Tuesday, October 8, 2013

A mountain of evidence proves Gerard J. Sniffen, III did not die in Baldwin County, Alabama 12/9/1998.

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This is the introduction to this blog. Detailed reports can be found by linking to the other post entries. For instance, for those interested in Baldwin County police reports, look out to the side and you will see the  link and listing there.  For Cobb County, the link is there, and so on....
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There were at least two reasons my son had to disappear from Georgia.  My husband had initiated our divorce and our son knew his father had a mistress.  My son also knew that his father had been dishonest with police to initiate the court order in a divorce.  To minimize his liabilities to protect his financial interests his son's testimony couldn't be allowed.  Looking back, this is what I believe happened to our son.  With his advice that I remove my blog from the internet, my Georgia  divorce attorney, Kenneth Schatten, in 2010, said they have my son somewhere and have told him "if he tries to contact you, his brother or sister, you will all be killed."  Those words confirmed my suspicions of the previous 12 years. My son wasn't dead - but removed from the situation, and existed somewhere probably with a new identity.

I believe it was also a way with which he could torment me, as the order to put me out of our home brought two Cobb County police to my front door as a "happy birthday" gift.  Two months later, he arranged our son's funeral for Christmas Eve, and for New Years, I found myself in Central State Hospital, being held illegally against my will.  After all that I endured following those incidents, I suspected none of this was coincidental. It appeared to be a plan that fell together.

My husband had masterminded the marital separation and the investigation of his son's disappearance and death.  With the separation he provided Cobb County, Ga. police with untrue information to attain his goals, and with his son's disappearance, he provided police with two key witnesses whose names I had never heard before.  Although there were two grown siblings living in the house, neither was interviewed at all, nor was I, the mother, until a week after the disappearance when another police district realized the boy had a mother.  It was bizarre that the same police force that had ordered me out of the home, accused me of having a gun (which I had never owned one in my life,) would handle our son's disappearance investigation and not immediately question me when our son disappeared.

My husband's position as a powerful Norfolk Southern Railroad executive as Assistant Vice President in charge of Communications and Signals never appeared on any police report regarding our son's disappearance and subsequent reported death. Available police records show that his office telephone numbers and railroad contact numbers were never given to police during the two-week period of time our son was missing.  Had other executives known, had the railroad known, or had police known that this missing person was the child of an executive, would the handling of his investigations or search have been handled any differently?
Every railroad executive in the country would have been alarmed to know if even one railroad executive's son had mysteriously disappeared.  
The same Cobb County, Georgia police who had followed me through our home telling me to gather my things and accusing me of having a gun on October 16, 1998, were the police that investigated our son's disappearance.  During their investigation, they called me for an interview more than a week after our son had disappeared.   They were fully cooperative with the father, and they interviewed the witnesses the father provided. They did not interview the grown siblings who also lived in the home with our missing son.  Cobb County's police performance was surprising in this divorce, missing person and death case.

Our son's truthful testimony would have affected the ruling in divorce court.  If there were other things he knew, he couldn't tell me the last time I saw him alive at Cobb County, Georgia divorce court, October 21, 1998.  My son came to me in the hallway and whispered, "Mom, I don't want to do this."  He was afraid, looking over his shoulder to be sure no one was listening. I said, "Don't worry, just go in the court room and tell the truth."  He continued, "I don't want to do this." He wanted to tell me more but there wasn't time and he was fearful of being overheard.  We never made it to the court room, and to this day I don't know why.  The next few months were a living nightmare that no one would believe could happen in the United States of America.

It would be more than a year before my divorce was final, January, 2000. By that time I had fled the state of Georgia in fear of more incarcerations and police harassment, and met with much the same police harassment in the state of Kentucky.  The power my husband accessed spanned state lines–– from Georgia to Alabama where our son was said to have died, and from Georgia to Kentucky where I had fled to find safe haven until the finality of the divorce.  Whether the powerful network was business, political, or underworld, the folks he had working to his favor was absolutely incredible.

