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Malibu Body ID'd as Mitrice Richardson
KTLA ^ | Aug. 12, 2010 | Staff

Posted on 08/12/2010 2:24:15 PM PDT by La Enchiladita

MALIBU, Calif. -- Badly-decomposed remains found in Malibu Creek State Park have been identified as those of missing Cal State Fullerton graduate Mitrice Richardson.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca confirmed on Thursday morning that the remains are that of the 25-year-old.

[Video of press conference at link.]

(Excerpt) Read more at ktla.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: mitricerichardson
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This culminates a series of tragedies and mis-steps that never should have happened. Mitrice was unable to pay for her dinner at a posh Malibu restaurant. They would not accept her credit card and called the sheriff's department, who booked her and then released her during the night into literal wilderness. She had no transportation or cell phone. Things got worse from there on. Rest in peace, Mitrice. Many, including myself, suspect the sheriff's department is trying to hide some details in this case.
1 posted on 08/12/2010 2:24:18 PM PDT by La Enchiladita
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To: La Enchiladita

They were absolutely incompetent here. They saw she was mentally unstable and let her go anyway, in the darkness of night, in an area she was not familiar with, to find her way home. I think most likely she just fell off the cliff. That area is very treacherous, I would have probably lost my balance in an area like that. The Lost Hills Sheriff’s station messed up big time. All they had to do was call a family member to pick her up, or call a mental facility to have her evaluated.


2 posted on 08/12/2010 2:27:46 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: La Enchiladita
Her father, Michael Richardson, said his daughter suffered from bipolar disorder and was released far from home with no money, no purse, no cell phone and no car. Her vehicle had been impounded with the items inside.

Unreal.

3 posted on 08/12/2010 2:31:01 PM PDT by Talisker (When you find a turtle on top of a fence post, you can be damn sure it didn't get there on it's own.)
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To: La Enchiladita
When asked why Michael Richardson was not informed, Baca grew visibly agitated and said that he himself had just found out the confirmation minutes before the news conference.

Baca responded saying, "I just get informed a half an hour ago. You expect me to tell the father immediately?"

what an ass...

4 posted on 08/12/2010 2:32:04 PM PDT by MrShoop
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To: Sarah Barracuda

It is very suspicious, that given her mental state, they did not have her admitted to hospital on a 5150: danger to self/danger to others.


5 posted on 08/12/2010 2:32:57 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (islam is as islam does: http://blockthemosque.com/)
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To: MrShoop

Baca was a complete jerk during the presser. I used to respect him; that seems long ago.


6 posted on 08/12/2010 2:34:19 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (islam is as islam does: http://blockthemosque.com/)
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To: MrShoop

She was bi-polar and had a a BA Degree in Psychology...hmmmm. Never knew Malibu was so dangerous, pretty rare a black girl getting murdered in a white neighborhood. White girl getitng murdered in a black neighborhood is page 5 stuff in the local paper. Just sayin.


7 posted on 08/12/2010 2:34:53 PM PDT by pburgh01
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To: La Enchiladita

It is suspicious but I don’t believe some police officer at that station killed her. I think she left, was walking around and fell off the cliff. It was negligence by the police but I don’t believe anyone there murdered her.


8 posted on 08/12/2010 2:35:20 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: La Enchiladita

He’s an overpaid gun grabber....I’ve never had respect for him.


9 posted on 08/12/2010 2:36:55 PM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (The rallying cry of American patriots.....REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER!)
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To: pburgh01
She was bi-polar and had a a BA Degree in Psychology

Makes you think, doesn't it? Maybe she was just going to do research.

May she rest in peace.

10 posted on 08/12/2010 2:37:27 PM PDT by Tax-chick ("Large realities dwarf and overshadow the tiny human figures reacting to them.")
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To: La Enchiladita

They wouldn’t accept the credit card or the credit card was rejected, or didn’t they just didn’t accept that particular credit card company? They took her cell phone from her at the jail and didn’t give it back?


11 posted on 08/12/2010 2:40:13 PM PDT by FrdmLvr ( VIVA la SB 1070!)
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To: Sarah Barracuda

If her own parents- who knew about her mental problems- didn’t do something to help her, how are the police, who saw her one time, able to figure it out. I see street schizophrenics all the time. The cops pretty much leave them alone unless someone complains or they’re really going wacky. If they do arrest them, do you think they call their parents or relatives before they release them? Of course not- they’ve pretty much given up on them, as well. There are crazy people galore in big cities. Unless the person is an immediate danger to themselves or others, there’s not too much the cops can do except let them go.


