Who Buys $14 In Gas? – Jessica’s Story

According to the 19-year-old M&M Gas Station “Owner”, turned “Operator”, now described as “Clerk”, Jessica Lane Chambers bought $14 in gas the night she was murdered. Usually, according to the same principal, she only purchased $4-$5 in gas per trip.

Which spawned numerous people to ask:

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Who buys $14 in gas?

Simple answer, a teen buying a pack of smokes. Video of the gas station shows a price of $5.30 + tax. Mississippi tax 7% total purchase $5.67. Hand the clerk a $20 and put the rest in the gas tank. Prior trips, hand the clerk a $10 and do the same.

Like many of the questions surrounding Jessica Lane Chambers, the simplest answers are the most correct. What’s less understandable is why so many people in and around Courtland have severe aversion to the spotlight of media.

Although that too can be explained, unfortunately.

Jessica Chambers 3 Jessica’s dad Ben Chambers told the media she was in a “battered woman shelter” two months prior to her death.  Obviously implying Jessica was a battered woman.

However, within the specifically chosen wording is a more subtle implication. After considerable research we can share Jessica was HERE, Leah’s House.

According to their website “Our ministry helps women ages 18 and over who have been incarcerated, deal with addictions, behavioral problems, self-harm, depression, and others”.

While it is quite possible Leah’s House has guests who have suffered abuse, it is not a “battered woman’s shelter“.  Unless, like Ben Chambers, you are trying to reconcile other facets of Jessica’s lifestyle and comfortable defining more complex issues into a category which will provide a distance from what might reasonably be called “guilt”.

Shame is not Jessica’s burden to carry.

By every indication she did right by all she met, and did the best she could while walking a path filled with trepidation and danger.  It is actually remarkable how much innocence she retained, how much hope she expressed, and how little people recognized a simple fact.

The greatest gift you can give another human being is the gift of being understood.

If you look at the interactions Jessica held in the latter part of her short life you can see this quest to being understood. Jessica turns to the guest speaker at the Christian treatment center and says she wants to write a book.

Of course she does; she’s searching to be understood – to find willing ears to listen. At Jessica’s funeral author Linda Oliver said after giving a speech, Jessica Chambers asked her for help to write her own book. “She thanked me for sharing some of the horrible facts of my own story, and then asked for help with hers”.  Oliver said, ‘I want my story to be told.’”

At age 19, a broken home behind her, the only child from the marriage of Ben and Lisa Chambers, numerous step-sisters and step-brothers older and younger.  Everyone else with a home.

Eventually Lisa and Ben remarrying and creating additional family structures, but what about Jessica? Who had Jessica’s back? Who was looking out for her? Who could she turn to?

Who was her rock?

Jessica chambers obit to brother One can easily picture Jess sitting down and being too familiar with the metaphor inside the children’ s book: “Is this a home for hermit crab“?  Ultimately a quest to find out where you fit in to this scheme we call life.

Where is home? Jessica chambers 2When Jessica was eight and nine years old her father, Ben Chambers, was busted for running a meth lab and chop-shop for stolen automobiles. One can only imagine the litany of sketchy characters who would have moved in and out of the ever shifting landscape.

Entering High School at South Panola High, where the world of Football is woven into the fabric of status.  Where Ol Miss college coaches routinely go first to recruit from one of the most successful football programs in the country.

Where High School, to College, to achieving entry into the NFL is actually possible. How to fit in? Cheerleader within the program.

Which exposes Jessica to a world of competitive testosterone gladiators who Ben Chambers would definitely not like.

So is it really hard to believe where you find Jessica in 2012/2013, at 16/17? Living with Bryan Rudd and his family. According to Mrs. Rudd Jessica lived with her for almost two years. Yeah, is this a home for hermit crab?

Apparently not.

To who -or what- was Jessica the primary consideration, and not some displaced other found at the mid-range or even bottom of the priority scale?

Where was Jessica’s safe place?

Carrying a random file box filled with mementos that held some value, where could she unpack those simple dreams and find comfort? Where was the home for Jessica?

Ask these questions and you’ll find Jessica’s story.   The place you arrive is where you’ll understand why Jessica asked author Linda Oliver for help to write her own book.

[…] “She thanked me for sharing some of the horrible facts of my own story” and then asked for help with hers, Oliver said. ‘I want my story to be told.”

Through it all, incredibly, Jessica held an innocence – an outlook free from judgment, free from traditional perspectives of “those people being others“.

She could never look upon anyone as an “other“, because she herself was as undefined as any she would bear witness to.

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Shame is not a chapter for Jessica’s story; shame is a chapter for those who simply ignored the quiet unspoken requests which would only be visible if you cared enough to pay attention.

Who was paying attention?  Apparently no-one.

And when you grasp that, when you reconcile those uncomfortable truths within her experiences within this small town Mississippi crowd; when you fully understand how incredibly invisible she was amid the social constructs; only then can you begin to understand why everyone local to her in the aftermath of her death is seemingly ok to just allow her story to quietly disappear.

It is unnecessary in life, and too painful in death, for the Ben and Lisa Chambers’s, the aunts, uncles and others, countless others; the community of Courtland Mississippi, to look in the mirror and ask the hard questions.

It is far easier to point fingers at the innocuous “them“, ‘their fault“, and as a direct consequence avoid the responsibility of their own indecent selfishness.

A lazy and corrupt Sheriff’s department who have allowed a dark underbelly of violent activity to thrive without restraint.  “Move along, move along, nothing to see here….” Until, well, unfortunately, there is something to see – something horrific, something ugly, something now exposed.

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Jessica’s story is not about race, nor where her troubles gang related per se’.

If you really look around you find she was warmly thought of, and held in high regard, across a broad spectrum of people who hold decent dispositions – good people, decent people.

There is indeed honesty from her black friends showing a broad social network who viewed her as a sweet girl of warm and decent disposition.  She was.  Look at her relationship with her niece, Kelsey. It was very special.

As reader JakeandCrew noted:

“Many of her friends, both black and white, knew her since elementary school. She obviously had no misgivings about having both black and white friends – and she had a black boyfriend. He was in a gang, but did Jessica start talking and dressing the way they did? Did she start dealing or using drugs, or committing crimes? I see no evidence of it. I see no evidence of her boyfriend abusing her, either. I’m sure she made mistakes, and bad choices – but don’t we all”?

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A solid argument can be made that it was this very lack of judgment toward others that made her a target of immense hatred.   Because amid the same community you’ll find some of the most abhorrent devaluations of human life; especially the life of an innocent.

Who would want to brutalize someone so badly.  Who would want to punish someone in such a horrid and horrific manner.  What kind of hate exists in the heart of a person who would want to defile her, tear her flesh, burn her, listen to her screams, harm and destroy a girl who, by all manner of definition, is the personification of innocent – and lacking judgment toward others.

…And yet, within that very innocence you find the motives of envy, spite and prideful hatred.

The story of Jessica is not a story of her faults, flaws, mistakes or misgivings.  It is actually a story of incredible magnitude when you think of all the challenges she survived, and yet held an outlook of hope.

Searching.

Is this a home for hermit crab“?

Well, now she is home – home with her real Father.  Home with the rock she so longingly sought.