This is my true, well-documented story of the struggle to survive a Georgia divorce and cope with incarcerations, false accusations, corruption, deception, betrayal and lies in the midst of the reported  death of my child.
With hopes of exposing criminal activity and someday gaining justice, and in finding my son, this blog's intention is that these things can never happen to another mother or father, family or child, court system or police department–– anywhere.
My son's body did not match the body found in Alabama.

The NCIC database information mentioned in both Cobb County, Ga. and Baldwin County, Al. is questionable and my son's records were removed even before a body known to be found.

The Forensics Examiner who signed the autopsy report, contrary to Alabama police reports, did not attend the scene.   Details of forensics are here.

The Baldwin County police stonewalled the mother's attempts to get police records.  Notes taken by the mother  in 2001 suggest Baldwin County police reports were misleading, even false.

A newspaper article was written in the Mobile Press-Register in cooperation where Alabama Sheriff Hoss Mack, who was investigating deputy in charge of my son's case, was featured.  The article was written to discredit and disparage the mother and son.

Courts, agencies, systems in several states were used against the mother to intimidate, silence, discredit, terrorize and destroy the mother's chances of ever gaining justice or unraveling the truth.

Georgia lawyers were involved and in many instances worked against the mother.

This case links to the infamous Fred Tokars case, with Private Detective, Billy Carter.

Police reports show that in Cobb County, Georgia; Baldwin County, Alabama; and Coweta County, Georgia, there was little or no cooperation among the entities and state agencies were either not involved or involved minimally.
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My son's body did not match the Alabama Forensic's autopsy report which indicated two well-healed, 3-inch scars - one at each knee.  My son had no notable scars anywhere on his body.  Alabama police reports indicated a male with long, shoulder-length dark hair.  My son never had long hair in his life.   Records appeared and then disappeared 12/16/98 in Cobb County police records.  Fingerprints were the identifying factor, which, according to Alabama police reports, were given directly to Baldwin County Deputy Huey A. Mack, Jr. by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.  According to reports, investigating deputy Huey Mack and another officer together agreed in the Baldwin County sheriff's office on the John Doe fingerprint match and then later notified the A.B.I.

Because of a 1996 prior arrest, my son's fingerprints should have already been in the NCIC system and the unidentified body should have been identified within minutes of comparing fingerprints.

Georgia fingerprint identification card notes a male 5- ft., 10-inch white male, weighing 160 lbs.  Two years later, the Alabama Forensics Department recorded details of an unidentified 5-ft., 8-in. white male, weighing 144 lbs. These are just a few of the factors that prove something is very wrong in Alabama and Georgia in this case.

The "sawblade" tattoo at the base of the leg is recorded by Alabama forensics as six inches in diameter.  "Sawblade" had been my own words describing the tattoo on first notice, and so was it a coincidence that Alabama authorities used my same words to describe it?  The tattoo on my son's leg was not 6 inches in diameter, else it would have wrapped around his ankle in the front and back, which is yet another error found in Alabama Forensics reports.

The Alabama forensics report was written "first person" by Dr. Julia Goodin, who, in the report mentioned physically being present with Kevin Putnam at the crime scene.  She was director at the Mobile lab.   Deputies John Garner and Huey A. Mack, Jr. both mentioned Julia Goodin in reports as attending the crime scene. In a phone conversation with Julia Goodin, she advised me she did not perform the autopsy and she did not attend the crime scene. She explained that forensics employees do not attend crime scenes.  She said I may have trouble finding the woman who performed the autopsy because she no longer worked at the Alabama Forensics Department.

My initial attempts to get police records about my son's death were stonewalled by Baldwin County deputies, Huey A. Mack, Jr. and John Garner.  I was told I would have to "get a court order and subpoena" to get my son's police records. I was told the same thing by the Coroner, with regards to the funeral home and body storage records.  The Coroner, Huey A. Mack, Sr. was  Huey A. Mack, Jr., the investigating deputy in charge's,  father.