12 posted on 08/12/2010 2:41:39 PM PDT by Krankor (What a field day for the heat. A thousand people in the street)
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To: Krankor

I agree..the parents have to assume some responsibility here as well. They knew she was mentally ill and they let her walk around knowing that she was unstable. She went to the restaurant in Malibu screaming how she was there to avenge the death of Michael Jackson, this was probably not the first time she was screaming nonsense like that. This entire story is very tragic.


13 posted on 08/12/2010 2:44:58 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: pburgh01

I think most people with undergrad (only) degrees in psych are suspect as far as their sanity.

Reading the school paper in Grad School (Molecular Biology) and in it was the account of a student from the school pulling an “Amy Fischer” on her Marine lover’s wife (Knock, Knock. Who’s there? Amy Fischer. Amy Fischer Wh...? BANG!).

I asked “For one thousand points, name this students major?”

They all laughed and said “PSYCH!”

She was.


14 posted on 08/12/2010 2:51:16 PM PDT by allmendream (Income is EARNED not distributed. So how could it be re-distributed?)
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To: La Enchiladita

Maybe they didn’t think she was mentally disturbed. Maybe they just thought she was just trying to get out of paying for her meal by acting crazy.


15 posted on 08/12/2010 2:51:16 PM PDT by FrdmLvr ( VIVA la SB 1070!)
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To: Sarah Barracuda
It is a very sad story. I didn't know about her "Michael Jackson" episode, but it sounds like her problems were a lot more serious than bipolar personality. The mentally ill are not very lovable. Good people who would never mistreat anyone, are often very impatient and worse to the mentally ill. Police deal with them everyday and become inured to their suffering and they don't have the time, money or expertise to deal with them. One of the worst things that can happen to an individual, is to be a mentally ill person in a large city. The only time anyone cares about you is after something happens to you.
16 posted on 08/12/2010 3:11:46 PM PDT by Krankor (What a field day for the heat. A thousand people in the street)
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To: Krankor
Politically correct mainstreaming of mentally "challenged" people has had many horrible outcomes.

The parents are usually the ones to insist that their sweet child not be treated differently. And who wouldn't? I can understand that, but at some point...

17 posted on 08/12/2010 3:27:12 PM PDT by Huebolt (It ain't over till there is not ONE DEMOCRAT HOLDING OFFICE ANYWHERE. Not even a dog catcher!)
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To: La Enchiladita

Baca is a liberal, no-good self-serving jerk. Always has been, always will be.


18 posted on 08/12/2010 3:29:39 PM PDT by absalom01 (Claire Wolfe, call your office.)
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To: La Enchiladita
Many, including myself, suspect the sheriff's department is trying to hide some details in this case.

Even though Baca's no good, what details are they hiding? She was arrested for defrauding an innkeeper (a misdemeanor), transported to the station, booked, and cited and released once they confirmed her ID via the "live scan" machine. Based on the facts as reported by the press (OK, that's always suspect), she didn't fit the relatively narrow criteria for HS5110, so had to be released once she was positively ID'd. (That's so no on else gets wrongfully charged with her crime...yes, that can happen.) While in custody, she had access to a telephone, but we don't know if she made use of it, or if she did who she called. Maybe that's relevant, but not really anyone's business either, other than the family. Tragic, yes. Conspiracy? Don't see it.

19 posted on 08/12/2010 3:39:23 PM PDT by absalom01 (Claire Wolfe, call your office.)
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To: pburgh01

“She was bi-polar and had a a BA Degree in Psychology...hmmmm.”

We have a family member with serious bipolar condition, and can do extremely well with school.

Makes a very big difference if she was on versus off her meds.


20 posted on 08/12/2010 3:45:23 PM PDT by truth_seeker
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To: pburgh01

She was in a remote area...I dont know if your familiar with Malibu but much of it is pretty rural.

I lived there (off Latigo Canyon) for almost a year.


21 posted on 08/12/2010 3:58:09 PM PDT by FeliciaCat (I like my money where I can see it...hanging in my closet.)
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To: FrdmLvr
I am not sure what the outcome would normally be for not being able to pay a restaurant bill. I suppose it would be like shop lifting. The police maybe should have just given here a citation, or maybe a “fix-it ticket”. She goes back the next day, pays the bill and the court date is forgotten.

On the other hand, if you go to you-tube, you can see lots of black women losing it in public places and ripping everyone in sight. Are they bi-polar, too? Maybe that is why the cops had to take her in.

From there, it sounds like they blew it though.

22 posted on 08/12/2010 4:16:58 PM PDT by super7man
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To: La Enchiladita
Mitrice

Is that a name now?

