In Houston Texas a middle-aged black woman named Mona Nelson kidnapped a 12-year-old white boy, Jonathan Foster, from his home on Christmas Eve 2010. She tied him up with string, tortured him, then burned him with a welding torch and dumped his body in a ditch. Reverse the races and this would be the lead story every night in the media – the same reason it’s being ignored.
Court update from Thursday – HOUSTON (KTRK) – Investigators took the stand again on Thursday in the Mona Nelson trial. She’s charged with capital murder, accused of killing a 12-year-old boy. For the first time we heard about the autopsy of Jonathan Foster, whose body was found face down in a ditch and severely burned.
Dr. Paul Radelat, a pathologist testifying for the defense, admitted that he had not actually examined Jonathan’s body, but merely viewed photographs of the boy’s remains and read the forensic pathologist’s report. He said we may never know what happened to Jonathan, but he was confident the child was neither strangled nor burned alive.
Dr. Radelat testified, “I believe he was dead by the time he was burned. & This child was turned into a piece of firewood. & I can’t say with any certainty what burned him. & There is no clear-cut cause of death.”
As for how the child died, there were some theories, but nothing stated as a fact.
Dr. Radelat testified, “You have to think some sort of smothering event. & It’s very difficult to come up with any conclusion, the body was badly charred. Any external evidence was gone. & We don’t have any affirmative evidence that he was smothered, but smothering wouldn’t leave any affirmative evidence.”
Prosecutors introduced something on cross-examination that indicates someone hit Jonathan in the center of his chest, supporting some theories that he was struck by his killer and possibly smothered afterward. (read more)