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Did Man’s Confession Save Parents Who Failed Polygraph?

Four years ago this week, then-43-year-old Shawn Morgan confessed he had suffocated Breeann Rodriguez with a white plastic bag, according to an Associated Press report.  Had it not been for his confession, Edgar Rodriguez and Claudia Ramos might have had to face charges for the murder of their three-year-old daughter.  Why?  Because both reportedly failed polygraph tests administered by investigators trying to crack the case.

Shawn Morgan / The Clapper Memo

The little girl’s body was found in a remote area a few miles from the from the family home in the Southeast Missouri town of Senath, population 1,500.

The decision to conduct polygraph tests came after investigators decided they needed fast answers about the girl’s disappearance. That’s when, according to the father who spoke about the matter with CNN’s Nancy Grace Aug. 11, 2011, Breeann’s parents were asked to take polygraph tests and, after the tests were completed, were told they had failed.

Who, exactly, decided to turn to the polygraph?  Dunklin County (Mo.) Sheriff Bob Holder told me the county prosecutor would be able to answer that question. I decided not to call him, however, because I’m not interested in the answer to that question as much as I am in the tests and the consequences little Breeann’s parents could have faced as a result of failing them.

Is there an alternative to the polygraph? Yes, and details about it — including a plethora of success stories and reasons why more local and state law enforcement agencies across the United States use it instead of the polygraph — are highlighted throughout the pages of my second nonfiction book, The Clapper Memo.

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Retired Geologist Predicted EPA Failure in Letter to Editor Published Only Days Before Gold King Mine Disaster

While national news media outlets have been slow to take notice of Dale Hamilton’s letter to the editor of the Silverton (Colo.) Standard newspaper about the Gold King Mine disaster in Colorado, Zero Hedge, was not.

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Click on image above to read Zero Hedge article.

On Wednesday, as part of the Zero Hedge mission “to widen the scope of financial, economic and political information available to the professional investing public,” the site’s editors asked a headline-shaping question — Did The EPA Intentionally Poison Animas River To Secure SuperFund Money? — that caught my attention for several reasons.

For starters, I was attracted to the story, because I tend to smell a “rat” anytime the EPA is involved in anything. Here’s the link to the EPA’s official statement regarding the disaster.

On a more personal and emotional note, however, I care about the health of such rivers, because I spent some of the best times of my life as a youngster on summer vacations, fly fishing for brownie and rainbow trout on the Conejos River of southern Colorado.

My interest grew when I learned Environmental Restoration LLC, the EPA contractor said to be involved in the disaster, is from Fenton, Mo., according to a piece in the Wall Street Journal (subscription required).

Finally, the fact that my father is, like Hamilton, a retired geologist also played a role in drawing me to this story. After reading Hamilton’s letter to the editor that was printed in the Silverton, Colo., newspaper only days before the disaster took place, I suspect my dad might secretly consider its author a superhero. But only secretly, because dad isn’t much into idolizing folks.

What, exactly, did Hamilton write in his letter? In short, he warned that the EPA’s “grand experiment” would fail and, in the long run, result in the federal government’s environmental watchdogs having to declare the Animas River area where the disaster took place only days later an EPA Superfund Site, costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.

Stay tuned for more about this disaster, because I suspect it’s gonna blow up in somebody’s face.

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