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By the time you get this blog sent directly to your e-mail account (if you have subscribed) or log on and read it, I will be on the road to Richmond, Virginia.
The drive is about two hours from Washington, D.C. We are going to Richmond to look deeper into the disappearance of Taylor Behl (search). She is the Virginia Commonwealth first-year student who left her dorm room at 10:20 p.m. on Monday, September 5 and has not been seen or heard from since that time. So far there are no clues and no named suspects. It is also not known whether she has disappeared or met with foul play.
Over the weekend Taylor's car was located in Richmond about a mile from her dorm. It is unclear if that is where she had parked it that evening before she arrived back at the dorm or whether she moved it there (or someone else did) after leaving that night. Of course the police should or will do a thorough investigation of the car. They will look for signs of violence, fingerprints, DNA, etc.
We are meeting with Taylor's mother in Richmond and with others investigating her disappearance. Of course we are taking our cameras so we can show you what we have seen or learned.
I have received many e-mails asking about updates on stories we have covered. So...
Still no information on what happened to Amanda Jones (search), age 26. She was last seen on August 14 at the Hillsboro Civic Center in Jefferson County, Missouri. She was due to give birth the week she disappeared. Jones is/was a loan administrator at Eagle Bank in Festus, Missouri, and is the divorced mother of a 4-year-old daughter.
Jones had gone to the civic center to meet with Bryan Lee Westfall (search). Mr. Westfall, per her family, is the father of the child she was carrying at the time of her disappearance. Westfall is a farmer and former instructor at the Jefferson College in Hillsboro and has been described as a "person of interest."
More tidbits: Dr. Michael Baden (who is a frequent guest on our show) and his wife Linda Kinney have written a thriller: "Remains Silent." We had Dr. Baden and his wife on the show to discuss their book but, with all the other news that night we had them on, we did not get to discuss the book for any period of time. You might want to log on to Amazon.com and read about the book or even get the book and read it.
I am curious how many of you are downloading our pod cast ("Gretacast" icon on the www.gretawire.com page.) Please write me and let me know what you think. If this is a lousy idea, let me know so that I don't spin my wheels doing this every day.
Now for some e-mails from you:
E-mail No. 1
Thank you for the interview with Beth Twitty on your show last night. The update interview with Beth was one of the saddest I've ever watched during this whole nightmare.
Thanks for keeping your viewers informed.
Santa Rosa, CA
ANSWERS: I regret that we can't seem to get some REAL answers about Natalee's disappearance.
E-mail No. 2
I can understand why the e-mail you got concerning Gingrich and Jackson was inflammatory. Both men illicit strong responses because of who they are and what they stand for. Rhetoric and invective aside however I think strong feelings are invoked when the viewer feels a particular guest has license to denigrate, or stand up for, an administration without at least a token challenge as to his or her motives.
If that’s not your interview style, fine, just don’t be surprised when people react strongly.
E-mail No. 3
I sent you an earlier e-mail explaining that I thought your decision to post a photo of a deceased man showed insensitivity, a lack of compassion for his family, and a lack of respect for the dead. I read your disclaimer and CHOSE NOT TO VIEW the photograph. Please remember that loved ones do not need to see a face in order to recognize the person. I respect your right to make that choice although I don't agree with it.
Baton Rouge, LA
ANSWER: Debbie, good people with good motives can from time to time disagree. I respect your view.
E-mail No. 4
Challenge the prosecutor in the Natalee Holloway case to call you on the record! Keep up the beneficial work!
ANSWER: I have tried to interview the prosecutor but she will not agree and is not obliged to do so. I understand that. I do think, however, that she should call Beth and keep her informed.
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