During the week-long period of time my son's body was in storage at Mayes Ward Dobbins Funeral Home in Georgia, I was arrested and incarcerated by Georgia agencies and held against my will. It was that time I could have identified the body and I believe that's why they used Georgia systems to have me arrested with charges that later disappeared or were dismissed.

The car was found on I-85 four days after my son's disappearance and a search managed by Coweta County, Georgia police. The car was processed with two flat rear tires.  How could that happen? Were the tires checked to see how it happened?   According to Alabama police reports the father went and found the vehicle the day after his son disappeared. If that was so, why did it take Coweta County police four days to find the car?

In none of the police reports was it recorded to contact the father at work, nor on his cell phone which was provided by the railroad.  The only numbers given to officers were home telephone numbers.  During the week, he was home and awake between 6:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.  The fact that the father was an Assistant Vice President for Norfolk Southern Railroad or a railroad employee was never mentioned.  Did he miss any work?  Did his co-workers know his son was missing?  Could his son have been abducted?  Would all railroad and corporate executives be concerned to know an executive's son was found with flat tires and sat on interstate for four days without police finding it?

Gerard J. Sniffen, III records were entered into the Cobb County, Georgia records on 12/9/98 when he was reported missing by his father.  The records indicate his file disappeared from Cobb County, Georgia police computers on 12/16/1998 - by "mistake."  On 12/21/1998 fingerprints provided by the G.B.I were examined by Alabama officers and it was determined that the John Doe was a match with my son.

The Cobb County police appear to have been directed by the father, who gave them the names of witnesses Mary Rose, and D.J. Call. He gave them the name of the Bell South employee who would trace the call, and who they should contact with the subpoena. He also gave them the name of the banker to contact to subpoena bank statements.  He did not give them the names of two siblings, ages 23 and 17 who lived in the same home as the victim. He did not give them the name or contact information for the mother, who Cobb County police and courts had ordered out of the home two months earlier, also at his request.

On 12/21/98,  after hearing the news from relatives, I contacted Cobb County police to verify my son was dead, and they knew nothing about it.  In fact that's when they discovered the records were missing from the computers.
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Like a caring husband, my husband, Gerard J. Sniffen, Jr.  had phoned that October 1998 week saying, "I will be home Friday and we'll celebrate your birthday."   He was being apologetic that he had to work on my birthday. Traveling quite often, and giving the railroad sometimes more than 12 hours per day of his at-home time, this particular week he was at Brosnan Forest, a railroad-owned resort in South Carolina. The railroad treated him well. Vendors entertained him generously, and he was able to meet celebrities and enjoy many very fine trips, free sports tickets, dinners and perks.

When a knock came at the door that Friday, it wasn't my husband with any birthday gift.   Instead, the Cobb County, Georgia police entered our home, followed me around our home saying I should pack my bags and even asked if I had a gun.  It was bizarre and quite shocking.  I had never owned a gun in my life, but I had purchased him one years before for Christmas for hunting outings with his old fraternity brother friends.

This was my "Happy Birthday" present.

Christmas that same year, 1998, would be worst.  On Christmas Eve, a memorial service was held for our son and I didn't attend knowing my husband was behaving erratically, and had the temporary order intact.

My son had disappeared December 8, 1998, notifying his father from a phone booth at a convenience store that he had a flat tire and was in distress.  About two weeks after he'd disappeared, I was told my son's dead body was identified in Alabama.  I was kept away from the family (and funeral) by the Cobb County temporary order.

Something was very wrong and I had known it immediately. I was so sure of it that on the day before his funeral I drove to Alabama to make a positive identification and was told the Mobile morgue had closed at 5:00 p.m.  I must have known the body had remained in Alabama, even though the funeral would be in Marietta, Georgia the next day.  Several things had happened that weren't standard in the loss of a child that increased suspicions and interrupted my ability to sleep.

Later, after I'd fled the state of Georgia for fear of further problems, I settled and began to try and put the pieces of the puzzle together.  Alabama police refused to give me police reports and it was 6 years, 2004, on discovering inadvertently that neither Huey A, Mack, Jr. nor John Garner who had monopolized the investigation, was sheriff in charge.  James B. Johnson was sheriff and when I spoke with him directly I had the papers within a week.

