Several days ago in another thread, I mentioned that last year after hearing certain facts about George Zimmerman, I suspected that he used Neighborhood Watch (NW) as a cover-up for burglaries. This was based on several facts, including his words posted on his MySpace page expressing that he had a gang that would commit crimes for him and when caught, would do time in jail without telling on him.
Several months thereafter, I met Lonnie Starr on the blogs. By that time, the clubhouse videos were released, and there is a group on another blog, (the bcclist and whonoze) who have experience with videos. They began working to study the light patterns, the map of Retreat at Twin Lakes, and George Zimmerman’s non-emergency (NEN) call to the police reporting a suspicious person who we now know was Trayvon Martin.
While I questioned Zimmerman’s reason for moving out of his house after he left the police station, Lonnie Starr questioned the real reason why Zimmerman left his house that evening. From that foundation, Lonnie Starr observed things in the 7-Eleven video and then began examining facts regarding Emmanuel Burgess, the man who was subsequently arrested for committing burglaries in the Retreat at Twin Lakes.
Some in this blog want to hear more on Lonnie’s theory. This thread is for that purpose.
The following was written by Lonnie Starr.
BASIS FOR THEORY
Theories are only theories, they are designed to explain data points in a rational way that, hopefully will be as close to the truth or solution as possible for the state of knowledge in that day in time.
Theories are like punching bags, they are created to be tested by taking all the blows anyone is able to dish out, to see if they will finally fail, or not. Which is why it is silly to simply dismiss a rational theory, out-of-hand, without evidence and/or data to the contrary. Because that’s exactly like saying “I don’t want to hit that punching bag because I might break it!” Punching bags are made to be broken, so give it your best shot, always.
In Zimmerman’s case, when we started reading about it, all that was known was that he claimed to have left his house for his weekly shopping trip. This story would have had us believe that he had driven north on Retreat View Circle (RVC), west, and as he passed Frank Taaffe’s house, he spotted Trayvon coming into the gated community from between houses. This, of course, sounded very much like suspicious activity, as he intended it should. But, we were later to learn there was nothing suspicious about it since it was a short cut commonly used by the kids in the neighborhood, frequently.
Later analysis of the clubhouse (cctv) videos from the clubhouse cameras, showed that Zimmerman was lying about many of the activities he claimed to be engaged in that night. Most importantly we learned that Zimmerman’s truck came up RVC just two minutes before the start of his Non Emergency (NEN) call to the police, which he had been instructed to use, to report suspicious activities.
During those two minutes, his truck was traced going past the front gate and coursing over to the mail kiosk, where he made a pass, then turned and went back the way he had come. He was almost back to Frank Taaffe’s place when he stopped, turned around again, and went immediately back to the mail kiosk and parked facing it, and it was at that time his NEN call began.
We discovered, via Rachel Jeantel’s testimony about her and Trayvon being on the phone at the time, and because their call dropped and had to be reconnected, that established the time. That time coincides with the start of Zimmerman’s NEN call. So, we know that Trayvon was in the mail kiosk sheltering from the rain, 8 to 10 minutes before Zimmerman even left his house. Thus, Zimmerman could not have seen Trayvon over by Frank Taaffe’s in the cut through since he had passed that way many minutes before Zimmerman even left his house.
That got me thinking that Zimmerman had to be getting progress reports about Trayvon’s whereabouts from someone there — who has not been discovered as yet. Zimmerman was lying in an attempt to cover up the fact that anyone else had been involved. It sure was something to puzzle over. But who could it have been?
EMMANUEL BURGESS IS CAPTURED AND ARRESTED
People combing through the records of crime reports at the RATL noted that a guy name Emmanuel Burgess had burglarized the home of Dreamicis and he had climbed in through a second story window and stolen her $3,000 laptop and a gold necklace worth about $300. The next day, workers in the area who had witnessed the break in called the police and reported that the guy who did it, was standing in the cut through near Taaffe’s place, talking. The police responded and found Burgess in the company of two other black males and one white guy named Ransberg. Ransberg was carrying a back pack which the police asked to search, where upon Burgess stated that the back pack was his, then he ran away. Two of the officers gave chase and caught him and brought him back.
The search of the back pack revealed the stolen laptop and the serial number confirmed it. They say that all four individuals were taken to the police station Where Burgess was held and the other three were released. Burgess was held on parole violation and began serving a two-year sentence. Subsequently, Judge Debra Nelson sentenced him to five years for the burglaries. He did not return to the RATL where he had been living at 2500 Retreat View Circle, just south near where Trayvon was staying at Brandy Green’s house.
None of this meant much of anything to anyone until the tapes at the 711 were released. There, we see two black guys and one white guy coming into the store with their faces obscured. That seemed rather odd. Another odd thing is, after Trayvon made his purchases and had left the store, instead of heading immediately for home, he waited outside the store. Some 30 seconds elapse in the video, and we see a headlight of a car pulling in and parking. A few seconds later, two blacks and one white guy enter the store, but Trayvon waits patiently outside until they come back out. Only a few seconds after they leave the store does Trayvon begin his trip back home. This is all captured on the 711 tape.
