posted on Nov, 15 2012 @ 11:54 PM
Former news reporter here. I'm out of that business and into a different line of work now, for reasons not relevant to this discussion.
A few things I'd like to point out: First, I think the news media are being very careful in their reporting, and I think they can make an informed
guess as to what happened and why. They're not dumb, and it's their business to investigate and report the news even when sources are being
Because they have to be careful not to libel any of the people playing a role in the developing story, you won't hear any speculation about the case
until the investigation is concluded and the results are published. This is not a coverup, it's journalistic fairness, or professional self-interest,
or whatever you want to call it.
My impressions: Ms. Shirley and her boyfriend Mark Leonard are doing themselves no favors at all by giving media interviews. They are also either
getting very bad legal advice, or are disregarding the advice of their lawyer by speaking out.
There's no shame in getting legal counsel in their situation -- no matter how this disaster happened, there will be rumors and theories and
fingerpointing. The best they can do in this situation is to shut the hell up and offer a firm "no comment" -- at the very most, let their attorney
issue a press release stating their shock at what happened, their compassion for the victims and their families, and a request for privacy as they
deal with their loss. And that's IT.
They should know that complaining publicly that they are being treated with suspicion serves only to increase the scrutiny they're under. We're
hearing a lot about how they're the victims, and how much stress they're feeling. Cops love people who can't keep their mouths shut, especially if
they're already suspicious that you're up to something.
Ms. Shirley's statement that she wished she had been in the house instead of her two neighbors who died gave me a chill -- this went beyond simple
compassion and seemed like a veiled expression of remorse (for what, exactly? Hmmm.). But in her stressed-out, medicated state, who really knows for
Mr. Shirley, the ex husband and co-owner of the home, did himself no favors either. He said he'd "bet anything" it was the furnace, which made it
sound as if he knew more about the accident than any of the investigators at that point.
I have not confirmed myself through public records research, but the information about the divorce, the protective order, the financial difficulties,
bankruptcy, an aborted short sale on the home, the $1k / month child support payments etc. seem reliable to me.
Any of these circumstances could tempt someone to arrange an "accident" that gets rid of a major financial burden, with an added bonus of spite
towards an estranged spouse. Add a boyfriend who seems to have a questionable past, and people are bound to speculate about possible motivations.
We ALL know natural gas is potentially dangerous. We read news stories every few weeks about gas explosions that destroy houses, businesses, or entire
neighborhoods. I truly don't believe anyone actually meant to kill anyone else; I don't see deliberate murder here. At this point we can only
speculate about whether this was an accident, or an act of spite or fraud that got way out of hand.
Ms. Shirley's lawyer's statements to the media suggest that he's hoping to lay the blame on the utility company. Is he attempting to divert
attention away from his clients, or drumming up business for a bunch of lawsuits? Whatever his motivations are, he's acting more like an
ambulance-chaser than a crusader for justice.
As for the other theories about a possible drone strike, meteor, satellite, missile, assassination, UFO, HAARP and other conspiracies, thanks for all
the hard work, but I think the solution to this one is more easily explained -- a natural gas explosion, followed by a fire, that may or may not have
benefited from human assistance. In any event, it was an accident -- either in its entirety, or as an unintended consequence of an ill-conceived plan
by one or more people with greed or revenge on their minds.