GUILTY WA - Mackenzie Cowell, 17, Wenatchee, 9 Feb 2010 - #13

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  1. love_to_dig

    love_to_dig New Member

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    Scentamental,

    Your thoughtful post is very powerful in my opinion. As someone who suffered through the murder of my brother many, many years ago, I can tell you that you have described exactly what our family was going through.

    My brother was missing for ten days, and I can attest to how devastating it is not knowing where your loved one is. You wonder where they are. Are they okay? Are they suffering somewhere, alone, and you can't do anything to help them? Will you ever see them again? Will you ever be able to tell them you love them one more time?

    But the worst part -- you can't stop your mind from imagining every horrible scenario -- over and over again.

    You can't eat, and sleep is measured in minutes, not hours. Your friends try to say the right things, but you're not really listening because your brain is still imagining all the horrible scenarios. You go through the motions of everyday life, but you'll remember very little of it. You go from complete numbness to crying uncontrollably.

    The waiting game is excruciating.

    And then you hear the news that you didn't want to hear, but deep in your soul you knew was inevitable. A different rush of emotions overwhelms you from the finality of it. At least during the waiting game, there was always a tiny glimmer of hope. But now, that hope has been obliterated by a few words from a police officer. We were told that his badly beaten body had been found on the side of the freeway. I believe he was discarded like an empty, plastic grocery bag.

    During the waiting game, my family shed so many tears that by the time we had his funeral, we had very few left to give. We were numb again. Onlookers may have assumed we were uncaring. We weren't. We were all just mentally and physically beyond exhausted.

    I hope this post isn't too OT. I just wanted to shed some light on what it's really like for the grieving family. I know it's an old cliche, but I truly wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy.
     
  2. Nancee Drue

    Nancee Drue Member

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    As WS sleuths, we all haven't yet agreed together, upon who the criminal is, or where the crime was done. We may never do that, until LE announces who and where.

    SO..I'll guess. I am guessing the criminal is a white male, in his 40s or 50s, and he knew MC from somewhere...not sure...where, but he was an acquaintance. I don't think Killer was in a gang. I think Killer had planed on sending the body, to the bottom of the river, and he didn't get to complete his plans.

    I am so so sorry for RC and WC.
     
  3. humwhatsup

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    Ok.. we have from WS
    JF
    WC (hard for me on this one)
    New out of town BF ( I heard actually hasn't been found to talk to?)
    JV (? Think most ruled his out??)
    Girls (heard that personally as a possibility from talking from young kids)
    Gang thing ( also heard that as a possibility from kids in conjunction with girls??)
    Fuel Bar & CB bar owner ( coincendence ?) Just as much as JF/WC near property/s connection)
    The Hurd property and their Kids possible connection
    Random
    If I missed anything/one...please take in account.......lets get together and start eliminating from what we can find out
    This is just so sad and must be solved!!! For what its worth....
     
  4. No More

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    My guess is one male, between the ages of 21 and 44.
     
  5. Miss Maple

    Miss Maple Seeking Justice for MC

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    Thank you love_to_dig for your post. Your words literally brought me to tears, and I am so sorry for your loss and your pain...past, present, and ongoing. I think I can speak for most of us here when I say that it certainly helps shed some light on the probable feelings and emotions of MC's grieving family and friends...and why we may not be seeing what we expect. Because most of us DON'T know what to expect because, fortunately, we haven't lived through this.

    Thank you so much for sharing, and again...I am so very sorry for your loss. No matter how recent or how long ago this was, my prayers are with you and your family...I agree, this isn't something to be wished upon anyone :(
     
  6. Salem

    Salem Former Member

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    RANT: I want to see a suspect or POI! I want to see an arrest here!

    Come on LE ..... give us something!

    Salem
     
  7. No More

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    So while waiting for things to shake loose on MC's case, I have been looking at other open cases in WA on WS. For those of you who may have been following the Nancy Moyer and Lindsey Baum cases, a scary person with initials ww (44) keeps coming up. He has lived in many places in WA, often close to people disappearing. He also fishes the Columbia and has property in Tonasket. Weren't JF (41) and Spillman (41) also from Tonasket? Could these three people have grown up together at some stage in their lives?
     
