MI MI - Erik Cross, 16, Vicksburg, 26 June 1983

Discussion in 'Cold Cases' started by ChaCha, Feb 28, 2011.

  1. inmyhumbleopinion

    inmyhumbleopinion #NeverGivingUp

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    Bringing this forward as the video was re-posted on “Justice For Eric Stirling Cross” Facebook last night (it was originally broadcast in 2015).

    It is disturbing and infuriating that Brent Spaulding has gotten away with so much since Erik’s murder now 36 years ago, but then sadly, we see exactly the same thing happen over and over in other cases as well.

    I would also like to share the article that was published two days before (October 24th, 2015) the one above; here, you can watch a slightly longer version of the interview:
    Person of interest in cold case murder released from jail

    “[SBM]

    Newschannel 3 were there as a person of interest in the case, Brent Spaulding, was released from jail.

    Our cameras were rolling as Brent Spaulding was released from the Kalamazoo County Jail early Saturday morning.

    [SBM]

    Early Saturday morning, Newschannel 3 was there to hear what he had to say about the allegations.

    Spaulding: ‘Whenever they've wanted any questioning, I've come in an answered all their questions. I'm sick of it. It's a big harassment, it's a witch hunt.’
    NC3: ‘Why do you think it's a witch hunt?’
    Spaulding: ‘They're looking for answers they're never going to find. They haven't found anything out in 32 years. What makes them think they're going to find out he was actually murdered. Nobody knows what happened to the poor kid
    .’
    NC3: ‘Do you think the family deserves closure?’
    Spaulding: ‘That would have been nice 32 years ago.’

    The sheriff's office says they know who was in the car that killed Erik.

    With suspects identified, Cross's family believes justice is coming very soon.

    ‘My message to the people who may be trying to decide to keep hiding out or playing it safe or coming forward,’ said Cross's sister, Jackie Mitchell. ‘I think the undersheriff made it pretty clear that they're not going to be able to hide out anymore.‘

    [SBM]

    He [Spaulding] has not been charged with any crimes related to the cold case.

    He was in jail on previous charges of home invasion, domestic violence, and assault.

    The investigation is ongoing, and Newschannel 3 will continue to follow the case as it develops.”

    It’s telling that he never says he didn’t do it, IMO.
     


  2. inmyhumbleopinion

    inmyhumbleopinion #NeverGivingUp

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    Six billboards going up today in Kalamazoo!

    Posted 5 hrs ago:
    “Today is a big day for
    Justice for Erik Cross.

    The first of 6 billboards goes up in Downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan and the Can Drive in Vicksburg, Michigan.

    Please try to come out to support the Can Drive.

    Erik's Army will be handing out free posters and decals to all that stop out.

    If you cannot make today's Can Drive, we will have one more next Wednesday in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
    We will announce time and location after we finish tonight.

    #JusticeforErik #JusticeforErikCross
    #MichiganAttorneyGeneralDanaNessel
    #EriksArmy
    #VicksburgMichigan
    #EdwardsburgMichigan
    #GrangerIndiana
    #GalesburgMichigan
    #AugustaMichigan
    #KalamazooMichigan
    #ItsEriksTimeForJustice” (BBM)
    Justice For Erik Stirling Cross
     
  3. Midge Montana

    Midge Montana Well-Known Member

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    I'm so disappointed in Michigan in regards to this case. :(
     
  4. PommyMommy

    PommyMommy #ShinelikeShanann

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    JAN 24, 2020
    Insufficient evidence for charges in 36-year-old Kalamazoo County death: Attorney General
    The state Attorney General’s office will not pursue charges in the hit-and-run death of a Vicksburg teen 36 years ago.

    Staff with the state Attorney General issued a statement about the Erik Cross cold case.

    “We know this is a heartbreaking decision for the Cross family but there is simply not enough evidence to criminally charge any of the remaining suspects with the death of Erik Cross. We can only imagine the decades of pain and anguish they have experienced and we wish we were able to make a different decision.

    [...]

    JAN 25, 2020
    Michigan AG: ‘Not enough evidence’ to file charges in 1983 cold case

    [​IMG]

    [...]

    Cross was struck and killed by a car as he was walking home and was left to die in the road. Although there have been several leads over the last 35 years, nobody has ever been charged with the killing.

    In 2017, murder warrants were issued for five people in connection to the death, but no charges were filed. The Cross family asked the Michigan AG’s office to investigate.

    The AG’s office informed the family on Thursday that they won’t be able to move forward with the case due to the lack of evidence.

    [...]
     
  5. Luckyzmom

    Luckyzmom Well-Known Member

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    So very sorry this case can not bring justice for Erik . Still praying for this family to find strength and some peace. I wish no rest or peace for those still living with what happened the night Erik died. May you all roast ! Despicable, still heart broken family and friends. Karma karma karma MOO. I read the press release and was not able to process it right away. I cannot imagine what this family continues to endure
     
  6. Blue Girl1991

    Blue Girl1991 Well-Known Member

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    Such a Heartbreaking news.I feel so sorry for Erik's family and friends,they are amazing, true warriors motivated by their love for Erik.I want to believe that these evil killers will be punished by Karma in this life,they will definitely punished in the next world and justice will be done it that way or another.I can't read this update without shed tears.
     
  7. AtomicMom

    AtomicMom New Member

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    As a mom, I want so badly to see this solved. I can't imagine having your son taken from you at any time in life let alone when he still has so much growing to do.

    I audibly yelled out when I read the article about the Attorney general. I really believe that if Erik had been born in today's era, his killers would have already been brought to justice.

    There's gotta be a way to do more. I refuse to believe that this is the end of the line.

    [Edit] Does anyone have a connection to the family? Is there anything they need right now or anyway we can help?
     
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  8. AtomicMom

    AtomicMom New Member

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    So quick update: I reached out to Missy at the Justice for Erik FB page.

    Apparently the reason they can't move forward is due to a mistake made by the Prosecutor's Office. Missy could not elaborate on exactly what that mistake was. She also discusses this in a new podcast (it's in Part 2): Erik Cross pt.1 "The Weight" - Crime Valley Podcast
     
  9. Luckyzmom

    Luckyzmom Well-Known Member

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    Thanks very much @AtomicMom!
    Welcome glad to have you with us :)
     
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    Thank you so much! I'm so glad to finally joined "my people"! :)
     

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