PB, I didn't 'jump' on you. Statistics tell me you are probably right. If I was forced to make a bet I would say the case won't be solved. I would also add that SCPD detectives left to their own devices and without political interference can solve the case. In Suffolk County, politics is always the order of the day.
I doubt that, simply for a mathematical reason. The motives for murder are many and even more for crime in general. The usual detective has to focus on the common crimes. But guys like LISK or, at that, most other SKs are so off the normal scope and in general so rare, that they are out of the experience for most detectives. That doesn't mean they are stupid or something. But you don't go to your car mechanic to get your appendix removed. And since it is for reasons of available time impossible to learn everything, well, I doubt, the SCPD has someone really speciualized on that kind of offender.
A lot of things troubled me about the case. The letter Det.Stephan sent to Newsday really caught my attention. Why would a seasoned detective bother to write a letter such as he did to direct us away from the 911 SG call? I would have preferred he used his remaining time in the SCPD to solve the 9/24/03 murder of Peter Ghattas. That case is still open. IMO he couldn't close the case because the DA had something to hide.
Your guess, your opinion, and so on. But then, if I am allowed to quote you, you have no way to know that ... oh wait, in fact, you have. Because you see the same patterns. Problem is, while I respect your opinion, you have no evidence. Not even circumstantial.
When detectives went to Florida to bring back JC for investigation, it was Spota that was sure to send a senior ADA named JSP with those detectives. JC was one of 3 suspects in that case. It was JC that was mentioned by Ghattas to detectives and then the DA implicating him scores of burglaries and other serious crimes.
Only that the extradition procedure called anway for a DA, right? So he had to send one anyway and in a case with that kind of profile, it makes sense to send not the youngest in the office. So, technically, this proves nothing.
Detectives went to Florida with a Material Witness Order. A piece of cake. Why did they send a ADA? I would think the ADA had better things to do.
Again, different states have different laws. If you want someone from Florida, it has to go via court or prosecutor's office. If it's prosecutors, the person actually taking over the prisoner has to be from the prosecutors office. At least that is, what I learned from Miami.
IMO, ADA JSP was sent to Florida to ensure that he would not speak to the detectives. JC promptly exercised his right to counsel. Now I have been in this business for a good number of years. If you think a homicide detective is going to take a right to counsel demand seriously, I have that bridge to sell you. That is why the ADA was sent with the detectives. Once JC invoked his rights the ADA was sure to make sure he didn't speak to the detectives. Mission ACCOMPLISHED.
And that is the point, your up to here reasonable questions changed into a mere assumption which shows all symptoms of bias rather than reality. You see, no ADA can forbid a prisoner to talk to the detectives who transport him. It is legally and physically impossible (they sit in the same car, in the plane, then again in a car together).
The thing about this story that is still unanswered is what did JC know about his longtime neighbor, the ranking officer who presided over Spota's investigation squad. I have mentioned that officer in many of my previous postings. What I do know is 3 weeks after he was brought to the DA's office, Peter Ghattas was murdered. He was giving the DA information about some very dangerous people. One is doing 40+ years in a federal prison.
The problem is, even if one is corrupt, ethically disagreeable or with the mob in the bed or bought by certain political powers, at the end of the day, you need evidence, at least the circumstantial kind. Bring something, not only rants or accusations, but something logically. Something someone said and could have only known from Ghatta, behavioral hints someone knew something would happen, something, and be it a small thing, but at least something.
When detectives went to California to talk JS back to NY, JS who should have been the prime suspect in the Tankleff Murders, they sent a Det.Sgt Doyle and the very controversial Det.McCready out there with ADA Jablonski. JS knew a lot about corruption in SC, and if he was charged with that crime he would have given up all the corruption in Suffolk County.
There is nothing new under the sun when it comes to the SCPD and DA.
Fine fine and if I would do such a thing, I would be attacked for claiming thing I say without any evidence as facts. But then, that's me. You can get away with it. However, aside of having not a shred of evidence, there is another thing:
Even if you are right, even if everything is corrupt there and so on and so on ... there is no real connection to LISK. The GB4 are a clustered dump site, the wrapping, the site itself, the timing, it all shows classical SK aspects. Now, you claim to have been a detective yourself. If you miss those points, the other detectives miss them probably too (this goes to my assumption this kind of case is too off the track for normal homicide departments alone). And it shows too strong signature aspects to point to a pro or mob hit man or a dirty cop cleaning up. This is a classic.
This is exactly what they did when detectives went to Florida to fetch JC. Make sure he kept his mouth shut. But I think in this case the detectives were trying to do a good job in solving a homicide. In the Tankleff/JS matter all three that were sent out were all on the same page. ADA Jabolnski's job was to ensure JS that he wasn't going to be prosecuted for this case.
So a deal was struck, happens all the time. Where is the point?
I believe Stephan is a good detective. He wanted to solve the PG case as any good detective would want to do. But when Spota realized his good pal, the ranking officer could be implicated in other crimes, Spota made sure that wouldn't happen.
A claim for which you don't have evidence, not even circumstantial. And aside of that, the connection to LISK is still missing.