Where Was Everyone Else?

Great piece in the Guardian about the one reporter who made the case against Epstein:

When Julie K Brown of the Miami Herald approached a former police chief of Palm Beach, Florida, in 2017, hoping to get him to open up about his investigation of the child sex crimes for which the wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein had been fleetingly jailed a decade earlier, she was surprised by how unresponsive he was.

Michael Reiter told Brown he had been down this road many times and was sick of it. As Brown recalled in a WNYC interview last month, Reiter said he had talked to many reporters and told them precisely where to find damning evidence against Epstein. But nothing ever came of it.

“He was convinced that a lot of media had squashed the story and he was fed up,” she said.

Reiter warned Brown what would happen were she to continue digging: “Somebody’s going to call your publisher and the next thing you know you are going to be assigned to the obituaries department.”

Brown did not heed his warning. […]

There’s also a good re-telling of the case against Graydon Carter at Vanity Fair, whose defense for cutting out the testimony of one of Epstein’s victims (“I believe him…I’m Canadian”) is an affront to both Canada and to journalism.

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  1. 1
    mad citizen says:

    Women have so much power, I hope they keep amping it up. Investigate and report. Repeat.

    It would be great if a reporter or news anchor person, the next time they get an extended interview with Trump, just go into as many questions as possible about the Trump/Epstein 2 on 28 party they hosted. What was the purpose of the party? What was the age range of the invitees? Who organized it? Were they paid to show up? Etc.

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    germy says:

    As Graydon Carter denies cutting #Epstein child sex lines from @VickyPJWard piece in @VanityFair over personal considerations, allow me to submit into evidence this email showing Carter and his vassals killing my piece on Richard Cohen over his status as “friend of the magazine” pic.twitter.com/qUTUlqRSZg— Barrett Brown (@BarrettBrown_) July 12, 2019

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    Ken says:

    From the Guardian article:

    In 2017, Acosta was appointed by Donald Trump as labor secretary, a post that ironically is responsible for combating sex trafficking.

    I have a horrible feeling we’ll someday find out that “ironically” should have been “significantly”.

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    germy says:

    I wrote for Vanity Fair between 2007 and 2010. Graydon Carter claims he didn’t run @VickyPJWard’s #Epstein claims due to no “confidence” in his reporting. In fact Carter admitted to killing two of my own very minor pieces over personal friendships. I’ve still got the emails.— Barrett Brown (@BarrettBrown_) July 11, 2019

    These conde nast and hearst assholes aren’t our allies. They never were and never will be.

    Lorne Michaels is part of that bunch. An asshole, top to bottom.

    Good to see the truth coming out finally.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @germy: Not to be unduly snarky, here, but WTF else would ypu expect from a publication called “Vanity Fair”? The name says it all.

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    germy says:

    Graydon Carter has a new project coming soon: “Air Mail” (“For The World Traveler”)

    “A news platform for the young, urbane, and worldly.”

    Hard-hitting journamalism, unless it’s embarrassing to Carter’s friends.

    Graydon Carter's trying to launch a magazine, which he can't really do in hiding. Either he or it gets to be the first collateral-damage casualty of the Epstein arrest. Unless he can deny that he met one-on-one with Epstein and bragged about getting some candids from the dude pic.twitter.com/NpKtZNBS8g— Kyle Holtan (@kyleholtan) July 10, 2019

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    Scotian says:

    Being a Canadian I find the use of our nationality as some sort of shield to deflect exposing this kind of thing quite offensive indeed. The most I might give our nationality and cultural patterns some cred would be over use of civility, and even there only to a limited degree. Using it to try to explain this disgusting behaviour away is just that much more salt in the wound.