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And yet, even in death, she leaves us with a message:

Who in your town could be Jessica. Who in your neighborhood might be Jessica. Who on your street is possibly Jessica….

…. and who, under your roof, might just be seeking to be understood.

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403 Responses to Who Buys $14 In Gas? – Jessica’s Story

  1. jlspyder says:

    Speaker of the Dead most certainly.

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  2. mung says:

    Who buys $14.00 in gas? Someone who isn’t old enough to buy alcohol at Winn Dixie and only pay $.10 a gallon for gas?

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  3. Les says:

    I read a few tweets posted by TheLastRefuge2 that mirror the sentiments in this piece. I hope the world sees those and comes to read this. You never know who this may help.

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  4. Lady in Red says:

    Jessica writes cursive. I recall, in the Zimmerman trial, that Trayvon’s “girlfriend” admitted on the witness stand that she, a high school graduate, couldn’t even read cursive.

    It is interesting that Jessica, coming from a school system worst in the nation, would be so fluent, writing. ….Lady in Red

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    • Les says:

      They don’t teach D’Nealian in most schools nowadays. And “penmanship” isn’t on the report cards in many districts. If the letters don’t look like digital keyboard characters, people don’t want their kids to waste time learning it. I was told this over ten years ago. I taught mine to write in cursive at home.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        Yep, Lady in Red’s right, we have THE worst school system in the nation – lord knows where all the funds are going – must be sharing the same political water supply as Louisiana. I’d be happy if the kids could read PERIOD – we had out 2nd grade grandson reading at a 4th grade level last summer and now he’s back to barely a 3rd grade level.
        She also could have had people at home who cared – think her b’friend might have written that?

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    • Norman Clegg says:

      YOu must have your assets hidden better than Glenn Beck.
      YOu are going to lose all you have and all you might have in the future to that kid.

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  5. This is first rate reporting that is sorely lacking in the MSM. Keep up the good work!

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  6. Scott S says:

    Thank you so much for such a beautiful and inspiring piece, Sundance.

    I’ve been trying to put my finger on why this case has been so compelling, particularly after seeing the surveillance video as I described in last night’s thread. But your heartfelt tribute to Jessica has truly flipped the switch.

    They say that the opposite of love isn’t hate, it’s indifference. In life, Jessica encountered far too much indifference. It’s our job now to make sure the indifference ends. If Jessica inspires us all to be more mindful of those in our own lives, then perhaps this horrible event will not have been in vain.

    Thanks again for making this happen, Sundance.

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    • steve says:

      “When you understand how incredibly invisible she was to the local constructs”. Maybe that is because she routinely snubbed the advances of White men without a second thought.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        She also might have been looking for a way the hell out of a dead-end (accent on dead) rural Mississippi county. Main export out of our county, after lumber, is teenage kids – high school grads or not. A gang b’friend with dead presidents and bling, even in small lots, can look a lot more attractive a prospect than someone who’s likely to spend his life in some traditional rural 24/7 bust-your-ass-with-nothing-to-show-for-it job. Totally different ballgame out here, that’s why so many kids just move to the big city where there’s at least a chance at a chance. Also damned hard to make good choices when you see what’s ahead of you if you stay where you are and you don’t have those fully-formed frontal lobes to help you make adult decisions.

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      • Indiemex says:

        A – Evidence?
        B – Since when is any woman obligated to welcome, “the advances of White men?” Or any other man, for that matter? I’ve snubbed many a white man. Blacks and Latinos as well. Even one or two named, “Steve.”

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        • StormyeyesC says:

          Amen!

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        • polk8dot says:

          Bravo, Indiemex.
          I wasn’t going to leave steve’s post unanswered, but then I saw your comment. You said all I was going to, only much more concisely and to the point. Great, great response.

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        • steve says:

          I did not mean to imply that Jessica deserved to be burned alive. I feel bad about what happened to her. I was simply responding to the statement that she was “virtually invisible in her community.” I also made to mistake of writing down, “White Men.” In todays America this is unacceptable. Their is a long standing liberal rule that states that White people are not allowed to have a Racial Identity. Latinos are allowed to have a Racial Identity. Blacks are most certainly allowed. However, Whites are not. Can you imagine one of the High Profile Talking Heads at Fox News proclaiming either on the air or off, that they are proud of being White, and proud of all of the accomplishments of White people over the centuries. They would be fired within the week. As far as wanting someone to Burn Alive, I would like to see whoever did this to this poor girl Burned Alive. Same with the perpetrators of Wichita Massacre and The Knoxville Horror.

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          • steve says:

            To further expand on my statement that “White people are not allowed to have a racial identity”, things have gotten so bad in this country, that White people seem to be apologizing for the fact that they even exist!

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        • steve says:

          If you took the time to “Snub” me, I wouldn’t lose any sleep over it.

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          • StormyeyesC says:

            What you said was, “she routinely snubbed the advances of White men without a second thought.” There is no evidence of that, NONE. We don’t know that. She may have had white boyfriends. She may have chosen to snub black boys as well. That just came off as a low blow to a dead teenager, and a low blow to any woman who may have ever “snubbed” a man without a second thought. If she snubbed a man, she shouldn’t have to die because of it. It is very similar to the rape arguments. “She shouldn’t have dressed so sexy”. Don’t blame a victim if you want to have a civil conversation.

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            • steve says:

              On a scale from 1-10, I would say that she was a 7. A very beautiful girl. Yet she spent 2 years living with a Black guy. This indicates to me that she had no use for white guys who, I’m willing to bet would have liked to have dated her. 2 years with a Black guy. That to me is “evidence.” To take a guess, I would say that she was a nice person and did not dislike white guys. She just wanted to be friends with them. Maybe this is why she is described as “Invisible in her community.” White guys knew the score and didn’t ever bother to try anymore.

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              • StormyeyesC says:

                “she spent 2 years living with a Black guy. This indicates to me that she had no use for white guys”……..”Maybe this is why she is described as “Invisible in her community.” White guys knew the score and didn’t ever bother to try anymore”………..You are not worth my time……….

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        • PolioLioP says:

          Angry Indian/Mexican femanon detected. Whew! Probably drunk off her ass too. Ignore it Steve, she just don’t get it. So many don’t nowadays.

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          • steve says:

            Thank you for being the only one to support me PolioLioP! They were implying that I was happy that she was burned alive and got what she deserved. I was not.

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      • White Hat JD says:

        Where the white men in her life any better? Who the fire chief, her meth lab chop shop daddy as as role model. It sounds like she would have loved to meet someone like her brother. She didn’t think color mattered.

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      • Norman Clegg says:

        Clearly you are saying she deserved it.
        I can’t wait until this criminal thing is over for the civil attorneys to take over.

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    • lou says:

      I have to say that in a fair world, this sentiment by Sundance would win the top prize in writing…….truly inspirational at the same time revealing the truth behind the Jessica we are trying to understand….

      as I said the other day, WHERE ARE THE FLOWERS?…WHERE ARE THE TEDDY BEARS?……in most high profile killings , people flock to show their condolences by placing flowers and messages and teddy bears at the site of the tragedy….

      so where are they?……….poor Jessica….who everyone apparently knew….poor Jessica…..so integral to the community that she has been so quickly dismissed….

