Baker said her lawyer, Scott Reilly, told her accepting a plea deal was in her best interest.
"I wouldn't get a fair trial here, or anywhere," she said. "I'm going to be an old woman when I get out." Reilly said Saturday that he advised Baker to take the plea deal because the evidence against her was strong. He cited Baker's inconsistent statements, her acknowledgment that Adam wasn't around when Zahra died, blood splatter on Zahra's bedroom ceiling, and cellphone records that placed her where the remains were discarded.
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BBM Has she not looked in a mirror lately? She looks like an old woman now; short of extensive plastic surgery, she is and will be an 'old woman' as long as she's breathing.
[quote=Fyrecat;7279631]Just a point,
I work and have worked with some Aussie and Irish guys. I can believe that he might not have been involved or known.
Adam was married to a very manipulative woman. He might have been the strong, simple meat and potatoes guy who works long hours and hard, comes home, takes a shower, has a beer and blunt, and hits the hay. It might have been his way of escaping a bad marriage, it might have been his way of ignoring things he knew were bothering him, but couldn't put a finger on. I believe that some guys can do this...to survive in a situation that they don't like but don't know what to do about.
If he was working non stop, he probably didn't have much time for his daughter. He might have felt that once he married, a girl child was his wife's responsibility. In some cultures, it's that way...the man works hard and the wife raises the kids-especially the girls. He might have believed that this was his role-to be the breadwinner, and because he was undocumented, he might not have made the money he felt he needed to unlesss he worked long hours to support a wife and child. He probably wanted to be the 'big man' and worked long and hard to do that.
As for how he could not know about Z.s condition or murder....
Well, my husband is a Chef. He leaves the house sometimes at 4, and sometimes doesnt' get back til 7:30-8:00pm (he's on an 'early' shift) but because he's Executive Chef, everything is his responsiblity. During the day I work, come home take care of things, make dinner, etc, etc etc by the time he gets home. I can see how if Adam was away for a long day out that the stepmother could have time to do quite a bit. And Adam strikes me as the kind of guy who probably didn't ask to many questions after a long day at work...probably 'did you get the beer?' or 'whats on the telly?' or 'Z behave herself today?"
I work with men who have conversations with their wives like this...and who are gone long hours. And his relationship with E. was probably very simple...he didn't look like the sort of man who would be asking in depth questions or wanting any sort of long conversation.
I think it's such a shame this little girl had this happen. What a lovely little person she looked, and I hope that she's happy in heaven.
He only had this job with the tree company for 6 mths. He was in the US for approx 2 yrs...where did he work so hard before obtaining this job?
He knew he was in the US ILLEGALLY. He knew he smoked pot which is ILLEGAL in North Carolina. He knew he wrote ILLEGAL hot checks to local businesses in 2 NC counties. He knew he falsified legal documents to obtain utilities. He knew he reportedly tried to hit someone with his car, who owed drug money. He knew that DSS had come to his house about reported abuse of Zahra!!!
IMO Adam was not a dumb or hard working man. He was an ILLEGAL in our country breaking many of our laws.
I'm not so sure, Hickory... I followed the Jeffrey MacDonald case very closely, since I grew up about 35 miles away, and we had neighbors who had lived in that same neighborhood in Ft. Bragg -- an Army Colonel, Retired...
Anyway, **and this is a bit graphic**, when there are blood splatters on the ceiling, it usually means that blood from a previous blow has gotten onto the murder weapon -- BB bat, 2x4, golf club, bed slat (as in the J. MacD. case), possibly the prosthetic leg, and the blood was "slung" off the weapon in an arc with such force, that it was splattered onto the ceiling.
I just don't see the blood spattering onto the ceiling from the use of a handsaw. Further, if the dismemberment came a few hours later than death, the blood would not have splattered at all, due to drying out, etc.... EB spread that blood in her jealousy & rage, IMO.
Sorry for the awful details, folks.
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That's what it comes down to at this point.
I mean, sure you can say "I'm not willing to run any risk!" but that's not always the way reality works in criminal cases where much of the evidence is missing. It's like saying you aren't willing to have it rain on Tuesdays because you take a walk that day. Weatherman is going to tell you the chances of it raining, then you decide whether you're taking that walk or not. Somewhere in the public prosecutors office someone is toting up the risks and benefits and someone else (or possibly a team of people) is deciding whether the risks are worth it.
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Fyrecat, re your post, I appreciate your intentions but the reality is, sure you may have worked with some Australian guys and you feel Adam's demeanour and behaviour is typical of Aussie blokes, but I can tell you with absolute certainty, you're working on a stereotype notion. Yes, Adam has certain typical traits of Aussie guys within a certain demographic (his "ocker" speech and laid back attitude for example), but it is definitely not typical either of Aussie men or of their wives to live the lives that Adam and Elisa lived.
I'd say a small proportion of lower-end demographic, uneducated, alpha-male types may be like that, though I'd not ever describe Adam as an alpha male for a second! A wanna-be alpha male perhaps. Note my response to Elisa's comment quoted above! In the current economy (even the past 30 or so years) it is not viable for any but the most high income families to have a parent at home. In such affluent cases many assertive women have quite glorious careers (possibly greater than their husbands) so choose to work for their own satisfaction, and there is no stay at home parent in the family – usually professional nannies or child-care is used instead. In a 'typical' family the case is the same. Seems pretty akin to life in the USA, the UK, and any other prosperous, highly educated western country, doesn't it? In fact, Australia is barely feeling a pinch from the Global Financial Crisis – the Aussie dollar is above parity ... ie worth more than the USD because the economy is so strong. Yet, it still continues that most families have both parents working.
I do not agree with you that Australian males have a lack of in-depth conversation with their wives, or a lack of interest in their own family. That is a malaise suffered by complacent individuals, not by an entire nation of people!
Meat and potatoes, beer on the table, telly on, wife looks after the kids ... yes, a very stereotypical myth.
IMHO AB knew what a witch he had married and was escaping his current reality in his absence from home, substance abuse and guilt about what he had subjected his child to. I will never forgive him for allowing this to happen to Zahra but I am not convinced that he played an active role. I do believe he is guilty because of neglectful passivity and I wish he was sitting in a cell next to EB for the entire time she is incarcerated.
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