Want Greta's blog delivered directly to your e-mail box? Click here to sign up!
Today are posted some pictures of Catherine Herridge and her son Peter taken last Wednesday in their home in Washington. (Also posted is a picture of the Herridge family cat.)
John Mark Karr is back in the United States. By the time you read this we may know whether the Boulder DA got the right guy or has been "had." But, whether she has been "had" or not, you still will want to read the Associated Press article below (after the e-mails) written by Jocelyn Gecker. (Jocelyn Gecker was a guest on our show from Thailand on Thursday night.)
If you saw Friday's show, you know it originated from Florida (quick trip from Colorado.) Jeff Brown, a regular legal panelist on our show, was on the set with me. I learned a few things from Jeff before the show... one that he is headed to Africa this coming Friday with his law partner to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro (elevation about 20,000 feet) and the other that he represents Florida prosecutor Pam Bondi.
You may recall Pam was on our show a few weeks ago because she is getting sued. She rescued a dog from New Orleans (Katrina) and now the former owners want the dog back and are suing her for the dog. When Pam got Noah — a St. Bernard — he was very sick. She has nursed him back to good health. As a surprise, and after being tipped off by her lawyer Jeff Brown, she showed up at the studio before our show with Noah. He is very handsome and a very good-natured dog. I lured him to the set so that I could show Noah to my colleagues in the NYC control room.
Now for some emails:
E-mail No. 1
This is the first time I am hearing reality of what's happened, or better yet, is happening during this war between Israel and the Hezbollah. Thank you Mr. Gingrich for explaining the situation Israel and the United States has gotten themselves into. Israel should have continued the war and wiped out the Hezbollah terrorists. The United States shouldn't have agreed to such a resolution. And thank you Greta for a great show.
E-mail No. 2
Dear Ms. Van Susteren:
I think Bush and State are trying to save Olmert by spinning the U.N. deal as a win. They are still stuck on pre-9/11 peace- process- think and don't want Bibi Netanyahu or someone even more conservative to win the next Israeli election.
E-mail No. 3
I totally agree with your guest, fmr. Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, regarding the recent Israeli/Lebanon war. Israel got little or nothing accomplished by way of weakening Hezbollah, and Iran and Syria got everything. This was truly a stunning defeat for Israel and the U.S. The U.S. State Department intervention was a disaster. I couldn't think of a better way to embolden Hezbollah, Iran and Syria than to agree to a cease-fire where Israel gets nothing, and Iran/Syria gets everything. I am very upset with the president's lack of will in this matter. This cease fire violates president's basic policy of negotiating and making deals with terrorists. In my opinion, the president's War on Terror just took a HUGE hit. This agreement is something I would expect fmr. President Jimmy Carter to sign, not President Bush.
E-mail No. 4
Has anyone from FOX looked into the injustice of judges granting alimony for life? My ex was a quadriplegic before I married him. We renovated a house, that I put in over a $100,000, and the judge ordered that he gets to live there, got all the items in the house and I got my clothes. I have to pay him alimony for the rest of his life. I have been paying for ten years which is longer than my marriage lasted. My ex has his brother living in the house rent free and also his girlfriend has moved rent free. This was presented to the judge when I filed for reconsideration. I was told to get over it and to continue to pay. Someone needs to look at this problem since it seems to be happening to a lot of men and women who really can't afford to be paying their exs' to live in comfort and they have to live in impoverished means.
E-mail No. 5
Has anyone thought about the fact that wife No. 2 just might not be telling the truth for her children's sake. She is rid of him now and frankly I think she is glad. She sounded like she was scared of him and did not trust him. Children's peers are very mean in cases like this and maybe she wants to avoid hurts to them.
Also, something could have been lost in the translation in Thailand and Karr said I drug her, meaning he drug her downstairs instead of I drugged her.
It's just a thought.
Finally, check out this story on John Mark Karr's return to the U.S.:
By JOCELYN GECKER
Associated Press Writer
ABOARD THAI AIRWAYS TO LOS ANGELES (AP) — John Mark Karr, the suspect in the death of 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey, sipped champagne and ate fried king prawns in business class Sunday after being put aboard a flight to Los Angeles to face charges in the United States.
As Karr wined and dined in style and chatted with the three U.S. officials escorting him, another bombshell emerged: Reports that Karr sought treatment at a Thai sex-change clinic.
