Shortly after moving to Texas in 1982, I started hearing two phrases on a fairly regular basis, “That dog don’t hunt” and “I don’t have any skin in the game”, I had no idea what either meant – and maybe I still do not know. They sound pretty straightforward and I think they apply here.
Over the past 10 –15 years or so I have come to the firm position that I will never take a polygraph – no matter how much pressure comes from law enforcement (LE), the media, friends, neighbors, and moreso, strangers. LE has a job to do and they are paid by taxpayers to do it. It is ludicrous for those “without any skin in the game”, like strangers, to simply say “Why doesn’t he take a lie detector test to prove his innocence and if he doesn’t, he sure as hell must be guilty, right?” Well, from what I understand, we are still in a free country where we are assumed to be innocent until proven guilty. That is one of the main tenants of our Constitution. I was not placed on this earth to simply make the jobs of LE’s easier at the expense of my Constitutional rights. I will cooperate to a point and I will be honest and truthful – but I will not subject myself to any lie detector test – PERIOD.
What amazes me are those people who expect someone to submit to a lie detector test, yet they require LE to have a search warrant to enter their property. I consider my body a temple and I will protect it more vehemently than my property.
That said, I do not agree with the Bobo family being so closed lipped – even if local LE, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI), and the FBI told them to do so – or even if their lawyer(s) strongly advised them to do so. The public, in general, wants to feel comfortable in knowing, or at least feeling, that whatever happened to Holly Bobo, it was caused by someone outside the household – with no family member participating in the tragedy in any capacity.
Once people come to that conclusion, then they will unite behind the family and immediately focus their attention, their anger and their energy elsewhere for answers. A simple press conference with the head of the family, Dana Bobo, or even another member of the family stating the family’s position would go a long way in winning over the hearts of Americans – especially those in their part of the country. One person who should not speak on the Bobo family’s behalf is the gentleman who spoke for them on the Nancy Grace show. He probably did more harm than good because he was so evasive during the whole question and answer dialogue.
In addition, LE could, after interviewing all family members and looking at all existing evidence to date come to their professional opinion – without the use of lie detectors – that the family are not persons of interest (POI), nor are they suspects. The family, at the press conference, could either field questions or say they are not comfortable with a Q&A session and just stick to a scripted speech. People would respect whatever the family decided to do.
My current position regarding the family not talking at all is “that dog don’t hunt”. They are not scoring points with the public or the media by not talking and as a result, a cloud is hanging over their heads and will continue to be there for a long time.
On the other side of the coin, there is a valid reason for family members not talk to authorities. Generally, police ask questions they already have answers to and they are simply looking for confirmation of what they already know or suspect. LE is also trying to catch someone in a lie and then they can threaten him or her with prosecution for lying to authorities.
In this specific case, Clint Bobo, could hurt himself by talking to the police. He could innocently answer a question, which might give LE a motive for LE to then categorize him as either a POI or a suspect. How? Say, for example, the police ask Clint if he and his sister had any disagreements lately – maybe even the morning of the abduction. Clint might say that he and Holly had a major blowup about whom she was dating and she left upset. The police could then say that the argument was a possible motive that led Clint to harm his sister and hiding her body to cover up his crime.
I have read many websites where defense attorneys advise anyone to not say anything to the police without legal counsel. They want you to know that police are not your friend – they are there to arrest someone – sometimes anyone that appears to be a reasonable suspect or at least a suspect that stands a good chance of being prosecuted – guilty or not.
Now, why is everyone clamming up? I can see why the family is – even though I feel overall they are losing some public support. As for LE, I do not agree with their position either. True, some things that are discovered might be extremely critical to a prosecution and should be kept under wraps. But, that said, some information that is not critical to a prosecution should be released to help keep the public in the loop and the case active in the media. The public wants to know that LE is doing its job and that they are performing their duties in a timely manner. If the case involves a missing, kidnapped, or abducted person, then LE has to perform all tasks in a timely manner to enhance the possibly that the missing person will be returned to the family alive and well. To disregard the well being of the missing person for the express purpose of enhancing the case against the suspect would be doing an injustice to the missing person and that person’s family.
So, why has LE, at all levels, decided to not share even the most insignificant information on this case? If the POI or the lead suspect is a person of influence, i. e. a person of privilege in the community, LE might be trying to protect that individual and that person’s influential family. I can think of many examples where it was apparent that persons of influence in crime investigations literally got away with murder, simply because the victim and the victims family was less influential. So, is LE protecting someone of influence locally in Holly’s case? That might be true, but in the bigger scheme of things, when other LE, such as State Police, get involved, then the local influence might get trumped and the case quickly gets resolved. Also, if the crime investigation escalates to include other LE’s, for example, at the federal level, then influence might enter into it again. For example, if the POI or suspect is of national importance, then the LE at the national level could protect the suspect even more than the local LE did earlier.
If LE continues holding their cards close to their chest by not releasing any information, the assumption will be that Holly is not alive. Why do I say that? If LE is concentrating on building the perfect case and is taking their time doing so, then they are indirectly acknowledging that there is a high degree of probability that Holly Bobo is already dead, otherwise they would be focused on finding and recovering Holly first and then dealing with prosecuting the perpetrator, i.e. getting Holly back would be paramount and then building a case would be secondary. If not, why do we have LE at all, if they are not going to put our safety and well being first. I do not want to see every murderer prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law if it means that all their kidnapped victims were allowed to die in the process of LE building perfect cases.
Statistically, based on all the time that has already passed, LE might have already accepted defeat and because they feel that Holly is no longer with us, they are focusing all their energy on the arrest and prosecution of the suspect when and if arrested.
I guess, to them, the worst possible case is for Holly to be found dead and the case becoming an unsolved mystery.
That is why it is more critical that ever for nearby citizens to unite and have a rally and demand answers from LE, with the media present.
The other thing here is whether professional jealousy is occurring between local LE, state LE, and national LE. Are they completely cooperating with each other to solve this case or have influential individuals been controlling this case from the gitgo?