      God speed Jessica……you are definitely among friends and family now…maybe for the first time in your life…..

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      • sidneyaneres says:

        Lou,

        That is a great question.

        a messge, what, no one goes there, no classmate,, because I think if that was happening it would be there. and its not.

        Small town everybody knows everybody

        Who runs barter town

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      • Darby says:

        Lou I agree this was a wonderful sentiment by Sundance. You are right–where are the flowers and teddy bears? This horrific crime has weighted heavy on my heart since I heard about it and there is so much this murder is exposing yet there are no flowers and no teddy bears. So sad!

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    • polk8dot says:

      Scott S,
      I fondly second your praises for Sundance and all the CTH research contributors. This blog truly is in a class all by itself, and in the main because the people on it are also a separate breed. 😉

      ‘the opposite of love isn’t hate, it’s indifference.’
      That was so simple yet so profound; so unexpected and counter-intuitive, and yet so obvious and true once you absorb it. It is really beautifully said.

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  7. Michael Dixon says:

    What proof do we have that this was a homicide?

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    • Les says:

      Suicide?

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      • Dixie Darling says:

        Nobody would chose fire for a suicide. There are too many other easier ways to accomplish it that wouldn’t be nearly as painful.

        But then, I guess she could have been trying to do it another way but it resulted in fire.

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    • taqiyyologist says:

      None yet, Mike. Lots of evidence that points to it, though.

      Read through the CTH archives and educate yourself. It takes effort, not someone showing you one video or infographic or soundbite.

      I see this a lot: “SHOW ME NOW!”

      No. I won’t. You go research, or you go be spoon-fed like a high-chair-bound toddler by your TV people and believe the firehose of lies that we’re pissing the truth toward.

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    • StormyeyesC says:

      Seriously? Accelerant confirmed. Gash on top of head confirmed. Arson confirmed. Dying proclamation by victim confirmed. MBI, FBI, ATF…………..You think she hit herself in the head, set herself and her car on fire, and then framed someone by naming the person/s she named?

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      • lorac says:

        Just on a side note – from what we know, the only person who heard what she said, or knew first hand that she said anything at all, was the fire chief. From what we’ve seen of him, he doesn’t seem the most mature. To play devil’s advocate – what if she couldn’t say anything, but he had a beef against an “Erik” or “Derrick”….

        (not saying this is what happened, it’s just always jumped out at me that a lot seems to be based on what he said he heard, but what do we know about his reliability or honesty)

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        • polk8dot says:

          lorac,
          Agree fully with your assessment of the fire chief.
          This specific piece of the whole story is the one I probably have the biggest problem with.
          Reportedly, Jessica had accelerant sprayed into her throat and nose. That fact marks these areas as likely loci of the initial flashover. By the very virtue of a chemical and physiological reaction between fire and human cells, the damage would have been immediate and catastrophic. I cannot imagine that her vocal cords and windpipe would not have been destroyed right away. Whether the damage was partial or complete, it is simply inconceivable that she’d still be physically able to not only create and emit sound, but that she’d retain enough presence of mind to even formulate such thought. I expect (truly hope, really) that by the time the fire department showed up, she was already blessedly in shock. Added to the horrendous physical pain, it strikes me as quite impossible that there actually were any true utterances of the murderer’s name, or anything at all.

          Going by how high-strung, or maybe just high, the fie chief seemed in his TV interview, I think it is quite possible that he was hearing voices that night irregardless of Jessica’s condition. Not trying to be flippant, but he does come across as someone proficient in recreational pharmaceutical stress-release.
          Thus the whole construct of ‘she spoke from before her grave, and in the last feat of inhuman determination fingered her murderer’ seems if not illogical then at least like a lot of wishful thinking.

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          • PolioLioP says:

            Nonense. As soon as she closes her mouth, the fire goes out due to no oxygen. She could have gotten just as much tissue damage to her lungs/throat just by breathing superheated fumes in the car as it burned. Only an autopsy will tell if there was actually an accelerant poured down her throat. My guess is that it was not, based on how long she lived. Her lungs were still functioning and giving her oxygen.

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            • polk8dot says:

              Polio,
              Which part of my post is ‘nonsense’ in your view, dear?
              You have not disproved my ideas, and you seem to be arguing against a point I never made. Obviously, Jessica’s body was not an inside of an active volcano, with burning lava coursing through her inside passages like a lava lamp.
              When calling someone out on spewing ‘nonsense’ it might help if your own post does actually address and disprove the said ‘nonsense’. None of what you said stands in opposition to my opinions, so I’m not sure what the problem is.

              Have you ever been in a live fire? Have you felt the hellish heat on your skin, in your nose, eyes, mouth, as you struggle for a single breath of life sustaining air, while your clothing melts into your skin? And I did NOT have accelerant poured on me; and I was NOT on fire myself. But I can extrapolate from that experience how Jessica must have felt, at least for those few moments when she was fully conscious of what was happening, before shock blocked her brain from processing any more pain signals and mercifully took away all the fright, disbelief and despair, and replaced them with the void, as her body continued to hang on to the misery and hopelessness, until it too, finally rested.

              Your opinion is as valid to you as mine is to me. Nobody demands they be in agreement, or even complementary. That’s the beauty of CTH – you can say and think what you wish without worrying about people jumping on you for whatever perceived ‘valid’ reason they dream up. So it’s just surprising when someone tries to start an argument as a means of presenting their own position.

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    • Jim says:

      She had a deep gash in her head. She was knocked unconcious, then set on fire. I’m sure the perps weren’t expecting her to “wake up.”

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    • michellc says:

      When a vehicle crashes and catches on fire, which does happen, the first thought by police and/or fire is not homicide. That is usually because evidence of a crash is in front of them. Now while they’re investigating the cause of the accident if they find evidence that foul play is involved they will change course in their investigation.

      From the beginning as incompetent and corrupt as this county’s officials seem to be they suspected homicide, which is why the first news reports didn’t say a teen girl was involved in a tragic one vehicle accident and was taken to the hospital in critical condition from burns after her car caught fire. There was no evidence of an accident.

      If this was an accident it would have already been ruled an accident.

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    • polk8dot says:

      ‘What proof do we have that this was a homicide?’

      You are kidding, right?
      Head – meet wall. {bang}, {bang {bang}

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      • Hi, polk8dot. No, not kidding. All we have on this is that her car burned up and she was severely burned and died. It was reported that she had a gash on her head, and that she said something to the fire chief at the scene. We saw surveillance video of her at the gas station/C-store on the night of her death. What else do we have? We have assumptions, conjecture, rumor and circumstantial evidence, the elements of a sad story about the horrific death, and troubled life, of a young woman in rural Mississippi.

        Interesting, according to some commenters, that she identified a person of interest to the fire chief, yet the DA and sheriff are perplexed at the lack of street talk that might provide clues. How critical is street talk if Jessica identified someone? If she did, rest assured that person has been located and interrogated. To what avail?

        I’m not suggesting that she wasn’t murdered, only saying that we, the public, have no proof of it. We weren’t there, we didn’t see it, and therefore we don’t know what happened beyond the obvious. Just saying.

