An important element in the modern witch hunt is the narrative told by a witness. Often there is no physical evidence of any wrongdoing of any kind let alone the extraordinary crime of which the villain is accused.
In the satanic abuse trials the role of the witnesses, especially children, was crucial and an objective reading of their accounts shows that their stories were essentially the product of their interrogators.
There was only one witness that was of any use to the prosecution in the Trayvon Martin case and that was “Dee Dee”, who was given that name by Benjamin Crump, the lawyer for the Fulton and Martin families.
It is important to understand the time and context of the emergence of Dee Dee. A skilful publicity campaign had convinced many Americans, and virtually all African American voters and leaders, that George Zimmerman was so obviously guilty of an unprovoked and cold-blooded murder that only a racist conspiracy involving the Sanford police and judiciary and possibly several neighbors could explain why there was no immediate arrest.
The demands for an arrest, which in fact meant demands for a charge or charges, had placed the police and the state and judiciary of Florida in an almost impossible position. The Black community and its leaders were convinced that George Zimmerman had implacably and ruthlessly hunted down, tormented and slaughtered an innocent child. That Zimmerman was still, after a fashion, free could only be due to racist malice. But the police still had nothing remotely resembling probable cause. There were no witnesses or forensic evidence that incriminated Zimmerman in any way whatsoever. Charging him at this point might jeopardise any chance of securing a conviction since evidence seized after a charge without probable cause might be declared inadmissible. And, since Zimmerman was still talking without a lawyer, the possibility remained that he would say something that would plausibly constitute probable cause. He had already said enough that putting him on the stand would be risky even if he yet to contradict himself on any major point.
There did, however, seem to be a witness who had heard Trayvon’s final moments. Benjamin Crump has said in a sworn affidavit that on Sunday, March 18th, 2012, Tracy Martin was trying to work out the password for Trayvon’s mobile phone while going through phone records. He discovered the number of the person to whom Trayvon had been talking in the minutes before his death.
This is a little odd. The phone was registered in Tracy Martin’s name. The procedures for different companies vary but it should have been possible to simply contact the company to unlock the phone. It is difficult to see how information about the password could have been gleaned from the billing records.
In any case, it is almost certain that Dee Dee had come to the attention of the Fulton and Martin families and their lawyers well before the 18th. Pam Bondi said that there was a witness but she had not been cooperating. Natalie Jackson said that she had been tracked down by investigators. Ronquavis Fulton, Trayvon’s cousin, said he met her at the wake on the Friday after the shooting. Sybrina Fulton in her deposition refers to meeting Dee Dee at some point in March.
It seems that Dee Dee had been contacted before the 18th, perhaps even just before the wake and funeral and that this was done through investigators hired by the family’s lawyers.
It seems too that she was extremely reluctant to come forward. In particular she clearly did not want her picture to become public.
The reason for delaying the revelation of this witness almost certainly had nothing to do with searching phone company records. Very probably it had to do with listening to Zimmerman’s NEN call and the other calls and getting the timing straight.
There are some questions that need to be resolved. It seems unlikely that Dee Dee’s accounts of her phone conversation are a total fabrication. If they had been, it seems unlikely that Crump could have restrained himself from eliciting a claim that Dee Dee had heard Zimmerman call Trayvon a “fucking coon” or some other racial insult or an “arsehole”. Reviewing the successive versions of the narrative, the impression of this reader is that Dee Dee is a fundamentally honest person who was coerced or manipulated into giving an account that gradually became different from what she heard or what she originally thought she might have heard.
A conservative blog has just suggested that Dee Dee herself was a fabrication. There are good reasons for suspecting this and it would not be surprising if it turned out that there never was a Dee Dee. But again, if Crump was just going to make up an earwitness, why not throw in a racial slur or two? If nothing else, it would be good for a federal hate crime charge.
Was there more than one Dee Dee? The young woman who spoke to Trayvon, the one who wrote a statement that was handed to Sybrina Fulton, the one who gave a telephone interview to Benjamin Crump and the others, the one interviewed by Assistant State Attorney Bernard De La Rionda, the one interviewed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the one deposed by Michael O’Mara, counsel for George Zimmerman: are they the same person?
It is likely that the Dee Dee who attended the depositions with De La Rionda, the FDLE and the defense were one and the same. It is difficult to see that De La Rionda would condone such an obvious imposture. The Dee Dee who was on the phone with Crump sounds like the one who was interviewed by De La Rionda, although someone familiar with the teenage variant of Southern Black English might be able to discern differences. Perhaps she was just impersonating the young woman on the phone with Trayvon but again that seems improbable.
