Dateline: Purgatory - Darlie Routier Book
Kathy Cruz Investigation
A new look at an old mystery.
Dateline: Purgatory is a fairly recent book out by Kathy Cruz. I was very anxious to read it knowing it would lead me through all the trial and days of the trial and conviction of Darlie Routier.
I have read through the court documents so much and I have read 1001 views of others. I find that quite a few of us (myself being one) who had no doubts that Darlie did this looked at it differently once we found out there was more than one scene at the silly string grave party that showed two sides of this mother. We only saw what the prosecution wanted us to see. (Much like the biased press of today.)
Kathy tells us how Dana, Darlie's younger sister has had a lifetime now of guilt being the one to bring the silly string and possibly causing the prosecution to have a ploy to convince not only the jury this made Darlie guilty but perhaps the general public.
It does seem clear in this reading that the jury will only see what the prosecution wants them to see. It is undeniable that the defense put little if any effort in this trial and objected to very little.
So it is very easy to see how a jury could be persuaded. So very much they do not see of what they should have and on one important issue they are even lied to.
Yet this does not call for a new trial? Let's see what you think from the information in this book.
So Many Things Missed!
Such a sad excuse for a lawyer!
Several friends saw the sores in Darlie’s mouth and fed her ice to help the pain she is having even being half out of it. She was also heavily medicated the day of the silly string and suffering from dry mouth and was why she was acting loopy and smacking gum someone had given her for dry mouth her friends claim.
Could Darlie have been knocked out with ether or xylene it is questioned. Since these both were easy to obtain in 1996 for auto parts but also for building computer hard drives. This would answer so much of Darlie's actions and her sore mouth. This would have wiped out memory of the happenings and possibly struggle with someone trying to kill her and certainly answer all the confusion she had.
Neither of the Routier’s cars are in the driveway this night and the sports car is broken down. They were preparing to leave for vacation and did someone perhaps not seeing any cars think they were already gone?
They claimed no dust was wiped from the window that someone was supposed to have come through and the dirt was not disturbed. Darlie’s best friend’s husband (Kenneth Waits) said he checked this out after her sentencing and there was no dirt beneath the window to be disturbed and not only that but the big window was only about six inches off the ground which meant anyone could step right through it not having to disturb dust. He said they lied about all of that that was listed in her arrest affidavit. (Why did the defense not check any of this out?)
ugh the murders of her two sons instead of suggesting she may have been unconscious during that time which greatly affected the jury’s thinking. Did no one on the defense team question her muddled memory and what could possibly cause it if not the sliced throat?
Tired of being Daisy Duke
Darlie asked Darin for a divorce just hours before the attacks on her and her sons. She said she did not feel like being Daisy Duke for him anymore dressing sexy in front of her sons was starting to bother her conscience and they were fighting about it often. So this was not the first time she threatened to divorce him; other times he threatened to hurt himself in front of their sons if she left him; but this time he just went upstairs and went to bed.
Working free for belief in Darlie's innocence
Stephen Cooper became Darlie’s court appointed lawyer in 1997 after her conviction no doubt because she had no more funds for a lawyer but this lawyer has gone on representing her at no charge because he believes in her innocence as so many have.
Several witnesses told the police they had seen a black car just before these murders. That they appeared to be watching the Routier house! Why would they lie? (The book will also tell you about a white truck that Darlie reported seeing that day and the connection it could have to two criminal thugs who claimed to have done some stabbing that night!)
Terry Laber and Bart Epstein, blood splatter experts, were prepared to testify that Darlie had not staged a crime scene but were never called to testify by Darlie’s Lawyer Mulder! They had already been paid except for travel expense to come testify. Mulder did not think they had anything to add to the case so he did not call them. With practically nothing for the defense why would he make this choice?
The defense kept claiming that Darlie slept through the murders of her two sons instead of suggesting she may have been unconscious during that time which greatly affected the jury’s thinking. Did no one on the defense team question her muddled memory and what could possibly cause it if not the sliced throat?
Mulder claimed he was only Darin’s lawyer for less than 60 seconds when he was accused of breaking a gag order he had not been cautioned about. If Darlie was the only client then to save her life why did he not mention Darlie asking him for a divorce or mention the high insurance on Darlie’s life which the jury never got to hear about? He did bring it up for the sentencing…would that not have been important to at least put one doubt in the jury's mind?
The unidentified bloody partial fingerprint that was found on a glass sofa table by crime scene investigator James Con, between the room of the attacks and the kitchen was said during trial to be of a child’s between the age of five and six. After the trial a forensic anthropologist said it was a print of an unidentified adult. Although a scan of it could very well name the owner if the print is clear enough; law enforcement has to make that request and so far they clearly have no intent of doing so.
Is Darlie Routier Guilty?
Are you convinced of Darlie's guilt or do you think she could have been railroaded?
1. It was not at first known how the necklace became embedded but after removal two nicks were found in the necklace. The necklace could have well been what kept a main artery from being severed.
2. Investigator who questioned Darlie in hospital did not use recordings or written notes.
3. It wasn’t until five years after Darlie’s conviction that Darin confessed to plotting a break in for insurance scam.
4. With the growing number of influential people convinced of Darlie's innocence why can no one help her?
5.The sock in the alley contained Damon’s blood and no blood trail from Darlie was found meaning if she inflicted her own wounds it had to be after she stabbed him and since he was still living when the first respondent's arrived it meant he had to have been stabbed just minutes before not allowing the timeline it would have taken for Darlie to have done it and this from courtroom testimony. So Darlie had to be ruled out as the one to do this. No one bothered.