I initially was told by Baldwin County authorities John Garner and Huey A. Mack, Jr. I could only get the reports with a "court order and subpoena."  Later, the coroner, Huey A. Mack, Sr. who owned Mack Funeral Home, and who was father of the investigating deputy, Hoss Mack said the same thing about the funeral home records.

I had contacted the G.B.I., even the Governor of Georgia, and the GBI responded that my problems were in Alabama.  Yet Alabama was unwilling to supply me with the records and in fact one officer, John Garner, who along with the Coroner's son, Huey Mack, Jr. who wrote most of the reports was extraordinarily rude.  Why?



Red flags kept popping up, one after another, and I knew if I could uncover what they done,  I would eventually find out exactly what they did with my son.   It wasn't about money, or winning. It was about truth and the fact that these people had gotten away with things that were unheard of in the U.S.A.  Only in Hollywood movies or a mystery novel could these events actually happen.  And inasmuch as my opponents would whisper I was a poor, grieving, even insane mother who refused to accept the truth, I had documents proving otherwise.
I am not a writer, have no desire nor talents to create such an incredible story, but my determination to expose it as fraud, conspiracy, corruption and lies is beyond measure. 
On a Saturday, Spring 1999, I was called to rush to the office of my attorney, Kenneth Schatten, in Atlanta and meet a private detective present named Billy Carter.  Together, Schatten stated they  believed my husband murdered our son.  I didn't believe it and told them so. I believed my husband had him moved out of the country and faked his death. He had mentioned getting passports for both the younger children (ages 17 and 20) just a few months before and my son had information that could have destroyed my husband's divorce plans.


I didn't have the money and they knew it. They knew the Cobb County courts had not settled the divorce.  Yet in 2006 I hired Carter to see what information he had collected. He kept my $5500 and it's what I expected.  He delivered nothing other than the fact that two bullets were seldom discharged in a suicide case.  So he did know something.

Five years later I would learn that Billy Carter was a business partner of the infamous Frederic Tokars, and stood federal trial in the notorious Cobb County Fred Tokars case.  Atlanta Attorney Fred Tokars had laundered drug money and hidden money for wealthy men who were preparing to divorce their wives. He also was convicted of contract murder of his wife, when Sara Tokars was shot point-blank in the head with a shotgun in front of her two young sons.  Carter had been Tokar's friend, a business partner in involved businesses, and his detective.

My husband knew given the opportunity I would get to the bottom of what he had done.  He knew I didn't give up easily and wasn't one to compromise.  I believe it's the reason I was falsely arrested, and accused and jailed just after the funeral when the location of the body was supposedly in Marietta, Ga.  My December 23, 1998 trip to Mobile, Alabama proved that I wasn't buying his story of faxed identification photographs and a father so distraught over a missing son he couldn't miss a day's work.  When they released the body in Alabama 12/28/1998, they conveniently had me jailed in Cobb County, Georgia, and when I surprisingly posted cash bail, then was committed to a state hospital, even held 3 days beyond the court order.  My release on 1/6/1999 was perfect, as his flight to move the body from Atlanta to Virginia was 1/7/1999. My release wouldn't, at that point, cause any trouble.

And my incarcerations coincided with the body release and storage in Cobb County.  Locked away in a state hospital there was no way I could identify our son's dead body before the actual burial.



My landlord, Nell Stumpff, who had pretended to be a friend, had another warrant she could act on should I try and make any more moves. They were pros at using the State of Georgia and its systems to fulfill their criminal plans.  I have always believed Nell Stumpff colluded with my husband.  Without proper justice and investigations, I may never know the truth.

Cobb County police had participated in the temporary order when they ordered me out of the house 10/16/1998. They had investigated my son's disappearance 12/8/1998 - 12/21/1998, and nearly (I believe intentionally) omitted my insight from the investigation altogether.  Had George Childs, my attorney at that point in time, not spoken with Coweta County police, I wonder whether Cobb County would have interviewed me at all.  Then they had arrested me and put me in jail 12/28/1998 the day the body was released in Alabama by Judge Lyn Stuart.

