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In taped interrogation, Westerfield tells police 'my life is over'
San Diego Union Tribune ^ | January 7, 2003

Posted on 01/08/2003 9:24:19 AM PST by TomB

In a videotaped interrogation with San Diego police detectives four days after Danielle van Dam was kidnapped, an exhausted David Westerfield says "my life is over," seemingly coming close to an admission that he murdered his 7-year-old neighbor.

"As far as I'm concerned my life is over, the life that I had, the life that I was living is over," Westerfield says in the interrogation conducted the evening of Feb. 5, 2002. Danielle was last seen the night of Feb. 1.

"But you can't blame anyone but yourself, Dave," answers one of the police detectives.

"And I have no problem with that," Westerfield replies.

In the tapes released Tuesday, Westerfield admits "unusual" sexual encounters with his wife, denies anything improper about his alleged use of binoculars to watch neighbors and says the child pornography found on his computer was simply something he downloaded along with a lot of other pornographic images and that he had no sexual interest in children.

Superior Court Judge William Mudd agreed Monday to unseal the videotape along with hundreds of pages of transcripts, documents and recordings in the Westerfield case, as well as transcripts of police interrogations and court hearings conducted in secret.

Some of the material – audiotape and videotape of Westerfield being interrogated during the early stages of the investigation – was released Tuesday afternoon.

The remainder of the material, which ranges from transcripts of closed-door court hearings to motions regarding potential evidence, will be released Monday, Mudd ruled.

The ruling Monday came three days after Mudd sentenced the former design engineer to death for kidnapping and murdering 7-year-old Danielle van Dam, his neighbor in Sabre Springs.

Monday's court hearing came in response to a request by The San Diego Union-Tribune, which has been seeking access to the information for months. The San Diego-based 4th District Court of Appeal has ruled that Mudd must release the information.

The San Diego chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists made a donation to the legal costs.

Westerfield, who attended Monday's hearing, is scheduled to be moved within days to death row at San Quentin State Prison outside San Francisco.

During earlier court appearances, Westerfield was always dressed in civilian attire, but he appeared in court Monday in a green jail jumpsuit. He sat in a holding area so he couldn't be filmed by a television camera.


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Here are the video clips of the Westerfield interrogation:

Feb 5, 2002 interrogation of David Westerfield, Part 1

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Interrogation of David Westerfield, Part 2

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Interrogation of David Westerfield, Part 3

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After a pause, Westerfield asks one of the detectives to leave his gun, the detective declines.

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1 posted on 01/08/2003 9:24:19 AM PST by TomB
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To: TomB; MeeknMing
Westerfield wasn't railroaded, he's guilty as sin.
2 posted on 01/08/2003 9:40:13 AM PST by xJones (Afterall the screaming and yelling that went on...)
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To: xJones
I read posts from folks here that said he was innocent. This should put those thoughts to rest.
3 posted on 01/08/2003 9:43:42 AM PST by TankerKC (;-)
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To: TankerKC
I read posts from folks here that said he was innocent. This should put those thoughts to rest.

Fat chance of that happening.

4 posted on 01/08/2003 9:47:47 AM PST by wimpycat (Nothin' could be finer than to be in Caroliner....)
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To: TankerKC
I've read people saying they wouldn't believe it, no matter what. It obviously became a personal issue between two groups.

In the tapes released Tuesday, Westerfield admits "unusual" sexual encounters with his wife, denies anything improper about his alleged use of binoculars to watch neighbors and says the child pornography found on his computer was simply something he downloaded along with a lot of other pornographic images and that he had no sexual interest in children.

Cre-e-e-py. But he's told a friend that he was only collecting child pornography so he could forward it to his congressman in protest.

5 posted on 01/08/2003 9:49:11 AM PST by xJones
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To: TankerKC
"But you can't blame anyone but yourself, Dave," answers one of the police detectives. "And I have no problem with that," Westerfield replies.

Watch and see how this gets spun.

