This Tuesday night/Wednesday morning marks six months since anyone reported seeing Baby Lisa Irwin alive. When she was last seen at her Kansas City home, she was ten months old. If she is alive now, she could look much different than her photos. That is, if she is alive.
I was at the picket protest today in front of the Bradley/Irwin home on N. Lister to observe. You would recognize the residence. It is the one that does not have its lawn mowed with a few signs in the windows.
A silver vehicle stopped at a nearby intersection in the street, apparently curiosity seeking during the early minutes of the protest. When persons in attendance walked that direction, the vehicle left, reportedly snapping photographs of license plates of those in attendance. It appears it MAY have been the owners of a pro-Deborah Bradley website.
When this occurs, you have to ask why? Were they attempting to intimidate the peaceful protestors by snapping the photos? What do they plan to do with the license plate photos? Not just anyone can LEGALLY run license plates and, those who can, must have permissible purpose. Once again, those supporting the family's view of what happened that night are making those who do not drink the kool-aid into those that are demonized.
Another protestor believed they saw a relative of Deborah Bradley's drive by and give a finger of disapproval to those in attendance. I hope they were wrong.
It appears there are two "teams". Those who are for finding out who is responsible for the disappearance of Lisa and those who support Lisa's parents, Deborah Bradley and Jeremy Irwin, and squelching any kind of progress in this case. Progress would instead be answering those questions posed by law enforcement.
We keep hearing that the parents are cooperating with law enforcement. Their version of cooperation appears to be feeding information to law enforcement that has them go in any direction except culpability of Lisa's parents. If I were asked my definition of cooperation with law enforcement, it would be answering any questions law enforcement has.
Deborah and Jeremy, here's a novel idea for a compromise. Take your local attorney John Picerno with you to the police station and with him by your side, talk to law enforcement separately. That way if they do not ask the softball questions that Dr. Phil asked, you can take the cafeteria-style pick and choose approach to what you answer. Then, we can line up all of the reporters along the street outside of the police station getting video of you leaving and being whisked away in a black SUV by "consultant" Bill Stanton.
Deborah and Jeremy, you said in the Dr. Phil interview that you were waiting for things to calm down. Congratulation, they have calmed down. When I was at the noon start of the picket today, there were less than ten persons walking in front of your house with signs. I no longer sit at the counter of the Corner Cafe listening people talk about your daughter. It is hard to get any public interest in it because many of us have, like you, gone on with our lives. I congratulate you. If my children were still young and I claimed one was abducted, even after six months, I would be spending a lot of nights in the corner of my home crying, praying, and I would have lost weight due to the inability to even care about my own needs. I would be spending my days annoying the hell out of both national and local media, as well as law enforcement. They would be looking in the mirror in the mornings wondering not if, but when, they would be hearing from me each day. Congratulations. Things have calmed down.
As a former broadcast journalist, if I were Dr. Phil and if Joe Tacopina, your attorney, would have allowed me to (since he was kind enough to grant us the pleasure of your presence), I would have pressed as to why things needed to calm down? When media attention of your absent baby was at its height, why did you not take full advantage of that, particularly in the local media who wanted to help you so badly? Yet, you snubbed the local media.
How bad, Deborah and Jeremy, do you want your baby back home? Your actions continue to speak volumes that you do not believe she is alive to be able to come home. Tell me this is not true.
Deborah, when we met over the course of several hours, why did I not see you cry as much for Lisa being gone as I did when you bitched about what people online were saying about you?
As to today's picket protest, it does not matter whether the family members were home or not. What matters is the message. There are still people out there that do not buy what you are selling Deborah and Jeremy. You and I can agree that maybe the way the message is sometimes delivered gets the histrionics in the way of the message, but the listen to the message. It is clear. Your actions are offensive. Those close to you, who support your latest version of what happened appear to be less interested in finding the truth that they do demonizing anybody who does not believe you.
I have personally spoken with Megan Wright (the former pink haired girl with the cell phone), members of Megan's former household, possible eyewitness Mike Thompson, your friends and family members, and even you Deborah. I have spoken to those persons that say they have access to both Megan's cell records and Jeremy's business cell records. While I am a Missouri licensed private investigator, I have done this in the role of a reporter/blogger, since nobody hired me. I have put information out there in hopes someone who knows something could add to it.
Why has your "team" not spoken to these people? What is Bill Stanton's role, since it now appears the title of private investigator was something he acquired out of thin air and appears to have no license? Why has benefactor Kristi Schiller never transferred the $100k reward to crime stoppers to make the reward real? Why, Deborah, is your cousin Mike Lerette reportedly "courting" (sorry for the old-fashioned word, but I wanted to use a polite term) your former next door neighbor Samantha Brando who was with you the night anyone reportedly last saw Lisa when she could be considered a potential witness?
I know Jeremy and Deborah will not answer my questions. But these are very good questions that remained unanswered. As for Lisa, many of us are sorry. We are sorry that many persons choose to put on rose colored glasses, rather than work toward making someone pay for whatever happened to you the night you were reportedly last seen. Named for your deceased grandmother, Lisa, you deserve far better.