The name of Kendrick Johnson was unknown to me until a few hours ago, and since then I’ve been looking at videos on YouTube and reading stuff here and there. My questions might have been answered already by someone intelligent and knowledgeable, and I’m hoping to be steered in the direction of solid information (not emotional rhetoric, of which there is plenty).
I swear I don’t have time to get obsessed with this, like I did once did with another case, and ended up spending years on it. (http://freetimmastersbecause.blogspot.com/)
So please, somebody, direct me to the smartest and most comprehensive source of information where I can absorb it all at once.
Am I understanding this right? The official story is that, to retrieve a pair of shoes inside the rolled-up mat, KJ got up above the vertical roll and DIVED HEAD-FIRST INTO IT? Supposedly, lots of kids stored shoes in this manner – was this the customary way of getting them? Really? Because it’s the most ludicrous thing I’ve heard in a month of Sundays, and in my line of work I hear a LOT of ridiculous things. Why would he not just tip the damn thing over? And why has no kid ever died before getting his stored shoes?
If he were trapped upside-down inside the mat, alive and conscious, couldn’t it be made to rock back and forth and gain enough momentum to eventually fall over? Okay I’m not an expert on physical feats, but this was a strong dude, an athlete. Wouldn’t that be possible? Please, no guessing. I want to hear from somebody who has duplicated the experiment and TRIED IT, and with the exact same kind of mat, and after entering the cylindrical space BY DIVING INTO IT HEADFIRST.
Okay, let’s take this video made by the police.
Why does it start with 12 seconds of staring at the piece of paper with the address and date written on it? One second would have been more than sufficient. Is this what they teach in police photography school? Why? I’m serious.
What’s up with all the gazing around and focusing far/near in the first few minutes of the video? Are they investigating a crime, or making a floor-wax commercial? The Vikings’ logo is impressive, but how many seconds of it are needed to establish the locale?
There’s so much space inside that rolled up mat, you can see the wall through it on the other side. After having read the descriptions of how tight the space was, I’m astonished to see this, and don’t understand the meaning of it.
LATER REVISION – Okay, this one is answered. When someone tipped the rolled mat from vertical to horizontal, Kendrick Johnson’s body slid partway out. The shoulders and torso are bigger around, the legs are the slimmer part of the body. So yes, there is space in the tube to see through to the wall. Because the other end of the tube looked like this:
A basketball on the floor, way over by the door, is shown in loving detail. But the trash in the corner BY THE BODY is given a once-over-lightly. Or in this case, darkly. Why don’t the police bring some goddam LIGHTING to the scene? The debris in the corner, the shit in the wastebasket, the various stuff strewn on the floor – why is it photographed in ambient light? Why are there not hundreds of watts beamed on the objects in this environment?
So the police photographer takes shots of the various surveillance cameras in the gym. Wouldn’t it make more sense to photograph those cameras FROM THE FATAL CORNER, from as close to the body as possible? Seems like that angle would be a lot more meaningful.
Why did it take 5 DAYS to hand over the surveillance videos? (Source -this CNN video, at 1:31)
Quoting Grant Fredericks, Certified Forensic Video Analyst, regarding the 4 cameras in the gym. He says they “record motion from when the lights turn on in the morning until when the lights are turned off at night. Except for the area of interest.” WTF?
And what’s with the huge gaps of time when there’s nothing on the cameras at the exact time when KJ was in there with at least 3 other people? Again, WTF???
Reporter Victor Blackwell says, “There is no video showing the initial discovery of a body in the gym.” What’s the official story on that supposed to be, anyway? Some other kid was up on top of the vertically rolled mats? Looking down into one of them? Why?