6 posted on 01/08/2003 9:49:56 AM PST by wimpycat (Nothin' could be finer than to be in Caroliner....)
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To: TomB
But he didn't do it! He was framed! It was all a conspiracy!....... Didn't you hear the bug guys... it wasn't him....

/Sarcasm.

Doesn't matter how guilty the guy is, still gonna be those rediculous people who refuse to believe he did it.
7 posted on 01/08/2003 9:52:26 AM PST by HamiltonJay
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To: ~Kim4VRWC's~
More vindication.

(not that it will matter)

8 posted on 01/08/2003 10:11:35 AM PST by TomB
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To: TomB
Yeah, he'll be on death row until he dies--20 years from now from natural causes.
9 posted on 01/08/2003 10:14:33 AM PST by Marysecretary
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To: TomB
My problem here is that I heard on the news that none of this material was allowed to be presented to the jury. I know that admissability rules allow certain things and not others, but I feel those rules should be re-addressed. I mean, for God's sake, if somebody admits to a crime but a lawyer can disallow their admission on some technicality, the whole idea of being tried by a jury is ridiculous. Juries should be allowed to see anything connected with a case, including past convictions, in determining guilt or innocence. What we seem to be doing is tailoring information one way or another and asking people to make decisions based on incomplete or empty data. If we are to have a trial by jury system of justice, the jury should not only have access to everything concerned with the particular event, but any peripheral information which would clarify the event or put it into context with reality. I think this is one of the flaws in our justice system that is allowing perpetrators to go free and just as importantly, sometimes convicting innocents.
10 posted on 01/08/2003 10:22:01 AM PST by harrym
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To: TomB
"As far as I'm concerned my life is over, the life that I had, the life that I was living is over," Westerfield says in the interrogation conducted the evening of Feb. 5, 2002. Danielle was last seen the night of Feb. 1.

Guilty or innocent, he's right on the money there. Once that accusation is made...

11 posted on 01/08/2003 10:27:22 AM PST by Chemist_Geek (Better Living Through Chemistry!)
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To: xJones
No, it belonged to his girlfriend's son, remember?
12 posted on 01/08/2003 10:31:12 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you can't beat 'em, beat 'em anyway)
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To: TomB; tetelestai; Ditter; ChiefRon; Starshine; UCANSEE2; Mrs.Liberty; Jaded; skipjackcity; BARLF; ..
Thanks for the ping tom..
13 posted on 01/08/2003 10:36:34 AM PST by Freedom2specul8 (''To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.'' T.R.)
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To: TomB
I watched the videos late last night. He admitted downloading child porn and he said he thought they were about 13 -14yrs old...the sick s.o.b....he's heartless absolutely heartless.
14 posted on 01/08/2003 10:38:40 AM PST by Freedom2specul8 (''To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.'' T.R.)
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To: Travis McGee; aculeus; general_re; BlueLancer; hellinahandcart; Poohbah
"Westerfield the researcher" alert.
15 posted on 01/08/2003 10:49:01 AM PST by dighton
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To: AppyPappy
No, it belonged to his girlfriend's son, remember?

Actually they tried to pin it on his own son.

Cute, don't you think?

16 posted on 01/08/2003 10:49:11 AM PST by cyncooper
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To: cyncooper
Oh that's right. Isn't it amazing how innocent he was at one time?
17 posted on 01/08/2003 10:51:05 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you can't beat 'em, beat 'em anyway)
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To: AppyPappy
That was another story. The congressman excuse was on another thread. He told it to a friend visiting him in jail.

I just finished tape 2. He says 3 times that if the dectectives had only gotten him a lawyer 2 days ago, all this could have been settled. Also, "I'm only concerned about David's rights." Later, "I feel abused." He obviously wants to cut a deal and/or be protected. The dectectives beg for the child's body, and he only wants a lawyer. He also talks about it being a weakness that he always does what he wants. Damn, he's a monster.

18 posted on 01/08/2003 10:55:18 AM PST by xJones
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To: TankerKC
I totally ignored those Westerfield defender posts of last year. Out of curiousity, what was the reasoning behind so many people believing Westerfield was innocent? This seems like an open-and-shut case to me.
19 posted on 01/08/2003 10:55:35 AM PST by SamAdams76
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To: AppyPappy
That was another story. The congressman excuse was on another thread. He told it to a friend visiting him in jail.