ML/NJ

23 posted on 08/12/2010 4:39:36 PM PDT by ml/nj
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To: pburgh01
Never knew Malibu was so dangerous, pretty rare a black girl getting murdered in a white neighborhood.

How do you know she was murdered?

24 posted on 08/12/2010 4:45:10 PM PDT by dragnet2
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To: Sarah Barracuda

The official investigative report is at odds with some of the claims being made. It indicates that she was offered the opportunity to remain at the station until she could get a ride, but she declined.

It’s also worthwhile doing a bit of research on the history of the attorney who’s making most of the inflamatory claims. LA residents will recognize the name.


25 posted on 08/12/2010 4:50:43 PM PDT by ArmstedFragg (hoaxy dopey changey)
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To: ArmstedFragg

Yeah I’m well aware of that scumbag lawyer. He loves cases like this because it gives him a chance to put his ugly mug on television


26 posted on 08/12/2010 4:53:41 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: super7man

One possible problem with writing a citation comes when the individual you’re citing doesn’t have adequate identification. A citation is a release from arrest upon one’s promise to apppear in court. If you can’t determine they live where they say they live, it’s unlikely they’ll show up in court. The comments about doing a livescan would indicate there was some kind of identification issue involved.


27 posted on 08/12/2010 4:58:53 PM PDT by ArmstedFragg (hoaxy dopey changey)
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To: pburgh01

Malibu, inland from the coast, is hilly and sparsely inhabited. If you leave the road, you are on your own.


28 posted on 08/12/2010 5:03:18 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I love BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: La Enchiladita
Mitrice was unable to pay for her dinner at a posh Malibu restaurant. They would not accept her credit card and called the sheriff's department, who booked her and then released her during the night into literal wilderness.

The new American Police State is beginning to take on a scary look, almost like something out of a horror flick. If you try to avoid the uniformed Freddy Kruegers, you're charged with "felonies". They can steal anything you've got that isn't nailed down ("seizure").

The dog shootings. The SWAT raids on the wrong houses.

Then you see what happened to this Mitrice, and to Erik Scott at the Vegas area Summerlin Costco.

Just freaking bizarre.

29 posted on 08/13/2010 7:34:14 AM PDT by an amused spectator (Watching the MSM with Obama is like watching Joslyn James with Tiger Woods)
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To: Sarah Barracuda; Krankor

I agree with both of you, that her parents (who are divorced), are not off the hook here. They need to answer some questions too. Her mother was informed that Mitrice had been arrested yet did not offer to come pick her up. I believe they were unable to immediately contact her father.


30 posted on 08/13/2010 12:58:53 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (islam is as islam does: http://blockthemosque.com/)
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To: super7man

You’re right. They could have given her a citation at the restaurant and let her go. The investigation should show what made them decide to arrest and book her.


31 posted on 08/13/2010 1:02:11 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (islam is as islam does: http://blockthemosque.com/)
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To: La Enchiladita

Yeah her Mom was on TV here last night saying that if she had been told that Mitrice would be released then she would have driven the long commute to get there(She lives in Inglewood) but they kept on telling her that she would be released in the morning. Its all on tape, she also said how Mitrice has been hanging around a bad crowd and thinks some jail might teach her a lesson. Both sides screwed up here, a real shame


32 posted on 08/13/2010 1:03:03 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Sarah Barracuda

So many people let Mitrice down. I think that’s why I became so sympathetic to her when I first heard of her disappearance. I still cannot believe such a sad chain of events. Also, Leo Terrell is unbearably obnoxious but he did bring attention to her plight. Unfortunately, he and the family are going to play up the race angle. Pile on the mistakes, people, way to go.....


33 posted on 08/13/2010 1:17:21 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (islam is as islam does: http://blockthemosque.com/)
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To: Sarah Barracuda

I agree..the parents have to assume some responsibility here as well. They knew she was mentally ill and they let her walk around knowing that she was unstable.

Family have no control over an adult child (or adult anyone else) who is mentally ill. No one can stop them, an this is the law.


34 posted on 08/13/2010 1:22:49 PM PDT by Chickensoup (I am absolutely done. I am a conservative libertarian.)
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To: La Enchiladita

Yeah I already heard the race card being used yesterday. One of the family friends was saying that if she were a white girl she would never have been let out in the middle of the night and she thinks one of the police officers killed her. Please, this isn’t about race, this is about straight up stupidity, on both sides, on the side of the police who messed up and on the side of Mitrice’s family who saw she had issues and did nothing to help her. Leo Terrell is a media whore looking for his fifteen minutes since the last time he got it was in the OJ trial


35 posted on 08/13/2010 1:23:03 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: La Enchiladita

Why didn’t her mother go pick her up that night instead of leaving her in jail until the next morning. After all her mother called them and said that she would wait until the next morning to get her.

