As We Approach the 2-Year Anniversary of the Dixie Mafia Series…
October 30, 2009
Editorâ€™s Note: The following is a re-print of the 3-Part article we ran two years ago, beginning November 4, 2007. As Bobby Lee Cook, and his daughter, Kristina Cook Connelly Graham continue to defy and hinder discovery in the law suit I have filed against them, I am having to go back into archives to gather the article I have previously posted, as Evidence of Conflicts of Interest.
Much has been lost, since Bobby Lee Cook threatened and intimidated my website hosts and the secondary portal hosts, to remove me from the world wide web, but I am painstakingly going back in and reconstructing each file. It is tedious, but worth it to continue the fight for Free Speech, Freedom of the Press and to fight organized crime.It occurred to us that since this is the two year anniversary of when I began the Chattooga County-Dixie Mafia Series, which has lead to multiple death threats and abusive and fraudulent litigation against me, that now would be a good time to start revisiting these events and articles.What better way than to kick off with the very first Chapter?
Chapter 1 - Branch ConnellyNovember 4, 2007 - Introduction:
At 8:43:18 am, on Monday, February 26, 2007, Chattooga County E911 received a call from the home of Kristina and Branch Connolly, located in Menlo, Georgia.Kristina Connolly informed dispatchers that her husband had killed himself.
RomeNewsByWatson.com is not equipped to make a professional judgment about what really happened.We will attempt to review the elements of the original GBI report, as there are enough gaps in the gathering of evidence to leave serious questions in the minds of law enforcement persons, including GBI, former GBI, and at least one FBI agent with whom we have talked.
We do not wish to cause pain for any member of the Connolly family, immediate or extended.
However, on Tuesday morning, February 27 of this year, my phone began ringing with persons known and unknown to me, asking me, pleading with me to do something - to investigate this death, which no one thought was a suicide.Probably thirty times that week, and perhaps fifteen times or so since then, I have told people that this is NOT my area of research, that I had ZERO training in forensics, or any other type of criminal investigation, and that I had no desire to go meddling in things up in Chattooga County.
In October, a group of concerned citizens from Chattooga County, some prominent in one way or another, some, like myself, less so, began contacting me, individually, and then in concert, to seek my attention in this case, and many others.Cases which had either been ignored entirely, or, if investigated, were then declined by various state and federal entities for prosecution.In the last several weeks I have met with individuals, again from all walks of life, including law enforcement and the legal community.
I have gathered files, simply handed over to me, as most of the work had already been done for me by passionate individuals. I have interviewed folks in person and on the phone. I have put more miles on my car than it has seen since I stopped running back and forth to Savannah to watch my son play football and basketball.
Today, this week, I begin this series on what has been identified to me as the Bobby Lee Cook Cartel, that portion of the Dixie Mafia found in northwest Georgia and Northeast Alabama. I begin with the death of Branch Connelly, Bobby Lee Cookâ€™s law partner and son-in-law, husband to Cookâ€™s daughter, Judge Kristina Cook Connelly.I begin with this, because it is this death which came on the heels of a serious election fraud scandal, purportedly involving, at the top, Bobby Lee Cook, which may be the undoing of this cartel. The election fraud scandal was not so unusual, as it followed the same M.O. as had been seen, before, in elections in Chattooga County.
Whenever a truly viable candidate opposed one of Bobby Lee Cooks, â€śmade menâ€ť as locals call them to me. Numerous absentee ballot s appear, which swing the election to the Bobby Lee Cook puppet. As I soften the case, votes on these absentee ballots are marked for only the single position which worries the BLC Cartel. In last November, 2006 election, many of the absentee ballots were returned, metered from the same private postage meter at one of BLCâ€™s puppet attorneysâ€™ office.
Some of them were metered in sequential order.
But this time, there was a Republican Governor in office, not a Democratic governor to protect one of the darlings of the Democratic Party of the South. I am not naĂŻve enough to think that corruption is limited to either Democrats or Republicans, to conservatives or liberals, whites, blacks or Christian, Muslim, Jew or atheist . But what I do believe is that corruption seeks out the most convenient and well organized vehicle possible, and in Chattooga County, that was the Democratic Party. Ad a bunch of lawyers in to the mix, and you have a well oiled machine ready to do business.