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        • polk8dot says:

          ‘I’m not suggesting that she wasn’t murdered, only saying that we, the public, have no proof of it. ‘

          Micheal,
          While we have no proof per se, we do have what is called ‘preponderance of evidence’, which basically stands for ‘more likely than not’. While it is a legal concept as applies to civil law, and would no be sufficient to successfully prosecute a criminal case, we are very far from any trial at this point. Thus, as simply a manner of logical exercise and/or investigative technique, in the absence of ‘real evidence’ it may be considered the best line to proceed along.
          Criminal investigation is really, in its simplest definition, nothing more than positing a theory of the crime based on available evidence and clues, and then doing everything to disprove it. If it stands that test, you then move further, if not, you posit a new theory and start over.

          I believe that in this case preponderance of evidence of a murder is overwhelming. It’s been enumerated in these pages repeatedly, hence my not rewriting it here. By this very construct, it was not an accident, and not a suicide. What else does it leave? An ‘Act of God’?
          As we all know, sometimes there is no direct evidence at all. Sometimes all the law enforcement is left with is circumstantial evidence. Oftentimes there isn’t even a body, yet a murder has been proven and a murderer convicted.
          I can see no other possibility in Jessica’s case but that she’s been murdered. But we are all entitled to our opinion and interpretation of facts. After all, opinions are like noses – everybody’s got one. I’m not trying to convince you yours is wrong and mine right. They are just different, although in light of all we’ve uncovered here at CTH, I admit yours surprised me. I do appreciate you responding above.

          As to the fire chief, I posted on this thread a longer comment on him, too, so I won’t belabor that point. Short story – I believe he was either ‘out of it’ enough on the night of the murder that he thought he heard Jessica’s ‘dying proclamation’, or for whatever sick, idiotic reason, he is simply lying, making it up.

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        • Ziiggii says:

          “yet the DA and sheriff are perplexed at the lack of street talk that might provide clues”

          Street talk = what you claim is all we have “assumptions, conjecture, rumor and circumstantial evidence”. They are one in the same! We just so happen to be doing the not so fun, getting our hands dirty, tedious work of rummaging through the dirty laundry of suspicious activity surrounding in this incident. From which we try to figure out how they may or may not be relevant to the case. In actuality, we have been giving them [LEO/officials] a buffet of possible leads to follow up on. Not to mention doing their jobs for them which, up to this point, looks like they may be incapable of preforming for any number of possible reasons.

          There have been those in the community, I believe, that have taken our words and discussions about such conjectures and circumstantial evidence and tried to use them against us. Or even worse manipulate those words to say we are, constantly, falsely accusing members of the community of committing the crime. Please show us anywhere where that might have taken place.

          No, CTH has done nothing of the sort. Treepers have followed suspicious “talk”, actions and circumstantial evidence that many believe shows that there is more under the surface of this entire event than we have been told by that communities so called “trusted” officials.

          Most times it’s embarrassing when the truth comes to the surface and such things, either by being overlooked (ignorance) or blatantly lied about (deceit), have to be addressed and explained. It is very difficult to truly repent of ones sins, asking forgiveness from those that have been wronged.

          Like any good scientist, in pursuit of verifiable truths, we ask questions look for possible answers and ask more questions. The cream eventually rises to the top.

          People of Courtland/Batesville need to know that someone is willing to fight for them if they feel that they are unable, due to fear, to do so themselves.

          We ask questions, even hard ones at times, in the pursuit of truth!

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        • CM says:

          The “street talk” is all over, just not in the conventional sense. It’s online/ all over social media.

          Problem is in a small town PD, besides limited manpower, many haven’t kept up with modern techniques & popular forms of communication… digital-evidence. Wouldn’t surprise me to hear the sheriff say, “I don’t DO the Internet.”

          Smart investigators know the younger crowds especially, broadcast their daily life on the Internet. This includes the mundane, crimes, & everything in between. Most too dumb to think anyone is watching. Often times they’re not. But when cases crop up, social media is a virtual roadmap on where to focus investigations.

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  8. medtech says:

    wow. good job. read every word.

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  9. alan says:

    Two things strike me in this case. It is highly unlikely that someone was lying in wait for her. Whoever did this probably saw her at the gas station and followed her to some location, hit her car, and she got out to talk. Then an assault occurred, with Jessica being knocked out. She was put back into her car, driven to the site and set afire. The killer then walked back to the gas station. The killer is savvy enough to know of cell phone technology, BUT the police should have a real good trace of every move she made, especially if it is one of the newer phones with GPS. It is laborious, but every cell phone should be traced in that area for the 2 hours prior to the fire The gas station owner messed with the tapes to hide who was coming and going, especially the 15 minutes after the fire. Whoever did it came into the gas station and told him what happened. Anyhow, that is my take on the demise of Jessica. RIP, Jessica.

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    • sidneyaneres says:

      Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.
      Plutarch

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    • Jim says:

      Agree. She was either followed, or was meeting someone.

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      • Memphis says:

        Bet the Muslim who owns the gas station will throw them all under the bus to protect his own hide. I know he talked to the FBI. Sure he would like the reward since he won’t be able to take EBT cards for cigs and beer.

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    • polk8dot says:

      ‘every cell phone should be traced in that area for the 2 hours prior to the fire.’

      Alas, that is not likely to happen. We still have the constitution and laws in this country that will not be gotten around.
      As much as I am in agreement with you as to what would be the quickest way of suspects elimination and zeroing in on the right individual or group, I’m also certain that such action would be illegal, and if any evidence was obtained that way, it would definitely be throw out of court in pretrial hearings.
      What you are suggesting is sometimes called a ‘blanket warrant’, and is generally frowned upon by judges. It is also called ‘fishing for evidence’. Our LEOs cannot just arbitrarily, without some evidence or probable cause, decide: ‘this person looks, or feels, or sounds like a guilty one. Let us dig into their life for no other reason but to see what happens’.
      No judge would sing a warrant like that. There has to be probable cause for a warrant to be signed. Fishing expeditions are illegal.
      Were it a solely FBI jurisdiction case, they might be able to convince a federal judge of the expediency of this approach, although I still doubt it. As the FBI in only assisting on this investigation, there goes that.

      I completely agree that such GPS tracing records review would be one of the most efficient ways to narrow down the suspect pool. But until there is a probable cause to include every such person in the search, this idea is DOA. As unfair as it seems, especially when a young girl’s death is involved, to not do everything possible to find her killer, it is a fact that ‘everything possible’ is very often quite divergent from ‘everything lawful’. Though it may not seem right or just in a case like this one, it is still the best we have in this country. It is the same construct that protects all of us from illegal search and seizure, whose results would be deemed ‘fruit of the poisonous tree’ and never allowed into evidence.

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    • PolioLioP says:

      I like alot of your theory. But there are a few holes need fillin’ perhaps? Witness very close to the scene heard a car with ‘very loud pipes’ at the time of the murder. So she was hit from behind, knocked out when she got out, the car was pushed up the slope into the tree by the other vehicle (hence hearing the loud pipes as it revved) in order to do a sloppy job making it look like an accident hitting a tree – eerily just like her brother died years earlier – and then she and the car set on fire with gas. There is a big rock at the scene that was torn up the slope when her car went up the slope, and can now be seen that it was later dragged down under her car when it was dragged out. It’s still there. Why were the seats down? Still haven’t got that answer, unless she was already parked and in flagrante delicto with her passenger when the other vehicle hit her? But the perps then just drove off in their vehicle. No need to stop by the M&M. Just go home and wash up.
      And who was up all night posting on FaceBook starting at ~11:30 pm, writing strange posts about females all night? Jerrick Todd.

