Skip to comments.Westerfield On Trial (WEEK 1 Recap): Brenda Van Dam, Dad's Bar
Posted on 06/06/2002 10:15:36 PM PDT by FresnoDA
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Van Dams' lifestyle on display
Danielle van Dam's mother weeps about her daughter's death, glares at the man charged with killing the girl and fields questions about her unconventional sex life during a day of emotional testimony.
|Day 2: Damon van Dam admits hiding sexual liaisons, marijuana use|
i completely agree with you--in fact i was shocked at how calm she sounded during the call--i know if it were me i wouldnt have been able to even make the call i would have been so hysterical- my husband would have to call- in fact, i find it odd that she called and not him (he was obviously sitting right there as she was talking to him and the operator during the call)
I'll take the stand.....
You got me thinking bout more swinging...
Telling coppers thingies....
Barb-Ra-Ann Ann Ann. Ann Ann-Ba-Ran
Went to the garage...
Backward locks installed...
I am glad I'm not your daddy...
Went to Dad's Bar...
Rode in Brenda's car....
Girls night out...
You really went all out...
Things getting hot....
Never make pool shots...
Cues all around....
Horny guys abound....
In the parking lot...
Keith is looking hot...
Goofy little pill...
Looking like a Dill...
Home to Sabre Springs....
Living the swingers dream....
Pizza not real hot....
Cookies hit the spot...
Running up the stairs....
Playing truth or dare....
Brenda says we're rude...
Let's GET HER IN THE MOOD!!
Back to the garage....
Blinking lights are "Mod"!!!
Friends on the floor....
Lock the bleeping door....
Cookies are all gone....
Nothing for the Bong....
Keith and Rich are leaving......
Gee the night was pleasing...
Whoda thunk it?
Yep........they have done their best to make a piece of coal look more like a diamond.
Pssssssst, prosecution.....it didn't work.
The glaring at DW was too deliberate and the look of "what do I do now" when she looked toward the prosecution was not a reassuring sight.
If I were a prosecutor, I think I would have put in for my vacation about the time I figured this case would go to trial.
I figured it was a convulsion (old term) because she had a very high fever. However, when foamy material started coming form her mouth, I said we better call.
We both remembered that once the decision was made it was like we were admitting that we were frightened, helpless and that this situation was serious. It's almost as if it was avoided in hopes that it would be okay without it.
In contrast, it appears that the VDs were all too ready to get to that step. Had they exhausted all other typical possibilities? And.......since they had reached that point, does it make sense that it took Damon soooooooo long to grasp the "gravity of the situation"?
2 + 2 = 3..........I don't think so.
Further, it has been established that the MH was parked one house away from the VD's on a regular basis (DW would move it every now and then so as not to violate the CC&R's of the neighborhood. This FACT apparently really upset Rich Brady as well as the VD's. Why? Because it was an eyesore? Because the neighborhood children played in and around it? Because they did not like DW?
Anyway, until the prosecution puts DW IN THE VD HOME, I think all this whole prosecution is tainted by the lies of the parents.
I have to agree. It appears that the People may plant little seeds of "maybe", but proof without reasonable doubt seems a monumental task.
A lot of "reasonable doubt" sat in front of the jury yesterday and the day before.
Since sexual perversion is the angle the People want to use for motive, they look about 180 degrees off.
Let's see.......We have a murder. Our suspects are Jack the Ripper, the Boston Strangler, the Night Stalker, and Joe Six-pack. Hmmmmmmmmm
We have a never-before-in-trouble supposed pedophile versus a group of anything-that-moves-or-not-ophiles and the latter is cleared in 12 hours.
I can't make sense out of that no matter how I twist it.
One analyst's take was that it would be almost offensive to look at wedding rings while hearing of the escapades of Brenda and Damon.
I think (not sure) that they did wear them before; or at least he did. I seem to remember thinking about it in the PH and what a joke it was. I could be wrong though.