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    germy says:

    @Miss Bianca: Vanity Fair managers have a long history of being assholes. The humorist Robert Benchley resigned almost 100 years ago:

    [Vanity Fair management] sent out a memo forbidding the discussion of salaries in an attempt to rein in the staff. Benchley, Parker, and Sherwood responded with a memo of their own, followed by placards around their necks detailing their exact salaries for all to see. Management attempted to issue “tardy slips” for staff who were late. On one of these, Benchley wrote out, in very small handwriting, an elaborate excuse involving a herd of elephants on 44th Street. These issues contributed to a general deterioration of morale in the offices, culminating in Parker’s termination, allegedly due to complaints by the producers of the plays she skewered in her theatrical reviews. Upon learning of her termination, Benchley tendered his own resignation.

    Dorothy Parker was fired because she gave an actress a bad review, and the husband of the actress was A Very Important Person and friend of Vanity Fair.

    History always rhymes while repeating itself.

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    Citizen Alan says:


    We already have. Acosta cut the budget for the sex trafficking division by 80%.

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    germy says:

    Carter is a professional Gatekeeper.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @germy: Carter and his vassals killing my piece on Richard Cohen over his status as “friend of the magazine”

    is that the Richard Cohen who is still for some reason employed by the Washington Post ?

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    Hitlesswonder says:

    @Citizen Alan:
    A good political operation could use this to peel off some Evangelical support from Trump. Obviously, most would stick with him, but sex trafficking is a big issue in that culture… obviously it’s a horrific crime but some crimes resonate more than others…and some PAC should hammer home Trump’s association with Epstein and Acosta and the budget cut…so if anyone has ties to a PAC….

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    debbie says:

    Agreed about Carter, that pompous prick. He should burn in hell.

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    MisterForkbeard says:

    @Citizen Alan: I think he TRIED but failed to do this, IIRC

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    germy says:

    "That voice you hear? That's [man's name]. He's been [verb]ing this [noun] for over [number] years. And he says all this talk about [noun]? It's just that. Talk."
    — DC Pierson (@DCpierson) July 12, 2019

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    germy says:

    Reminds me of 2008 when Conde Nast cut an article about how Facebook actually got started and turned it into a profile of Zuckerberg's genius. They still owe me $65 for the long cab ride to the airport Alex insisted I take after his interview, which he told me he'd cover. pic.twitter.com/KZ7Os1hReS— Aaron Greenspan (@AaronGreenspan) July 12, 2019

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    Humdog says:

    Schadenfreud alert! Evidently, Acosta is only 50 and has always dreamt of becoming a federal judge. He is now toxic enough, he willl never fulfill his dream and others will never be subjected to his revolting judgment. More thanks to Julie Brown for that.

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    oatler. says:

    Chuck Todd will do a hatchet job on Epstein on Meet the Press tomorrow…unless Louis Gohmert wants to appear.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    Agreed about Carter, that pompous prick. He should burn in hell.

    That seems unnecessarily harsh for the man who coined “short-fingered vulgarian” to describe Trump.

  21. 21
    germy says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: He can be a witty devil, to be sure, but he’s still no ally.

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    laura says:

    @Hitlesswonder: Would those evangelicals be the very same ones who hold dominionist views, subordination of women and children, purity balls, not meeting “alone” with a woman, anti-abortion and literal interpretation of the bible? Epstein’s crimes and those of the other 4 sex pests that the acting president associates with haven’t moved the needle one iota.
    Jezabels, always tempting a good man. Why, just last week, a judge found that a young, sophisticated rapist shouldn’t face jail time because he’s from a good family . .
    I don’t see a PAC making any difference at all in curing misogynists of their deeply ingrained misogyny, but I hope to be proven wrong.

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    Just One More Canuck says:

    @Scotian: Completely agree – very well said. Doug Ford is not really an anomaly as much as we would collectively like to think so.

    And my best to you in these difficult times

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    boatboy_srq says:

    @Ken: or worse, “predictably.” Lord Dampnut, his MAGAts, and the Teahad in general seem bound and determined to appoint as leadera individuals whose background and skillset are most suited to tearing down the entities they are tasked with managing.

