Regarding the mysterious death of a former crime reporter who covered a county notorious for false convictions …
From: Susan Chandler
Date: December 30, 2010 7:00:46 AM EST
Cc: ASKDOJ <ASKDOJ@usdoj.gov>
Subject: Document request re closed FBI investigation of Jennifer Ellis-Seitz 12/25/08 Norwegian Pearl cruise ship disappearance
To whom it may concern:
I am writing to make document requests concerning the FBI’s closed investigation of Jennifer Ellis-Seitz going overboard on 12/25/08 from the Norwegian Pearl cruise ship (link below). I’ve tried to use the online FOIA form; it’s inoperable (link below).
As you know, Ms. Ellis-Seitz was a former crime reporter for Florida Today, a Gannett newspaper with a habit of ineffectual reporting on the subject of false convictions within the judicial circuit in which they publish, the 18th. Ellis-Seitz left the newspaper just prior to Wilton Dedge’s exoneration and was returning to newspaper work on the heels of Bill Dillon’s exoneration. Perhaps Florida Today’s habit continues because reporters can disappear.
After being told that Ellis-Seitz was a scuba/snorkeler, six scuba/snorkelers I interviewed individually expressed suspicions of foul play. All were moderate to heavy social drinkers, each said that no one with their skill sets could get drunk and/or depressed enough to jump ship, as in the event the fall didn’t prove fatal, their superior water survival capabilities would prolong death excruciatingly. One said it would be exactly like a Marine choosing to “take himself out” with a Bee-Bee gun.
I graduated second in my Emergency Medical Technician class after years of work in the medical and mental health fields and know by education and experience that Raymond Seitz’s bizarre behaviors after his wife’s disappearance were likely attributable to shock; Seitz would have to be a dolt to draw undue attention to himself after committing homicide.
The FBI is involved in the 18th’s conviction corruption in that the agency used discredited dog handler John Preston in Linroy Bottoson’s prosecution in the neighboring 9th judicial circuit. Bottoson was executed 19 years after an Ohio federal court found Preston a fraud and a perjurer in 1983. Like the 18th’s prosecutions of Juan Ramos, Wilton Dedge, Bill Dillon and Gary Bennett, the 9th used a jailhouse informant in addition to Preston. The FBI knows that the 9th and 18th tossed Bennett’s case back and forth with only one conflict disclosed, a conflict that is now being ignored as though never documented in Governor Crist’s Executive Order 09-147 of June 19, 2009. Crist’s executive order and portions of Bottoson’s appeal appear below.
I ask to be provided with the cruise manifest and a copy of each of the reports produced during and at the close of the investigation, which should reasonably exclude redaction and include the nature of the book Ellis-Seitz was writing. It is reasonable to ask that these documents be emailed to me today, without my filing a FOIA request by mail. Making me abide by rules is time-wasting hypocrisy, given that the FBI doesn’t abide by any.
That is not opinion; Sen. Leahy addressed the FBI’s lawlessness in a press release regarding the Senate Judiciary Committee’s findings in oversight. Although scathing in his conclusions (provided below), Leahy didn’t go far enough.
Thousands and thousands are being crushing by the FBI’s dereliction in investigating conviction and peripheral corruption. Like the FBI’s “learning curve” that Sen. Leahy disparaged, ignoring public corruption mandates has gone “on and on for far too long.” Please provide the requested documents via email today. I request that fees be waived in light of your foot-dragging that negatively affectively every aspect of my life and many of my friends, year after year. Thank you.
[documents referenced above are available by request]