I still want to know WHY the van Dams set out to distance themselves from Westerfield from the get-go? WHY?
Oh, and we are supposed to take Damon's word he didn't vacuum AFTER he realized Danielle was missing? Why believe him? He has trouble keeping his stories straight, doesn't he? DVD had all night and morning to run that vacuum.
But hey, if it was David Westerfield that ran the vacuum cleaner, he'd have been hung out to dry by now. (Notice how this almost disappeared from the radar screen...like running the vacuum at a crime scene isn't a big deal?!)..
If the van Dams were NOT the parents, and a "friends child" had disappeared from their home, they would have considered prime suspects before DW.
Parents aren't "supposed" to harm their children...but it happens everyday.
Also, remember the rumors about the VD's computer being searched and SDPD finding some gay videos, well people have been attributing that little item to the wrong person. Ah, the pendulum, keeps slinging, er, swinging.
Actually, statistically, the parents are the most likely suspects. That they dimissed these two so quickly should raise eyebrows and ring alarms. I'll add one more "why" to your list and offer one possible suggestion (actually first mentioned by FresnoDA)--Why were the parents declared "completely cleared" in under 13 hours (according to some sources)? Did it have anything to do with the close friend who had recently retired from the SDPD?
I don't know about you folks, but I've just downloaded all the pages of these transcripts for safe-keeping. We all know (some of us more painfully than others) what can happen to valid information that some people don't like. This time, if it gets flamed off the board, it can be reposted.
When did Damon have time to vacuum AFTER he realized Danielle was missing?
The uniformed officer responding from the 911 call was there when he returned from driving around the block, and did a walk through with them, and then kept the family outside until investigators arrived, who were then in control of the premises till 10 p.m. or so. And they spent the night at the neighbors, because of the mess left by evidence technicians.
The vacuum thing is a red herring tossed out by Feldman.
Investigators took two vacuum bags, one from the trash, one from the machine itself. Brenda testified she vacummed the downstairs (sometime before Danielle was missing), changed the bag and took the machine upstairs because she intended to use it upstairs that wknd. Events intervened.
The investigators also took the entire steam machine into evidence. If they had found evidence of blood in either, they would have been on those parents like flies on cowpats.
OK, Say I'm Brenda...I've admitted to leaving my daughter ALONE in a dressing room, my boys alone in a toy store, all 3 of my children alone at home for an hour while I pick up dru...er, pizza. I've admitted to smoking pot, drinking like a sieve, (note to self....designated driver), dancing with my girlfriends waving their hands like this ~~~~~~, bringing Barb home for my husband to kiss and hug, I remember dancing with Keith, Rich, Denise and Barb but I can't remember dancing with "Dave" oops wait actually nope, I didn't dance with "Dave".
What is it about dancing with Dave that would be so wrong? Why lie? Why lie?
If I admit to dancing with Dave, I'm admitting to what?
They are trying to minimize the extent to which they knew him...
they knew him rather well.