WE HARDLY KNOW anything about the Sherri Papini case. But I’m wondering if there’s one detail or question that has you scratching your head because of what you don’t know.
Here’s mine: Sherri and what she brought with her (or didn’t) when she went jogging.
LET ME JUST say, really quick, that Keith was reamed for saying his wife was taken. Why, that’s Project Taken language. Ha! See? It’s all a hoax!
In Keith’s 911 call he says grabbed, not taken. He also says he’s freaking out. The dispatcher then says: “I understand you’re freaking out a little bit.” This is what people do. We borrow each other’s words and absorb them as our own.
Grabbed is one of the words I would have used myself, and taken is a good synonym for grabbed — especially for a guy like Keith, who’s fond of hoodies and sports clothes and lacks eloquence in his speaking patterns.
When Cameron Gamble and Project Taken exploded out of a shipping container and arrived on the scene, Keith began to favor taken over grabbed. That never really bothered me. It was just semantics.
SO. SHERRI GOES jogging.
I’m leaving out lots of details: comments from neighbors that they had never seen Sherri jogging on their road before, the 911 caller who reported a man and woman arguing near the intersection where Sherri’s iPhone was found, etc.
Just staying focused on a few odds and ends:
1) Such as the “long crack” on Sherri’s iPhone screen, as mentioned by Keith to the 911 dispatcher. Long cracks happen. I know because I used to work at an Apple store. But spidering cracks and cracked corners are more common. And shattered screens.
Was this just an emotional Keith not quite describing the crack correctly?
The phone was found face up. Keith took a photo. Was the crack on the back of the phone, then? Sheriff Bosenko knows, but did he specify in any of his interviews the location of the crack? Did anyone ask about this?
Because I don’t understand how the front glass could have hit the ground in just the right way to create a single long crack AND then land face up with the earbuds perfectly coiled on top. Maybe Sherri had a tug of war with one of her captors, someone pressed down hard on the glass screen, and it cracked.
It’s my guess that pressure from a finger would result in a spidering web of cracks, not a single long one as described by Keith, and a lot of pain. In fact, I don’t even know if that’s possible.
What I want to know: Where was that crack and what did it look like? Were there marks or gravel impressions on the back or side of the phone?
2) From what I recall, the photo Keith took of the iPhone on the ground was shown in a TV interview, or maybe it was released by the sheriff. I can’t remember. But the 20/20 reenactment shows a phone with a slim case on the back. Most folks protect their iPhones with a case. If Sherri’s had one, then the crack must be on the front.
But as a mom of two young kids and the wife of a Best Buy tech guy, wouldn’t they have gone that extra step and protected the front with a clear shield, such as this one:
And look at that: It’s available at Best Buy — and of the 7,944 reviews, 95% say they would recommend it to a friend. Maybe a Zagg shield failed to protect your screen from a fall, but tons of these reviews indicate multiple falls and no cracked screens.
What I want to know: Did Sherri’s iPhone have a protective cover? Or maybe it did and it was removed?
3) I recall reading somewhere that Sherri owns a gun and may even have a carry permit, as suggested by her concealed carry clothing posts on Pinterest. And she pinned at least one article or informational on self defense and safety awareness.
In his 911 phone call, Keith says they live on a “sketchy street.” But his wife went jogging alone, despite concerns about their neighborhood, and didn’t bring her gun? Wasn’t one of her Pinterest pins for jogging shorts with a concealed pocket sewn into the back?
What I want to know: Did Sherri leave the house with anything other than an iPhone and earbuds? No gun, knife, pepper spray? For a woman in the know, that would strike me as being rather out of character.
4) When the Crime Watch Daily guy knocks on the Papini’s front door and then walks away, running alongside him for a brief second is a dog with a toy in his mouth. I know the neighbors have dogs, but they’re all on at least two acres, and Chris Hanson seems to be on the Papini’s property when the doggy makes an appearance.
And we know from a New York Post article that Sherri and Keith have two dogs: one smaller, one larger. The dog in the Crime Watch video looks game for a nice jog to the mailboxes. If Sherri didn’t bring a gun, knife or pepper spray, wouldn’t it have made sense to bring a dog? My dogs can’t roam freely (the dummies would take off), and they’d mummify me with a leash. But that one looks like a good candidate for a run.
What I want to know: Why no doggy jogging Buddy?
5) This one’s quick: Were Sherri’s house keys ever found? She wouldn’t have left the house unlocked. Those days are gone. So where were her keys? Maybe this was mentioned somewhere. Let me know if you remember.
What I want to know: Just explained.
And I’m done.
(Postscript: From what I recall, one of my sources told me over a year ago that the dog in the Crime Watch video wasn’t the Papini’s dog; he belongs to a neighbor. But they do have dogs, so let’s just pretend one of them is a man eating Kujo type that would have loved going on a jog with his beautiful mama.)
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