Straight Up with Sherri

Saturday, April 30, 2005

John Mason is Guilty! But No Crime Committed.

The first story I read this morning has already upset me. Not the story, but the exacerbations of the feelings I had last night.

Jennifer Wilbanks, the bride-to-be from Duluth, Ga. is safe. That is really good news. She just got cold feet, staged an abduction - not very well, I might add, obviously faked, and ran away to Las Vegas, then Albuquerque.

Here is what really pisses me off. John Mason, her fiance, was already tried, convicted, and executed by the media for her murder. The Scott Peterson fiasco all over. The police say they had investigated thouroughly. What, didn't anybody bother to check the local bus depot? (Insert Napoleon Dynamite voice here - IDIOTS!). I believe that the police had already made up their minds that it was Mason and any evidence that didn't fit that theory would be disregarded.

Because Mr. Mason did not trust the police, he must be guilty. Because he wanted to have his lie detector test with the police videotaped, he must be up to some shenanighens. Because he has already hired an attorney, he must be a murderer. Not once, on any news story, did I hear anybody speak up and say there was insufficient evidence that a crime had been committed. Never did any reporter or analyst say that there is no reason to believe John Mason is guilty. The presumption of guilt makes me sick!

Right Wing Nut Job


  • Yeah, but Scott Peterson DID IT!

    By Blogger Straight Up with Sherri, at 12:34 PM  

  • Sherri,
    Scott did what? No evidence was ever presented that a crimehad been committed.

    By Blogger Right Wing Nut Job, at 12:36 PM  

  • RWNJ

    LOL-- Here we go....

    I so disagree on the Scott Peterson thing.... SO disagree...

    I didn't research this.. but I do remember a woman sharing how Lacey was concerned about walking the dog due to the late stage in her pregnancy- someone gave her advice not to....I forget if it was a pregnancy calss or a nurse or a doctor- but she shared the conversation. Lacey always put opened the curtains in the morning- this morning they didn't go up- a neighbor's testimony... He forgot he was fishing and told people he was golfing... blah blah blah... what? Lacey walked to the marina, swam out in the water and accidently tied her self up in duct tape? and drowned? ridiculous. A crime was certainly committed. You fair better to argue that there was no proof it was Scott- again- I disagree....but it would be a more effective argument....

    Have you been watching Greta again? LOL! Just kidding-

    Like I said- I haven't researched this enough to back up my thoughts very well.....but I just disagree- I most defintely believe there was a crime- and I certainly think it was Scott... call me crazy- but 12 jurors agreed......THANK GOD! WOuldn't want him in my neighborhood..

    By Blogger Straight Up with Sherri, at 12:46 PM  

  • Sherri,
    Lots of circumstance, indeed. The evidence you present is contrived. The duct tape was never shown to have been applied. Nobody knows how Lacy got into the water, or even if she drowned. 15 jurors were subjected to a year's worth of propaganda designed to make them hate Scott Peterson. Then they weeded out any that wouldn't convict. That was his real crime.
    It may surprise you to know that I think he may have done it. I am not arguing for his innocence. What bothers me is the same thing here regarding John Mason. No case was ever made the it was even done. We now have proof that Jennifer Wilbanks is alive. And we have compelling reason to believe that Lacy and Connor Peterson are dead. But there is no evidence of a murder. Unlike the O.J. Simpson case.

    Have you been watching Greta again? Of course I have; she was ready to cook John Mason in the electric chair last night. You might say that Greta Van Susteren inspired me to write this editorial.

    By Blogger Right Wing Nut Job, at 1:04 PM  

  • And we have compelling reason to believe that Lacy and Connor Peterson are dead

    Their dead bodies is not enough evidence to officailly rule them dead? Just "believe" they are dead?

    I am not surprised to here you say that you think he may have done it- I understand exactly your point and the analogy between John Mason and Scott- I just disagree...

    I DO believe there is PROOF that a crime was committed.....they only other possibilities is that she either committed suicide....NOT a COMPELLING way to commit suicide...walk 90 miles away and throw yourself into a body of water where your husband is fishing..