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    Formerly disgruntled in Oregon says:

    @laura: This is the outrageous shit that turns out our voters. Think Todd Akin on 2006.

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    boatboy_srq says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Got to agree with germy on this one. ZEGS resigned rather than work with Lord Dampnut; that doesn’t make him less ZEGSy. Same principle here.

    “Short-fingered vulgarian” is still one for the books, though.

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    Hitlesswonder says:

    @laura: As you say, I think a lot of support would stick with him…but some would fall away, and as we saw last election that can be very valuable. It’s weird that there hasn’t been more made of the fact that the president has ties to Epstein…that he has multiple credible accusations of sexual assault. It’s like the media is afraid to cover it because it’s true. In any case, if the situation were reversed, the Republicans would be all over this trying to peel off how ever many voters they could and inspire their own voters…it’s one reason why they win.

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    dr. bloor says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: The thing with Carter though is that for him and his lot, it was all in-group antagonism. He was a particularly cutting enemy of our enemy, although it’s unlikely he ever had much interest in being our friend. He isn’t, and I say that as someone who picked up Spy Magazine as soon as it hit the stands in its heyday.

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    Baud says:

    I’ve determined that male Juicers are the only good men left on the planet.

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    James E Powell says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    Which Richard Cohen? Good question. I’m guessing it’s not the fencer. And did the article run elsewhere?

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    Mike G says:

    Our Corrupt “Elites”, Episode 3758211

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    Steeplejack says:


    Holding you in the light. 💎

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    James E Powell says:

    Where was everyone else? We have some pretty good ideas. They were on a tire swing at a barbecue. They were on Martha’s Vineyard sharing stories about how much travel in Europe has declined. They were at the most exclusive private schools, watching their children perform. They were at each other’s weddings. And they were at the same parties, always the same parties, because being at those parties is what they’ve worked for their entire lives.

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    patrick II says:

    It’S not weird the media isn’t covering it. The media is intimidated . If a reporter started investigating they would be branded as political, part of the prejudiced media. The “other” tribe which is harmful to God’s Chosen.

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    Kay says:

    It really was heroic to go after him. Obviously she’s somewhat protected by the fact that she works for a newspaper, but they could have invented some excuse to fire her and basically ruined her career.

    Not long after a 14-year-old girl reported Jeffery Epstein to authorities in 2005, she says she received a warning from someone who claimed to be in contact with the well-connected financier.
    The girl would be paid cash if she agreed not to cooperate with law enforcement, the person told the accuser, adding that “those who help him will be compensated and those who hurt him will be dealt with,” according to a Palm Beach, Florida, police report reflecting the accuser’s statement.
    The threat was one of many intimidation and bare-knuckle tactics that accusers and witnesses told police they faced after Florida authorities opened their first investigation into Epstein.

    These are police reports. These people were reporting this over and over and it’s truly threatening. They were doing stuff like trying to run one parent of a girl off the road. They certainly had no qualms about destroying careers:

    Epstein’s multipronged response to the investigation included suing Bradley Edwards, a lawyer representing accusers, in 2009 alleging his representation of accusers was linked to a Ponzi scheme. According to the Miami Herald, this suit ended in a monetary settlement, and Epstein admitted that he had filed the lawsuit in an “unreasonable attempt to damage [Edwards’] business reputation. He also filed a complaint with the Florida bar association, which investigated and found no wrongdoing.

    Edwards (eventually) won, but what did it cost him in time spent, worry and damage to his reputation? When is there reputational damage to all the very fancy people involved in these sleazy tactics to protect this guy? Half of these people still appear on cable news.

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    Formerly disgruntled in Oregon says:

    @Baud: …and President Obama…

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @germy: When was Vanity Fair a place to find hard-hitting journalism? Expecting something to be what it’s not, just like expecting a person to be what they are not, is a recipe for disappointment.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Baud: Aren’t you a dude?

