Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Jennifer Hagel = Scott Peterson?
What do you think?
Can't help it. I simply had to blog about this one. Saw Jennifer Hagel's appearance on Oprah today. If her purpose for going on the show was to convince the public (which I happen to be a card-carrying member of) that she had nothing to do with her husband, George Smith's, disappearance and/or murder---it did not work. I saw her previously on MSNBC's Scarborough County (at least I think it was that show) and I remember being struck then by her "ScottPetersonesque" demeanor.
There are three key points in her story that I just can't get past:
1) Her demeanor when she speaks. Allowing for the "everybody reacts differently in certain situations" factor, if there was a multiple choice question featuring a spectrum of how one reacts when one's husband goes missing while alone with you on your honeymoon---this lady's reaction wouldn't be anywhere near it. She turns on the tears as if on cue! Ditto for turning them off to complete her corkers....er, sentences. And what's up with the latent smiling as she's discussing this baffling experience? As if she were discussing something as comical as Janet Jackson's super bowl mystery?
2) When asked why some eyewitnesses have given accounts of an argument between she and her husband - which reportedly got physical - she replies that she can't confirm or deny it? Because she simply can't remember anything? Gosh. Hate it when that happens. If they'd been having such a wonderfully blissful time, then she inexplicably blacked out at some point, wouldn't she be just a little shocked - just a tad - that folks are saying they witnessed such a hostile confrontation between the two of them?
3) She wakes up alone in her stateroom - sans husband - even though there hadn't been any fighting or discord whatsoever......and assuming he'd slept in some other couple's room (huh? I thought we were on a honeymoon here) and without even attempting to find out why, she trots off ALONE to their scheduled COUPLE'S MASSAGE? Did I mention that she made NO attempt to fetch him?
She did it. Lord forgive me if I'm reading it all wrong - but I believe she did it. Don't know enough to deduce motive - the whys and the wherefores - but my instincts say she did it. She's got about as much ability to "fake grief" as Scott Peterson did. Hiring Dr. Henry Lee is pure smoke in mirrors. There's not a whole lot he can garner at this point - and she knows it. It's all an act. Even George Smith's parents smell a rat. They've stated they feel she's withholding information.
She was found (as she made a point to say at least twice on Oprah) far away from their room. Lying in the hallway. Passed out. Can't remember a thing. Then she gets up in the morning and has the presence of mind to head straight to the massage appt? But not to go fetch her new hubby from the newly made friends' room? The husband she's been having this blissful time with? Uh-uh. I think she just didn't want to be the one to report him missing. She couldn't afford to be. She's also made it a point to state that she never knew anything was amiss until the cruise staff approached her.
How long before we hear the grieving widow's writing a "tell-all" book? It'll no doubt be a bestseller. With any luck, maybe she'll slip up and "tell-all" about what really happened. Or - maybe she'll just launch a crusade for making the cruise industry more responsible for preventing such crimes from taking place aboard their ships. Who knows?
RIP, George Smith. Whatever happened to you. RIP.