I just finished tape 2. He says 3 times that if the dectectives had only gotten him a lawyer 2 days ago, all this could have been settled. Also, "I'm only concerned about David's rights." Later, "I feel abused." He obviously wants to cut a deal and/or be protected. The dectectives have already begged for the child's body, and he only wants a lawyer. He also talks about it being a weakness that he always does what he wants. Damn, he's a monster, with no remorse, no feeling, except for what *he's* going through.

20 posted on 01/08/2003 10:57:26 AM PST by xJones (Westerfield should burn)
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To: xJones
Stop stuttering!
21 posted on 01/08/2003 10:58:27 AM PST by xJones (Westerfield should burn)
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To: SamAdams76
"what was the reasoning behind so many people believing Westerfield was innocent? "

What started it was back in feb 2002, rick roberts, a jerk of a radio show host, convinced 1/2 his audience that a report of an unnamed upper level police source (aka leaker) was true. The unnamed chicken source claimed that the van dams were having a wild drug and sex party in their garage the night danielle was kidnapped.

For some..The suspicion was that one of the participants went up, raped her...everyone including the parents got scared and then dumped her body. Evidence was planted on dw to throw the heat off the parents.

One of the rumor that was floating around was that danielle was given to westerfield by brenda..oh my gosh you would not believe all the crazy rumors flying.

Read here for more.

click

22 posted on 01/08/2003 11:02:25 AM PST by Freedom2specul8 (''To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.'' T.R.)
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To: dighton; Travis McGee; general_re; BlueLancer; hellinahandcart; Poohbah
Don't forget his sleazeball lawyer. He knew his client had killed her but insinuated that the parents had something to do with it.
23 posted on 01/08/2003 11:11:30 AM PST by aculeus
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To: TomB
Newsflash David...Danielle's life is over.
24 posted on 01/08/2003 11:16:47 AM PST by WellsFargo94
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To: aculeus
Feldman, his defense atty... used rick roberts theories as much as he could. He used "RR's" tactics because of public reaction. He figured that if the public would react that way to RR's theories, chances are the jury would too. WRONG..
25 posted on 01/08/2003 11:18:58 AM PST by Freedom2specul8 (''To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.'' T.R.)
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To: aculeus
Sleazeball is right. His star witnesses were bug experts, whose conclusions -- as the defense knew full well -- were incorrect.
26 posted on 01/08/2003 11:20:35 AM PST by dighton
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To: All
"But you can't blame anyone but yourself, Dave," answers one of the police detectives.
"And I have no problem with that," Westerfield replies.

He is the coldest murdering bastard, his demeanor at his sentencing - stonefaced and unremorseful - showed how completely depraved this murderer is...a death is too good for him and it can't come soon enough .

27 posted on 01/08/2003 11:24:00 AM PST by SunnyUsa
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To: SunnyUsa; aculeus
Tape #2 . . . . what a textbook narcissist creep.
28 posted on 01/08/2003 11:37:12 AM PST by dighton
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To: ~Kim4VRWC's~
What started it was back in feb 2002, rick roberts, a jerk of a radio show host, convinced 1/2 his audience that a report of an unnamed upper level police source (aka leaker) was true. The unnamed chicken source claimed that the van dams were having a wild drug and sex party in their garage the night danielle was kidnapped.

Kim, Kim, Kim, remember it also an unnamed police source who leaked the plea bargain info. Or do we know which police officers leaked it?

And did you listen to Rick Roberts show back then? I didn't, so I don't know what he himself actually said. I know such wild rumors were going around, and I know there was a great deal of discussion about the VD's activities on his show, but did Rick Roberts actually say the van dams were having a wild drug and sex party in their garage the night danielle was kidnapped? I know you & Val hate the guy, so in fact I was surprised when I did start tuning in to hear him and he sounded like a smart, rational guy (and, oddly enough, had views of all the participants which were close to my own views :-)

29 posted on 01/08/2003 11:40:52 AM PST by Amore
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To: ~Kim4VRWC's~; All
Court TV will be showing the tapes at 3 Eastern time.
30 posted on 01/08/2003 11:42:28 AM PST by EllaMinnow
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To: ~Kim4VRWC's~
Seems to be a curious silence from some quarters on the video release.

