He Who Shall Not Be Gagged

Sidney and Tammy Moorer have spent a lot of time hurling insults  at the family and supporters of Heather Elvis, as well as publicly challenging and taunting the Horry County Solicitor, Jimmy Richardson.  One would assume that they would limit their public discussion of the case since there is a gag order in place, but that hasn’t been the case.  The Moorers claim that the state kidnapped them and illegally held them as hostages of the State.  In legal speak that would be arrested and they were held without bond, but tomato/tamato. Sidney seems to have issues to those who might be friends of the solicitor. It is a small town, so I would assume that many people know him.  There is nothing corrupt about that.  What is interesting from his post is pointing out that harassment has allegedly come from friends of the solicitor, however, the Moorer’s friends and … Continue reading →

Moorer Pretrial & Morning Meltdowns

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  Yesterday was the pretrial hearing on Sidney Moorer’s kidnapping case to allow or disallow expert witness testimony on the vehicle seen on CCTV footage.  Ultimately, expert witnesses were allowed for both sides. This case is unique, in that the Defendants are bound by a gag order yet continue to publicly discuss the case on their personal Facebook pages, as well as making disparaging comments about Heather Elvis on many Facebook pages that were created for the sole purpose of harassing the Elvis family.  In fact, just last week Mrs. Moorer was using the victim’s photograph as her Facebook profile picture.  I can see no valid reason for doing this – other than to harass the family.  It’s wrong.  It’s uncalled for and does not help to strengthen the. Moorer’s claims of innocence.  They are charged with kidnapping Heather Elvis, and for an accused to literally taunt or harass the … Continue reading →

Law & Order Perceptions

I found this post on Facebook pertaining to the State of SC vs. Tammy and Sidney Moorer, and found it interesting. Innocent Until Proven Guilty March 26 at 11:31am · The state of SC has had the opportunity to clear the air. They charged a man and his wife of kidnapping and killing Heather Elvis. Yet they have not provided any direct evidence to support these claims. Even worse, they jailed this couple and hid their lack of evidence behind a gag order. Here we stand more than 2 years later and there are still more questions than answers. This couple has been tried publicly and the consensus is they are as guilty as sin, but we still do not have proof a crime occurred, much less that the Moorers are responsible. How can a government authority have this much power? Imagine you are arrested on false charges… The state … Continue reading →

Moorer Murder Charges Dropped, Suspects Keep Yappin’

Over the years while writing about cases, I have seen a lot of bad behavior.  Mostly,  the egregious behavior is coming from the true crime groupies who “follow” the cases, but rarely have I witnessed the accused (both who happen to be under a gag order from the state) speak out prior to trial.  This case is of interest to me because of the individual who was sought out and paid by a particularly hateful group of true crime groupies who support the accused to “hack” their online enemies. Heather Elvis disappeared from Myrtle Beach, SC on December 18, 2013 and has not been heard from since nor have her remains been found.  During the investigation of her disappearance, it was discovered that she had been having a relationship with a married man, Sidney Moorer.  Ultimately, Sidney and his wife, Tammy, were taken into custody in February 2014, and were … Continue reading →

ARMED AND DANGEROUS – Katelyn Settle and Zachary Dickman

According to West Virginia State Police, 20 year old Zachary Thomas Dickman Facebook page and 14 year old Katelyn Settle from the Brush Fork area are considered armed and dangerous by troopers after they allegedly assaulted a juvenile at the victim’s home.  From comments on the WVNS Facebook page, Katelyn and Zachary are brother and sister.   While teens wanted for attempted murder is really not something that out of the ordinary, what I did find interesting was the guardian of Katelyn’s comments on Facebook.  When crimes like these happen many always rush to judgment and point a finger at bad parenting. I’ve been guilty of it – I think most of us have. However in this instance. Katelyn’s father  immediately commented to the post and basically said that he did not raise his child that way and if she was found armed and officers were at risk, that they should take … Continue reading →