His Thai Airways International flight took off about 8 p.m. (9 a.m. EDT) for the 15-hour flight to Los Angeles. Karr's journey will eventually end in Boulder, Colo., where he is expected to face charges of first-degree murder, kidnapping and child sexual assault in connection with the young beauty queen's 1996 killing.
Karr was not handcuffed while being whisked through Don Muang International Airport in Bangkok. At the departure gate, he talked amiably with fellow passengers.
The 41-year-old teacher sat in a business class window seat next to Mark Spray, an investigator with the Boulder County District Attorney's office. A U.S. Embassy official and an agent with "Homeland Security" on his T-shirt were also part of the escort party.
Before takeoff, Karr took a glass of champagne from a flight attendant and clinked glasses with Spray, who sipped orange juice.
Dinner on board, served on a starched white tablecloth with silverware, was one many passengers would envy. Karr started with a pate, then had a green salad with walnut dressing. The main course was fried king prawn with steamed rice and broccoli. Karr drank a beer, crushing the can with his hands when it was empty, then moved on to a glass of French chardonnay with his main course.
"It seems odd to me. If there is an arrest warrant issued, he ought to be under arrest," former Adams County District Attorney Bob Grant, who was involved in the Ramsey investigation. "It is very strange. Whoever is in control of him ought to make sure he isn't doing things like drinking champagne."
Carolyn French, spokeswoman for the Boulder County District Attorney, said: "He is in custody of customs. We don't have any control over them." She said she didn't have any information about Spray clinking glasses with Karr.
The suspect was relaxed, smiling and chatting nonstop with the U.S. officials next to him — until the television news crews on the flight turned their cameras on. Then he stopped smiling, clutched the armrests of his seat and stared at his lap.
Karr did not speak to reporters, but at one point summoned an AP reporter over to his seat. He mentioned an interview she had given, recalling that someone asked her what he was like.
"You said I looked you straight in the eye when I talked to you and I want to tell you I appreciate that, I thought it was nice," Karr told the AP reporter.
Just hours before Karr's departure, a doctor at a seedy but popular clinic in downtown Bangkok specializing in sex-change surgery said Karr had come in for treatment.
"He was one of my patients," Dr. Thep Vechavisit of the Pratunam Polyclinic said. He refused to provide further details.
Another employee at the clinic, who spoke on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to speak to the media, said Karr had talked with the doctor about a sex-change operation. This could not be confirmed by other sources.
Bangkok, where Karr lived on and off for two years, is regarded as a major global center for sex change operations. The Pratunam clinic advertises sex-change surgery for $1,625 — a bargain compared to U.S. prices, where male-to-female reassignment surgery can cost tens of thousands of dollars.
Thep has received considerable publicity for his male-to-female operations and the clinic is one of the sponsors of an annual beauty pageant for transsexuals in the seaside resort of Pattaya.
Karr appears to have been shadowed by gender issues since his early years, according to excerpts of e-mails published in the Rocky Mountain News that Karr wrote to University of Colorado journalism professor Michael Tracey.
Karr said his father was a "strong influence but rarely around," and responded to Tracey's question about whether his "fascination with little girls — which clearly has a strong erotic component — is a way of going back."
"Maybe I am not going back but have simply stayed consistent," Karr responded. "My peer group has not changed since I was a little boy, and girls were the people I was with always. Referring to them as a peer group is somewhat incorrect, but might also be the very definition of what they continue to be in my life."
Karr, once detained on charges of possessing child pornography, in recent years apparently traveled to Europe, Central America and Asia to search for teaching jobs. He taught in at least two Thai schools.
U.S. officials, the only ones to have actually interrogated Karr, have been silent about what he told them, citing his right to privacy and legal procedures. Secondhand accounts by Thai officials have been vague and contradictory.
Karr told reporters Thursday that he was alone with JonBenet when she died in the basement of her home on Dec. 26, 1996, but that her death was an accident.
However, there is little public evidence linking him to the crime, prompting some experts to speculate that he is either lying or delusional.
"Many high-publicity crimes have these people coming out of the woodwork," said Elizabeth Loftus, director of the Center for Psychology and Law at the University of California-Irvine.
Lawyers for the Ramsey family say a number of people already have confessed to the killing of JonBenet, but none had enough credibility to attract the attention of law enforcement.
Associated Press writers Robert Weller and Judith Kohler in Denver contributed to this report.
(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
Send your thoughts and comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Watch "On the Record" weeknights at 10 p.m. ET