“So we’re going to try to expedite this as fast as possible, and, when I say expedite, I mean the next few weeks.” DeMarco assured Matthew that his phone, which had been seized during the investigation, would be returned. “Is she gonna wear a mask or—”. “I’ll go ahead and tell you that the boys deserve more structure and more care and love which I’m almost positive YOU have.” By then, the boys were spending half their time with each parent, switching houses on Fridays. agents, asking them to investigate how Jessica had been injured there. The Brobergs were about to give up hope of seeing Jan ever again, when her sister Karen picked up a call to the family home. Despite being a celebrity member of the group, the organization refused to link to her website because it contained pornographic elements. Although it’s possible that Jessica’s head hit the wall after she shot herself, there was no blood on the wall or on the clothes in the closet. She has also co-edited a book focused on performance ethnographies (Peter Lang, 2013) and is currently co-authoring a book focused on applied conversation analysis with SAGE. “He always did like his little girls, when he was 12 he started messing with our sister, because he was a paedophile – and I guess he had a need to fulfil.”. This year, an independent panel found that the typical penalty for New York City police officers found guilty of domestic violence—some had punched, kicked, choked, or threatened their victims with guns—was thirty lost vacation days. Jessica Lester is a writer and media professional. Joe adds: “He was found guilty and he had to go back for sentencing, but he said if he went to prison it would kill him. When I asked Jessica why she never left the house when she lived with Matthew, she explained, “We lived in an apartment complex with a playground. Jessica’s grandparents hoped that this development would help their case. agents asked if she had ever handled Matthew’s gun. Matthew was called in for questioning. Police departments have become more attentive to officers’ use of excessive force on the job, but that concern rarely extends to the home. She said that all she could remember about that night was that she’d gone to Walmart. Henderson, the surgeon, had written Lowry a letter stating that “whatever investigation there was done into this event in no way reflected our observations in the emergency room.”.
Matthew and the boys temporarily moved in with Courtney Callaway, the dispatcher he was dating. “If you perceive yourself as being country and rough, then you’re a dyke,” she said. Within three hours, she received a copy of Matthew’s official oath, which the D.A.’s office had been trying to find for six months. In the past thirty years, the criminal-justice system has become more responsive to domestic violence, but family courts have been largely insulated from this cultural change. Had she attempted suicide, it would have been standard for the hospital to provide psychiatric care. I completely loved him and completely trusted him.”, “I never had an inkling,” Bob Broberg, Jan’s dad, tearfully recalls. During the investigation, Jessica’s sons were permitted to stay with her full time. Hankinson briefly paused during the hearing to see if any statutes said that attempted suicide was a form of child endangerment. , Carrera won a National Merit Scholarship and scored over 1440 on the SAT, as well as a Garden State Scholarship for her grades. When Jessica graduated from high school, her grandparents held a party for her and projected a movie on the side of their barn. He had looked in the master bedroom, and when he didn’t see the baby, who typically slept there, he ran outside. I don’t know how I was so gullible.”. The family filed for a stalking injunction in 2004 as Berchtold continued to follow them, attempting to get into contact with Jan – he was arrested for not sticking to the terms in 2005, and also charged with keeping an illegal gun.
“He never let me go anywhere without me sharing my location with him.” She said that, when they talked about what happened to Jessica, “he laughs about it. Jacob is gentle and jovial, articulating emotions that Jessica herself struggles to name. Jessica told me, “I’d probably go to jail before I’d put the boys back in a situation where Matthew could even think about doing anything to them.”. Leigh Goodmark, the director of the Gender Violence Clinic, at the University of Maryland’s Carey School of Law, speculates that one reason for the dearth of research is a reluctance to fund a study that will bring attention to an uncomfortable dilemma: that, as Goodmark says, “those policing the crime and those committing it are often the same person.”. So there was really no need for me to leave. The next day, Yates texted the D.A. I already know it won’t.”. Last summer, the sheriff of Los Angeles County, Alex Villanueva, articulated a common justification for not considering domestic violence as a concern: in defending his decision to employ a deputy who had been accused of stalking and physically abusing his ex-girlfriend, he told a local reporter that it was “a private relationship between two consenting adults that went bad.” The violence was seen as unrelated to job performance, an activity that could be understood only within the context of a relationship.
On June 10, 2006, Lemmon was killed in a car accident outside of Las Vegas. Her parents had abandoned her when she was three, along with her sister and brother, and she grew up on a farm with her mother’s adoptive parents. The nurse didn’t answer. “Absolutely,” Matthew said. In the spring of 2019, child-protective services closed the case and recommended, based on reports submitted by the children’s psychologist, who had seen the boys for twenty-five sessions, that they no longer spend time with Matthew. One woman said that he would drive to her house and shine the lights of his patrol car into her windows. Advise graduate students and engage in community, university, and college level service activities. With their guns drawn, the officers checked every room in the house. “Why is he getting so much protection and coverage?” the agent said. In his personnel file there, a supervisor described him as “fiercely loyal” but “stiff and unwilling to bend.” Another officer described him as “the type who wants to make ten arrests a day if he could.” A senior officer privately advised Matthew, “Lighten up a little bit, man.”. “That’s what I told your—That’s what I told the sheriff today,” he said.
“He had control of Spalding County,” she said, referring to Gibson. The inability to pinpoint the source of Gibson’s dominance—and of Beam’s capacity to shield other men—seemed only to feed the drama and paranoia. After Gibson left, citizens came forward to say that they, too, were terrified of him. Jessica Lester, Actress: Doctors. “That’s something that y’all would have to figure out.”, The G.B.I.’s theory of Jessica’s shooting depended on her being suicidal, but she gave no indication of being depressed. Jessica Lester’s friends persuaded her to date Matthew Boynton, a boy in the eleventh grade, by saying, “If you don’t like him, you can always break up.” He was the grandson of the sheriff of Spalding County, where they lived, an hour south of Atlanta, and his friends were football players and cheerleaders. 24 talking about this.
Matthew’s childhood dream was to work in law enforcement—a career inspired by his grandfather, who had helped bring him up following his parents’ divorce. For a time, Sanders thought that the source of Gibson’s power might be connected to the Dixie Mafia (a gang based in the South), or a gambling ring, or some hidden knowledge that afforded him a lifetime of leverage over Beam.