The following is a Dateline transcript about a Floridian woman, who was kidnapped, raped and murdered–even after four 911 calls were placed regarding her disappearance. Calls were placed from family members, WITNESSES and the victim herself. This story reads kind of awkwardly since it is a transcript and the journalism isn’t grade A since it’s Dateline, but it’s an interesting story nonetheless.
The detective’s daughter
By Dennis Murphy
This story originally aired Dateline NBC on June 6, 2008.
SARASOTA, FLA. – It was bad enough that it happened at all — the horrible thing. But it was doubly shocking for a West Florida Community that no one was able to stop it.
On Jan. 17, 2008, a young mother named Denise Amber Lee was abducted from her home, driven down busy roads, winding through residential neighborhoods, in broad daylight, screaming for her life.
Operator: 911, what’s the emergency?
People saw her for sure. 911 centers lit up, including one call from a driver giving play-by-play of a nightmare of a crime in realtime.
Kowalski: He’s going slower than I am, which is not right. Something’s going on.
And there was even one call from the victim herself, who was able to put out an alert as her kidnapper was at the wheel.
Call 911. That’s what we’re all trained to do isn’t it?
Rick Goff: As far as I’m concerned, we blew it. And I say “we” because I’m part of that Sheriff’s office.
Howie Grace: The tragedy of it is huge. The senselessness of it is huge. (…full story here)
*Please note: I did not tag 9/11, as in the 9/11 tragedy, but WordPress keeps changing 911 to 9/11. :(