Mailing It In: John Mark Karr Interview

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Today I am turning over the blog real estate almost entirely to e-mailers — see below. I was sent many, many, many e-mails about the interview we did with John Mark Karr late Friday night (and aired last night.) If you don't know the back story on the interview, read yesterday's GretaWire.

Here are some e-mails:

E-mail No. 1

Hello Greta,
I just heard you talking with Shepard Smith regarding Mr Karr. I agree he is a disturbed man, but I think he is playing the entire system. He wants the publicity and is getting it from all the media. He wanted to come back to USA because he did not want to go to jail, so he manufactured a story that really took off, brought him back to USA. He knew he could not be convicted of anything major, then the police/or DA lose his computer — typical — and he gets off scott free.
This is my story and I'm sticking to it.

E-mail No. 2

Kudos to you Greta for not letting John Mark Karr and his lawyer use you to correct Karr's "lose mouth" interview with Dr. Ablow. You were awesome! The guy is a complete psycho, taking advantage of media perks to expand on his idiotic views. Your direct questions and tough approach left Larry King in the dust… ( I was so angry watching Larry King... he let Karr own the interview.) Hate this guy more than I can say. He truly represents the worst of what is wrong with this country right now. That said, I respect you and thing that people like you are what is RIGHT with this country.
Seattle, WA

E-mail No. 3

Greta, I apologize now for being rude, but your blog on Monday night was 18 paragraphs! Dull, repetitive and dumbed-down. You can do so much better. You kept repeating that you couldn't figure out why his lawyer called you. I wouldn't spend time trying to figure him out... no one else can either. That being said, I think JMK has had his 15 minutes of fame. He wouldn't be screaming "victim" if CA hadn't lost the evidence against him.
Connie Sutter,

E-mail No. 4

Dear Greta,
I love watching "On the Record"! However, I have to tell you that I was disgusted with your interview of John Mark Karr and his attorney. That you gave this sicko and his speaker 20-plus minutes prime time is absolutely amazing to me.
Jan C. Kleingeld

E-mail No. 5

Hi Greta:
Boy, did that couple want to take you for a walk.
You were one step ahead of them and were "right on" when you called Karr a "prop." I said, "Go girl" and you did.
I guess I can't understand what it was that they wanted by requesting an interview and were not willing to answer the benign questions that you asked.
I just hope that after all that running around by yourself and producers yielded some good things for you.

E-mail No. 6

Why were these well-spoken, well-dressed, intelligent college (choir?) boys hiring prostitutes the night of the ill-fated accusation by same? Are we to take the attitude that boys will be boys? Shame they don't have some morals, maybe then they wouldn't be in this trouble. I am not convinced that they are innocent little boys!
Anna Davis
Hatfield, PA

E-mail No. 7

Greta, I watched every single N. Holloway show, the best, but Karr! I am a married secure individual, but some one will kill this guy! I don't normally use this language, but John Mark Karr, sick! And I have never been so offended, please help put him in jail!
Lawrence W. Cavaiani

E-mail No. 8

You were obviously as confused as your viewers as to the purpose of the interview with John Mark and his attorney! If he wasn’t going to answer any questions, then the only thing I can figure was that he was attempting to gain sympathy for his perception of what happened in N.Y. If there was ever a poster child for, "I am victim hear me roar," John Mark is definitely it. He has duped international and local governments to the tune of how many thousands of dollars and has received more than his 15 minutes of fame. It’s time to put him somewhere that he can’t hurt anyone, including himself!
Sally Salzberg

E-mail No. 9

I sincerely hope that no money is being paid to Karr. He has made a mockery of our system and gotten paid by us to do it. Is there not some way we can require him to reimburse our government because he made false statements.
Elinor Buck

E-mail No. 10

[John Mark Karr] says he was duped? What about the law in Boulder? He sure did a job on them. After all, he did start it all.

E-mail No. 11

Greta, Jim in today's blog wanted to know why it can't be raining just anything; well now he can rest in peace as I did a Google search and chose one reason to paste here:
The phrase "its raining cats and dogs" is first documented as appearing in Jonathan Swift's (the dude who wrote Gullivers travels) work, "A Complete Collection of Polite and Ingenious Conversation," published in 1738 where he said, "I know Sir John will go, though he was sure it would rain cats and dogs."
I hope this pleases Jim to know why it's always "raining cats and dogs," and not squirrels and rats!
Carol Hartman
Shawnee, OK

E-mail No. 12

Hi Greta,
The saying "it's raining cats and dogs" comes from medieval times the cats and dogs stayed on the roofs due to the narrow streets and houses side by side. During strong rains the animals were washed off the roofs. Thus "it's raining cats and dogs."
Bob Vermillion
Kansas City, MO

E-mail No. 13

Hi Greta,
Shame on that attorney and on Karr. As soon as Karr started playing that game of claming up, just like he did after he called the press conference in Thailand and then refused to talk to them as well, I found myself becoming angry and frustrated, feeling they were just using you for their own "free publicity" forum. You were very civil to them in light of their shenanigans. Can you run the full interview that was done by the Dr. on your Web site? I am really worried that this guy is going to offend/harm someone to get the attention he is so desperate for! Thanks for the great job you do and for your curiosity. Glad you are at FOX.
Stephanie S.
Palm Beach Gardens, FL

E-mail No. 14

After reading your Web site, I can see why you were torn about airing the Karr "interview". I was baffled while watching the entire thing. You appeared to be incredibly frustrated with them and their inability to communicate with you through Karr's whispering and the lawyer's always piping up. Your frustration was totally understandable, because they called you, and then proceeded to tell nothing in the interview.
I thought Karr was bizarre-o when he first said he killed JonBenet, and months later he confirmed it on your show. His lawyer did him no favors by appearing on your show with him to participate in such a farce of an interview. It raised more questions than answers. I would think the lawyer would be trying to make Karr look more "normal" to the rest of us in the general public, but instead he made him look ever weirder.
Congrats on keeping your composure. I don't know if I could've. You do a great job. I never miss your show!
Sarah Welly
Toledo, OH

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