Another guess is that they probably do normally wear them because it adds to the perverted adventure of being married, advertising it and putting oneself on the open
meat market at the same time. Just a guess since a lot of these sleazeballs are married.
I feel certain that he (of course) knew the objection would occur and be sustained, but felt it a good idea to plant that seed in the minds of the jurors as they have three days off.
Operator intro: Feb. 2, 2002, 09:39 hours 911 call to (unintelligible) position 13:
Dispatcher: Emergency Diane. San Diego emergency Diane.
Brenda: Ma'am I have an emergency. (heavy breathing)
Dispatcher: What's your emergency?
Brenda: My daughter's not in her bed this morning. (heavy breathing) She's only seven.
Dispatcher: Uh, when did you find her, just now?
Brenda: Just now. I thought she was in there sleeping and I went in there because someone came over I was babysitting and she's not there.
Dispatcher: What's your name, ma'am?
Brenda: Brenda van Dam.
Dispatcher: She doesn't have any history of running away or anything, right?
Brenda: No, no, not at all and, and...(heavy breathing) Oh my gosh.
Dispatcher: All right, take a deep breath, okay?
Dispatcher: What's your daughter's name?
Dispatcher: And her last name?
Brenda: Van Dam.
Dispatcher: Okay. And how old -- you said she's seven. What's her date of birth?
Dispatcher: How tall is she?
Brenda: Um, I don't really know... She has brown short hair, we just had it cut, it's up to her shoulders...Um, she's probably about six feet tall. And um, um, I don't know how tall. I just can't....
Dispatcher: How tall are you, ma'am?
Brenda: How tall is she? How tall is she, Damon? I don't know..(unintelligible)
Dispatcher: Okay, how tall are you, ma'am?
Brenda: I'm five four.
Dispatcher: And, and, and is she that much shorter than you?
Brenda: Oh god.
Dispatcher: Picture a ruler in your mind.
Brenda: She comes up to my chest.
Dispatcher: She comes up to your chest?
Dispatcher: So she's probably about four...four foot, probably about, what, eight?
Brenda: Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah.
Dispatcher: Probably about 60 pounds, right?
Dispatcher: And she's got brown short hair to the shoulder? And then what color eyes?
Brenda: Um, they were green.
(Chldren overheard in background)
Dispatcher: Oh my God.
Dispatcher: It doesn't look like anybody broke through the house or anything?
Brenda: Well, last night when I came home, cause I went out with my friends...
Dispatcher: Uh huh.
Brenda:...There was a door opened on the house and I couldn't figure out which one it was and it was our side garage door. But, but, um, I didn't check the bed and um..
Dispatcher: About what time did you come home?
Brenda: I came home about 2. And my husband was home with them. He was home. And he said the lights were on and I guess he went to sleep. The back door was cracked, he said. The back door and the side garage door, he found the back door cracked.
Brenda: Oh my God.
Dispatcher: Have you checked with the neighbors since...to see if she's possibly?
Brenda: Not yet. Not yet. I haven't.
Dispatcher: Okay, ma'am, we have an officer coming in.
Dispatcher: If you think of anything else, (unintelligible)...or if you find out anything, give us a call right back, okay?
Dispatcher: Take a deep breath and calm down. It sounds like you have other kids there.
Brenda: I have my husband and two other children and, and my neighbor just brought her kids over. I need to call her so she can come back and get them.
Dispatcher: Okay. Think positive thoughts and everything will be okay, okay?
Brenda: Thank you.
Yep, but be careful, Miz. The more you make sense, the hotter the flames. ;^)
I visited the SanDiegoChannel website earlier and randomly selected a few of the little VD videos that date back to the beginning days. It may just be my intense dislike and prejudice, but they sound even more shallow and fake now when you hear it.
Not one of us knows where this case will finally end up, but I will never believe that Brenda and Damon are truthful or good parents. If Westerfield is proven to be the perp, I wish the VDs could be charged with being accessories or at the least, unfit and negligent parents.
Did she say Danielle's eyes were green?????? Past tense?
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