But a little history lesson is required.
Towards the end of the 19th Century, towards the end of Reconstruction, disgruntled and dispossessed white Southerners, began forming all sorts of clandestine organizations. We are all familiar with the Ku Klux Klan, but often social structure was just as likely to take root in churches, or political organizations. In the early to mid 20th Century, as labor unions began to flourish throughout the country, organized crime also began to tap in to the power of the organizational structure found in the unions.
In many communities, especially in the South, power bled across from church to labor group, or from labor group to KKK, or KKK back in to what came to be known and understood in the Deep South as the white manâ€™s answer to Reconstruction - the Democratic Party.
Conservative, Blue-dog Democrats, would look the other way to moon shining, bootleg liquor running friends, and the accompanying gambling and prostitution here in the Old South, as long as the person rebelling against authority was a Democrat.
Several years ago, while working on another case, I sat with a Drug Task Force Commander here in Georgia, and when I would mention modern day names, currently involved in making and selling meth, this commander could cite family genealogies going back in to the 1920â€™s and 1930â€™s, identifying the particular substance of abuse, or crime of flesh or gambling, that each generation profiteered from.
It was amazing. Modern day public corruption, at least in the deep South, has a long and rich legacy. I say this, not to paint a romantic picture, but so that readers will understand the powers of generational loyalty which honest law enforcement has to fight on a daily, weekly, yearly, decades and more basis, to get inside and conquer.
When party, union, or family loyalties could not keep mavericks in line, fear and intimidation have sufficed. And so it has been in much of Northwest Georgia, including Chattooga, Walker, Dade, Floyd, Polk, Bartow, Gordon Counties, and carrying over across the state lines up in to Tennessee, (Chattanooga), and down along the eastern counties of Alabama.
Made up of loosely federated, but fiercely loyal blood and political lines, stretching back more than a century, and feeding off of resentment, bitterness, racial strife, but mostly good old fashioned GREED, this loosely structured but powerful organization has come to be known as the Dixie Mafia. Feds who will speak about it, say it is much more pervasive and insidious than any Italian or Mexican Mafia.
But instead of shark suits and violin cases, members of the Dixie Mafia will wear sear sucker, and sport goatees. Instead of names like â€śVinnyâ€ť or â€śSopranoâ€ť, we have names like â€śCarltonâ€ť and â€śBobby Leeâ€ť. Instead of promoting drop outs from inner city ghettos, many Dixie Mafia sport law degrees, and the lower ranks pepper law enforcement communities. The Dixie Mafia reigns from benches of judicial power, and state capital rotundas.
After all, here in the South, our Mafia are the offspring of displaced gentlemen of a bygone era - plantation owners, and cotton mill dynasties. Wisteria and kudzu tangle and choke our habitat - not rat infested, inner city sewers.
Into this rich and steamy loam was born one Bobby Lee Cook, on February 12, 1927, in the little settlement near Lyerly, Georgia, called Chattoogaville. His father was a farmer, and while not wealthy, he was substantial, owning many cattle, crops and a general store at the crossroads of Lyerly, Georgia, in Chattooga County. Bobby Lee Cook lived a privileged life, and attended the University of Alabama, and then the Vanderbilt Law School.
But what many folks do not know, is, that Bobby Lee Cook never actually graduated from law school. Back in those days, one did not have to be a law school graduate to take the bar exam, and be admitted as a practicing lawyer. One only had to be brilliant, and that, Bobby Lee was.Now, Booby Lee Cook did attend Vanderbilt School of Law, but urban legend has it, (and several witnesses to the surrounding events whom I have interviewed, tell me) ,that one evening, during those years at Vandy, a drunk and sodden Bobby Lee Cook was driving down from Chattanooga, Tennessee with his girl friend, and hit a black man walking on the side of the road.