    Or- an accident......maybe she went fishing with Scott that day and accidently fell in? Not buying that one either....

    By Blogger Straight Up with Sherri, at 1:13 PM  

  • Oh- another theory.. maybe Lacey had suspicion that Scott was cheating (or knew it cuase he really did tell her- cough cough) and actually followed him to see if she could catch him in the act. Then got so mad she didn't catch him that she threw herself in the water to frame him? Or was so mad accidently fell in? Or felt so guilty for suspecting him threw herself in?

    I know... it sounds silly, but hey it could happen....

    By Blogger Straight Up with Sherri, at 1:18 PM  

  • I like the moonies theory better. She was abducted by a band of moon worshippers. Then, somehow she accidently died in their custody. The District Attorney had publically told everyone in the United States precisely where to dump the bodies if you had them. So they did just as they were instructed, knowing the murder would be blamed on Scott. And he was such a narcissistic pig-idiot to properly defend himself.

    By Blogger Right Wing Nut Job, at 2:05 PM  

  • defend himself?

    You mean after he headed towards the border with his hair new blond doo, a stash of cash, and got picked before he could RUN?

    I agree he is a narcissist, pig, idiot, a few more choice things....but he earned these names FAR before he ever entered a plea in the courts.....

    By Blogger Straight Up with Sherri, at 2:14 PM  

  • Greta said he was guilty and she's never wrong on Fox "the only news that counts!"

    How about those 4 American's killed this morning in Iraq? > not a peep!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:35 PM  

  • anon

    Not a peep from who? Fox? I thought I did hear about the escalating attacks, 2 tourists from one country, and another one was an Itialian....etc, etc....

    By Blogger Straight Up with Sherri, at 2:46 PM  

  • John Mason was declared guilty by THE Right Wing media. Nobody on Air America was saying ANYTHING about it, but FOX news was ALREADY trying the man. This has happened over and over. Conservatives immediately cast blame, without EVER for a moment considering the fact that they might be WRONG, or that they might HURT an innocent person. Liberals assume NOBODY is guilty until proven so, because we were taught "Innocent until proven guilty".

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:20 PM  

  • anon


    yeah.... mean like Tom Delay, the infamous Dan Rather forged documents... etc...

    MEDIA is a joke- PERIOD! FOX News is NOT conservative-- it is just less left than the others...

    No one can come to the table of "journalism" and leave their core beliefs behind... they chase the story that helps their cause.... we all do....

    By Blogger Straight Up with Sherri, at 3:29 PM  

  • i do think this is great !!! that the media convicted a man who is beyond innocent lol they have the body ALive .. i think it shows that they will say or do anything for attention, ratings whatever .. now people will see that it is true the media MSN are bought and sold for whatever agenda is next
    i do agree with RW no eveidence on Scott - guilty by and tried and hung by the media .. hang someone for a strand of his wifes hair .. there is sooo much more to this story and many missing women - and covered up leads

    By Blogger keeka, at 4:27 PM  

  • KEEKA!

    Oh, no! I am outnumbered now!! LOL!

    Actually, RWNJ- Keeka knows more about the Scott P thing than anyone else I know. She would STOMP me with facts, if I even TRIED to argue it with her!

    Although- I have to ask you keeka, you do believe that there is evidence of an actual crime though at least, don't you???

    By Blogger Straight Up with Sherri, at 4:32 PM  

  • My impression is that if you think Fox is liberal media, you should shave your head and put the NAZI armband on now, because the only ones that Fox is to the left of is HITLER.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:21 PM  

  • Work from this point: The Spectrum of Liberal to conservative is a spectrum from selfless to selfish. Liberals tend to care about others more than themselves, and conservatives tend to care more about themselves than others. Don't Believe me? Ask Webster:

