Post by cleopatra on Jun 17, 2018 23:06:11 GMT
I sincerely hope neither one of you is ever the victim of a horrific, life-altering crime, where the LE you encounter is literally as dumb as a bag of rocks, and they do not even have a clue as how to solve it.
I never said, Maxx, that they knew he was the GSK. I was being facetious in my post today about how it often seems easier for LE to take the path of least resistance, as is often the case in many professions.
Police officers, especially detectives, sergeants and supervisors are held to a higher standard. They take exams to see if they are better qualified than the average citizen. They are put through special training.
So I cannot get over, or forgive for that matter, the Auburn Police Chief who was JJD's former supervisor and Sargeant at the time when JJD shoplifted and was arrested, had a trial where a jury found JJD guilty, had lots of stolen goods/property in his house most of which were electronics, investigate JJD, had complete knowledge of JJD's background through his personnel file, ...and he NEVER once turned in JJD's name. Especially after listening to the Police Chief’s interviews. Even if he didn’t do it back in 1979, there were still the next 30 years full of additional information, that he failed to act.
A few things the Police Chief told the interviewer:
“Well, the profile said the guy they were looking for was military-special forces..”
“There was nothing to say, no indicators, to say he [JJD] was a serial murder.”
“He [JJD] liked cars, but there was nothing that would lead us to believe he [JJD] was involved in criminal activities.”
Q: “Would you call him a good cop?” A: “Just average.”
“He [JJD] didn't fit the description of a mass murderer or serial rapist, although sometimes it’s just the person next door.”
Q: Were you aware of the EAR crimes back then? A: “Definitely. A lot of people were concerned. It was on T.V., in the newspapers, lots of people were talking about it, there was a lot of fear, and Sac is close to Auburn, but still....”
Q: [about his firing] A: “We conducted our own investigation....”
“[EAR] crimes continued after he was fired. Nothing slowed down. If anything, they exhilarated.”
“Many LE, police investigators, FBI, and all LE put thousands of hours into this investigation...I'm glad they finally caught him.”
“If only there was something we could have seen to indicate.....”
“One of my officers who sometimes partnered with him [JJD] told me he [JJD] said he [JJD] wanted to kill me and that he [JJD] actually went to my house to do it but he [JJD] couldn't get through my bedroom window.”
What profile said the EAR was in special forces? The Police Chief said that the crimes continued after JJD was fired in 1979, but we know that’s inaccurate from the standpoint in time he was referring to. The murders in SoCal weren’t connected to the EAR for another 15 years. After JJD was fired, the EAR attacks immediately seized.
The Police Chief had privy to JJDs personnel file, which would have shown JJD once lived in Visalia, Tulare, and worked in Exeter, Tulare. JJD's application would have shown JJD got an Associate’s Degree in Police Science in 1970 from Sierra College in Rocklin, which is near SACRAMENTO, then a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology in 1972 from SACRAMENTO State. The Police Chief knew JJD was proficient with firearms, had a baton, wore shiny black round-toed boots, used small flash lights, served in the Navy so knew how to tie DIAMOND KNOTS, that JJD was a Vietnam Vet, had irregular work hours and a lot of nights free, frequently called in sick. He knew JJD’s weight, skin tone, and body build, that JJD was very AGILE - the Police Chief mentioned that JJR participated in many Department outdoor sporting events/fund raisers and appeared to be very ATHLETIC. Most importantly, the Police Chief knew JJD STOLE DOG REPELLANT and had lots of STOLEN goods at his house.
Who has ever even heard of Visalia prior to this case? How is it that this Police Chief did not recognize a red flag knowing that JJD used to live and work in such an unknown place? It was mostly known for the VR, for an attempted murder on an Exeter cop, and for the murder of a college professor? I bet the Police Chief didn't know any other person or officer on his force who lived or worked in Tulare! And if he did, that the person also had many of those other details possibly linking him to the EAR.
If this Police Chief was as sharp as he should have been for being a Sargant, he would have known about the,
- VR, who was active while JJD was in Tulare and stopped when JJD left,
- Snelling’s murder in September 1975,
- McGowen getting shot in December 1975,
- JJD being hired at the same time the EAR attack started in 1976,
- In 1979 the EAR attacks stopped, right after JJD shoplifted,
- JJD shoplifted right in the heart of the EAR attack zone.
A lot of us board members had POIs with half of those details, characteristics and job and residence locations - POIs whose backgrounds we kept digging into. And lots of people who knew other people with so much less found it their duties to call in tips. Perhaps a layman may not put 2+2 together regarding the VR and Sac, but this is a professional LE. Even Officer McGowen suspected the VR was the EAR, and after he became a detective, he went to SAC and was looking at photos of newly hired officers in various PDs in 1976. McGowen was so close! This isn't to say that the Police Chief should have known that JJD was the EAR or the VR. However, he could have had a slight inkling that all these details could mean something and then just turn in his name and let the LE handling the case look into it. That's all he had to do. That's what I did. That's what lots of us did. That's what lots of people did, with names of men who had a lot less! Had I, or any board members here who were actively helping to unmask this madman been in possession of the information the Police Chief had, WE'D HAVE TURNED IN JJD'S NAME!!!!!
In my opinion, there was a big failure by Auburn P.D. to protect the public. Others at the Auburn PD also had to have been familiar with the contents of JJD’s personnel file, the fact that he shoplifted dog repellant and a hammer, and that there were a lot of stolen items found in his house, and they too remained silent.
I hate to say this and I'm sorry for having to say it, but this is disgraceful. It’s disheartening, shameful and unforgiveable.