Bobby Lee Cook left the crumpled man, and drove in to Summerville, where he took the damaged, white Ford to a shop owned by two black men on 1st Street.
His victim later died.
The next day, a Georgia State Trooper came through Summerville, asking the car shop owners if anyone had brought in a damaged, white Ford, and the two shop owners, who had been paid handsomely for their silence, said â€śNoâ€ť.But a few days later, the two were overheard by a witness, bragging about the situation. The witness went to the State Patrol, and Bobby Lee Cook was arrested for the death of the pedestrian.
He was taken back to Walker County, where the accident had occurred, but here is where my several witnessesâ€™ stories get a little murky as to what happened next. The general consensus is that Bobby Lee Cookâ€™s daddy paid a handsome sum to Walker County attorney, Ted Roster, who got Bobby Lee out of his predicament. Roster then took Bobby Lee under his wing, mentored him, and passed the baton of all things Back Room and Secret to Bobby Lee Cook.
And this is how the most powerful man in the Dixie Mafia in Northwest Georgia and Northeast Alabama, came in to power.
That was 1948/49.
On a larger scale, the Dixie Mafia was flourishing during the 1970â€™s because of the enhanced drug trade from GIâ€™s returning from Viet Nam. Drug corridors were set up along the old bootleg routes, and that was all it took.
The term Dixie Mafia was first coined in the 1970â€™s, by Rex Armistead, Director of Organized Crime Strike Force in New Orleans, who noted that in a ten year comparison between Cosa Nostra and the Dixie Mafia, (1968-1978), the Italian mob killed 30 victims, to the Dixie Mafiaâ€™s 156 victims.
New Orleans, Louisiana, Biloxi, Mississippi, and Hot Springs, Arkansas gambling spots were the staging area for laundering moneys, from illegal gambling, flesh peddling, (both prostitution and strip clubs), and drug trade. Hot Springs was the distribution point for the illegal drug trade to the rest of the United States and Canada.
RomeNewsByWatson.com has found direct links between Bobby Lee Cook and Mario Armas, whose father settled in New Orleans as a Consular General for their native Guatemala. The common tie that binds is Gambling Professional, and illegal book maker, Parky Tarvin. It was Tarvinâ€™s ill gotten millions which were the object of the burglary which took center stage at last monthâ€™s Armas trial. The trail leads right through Armas, to Tarvin, to Tarvinâ€™s ex-wifeâ€™s husband, who was related through marriage to another murder casualty from Rome, Cam Moore - and all tied right to the Bobby Lee Cook branch of the Dixie Mafia.
Another point of significance about individual Dixie Mafia entities, is that their favorite source of law enforcement cover are the Sheriffs of Southern Counties. They generally straddle the two sides of law enforcement, both in patrol and in management of the jails. It is no coincidence that former Floyd County Sheriff Tommy Rickman reigned, and current Chattooga County Sheriff Ralph Kellet reigns with such impunity, for so long.
Of course, it is also necessary to control at least one Superior Court Judge, and it helps to control the District Attorneyâ€™s Office as well. Both of those are taken care of, for the time being, in Chattooga County, and at least one Floyd County Superior Court Judge has towed the party line here - Larry Salmon.
At 8:43:18 am, on Monday, February 26, 2007, Chattooga County E911 received a call from the home of Kristina and Branch Connolly, located in Menlo, Georgia. Kristina Connolly informed dispatchers that her husband had killed himself.
1.Damage Control Team -Entry 136508:â€śInvestigator Schrader stated that he arrived at the scene at [Address], Cloudland, Georgia, after receiving a call from Chattooga County 911 stating that Branch Connolly had shot himself in the head. The Phone call had been made by Connellyâ€™s wife, Kristina Cook Connelly. Investigator Schrader stated that when he arrived on the scene he met:Judge ConnellyHer father Bobby Lee CookAttorney Rx Abernathy and Ladon Livelyâ€ť.
*Before a responding officer to an E_911 call could get to the scene, an entourage for damage control was already there.