    Main Entry: self·less

    Pronunciation: 'sel-fl&s

    Function: adjective

    Date: 1825

    : having no concern for self : UNSELFISH

    - self·less·ly adverb

    - self·less·ness noun

    Main Entry: un·self·ish

    Pronunciation: "&n-'sel-fish

    Function: adjective

    Date: 1698

    : not selfish : GENEROUS

    - un·self·ish·ly adverb

    - un·self·ish·ness noun

    Main Entry: gen·er·ous

    Pronunciation: 'jen-r&s, 'je-n&-

    Function: adjective

    Etymology: Middle French or Latin; Middle French genereus, from Latin generosus, from gener-, genus

    Date: 1588

    1 archaic : HIGHBORN

    2 a : characterized by a noble or forbearing spirit : MAGNANIMOUS, KINDLY b : liberal in giving : OPENHANDED c : marked by abundance or ample proportions : COPIOUS
    synonym see LIBERAL

    - gen·er·ous·ly adverb

    - gen·er·ous·ness noun

    Main Entry: lib·er·al

    Pronunciation: 'li-b(&-)r&l

    Function: adjective

    Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin liberalis suitable for a freeman, generous, from liber free; perhaps akin to Old English lEodan to grow, Greek eleutheros free

    Date: 14th century

    1 a : of, relating to, or based on the liberal arts (liberal education) b archaic : of or befitting a man of free birth

    2 a : marked by generosity : OPENHANDED (a liberal giver) b : given or provided in a generous and openhanded way (a liberal meal) c : AMPLE, FULL

    3 obsolete : lacking moral restraint : LICENTIOUS

    4 : not literal or strict : LOOSE (a liberal translation)

    5 : BROAD-MINDED; especially : not bound by authoritarianism, orthodoxy, or traditional forms

    6 a : of, favoring, or based upon the principles of liberalism b capitalized : of or constituting a political party advocating or associated with the principles of political liberalism; especially : of or constituting a political party in the United Kingdom associated with ideals of individual especially economic freedom, greater individual participation in government, and constitutional, political, and administrative reforms designed to secure these objectives

    - lib·er·al·ly /-b(&-)r&-lE/ adverb

    - lib·er·al·ness noun

    synonyms LIBERAL, GENEROUS, BOUNTIFUL, MUNIFICENT mean giving or given freely and unstintingly. LIBERAL suggests openhandedness in the giver and largeness in the thing or amount given (a teacher liberal with her praise). GENEROUS stresses warmhearted readiness to give more than size or importance of the gift (a generous offer of help). BOUNTIFUL suggests lavish, unremitting giving or providing (children spoiled by bountiful presents). MUNIFICENT suggests a scale of giving appropriate to lords or princes (a munificent foundation grant).

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:25 PM  

  • I think this lady was being very selfish in not calling a family member to let them know she was alright. Alot of people spent alot of time and money trying to find her. I can understand the cold feet, but I think she'd best anty up some apologies/money.

    By Anonymous Marine Momma, at 7:35 PM  

  • I am also perplexed by the unwillingness of any agency to investigate the possiblilty of pressing charges. Maybe they should, maybe they shouldn't; but they have already announced that they would not. I guess their coverup is as quick as their investigation.

    By Blogger Right Wing Nut Job, at 7:56 PM  

  • anon--

    You Webster post is dute- but lets look at ACTIONS!

    Do you know that the ratio of conservatives that give to charity vs liberals that give to charity leaves your argument in shreds?

    Think what you like... no sweat off my back...

    By Blogger Straight Up with Sherri, at 11:09 PM  

  • You people need some help on this i see. I work in this field and I can tell you for a fact that 80% of the time it is a close loved one involved in a case like this. Police officers look at everything right off the bat but yes ALL family suspect. We often use John and Reve Walsh as a example. They both took lie detector tests right away to clear themselves so the police could focus on other leads.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:59 PM  

  • anon

    Actually, I am with you on the fact that it is usually family... I am also aware that not ALL law enforcement agencies or DA's are driven to do the right thing-- I think MOST are though..

    A friend called me last night.. "It's the guy! It's the finace..." rattled off all kinds of reasons, etc...

    I kept saying, well- the info the media is giving seems to point there- but they are not giving enough info...I am not so sure...

    The media has become reckless in these things..... looking for the next Lacey, or OJ ratings frenzie...

    What a bunch of irresponsible people...