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @dr. bloor:

    I was being sarcastic. I guess that didn’t come through. Would have used the snark tag but I can never remember whether it goes / this way or \ that way.

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    Steve in the ATL says:


    I’ve determined that male Juicers are the only good men left on the planet.


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    Baud says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    I identify as male on this blog, yes.

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    Baud says:

    @Formerly disgruntled in Oregon:

    I always assumed one on the nyms here was his.

  43. 43
    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Baud: Well, haven’t I just disproved your theory?

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    dr. bloor says:

    @Baud: We’ve plainly never met IRL.

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    Baud says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:


    ETA: You’re good, counseler.

  46. 46
    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Baud: Sorry.

  47. 47
    germy says:

    The best man in the world isn’t good enough for the worst woman.
    – James Thurber

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    debbie says:


    It doesn’t take a whole lot of clever to come up with a good turn of phrase. Carter is an elitist and an attention whore, and he would turn on anyone on a dime. Like Trump with far better fashion tastes.

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    debbie says:


    Sorry, I too missed the snark.

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    Amir Khalid says:


    It doesn’t take a whole lot of clever to come up with a good turn of phrase.

    Nor does your heart need to be in the right place.

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    B.B.A. says:

    @Baud: What a starry-eyed optimist you are. I’m increasingly convinced Valerie Solanas was right.

  52. 52
    germy says:

    “like Pizzagate but real” – me explaining Jeffrey Epstein

    — Molly Lambert 🦔 (@mollylambert) July 7, 2019

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    Ruckus says:

    IT IS always projection.

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    JoyceH says:

    @germy: with Republicans, every accusation is a confession. Whatever they’re accusing their opponents of doing is what they are doing. We keep having to relearn this lesson over and over again. In this case, it’s hard to believe because it’s so over the top. But apparently the evidence exists.

  55. 55

    @Baud: Actually I agree with you, Balloon Juice men are better examples of the species than men in general. TBH I find it easier to get along with men than women even IRL. Women can be incredibly nosy, they will ask you about your family and antecedents in the first meeting. I no likey.

    ETA: My anecdata covers women from two widely different cultures but the nosiness is the same. Why do you want to know what my brother’s wife does. Jeez.

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    MagdaInBlack says:


    Not entirely OT
    I admit I used to read VF. I knew exactly what it was: my favorite Sat morning on the couch with coffee fluff reading.

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    Aleta says:

    Barbara Malmet @B52Malmet
    “But the NYPD hasn’t required the multimillionaire financier — who owns a $77 million Upper East Side townhouse — to check in since he registered as a sex offender in New York over the controversial 2008 plea bargain he struck in Florida amid allegations”

    (Quote is from NY Post story July 1 NYPD let convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein skip judge-ordered check-ins)

    Eliza Orlins @eorlins
    I can’t tell you how many clients of mine have been arrested by the NYPD & prosecuted by Manhattan DA, Cy Vance for felony failure to register. They’re almost all poor people of color, who sometimes only missed registration because they changed shelters.

    Meanwhile, Jeffrey Epstein, for whom the Manhattan DA argued for leniency, has been allowed to skip his mandatory registration. Prosecutors told his registration officer to merely send Epstein a letter, reminding him of his reporting requirement.

    This epitomizes the two-tier system of justice that exists in Manhattan. Rich, powerful, white men are given leniency, while poor people of color are locked in cages.

    Russ Novack @russnovack
    I am currently representing someone who got locked up, and had bail set for not informing the SORA unit that changed homeless shelters. The guy didn’t have 77 cents, let alone 77 million. #twotieredjusticemustgo

    Scott Hechinger @ScottHech
    Meanwhile, a man I represent is jailed on Rikers right now, unable to afford bail, after successfully doing check-ins for last 9 years bc he failed to update his new address when he recently became homeless. Faces up to 4 years prison. Epstein didn’t check in once since 2011.

