Tuesday, November 4, 2014
So many whys...
Well, we had the second and last interview with the Sergeant at the Sheriff's Department. I came away feeling "defeated".
We have spent the last two months asking for only two things: A list of the prescription medications (there was a total of 5, we only knew about two) taken from the house; and a toxicology report.
The Sergeant assured me he had the list of medicines for me finally. And that he had the autopsy results back and he would meet with us to discuss his findings. He agreed to this because I emailed him and asked him why no one cared to find out “why” this happened as they say because there was no cause. I told him I wanted a toxicology report as we were told would be done – we suspected if things happened like he said that Ambien was involved; I wanted the list of drugs taken from the scene. And I had tried on three different occasions to get the drug list from the Coroner, to no avail.
I drove the 35 miles to the Sheriff’s office. My daughter also drove about 25 and we met him a second time. The big breakthrough information he had for us was that the autopsy showed Brian died of a gunshot wound to the head. The list of medications he had for us were the same two we had had all along he had just changed the names to the generic name. And the “why” that he told us was a story he apparently made up on the spot to give us some false sense of closure.
Our basis for not believing that this happened out of some vengeful act of malice caused by an argument or as they suggested, he had just found out that his wife was cheating on him and snapped or that she had threatened to leave him and take the baby - was the fact that nothing was wrong and none of that was true. And that they needed to find out what the prescription drugs were that were in the house because something had to explain this - what they were saying happened was absolutely impossible. Brian would never have intentionally hurt his wife or his child under any circumstances; Kara had done nothing wrong; and they were not getting a divorce. Brian and Kara were not arguing, there was no other man, no depression, no problems that would have even caused him to kill himself much less hurt the ones he loved.
So to make me have a quasi valid reason that might explain this. He sat there and told us that Kara's mom told him during her "interview" that Kara had in fact called her and confided to her that she "wanted to leave Brian and come back home and live with her." My daughter and I both sat in stunned silence unable to dispute it because we could not of course prove it had not happened. He assumed because of the circumstances that we were not in touch with Kara’s mom to know the difference I guess. We asked when this conversation took place? He said, "I do not have timeline on that." Well if this, in fact, was an interview to try and determine probable cause - why not? Wouldn't that have been important? It upset my daughter and I and we just gave up and left. It left us both speechless. But my daughter would not rest until she heard that straight from Kara's mom - who adamantly denied ever saying that. As a matter of fact she only said, "If Kara had had any indication that they were either one in danger - she would have taken that baby and left. But apparently she never did. My baby was determined to make that marriage work no matter what."
So he had tried to pull off a deception regarding the medication names. And then turned right around and made up a complete lie to get us to go away and stop asking him for information as to how the investigation was carried out and why they just came to this conclusion.
And as for me requesting that they order the toxicology report like they told us they were doing – He says he spoke with his Major and that they will absolutely NOT order the test because they do not need it to prove cause and manner of death. But that I can hire an attorney, get a court order and have the blood released to a private lab of my choice and pay for it and do it myself.
We thanked him and left.
I will leave him alone. But not because of his ridiculous scenario about Kara leaving has given me closure but because asking him anything is a waste of my time and gasoline. He told me a lie and in my eyes that makes him a liar. I have no interest in hearing anything more he has to say because I cannot trust him.
I called the GBI myself yet again regarding getting the blood sample. They told me they could do the toxicology test if I would call the Coroner and get her to order it. I told them she would not. The Sheriff’s Department would not and I just needed to know the proper channels to get it myself. They told me I needed a court order to get it. I asked her why I needed a court order to get what belonged rightfully to his next of kin and not them? She told me she would transfer me to open records and I could discuss it with them. I did. They told me all I needed was to request it in writing and gave me an email address. No lawyer. No judge. But I did need a lab for them to send it to. I then hung up to call private labs. Where I was told that they could not test the blood because it was over 7 days old! It was three weeks before I found out no tests were even being done and because of the lies we were told about that – we now had no recourse.
How can I ever believe what I have been told about their death when not one single piece of information we have received has been the truth?
These were my children. They deserve better than what they have gotten. Brian's may have been a suicide but to accept this without an explanation, a motive and a believable truth is to diminish Kara and Paxton's lives entirely like they just weren't worth the trouble.
We owe it to all of them to get the truth. They do not deserve to die and have nobody care "why" enough to even investigate it. All of the reasons that someone walks in and does this; all of the scenarios that he gave me are absolutely NOT the case here. According to what the Sergeant himself stated: There was no alcohol in the house. There was no evidence of a single thing disturbed in the home. They had bathed, put on pajamas, put the baby to bed, cut off lights, closed the blinds and "all" gone to bed. According to their investigator "all" of them had gone to bed and it appeared everyone had gone to sleep. How did this not raise a red flag?
Why if everything appeared normal was this just accepted at face value as being a domestic murder/suicide? How if nothing fit the normal expected scenario and you walk in and there are five prescription drugs in the house did someone not assume drug interaction or drug side effects could have contributed to this and do a simple toxicology screen to find out? Why when the police on the scene said they had never had a “domestic call” to that house ever and they walk in and see a custom-made baby gate to keep the baby safe on the stairs, toys and a child's room lovingly decorated, hundreds of children's books and movies, hot wheels cars, a clean and organized home, fifteen different translations of the bible, various bible study guides and books on religion on the book case, family portraits lining the walls and by all accounts no evidence of anything but a loving and happy little family. Why was this not a red flag that something about this scene was amiss? Why if they could explain away a suicide did “murder” not require a full investigation? Why did Kara and Paxton's life not mean more to them than that? They didn’t even bother to check their phones for texts or emails indicating a spat, infidelity, threats? No one even cared enough to give us the correct date of death. No one cared. Period.
We care. It is important to us. The truth, a motive, something that makes sense - matters to us --because they mattered to us. They always will.
I love and miss them every one every single day. And I believe with all my heart they deserve better than this - all of them.