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  10. my66 says:

    A touching tribute & poignant, eternal message — particularly appropriate for this time of year & in these trying days: Save someone. Anyone. Thank you. Peace…

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  11. alan says:

    To the police: Look not for what you see, but what is absent. Look for cell phones that have been TURNED OFF and then on, from among the list of phones.

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    • Jim says:

      Yes. I was having this exact thought.

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    • Memphis says:

      They need to check the phone of the girl who went to high school with Jessica. She was the one who posted that all white bitches need to be raped and set on fire the night before the murder.

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      • Les says:

        Isn’t she related to the stabbed-her-newborn girl? Nice family. Glad I feed them and house them and give them medical so they can reproduce with wild abandon.

        One of her FB profile pics says #mydaughtersmom and has a pic of her and her “husband” blowing out pot smoke.

        Oh, and she doesn’t shave her underarms. That right there should be enough to arrest her…

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        • StormyeyesC says:

          Check the legs too. Hell, I’ve seen a few that could use some upper lip cleanups! That right there gives me the heeby jeebies!

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          • Memphis says:

            She is in the video at the gas station and her husband is the gas can man….HELLO…Anybody home? And the night before she posts all white bitches need to be set on fire. HELLLOOOOOOO

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  12. I am a liberal atheist , the kind you all love to hate……. But I tell you what , this is a great piece! and you all are doing some great investigative reporting. Keep it up and I hope you get national attention.

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    • I hope the case gets attention, for sure! But I kinda hope this place just gets forgotten to all but those who feel the CTH ethic in their bones. Not the shadows – just a small sunny spot in the woods, a long ways from the road. 🙂

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      • stella says:

        CTH will be forgotten by those who come only for the discussion about this crime. It happened after the George Zimmerman trial, and will happen again.

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    • Jim says:

      Christians don’t hate. You assume as much because you prejudge. Go to your nearest church, walk in, announce that you don’t believe in God, and be astounded as you are embraced with understanding and compassion. Christ embraced the sinners, not the saints.

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    • Les says:

      Not all Conservatives are ultra-religious. Conservative doesn’t equal church.

      And we only “hate” you when you say stupid sh*t. 🙂

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      • White Hat JD says:

        Ditto, people who say stupid sh*t do annoy me. Atheists, not as much. He did add on liberal and that might be over the top. 🙂 But even our “hate” is pretty mild. We have not beheaded one person in what over 1,000 years now.

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    • disgustedwithjulison says:

      Colinn, the title of this website – The Conservative Treehouse – as well as it being emblazoned with Andrew Breitbart should not cause you to fear anyone on any of the branches here. Whether it was Mike Brown, Trayvon Martin, or this case – this website was and is about the Truth – the Truth generated from facts. Political sides really aren’t taken here…but the truth rules. During the Zimmerman case, Sundance was very specific that he would be first in line to support GZ going to jail — but, as he stated — the truth had no agenda and the incredible investigative detail on this site had the prosecutors in fits because it was exposing their attempts to lynch an innocent white hispanic (I will never forget watching the trial and seeing the prosecutor lamenting The Conservative Treehouse’s work to the judge! Wolverines!). Cast aside any political preconceptions you may have here….get on a branch…and search for the unfiltered truth with the rest of us – whether it is this specific case, or the next faux racial crisis foisted upon Americans.

      If you want a place free of teleprompter speeches, politicians and press telling you how you should think, media shills, vile hate, etc….you have found the right place. I don’t think liberal atheists are banned from sitting on a branch and helping out.

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      • StormyeyesC says:

        Will I have to roast marshmallows with this liberal atheist and sing Kumbaya? If not, he can stay. If so, he better be buying the s’mores fixings. Just saying……….

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    • Dixie Darling says:

      This reminds me of the phrase someone used in the Jessica threads. I can’t remember who to give credit to but it certainly applies here at this moment.

      “I came here for truth and stayed for justice”

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  13. alan says:

    Confucious: “It is extremely difficult to see a black cat in a dark room, especially if there is no cat”

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  15. justfactsplz says:

    I had heard about and read about Leah’s House before. I am glad Jessica found refuge there. She would have known she had worth and was loved by God from her stay there. Those two things are what matters. Jesus forgives people of their many sins and shortcomings. Jessica is with him in Heaven now and is living in joy and peace. We must press on for justice for Jessica. May God give us wisdom, grace, and guidance as we continue searching for the truth.

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  16. italia11 says:

    Love – Love – Love

    Much love for Jessica and her story. Love – it’s what makes us human.

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  17. the last surviving centrist says:

    Things ain’t the way they used to be. And thank g-d we have Boogaloo Joe Jones to sing that song…..

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  18. czarowniczy says:

    Yes in deed – you all from more progressive areas don’t realize that in Mississippi either diabetes or nicotine-stained fingers are an alternative form of non-photo ID you can use to get your driver’s license. I quit smoking in 1980 so guess which one I used? DIABETES and MISSISSIPPI!!! WE’RE NUMBER ONE, We’re NUMBER ONE!!!!!

    Really – we are number one.

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  19. StormyeyesC says:

    Let’s hope:

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  20. Ninjetta says:

    That was touching to say the least, little depressing too. Hopefully inspiring for some because there are “Jessica’s” everywhere.
    I see some of these people talking about Jessica in a very unflattering light and it’s so sad.
    What has happened to people’s empathy?
    Sadly I don’t see any change in sight because most people don’t care about others anymore.
    I haven’t paid attention but I really hope no one is setting up any kind of funding for the family.
    I don’t think they deserve anything but shame for what they didn’t do for their daughter.

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  21. Hot Toddy says:

    A lump in my throat and an ache in my heart, over a girl I never knew. Thank you for introducing her to us. It doesn’t matter what I find out about her character at this point..nobody deserves that, she hadn’t even begun to live. Her parents could be put under the jail, for all I care. Sorry, irrational right now. Was there not a decent relative in another town outside of that cesspool that could have taken her in?

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  22. MrRight says:

    This might have been covered, so maybe someone can answer this:

    The car look burnt to the bar metal, and it seem nothing survive the fire.

    So, how long does it take for every inch of a car to vaporize to nothing, including every inch of paint, bumpers, all 4 tires etc..?

    I’m curious because from the time the fire fighters where on the scene, and her last contact about 85 minutes passed.
    6:48 calls mom, that she is grabbing a bite to eat on her way home.
    8:13 firefighter at the scene. (Jessica got out of car earlier and was barely alive)

    If the car was on fire for a good 30 to 45 minutes, the window of time from the moment of her last call to the car being on fire gets very short.

    We dont have access to the autopsy, but the content of the stomach would be telling.
    It can narrow the time window to potentially minutes.
    But so far, no one in the area confirm seeing Jessica that night past 6:35pm
    Last known person is Ali. So I would guess she had an empty stomach at her death.

    To be noted. Herron lead to nowhere. No town anywhere near to grab something to eat.