The first publicly accessible account of what Dee Dee heard is a “letter” released by the prosecution over a year after it was written.
A copy can be found at Diwataman’s site.
Here is Diwataman’s transcription of the handwritten document which appears to be completely accurate.
March 19, 2012
I was on the phone when Trevon decided to go to the Cornerstore. It started to rain so he decided to walk through another complex because it was raining to hard. He started walking then noticed someone was following him. Then he decided to find a shortcut cause the man wouldn’t follow him. Then he said the man didn’t follow him again. Then he looked back and saw the man again. The man started getting closer. Then Trevon turned around and said why are you following me!! Then I heard him fall, then the phone hung up. I called back and text. No response. In my mind I thought it was just a fight. Then I found out this tragic story.
Why was this document hidden? Why was it eventually revealed?
The last question is the easiest. The prosecution was forced to release it after it was mentioned by Dee Dee in her deposition on the 13th of March. Rather than admit that he was releasing it to avoid another request for sanctions De La Rionda attached it to a response to the defense’s claims about discovery violations.
De La Ronda’s explanation was:
“Witness 8 didn’t want to get involved in this case. Unlike some people involved in this case, she has never sought out publicity. Quite the opposite is true. Witness 8 reluctantly agreed to talk only after a review of Trayvon Martin’s phone records established she was on the phone with him. Even though she agreed to talk, she wanted her true identity to remain a secret. Witness 8 did everything she could to not being identified, including using her nickname so that she would not be subjected to what is now happening to her. See attached letter Witness 8 gave Victim’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, prior to the recorded telephone call with Trayvon Martin’s attorney”
This is extremely feeble. When we consider that De La Rionda has also claimed not to have read communications from the defense and to have forgotten significant exculpatory evidence for several months one wonders whether he is trying to get removed from the case.
We are supposed to believe that he is attaching the document because it is an example of the witness being so reluctant to be identified that she used her nickname when writing a letter. If her nickname was well known what was the point of using it to obscure her identity? If it was invented just for that occasion or was in fact “Dee Dee”, the pseudonym provided by Crump, what was the point of redacting it?
During the hearing on April 30th, 2013, it was revealed that Dee Dee had help in writing the document from a friend called Francine, whose surname she did not know.
Exactly what does help mean here? It is not likely that it means help with grammar and spelling. One very obvious thing about the document is that it is generally spelt correctly but that Trayvon’s name is misspelt “Trevon” twice. If Dee Dee was any sort of friend of Trayvon’s, even if she just browsed Facebook and Twitter, she would surely have known how to spell his name. More probably she dictated the document to someone who wrote it down correctly but simply wrote a phonetic spelling of the name. It has also been pointed that a document in cursive script would be more likely to be written by someone older then Dee Dee.
It seems most likely that Francine was the woman who brought Dee Dee to Sybrina Fulton’s residence but did not go inside. It seems very probable that she was an investigator hired by the Crump firm.
Also at the hearing it was suggested that Fulton thought that the document was a letter of condolence and that she put it in her family Bible along with other letters of condolence until De La Rionda heard about at the deposition and got in touch with her.
It is not believable that Fulton would not have read a note handed to her by or on behalf of the girl or woman who had spoken to Trayvon in the last minutes of his life.
It is not believable that she could possibly have thought this was a letter of condolence. If it was it is surely the most insulting one ever written. There is no salutation, no prayers, no fond memories, no grief, no words of comfort. It was written on a piece of note paper.
The document is exculpatory. There is nothing about Trayvon being scared, nothing about running, nothing about Zimmerman being angry or having a deep voice or saying anything to Trayvon. Trayvon fell but there is nothing to indicate that Zimmerman had anything to do with the falling. Dee Dee thought it was just a fight. Everything that in any way incriminates Zimmerman was added later. If this account was presented at trial as the best evidence that the prosecution had it is hard to see how any judge would fail to dismiss the charge.
That Sybrina Fulton kept this document for a year, most probably on the advice of Attorney Crump, and that this has been ignored by the prosecution, court, federal authorities and the mainstream press is indicative of just how pervasive the corruption of American society has become.
At the bottom in what appears to the same handwriting but larger is written Thank You. This is also odd: what is the writer supposed to be grateful for? More likely it was an attempt to indicate finality, that nothing more need be expected.