A job JJD had for several years after axed as cop [8/79] & b May 25, 2018 10:18:07 GMT bd and swampdog like this
Post by magnumforce73 on May 25, 2018 10:18:07 GMT
I think they would have. Records were not remotely as connected in the late 70’s/ early ‘80s and even if they were, was his offense that big of a deal? A theft of less than $25?
I also believe the Navy contact is underplayed, especially for Vietnam vets. Not judging vets in any way - just saying there is a bond. I do not see this working in SB/Goleta, but in Oxnard, Ventura or up 126, I believe he could have had solid contacts.
x100. This here: "the Navy contact." This, in particular, as it pertains to the ONS phase in SoCal. He not only had family down that way at the time, but there are plenty of Navy guys active/retired/etc. in those areas in SoCal. I believe that it's the Navy contact (old buddies, etc.) that helped him get cash gigs after Auburn jettisoned his sorry hide. I believe this is one reason he's been more ghost than man in S.B.--if it turns out he was living in SoCal proper during the ONS murders, then he'd need work to survive, and being paid in greenbacks rather than every other week and highlighted by pay stubs and W-2s.
Here's my beef with the P.I. angle besides his firing from Auburn: I keep going back to the reports of his personality. I think one reason J.J.D. was so unmemorable as a cop--whether in Exeter or in Auburn--was because the guy "had no common sense," or "kept himself aloof from other officers." Take that a step further: you couple that with his "emotional, loose-cannon profile," and I just don't see him having the necessary social skills to successfully interact with clients on that kind of level. He just keeps coming across the same way to me: just your typical, run-of-the-mill bully.