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As for John Mark Karr's flight back to the USA, have you seen the video shot on the flight? I have mixed feelings about the in-flight video. On the one hand, I confess to being curious and I wanted to see it — I have watched it more than once. And on the other hand, I am not sure if an airline should be making arrangements for the media to take video. What do you think?
Here is another thought: I think people are annoyed that Karr was not handcuffed on the flight, but I am not sure they could legally handcuff/restrain him on the flight. I think they needed to wait (they did not want to step on his legal rights and thereby give his defense attorney more to work with later!) Colorado law enforcement, and for good reason, wanted to be extra careful not to step on his rights.
Why do I wonder if he could have been handcuffed on the flight? Karr was deported from Thailand, not extradited by virtue of a treaty with the USA (extradition can take a long time and he might have had a right under Thai law to challenge an extradition decision and thus drag out the inevitable for a long time.) I assume that Colorado authorities were happy to get him out of Thailand quickly — Thailand decided that they want him out (an undesirable) and out he went!
Colorado law enforcement kept tabs on him by flying with him (seated near him, a Homeland Security agent was next to him) and giving him a fancy ticket (business class.) I am sure with the offer of a business class ticket, he was happy to sit next to a Homeland Security rep. and near a member of Boulder law enforcement. A 15-hour flight in coach is not as easy as a flight in business class!
Karr was not under American arrest until wheels down on American soil at the Los Angeles Airport. Once on American soil, the police could execute the Boulder arrest warrant and off he went into California custody (jail) until his extradition hearing to Colorado. That will occur in a few hours in L.A. (Typically, state-to-state extradition is a lot faster than country-to-country! State-to-state extradition is governed by statute and not treaty.)
If for some reason Karr does not waive his extradition to Colorado, then, in order for the State of California to order him to Colorado to answer to any charges likely to be filed there, it must be established that the Colorado warrant is valid and that he is the one named in the warrant. It is not uncommon to waive extradition, but he may wish to fight it. That is his right.
The Rocky Mountain news is reporting that Karr used the e-mail address: December251996@yahoo.com. JonBenet died in the early morning hours of December 26, 1996.
I have been asked a million times by friends and people in airports if I think Karr is guilty of JonBenet's murder. My guess is no. This is one instance that I will be happy to be wrong, since this case needs to get solved.
Now for some e-mails — and please make sure you read E-mail No. 7 and my response:
E-mail No. 1
This is unrelated to your blog today, but I was warned by some friends of mine on Saturday to be careful when I drive because of this season's gang initiation. I was told if you flash your headlights at a car that does not have their lights on and it is a gang wannabe, you will be killed. I am hoping you will know if this is truth. Here is apart of an article I read online:
If you are driving after dark and see and on-coming car with no headlights on, DO NOT FLASH YOUR LIGHTS AT THEM! This is a common Bloods member "initiation game" that goes like this: The new gang member under initiation drives along with no headlights, and the first car to flash their headlights at him is now his "target." He is now required to turn around and chase that car, then shoot and kill every individual in the vehicle in order to complete his initiation requirements. Police Depts. across the nation are being warned.
Their intent is to have all the new Bloods nationwide drive around on Friday and Saturday nights with their headlights off. In order to be accepted into the gang, they have to shoot and kill all individuals in the first auto that does a courtesy flash to warn them that their lights are off.
E-mail No. 2
Please tell me that the stories regarding the plane trip of John Mark Karr are not true! This man was being brought back to the U.S. facing charges of killing a 6-year-old girl and apparently flew back like a rock star. I don’t know what agency escorted him from Thailand, but whoever decided to let this weirdo have champagne and pate should lose their job. He was not handcuffed and, from reports I have read, was treated to gourmet meals, movies and drinks during the flight. Although this man has not been formally charged, he is still a under arrest, correct? Why was this allowed to happen and what agency escorted him? I would like to let that agency know how I feel about this "royal" treatment of a suspected murderer.
