According to CNN News, the police say there is “written evidence” that the murder was premeditated. As Nancy Grace notes premeditated does not mean it was a long planned out murder, and premeditated could mean just minutes or a few hour of preparation. Whether it was a long planned out murder or spontaneous remains unknown.
It is reported that the juvenile who was arrested last week on Friday, is the same juvenile that led the police to Elizabeth Olten’s body buried deep in the woods. CNN reports “authorities received an anonymous letter leading them to the juvenile who lead police to Elizabeth”.
Little is being reported on the 15 year old girl charged with Elizabeth Olten’s murder, although the juvenile has been living in the custody of family members other than parents and the reason is unknown as to why this is the case.
The juvenile may be tried as an adult in Missouri if the courts decide the murder was malicious and preplanned. In Missouri children as young as 12 years of age have been tried as adults in the court system. Today there is a hearing to determine whether the female 15 year old juvenile will remain in custody at detention while awaiting trial.
Seriously I cannot believe this is even an issue if authorities strongly feel she is the murderer of 9 year old Elizabeth Olten. In my mind there are no questions that need to be considered. If this person may have killed once – certainly she should remain in custody at this time for her safety and the safety of everyone else.
In the end it was a child’s innocent response to one question that was asked during Larry King Live hosted by Wolf Blitzer that sparked a debate as to whether the whole balloon incident may have been a publicity stunt or hoax. Falcon Heene’s response to the question did you hear mom or dad calling you…lead to “if you heard us calling you why didn’t you come out” asks Richard Heene. Then Falcon looks surprised and confused as he looks at his mom and dad for guidance as he says “because you said we did this for the show”.
At that time Richard Heene became obviously flustered answering “yes” and then trying to get his son to clarify what did “for the show” mean. When his innocent little boy failed to save him, the father turns his anger toward Wolf Blitzer and CNN News saying “I am appalled as to where this line of questioning is leading”.
Falcon Heene will likely deal with deep emotional scars in the years ahead as his parents face legal and monetary issues regarding this incident. I hope Falcon Heene learns soon that it was an adult decision for whatever he was told to do, and adults are the ones responsible for teaching their children right from wrong.
How horrid this boy was made to stay in an attic above the garage by himself while the nation waited in fear as a balloon floated over Fort Collins Colorado. How many lives were endangered in the air and ground search and rescue efforts? How many lives were delayed as planes were diverted around the low flying balloon shaped like a flying saucer shaped balloon on commercial flights? How many thousands of dollars were spent looking for a boy whom his parents knew was safe the whole time and may have taken away from someone who had a real need that day?
I am simply appalled at the audacity of some parents who will use children to play the system. Falcon Heene please know America loves you and is so happy you are safe and sound, and I am so sorry that the adults in your life made bad choices for you and your brothers. For now I will pray for the Heene family as I simply do not know what else to do. I pray that angels fly above, fly below and fly all around the Heene’s, especially Bradford, Ryo, and Falcon in the trying days ahead.