JustCJ, on 14 March 2012 - 06:17 PM, said:
This sounds like a bunch of finger pointing to me... The funeral director said only 3 people on her staff had access to Whitney, so that would mean that one of the three "accused" would be the source that allegedly saw Raffles take the picture... Why would they anonymously give this story to Roger Friedman instead of making a public accusation and thereby clearing themselves of suspicion?
Excellent point. No doubt the funeral home is on the defensive & from a business standpoint I understand why they're pointing fingers IF THEY ARE POSITIVE IT WASN'T one of their own. Here's what I think: the funeral home folks are looking at every strange person the family granted access to the viewing. The guy in question is an obvious suspect, known to be shady, & possibly a criminal. The staff/owner believe he's guilty but here's the problem: I don't believe any of them WITNESSED him take the photo. Doesn't mean he's innocent, but lying to the press isn't a legally punishable act (exceptions with liable & slander but seldom pursued & almost impossible to prove).
People are infinitely more complex than the labels, names, and descriptions we give them. Accused but innocent people lie. Sometimes otherwise moral, ethical folks make huge mistakes in judgment or worse. "Bad" people occasionally do the right thing for wrong reasons & "good" people do WRONG things for the right reasons--or for reasons entirely justified if only in their POV. Plus the dynamics within a family; old grudges; ancient hurts/slights; and buried, bitter, unresolved resentments are usually never discussed outside of the family involved. Yet, that doesn't mean the Love within the family isn't real, insincere or that anyone is being a hypocrite.
$500,000 is a lot of money--at the very least taxes have to be paid on it. Even if it was split and shared. I'm glad the media isn't letting the story die. Some fans need to know the exact cause of death for them to feel a measure of closure. Me: I'd like to know if there is/are a rat(s).