31 posted on 01/08/2003 11:45:17 AM PST by Valpal1
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To: ~Kim4VRWC's~
He admitted downloading child porn and he said he thought they were about 13 -14yrs old...the sick s.o.b....

That comment really got to me too.

32 posted on 01/08/2003 11:46:44 AM PST by BunnySlippers
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To: Valpal1
Seems to be a curious silence from some quarters on the video release.

Perhaps. But the core group will NEVER be convinced.

33 posted on 01/08/2003 11:47:34 AM PST by BunnySlippers
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To: Amore
RR changed his tune midstream after he successfully whipped up a mob and his listening numbers. It was a sleazy, but effective tactic.
34 posted on 01/08/2003 11:48:06 AM PST by Valpal1
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To: BunnySlippers
I have hope that some of them will re-evaluate their emotional investment and give up the dark side. Darth Vader did, so I know it's possible ;-)
35 posted on 01/08/2003 11:52:29 AM PST by Valpal1
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To: Valpal1
Then you are far more optimistic than I am.

I'm going to watch them now. The whole thing.
36 posted on 01/08/2003 11:56:42 AM PST by EllaMinnow
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To: Valpal1
Thank you for your response, Val.

BTW, I apologize, I didn't ping you on this and once on the other thread because I couldn't remember what came after "Valpal" but I figured if I pinged Kim you'd get word of it.

I still would like to know what Rick Roberts himself actually said. I know you think the whole episode was sleazy, but I now wish I had listened back then. I know he gave the rumors a forum, allowing for large distribution of the swinging rumors which (since they did engage in extra-marital sex with their friends) turned out to have quite a bit of truth to them. But what did he himself say?
37 posted on 01/08/2003 12:01:34 PM PST by Amore
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To: Amore
I didn't listen to rick roberts at first--was going by what fresno wrote and the reports, but yes, I did go to his online real audio source and listened a few times. By the time he started changing his tune...and sounded like he was more on the side of prosecution..I then quit listening to him. You have to remember that I didn't start following this case until march..so a lot of the stuff roberts had said was already "out"... This is the first thread I could find..and the swinging and parties were started then.. See post #27 http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/fr/626093/posts?page=1,50

"Delicate questions became pointed yesterday when San Diego radio talk-show host Rick Roberts criticized the van Dams on the air for "not being honest" about "what really occurred" the night their daughter disappeared. Roberts told his listeners that a "reliable" source "high in law enforcement" said the van Dams have engaged in "lots of wife-swapping." Saying he believes the source, Roberts reported activity by the van Dams on the night of Feb. 1 dramatically different from their description to the news media. "
Honestly, I don't remember where I heard about the plea bargain.
38 posted on 01/08/2003 12:11:17 PM PST by Freedom2specul8 (''To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.'' T.R.)
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To: Amore
#60


This is an account of the Rick Roberts (KFMB 760 San Diego) radio show mentioned in the story above.


David Westerfield gave a *half-assed* confession. He has told police he did it and could take them to her (Danielle), but he wanted a lawyer first. He hired the lawyer yesterday. They are in heavy duty negotiations right now regarding his confession. A significant amount of kiddie porn was found in Westerfield's house. He is not a registered sex offender.
The Van Dam's are *swingers*. They swap partners. Westerfield had approached them in the past about their parties. He wanted to have one at his house. Mrs van Dam was seen *grinding* on the dance floor and left and possibly*did* a guy in the parking lot. She left with 2 women and 2 men. They all went to the van Dam's residence from the bar. They were partying and smoking marijuana in the garage (3 men & 3 women) when Danielle was abducted, they were not sleeping. All the adults had sex. Mrs van Dam gave one of her friends to her husband .The garage had special locks on the inside so the children could not get in. After the sex party broke up, Mrs van Dam found the open door and alarm blinking , but did not check the children. She went and closed their bedroom doors. Prior to the party Mr van Dam was awakened by the dog whinning ,( it cannot bark)had found a door open, and alarm blinking. He did not check the children.

