Travesty of Justice
My name is Cynthia. I'm here to tell everyone a story about the suspicious death of my son, Joshua.
Joshua was found dead in the chain of a swing set in Amsler Park/McGregor, Texas on February 16, 2006. He was on his knees!
Of course, my world, as I knew it, ended right there and then. Joshua was my firstborn, at age 30. This was devastating to me, but I also knew that my son would NOT take his own life, but my "thinking" cap was not on tight enough at the time.
The day of his funeral, after I and the funeral director scheduled and paid the police dept. for a funeral escort, no officer showed. However, I did take note of where the patrol cars were located in the small town of 4,700! Our procession almost collided with a patrol car leaving the church, and the detective's car was parked behind the police station, while 2 other patrol cars were @ Subway! (There were only 8 officers with McGregor PD)
On Feb. 22, 2006, I contacted the former Interim Chief Molina to ask how the investigation was progressing. He told me, "We don't begin an investigation until something suspicious is found." I then asked him why an officer hadn't shown up to escort Josh's funeral, and he said, "We were unavailable." I told him that this is not true! Out of the blue, he said, "At ten after one, there was nobody in the park." [At the time, this meant nothing to me.]
About 2 weeks later, former Det. Kory Martin contacted me to say, "As of today, the investigation is over." I asked, "What investigation, Molina told me there wasn't one?"
He said he had investigated, talking to my son, Michael, Josh's girlfriend Kayla, and Mr. Bill Holt, a routine jogger each and every day around the perimeter of the park. I knew he hadn't, but to be sure, I told him I would call him right back.
I asked Michael and Kayla. Kayla said no officer had spoken with her. Michael said that Martin had spoken with him while he was at the park, where I had sent him after Mr. Holt's son, Justin, called our house, telling Michael that someone was hanging in the park. He told me he couldn't recall the conversation. I found out later, from the statements, that Michael went into shock, and was treated by EMS. I called Mr. Holt, and he also said that no officer had questioned him, adding that he did return to the scene, asking the officers why they hadn't stopped him as he ran from the scene. He was told, "because we knew who you were, Mr. Holt."
I called Martin back, telling him he hadn't spoke to anyone but Michael. He told me he found out all he needed to know from him. I said, "No, it was Josh and I arguing, had you spoken with me, you may have gotten a different perspective!"
I used the Open Records Act to get the documents related to my son's death from the City of McGregor/McGregor PD. I was forced to request the crime scene photos, as not one officer would tell me how he died. I could only surmise that he climbed to the top of the swing set, wrapped the chain, and jumped. But, no broken neck, no internal damage to the neck, and I had to know.
I began my own investigation, teaching myself basic forensics, blood, rigor mortis, cadaveric spasm, manner and cause of death, digestive processes pertaining to time of death, etc.
In June, 2006, four of the five officers on scene, were asked to resign for unknown reasons.
I posed 4 questions to a new chief, Ron Wadkins, Mayor/Attorney Hering, and the current chief, who is a retired Texas Ranger:
1) How is it possible for former Officer Kirby to have checked for a pulse, as his patrol car was NOT dispatched to Amsler Park?
2) How is it possible for former Officer Norris to have run a wants & warrants check on unknown subject? All officers stated that they did not recognize Josh, although all of them knew my sons very well! Josh had NO identification on him, nor was there a suicide note!
3) Why did former Sgt. Freeman come on duty @ 4:37AM and again @ 6:20AM?
4) Why is there a crime scene photo of a cigarette butt? There is nothing in the statements about this and Joshua would NOT smoke!
Wadkins: "I'm not talking about it."
Hering: "It's not like the officers have drivers license numbers in their heads. A wants & warrants check is done in case there's a warrant, it can be dismissed." (Who cares, he's dead!)
Current Chief Foster: "The autopsy says this is a suicide, therefore, the case is closed."
I discovered from an associate with Southwestern Inst. of Forensic Science/Dallas, that a patrol officer saw Josh in Amsler Park @ 1AM, making him the last person to see Josh alive! When I asked former Chief Wadkins which officer, out of two, he said, "I can't remember."
www.americaiswatching.org Joshua Robinson
This site lists the current chief, City Manager Dennis McDuffie, Mayor Hering, local paper, "The McGregor Mirror", the names of the four officers who were asked to resign, the former Chief Wadkins, etc. You can contact any or all of these people to state your opinion.
www.realcrimes.com scroll to Joshua Robinson
These two sites have highlighted and underlined areas which are excerpts from the files, including a crime scene photo. Warning: Graphic!
www.JusticeForUs.org, click on Internet Links, Petition #558723957
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Hello Cynthia. I just finished reading about the horror you've experienced concerning your brother, and probably will continue to experience until you have some sort of closure; I hope you will find peace and that Joshua receives justice, soon.
I am so sorry that the death of your precious son brings you here, but welcome aboard. That is what we are here for.
You will remain in my thoughts and prayers.
You must give some time to your fellow men. Even if it's a little thing, do something for others - something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it.
-Albert Schweitzer (1875 - 1965)
I know all too well the anguish and pain this family is going through. I know that the only closure will be justice.
For a parent; brother or sister; or any other family member to have to think about their child, sibling, or other family member dying alone; in the dark; is horrible beyond words. And then to know that their loved one was murdered is even more horrible.
The search for justice wears on us day and night; without ceasing. The search for answers; the search for truth; and the search for justice. It spurs us on; it drives us.
I pray for justice for Joshua. And I pray that his family sees this justice done.
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