  8. momonthego

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    Happy to see the Seattle news at 10 pm mentioned a fundraiser and birthday celebration for MC tomorrow night. Anything to keep reminding people about this tragedy is great, IMO.

    Also, I don't know if they are a WS "competitor" but there is some interesting new data/theories on the MC thread at www.helpfindthemissing.org.
     
  9. YOJO

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    love to dig thanks for sharing your loss with us. MY prayers are with you and your family
     
  10. Miss Maple

    Miss Maple Seeking Justice for MC

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    Wow...that's pretty creepy. From my own personal knowledge of JF I can say that I am pretty sure (I can't say 100%) that JF's only connection to Spillman was that he was, for a time, his brother-in-law and I have never heard that they were roommates, let alone even friends. But in the same respect, Tonasket has a pretty small population...so there's always the possibility they knew eachother or knew of eachother back in the day.

    ETA...I don't know of JF ever living in Tonasket, but I can't say I know for sure that he didn't..which is why I threw the comment about Tonasket being a small place out there. Hope I didn't confuse too many people with that!
     
  11. AmandaWen

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    I have also been following this case for awhile and I don't remember if the drawing made by a person who has prediction dreams has been mentioned here.
     
  12. greencross

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    Could be a serial killer (SK)...
     
  13. love_to_dig

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    Thank you, Miss Maple.

    It was 1979 -- a very long time ago, and the pain is still there, although not nearly as deep. It never goes away completely. I can guarantee that everyone in Mackenzie's life will be altered by this somehow.

    By the way, they did catch the murderer of my brother, eventually. He was a friend of a friend of a friend of his roommate. My brother had just cashed a $1500.00 IRS refund check, and the murderer killed him for the money to buy drugs.

    He was found guilty and got 7 years in prison, but with "good behavior," he was out in three. Some justice, huh?

    Even with the guilty plea, it didn't bring my brother back.
     
  14. Gone Too Soon

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    No; SF is from Lynnwood.
     
  15. PaulR

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  16. Miss Maple

    Miss Maple Seeking Justice for MC

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    WOW...I can't even begin to imagine the anger that you and your family must've experienced with this man being released after only 3yrs. Shoot, even the fact that he only got 7 to begin with! Sometimes the justice system amazes me due to the shear lack of exactly that; justice :(

    But in reference to MC's case (I hope you don't mind love_to_dig), it certainly goes to show that what was done to her could absolutley be something as unfortunate as what love's poor brother went through...killed for something as pitiful as money for drugs and by someone completely unrelated. I'm not saying the same exact situation, but along the lines of the reason being something trivial (but not in the killers mind) and by someone who we haven't even considered...perhaps because it's not even someone we would know.
     
  17. Miss Optimism

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    I tend to think that the killer was close to her and was very angry with her, just by the vicious nature of what was done to her. :sick:
     
  18. Gone Too Soon

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    Being "private" can be mistaken for having secrets about what goes on behind closed doors. WC invited JF into her home where MC visited every other weekend. WC might have made one of the best apple pies in the valley, but she was not a nurturing and involved part of MC's life as some might think. MC was the apple of her daddy's eye, but longed for the love and acceptance of her mother. IMO her silence is more than mourning and reflection...of the rest I have personal knowledge. :banghead:
     
  19. love_to_dig

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    No, Miss Maple, I don't mind.

    I find myself in tears reading this, though. It's been many years since I've cried for my brother, although I do get sad around certain dates on the calendar.

    As the mother of an 18 year old daughter who is about to graduate, I think I weep for WC who won't get to experience that milestone with her only daughter -- the baby of the family.

    I've never believed that WC had any thing to do with this. I hope this turns out to be true.
     
  20. Heartfelt

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    Was just wondering ......Do you have to leave after posting 50 times?? Im new here but I do live here and have been following this since it happened.I also heard a drywall knife was one of the tools.
     
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