I wholeheartedly agree. Not a grand location for a planned killing and subsequent removal of the body without help or detection. At least not from a logical standpoint.
Little different take on happenings in the courtroom yesterday, including video.
Tad disturbing to me there were apparently many more people there to show support for CW than for Mac.
But I guess it depends on where you live. In my state, what they have now would be enough to get capital murder one. No negotiations, no pleas...just the needle. Insanity would not apply. The only way you might save your skin would be go in remorseful, confess and plead guilty...maybe life without parole...if you are lucky.
If I could find out two things:
1. Where is MC's cellphone?
2. Who helped him move her to where she was found?
What are this guy's stats, weight? height?
Last edited by jgk10414; 10-21-2010 at 02:46 PM.
What are this guy's stats, weight? height?
I would say just by looking at him compared to others.... I would guess between 6 ft and 6.3 and approx 175 lbs.
Check this link out for an example of State-paid attorneys at work, in a capital murder case. And they haven't even gotten to Motions in front of judge yet (was scheduled for today, but a defense attorney was ill, so postponed):
Ineffective representation = almost guaranteed appeal. Even the State of WA won't keep attorneys like that on the payroll. Right to trial is thankfully still in effect in this country. His attorney waived right to speedy trial because of the mountain of evidence that will have to be sorted through. That doesn't sound like he isn't going to bother to take this seriously. He wants time to be able to put together a defense strategy.
But he would also be remiss after looking at the evidence if he didn't advise his client to take a plea deal "if" offered. I would hope the prosecutor doesn't even consider that since the charge is still only Murder 2.
State pays for all of this either way. Do they have the Constitutional right to only pay the judge and the prosecutors to do a thorough and fair job, but not the defense? Not even.
Cell phone I suspect was smashed into many pieces and then either tossed into the river or buried under a rock or and apple tree. Needle in a haystack would be easier to find.
We don't yet know if CW had any help or not. It sure would make moving a body a lot easier, but also remember that there was a "drag trail" at CB from the driveway down to the river. Two people presumably would not need to drag her.
Middle of the night would be less problematic to sneak a body out of those apartments, but still not an easy task at all. And then presumably into trunk of a car? Tough, but not impossible.
Haven't seen his height or weight put out officially, but unless the officers escorting him to-from court are below average height for males, he's 6-ft or more. And thin. I stink at guessing weights, but maybe 160-175 range, if he's around 6 to 6-2. Several good shots in that courtroom video from KXLY, and he appears to be the tallest person standing in all of them.
This is a tad bit disturbing to me. My granddaughter told me some friends (girls) of hers who went to court because they knew Mac. You would think they would be disgusted by what he (CW) is accused of doing but the girls thought he was cute tall, attractive. They said he probably could be charming. They didn't even know him. Could he have a chrismatic personality over girls Would Mac kinda feel the same way? Maybe that is why so many girls are saying he did'nt do it. Also it might have been stated but how long had CW been going to beauty school?
The shaded area in the google picture has an entrance into the building from the street. Basically the "back way". The picture in the Wenatchee World is from the south side of the picture. The Plaza grocery store is a glorified convenience store that I would most certainly not want to be any where around after dark....if you know what I mean. This area of town isn't the best. The courthouse is across from the BH but the jail is on the back side (right hand side of the picture) so he really can't see it from his cell. It's too bad.
But Mac probably never knew. At least not until it was too late.
Charming ought to be the number one "be careful" warning. Bundy used it very effectively, as I'm sure other killers have. I've seen it in a number of people personally who as it turns out were classic abusers. But never, ever let that abusive persona out in public. Always presented as charming as a snake and funny and friendly when "others" were watching and rarely let their guard down.
Although I doubt anybody would look out a window and imagine they were seeing a body being loaded into a vehicle, even in a less than desirable neighborhood.
My guess is she was wrapped up in something. Rug, blanket or tarp which was held on with duct tape. Then a piece of the tape pulled loose when she was being drug down to the river. Blessedly he missed that, but why the knife left behind?
A very disorganized crime. Or so it seems based on what we currently know.