    Eliza Orlins @eorlins
    The last client I represented for failure to report an address change was in January. In exchange for not indicting the case, the Manhattan DA’s office offered the client a misdemeanor & 1 year jail. He took the plea. He was experiencing homelessness & now he lives at Rikers.

    (Jul 8) Eliza Orlins
    Let’s not forget that in 2011 Manhattan DA, Cy Vance, argued for leniency for Epstein. My clients (mostly poor people of color) never receive the same treatment. This is exactly the two-tiered system of justice that should not exist. *

    arnold levine @awn915
    Judge Pickholz was on it, though. She’s great.

    Eliza Orlins @eorlins

    Absolutely. She is the best.

    * NY Post story on Dec 1, 2018
    Manhattan DA sided with pedophile billionaire after botching investigation

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    Hope says:

    @debbie: and a different variety of bad hair

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    Aleta says:

    @Baud: And a toast to the ones who avoid the Juice but love a Juicer. Those ones who don’t bat an eye when those surprise rescue animals show up at the door.

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    smintheus says:

    I saw this in the Times today explaining that Epstein’s behavior while teaching at Dalton was creepy and totally infra dig. Chiz. Even as a child in the ’70s I realized that prep schools were infested with pedophiles, yet the alum of a lot of these swamp holes have been professing shock in recent years upon ‘learning’ about all the sexual abuse and general turpitude of their dear beloved holes. It’s almost to laugh.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @B.B.A.: We can’t all shoot Andy Warhol. I mean, well, he’s sort dead already. Plus wouldn’t there be a certain it’s been done already quality to the act?

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    Ghost of Joe Lieblings Dog says:


    Epstein’s multipronged response to the investigation included suing Bradley Edwards, a lawyer representing accusers, in 2009 alleging his representation of accusers was linked to a Ponzi scheme.

    Interesting choice of smear, too. “It’s always projection.”

  63. 63
    Aleta says:

    @Kay: “those who help him will be compensated and those who hurt him will be dealt with”
    That quote and the reported transactions for victim silence suggest possibility of other bribes. Last night my friend suggested that Acosta was cash bribed for his decision of 2008.

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    smintheus says:

    @Aleta: The next most likely explanation would seem to be that Acosta is himself a pedo.

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    tokyokie says:

    ¿Por qué no los dos?

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    Brachiator says:

    I’m glad Acosta is gone. But didn’t the Miami Herald reporting note cops complaining that the state prosecutors dropped or reduced charges against Epstein?

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    rikyrah says:

    Waiting for the Dalton victims to come forward😒😒

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    boatboy_srq says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Oops.

    Although SFV was definitely a classic putdown, and he should be remembered for that. (Perhaps as Wagner is celebrated for his music?)

    I think it’s / but not sure. /s always works.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Ghost of Joe Lieblings Dog:

    “The fact that increasing numbers of my victims are coming forward means that their lawyer is running a Ponzi scheme!”


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    Anonymous says:

    My younger brother attended St. Paul’s up in NE, a great uncle was headmaster back then. All male, young, horny… let your imagination work on those descriptions. Now he’s part of the Boy Scouts cult and a serious RWNJ. Hmmm.

    After seeing a couple pics of Acosta’s kids, in identical dresses very hollow-eyed, with skeletal mom, I no longer wonder why Acosta let Epstein walk. Birds of a feather, after all. Tragic. Those girls need a long interview with a very skilled interventionist — show me on the doll where you were hurt…

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    Sloane Ranger says:

    I wonder what other papers/media outlets were involved in the cover up? The police chief she spoke to, Reiter, says he was interviewed by lots of journalists and he told all of them where the metaphorical (possibly real) bodies were buried but nothing happened. Hence his cynicism when she interviewed him.

    Interesting if he would name names.

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    rikyrah says:

    His daughters look like the twins from The Shining 😲😲

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @Aleta: speaking ofrescue beasties, whatever happened to the Lappies?

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