E-mail No. 3
I have always heard that possession is 9/10ths of the law. If that is the case and states continue to view dogs as property, then should Pam Bondi not be able to keep Noah since he was abandoned property of his first owners? I applaud Pam for her work. I am a dog lover, owner of several rescue dogs and sent lots of donations to help animal rescue groups save dogs and other animals left behind by their "owners" after Katrina. The fact that people found room in their cars to take TVs and not pets will always amaze me.
E-mail No. 4
You know, whether or not Karr drank champagne or Koolaid on the plane is the least of his problems. Who cares? What difference does it make in the overall outcome? Unless they snagged his glass for a DNA sample....
E-mail No. 5
I have my doubts on whether Karr is the killer. However, having "analysis" by all the people booted out of the district attorney's office and those who lost the election to Mary Lacy is pretty laughable. If someone had a part in pursuing the Ramseys to no avail, they have a vested interest, at the very least for their own egos, to criticize anything done by the current personnel's office. You can get better legal analysis by almost anyone other than those formerly affiliated with the investigation of that case. Also, my first thought with respect to the handwriting analysis is that I don't write the same now as I did when I was 17. They must have found more current handwriting samples within the motel room to have a better sample to analyze and compare. Lastly, no matter how much you hate your ex-spouse, I don't think anyone would want their children's parent to be a murdered in such a high profile case. Regardless, the DNA evidence will hopefully be conclusive and give the definitive answer. At the very least, this guy needs to be locked up, and throw away the key for pedophilia.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
E-mail No. 6
Sarah Walker was stabbed 27 times for a watch? Nah, I don't think so. She would have handed it over long before then. Your idea concerning a contract killing seems much more likely. Whoever stabbed her definitely wanted her dead.
E-mail No. 7
I find it interesting that you would present the other side of the coin when it comes to the unlawful practice of polygamy on your show tonight. However; showing the LDS temple in the background of your interview was a huge faux pas. You should know by now that the Fundamentalists and the Latter Day Saints are two different religious sects, and neither wants to be mistaken for the other. Please try to make that distinction in the future.
ANSWER: The LDS temple was in the background? I did not realize that — I have a poor quality black and white monitor that I watch in the TV camera as I do the interview and I am usually focused ONLY on the interview and not the background. If this is true that the Temple was in the background, I don't find it a "huge faux pas," but far worse. I find it very, very, very insulting to the Church of Latter Day Saints since the Church does not approve of a polygamy and it has been swept up in the controversy from time to time. People often confuse LDS and its beliefs with other religions and even religions that have been expelled from LDS. I would never intentionally insult any religion or person's beliefs. While we did not suggest LDS condones polygamy or even mention the LDS in the interview, I think the Temple in the background might send a message to the viewer that LDS does condone polygamy when it does not. I apologize. You are right on this.
E-mail No. 8
I want to take issue with you on your interview with the young man from a polygamist family. You asked if the father supported his 37 children, and the young man replied "To the best of his ability, but that the mothers helped support them too." HOW? You can't have 15 children and a job too. That means WE are supporting them with welfare!
I wish you had pointed this out to the audience. This is our major objection to polygamy. We, the taxpayer, are the ones who support them. Do you think this is right?
Carole J. Petersen-Hundley
ANSWER: I did not think he meant they were supported by welfare, but that the mothers worked or supported them. But I could be wrong.
E-mail No. 9
Dear Greta and whom else it may concern,
I enjoy your program ("On the Record") very much and find it informative and very factual. I also found a story done on the polygamy in Utah very interesting being that I am myself a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and lived in Salt Lake City for the majority of my life. I was very, surprisingly, offended at the segment which was put on tonight around 8 p.m. as it featured a picture of the SLC Temple in the background while two pro-polygamy advocates were speaking. I understand it is a landmark to identify the area, however I feel it put forth a false position of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on the subject which is strictly against the act of polygamy. I really feel your news coverage is more competent than this and would request that more caution would be taken when details such as back grounds are selected so as to not project any inaccurate ideas to the public.
Thank you very much for your time and take care,
ANSWER: Please see my answer to E-mail No. 7 above.
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