The restaurant tried to accept her credit card but it was declined.

She told other diners that she was sent there as an angel to avenge Michael Jackson’s death.


36 posted on 08/13/2010 1:27:33 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Talisker

“Her father, Michael Richardson, said his daughter suffered from bipolar disorder and was released far from home with no money, no purse, no cell phone and no car. Her vehicle had been impounded with the items inside.”

There was nothing in her car but her driver’s license.

And if she was bipolar why did her mother and father leave her in jail overnight instead of going to pick her up?


37 posted on 08/13/2010 1:30:14 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: pburgh01

Her body was located near a pot growing “ farm” that was ready to be harvested.

Someone called police at 6 am the next morning to report a black female sprawled out on the front porch. Once they arrived she was gone.

Her family had a chance to pick her up from jail that night but decided to leave their bipolar daughter in jail.

By the way, they filed a lawsuit against the police dept even before they started looking for their daughter, Her mother has been on and off Nancy Grace for over a year (what a bitch). Everyone but her was supposed to be looking for her daughter.

The dept was investigated by an outside agency and found they followed the letter of the law.


38 posted on 08/13/2010 1:40:42 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: ArmstedFragg

Exactly.

There is a lot more to this story the parents & media had rather not disclose. It just sounds better to blame the cops...again. Not to mention the lawsuit filed against the police!

After having watched her mother’s attitude that “WE” should be looking for her daughter it turned my stomach! I would have avoided any dealings with that woman period.

Maybe her daughter was trying to run away from HER!


39 posted on 08/13/2010 1:50:17 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: La Enchiladita

Mitrice Richardson was a 24-year-old woman who was arrested on September 17, 2009, in Malibu, California, after she was reportedly intoxicated and unable to pay her $89 bill at a local restaurant.

Her car was impounded after officers found marijuana.

She was released from the Agoura Hills Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department just a few hours later and vanished.

Family members were critical of the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department for releasing Richardson in the middle of the night. They also questioned whether Richardson “hould have been held for a mental health evaluation after she acted bizarrely at the restaurant.”

Richardson’s remains were reportedly discovered in Malibu Canyon on August 9, 2010. Authorities confirmed on August 12, 2010, that the remains had been positively identified as Richardson’s.

According to reports, park rangers looking for marijuana plants discovered the skeletal remains in a ravine.


40 posted on 08/13/2010 1:59:33 PM PDT by kcvl
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BROWNSUGAPOET says:

My heart really goes out to this family because my sister in law (Shirley Geanes) went missing in 2004 and never found her. She was ont of the ones they did a story on in Essence about all the black women that go missing but the media doesn’t publicize it as much as the white women. I pray that all the crap the sherriff’s dept is tryin to hide comes to the light so Mitrice’s family can get the answers they need

December 15, 2009 at 10:13 am

ReadTheBlog says:

I was just wondering what happened to her the other day. i follow a woman, Jasmyne Cannick, that has been following Mitrice’s story. It’s just relly odd that she would just dissappear. There was rumor that her current girlfriend was known to drug her women. I wonder if she’s a suspect?
I hope the family gets the closure they need.

December 15, 2009 at 10:41 am

BROWNSUGAPOET says:

I WOULDN’T BE SURPRISED IF THE POLICE WANTED TO “TEACH HER A LESSON” IF THEY KNEW SHE WAS A LESBIAN

December 15, 2009 at 10:42 am


41 posted on 08/13/2010 2:05:32 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: La Enchiladita

ggouch says:

It sickens my heart and strikes a nerve. I have a son who is in his senior year and lives off campus. He is my mouthy one and often raises his REVOLUTIONARY fist a little to offten and a little to loudly. I am concerned that he is going to find himself in a Rodney King reneactment.

I have an 18 year old daughter who is living the campus life, away from home for the first time as a freshman in college. She is like a refugee that just crossed over into the states. All wide eyeed and gulliable. I pray often that in her attempt to explore life that she doesn’t put herself in harms way. It is a constant on my mind when I read these stories.

I work for a university. I often chastise my student workers, both young women in their early 20’s about staying in the office late. They often stay well past 6, working on papers due to the quiteness and the seclussion of the office.

One of my student workers jokes with me, that I don’t have to worry about her becoming a 20/20 segment, because she is a black girl and black girls don’t get coverage.

