Impressive post. You'd make a good investigator yourself. That's what I did for 30 years (but not in law enforcement) and was there in Springfield shortly after the abduction. To answer some questions you pose...Originally Posted by pittsburghgirl
1) She had purchased the home some two months prior to the abduction for about $40,000 as I recall. It is a modest home just off a main thoroughfair.
2) The call came from Florida (I am almost certain) as I watched the AMW program myself. I can probably find something concrete on that subject but believe it in fact did come from Florida. But it was "cut" off. (Sure, and I have some swampland in Louisiana that I want to sell.)
3) Suzie did not have a key to the side door. It was the assumption that Sherill was concerned about that door being carelessly unlocked and Suzie's keyring did not have that key attached.
4) Stacy left her shorts on the bed. (it was warm in June) She left the home in her underwear either voluntarily or forced. She was not packed for an overnight stay as she originally had intended to be in Battlefield, a suburb of Springfield but the cops were called when the party got rowdy.
5) A large sum of money was left behind in Sherill's purse indicating that the motive was not money. However, if a larger sum was intended to be taken, it might follow that the money was left behind deliberately or it simply was overlooked.
6) Some photographs were taken. The frames were empty.
7) The cars were moved in the driveway, evidently to make room for the alleged van.
8) Suspects were allegedly ruled out through polygraph tests, yet polygraph tests are not infallible. They also are not admissable in court trials.
9) Bartt was in the "48 hours" piece. He would be 42 years old now. His claim was that "it wouldn't have made any sense" for him to be involved. He did come across as convincing and I viewed the tape many times for new clues. This is what really got me going as I was out of town during the time of the abductions and only really learned how it gripped Springfield after I returned. There were perhaps 40-50 articles appearing in the Springfield News-Leader, and yearly or less often follow-ups.
10) Read the following link and the comments. Read on down. You'll be interested. Try to forget some of the other stuff. Concentrate on the "guest book" section.
11) Great post. You missed your calling. May I call you "Madam Colombo?"
12) P.S. It is my considered opinion that drugs were not the motivating factor here.
13) And would you believe that I saw such a model van and that's quite a story unto itself?