There are two business, well, three around the shaded area which is called Methow street. There is a bank (Cashmere valley) which has parking in that area, a massage therapy practice in an old house, and an insurance agency. If he waited until dark, went out the back of the building (Methow street) and put her in his car, I doubt he would be seen. Remember, this was in February so it was getting dark early.
The Plaza is across the street from the main door on Okanogan street. There are some shrubs that are in the shaded area of the photo that would probably block the view from the Plaza. If I remember correctly, the parking area on Methow street is lower than Okanogan street, so that would make it more difficult. I will try to get some pictures tomorrow to help explain it better.
I'm not sure if the Plaza is still open 24/7.
Here is a Googled map of the BH/AHD & Orondo boat launch. The yellow arrow is the BH, the black arrow is the courthouse, the blue arrow is the academy of hair design and the red arrow is the Orondo street boat launch. As you can see, it's almost a straight shot for Mac to go from the Academy to the BH and to the boat launch...almost a triangle.
Front of the BH from the Plaza Super Jet parking lot. This faces Okanogan street. CW apartment on the right and back side.
This is the back of the BH. CW's room is the one on the lower left with the window shade open. The second picture is a door at was cut off at the end of the last picture. If you make a sharp left, you'll go right into the "shaded" area in the original googled picture that was posted a few days ago. You can see the top of CW's window. This is taken from the Methow street side.
Last edited by Soozb4; 10-22-2010 at 01:23 PM. Reason: Combining pictures
This is the shadowed parking lot. There is an additional door on this side, and a couple of rolling doors. I'm not sure if this is for winter parking of boats, etc or what they're used for. But there are two actual doors that lead from the back and side of this building, both within a few feet of each other.
It looks like they've cleaned out the bushes around that other parking lot. I don't know when they did that, so the original "hedge" type shrubs could have been there in February. This is looking at the Plaza from the parking lot and then looking at the parking lot from the Plaza. I still think someone could have gone unnoticed out the side door since that BH lot is lower than the street. You can't see the first few cars in photo 1 in photo 2.
The bail bonds place is tucked in the very corner of the shaded lot. I'm not sure how long this business has been there. And the second picture is our courthouse from the BH parking lot.
I just tried to post this..I screwed up somehow. I know there is a strong suspect " CW" for the murder of Mack. But remember in the beginng it was said that there was evidence at the spec house and also at CB house. I thought it was inside...ok and then someone tipped LE about the turnout at CB. ( I thought they found something)???? So doesn't that mean that someone else knows what happened? I mean that isn't just saying CW is weird and you should check him out. He wouldn't call in a tip on himself. This probably doesn't make sense. lol
I've been thinking the same thing 2Shy. And the open house where something gruesome was found. I've heard that story from several in the community who know the woman showing the house that day. I think, too, that the broken glass in the police report was supposed to be from the spec house. IMO he had help in some way...either before or after the fact.
Thanks so much, Soozb4, for you pics. They will help those who aren't familiar with our area to get a better idea as to what the layout is. I wondered who the tipster was also. Someone who helped or knew about the crime?
But IIRC, there was a news conference in which an investigator or spokesperson stated it would have pointed them at a specific person or persons? My sense is it was a dead end, IF they found anything.
Can't personally imagine anybody with any actual involvement would have been stupid enough to make that call.
Will have to dig to see if I can find that video and post a link. Do recall it was a bit more info than is here, even if a slip if the tongue.
Sort of like the press conference where they would only say that the piece of duct tape was found "near" Mac's body, then turned around and offered up that it was on the "drag trail." Not just on the "trail" above where she was found, but the drag trail.
Ditto on thanks to Soozb4 for the photos. Ground level from the neighborhood does help!
ETA: I'm not sure if this was the original video I was thinking of, but still very insightful. Per reporter, police DID find something, but won't say what. It did send them to speak to at least 3 or 4 people. At that time, LE stated there was no apparent link to the Academy (referred to as beauty school here) or its customers. We now know that was a premature "exclusion" even if only a "soft exclusion."
That was on June 18.
By the way, if you also go to kxly.com and search "Mackenzie Cowell" there are a number of interesting videos related to this case.
Last edited by anyoldtime48; 10-22-2010 at 04:33 PM. Reason: added link