    The GPS data for the call at 6:48PM might be very telling, because it might have been made just minutes before the potential assault.

    side notes: The mom would have expected Jessica to be home about 8pm.

    I would hope, the FBI with the autopsy results and GPS data, phone record, interview with local & relatives, etc.. can resolve this quickly. Almost one week was lost in this investigation.
    Since this was ruled as a murder, the FBI need to step up its game… or lose a LOT of credibility.

    Also, looking at the area. it seem the M&M is well hidden from searches.
    I try to look for gas/service station and else, and that location doesn’t come up.
    Seem that this business want to stay on the ‘down low’.

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    • StormyeyesC says:

      The video posted earlier today of the car fire, with only a small amount of accelerant applied to the front seat was pretty well ablaze in 3-4 minutes. Depending on what kind of accelerant, and how much was applied , I could guess that it could do this much damage in under 15 minutes.

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      • MrRight says:

        The video seem to show no damage to the front of back of the car. Even the paint on the side was not affected after 10 minutes.

        How long does a tire disintegrate to nothing when it catches fire?

        I haven’t heard much forensic discussion on the car state… still curious. As this narrow the time from the call to the start of the fire.

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    • lorac says:

      I’m thinking there must have been somewhere to get something to eat, or her mother would have reported that as an odd thing to say..?

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      • MrRight says:

        In that direction? Over 10 miles away.
        That road goes to nowhere… And seem to have very little traffic. Coincidence?

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  23. janc1955 says:

    Thank you for this, Sundance. As I posted a few days ago, my sense of Jessica from her pictures, her letter to her niece, and the innocence she seemed to maintain in spite of the hand she was dealt in life, is much as you described. I’m so sad for her. Rest in peace, sweet Jessica.

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  24. Hot Toddy says:

    Me again… Initially I was horrified at her living with the Rudds, but maybe the child just needed to feel like she belonged to somebody. Feel like she was part of a family. Not condoning it, just trying to understand.

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    • StormyeyesC says:

      None of the Rudd’s are upstanding folks from what I have seen. With the Rudds, she belonged like a dove in a wolf’s den. I don’t see a supportive family structure there…….

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      • Ditto that. I think I’d be drillin’ down on the charmin’ Ms Sandy Rudd and her prince charmin’ Mr Gas Can in the Striped Shirt for a few more answers. Did I read that he was actually her husband?. If so or if not I hope they have been neutered.

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        • I have to correct myself. The charmin’ Ms. Sandy Rudd is merely a friend of Ms. Teapooh Latrice, a female creature who spews hateful rhetoric about raping white babies and it is she, Ms. Teapooh who is actually married to Brejuan Mr.Gas Can Guy in the Striped Shirt Deadhead Bryers. Wow. What a pedigree their offspring would have. I hope they have all been neutered.

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      • White Hat JD says:

        Yes, she went from the frying pan to the fire. But where else did she have to go an wasn’t she thrown out of her parents home?

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  25. StormyeyesC says:

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    • John Galt says:

      “Agent” ? First we have “FBI” announcing that they have “cleared” people and now we have “Agent” (not DA or US Attorney) making a capital punishment determination prior to identification of suspect(s), arrest of suspect (s) or completion of the investigation. I read so much BS on the Internet.

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  26. bob e says:

    very beautiful piece sundance. thank you .. they don’t come more noble than you mate

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  27. lovelyd24 says:

    Jessica deserved a life. May we all recognize the Jessica’s in our own lives. God’s peace to all delicate and wounded souls. And wolverine senses to the lambs in lions dens.

    Cry down my angel,
    Cry down for me,
    Cry down my angel,
    For all I’ll never see,
    Cry down my angel,
    Please take my hand,
    My heart is broken,
    I’m too weak to stand,
    Too shattered to stay,
    Fly down my angel
    And take me away,
    Fly down my angel,
    Grant me your love,
    Fly down my angel,
    Please make me whole,
    Cry down my angel
    For all I’ll never see,
    Fly down my angel,
    Comfort for me,
    Cry down my angel
    Fly down for me.

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  28. White Hat JD says:

    Tears flowing from my eyes. Phenomenal writing and research and you have hit it spot on Sundance. This girl was never corrupted. She stayed innocent and you and you can see it. Today while looking at those gas station videos again I was going through it frame by frame and when she turns to go back to the store there is movement when they is only her in the frame and I turned to my spouse and said THAT Is JESSICA right there. She was alone, so so alone and I broke down. Powerful journalism here. Keep trying to change the world, Sundance! This world so badly needs your heart and your words and your courage and research. Bring it on for Jessica!

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  29. White Hat JD says:

    Sorry for the typo, I meant to say “when you can only see her in the frame.”

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  30. Indiemex says:

    Beautiful.

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  31. Lottacats says:

    FYI, in the area yesterday there were helicopters flying low enough to make a house shake. That’s unusual.

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  32. judylwhelan says:

    Thank you, Sundance for “raising the bar” for all of us. I knew when you said you had spent a day in Jessica’s life and would write about it, that it would be special and it is. Thank You!

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  33. zephyrbreeze says:

    Broken families leave broken lonely people, especially children, in their wake. The adults move on, find new partners, but often the children don’t ever feel “part” of anything again. Each parent has his or her new interests and relationships, and the kids know they are just considered, or at least feel like “hanger-on-ers.” A very painful reality. I’m happy she could bond with her brother, but then she lost that too. Now she lives with the love she had always dreamed of, and she’s reunited with her brother, too. Look around, indeed.

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  34. NEWS SCOOP says:

    In that writing to her brother at his funeral, Jessica said she just talked to him 15 minutes before his sudden and unwitnessed death…. Hmmmm…… Nothing else? Move on?

    Was there anymore information about this, him or that timeline, anywhere, nothing?

    I think there is something fishy about his death that could add some important clues or information to everything. Just a suspicion considering everything and how simple and fast his death was, then there is no information anywhere about it.

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  35. DK says:

    Thanks for keeping it in our hearts. So much emotion, from such great distances. Truth and Justice is the core for everyone.

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  36. Stargazer says:

    Sundance, you made my day. Actually, you made my year.

    Thank you for restoring my faith in humanity. Just when I was losing faith that there was anyone left who had any empathy anymore, there you are.

    I’m in awe.

    Jessica’s story grabbed me tight, and my search for answers led me here. I found much more than I came looking for.

    Thanks to all of you here who care enough to take the time to look for the truth on behalf of a young woman you don’t even know. It is really heartening in a world that can be so disheartening.

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  37. VegasGuy says:

    One of the facts I would be interested in was exactly how much cash Jessica had that evening. Enough for gas, smokes, food as she told her mom, & then maybe some more to go out later that evening? Fairly sure bet that she did not have credit cards.
    So my question would be not did she buy more gas than normal, but did she have more money than usual.

    She had a wallet that can clearly be seen as she walks out of scene when called over. That wallet
    winds up in her left coat pocket & can be seen being taken out as she enter the store & approaches
    the counter. It looks to have been replaced back into the coat pocket. Was her coat on her or near her when that found her? Stating that she had 3rd degree burns indicates that most of the clothing was gone? Open question on the presence of clothing.

