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Letters: Readers respond to Molly Young coverage

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The Times has received plenty of reader feedback in response to recent stories published regarding the 2012 death of Molly Young. The following letters were printed in the newspaper between July 17 and 24.

Young case is hurting Carbondale's image

Dear Editor,

I am writing this letter in disgust. I am here in Reno, Nev., and I hear about this pathetic police cover-up involving Molly Young. Once you start to read all of the facts, it’s a disgrace that nothing has been done.

The media has a responsibility here if the law enforcement officials are going to hide the truth. As the media, your responsibility is to expose the truth and then let the heads roll. The first head to go should be the chief of police and then every other accomplice and accessory to this.

The city of Carbondale’s image takes a hit when this kind of archaic police activity occurs. Come on, Carbondale, make something happen in the name of justice! —John Brill, Reno, Nev.

Justice must be done in Young death

Dear Editor,

A couple of weeks ago I spoke with you on the phone concerning the investigation into the death of Molly Young.

Thank you for your persistence. So far you seem to be about the only one, other than myself and naturally her friends and family, that seems to care about the final reason, and who or what was the ultimate cause of her death.

However, in the July 10-16 article (“Fresh scratches raised questions in Young’s death”), it was a bit refreshing to find out that there is at least one other ISP master sergeant that brought new light to the investigation. Or was it old light that had been suppressed or perhaps evidence that had been overlooked by the first responders, initial local police investigators, etc.?

As a concerned citizen, now older and much wiser, I find the facts that have been made public only now raising more and more questions and doubts to the concerned public about the whole investigation.

CPD allowed Richie Minton allowed Minton to wash his hands. Later the same day, two CPD sergeants went to the locker room to collect Minton’s clothing. Why are the two scratches on Minton’s body just below his armpit just becoming more of a bigger issue? What’s that about?

In a separate ISP report, Minton says the scratches must have gotten there while giving CPR to Ms. Young. Really? The master sergeant’s reply: I can’t believe that one. And now the findings of three DNA profiles under Ms. Young’s fingernail clippings — a predominant Y-STR haplotype matching Minton’s Y-STR haplotype. What’s this about? And in June, State’s Attorney Carr couldn’t comment on any aspects of the case. Wow!

Now to the coroner’s report, undetermined due to lack of evidence — evidence that could have possibly washed away. And has any of us ever been arrested, allowed to wash off and change? And of course, no fingerprints on the gun.

Please, ISP: Stick with this until justice is done to those who might deserve any justice. There are way too many holes in this. I rest my case. —Paul Meacham, Carbondale

Thanks for Molly Young coverage

Dear Editor,

I’d like to state that I think Geoffrey Ritter has done a remarkable and professional job in reporting on the Molly Young case. He has continuously given factual information, and has attempted to be honest and as unbiased as one can possibly be, given the obvious errors that have been made by authorities.

First of all, the death was deliberately classified as a suicide, long before the coroner’s jury ever met to determine the exact cause of death. It was referred to as an overdose. No gunpowder residue was found on her hands, which were bagged at the scene. Close friends and family have repeatedly said that Molly was dealing with the breakup between her and her ex-boyfriend, and was looking forward to upcoming events, including an appointment to get a lotus flower tattoo done by the father of one of her best friends. Molly was of slight build and had no experience whatsoever with firearms. Yet, we are expected to believe that as a right-handed person, she inflicted a gunshot wound on the top left side of her head in a downward trajectory. No shots were heard by her ex-boyfriend, when her body was inches away from the bed where he supposedly lay sleeping. No prints were on the gun. Yes, that’s right folks; no prints of anyone were on the gun! How convenient!

Molly’s parents were the last to know of their daughter’s death, but the ex-boyfriend had his parents present, and a lawyer by the time Molly’s parents arrived. Both of his parents have associations with area police departments, and the father is a certified forensic computer specialist. The ex-boyfriend was allowed to wash his hands and change his clothes, and by the time he was ready to submit to testing, of course there was nothing to find. Again, how convenient! Officials at first denied that this was true, but later reports uncovered by the Carbondale Times revealed that the hand washing did occur prior to evidence taking. Isn’t it a shame that it takes the filing of a Freedom of Information Act request to get to the truth, when the police knew this all the time? The ex-boyfriend has never submitted to an interview with officials, who claim to be trying to get to the facts of the case. Really? 

Because of the initial report of this being a suicide, the media has been almost totally out of the picture. Only the Carbondale Times has tried to do the right thing by reporting the true facts of this case. Ritter was the one to report that the ex-boyfriend had two six inch, fresh scratches below his right arm pit. As the ex-boyfriend undressed at the police station, these marks were referred to and he replied that he must have gotten them trying to give Molly CPR. Really? Even this was a stretch of the imagination for the police. DNA evidence, not revealed at the coroner’s inquest, indicates that the ex-boyfriend’s DNA was present under Molly’s fingernails. Where are the area news sources now, when there is plenty of evidence to report? Again, only the Carbondale Times is on the scene, using the power of the Freedom of Information Act to get to the truth.

Just recently Molly’s father, stepmother and uncle were interviewed at length by Monica Zukas on the WGGH radio show “Reality Check with Monica Zukas.” This can be accessed by going to soundcloud.com/monizuke-1/reality-check-with-monica. 

Without the hard work of Ritter, Zukas and countless interested friends, family and citizens of Southern Illinois interested in justice, Molly’s death would be just another forgotten page in the annals of inept police work, and nepotism behind the blue wall. Molly’s family would be left to live a life without their precious daughter, knowing in their hearts and minds that justice is not being served. All the family wants is the truth, so we are left to wonder what the state’s attorney is waiting for, and why the police have been reluctant to do their jobs.

Thank you Geoffrey Ritter and the Carbondale Times. —Becky Gray-Clay, Johnston City

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