By Jim Schutze
By Rachel Watts
By Lauren Drewes Daniels
By Anna Merlan
By Lee Escobedo
By Eric Nicholson
One angry mom
Apparently Christopher Brown's potshots at the media blunders in the Routier trial have rubbed off on the Dallas Observer's very own Ann Zimmerman. Her attempts at ridiculing the people who are involved in the Darlie Routier case were not amusing to me ["The cult of Darlie," May 6].
Of course she made some valid points concerning the Leeza show and how the audience is manipulated, and how the people with opinions on this case had much different opinions once they were off-camera. I was not surprised that the three women from the audience had connections to the case or to the staff at the Leeza show. That is how most tabloid shows are created. One fact that Ann got wrong was saying we had half of our relatives in the audience. Ann, four people do not make up half an audience.
I find it amusing that Ms. Zimmerman changed her own agenda for the week just to have her "15 minutes of fame," and then was pushing her issue of the Dallas Observer on Leeza to show to the national audience. Excuse me, but I think Ann's self-opinion as a journalist has gone straight to her head and not her pen.
I do not find anything amusing about police officers lying under oath, manipulating evidence, and setting their targets on an innocent young mother. It was bad enough to lose two very special grandsons (Ann and many others seem to forget their very existence), let alone wake up to this cruel, inhumane judicial system, which is robbing us of time with a very special, nonjudgmental person who happens to be Darlie Lynn Routier.
As for the "strange characters," well, let's not forget our famous Norman Kinne, who likes to attack victims' families by calling them trailer trash. Let's see who else we might have missed: a judge in such a hurry to retire with this high-profile case that my daughter's life didn't matter to him, and a few undereducated police officers (Keystone Kops) in Rowlett who are obviously going to be right no matter who is executed innocently. Of course, the list could grow to many pages with the manipulation of the nurses from Baylor hospital who lied under oath and yet were not held accountable for perjury, and a 911 tape that was dissected and distorted to the jury so that all the emotions of my hysterical daughter seeing her babies die right before her eyes were lost.
If that is not enough, hold on to your stomachs when the real evidence is presented in the writ or the new trial, whichever comes first. Do people really think that we put critical evidence out in tabloid shows and newspapers?
The person who I wake up thinking about and go to bed thinking about every single day is my innocent daughter, Darlie Lynn Routier. She is the very person whom Ann Zimmerman and many other players in this "circus" have abused for their own self-promoting reasons. I would probably have heart failure if I met one true investigative reporter on this case. That would require someone putting an innocent girl's life above their own selfish needs.
What is it about this case that brings many people back for more details? Well, I would guess it is because the puzzle does not fit like the state would like all of us to believe, and that you have a very large group of supporters--regardless of Zimmerman's list of their character flaws--who have used their time and money to try and help us find the truth in this case. For that I am very thankful.
Christopher Brown uncovered more in one month than all the prosecutors, police officers, over-the-hill investigators, experts, and defense attorneys all rolled up into one pile of Texas cow manure. The most important facts in his book are in the hundreds of crime-scene photos that speak volumes: Darlie is innocent.
Barbara Davis has more integrity than the entire Rowlett Police Department, and it took a lot of courage for her to come forward with the facts she has that will help Darlie's case. What is funny about that?
One other thing: You certainly will never find the truth in magazines, talk shows, or newspapers when the main agenda on everyone's "plate" is their own self-serving careers and media hype. Ann and the Observer will regret lowering their standards to tabloid levels.
After reading your article "Tripping, not falling" [April 15], I feel compelled to write and share a recent experience that paints a slightly different picture of Tripping Daisy's support for local bands.
While the band's efforts on behalf of local bands are admirable, they do not seem to be entirely democratic or inclusive, as I recently had the misfortune to find out. My band, The Dr. Benjamin Remedy, had an opportunity to play at an AIDS benefit in Denton this May. The set list also included Tripping Daisy. Unfamiliar with my band and apparently unwilling to check it out before assuming it to be of a lesser caliber than their favored bands, Tripping Daisy demanded to play only with bands of their choosing.