Monday, December 27, 2010

A Letter to the Parents of David Hartley and the Media

When David Hartley was reportedly killed the tragic story of what supposedly happened on the lake that afternoon was told to the world by the last person to see David Hartley alive.

There are too many unanswered question about your son's death.  And after the holidays it is my hope that you the parents, perhaps with the direction of others in your community will seek answers and fight for the truth.  You owe it to your son, David.

The information below was released to the public 4 months before your son was killed. It is important to notice that the same story given by the sole survivor is similar as to the information released by authorities regarding the area.  They scared people on the lake and took money. They did not kill them.  Where people robbed took "photo's" is the same place the only survivor says they also went.  In the 911 call it was stressed what side of the water the tragic event took place.  Again, impossible.

It is very difficult to believe the person with whom we have come to know or take into our family is capable of causing harm.  I work on these types of cases everyday.  I have nothing to gain by pointing fingers or accusing anyone of any crime it serves no purpose. I work and am successful in saving lives, but learn from those who are silenced by those who profess to love them.

To the David's parent's the events of September 30, 2010, as told, are impossible.

On May 17, 2010 -Law enforcement agencies urging caution on Falcon Lake
Citing several armed robberies and attempted armed robberies on Falcon Lake in Zapata County, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and the Zapata County Sheriff’s Office are strongly urging boaters on Falcon Lake to stay on the United States side of the lake and not venture into Mexican waters.

Three reported incidents since " April 30" have raised concern among law enforcement officers in the Lake Falcon area. Two of the three incidents involved United States citizens who had gone into the Mexican side of the lake, passing the International Waters markers. Most of the incidents occurred in the Old Guerrero area, but it’s possible that other areas are a concern as well. Fishermen are advised to stay as far away as possible from any of the Argos-type fishing boats typically used as fishing vessels by Mexican fishermen. These boats have a large prow, a small outboard motor without a cowling and no identification numbers on the hull.Several bass fishing tournaments are scheduled for Falcon Lake during the next few weeks, and officials are concerned that they could be in danger if they cross into Mexican waters while they fish. One of the incidents occurred in U.S. waters. This weekend, Zapata County Sheriff Sigi Gonzalez, will discuss these concerns with bass tournament participants. He has been working with Texas Parks and Wildlife regarding security matters on Falcon Lake. The DPS Border Security Operations Center and the Fusion Center are working with Zapata County and Parks and Wildlife to review protective measures in the area.
The robbers are believed to be members of a drug trafficking organization or members of an enforcer group linked to a drug trafficking organization who are heavily armed and using AK-47s or AR-15 rifles to threaten their victims. They appear to be using local Mexican fishermen to operate the boats to get close to American fishermen.

• On April 30, five people in two different boats were fishing on Falcon Lake and went to the Old Guerrero area, where they were taking photos of the old church. While they were there, a boat with four heavily tattooed men approached the two boats quickly. The men identified themselves as “Federales,” but they were not wearing uniforms. The men boarded the boats, demanded cash and asked “where are the drugs?” The fishermen told the men that they had no drugs and were just fishing and taking photos. They ended up giving the men $200 cash-

To the media I am asking that you assist the parents of David Hartley, it is the least you can do since providing a national platform from the only "witness" without checking details and facts.  And as you each understand the "devil is always in the details."    The world was given a story based on events similar to those on Falcon lake in prior months.  Obviously if this area was "so dangerous" why would there be a bass tournament?  Why not cancel the event it if it was going to cost lives?  Because there was no real danger only what was sensationalized in my opinion after the death of David Hartley.   In these types of cases they are called intimate partner homicides. This is where a spouse either a man or a woman related to the person missing or killed used other events in their story telling as they hope the person will never been found and if they are the truth of what really happened can not come back to them.  David Hartley's case can in my opinion be solved not by finger pointing, but with the facts and evidence. That is what myself and others provide to families and law enforcement.

The longer time passes the more difficult it will be to solve the case.  I am asking that you consider my words from someone who knows first hand these cases.  Although when my own mother was murdered in 1989, I was fortunate that her body was discovered within a few days.  And it was soon after I trained to work in this specialized area providing a balance for truth and justice in crimes involving the last person to see their spouse alive.

Finally, and more importantly, where is the body of David Hartley? 

I can reached at  all communication received remains confidential.

Today from Peter Hyatt's Site:

Peter Hyatt is an Investigator and an expert on Statement analysis, also called "statement validity assessment", "content analysis", "investigative discourse analysis", and "scientific content analysis" is a technique that can be used to detect concealed information, missing information, and whether the information that person has provided is true or false. Peter Hyatt's blog is

For more on the case follow the links below:

[Susan Murphy Milano is with the Institute for Relational Harm Reduction and Public Pathology Education. She is an expert on intimate partner violence and homicide crimes. For more information visit  She is the author of "Time's Up A Guide on How to Leave and Survive Abusive and Stalking Relationships," available for purchase at the Institute, and wherever books are sold.  Susan is the host of The Susan Murphy Milano Show, "Time's Up!" on Here Women Talk and is a regular contributor to the nationally syndicated The Roth Show with Dr. Laurie Roth ]


seeker said...

Good Morning, Susan.

This letter to David's parents and to the media is a courageous move. It's my hope that those who love David Michael Hartley will choose to open their eyes. I don't mean them any disrespect by saying this, because it's well understood that grief and disbelief can immobilize even the heartiest of souls.

To the media, why has there been no true questioning of this woman's self proclaimed "STORY"? There are too many pieces of Tiffany Young- Hartley's story that defy common sense and known natural laws.

How can more than one story equal the truth? How can a couple be aware of "border violence," watch graphic shows, such as "Border Wars," and then have the widow claim they knew nothing of the danger that day? When questioned, the best she can come up with is that she and her husband hadn't heard of anything recently.

All that any thinking, feeling human being needs to do is watch Tiffany Hartley and LISTEN to Tiffany Hartley, on the myriad television shows she went on, along with some not so well-known videos on youtube, to know that something is wrong with her "stories," and that something is missing in the way of genuine emotion regarding the loss of her husband.

When a woman witnesses her husband being shot in the head, as Tiffany claims, wouldn't you think that she would have immediately grabbed the phone from the man she got to call 911 for her and BEG the 911 operator to send help for him?

Instead, she states that he is in Mexican waters and leaves it at that.

Please, don't let this be used for political gain for those who want certain immigration policies in this country. Tiffany Hartley is only a spokesperson for one person and one cause:

Tiffany Hartley.

These are MY OPINIONS.

Susan Murphy Milano's Journal said...

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