@Florida_Today and the tale of two suicides: Robin Williams, Richard Mair

Williams death encourages talk about depression

Studies show that depression and other similar mental conditions such as the onset of anxiety affect one out of five Americans at any time, according to the CDC. The triggers can be anything: a personal tragedy, the death of a pet, financial instability or even a terrorist attack such as Sept. 11 or the Boston Marathon bombing. Depression can also feed into the mindset of people who have had major surgery, from thoughts about mortality to drastic physical changes or alterations in lifestyle.

via Williams death encourages talk about depression.


I’m a interior/exterior decorator. I’m supposed to have a wild imagination, one that sees things aren’t there … quite yet.

And I do.

What I’m imagining right now is the trial of every Florida Today executive and reporter, including J.D. Gallup, who authored the linked article.

The question I envision a special prosecutor asking J.D. Gallup – after reading aloud the above except from his article – would be this:

Do you think that it is consistent with what you read in the CDC’s report to have a loss of faith in America’s justice system contribute to depression that leads to suicide?

If Gallup answered no, the prosecutor would then read EVERY reason listed in the article that Gallup had given for depression that lead to suicide or suicidal thoughts, and ask again. If Gallup still said no, the prosecutor would then inquire about Gallup’s personal experiences with suicides.

The prosecutor would get to a “yes” eventually, not because it is obvious that a loss of faith in our entire justice system could indeed lead to suicide, but because by then the judge and everyone else present would know that J.D. Gallup  had a motive in obdurately saying “no.”

Gallup’s motive would be to help Florida Today steer clear of all the ramifications of their corrupt (not inept) reporting on frame-ups in Brevard County, Florida.

Richard Mair was convicted in Brevard County and later committed suicide at Dade Correctional Institution, after tucking a tell all tale of guard-on-inmate abuse into his boxer shorts … giving dates, describing events, naming names. The  Miami Herald printed excerpts from Mair’s 2013 note in reporting on mentally ill inmate Darren Rainey being scalded to death in a locked shower at Dade CI in 2012.

I don’t know if Richard Mair was guilty as Brevard charged.

I do know that Mair, per a sworn statement he authored, had been offered a “walk” while in the Brevard jail by Brevard Sheriff’s deputy Gary Harrell in trade for false testimony against Jeffrey Abramowski, who was convicted although innocent of Cortney Crandall’s homicide, according to factual portrayals of DNA tests, which indicated that Judy Foley and her son Michael Bruce Foley killed Crandall. A variant of 17.3 at D18S51 is as common as a head cold, not entirely unique, and two markers out of 15 is never, ever a DNA “hit.”

Of itself, deputy Gary Harrell’s attempt at soliciting false testimony would be enough to kill Richard Mair’s belief in our justice system, because Harrell took Mair to the scene of Courtney Crandall’s homicide. Mair likely suspected – as I do – that Harrell was acting within the knowledge of the Brevard sheriff and his support staff … that removing an inmate from jail wasn’t just something that Harrell could just opt to do on his own.

Mair was not the only Brevard jail inmate approached to provide false testimony against Abramowski. The other guy also refused, but belatedly. So belatedly that it was within the knowledge of the prosecutors and the judge. Whether he, too, was escorted to the scene of Cortney Crandall’s homicide is outside of my knowledge. But I have possession of his related statement, just as I have Mair’s.

I’ve only found two Florida Today articles about Jeffrey Abramowski. And I’m going to paste them both here.

If Florida Today sues me for abusing their copyrights, I might just get the kind of court action that my necessary-for-decorating wild imagination threw at me about a special prosecutor interrogating the newspaper’s executives and reporters, but the questions will be posed by my defense attorney.

Florida Today owed it to their subscribers and advisers to report factually on conviction corruption because sheriffs, prosecutors, public defenders and judges are elected positions in Florida, and failing to report corruption that is within their knowledge is flat out election engineering, election engineering that ensures there will be more frame-ups, and that existing frame-ups will remain buried.

I’ve published Richard Mair’s sworn statement on Jeffrey Abramowski’s behalf.

Now it’s time for a major newspaper to print it. And Mair’s suicide note.