2. From Street Clothes to Nightgown?a) Entry 136508 :â€śInvestigator Schrader stated that Judge Connolly was in a nightgown with a blanket and was very distraught.b) Entry 136832, (Kristina Connelly Interview) :â€śConnelly stated that when she saw her husband laying in the bed, and had shot himself with a long gun. Connelly stated that she collapsed, got up, and ran to the bathroom in her daughters room, where she got sick and had to change her clothes. Connelly advised Agent Montgomery that she had gotten sick all over her self and went back in the bedroom to get some more clothes on. Connelly advised that she saw her husbands body again and realized that he was dead. Connelly advised she got dressed, got sick gain, and then called her father and 911.
*She was showered and dressed for the day. She and her husband were sleeping in separate bedrooms, and she showered and dressed for court in a separate room from the master bedroom, so her night gown would not have been in her master bedroom. She certainly could have grabbed a nightgown instead of street clothes, but later we learn that the clothes which were pictured in the crime scene photos in the bathroom, with what one former GBI agent noted appeared to be blood, were NEVER sent to the crime lab for analysis. They were not even collected.
3. Deafness and Locked Door:Entry 136832, (Kristina Connelly Interview):â€śConnelly advised that she has court that morning at 9:30AM and knew that her husband would have gotten her up before that time. Connelly advised Agent Montgomery that she is deaf in one ear and sleeps on her good ear, but she has a hard time hearing things. Connelly advised Agent Montgomery that normally her husband wakes her up because she has a hard time hearing alarm clocks.
Connelly advised that when she exited the room, went to the master bedroom, and the door was shut and locked. Connelly advised that she could not get her husband to open the door. Connelly stated that she beat on the door but could not get the door to open. Connelly stated she exited the residence and went to the sliding glass door of the master bedroom. Connelly advised that she entered through the sliding glass doors of the master bedroom.
*Kristina Cook Connelly either slept through a shotgun blast, or showered through a shot gun blast, and never heard anything?
*Branch Connolly took the trouble to lock the master bedroom door, but did not bother to lock the sliding glass doors?
The Preceding Night:
1. Neighbors Hear Gun ShotEntry 136638, (Neighbor - Wife Interview): â€ś[Neighbor- Wife] stated on Saturday night, her husband was asleep, and her daughter was visiting from Nashville. [Neighbor- Wife] stated that night at 11:22PM, she heard a gunshot near the residence. [Neighbor- Wife] stated that she knew it was a 11:22PM because she and her daughter were watching TV and saw the time on the TVâ€¦..[Neighbor- Wife] stated that she woke up her husband who had been asleep and stated that they thought they heard a gunshotâ€¦.
[Neighbor- Wife] stated that they then called Branch Connelly to make sure everything was okay and to see if they (the Connellyâ€™s) had heard the shot.[Neighbor- Wife] stated that Branch was very quiet and di not say a lot, and it was very unusual for him. [Neighbor- Wife] stated that Connelly told her that he had not heard anything, told them goodnight, and hung up. [Neighbor- Wife] stated that was very unusual for Connelly not to be very talkative no matter what the hour of the dayâ€ťâ€¦.Agent Montgomery asked [Neighbor- Wife] if she had heard any shots or loud noises his morning. [Neighbor- Wife] stated she had not.
*Keep in mind that sources tell us that files were confiscated earlier that week from Branch Connellyâ€™s office.
2. Phone Calls - made Sunday night and wee small housr Monday morning from Branch Connellyâ€™s cell phone:Entry 137493:
2/25/07, 10:48PM, (603) 252-XXXX
2/25/07, 10:49PM, Personal Name
2/25/07, 10:51PM (706) 857-XXXX
2/26/07, 12:21AM, KRIS
2/26/07, 12:37AM, 411 (9 minutes, 35 seconds)
2/26/07, 3:30AM, (603) 252- XXXX, (7 seconds)
2/26/07, 3:30AM, (603) 252-XXXX, (30 Seconds)
One incoming call was received on 2-26-07 at 12:35 am from â€śhomeâ€ť.At no point in the entire GBI report, is there ever mention for the phone calls again, no explanation about who they were to, or ANY explanation. This is one of the key which bothers other GBI, FBI and ex GBI officers, that no attempt at tracking down or explaining these was made.
