#HannahGraham #MorganHarrington investigations: What’s in it for Me

Hannah Graham

Hannah Graham

I’ve been thinking about my reasons for being so vested in these cases.

This is why:

I need to take a fresh look at my sister’s case. I’ve been gearing up for it for a while now, but I need to look at something similar from a fresh perspective first. I’m not ready for it yet (it takes 4 o’clock in the morning courage to look at your sister’s autopsy report… all of it drains you). Corresponding with folks on the Hannah Graham / Morgan Harrington / Jesse Matthew affair, sharing ideas, this all helps with the process.

It’s not like I need the attention. I surely don’t. I appreciate connecting with all you lovely folks in the States, but for my purposes, the people I need to engage with to solve a crime are all in Canada, more specifically in Quebec, and more directly most likely Francophones from the Eastern Townships.

Morgan_Harrington_courtesy_photoMy interest in Graham / Harrington / Matthew is all about the similarities (not connections, there are none) with Allore / Camirand / Dube:

1. Multiple victims / cold cases

2. “Town and Gown” environments / politics

3. Similar populations: Under 100,000, but they balloon when school commences.

4. Rough, wooded, mountainous surroundings.

5. Disappearances in the Fall.

6. Re. 5 above; hinderances with the coming snow, hinderances / opportunities with the coming of hunting season.

7. Seemingly high-risk victims who initially got blamed for their final circumstances.

Probably other reasons, I will leave some room for comment / input.

What’s not similar?

Theresa Allore

Theresa Allore

The French / English issue in Quebec, but this is easily substituted with the potential for a Black / White race issue in Virginia. And on this issue, I would offer this advice: If it comes down to this, always take the high  ground. I have already heard some despicable comments in reference to Jesse Matthews. Don’t go there. He’s a suspect, that’s all. The first thing I did when I started my sister’s investigation was to learn French, so that card could never be played. You can’t change the color of your skin, but you can avoid being an ignorant fossil. 

I feel so much love for the families of Hannah Graham and Morgan Harrington. 3 weeks is a long time. 5 years is a long time.  36 years is a long time.

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  1. As to a fresh look….sometimes young college women lie about where they are going, even to their friends or change their minds on a whim and go in directions that don’t make sense. The places where they are intending to go cannot even be guessed by others.

    When I was a 1st year at UVA I was there just a few days when I was with my dorm suitemates at the “corner.” This is an area close to where Hannah lived.. We were getting books. It was around 1PM. They started heading back to the dorm which was a 20 min walk. I said I just wanted to run into the one store and get a t-shirt and would meet them back at dorm.

    I never intended to get the t-shirt. I just wanted some time alone from 5 girls. Up until then I’d felt suffocated having to travel with a bunch of overprotective girls. I started walking down the corner, then ventured a little further down Main and saw a sign indicating Monticello (home of Thomas Jefferson) was that way. I remember having heard Jefferson could see Monticello from the Academical Village so it must not be far. I proceeded to walk over 5 miles , finally giving up when I almost got hit by a car walking up the mountain road to Monticello.

    It was insane. It defied reason. I told no one. I was completely sober.

    I was happy. I was independent. It was just one big adventure. On the way home it got dark. I’d been walking slow on the way there, taking wrong turns and windowshopping. Lots of “townies” wanted to give me a ride. Wanted to know where I was going. Maybe 4 cars pulled over and slowed and wanted to pick me up and followed me when I walked. I was smart enough never to get in a car with someone I didn’t know. Thank goodness. I went through some rough neighborhoods. Just a smile on my face. I was getting some good exercise and seeing some great scenery

    I got to the dorm at 11PM. My suitemates were so happy to see me, then angry. They had been worried and even notified our Resident Assistant in the dorm I was missing. i got a long lecture from my suitemates how irresponsible that was. My response was “I’m an adult I can go where and when I want.” That was true. UVA has no requirement to be my nanny.

    If I had been abducted by getting into any of those cars I imagine there would have been quite a mystery. Eyewitness accounts would have place me walking a meandering route under no distress. My family and friends would have come forward and told how I was a straight A student and one of the most responsible people they knew. Suitemates would have said I was at the t-shirt store, yet no one would be able to say I was there. People may have assumed I was lost and trying to get back to my dorm. People may have assumed I got picked up and dumped there. Authorities may have thought I was looking for drugs or meeting up with a local for something illicit (afterall, I didn’t have a boyfriend), as I lied about where I was going. Who knows. Afterall, I was walking in an area with 2-way traffic with no curb and blindspots nowhere near campus. People would have thought I didn’t mean to end up there..

    I’m sure Jesse Matthew knows where Hannah is. I’m sure he knows when he met her where Hannah wanted to go. Her judgement may have been impaired enough to have accepted a ride from a stranger.

    I do believe youth gives you a feeling of invincibility. Hannah had a cell phone. She could have called for a cab at anytime. I could have used a quarter and called for a cab at any time too. I was too naive though to understand I could be in danger.

    I read your blogs about your sister. Terribly sad. Worse the authorities dismissed it with their theories. Could she have been heading somewhere other than where she told her friends she was going but not what authorities just threw out there?

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