Now, about the trip to the store. Some will say there’s nothing unusual about it, but there are some strange artifacts attached that may indicate that there may be a bit more to it than that. For one thing, Trayvon told Rachel on the phone that he’s going to the store because Chad asked him to get him some skittles. But Chad later says that Trayvon told him that he was going to the store and asked him if he wanted anything. It’s a small thing to be sure, but why would Trayvon conceal that he, himself, had made the decision to go to the store? Could it be he felt guilty for leaving Chad home alone? His father and Brandy had gone out to dinner and would not be returning for several hours.
Some theorize that Trayvon wanted some time alone to talk to Rachel, his girlfriend, on the phone, but we now know that was not the case. He had been talking to Rachel all day long, and they were not romantically involved — they were just friends. So, any idea that Trayvon wanted privacy fails. So, then we’re left with Trayvon wanting to go to the store on a rainy Sunday evening. Why? A rainy evening is hardly the time to be thinking about taking a long walk. So, it appears that there had to be more to this trip to the store than just to get skittles and iced tea. There had to be a much more compelling reason for it, and I think that the three he met at the store were the cause somehow. What happened at the store was more like a pre-planned meeting than just a casual encounter.
In fact, Rachel, who had been talking to him all the way to the store, relates that Trayvon told her that he wished his mother were there with him. Hardly a thing that a teen would say if he were really just out for a pleasurable walk. Wishing that mom were there, seems to me, to indicate that Trayvon had some foreboding or dread about the coming encounter, and that he knew and expected it to occur.
If these guys at the store had been asked to lure Trayvon out of his house, by a guy whom they knew to be a violent, gun-toting hot head, it’s very likely they envisioned a good reason not to want to be identified on the 7-Eleven videos. It fits with them waiting in the car for Trayvon to leave the store before pulling up to meet him. They did purchase cigars, so it was theorized that Trayvon was there to have them buy one for him. But he had no need of their assistance because his cousin could have gotten him them at any time, and his cousin did have a car of his own. The autopsy confirmed that Trayvon had not smoked marijuana that night, which refutes Frank Taaffe’s allegation that Trayvon got a cigar as a blunt from the three guys at the store, and smoked marijuana on his way home.
In any event, these guys knew Burgess and I’m pretty sure they knew Zimmerman as well. Also remember that Trayvon came to the RATL on Wednesday, so he was there for several days and probably seen by Zimmerman on one of his many patrols. So the scene is ripe to suspect that Zimmerman had these guys plan a meeting with Trayvon that got him out of the house on that rainy Sunday evening.
But, while it is likely that Zimmerman had Trayvon set up, it is unlikely that he let anyone know that he intended to kill the kid. Or, being the braggart he is, he might not have been able to contain himself in dropping hints that something was going to happen and that it wasn’t going to be nice.
LOW HOME VALUES
Zimmerman, we now know, is a man of terrible violent tendencies. I’m pretty sure that the people at RATL knew it too. The homeowners were enamored of the idea that their home prices were dropping because of Blacks moving in. Apparently they had no idea that the President Florida helped elect, (George W. Bush), was the real cause. He had let the F.I.R.E. (finance, insurance and real estate) run rampant without regulation, and as he assured us that businesses wouldn’t harm themselves, they did. Their sub-prime loans had caused the markets to lock up, so that with no new mortgages being written to finance the buying and selling of homes, housing prices had nowhere to go but down. These unaware hicks were unable to understand market mechanics, so they simply blamed their woes on Blacks.
Rene Stutzman of the Orlando Sentinel reported first that Ransberg was a 21-year-old home owner. Later she reported that he was, in fact, staying with a girlfriend who lived on that cul-de-sac just outside the RATL rear gate, less than 150 feet from where Trayvon was staying. And of course, Burgess and his two cohorts were staying at 2500 RVC which is less than 100 feet away from Brandy’s home, making it very likely that they all saw and knew of each other. That in fact, Brady Green said that Trayvon had been bored, sitting on the front porch. But as things go, proof positive that Trayvon met Burgess and his gang and/or Zimmerman, won’t come until somebody who is in the know, decides to talk.
Much of the info cited above is contained on my evidence pile at http://zimmerman-vs-martin.blogspot.com/ where there’s a “search this site” box at the top right of the page. The links I used to keep during the trial to cites of this narrative are gone, but they are still in the articles posted on the blog there.
(End of Lonnie Starr’s post)
It’s really amazing how people can see in part and upon each person meeting, begin to see the whole. In May 2012, Eric Gallagher wrote on his blog that recent demographics changes in the Retreat at Twin Lakes, and the resistance of those changes, led to the HOA hiring the Sanford Police Dept. to conduct patrols in the gated community to enforce traffic violations. He wrote more, including how the plan to harass Blacks were in violation of the Fair Housing Act.
I did not know about Gallagher’s blog until around September 2012. After reading it, it occurred to me that on February 26, 2012, Zimmerman diverted from his usual NEN call. In all of his previous calls, Zimmerman identified himself as Neighborhood Watch. He did not do so on his February 26, 2012 NEN call. Zimmerman knew he was not to pursue, neither carry a weapon while on NW. His omission of being NW in his Feb. 26, 2012 indicates that he planned on going beyond NW policies to observe.
That also gives sincere consideration of Lonnie’s theory that Zimmerman lied about his reasons for leaving home that evening. He needed an excuse to be out with his gun, other than on NW patrol.
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