The arrests were frightening and intimidating.  I admit I was scared to death.  Angry and confused, living Murphy's Law daily, I had trouble sleeping every night.  What would they do next? I wondered. I had been married to a man for 23 years I hadn't known at all.  False arrests, false insanity diagnoses, ridicule and bullying, and illegal involuntary hospital incarcerations only happened in Communist countries.

Because the harassment was ongoing in Georgia, eventually I left the state after being told by an arresting Magistrate Judge, Laurens Lee of Peach County, "If you will just sign your divorce papers your problems will disappear."  I knew then no good would come to me in the state of Georgia.  I had already been arrested and incarcerated in four counties: Peach, Cobb, Houston, Baldwin and by 2000 when the harassment continued, I could add Paulding County to the list of bad places.

All of the charges against me would later be dismissed. A false felony charge brought against me by landlord, Nell Stumpff, miraculously disappeared.

Within a period of 39 days in Georgia, 12/9/1998 to 1/16/1999, I had been told my son was dead, his death, funeral and burial spanned three states. Between 12/28/1998 and 1/6/1999 I was incarcerated in three jails and a state hospital.  During that 9 day period, the body was released by an Alabama judge and said to be moved to Atlanta and then to Virginia for burial.  Because of my incarcerations and the distances of the death and burial, and because of the temporary order knowing my husband's intentions, I was never able to identify his body.

These are notes taken by me in 2001 and Coroner Huey Mack, Sr. kindly gave me the airline flight numbers and body movement over the telephone.  A few years later, he was less cooperative when asked to supply the funeral home, body storage records, spewing the same statements as I had heard from the Baldwin County police, "I'll have to have a subpoena and a court order."



My Happy Birthday present in 1998 was being ordered to the streets.  My Merry Christmas gift that year was a funeral for my son at Mayes Ward Dobbins Funeral Home in Marietta, Georgia.  Oddly, the  memorial service was held in Georgia on Christmas Eve while the body was still somewhere in Alabama to be released by Judge Lyn Stuart four days after the Georgia funeral.

This is the story, focusing mainly on all the documents that prove the story.

I have been called "crazy" suffered all manner of rejection, harassment from police and others, even rejection and alienation from my own family.  The Baldwin County investigating deputy-in-charge, Hoss Mack, the coroner's son who is now sheriff participated in an obviously slanted, partially untruthful and very distasteful article about my inability to accept my son's death.  I have had slashed tires, my animals killed, sabotage to my property. I've been robbed, and lost most of my divorce settlement money in trying to get to the bottom of it while trying to survive and find a home.  I have been up against both, criminals and law enforcement in many instances have been against me.




My family finally realized they were wrong and recently my mother said, "You didn't have a chance. He is a railroad executive and your words meant nothing."  Still, police records show that my husband never once mentioned the railroad nor his position. There were no phone numbers for the railroad office, nor did he give law enforcement officers his railroad provided cell phone number.

He had mentioned to one family member that he HAD to be at work the next day, and on time the night his son had disappeared.  In the two weeks of his son's missing status, the hours he could have been contacted by police were slim, because if in town, he was ALWAYS home and awake 3 hours each night - between 6:00 and 9:30.

I have record that my son was linked to the railroad coordinator system in that he had their telephone number in case he needed to contact his father.   Yet when he went missing it appears the railroad was unaware.


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In 2004 I was contacted by a man named Tommy Schlette who insisted that my son was still alive. He said I should go look at the autopsy report very closely - a task difficult for any mother. When I did I discovered a phrase regarding two 3 inch, well-healed scars at each knee.  Tommy responded surprisingly quickly, saying, "See? I told you so. Did your son ever have knee surgery?"  I must have thought for a week trying to imagine ways a person could have identical scars on each knee but Tommy seemed to know immediately.
In 2006, Tommy Schlette's decomposed body was found behind the home he was renting in Grant, Florida.
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Summer, 2010 my Atlanta divorce attorney began to withhold my alimony checks and told me to remove my blog from the internet. He said I was "making people angry." I asked him who and he would not say. He said, "Think of it this way they have your son somewhere and they've told him if he tries to contact you or his brother or sister they're going to kill all of you."

