Ressler et al. (1986) claimed that “. . . facets of the criminal’s personality are evident in his offense. Like a fingerprint, the crime scene can be used to aid in identifying the murderer.” This “fingerprint” is proposed to take one of two distinct forms, either organized or disorganized. Evidence in Morgan’s murder has a distinct and unusual “fingerprint” that is not normally found in most murders. This same “fingerprint” of evidence exists in the other murder that the retired sheriff investigated.
When a close friend of Morgan’s suggested we go speak with a lawyer he knew about Morgan’s case, thinking that maybe this lawyer could give us his opinion about why law enforcement was fighting so hard to pretend Morgan wasn’t murdered, we decided to do just that. We met with this lawyer, and showed him some of the evidence and information we had about Morgan’s case. After reviewing what we showed him, he looked Steve and I in the eye, and solemnly stated, “I believe Morgan’s killer will kill again, and then, at that time, law enforcement will come knocking on your door requesting all the information you have, all the information that they previously never wanted.” This was an extremely upsetting statement to hear.
I would never want another girl to go through what Morgan went through…in my mind that would mean I didn’t fight hard enough to get her killer off the streets. The lawyer told us he understood how upsetting it sounded, but he reiterated that it was not our fault, it was the fault and responsibility of law enforcement, not us. Anyway, remembering what the lawyer had said, along with re-reading the old emails from the retired sheriff about this other cold case, I decided to Google the other victim’s name. I then reached out to the investigating agency with the information I had received from this retired sheriff back in 2012. The lead investigator on the other 20-year-old victim’s case contacted me, asked a bunch of specific questions about Morgan’s case, and then asked to see the crime scene photos. The investigator felt there were some very compelling reasons that the two cases could possibly be connected. After I had complied with all their requests, I was told this is an open investigation and they can no longer talk about it to me until their investigation is completed…
Now we sit and wait. There is a very strong possibility that these two cases are connected, and I guess in time we will know. I’m sure you can imagine how upset and sick I am over all of this. The battle, over all these 6 + years to get Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario to do the right thing and investigate Morgan’s murder, has been exhausting and unimaginable. Why would a sheriff, whose job it is to protect people from crime, want to allow a murderer to go free? Why would Vallario push so hard to keep Morgan’s case from being a case? Why did he fight so hard to try to keep Crime Stoppers from posting a reward for information on Morgan’s case? Why all the cover-up? The amount of blowback he has put forth in Morgan’s case is inexcusable!
Maybe when the last of all these pieces come together, the answer to those questions will become apparent. I want Sheriff Vallario to know this is never going away – we will keep pushing for justice for Morgan and all other victims who no longer have a voice. We will not be silenced. I wonder what he will say when this other victim’s investigation is completed, if in fact it is found that it is connected to the same “suspect” in Morgan’s stalking and murder?
Sheriff Vallario knows Morgan was stalked and murdered – of that I have no doubt. He has seen all the evidence that supports it. He claims he stands behind the Coroner’s findings in Morgan’s case, but what he fails to share is that the Coroner got all his information exclusively from the Sheriff’s own detective, and the Coroner was not allowed to make any changes without the detective’s permission. The Sheriff also maintained absolute authority over any evidence the pathologist was allowed to view or not view, as well as any tests he was allowed to run or not run during the autopsy…the pathologist told us he was not allowed to test under Morgan’s nails for DNA, nor was he allowed to test for rape or chloroform, because the detective did not direct him to do so. This is shocking because if you actually read Colorado law this is not what the law states is supposed to happen – but it did happen. If you read Colorado law – it clearly gives absolute authority to the Coroner, but why this authority was then passed on to the Sheriff, and then he pretends to have no involvement in the manner of death, is just another one of the unanswered questions in Morgan’s death. So again…when Sheriff Vallario says he stands behind the ruling of the Coroner he is being deceptive.
Sheriff Vallario is trying to re-write history now by stripping out much of the wording his officer’s reports and getting rid of evidence. He also knows quite well that all the false information given to the Coroner came from his own office and not from any investigation that the Coroner did…but he likes to act like he had no part in keeping Morgan’s capital murder from being investigated. Isn’t that obstruction of justice?
I believe Sheriff Vallario is going to eventually have a problem, because there are others in law enforcement who really do care about the truth, and the truth is never going away. Tick tock, tick tock, the truth is pushing it’s way to the top.
On an aside…I wonder if others may be having a conscience and will decide to come forward to do the right thing, even though Vallario hasn’t? I guess we will see…if it is discovered that others in his department knew what was going on, and still decided to maintain their silence, they will be held responsible as well for being part of a conspiracy to obstruct justice…I wonder if they realize that?