3. The â€śNoteâ€ť - Entry 136659: â€ś [Secretary] advised she would meet Agent Montgomery at the sheriffâ€™s office in Summerville. Accompanying [Secretary] in the interview was Rex Abernathy.
*Iâ€™m sorry - the secretary needs an attorney to participate in her interview by the GBI, about finding the â€śnote?â€ť.Each investigator found this highly suspicious.
Entry 136659, [Interview of Secretary]: â€ś [Secretary] stated that she is the secretary for the law firm of Cook and Connelly and has been there for approximately ten years. [Secretary] stated that this morning when she came in to the office she opened up their e-mail account that they utilize to email documents and found an e-mail from Branch Connelly.
[Secretary]Stated that once she opened the e-mail that she immediately contacted Rex Abernathy and printed the e-mail off to be taken to Mr. Cook.
From: Branch Connelly
Sent: Sunday, February 25, 2007 9:58 PM
I want you to tell BLC tomorrow, if things go as I assume they will tonight, that I tried. HARD. Kris has just said to me that â€śI am leaving youâ€ť the only question is whenâ€¦this is all a bit too much. Please tell Bob, then each of my children, that I love them, and have tried to work this throughâ€ť.
*Several of the investigators who have reviewed this note are dubious as to its origin. Suicide note are more than likely hand written, and for someone as gregarious as Branch Connelly was described by friends, would have given more explanation. It is easy enough to hack in to someoneâ€™s computer and send an e-mail, and keeping it short and simple hides the unnatural writing style of an imposter.
4. Fridayâ€™s root Canal and Saturdayâ€™s outing.Entry 136659, [Interview of Secretary][Secretary] stated that the last time she had seen Branch on Friday, that he had gotten upset and left the office. [Secretary] stated that she contacted Rex Abernathy, and advised Abernathy that he needed to call and check on Branch and make sure that he was okay.
Secretary] stated that it was some personal things, and that she did not inquire any further.Secretary] stated that Branch advised her he was okay and then left the office.
Entry 136832, [Second Interview Kristina]: â€śAgent Montgomery asked Connelly if anything had happened that weekend that would have upset her husband. Connelly stated that she could not think of anything. Connelly advised that on Friday he had a bad root canal and was taking medication for pain. Connelly advised that on Saturday they gone [sic] to Atlanta to meet their son for lunch, they drove back and had supper with her father. Connelly stated that on Sunday they worked on her fathers house and came back up and watched the Oscars togetherâ€ť.
*What several of the investigators noted was that if Branch had indeed had a root canal on Friday, that if he left, as the secretary noted, that it most likely have been as a result of that. But for some reason, Rex Abernathy found it necessary to accompany the secretary to the interview about the e-mail, and to make not that Branch Connelly had left upset for â€śpersonal reasonâ€ť. Was this an attempt to lay the ground work to make suicide seem plausible?
The following will be Part II of the synopsis and analysis of a GBI Report, # 01-0178-01-07, comprised of numerous entries, from several sources, including Special Agent Joe Montgomery, the GBI Crime Lab and Chattooga County E-911. I had several complaints that I was writing to much, and that readers resented that I was not printing directly from the GBI report. I am printing directly from the GBI report - however, I think that because Special Agent Joe Montgomery refers to himself in his reports in the third person, that readers have confused this as me writing all of this.
*Any comments/analysis about the report, are in bold italics, and preceded by an asterisk, as in this paragraph. These comments are not MY opinion, but are the consensus of a team of FBI, GBI, retired GBI, and members of the legal profession, both prosecutors and criminal defense.
As we have stated from the beginning, We do not wish to cause pain for any member of the Connolly family, immediate or extended.
The Morning of:1. Chattooga County Sheriffâ€™s Office Incident Report -
Case Number 2007-02-3913Reporting Officer CS10, Tom Kendrick :
“On above date, approximate time and location reporting deputy was dispatched to a call in reference to a death. Upon arrival, reporting deputy found the following people who were already at the residence, Mrs. Connelly, Mr. Bobby L. Cook, Rex Abernathy, MICHAEL MACK, Ladon Lively, Herbert Dodd and two(2) unidentified EMS personnel. Reporting deputy secured the scene until CIS units arrived and took controlâ€ť.2. Entry 136508:â€ťInvestigator Schrader stated that he arrived at the scene at [Address], Cloudland, Georgia, after receiving a call from Chattooga County 911 stating that Branch Connolly had shot himself in the head.
The Phone call had been made by Connellyâ€™s wife, Kristina Cook Connelly. Investigator Schrader stated that when he arrived on the scene he metâ€ť:
Her father Bobby Lee Cook
Attorney Rx Abernathy and
*SA GBI Joe Montgomeryâ€™s report, based on Investigator Schraderâ€™s statement, differs from the first officer on the scene, in that the name of Michael Mack is missing. Michael Mack is the driver/body guard for Bobby Lee Cook, and his presence is curiously left out of all of the rest of the reports.
Michael Mack is currently deployed overseas, and is unavailable for comment.
Gunshots in the Morning vs. Single Gunshot the Evening Before
1. Entry 136656, (Interview Neighbor Husband):â€ť[Neighbor - Husband] stated that he is not normally up that early, but he had some business in Rome he needed to attend to , so he had gotten the dogs up early in order to walk them. [Neighbor - Husband] stated that his wife was still in bed and he was walking the dogs in the woods toward Highway 48. [Neighbor - Husband] stated he could not tell where the shot came from, but he did hear one, maybe two shots. [Neighbor - Husband] stated that he could not be sure of how many shots there were or where the shots came from.[Neighbor - Husband] stated that living in the country they hear shots sometimes, but it is hard to tell where they originateâ€ť.
*Compare to these statements.
2. Entry 136656, (Interview of Neighbor Husband): â€śAgent Montgomery asked [Neighbor - Husband] if he had heard a shot Saturday night. [Neighbor - Husband] stated that he had not. [Neighbor - Husband] stated his wife had woke him up sometime after 11:00PM and told him that he had heard a shot. [Neighbor - Husband] stated he advised them to call the sheriffâ€™s office. [Neighbor - Husband] stated that his wife had shined the flashlight in the yard and they may have seen somethingâ€ť.
3.Entry 136638, (Neighbor - Wife Interview):â€ť[Neighbor- Wife] stated on Saturday night, her husband was asleep, and her daughter was visiting from Nashville. [Neighbor- Wife] stated that night at 11:22PM, she heard a gunshot near the residence. [Neighbor- Wife] stated that she knew it was a 11:22PM because she and her daughter were watching TV and saw the time on the TV. [Neighbor- Wife] stated she got up, went to the door with a flashlight, and looked over toward the Connelly residence. [Neighbor- Wife] stated she saw the lights were on in the living room. [Neighbor- Wife] stated that she and her daughter thought they saw someone in the darkâ€ť.
*The general consensus of the team is that Branch Connelly could have very well been shot the preceding evening, when the Neighbor and her daughter heard the gunshot, and observed someone outside in the dark. Only one shot was heard at that time. The shots heard by her husband the next morning could likely have been hunters in the early morning, as the Neighbor husband was not sure how many shots he heard. This would be more consistent with hunting, shots fired outside and echoing in the chilled air.
The problem with confirming this theory is that a male answered Branch Connellyâ€™s phone, although as the neighbor wife made it clear, it did not sound/seem like Branch:
Entry 136638, (Neighbor - Wife Interview): â€ś[Neighbor- Wife] stated that they then called Branch Connelly to make sure everything was okay and to see if they (the Connellyâ€™s) had heard the shot. [Neighbor- Wife] stated that Branch was very quiet and did not say a lot, and it was very unusual for him. [Neighbor- Wife] stated that Connelly told her that he had not heard anything, told them goodnight, and hung up.
[Neighbor- Wife] stated that was very unusual for Connelly not to be very talkative no matter what the hour of the dayâ€ť.
*If this was not Branch on the phone, who was it. If Branch had already been shot, then who made all of those calls from Branch Connellyâ€™s phone, and WHY WAS THERE no investigation detailed in the GBI report about who was called - no explanation in the GBI report about the phone calls, whatsoever.
The Crime Scene and Autopsy Incongruities.We will try to be as careful as possible, but there are elements of the crime scene and the autopsy which are crucial to understanding that this was probably not a suicide. VERY close, personal friends of Branch Connelly have asked that we make the case, to prove it was not, if the evidence is there to support other than a suicide. Please, if you are close to the family, or if you are squeamish,
PLEASE DO NOT READ FURTHER.
Everyone on the team has looked at the crime scene photos, including myself.
1. Position of Gun Relative to the Body -
a) Entry 136524 - â€śThe body was located under blankets and sheets with the arms and upper torso located above the covers. A black shotgun was located in the right hand of the body, and also near the left hand of the bodyâ€ť.
b) Official Report Division of Forensics Sciences, GBI, IDLJ69Y20Z0GXYEI
â€śThe body is wearing:
1. Blue Boxers
2. White Sox
*Both the pictures and the CSI diagram show the gun laying perfect straight on top of Mr. Connelly, almost perfectly straight. It is the general consensus of the team that with a shotgun blast, the gun would most likely have recoiled with such motion as it probably would not have allowed for the gun to fall perfectly positioned on Mr. Connelly, in such a straight line.
*Both the pictures and the CSI diagram show Mr. Connellyâ€™s right hand on the gun barrel . It is the consensus of the team that Mr. Connellyâ€™s hand would not still have been carefully holding the gun barrel in the position, although it is possible.
*It is the general consensus of the team that Mr. Connelly was in bed, asleep, under the covers, or at least had been, as this is the position in which he was found, and photographed.
2.Remarkably Short Fingernails, Aspirated Blood and Clenched Fist & No TOD.
a) Entry: Official Report Division of Forensics Sciences, GBI, IDLJ69Y20Z0GXYEI â€śThe fingernails and toenails are cut remarkably short, precluding harvesting for trace evidenceâ€ť.
b) Entry: Official Report Division of Forensics Sciences, GBI, IDLJ69Y20Z0GXYEI
â€śThe larynx, trachea and bronchi are lined by an intact gray-tan mucosa and are free of injury, though there is prominent blood staining associated with aspiration of bloodâ€ť.
c) Photo Analysis reveals Mr. Connelly left hand resting partially on his left side, with a clenched fist.
d) No where in the entire GBI report is there a reference made to a time of death. At no place in the autopsy is this estimated or pinned down. At no point in the initial CSI description, is the time of death estimated or referred to.
*Given the manner of dress, the repose under the covers, the aspirated blood in the airways, and the clenched fist of the left hand, as well as the staged looking position of the shotgun, and in conjunction with the lack of estimated TOD, and the total lack of basic answered question, (as in the phone call log), it is the consensus of the team that Mr. Connellyâ€™s death was very likely, not a suicide.
Was Mr. Connelly awakened in his bed to find a shotgun being shoved in to his mouth, cause him to breath in the blood, prior to the shotgun being fired? It is the general consensus of the team that the large number of persons present at the Connelly home before even the first Officer arrived, is indicative that a crime occurred for which damage control was required.
*It is also the consensus of the team that gross errors in the gathering of evidence and documentation of this death were made, by a seasoned GBI agent, which begs the question, WHY?
It is our hope that as difficult and painful as this Chapter has been to study, discuss, and report, that we have somehow raised enough questions to allow a serious and formal investigation to be reopened in Mr. Connellyâ€™s death. His children deserve this, and his memory deserves this. Questions about the events brewing in the BLC Kingdom in the preceding months leading up to Mr. Connellyâ€™s death need to be asked. Questions about the phone calls during the middle of the night need to be answered. The time of death should have been pinned down, and the whereabouts of Mrs. Connelly during a shotgun blast which was never heard, and dog which never barked, all need to be answered.