I told my attorney to tell them to please come ahead and do what they will, because I was no longer going to live with fear and intimidation.  He continued to say there was so much money against me in keeping all of this covered up that I will never, ever get the truth.

In 2000, a Lexington, Kentucky attorney, Gatewood Galbraith, had also said there was "too much money" against me.
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Below is a chart that details the storage and movement of the body from Alabama to Georgia to Virginia, and the situation I was dealing with in Georgia.  I had driven to Alabama to identify the body and was told the morgue was closed. I was afraid to stay in a motel alone so drove home, as I have always suspected organized crime is involved in this situation.  Note, Baldwin sheriff deputies had stonewalled my attempts to get records, the father has stonewalled attempts to get funeral home records.

I had received information that Mayes Ward Dobbins Funeral Home in Marietta, Georgia coordinated  the movement of the body, shipment, funeral, burial arrangements and also handled the financial and  billing for entities in Georgia, Alabama and Virginia. Because of that, through an attorney I had requested copies of their records and was denied.  I still feel I have a right to the records because I was still married to my husband at that time. Marital assets had not been divided and so whatever money payment made to the funeral home was partially mine.

I also realized that I would eventually be in poverty if I continued to hire people to fight the battle in three states, and I believe this was also a part of the plan.  We have a justice system where quite often, money wins above all else.




The truth is this:   Georgia state law requires a 30-day waiting period before uncontested divorces become final, but a judge may grant an immediate divorce after finding circumstances such as spousal abuse, incurable mental illness or adultery.   After the attempt at "incurable mental illness" failed, thirty days in my case became 15 months living in terror in and out of the streets, and from all I've read, I was one of the lucky ones. Some of these divorcees suffer for years.  The full settlement took six months longer.

I knew the day I was ordered out of my home that my husband was a criminal who had lied to police.  Each day became more frightening at what he was capable of doing.  In 2004, I visited a psychiatrist in Kentucky who advised me that my husband was an extremely dangerous man. She confirmed there was nothing wrong with me at all, only that I had an obsession "OCD" for the truth regarding my son, that any concerned parent would have under the circumstances. She said it she were in my place she would be in Alabama, speaking to the Alabama coroner.  She also suggested organized crime may be involved.

Comments and questions are welcomed.

I corresponded in vain with many in power for help. 
 Senator Paul Coverdell is the only real help I found and a year later he was dead.


















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To be continued.....


Monday, October 7, 2013

NCIC: The National Crime Information Center - how it failed

When a body is found, many things happen including fingerprint images are taken from the body and  entered in the nation's NCIC database system. The search for a match within the system can be resolved in as little as 30 minutes if a matching fingerprint pattern is already in the system.

Gerard J. Sniffen, III's prints were entered in the system with a 1996 arrest in Roswell, Georgia.  Because he was over age 18, and not a juvenile, his prints should not have been concealed.  Two years later, an unidentified body was discovered in Baldwin County, Alabama.
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Two sets of prints, one body?

It appears two sets of prints were sent to ABI on at least two different occasions, but that the ABI never received but one set of prints taken from the unidentified body, and one set of prints from Georgia - all provided by the Baldwin County Sheriff's Department.
On 12/10/1998 Corporal John Garner wrote that he picked up the unidentified body's set of fingerprints from the lab and entered them into the NCIC database.  On 12/10/1998 Investigating Deputy in charge,  Huey A. Mack wrote that he faxed a copy of prints taken from the body to the ABI and that the unidentified person was entered into NCIC.  Again on 12/15/1998, Huey A. Mack, deputy in charge writes he has contacted the A.B.I. and sent them a copy of the prints, and also entered the body into NCIC and ROCIC.
On 12/22/1998 the ABI writes that it  received a set of unidentified prints from Baldwin County sheriff's department on 12/16/1998; and it received a set of (7) faxes of fingerprints from Baldwin County that had been received from Roswell, Ga on 12/22/1998, bearing the name of Gerard J. Sniffen, III.
What is interesting in this case, is that about the same time the body was found, the report of another Alabama missing person, whose body has never been found (George James) was entered into the files and then disappeared and was lost from Alabama files;   On 12/16/1998, Gerard J. Sniffen, III's records disappeared "by mistake" from Cobb County missing person records.

