Why? I decided to reflect on an abduction case from last year, in which Brittany Smith was abducted by her uncle Jeffrey Easley in Virginia and was later observed in a San Francisco grocery store by a clerk who said she saw a photo of Brittany and her uncle on the Nancy Grace show a few days earlier.
So, how does this tie in to the two currently missing girls – Baby Lisa and Jahessye Shockley? I will get to that in the coming paragraphs – I promise!
Well, for starters, the baby Lisa abduction was not covered on Nancy Grace or Jane Velez-Mitchell for the first ten days of baby Lisa’s disappearance. During that time the Kansas City police and the FBI diligently investigated Lisa’s disappearance and as more titillating information surfaced – such as the mother purchasing a “big honking box of wine” (words of Nancy Grace), with a “stranger” (again, per Nancy) and Lisa’s mother admitting to being drunk, Nancy and Jane felt it was time to cover Baby Lisa’s disappearance because there was a lot of “National Enquirer” type information surfacing that would appeal to their viewing audience.
Nancy Grace and Jane Velez-Mitchell have been spending significant amounts of time on the baby Lisa abduction – sometimes 30 or more minutes on each show for well over a week – a few times baby Lisa had a whole show to herself. On the other hand, Jane spent a little less than six minutes on one show covering the disappearance of Jahessye Shockley, the cute little black girl who is believed to have been abducted after she went outside her house over a week ago while her mother left for a short period of time.
Since Jane’s initial brief coverage of Jahessye’s disappearance – a full week after she went missing – Jane did not even bother to show a map of where Jahessye lives – nor did she even talk long distance with the person who came forward to report a sighting of a young black girl being abducted in Jahessye’s neighborhood. A simple map showing Jahessye’s house and the location of the abduction might have a long way in encouraging others to come forward.
Now, back to baby Lisa. What is interesting about the Baby Lisa case is that witnesses have come forward recently to say that they saw a man walking with a baby only dressed in a diaper the night Lisa disappeared. This person was seen on the street where Lisa lives and also about 4 miles away at an intersection where a motorcycle rider observed who appeared to be the same man, again with an infant only dressed in a diaper in about 45 degree weather.
Comparing the coverage of both girls, Nancy has repeatedly displayed maps of baby Lisa’s house, a lake, the grocery store, and locations of the sightings where the man was seen carrying a little baby only clad in a diaper. Regarding Jahessye – no maps and nothing on the car and the person who allegedly abducted a little girl in Jahessye’s neighborhood.
Jane also interviewed Jahessye’s grandmother and at the end of the interview, she promised her that she would stay on the story and keep Jahessye in the news. Since that interview, she discussed Jahessye only once for about 11 minutes, while she has covered baby Lisa’s disappearance every night – and much longer than 11 minutes each night – more like 25 – 30 minutes each show.
If Nancy and Jane covered Baby Lisa a week sooner than they did, maybe these witnesses might have come forward sooner and the police, along with their trained dogs, might have picked up a scent and it might have led to a resolution of this abduction.
Some might think the abovethat statement might be an exaggeration, but I do not. Some of you might remember the Brittany Smith case – where the 12 year old girl was abducted by her uncle in Virginia – yet was observed in a San Francisco grocery store a few days later by a clerk who called police and Brittany was safely recovered and returned to her family in Virginia. This clerk said that she saw Brittany and her uncle on a television show and I believe it was probably the Nancy Grace show.
Now to Jahessye Shockley – another adorable child who was not mentioned on Nancy or Jane’s shows for over a full week after her abduction. An eyewitness came forward to say that she thought she saw Jahessye being pulled into a car not far from her house. Because Jahessye’s disappearance did not hit the national news for a full week, critical time was lost in getting out photos and pertinent information to the national media.
It is also possible that if Nancy or Jane covered Jahessye’s disappearance a week earlier – including photos nightly along with information such as phone numbers, it might have jarred memories of other people who might have seen Jahessye with her abductor or abductors. Keep in mind that it is believed that a passenger in the vehicle pulled Jahessye into the car, so there were at least two individuals involved in the abduction.
There is an old saying that “a picture is worth a thousand words” – I would like to add that “a picture along with pertinent information might lead to a thousand clues”.
Nancy, in the past, has proudly taken credit for Brittany being found due to her photo being shown on her show, and if that is the case, why are Nancy and Jane so derelict in showing missing and abducted children sooner rather than later?
To me, it seems like these two ladies start covering these kind of cases when it suits their production schedule – and by that I mean after they talk about where Casey Anthony might be and after they cover every minute of the Dr. Conrad Murray trial.
I know Nancy and Jane have a production staff that determines what to cover each night and how much time to spend on each topic – trials, murders, abductions, and the like – but to me, cases of missing and abducted kids TRUMP trials and the latest rumor as to where is Casey Anthony.
Newspapers and magazines spend significant time figuring out lead stories, along with photos and up to date information that needs to be worked in each story. However, if major breaking news pops up, all bets are off.
Papers and magazines go in scramble mode to reassess priorities and move things around to solve what has to be done before they go to press. I remember seeing many movies where someone in authority yelled out “Stop the presses” and everyone came together and diligently worked together and they all felt great when they accomplished what they just accomplished – even though it required additional work out of each of them.
The same goes for missing kids. I am sure that Nancy’s production team felt like a million dollars after they worked in the story about Brittany Smith and thanks to them Brittany was observed in a grocery store and rescued.
Why have Nancy and Jane changed their priorities so much that stories about missing and kidnapped kids usually have to wait as much as a week (or more) before they first cover a given case?
Sometimes cases involving black kids and Hispanic kids are put off longer – unfortunately they are not covered at all at times.
I think it is great that Nancy always honors a deceased military person – usually those who have been killed in Iraq or Afghanistan – but if you look at the date of death, some of these heroes died in combat maybe many years ago.
I would like to suggest that Nancy use that time occasionally to cover timely abductions and kidnappings – like Baby Lisa and Jahessye Shockley.
If HLN or Nancy do not want to alternate the “hero time” with “abduction/kidnapping time” then Nancy needs to have two segments at the end of her show, one for a hero and one for a timely abduction/kidnapping.
The reality is that the coverage Nancy and Jane give to missing and abducted kids is as clear as Black and White.