What is the value of a 'rumor?' I don't know. This is the rumored explanation of what happened that night, the one that King was hinting at tonight. Take it for whatever it's worth.


60 posted on 02/11/2002 7:52 PM CST by Petronski



39 posted on 01/08/2003 12:14:35 PM PST by Freedom2specul8 (''To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.'' T.R.)
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To: redlipstick
Thank you for reminding me about the time.
40 posted on 01/08/2003 12:19:02 PM PST by Freedom2specul8 (''To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.'' T.R.)
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To: xJones; TomB; All
Westerfield wasn't railroaded, he's guilty as sin.

Right you are !!

Westerfield Arraigned

SAN DIEGO, CA - David Westerfield was arraigned in a San Diego court room Tuesday on charges he kidnapped and murdered seven year old Danielle van Dam. Danielle was reported missing February 2nd and hasn't been seen since. Westerfield pleaded not guilty to all charges. He remains in custody without bail.

complete story



Danielle van Dam

41 posted on 01/08/2003 12:23:18 PM PST by MeekOneGOP (http://muffin.eggheads.org/images/funny/dogsmile.jpg)
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To: ~Kim4VRWC's~
Making an encyclopedia of porn...oh, brother!!!
42 posted on 01/08/2003 12:24:16 PM PST by EllaMinnow
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To: redlipstick
I know! LOL
43 posted on 01/08/2003 12:26:14 PM PST by Freedom2specul8 (''To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.'' T.R.)
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To: MeeknMing
Don't forget the scratches on the arms..


44 posted on 01/08/2003 12:27:30 PM PST by Freedom2specul8 (''To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.'' T.R.)
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To: ~Kim4VRWC's~
Doesn't really tell me much since it's a 2d-hand report. But what it reports there that Rick Roberts said IS mostly true, even in that 2d-hand report.

They absolutely were NOT completely honest with the police (certainly, to begin with, and -- like others -- I'm still not convinced they ever DID tell the whole truth, but I guess now we'll never know). And they DID engage in wife swapping. We don't know how much, because Feldy was limited by the judge as to which incidents he could ask the VDs about.
45 posted on 01/08/2003 12:27:45 PM PST by Amore
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To: ~Kim4VRWC's~
Did you hear what Woody Clarke just said? Children as young as 5 and 6 in DW's porn.
46 posted on 01/08/2003 12:34:29 PM PST by EllaMinnow
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To: Amore
Yes...they swapped with friends not strangers but not on that night according to testimony. I need to back up for a second. The orginal question from SamAdams76 was "what was the reasoning behind so many people believing Westerfield was innocent?". I was just explaining why some people were pointing the finger at the parents and not DW. I'm not arguing the veracity of some of the rumors..some of which did turn out to be true. I wanted to clear that up if you were having doubts about me. :)
47 posted on 01/08/2003 12:34:33 PM PST by Freedom2specul8 (''To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.'' T.R.)
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To: redlipstick
No I was typing! Dern it..
48 posted on 01/08/2003 12:34:59 PM PST by Freedom2specul8 (''To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.'' T.R.)
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To: redlipstick
Making an encyclopedia of porn...oh, brother!!!

Yes, "seeing what was out there...for free" (!!)

I'm surprised nobody has commented on his reasoning for the bent bathroom widow screen. My Court TV is not showing the same coverage you Easterners are getting.

Please comment when you get to his story about the window. I call it a mini Susan Smith moment.

49 posted on 01/08/2003 12:35:24 PM PST by cyncooper
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To: Amore
Going back..basically some of the rumors were true..but the timeline was off on some of it according to testimony. I suspect we'll hear more about when "what" happened this week when they release more documents.. maybe??
50 posted on 01/08/2003 12:36:34 PM PST by Freedom2specul8 (''To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.'' T.R.)
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