Where Is Jessica?

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Dear Viewers,

On Monday night I was in New York City for the show and had a chance to talk to Jeanne Ferris Pirro in person. As you might imagine, we have "normal" off camera conversations — meaning we talk about matters other than murder. She wanted to know why I was in New York and I told her to tape an interview with Kirstie Alley (search) who has a new show, "Fat Actress." (I am not sure when we will air the interview... maybe Thursday? Friday? We also still have the tape from San Quentin to show you!)

My conversation with Jeanne turned to weight and health and then I showed her that I wear a pedometer to count my daily steps. I told her that I heard that Secretary Rumsfeld wears one and counts his steps, too. My daily goal is 10,000 steps. (I confess, I don't reach my goal daily.) I also told her that I buy pedometers all the time and give them away. She showed great interest in the pedometer so I took mine off my waistband and handed it to her. Although Jeanne does not need to lose weight, she can have fun monitoring her daily steps.

When I walked out of FOX New York bureau last night at 11 p.m., the city was a mess with sleet. When the weather is so horrible, the company puts up employees in local hotels so that they do not have to travel to their far away homes. Many FOX employees live almost two hours from the bureau in New Jersey or on Long Island and battling the snow can double the time to get home — if not make it impossible. Why do so many live so far away from the city? Because living in New York City is expensive and for lots of money you get an apartment the size of a closet. The cost of living in the city is stunning.

We had many e-mails with opinions about missing 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford (search). It is hard to understand how a child could simply disappear. Of course after Elizabeth Smart (search), it seems like anything is possible.

In case you missed it, we've streamed video of my interview with Atlanta Braves' pitcher Mike Hampton on today's blog. Hampton explains what he is doing to help locate Jessica. To watch the video, click on the link in the video box above.

E-mail No. 1

I just saw your interview with Jessica's father, Mark Lunsford. I was struck by his angry answer to what the money was used for that was sent to him via his Web site? Please, replay the tape. Look at his eyes! Listen to his tone of voice! And, he did not answer your question! Could it be that he set up a phony abduction to bring in some badly needed cash?

E-mail No. 2

Dear Greta,
I think little "Jessica" is a very beautiful, photogenic girl who loves to have her picture taken! Perhaps she has been lured to "pose" by someone — maybe that "Santa Claus" or someone else who has taken pictures of her! I'm sure the police would have picked up on her liking to have her picture taken but just in case, I just think it is very evident to see!
I have four girls myself — grown up now — but one is particularly photogenic, still likes to pose! "Vanity thy name is woman," my mom used to say!
My prayers are with the family!
Pauline Swann
Wilmington, DE

E-mail No. 3

Hi Greta,
One of the people that e-mailed you had a good point. Had the dog been tested to make sure he was not drugged? For that matter, I hope the dad and the grandparents were tested to make sure they were not drugged or on drugs! I understand they had come home from church, she bathed and went to bed. Possibly someone new at church, or just someone at church. Otherwise, I would check anyone who had been in the neighborhood, or any place she had been, someone could have been stalking her.
Mary Bonnell
Omaha, NE

E-mail No. 4

Hi Greta,
I agree with your first e-mailer about that little girl in Florida. I had the same feeling about him. First I thought someone said he was working and came home. Then it was said he was out now he was with a girl friend. Maybe they should check the girl friends home. He goofed I thought tonight when he first talked about setting up a Web site and about sending donations instead, instead of saying for people to send any leads. Listen to your tape because the alarm went off... I thought, Oh no this guy is out for money. Something isn't kosher here...
As always, love your show,
Lehighton, PA

E-mail No. 5

I’ve heard it stated that there was no sign of a break-in at the Lunsford home. So how did the perpetrator get inside? Please don’t tell me that they sleep with their doors unlocked.
R. Russo
Scottsdale, AZ

E-mail No. 6

As a viewer, certain questions come to mind, though I may have missed something in your report:
1. Were fingerprints taken around the girl's room?
2. Any out-of-place footprints in the yard? Her abductor couldn't have flown out of her room.
3. From neighbors, any recent strangers or workers in the area lately?
4. If the girl had screamed, would she have been heard?
5. Any close friends of the parents, where one may have lied to the girl about parents being in an accident to entice her to go quietly?
6. Any life insurance taken out on the girl? (Sensitive, not for the air).
7. By asking cooperation of all neighbors, could the FBI make a thorough search of each house in the area, inside and out, with homeowners aware that any reluctance would make them suspect?
8. Any tire tracks around the house, bicycle, motorcycle, or auto; not identifiable to normal traffic at the home? Any large trucks or vans in the area recently, not normally around?
9. Was there a dog in the house? If so, would it normally bark at an intruder? Is it still there?
Something about the case, as reported, has a bad taste: too many normal investigative details missing. Then again, perhaps I'm way off course, knowing very little about it except for what has been reported.
Joseph De Solis
Palacios, TX

E-mail No. 7

I think all of you should be ashamed at your comments about the Mother. You are condemning her just as you did Scott. Does she get a fair trial?
Jan Powers
Reno, NV

E-mail No. 8

I have noted when watching the clips of Jackie Peterson moving items from the house that nowhere is her oxygen in sight. When she came to court she always had the oxygen with her. I am now wondering if that was a sympathy ploy.
Carolyn Denning
Katy, TX

ANSWER: I saw Jackie Peterson many times in the courtroom. She needs oxygen most of the time but could walk to the restroom — for instance — without it. Of course, I am not a doctor and can't tell you her medical condition, but I do know that people who use oxygen do not use it full time but as a help.

E-mail No. 9

Dear Greta,
Until today I felt sorry for Jackie Peterson. I thought she was a decent lady with a lot of class. Now, I can't help thinking that this is an extremely dysfunctional family who helped to create the monster that Scott Peterson is. There seems to be a sense, from everyone in this family, of a total lack of responsibility in their lives.
Stephanie Seglin
Columbia, MD

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