Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Justice Interrupts the Life of Christie Thorne

Crime Wire featured the case of Christie Thorne. Two weeks before her divorce was finalized she was found dead.
Christie Thorne was a victim of domestic violence and stalking according to numerous police reports . Because the divorce was not finalized her parents had no say in how her remains were handled. It is disturbing that evidence was destroyed, and no autopsy was performed; no medical examiner or coroner in charge of the crime scene, instead a rush to judgement by a justice of the peace, in the town of Longview, located in the State of Texas, ruling her death a suicide.
Immediately, the husband, who still maintained legal rights because they were technically still married, was able to authorize the body cremated. The evidence was destroyed.
This is why when a person begins a divorce action, separates or ends a relationship, having the Evidentiary Abuse Affidavit and video prepared and copies given to trusted friends and relatives removes the burden by surviving families members to have cases of intimate partner homicide investigated and those responsible arrested.
Evidentiary Abuse Affidavit by Susan Murphy Milano from the Book "Time's Up" from Courage Network on Vimeo.
Christie was found dead of a gunshot wound to the head on the bedroom floor of her home in Longview, Texas on June 21, 2007. After an inadequate investigation and no autopsy, a 19-minute inquest by a Justice of the Peace resulted in the determination that the then 35-year-old had taken her own life. Over the objections of Christie's family, her body was released to her estranged husband and cremated.
Jeanie Cummings, Christie's mother, doesn't believe her daughter killed herself. She is convinced that Bob Thorne, Christie's husband, murdered Christie. She cites a history of domestic violence and contends that the investigators, including the Justice of the Peace, botched the investigation due to incompetence or corruption.

Steps taken by the family:

1. Have sucessfully been able to show and with Judge Fort's own Informal 19 minute InquestRuling of how incompetent he was when he ruled that my daughter died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to her left temple. MY DAUGHTER WAS RIGHT-HANDED!!

2. Have successfully been able to show a conflict between Judge Fort's ruling and the police reports. The judge incompetently ruled that my daughter's fatal gunshot wound came from her left while the police were indicating incompetently that the gunshot came from her right side....POINT OF FACT IS...( they all BOTCHED my daughter's suspicious death )..( MURDER )... and without ever considering even ONCE that an autospy needed to be performed while they never apparently thought much either to go over everything thoroughly BETWEEN themselves before they all decided negligently that their incompetent ruling of suicide just might have been a homicide instead that needed investigating to get a murderer off the streets. My daughter's death was a violent death in Texas and her suspicious death should have NEVER been ruled a suicide so quickly by either the police or byJudge Fort.

3. We hired a Private Investigator, Mr. Akin's, who is a crime scene expert out of Austin, Texas who looked over my daughter's crime scene pictures in April of this year and in his analysis he wrote that it appeared that my daughter's fatal wound was to her left temple..( just like Judge Fort ruled )..and he wrote that it appeared that her hair had been violently pulled to the left. Also, there was NO BLOOD on either one of her hands. NOTE: The police did not bother to do a GUNSHOT RESIDUE TEST and did not bother to run fingerprints on the gun. MY DAUGHTER DID NOT FIRE THAT GUN THAT KILLED HER. SHE WAS OVER-TAKEN BY SOMEONE AND THEY MURDERED HER.

4. We have reached out to 2 medical examiners sending them both my daughter's crime scene pictures, etc...(. one is from Texas, he's a chief medical examiner, a Dr. Frost ,out of San Antonio, Texas who is trying to change for the better all death investigations in Texas, and then there is Dr. Bonnell, a medical examiner for Parents Of Murdered Children, Inc. who wrote us his opinion about how incompetent Judge Fort and the police were in having no forensic training but who ruled my daughter's death a suicide with no autospy being performed. Dr. Bonnell's most recent letter that he wrote to us after seeing Judge Fort's incompetent ruling this year after I sent the judge's ruling to him shortly after we received it ourselves, states in his letter pertaining to how Judge Fort handled so incompentently my daughter's suspicious murder, in quoting that this is.. THE TWILIGHT ZONE. THIS IS WORSE THAN THE TWILIGHT ZONE TO US> THIS IS THE ULTIMATE NIGHTMARE THAT ANY PARENT ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH COULD GO THROUGH.

We aren't sure that there was a cover-up but it does appear to us that the judge and the police have gone WAY out of their way since Day 1 of our losing Christie that there was NOT going to be a death investigation at all much less a murder investigation either which does make us all suspicious of them in always wondering WHY and HOW could they have over-looked so many many suspicious circumstances that led up to her death. We will always wonder why they didn't seem to even care enough to make sure that their own reports matched one another in something that is so serious to do everything it takes to be completely sure in how someone dies. They never considered once that there should have been an autospy performed first before they ruled anything. It is beyond us and everyone we've talked too in wondering how could Judge Fort be so careless like this in ruling a violent suspicious death to be a suicide without ever considering an autospy to be performed of a young mother who had just lost her life very suddenly and very mysteriously.

We have been lied to from da 1 by Homicide Detective Hewitt saying to us right after we lost her that she had been shot in her mouth but later saying that he thought her ex-husband killed her. We wonder WHY and HOW could a homicide detective lie like this to a family who had just lost their loved one. We didn't find out till later after receiving the police reports that she didn't die like we were told at first by this detective. Since Detecftive Hewitt for some reason told me before we received the police reports that he thought her ex-husband killed her, I asked him was he going to investigate my daughter's death by investigating her ex-husband and this is where he told me that HIS HANDS WERE TIED. WE WONDER WHAT OR WHO TIED HIS HANDS?Getting back to day 2 of my daughter's suspicious death, Detective Hewitt didn't even know which apartment my daughter lived in stating to me on Day 2 of our losing Christie that her apartment was on the top section of the apt. complex when I knew that her apt. was on the ground floor. These were the first RED FLAGS that something was very very wrong beyond our losing her and as time went on it all got worse in our realizing that something was WRONG with how this detective and JUDGE FORT was handling my daughter's death there. Is this a COVER-UP? WE DO WONDER!!

I don't know for sure if there was a life insurance policy on my daughter or not but I'm pretty sure that there was one on her because her husband at the time of her death had just taken out a policy a few months before this happened to her on himself for $400,000 leaving my daughter the beneficiary. The police had... ( THEIR HANDS NOT BEEN TIED )... should have looked into this along with looking into ALOT of suspicious circumstances surrounding my daughter's murder but they didn't seem to care much about anything even telling us that everything was up to my daughter's husband who should have been made a suspect along with his 18 year old son a suspect also considering that they were both the last ones to see my daughter alive.

Thank you so much for your time and thank you for offering to do a story about this. God Bless You. Sincerely, Jeanie..( Christie's Mom )
God please let there be "JUSTICE FOR HER"!!

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 SurviveAbusive 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 is a regular contributor to the nationally syndicated The Roth Show with Dr. Laurie Roth

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