    An analysis I did on the video of her at the store showed me that she was out of view for 1 min 16 sec. during the time at the station. We did not see the conclusion of the stop & the drive away, so something might have occurred that is not disclosed in the video we see.

    The stripe shirt guy activity is only unaccounted for a total of 36 seconds. Even with the 54 second jump in time sequence. Other views from the other camera pick up 17 seconds of the time & view.

    Not much time for other activity to have occurred by him. I really do not see much of a connection between him & the crime. And 36 seconds of “missing” video doesn’t give much time for another different person to really accompolish anything of significance towards Jessica.

    Throughtout that vidio footage nothing of real significance transpires at or around her car. The only potential explaination of intentional “missing” footage would be for someone else of significance to have popped in & out of that footage within those 36 seconds.
    And really, the only area of concern would be that far corner when Jessica & the stripe shirt went to & were out of view. So that camera view total footage would be that one I would want to see.
    I am beginning to believe that whatever happened was due to some other reason and was the result of a later contact by Jessica & whom ever. IMO the gas stop just put a series of events in motion with that stop being the first in the sequence. Where she went next is the key to the puzzle.

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    • Memphis says:

      The gas can man and his wife who ask her for a cigarette are the main suspects in my book. If you saw what the lady posted on facebook the night before you would wonder why she was not already arrested.

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      • Lottacats says:

        And Ali’s business has been much slower. The roaches gotta get out for the cigs and beer sometime, can’t stay in forever, not too many stores in Courtland.
        Ion lossa arresses uh da din do nuffins !

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        • taqiyyologist says:

          That I actually can parse your last phrase speaks volumes about this Treehouse.

          “I want lots of arrests of the Didn’t Do Nothings!”

          Read enough tweets, listen to enough Rachel Jeantal testimony, and you begin to learn their anti-language by immersion.

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    • Betty says:

      Were the murders expecting Jessica at the gas station?
      Was anyone able to find out if there is a car vacuum at the M&M? There is one at the Quick Stop further south down 51 in Pope MS. Did she go there?
      As far as I know no one anywhere has said they were planning on meeting Jessica later that night and she never showed up. Where did we get the idea she was going out after she got gas and cleaned her car?

      Did Jessica feel safe and in control up to the time she called her mom, or was she coerced into calling her mom? What I am asking is did the murderers happen upon Jessica at the station and take the opportunity to gain control of her there? Did they force Jessica to call her mom to buy them time? No, I don’t think so.

      So did Jessica leave the M&M at that time we think, or did she just drive over to a vacuum to clean her car out? Then maybe those 2 off camera women and Auntie Charlotte convinced Jessica to check out the “Party” which was really the trap. Maybe the only excuse she could think of was mom will worry and so Auntie Charlotte convinced Jessica to call her mom and say she was going to get something to eat. If so, I don’t think Auntie Charlotte knew the extent of evil she was abandoning Jessica to, maybe Charlotte thought it was just going to be a little “tune up” for Jessica.

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      • cajunkelly says:

        Yes, a very large (think car wash sized) vacuum at the left front corner of the store (if facing the store).

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  38. Nanny G says:

    This post makes it clear what a child-like girl Jessica was.
    Sure she had some hard experiences, but they didn’t harden her.
    Kudos to this blog as well as to the Irish Twitterer Beau Eldon.
    For the first time since hearing about this murder I am believing we will get to the bottom of it.

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  39. alan says:

    I am not convinced about the party. It would be hard to go to a party and then get killed in what seems to be a very short amount of time. She may have been headed that way, but to arrive, then hang out for what, 20 minutes or less?? Doubtful.

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  40. White Hat JD says:

    I was a 14 year old cheerleader, A+ goody toe shoes girl when I met my first husband who was four years older, had dropped out of school, was doing hard drugs and hanging with a bad crowd. It was a very small town. To all of my friends, he looked like such a screw up. They wondered why I would date him.

    But the first “date” we went on he told me his life story of being kicked out of him home and his stepdad taking him and all of his belongings down to the lake and throwing them in and telling him to never come back. I think he was 15. No money, nothing. Luckily his best friend’s dad drove by as he was barefoot along the road and took him home where he grew up for the next few years. They were tight, blood brothers.

    He was good guy who didn’t even take a wrong turn, life threw him out on a hot asphalt road with no shoes and nothing on his back, just like Jessica. And NO ONE cared about him either, except his equally abused and struggling brother and sisters. Our first “date” he told me all of this, he told me how his mom had been put in a mental institution. All the other guys I met told me about how cool they were, tried to impress me with their money or cars and I was bored by that. But this guy was more honest, more real than anyone I had ever met.

    We married when I was 17, a year after graduating high school early, we struggled financially, we struggled in so many ways. But he was my best friend in the world and my only regret when he was killed in a freak accident 23 years later is that I didn’t marry him sooner. We went on to put ourselves through school, even law school, he was successful as was I and the man had a car with a missing hood and no matching clothes and no money for gas when I went out with hm leaving my white two story ranch house to the amazing of my parents. You can’t tell a book by the cover. You can’t tell a book by what seems like troubled, bad, wrong decisions. You aren’t walking in those moccasins. You don’t know the whole story. Someone what looks like trouble is actually staying alive Sometimes what looks like trouble is a cry for help. Sometimes what looks like trouble is a lost little angel just trying to find a home.

    I see an amazing young woman who did the best she could with an impossible situation. She is a hero to me. A true hero. She didn’t make mistakes, she believed in people. If you want to believe that is a mistake, then maybe she did. She just got burned by everyone in her life! (No pun intended) She was a good kid with a good heart living in a swamp of town, in a hell of a family just trying to hang on and breathe and all she got in this life was pain. I had a lot of pain too but I had a better town, a better home and I wound up with a better man and I had a father who adored me and my husband. I got the dream, she got the nightmare and there by the grace of God…How I wish one person on this planet had been truly worthy of her, one person would have seen the stunning brilliant jewel that the was. What a loss to the world. May God have mercy on the dark and evil souls who could harm this lamb.

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    • Betty says:

      yes, amen.

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    • Bruin says:

      Excellent post WhiteHat. Those who grow up in secure, loving, if imperfect homes have no idea of the damage done to children in abusive situations. They long for home …. a safe place. Even severely abused children will want to return to the parent who abused them … women who were beaten as children will choose another abuser for a partner …. because they want to create that home ….. that sense of belonging.

      How horrible to be shunted off for a couple of years at the age of 14 (?) …. having a crazy assortment of step-siblings and -parents ….. treated as an afterthought. No wonder she acted out with inappropriate boyfriends.

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    • sundance says:

      “LIKE” just isn’t good enough.

      Thank you.

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    • kathyca says:

      meh, it’s possible she was like this, or it’s possible she was like me…a rebellious kid from a relatively chitty family. Obviously no one deserves to die like this, but I’m not gonna canonize her either.

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    • Norman Clegg says:

      You guys are making up murder fiction ?
      YOu white people are bent.
      Otherwise this guy would be a suspect.

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      • Ziiggii says:

        posted in wrong place?
        What guy?
        yes I’m white, but what does that have to do with me being “bent” on finding the truth?

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    • zephyrbreeze says:

      I am sorry for your loss. He sounds like a wonderful person. Your father gave you a good template to recognize a good man, and you were able to see that when other’s couldn’t. Jessica had the opposite problem: no good father figure in her young life, and no good template to guide her in choosing good decent men.

      She was a sweet person in a bad environment, and she did what most gentle souls do in those social survival situations: over-adaptation – The passive behavior in which the person complies with what he or she believes are the wishes of others, without checking and without reference to his or her own wishes.

      Her time at Leah’s House gave her some emotional distance so she could learn to feel and know what SHE wanted. Hence the desire to tell her OWN story.

      Where else is there evidence of “discounting” the reality of what was happening in her environment – Types of discount can also include: passivity (doing nothing), over-adaptation, agitation, incapacitation, anger and violence.

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  41. NEWS SCOOP says:

    Any idea what “church” parking lot, or where the “party” was at?

    Would be interesting to compare location with other locations of significance on a map…

    This would be there first crime scene, unless she was ran off the road.
    The location of the know crime scene looks like the opposite direction of the gas station and her house route. Looks like the murderers moved her away from the direction of her house and gas station before burning her alive.

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    • StormyeyesC says:

      I believe it was yesterdays thread that a map was posted and it showed a 3 way intersection south/southeast of crime scene on Herron.

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  42. StormyeyesC says:

    the local contact here and some FB or tweet that was posted indicated it was at the 3 way intersection, not far down the road from the crime scene.

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  43. Tempest says:

    This man is the father of Sandy Rudd’s children:

    http://www.panolian.com/contentitem/137154/1180/bcc-theft

    Kendall Lamont Diggs.

    http://www.panolian.com/mobile/?MemberID=1180&action=contentitem&itemid=6311

    DIGGS, xXxx xXxx
    Kendall Diggs and Cassandra Market of Batesville announce the birth of their son, xXxx xXxx Diggs, xXxx…
    Grandparents are Brenda Rudd and Charles Rudd of Batesville and Shirley and Sylvester Kuykendall of Batesville. Great-grandparents are Fannie Diggs of Crowder and Martha Market of Batesville…

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  44. Jason says:

    Just found Jessica’s car in her driveway on google earth….such a terrible thing this was:(

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  45. Ziiggii says:

    I have so many different thoughts after reading “Jessica’s Story” and stewing on it’s goodness I could probably sit rambling them into an entire dissertation. But, one poignant thought that came to mind and settled nicely into my heart was a reflection on what Jessica said to Mrs. Oliver…

    “She thanked me for sharing some of the horrible facts of my own story” and then asked for help with hers, Oliver said. ‘I want my story to be told.”

    again, “I want my story to be told.”

    SD, you have started that journey in helping Jessica tell her story! I am honored to even be a witness in seeing the ripple hopefully turn into a wave.

    I have been lurking here for around 2 years and, for reasons I am still trying to grasp and understand, this story has compelled me to pick up a shovel and finally get involved. In doing so, it has been a very difficult time the last week digesting everything that has been brought into the light. To the point that it was hard to even sleep some nights due to the desire to find justice and finding so much more injustice. It made me feel bleak at times. Even with the circumstances of what exactly happened to Jessica still running out in the wild I am reminded, with a real sense of peacefulness, that justice will and is to come. Still reflecting on the reasons other than His spirit gently encouraging me that He is in control. That He is the one that holds all things together.

    Apologies for the ramble I said I wouldn’t do!

    BUT
    Jessica, your story is being told! And you, sweet child, keep on telling your story for the whole world to hear. I hope it shines as a beacon into our broken world as a testament for all.

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    • Ziiggii, I stumbled upon the Treehouse when I first heard the news of Jessica a little over a week ago. Shocked, horrified, angry, and honestly in pain, too. My husband and I have two daughters of our own, babies really yet, so this has hit me hard. I plan on staying around the Treehouse, because I am happy to find a community of very like-minded people. I’m even inspired to maybe start my own blog. Finding like minded people is a struggle these days. My problem is I think I am going to be able to convert people to the right side — I keep believing that the powerful message of Liberty and Justice and TRUTH ought to be alluring enough to stand on its own, but alas, the propaganda machine has done its intended job well — the masses are indoctrinated and very much living in the Matrix.

      I’ve even joined Twitter and am learning so I can follow there, too. Its invigorating to watch a TRUE Grassroots effort unfold. I hope to continue to see this on other issues beyond Justice for Jessica.

      Jessica, we WILL find justice for you and we WILL see your story told. No one is perfect, we all have our struggles and have made poor choices sometimes given our circumstances but that in no way shape or form excuses the evil that was perpetrated upon you. As a Mother, as a Christian, and as a liberty loving citizen of the US I will assist in holding up your light. Rest easy young one, your burdens are in God’s hands.

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    • taqiyyologist says:

      I love it when people find this place, in the same way I did in Feb. of 2012, after events in Sanford, FL led me here.

      Welcome, Ziiggii. Welcome, Libertarianmama74. Take refuge.

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  46. lovemygirl says:

    Plenty have already said it but it warms my heart when you write like this.

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  47. Les says:

    Wasn’t it Bryan Rudd’s mom posting that Jessica lived at her house for two years? The lady who says her sweet son isn’t in a gang? Are we taking that at face value?

    I think some folks are painting Jessica’s parents with a broad brush. We don’t know that story, what happened and why. I’m uncomfortable accusing her parents of ignoring her and shunning her when we don’t know what really happened. Did she really live with her boyfriend or just hang out a bunch? Her dad took a big tumble, a HUGE tumble, but he seems to have picked himself up and is doing better. I’m not quite sure what we are accusing her mom of doing, remarrying? There are recent pics of Jessica with her parents looking happy. She appears to have had happy relationships with her brothers and sisters. She finished high school and was a cheerleader and had a car. That doesn’t sound like she was ignored (especially if you have ever paid for cheerleading, you will know exactly what I mean).

    I hope everybody posting has a perfect nuclear family and has never made mistakes. Because I know lots and lots of people. Very few live perfect lives, even if they are trying really hard to make it appear so. Some wonderful families have a troubled kid or two, some great kids come from terrible families. And I truly believe you shouldn’t kick people when they are down. I really do. That bit of wisdom has never done me wrong.

    I hope her parents don’t read some of these comments. Because I think they already know what they could have done better. I could have worked less. And about five other things. Maybe not like her dad, I’m too much of a law-abider, but other stuff. Hindsight.

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  48. PatriotUSA says:

    This is eloquently written and the sentiment expressed while still shining sunlight upon the evil that surrounded this bright, young life is deeply touching. Fine writing, Sundance. Just incredibly well written and use of words. I am just sitting in the quiet by the wood stove, thinking about what I just read.

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  49. sidneyaneres says:

    Champion says

    ali says people have been making death threats, and if they keep it someone may start looking at them.

    and both Time he was talking about ali and he was cleared, He looked to his left. who was that reporter. he did, with a nod of the head.

    man looks real nervous
    pained

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  50. The Tundra PA says:

    …it warms my heart when you write like this.

    Yes. This. Thanks LMG. And your words too, Patriot. I too am sitting by the woodstove, it’s quiet and the snow is crisp outside, and this piece has touched me deeply. What beautiful and skilled writing, Sundance. Thank you.

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