Until newspapers cover conviction corruption ethically, the mega-mergers that the FCC allowed – which made Florida Today‘s publisher, Gannett, an international spin machine – will remain frauds on the public.





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February 8, 2008 Innocence Project to step in Court upholds 2nd-degree murder conviction in beating-death case
An appellate court has upheld the 2006 conviction of a Cape Canaveral man whom local prosecutors say used a claw hammer and clothing iron to bludgeon to death a friend months after a drug-related dispute. The Fifth District Court of Appeal ruling means the Innocence Project of Florida may now step in to review Jeffrey Abramowski’s case, which attorneys say is riddled with testimony inconsistencies and DNA testing errors. The Innocence Project, which has worked on other Brevard cases, typically gets involved post-conviction. IPF executive director Seth Miller said his organization has begun its screening process by requesting information from Abramowski about the case. After they receive that information, they can begin to look into whether he’d be eligible for advanced DNA testing. “We’ll give a thorough review of this case,” Miller said. Abramowski, 56, was sentenced to life in prison after a second-degree murder conviction in the May 2002 beating death of 78-year- old Cortney Crandall in Crandall’s home just north of Melbourne. Prosecutors said the men were friends who worked together in a narcotic scheme involving the prescription drug OxyContin. Investigators told jurors that bits of Abramowski’s skin and blood were found beneath Crandall’s nails — a sign of a violent struggle prosecutors say was sparked when Crandall deliberately abandoned Abramowski in Orlando during one doctor-shopping trip. Michael Becker, a Daytona Beach-based assistant public defender who worked on Abramowski’s appeal, claims hair and other DNA found at the crime scene matched at least two other suspects, who testified against Abramowski at trial. Local attorney Laura Siemers, who defended Abramowski at trial pro bono, said other DNA was never tested. Judges rejected Abramowski’s appeal of the court’s trial procedure in December and closed the case last month, allowing him to begin other post-conviction appeals. Becker and Siemers this week said they welcome any intervention by the Innocence Project, which pioneered the testing of DNA that led to the 2004 release of Port St. John resident Wilton Dedge, who spent 22 years in prison. The group most recently helped win a judge’s approval of DNA testing of evidence in the case of William Dillon, who is serving a life sentence in connection with the 1981 murder of an Indian Harbour Beach man. DNA testing was not available when Dillon was first tried. “Just a lot of things about this (Abramowski’s) case didn’t add up,” Becker said. “There was nothing tying Mr. Abramowski to the crime — there were no fingerprints, he certainly made no statements to the fact, no confession or anything.” Assistant State Attorney Rob Parker has defended the testing done on the case as reliable and accepted by the scientific community, and said some of the DNA tested matched a unique quality in Abramowski’s DNA. “I look forward to them getting involved because it can only make our system stronger,” Parker said at the time, referring to the Innocence Project. “But I feel certain they will drop out just as quickly as they dropped in.”
Contact Summers at 242-3642 or ksummers@floridatoday.com.

I have little doubt concerning the source of Rob Parker’s confidence that the Innocence Project of Florida would drop out of Jeffrey Abramowski’s case. Former FBI agent Robert Cromwell has long been involved with the IPoF, and now chairs its board. The direct conflicts of interests aren’t limited to the FBI’s use of DNA-discredited dog handlers involved in Brevard frame-ups, as the FBI’s Comparative Bullet Lead Analysis as well as their hair and fiber analysis are now considered junk science.

Gary Harrell was so confident of the FBI continuing to protect Brevard’s obviously corrupt public servants that he ran for sheriff. He was beaten out by Wayne Ivey, who was involved more deeply in Brevard’s corruption as the former resident agent of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Here is Richard Mair shortly after he met Jeff and warned him about deputy Harrell.


Here is Richard Mair shortly before his suicide, little more than five years later. He was a brave man when he stood up for Jeff Abramowski, he was a brave man when he wrote his suicide note … guards could have caught him at it and killed him in the same manner they’d killed Darren Rainey the year before. It doesn’t seem too much to ask to ask a MAJOR NEWSPAPER to be somewhat as brave as Richard Mair. Please share this post if you agree. Thank you.


About Susan Chandler

Now-disabled interior/exterior designer dragged into battling conviction corruption from its periphery in a third personal battle with civil public corruption.
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