6. Sarilda, Darlie’s mother-in-law saw a mass of black bruises under Darlie’s hospital gown on her body not in view. Was this photographed? A nurse called these defense wounds.
7. Sandy Aitken, Darin’s aunt noted the judge went to sleep 16 times during the trial and was asleep seriously when the Rowlett Police Lieutenant James Walling was testifying about handling of bloody crime scene evidence some of which he put in the car and defense attorneys concerned with inexperienced police officers putting articles in the same bag making transference a possibility changing the interpretation of blood splatter.
8. All the evidence has been kept in brown grocery bags since 1996; moved around and back and forth when it should have been vacuum sealed! (You can see them in video below.)
9. The material found in the bread knife they claimed were from the screen was also consistent with fibers in a brush they would have used over fingerprints. Charles Linch who did this testing on this had been hospitalized for alcoholism and depression just previous to this which was not known until years later.
10. Why does the information sent back to the jury by court reporter Sandra Halsey saying the utility door was locked (which it was not but the garage door was locked) make grounds for a new trial? They had to wonder why there was absolutely no damage to this door when in fact all anyone had to do was simply open and walk in.
"An earthquake achieves what the law promises but does not in practice maintain — the equality of all men."— Ignazio Silone
Silvia Chase 3 years after Darlie's conviction
Forgiveness for Precious Angels
Barbara Davis who wrote Precious Angels accusing Darlie of killing her two sons now believes Darlie was railroaded.
Davis was in the house with her 25 year old son three years after Darlie was convicted when police broke down the door and shot and killed her son and arrested her. This was from a false police report in a drug investigation and Barbara had to grieve her dead son from jail; the same as Darlie Routier had hers. She changed her mind about Darlie’s guilt and apologized to Darlie and was instantly forgiven the same as the juror who asked forgiveness for his guilty vote.
More interesting tidbits
The Routier hose was torn all to pieces and parts of furniture, walls and appliances even, were taken as evidence. In the mass of things taken from the Routier house is Darlie's Will for her boys. She states who they should go to and how their inheritance would not be given to them until they are 25 if they do not go to college and that if they should marry the money would be protected by
So many questions
Here are a few that Dateline:Purgatory brings up:
Who was the man Darin saw in the house and thought was a policeman before the first policeman showed up? (If he is telling the truth; could this be the or one of the intruders going out the front door before police arrive?)
If Darlie threw the sock in the alley as a prop to make herself look innocent then why does she never mention it? When she is questioned she never says a word about the sock. So what was the point if she did indeed put it there?
Did prosecutors use breast implants and a male stripper to get the death penalty for Darlie? (They spent repeated times putting Darlie down as a woman to the jury as if that equaled murderer. Did it to the jury?)
What other mother has killed her children with her husband just feet away in the same house? (Can you name one?)
What was the motive given for Darlie killing her sons? (What mother who no longer wants her kids are so involved in their lives (school and home) as Darlie was?
Darlie's defense lawyer, Mulder, claimed he was only Darin’s lawyer for less than 60 seconds when Darin was accused of breaking a gag order he had not been cautioned about. If Darlie was the only client then to save her life why did he not mention Darlie asking Darin for a divorce or mention the high insurance Darin had on Darlie’s life which the jury never got to hear about? (Mulder only brought it up for the sentencing once she was found guilty.)
Court Transcripts Incorrect
One of many flaws in this case.
I simply cannot believe Darlie made these wounds on herself and I do not see how anyone could. What other mother that murdered or tried to murder their child did this sort of injury to themselves? I really would like to see an example. Darlie always looked like a doll and there was no testimony from anyone that she ever enjoyed injuring herself. These are deep bruises and wounds; it took a lot of effort for them to be made. They are so obviously defense wounds; how much thought and effort it took if these were done by her and I will never believe she did this.
The jury asked if the utility door was locked and the answer sent back to them by the court reporter Sandra Halsey was ‘yes it was locked’ but the true answer was Darin said the garage door was locked but not the utility door. So the jury could have and maybe did assume from this that the utility door going into the house should have shown forced entry if someone came in through the window with the torn screen and through that door. Of course it did not have damage, being unlocked, but the jury never knew this.
There was a real mess also with this court reporter who was going through marital trouble with her husband and she claimed to not have the trial transcripts that were for some reason in her garage and to keep from getting into trouble she claimed they had been erased and she didn’t have them. Then she went before a judge and according to this book admittedly lied.
The court had to have them redone and was out the $74,000 Halsey was paid plus that again. Halsey allegedly had 3300 errors in the transcripts; misspellings, typographical errors, omitted words and misidentified speakers!
Supposedly when all this was said and done (the book is not clear on who said this) it was offered to Darlie to admit her guilt and they would take death off the table and she would just have life. She knows death could be coming soon since she is older and her notoriety is wearing off and the state would feel better in doing that now.
But she said no; she refused to say she was guilty of killing her sons; as she has continued to do now for almost 20 years. She says she is ready to die if that is how it is to be and that God must have His reason for all she has been through.
© 2015 Jackie Lynnley