The Twisted Life of Gypsy Rose Blancharde

A few weeks ago, a friend posted on my Facebook about a missing persons/murder case in her hometown of Springfield, MO.  The mother of a disabled girl was found stabbed to death in her bedroom, and the disabled daughter was gone – nowhere to be found, and her wheelchair was left behind.  A strange message was posted on the Facebook account that they shared.  That in itself caused me to give the ol side eye.  Gypsy Blancharde was allegedly in her late teens yet shared a Facebook account with her mother?  The message posted said “That bitch is dead” followed by an equally disturbing “I fucken SLASHED THAT FAT PIG AND RAPED HER SWEET INNOCENT DAUGHTER…HER SCREAM WAS SOOOO FUCKEN LOUD LOL.” When friends of the Blanchardes couldn’t reach them by phone, they became worried that something was wrong.  It was then that a neighbor crawled into the house and … Continue reading →

Trial Rescheduled: Minor Witness Dies in Fire

This is such an incredibly sad story.  An 11-year old girl and her deaf grandparents died in a house fire in  Youngstown, Ohio.  It is being reported that the young girl was also deaf.  Around 3:30 this morning the neighbors heard a loud explosion followed by a second explosion.  One neighbor said the entire house was engulfed in flames from the bottom up after she heard the explosions.  The little girl was to appear as a witness in the trial against the man charged with raping her. Robert Seman, Jr. age 46, had been charged with four felony counts each of rape and gross sexual imposition, according to  local news.  The victim’s mother contacted police in March, 2014 to report that her daughter told her Seman had been engaging in sexual conduct with her for several years.  The rape charges could put Seman away for life if found guilty.  He … Continue reading →

The Jodi Arias Haterade

…and THIS is why the true crime community is going to shit and many true crime authors are now writing fiction.  Once long ago, it was enjoyable to write about true crime and to interact with intellectual people who discussed the case and the legal process.  That was until they started going full blown potato and tossing all legalities and sanity aside.  Every high profile case has its share of nutters, but from my perspective — those outweigh the rational fans of true crime and that includes the not so high profile case discussion. The Casey Anthony case was the pivotal point where the intellectuals fled the scene like rats on a sinking ship and the participants were replaced with people who screamed conspiracy, foul, “kill the bitch forget Constitutional rights, kill them again – who needs a trial”.  Did I mention “kill them again and their little dog, too“?  … Continue reading →

Reasonable Doubt Part 3

The following is part three of a series involving a 2014 New Mexico double murder trial. I look forward to your responses to this case and discussing the court system process in America. – Ella Mentry Find me on Twitter @EllamentryMDW Reasonable Doubt Part 3 Ronald Santiago spent two and one half days in the psychiatric ward at Kaseman Hospital while Secret Service (SS) agent Brian Nguyen began to dig into the self-proclaiming criminal’s past. Santiago had volunteered he committed a crime, was very anxious and gave more information than asked for at their first meeting. This combination gave the agent cause to look deeper. At first glance, Santiago seemed like your standard straight up guy. He told Nguyen he had no prior trouble with the law, held down two jobs – a paid his taxes type fellow. Those jobs peaked Nguyen’s curiosity. Santiago worked at Countrywide, the same office … Continue reading →

Reasonable Doubt: Part II

The following is part two of a series involving a 2014 New Mexico double murder trial. I look forward to your responses to this case and discussing the court system process in America. – Ella Mentry Find me on Twitter @EllamentryMDW Reasonable Doubt Part 2 The police descended upon Dover Court, Albuquerque, New Mexico on a Tuesday morning August 2005. No one was allowed to leave the cul de sac, nor was anyone allowed near the area, including the Vigil family. Bernadette Ohlemacher was one of eight Vigil siblings and the youngest child of Dora Vigil. Racing to Albuquerque from Santa Fe, they assembled by the crime tape, unable to get word to Renee or any information from APD. Later that morning, Renee was photographed then transported from the mobile crime van (more like an RV) to police headquarters where she handed over her pajamas and robe in exchange for … Continue reading →