My heart goes out to this mother. Our children are at times in the FOG of IMMORTALITY and believe that nothing can happen
.
Not to take anything away from Caucaisan Families who loose their children in tragic circumstances. My heart aches for them as well.
But it unfortunante that when its our children there is barely a whisper.
May God place his angels around each of our homes. May he place protecting angels arond each of our children. These things I sincerely ask for.

December 15, 2009 at 11:04 am


42 posted on 08/13/2010 2:10:26 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: FeliciaCat; All

” She was in a remote area...I dont know if your familiar with Malibu but much of it is pretty rural. “

I lived there for over 20 years. At 1:30 AM, there is NOTHING open. Not even the Chevron gas station on PCH


43 posted on 08/13/2010 2:16:47 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (.Go troops! " Vote out RINOS. They screw you EVERY time" Jim Robinson)
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To: La Enchiladita

mjoylaw says:

This young lady was absolutely gorgeous and I believe that some ig’nant and undercover nasty as hell white police officer tried to take advantage of her while she was confused. Poor Mitrice would have fought him like a hellcat and he ended up killing her, whether deliberately or accidentally, then covered it up thinking “she’s a ****” so he can get away with it..white devil!!! I am going to call the FBI General Counsel’s Office about this tomorrow

December 16, 2009 at 12:57 am

mjoylaw says:

Imma contact Al Sharpton and Messy Jesse too, as well as Mitrice’s congressman..thinking I’m lying..I am SO SICK of people acting like Black women ARE NOTHING..WE ARE NOT NOTHING, WE ARE QUEENS OF THE WORLD
Justice for Mitrice

December 16, 2009 at 1:01 am


44 posted on 08/13/2010 2:17:54 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: kcvl

Exactly - why didnt the parents pick her up... she was mentally unstable. Malibu off the highway is the boonies...its middle of night. Why are her parents pissed at the cops? Why didnt they go get thier sick daughter?? The mother lives in Inglewood - that is in LA by the airport and that time of night there would be no traffic to Malibu. Somethinhg is so weird here....


45 posted on 08/13/2010 2:30:39 PM PDT by FeliciaCat (I like my money where I can see it...hanging in my closet.)
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To: kcvl

Exactly - why didnt the parents pick her up... she was mentally unstable. Malibu off the highway is the boonies...its middle of night. Why are her parents pissed at the cops? Why didnt they go get thier sick daughter?? The mother lives in Inglewood - that is in LA by the airport and that time of night there would be no traffic to Malibu. Somethinhg is so weird here....


46 posted on 08/13/2010 2:30:43 PM PDT by FeliciaCat (I like my money where I can see it...hanging in my closet.)
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To: FeliciaCat

Her mother said she was going to”teach her a lesson” because of the people she was hanging out with ( her lesbian partner, etc,) . But now it is the cops fault = lawsuit.

You won’t hear about the pot they found in her car or her lesbian partner on Nancy Grace , etc.


47 posted on 08/13/2010 2:36:40 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: FeliciaCat

Only adding to the aura of her case was the intriguing and perplexing portrait that emerged of Richardson, a Cal State Fullerton graduate who worked as an executive assistant for a freight company in Santa Fe Springs, passed a test to become a substitute teacher, considered being a psychologist, and danced part time at a gay and lesbian club in Long Beach. LAPD investigators believe that she probably was suffering from a severe bipolar disorder.

She was living with her great-grandmother in South Los Angeles — but she also appeared to have been living in her Honda Civic, which was cluttered with clothing, make-up, books and the journals that she kept.

The night that she was arrested, she had shown up alone at Geoffrey’s, charming strangers into allowing her to join their table — but alarming restaurant staffers when she couldn’t pay her bill and spoke of being from Mars.

LAPD homicide investigators combed through her text messages, diaries, MySpace and Facebook pages and speculated that she may not have slept in the five days leading up to the fateful night at Geoffrey’s.

At the sheriff’s station, the jailer who processed Richardson found her cooperative and a little nervous. The jailer chatted about gospel music; Richardson talked about karma. She was booked on two misdemeanor charges — defrauding an innkeeper and possessing less than an ounce of marijuana in her car.


48 posted on 08/13/2010 2:47:25 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: stephenjohnbanker

She danced part time at a gay and lesbian club in Long Beach. LAPD investigators believe that she probably was suffering from a severe bipolar disorder.

She was living with her great-grandmother in South Los Angeles — but she also appeared to have been living in her Honda Civic, which was cluttered with clothing, make-up, books and the journals that she kept.


49 posted on 08/13/2010 2:50:07 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: kcvl

The whole thing is just sad.


50 posted on 08/13/2010 2:51:41 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (.Go troops! " Vote out RINOS. They screw you EVERY time" Jim Robinson)
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