    Thanks for sharing your information..

    By Blogger Straight Up with Sherri, at 12:10 AM  

  • Your welcome
    I agree the media jumps to fast. I just wish when this happens the spouse ect... would hurryand take the test it helps stop this and also lets the police look at other leads right away saves very much needed time. Mason himself could have helped himself but I do also understand that it is hard when you are telling the truth to sit down and take the test it makes people feel like they have done something wrong. Tough spot to be in but always better to take the test and be pissed later.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:16 AM  

  • Anonymous,
    It's also hard to be serious about taking the test once the police have manifest open hostility and indicated that you are their number one and only suspect and they will do anything to convict you. They are suspending the search for any other evidence because they have already made up their minds: You are guilty, period - they have the power, you don't, and there is nothing you can do to stop them. This is what I saw being done to John Mason. In many cases, the police are not our friends. Nor are they interested in finding the truth.

    By Blogger Right Wing Nut Job, at 12:29 AM  

  • There are bad police thats for sure I agree and there are many who do set thier mind right away but from working with them I can assure you they were looking into other things also Mason may hve been prime but thats how it is in almost any case. I am not here to say it is right wrong or other. Just telling you what I know. Mason could have helped himself from day one but i do understand where he is comeing from. Richard Jewel comes to mind.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:53 AM  

  • Anonymous,
    please understand that I believe most police officers are good, honest and honorable professionals that are interested in the truth. These we rarely ever see, because there is nothing spectacular or political in what they do.

    I disagree that Mason could have done anything to help himself beyond what he did. Get an attorney and begin his defense at the very beginning. Only cooperate as much as absolutely necessary. I guess we will never know. I'm still trying to think of any case where the police suspected a familiar early on and then dropped their pursuit due to new evidence. These guys are more persistent than the bloodhounds they used. Any suggestions?

    By Blogger Right Wing Nut Job, at 1:03 AM  

  • About 20% of the time they drop family as #1 suspect and go on because 80% it is. I have seen many cases over the years where a loved one or loved ones pass the test and then they move on. There are times though and I have to say that they don't move on all together because the test can be beat. I have see a very few cases where somebody has passed and was still found giltynot often but it happens. I am not trying to disagree with you the truth is even I think many officers go oveboard. Most of the time they think the worst but treat you like a friend too..

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:23 AM  

  • According to Yahoo! News, Gwinnett County (Georgia) District Attorney Danny Porter indicates that there may be charges filed in the case of Jennifer Wilbanks after all.

    By Blogger Right Wing Nut Job, at 4:25 PM  

  • My favorite part of this story was the morning this woman was located after running away, the media was scrambling to cover the story. CNN interviewed her 'stepbrother', whatever his name is, and he proclaimed that it was all of the prayer that had brought her home safely! And that anybody who had lost a child or loved one, just needed to pray more. How pathetic and stupid is that?! So his message to all the poor people that have lost children due to genuine kidnappings, etc. is that they just didn't pray enough?! What God do you pray to pal, and how come he didn't make you any smarter?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:02 PM  

  • CT#1824
    I just don't understand how after being pilloried by the bloodthirsty media and embarassed by his own fiance HE STILL WANTS TO MARRY HER!!! Jon, if you're reading this: Run! Don't even look back! The decision you make today will account for 99% of your joy or misery for the rest of your life. This situation will NOT get any better. Your statement that you wish to stand by her during this trying time is indeed noble and praiseworthy, but trust me on this one: RUN!!!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:07 AM  

  • anon

    How pathetic and stupid is that?! So his message to all the poor people that have lost children due to genuine kidnappings, etc. is that they just didn't pray enough?! What God do you pray to pal, and how come he didn't make you any smarter?

    LOL!! THANK YOU! You are SOOOOO right on this one! When my husband was cheating and stealing- wouldn't keep a job- stealing and forging my checks- GOOD Christians kept saying "pray." HUH? Like I hadn't thought of that?

    God gave us a brain- sometimes we should learn to USE it.

    By Blogger Straight Up with Sherri, at 6:34 PM  

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