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Darlie Routier Darlie Routier is on death row, convicted of murdering her two sons. Darlie claims that an intruder attacked her and the boys and is responsible. Many feel Darlie deserves a new trial. Discuss it here.


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Old 05-19-2005, 11:58 AM
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I watched all of this on TV and found that she could not make up her mind on what happened. Also the blood trail of the footprints and smears in the blood just did not add up to her story.

Kinda makes you wonder what is malfunctioning in people's brains!!!!
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Old 05-19-2005, 12:42 PM
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Hi and welcome!!! I think she actually thought that in that small town, they'd just never suspect her! I also think she was seriously lacking in any "CSI" type knowledge that would have made it abundantly clear that there was no way she could get away with the murders.
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Old 05-19-2005, 01:50 PM
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I agree she did it. The only thing I can defend Darlie on is that I do not know if I would be able to remember all of the details if I were in her shoes. I would probably black most of the details out. I wouldn't want to remember them. Then again I would never be able to hurt my children let alone stab them numerous times.
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Old 05-20-2005, 09:33 PM
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I agree she did it. The only thing I can defend Darlie on is that I do not know if I would be able to remember all of the details if I were in her shoes. I would probably black most of the details out. I wouldn't want to remember them. Then again I would never be able to hurt my children let alone stab them numerous times.
It is not that she forgot details. It was the specific things she did not mention or couldn't get straight. There are certain things that victims remember, according to police detectives across the country. The placement of the attacker when they first see him....ex: I opened my eyes and saw him in the doorway of the kitchen, not we struggled in the kitchen, no, he was standing over me trying to stab me, no, he was on my legs, no, he was standing at the foot of the couch, O, wait, now I remember, he was in the dooryway of the kitchen heading for the garage door; the efforts they made to save their loved ones...not every minute detail but the major events....ex: I just kept wetting towels and bringing them to Darin and the children...., Darlie doesn't mention wet towels until she sees the police have taken the kitchen sink and plumbing. She knows she needs to explain any blood they might find. She has to be doing something at that sink, just in case..

Victims say certain things are ingrained in their memories and that everything moves in slow motion. Darlie never mentioned slow motion, but Darin did. (That helps make his story more believable.) Then there is Darlie hysterical on the phone until she hears Darin say something to Waddell that makes her defend herself. She speaks then in a perfectly direct, calm voice, but very defensively when she says, "Someone came in here and did this intentionally, Darin!" It is almost like she is reminding him to stay focused. Or if you believe he is truly innocent, she could have been trying to convince him. Either way it shows Darlie knew what she was doing that night and that the hysteria was faked. Sorry if I got off track here a little.
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Old 05-20-2005, 09:09 PM
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Hi and welcome!!! I think she actually thought that in that small town, they'd just never suspect her! I also think she was seriously lacking in any "CSI" type knowledge that would have made it abundantly clear that there was no way she could get away with the murders.
What is the population of Rowlett? It wasn't that small, was it?
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Old 05-20-2005, 09:16 PM
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What is the population of Rowlett? It wasn't that small, was it?

I don't know what it was from back then. IMO its small enough that they would have first had other ideas in mind.
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Old 05-20-2005, 09:49 PM
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Police Followed the Leads They Had

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I don't know what it was from back then. IMO its small enough that they would have first had other ideas in mind.
Well, they did have other suspects but nothing ever panned out. They investigated the black car rumors, those kids that were stopped that night, etc. We don't have access to the police file to know everything they did, but nothing has ever been brought out showing that they did not investigate others that they said they did. Besides, most of their leads pointed back at Darlie or someone from the home, not away from it.

I don't think Darlie thought much one way or the other about whether the local cops could figure out what she'd done until she was in the middle of it. I get the impression that she and Darin were used to running by the seat of their pants. To them, planning was sitting about discussing the highlights and leaving the detail to chance, figuring it would work itself out because it always had. That's why he padded bills (per Basia) instead of hustled to find new clients, why they spent every dime they had instead of spreading out their spending over a long period of time and reinvesting in the company to give themselves foundation.
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Old 05-20-2005, 09:18 PM
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What is the population of Rowlett? It wasn't that small, was it?
A & E said last night the pop was 40,000. But there is no break from the city to the suburb. It was out but not out in the country.
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Old 05-20-2005, 09:38 PM
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A & E said last night the pop was 40,000. But there is no break from the city to the suburb. It was out but not out in the country.
Well, then they surely had a decent enough police dept to handle this case and access to experts in Dallas if they didn't. 40,000 is about the size of my community in Nashville and we have had some pretty big cases solved here without too many complications.

Shoot, and some people call Boulder a small town. It has 100,000 people in it. LOL!
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Old 05-20-2005, 09:45 PM
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Well, then they surely had a decent enough police dept to handle this case and access to experts in Dallas if they didn't. 40,000 is about the size of my community in Nashville and we have had some pretty big cases solved here without too many complications.

Shoot, and some people call Boulder a small town. It has 100,000 people in it. LOL!
A & E made the point that Rowlett is/was a bedroom town where the police had not faced many murder cases. Like I said it seemed a little biased against the PD so I can't offer any worthwhile opinion about whether they were equipped or not. It had no crime areas I think. It had sprung up and the new housing areas had overtaken the "old" community.
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Old 07-22-2005, 09:22 PM
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Well, then they surely had a decent enough police dept to handle this case and access to experts in Dallas if they didn't. 40,000 is about the size of my community in Nashville and we have had some pretty big cases solved here without too many complications.

Shoot, and some people call Boulder a small town. It has 100,000 people in it. LOL!
It is a fairly nice little place. I think Allen is a lot nicer though. JMO
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Old 07-22-2005, 11:16 PM
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Well, then they surely had a decent enough police dept to handle this case and access to experts in Dallas if they didn't. 40,000 is about the size of my community in Nashville and we have had some pretty big cases solved here without too many complications.

Shoot, and some people call Boulder a small town. It has 100,000 people in it. LOL!
Small town, pshhhh, I live in a small town! Not quite 8,000 people here! The Darlies like to use the excuse that most of the Rowlett PD had never worked a homicide before, but they called Garland to bring over the K-9 units that night. And like you said, Dallas is right there! Calling Garland obviously shows they had access to outside help.
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