The body was identified 12/21/1998 as Sniffen's body by fingerprints provided directly to the local Alabama police department via fax by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

The local Alabama sheriff's department and investigating deputy in charge, Huey A. Mack, Jr.,  in Alabama then identified the Georgia prints in the office with another officer, and submitted the positive identification and match to the A.B.I. - Alabama Department of Public Safety.

If prints from an earlier arrest of an 18 year old with a marijuana use record were in the database, why wasn't the John Doe identified much sooner?

The Alabama officer in charge of the Baldwin County investigation, Huey A. Mack, Jr., reported the prints were entered into the system and faxed on 12/10/1998. On the same day, John Garner reported he picked up the prints from the lab and entered them into NCIC.  Records also note in another record the prints were mailed by Mack on the 15th.

Yet Alabama Department of Public Safety reports they received prints on the 12/16/1998 of an unknown individual, and then on 12/22/1998 they received copies of faxed fingerprints from Huey A. Mack that Mack had received from Georgia.  (Details below.)

Exactly how many times were prints mailed, faxed, and received by Mack, the GBI, and the ABI and it is customary for local police departments to confirm identification without engaging the help or expertise of NCIC and state agencies?

In both jurisdictions in Georgia and Alabama, reports continued to be written and filed weeks later with several key dates reappearing.*

GEORGIA DISAPPEARANCE 12/8/1998
Gerard J. Sniffen, III last known in Cobb County, Georgia 12/8/1998, telephoned home in distress late that evening and spoke with his father mentioning a flat tire.  He was calling from a pay phone at a location somewhere south of Cobb County.

Cobb County, Georgia police were notified on 12/9/1998 of his disappearance by his father.

On 12/11/1998 Cobb County officer D.E. Thomas with the father's cooperation and assistance received via fax information from Bell South via subpoena which provided the Coweta County, Ga. location of the pay phone and convenience store from which Gerard III had phoned his father.  The father was instrumental in providing the Cobb County police agency with all information regarding witnesses, subpoenas, bank accounts, etc.  But the father never provifed the names of two siblings who lived in the same house with him and the victim, ages 17, and 23, nor the Mother of the victim whom he recently had Cobb County police order out of their home with intentions of divorce.





On 12/12/1998 the Nissan vehicle Gerard was driving was discovered along I-85, and impounded by Deputy Donna Gordon of Coweta County, (Newnan. GA area) and notified Cobb County Police. The GCIC system indicated Sniffen as a missing person from Cobb County, Ga.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation, (GBI)
On 12/16/1998, Lanny Cox of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation processed the Coweta County impounded vehicle, which had two rear flat tires.

Coweta County, Georgia Investigator John G. Lewis writes:






ALABAMA "JOHN DOE," 12/9/1998:

On 12/10/1998 prints taken from an unidentified body were faxed by Huey A. Mack, Jr., of Baldwin Co., Alabama  to the A.B.I. Latent Print unit in Montgomery, Al.   The person was also "entered into the NCIC."




Alabama Corporal John Garner report:
12/10/98 "The unidentified w/m was entered in NCIC."


On 12/15/1998  Huey A. Mack, Jr.  was contacted by the A.B.I., with reference to the fingerprints entered into the NCIC and ROCIC systems, Shannon at the Alabama Bureau of Investigation advised Mack there were "no hits."






In a 12/29/1998 report Shannon Fitzgerald of the Alabama Bureau of Investigation documented to Lt. