It's really sickening to see someone get away with murder.
The only mystery in the episode of Disappeared is what former police officer Steve Calkins did with the bodies of Terrance Williams and Felipe Santos.
I mean Calkins admits the bodies of both these men were alive and breathing in his police cruiser on the day each disappeared. And immediately after that, no trace of these men remains.
From what I just read online, Collier County (Florida) has been a cesspool of corruption for many years.
Internal Affairs isn't always the public's best friend when these things are investigated.
I'd say this "investigation" was a travesty. That gives me no confidence (despite the lip service in this episode) that law enforcement there has been cleaned up. The spokesperson chosen really just came across as someone insincere doing damage control. I really hope the FBI is watching these guys. Because it's rarely one individual in these cases.
Despite what the member of L.E. interviewed said, I think a judge would have recognized the existence of "probable cause" to search Calkins' house and granted a warrant. So what's wrong with that county? Or did L.E. only pretend to believe they didn't have enough "probable cause" to kill the investigation right there and not raise a public alarm which might have caused a clean sweep of any other dirty cops?
Not that you're going to necessarily find anything. He realized he was in the trammels when he was caught telling all those lies and when he failed his polygraph test miserably when asked about his knowledge of Williams' whereabouts.
Anyone who listens to Calkins calling in Williams' vehicle can hear the ugly racism just brimming over there.
He was fired for this.
But he was allowed to skate on the disappearance of two minority males, both of whom were last in his car.
Here is the story in brief.
When articulating the "voluntary disappearance" theory, this article fails to mention that Williams had paychecks waiting at both job sites that he never picked up. If he were going to willingly disappear, he would have doubtless claimed that money.
Murderers who get away with it often repeat their crimes right down to the smallest details. In both cases, the men gone missing while in this police officer's custody were allegedly dropped off at the exact same location (according to Calkins' police reports).
That's not coincidence. A jury would probably already convict just on the circumstantial case in the Williams disappearance.
It's hard to convict without a body, but it happens.
But I can understand not wanting to take your one shot and potentially blow it, and then have solid evidence turn up later when a retrial is not a possibility.
Don't the police vehicles have GPS units?
They didn't mention tracking Calkins' vehicle. Because that would probably tell you where to look for the body of Williams.
Are those records maintained if so?
Also, they didn't mention any reward for information about Williams. This might act as an incentive if somebody else knows about this dirty cop.
Because Calkins came across (in the dispatch audio) as a real bragger. I'm sure he was proud of what he did and wanted to share it with fellow racists. So there is probably someone who actually knows out there, ex-wife, ex-girlfriend, former coworker or bar buddy.
I know they found a body very close to where the two men disappeared, so let's hope the DNA testing yields a confirmation on the victim which leads to prosecution.
I'm sure many people are thinking what I was thinking. These probably aren't the only two victims.
Some serial killers, by virtue of their profession, have many opportunities and advantages to subdue and kill with impunity.
It was very difficult to see and hear the victim's mother describing what she's gone through.
Yet she exhibited an amazing amount of strength too.
I hope she and her family get the justice they deserve.
This is actually the justice everyone deserves. Because the state of Florida put all its citizens at risk with this guy.
To Protect and Serve and Have Citizens Disappear.
This was a sickening story.