To be clear, I admire your news cast. I owe a huge debt of gratitude to anchors Denise Dufala, Investigative Reporters Ed Gallek, (now Fox8News) and Scott Taylor (now ABC correspondent). Nevertheless, to film, interview and never air our compelling then nameless emerging serial killer untold story, with cold case breakthrough, is a downright travesty of journalism. If Vernice Crutcher were anyone else, her incredible journey for justice and closure would have been an engaging news story. Also, I wonder if I were my counterparts, Author Steve Miller and Author Robert Sberna, (who mind you, did incredible jobs in their novels on the Cleveland Strangler), this story would be “Breaking News.”
Alternative Facts vs. The Truth
You were told by CPD Sex Crime Unit, just days before Ohio v Sowell trial ended, that “Science cleared Sowell in 2006 rape,” Was that true? Then how do we explain her jewelry discovered among the Imperial Avenue victims’? Her gray watch and ring are in this single photo. Obviously, it got there because Mr. Sowell took them from her on June 18, 2006, after being forced and attacked inside an abandoned house. Mr. Sowell was registered Sex Offender on September 7, 2005. Why was Ms. Crutcher shown his photograph in 2006? Might this have prevented the so-called 11-Women of Imperial Avenue murders from 2007-2009?
Cybergenetics to the Rescue
Were you aware that DNA testing lab Cybergenetics has offered to re-test the cord used to strangle Ms. Crutcher? For free. What if more advanced testing reveals Mr. Sowell’s DNA? Will this change the narrative and history? Do the Imperial Avenue victims’ families have a moral and legal right to know?
Hold County Prosecutor to his Campaign Promise
Excerpt from recent letter Vernice Crutcher and I submitted to the Prosecutor
“We’re humbly asking that you, prosecutor Michael O’ Malley, make that call to BCI. Please request that they forward her DNA test to Cybergenetics for re-testing. Their True Allele uniquely offers, “interpretation complements human expertise. Powerful computing provides accurate and objective match results for complex DNA evidence.”
Cybergenetics has offered to do this re-testing for free. So, there’s no cost to your office or taxpayers.
But the real pay off would be significant.
Vernice Crutcher, Case 2006-00241169, has always maintained since February 2010, Mr. Sowell was her attacker. I have submitted affidavits to your office, OPS/CPRB, and CPD Sex Crimes Unit, that Mr. Sowell and I crossed paths within hours of her disappearance. Furthermore, the gray watch and ring inside the CME photograph of jewelry retrieved from Sowell’s home belong to Ms. Crutcher. (CME: November 5, 2009, Inv9-2140, Item no. 37)
Consent Decree and Cleveland Strangler Cold Case Breakthrough
RULE OF LAW demands that this cold case breakthrough experience Constitutional protection.
“The United States of America and the City of Cleveland are committed to ensuring that police services in Cleveland are delivered in a manner that is constitutional…”- Introduction to the Consent Decree.
“This agreement seeks declaratory or equitable relief to remedy a pattern or practice by law enforcement officers that deprive individuals of rights, and privileges secured by the Constitutional or federal law.” Paragraph 7 of the Consent Decree.”
Both state and federal “constitutional” laws protect Ms. Crutcher’s rights to “access and a meaningful role in the criminal justice process” and “due process” of this discovery.
Ohio Constitution the Bill of Rights, Section 10a Rights of Victims of Crime: “Victims of criminal offenses shall be accorded fairness, dignity, and respect in the criminal justice process. Shall be accorded rights to…information, access and protection and to a meaningful role in the criminal justice process.”
The 14th Amendment to the Constitution: “No state shall deprive a person of life, liberty or property, without due process of law, nor deny any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the law.”
Will you hold the Prosecutor accountable to the Consent Decree’s requirement of “Constitutional policing?” The CME has her “property.” A key component to solving her cold case. Ms. Crutcher should not by law be denied it AND “due process along with equal protection of the law.”
Suggestion: Test her identified jewelry for Ms. Crutcher’s DNA. The Ohio BCI already has it.
I’m sure your mission statement is truth and integrity in reporting the news. This compelling story deserves to be told. Hold officials accountable. Your reporting will serve as the catalyst for justice and closure. Therefore, you have a compelling untold story that should be…Breaking News!
ps: Did you know former Chief of Police, Safety Director Michael McGrath had officially promised, “if evidence is discovered linking Mr. Sowell as a suspect in this case, the case will be presented to the prosecutor.”
Will you hold him to his duty, promise and compliance to the Consent Decree? 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…(Finger point at YOU!)