what seems to be thousands of “timelines” and nothing puts her in that vicinity.

    November 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterB-Man

    Just a couple of observations. First all but one of the Walmart listings are almost exclusively around Cindy's payday which would indicate to me it's either her or George buying groceries from there since the Publix check was only for 38 dollars.

    Secondly have you ever seen a 2 year old child able to open a door like the ones they have at the library or the non-auto doors at Target? It can't be done by such a small child because they're too heavy. Another reason to discount this guy's observations.

    November 5, 2010 | Registered Commenterconniefl

    Hi, Kara - I was a little busy earlier. I'm certain the defense is going to do whatever it can to pump doubt into the minds of the jurists, and they'll keep plugging away until they hit on something they think will work. I agree with you, it is very frustrating, but in the end, I do not think the defense will be able to produce. The body was in those woods earlier than the defense is willing to admit. The entomologist and botanist will produce evidence that will be tough to beat, and there will be no way to get around the flooding, especially after TS Fay went through. That handicapped TES, and Kronk will testify it was under water when he took a look inside prior to Fay. The fact remains that there were never any other suspects. Casey lied from the opening bell, and that's the truth of the matter.

    You can make your comments as long as you want. I have no problem with it.

    November 5, 2010 | Registered CommenterDave Knechel

    I agree, B-Man. I'm cool with it.

    The mind can easily play tricks on the best of people. You're right. I know of no other person who has stepped forward. No one else saw her that day, not until she was seen with Lazzaro at Blockbuster. I do feel that if a cutie like Caylee crossed my path, I would like to think I would remember her in Walmart that day. No one saw her or her mother but James Thompson. That in itself doesn't mean he didn't see her, but pings don't lie.

    November 5, 2010 | Registered CommenterDave Knechel

    You know, Connie, you're right, an almost 3-year-old wouldn't be able to open one of those heavy glass doors. I'm surprised it wasn't brought up before, but it might be stuck in one of those old comments from last October. Excellent point! Since Cindy went to work early in the morning and worked long hours, she would only have been capable of shopping at Walmart at night. It would not surprise me to see Casey spend $178 of her mother's money. That's why I am led to think it was Casey, but I have no real evidence of it.

    November 5, 2010 | Registered CommenterDave Knechel

    Dave, Your blog is shining like a new born star. The conversation is good, the information is good. the thoughts are variable and accepting. You are a stockroom full of information because you have held tight and accumulated so much. During trial we will want reference to what you have as it is followed. You have always been well prepared with information and your blog a place to come to for keeping in touch and as real as it can get about this case. Not everyone is going to sit all day long and view (will this trial be televised) so it is great to have you to trust in and we can move along with your interpretations as trial proceeds. You have worked hard and earned our trust. Many of us acknowledge the challenges you have faced and look forward to you continuing with us. No need to cross into barren lands, properties are separated by barbed wires and it is good to have good pasture here. I encourage you to stay focused as you have been the last few weeks in your new habitat You don't smell, you are not mean, a little edginess keeps a man interesting and sexy. ( must be, there are so many women fussin' over you) dedicated to people who appreciate your efforts and your gift of heart. Just wanted to let you know you have been and are important. Many want a piece of you because you are unique and kind. I will stick with you like Krazy! Not a lot of time to read all the documents thoroughly so miss many points and need to ask questions. Hope they are not too repetitive. Will be interesting to read what you have to write about the "inmate, hit man"

    November 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNew Puppy

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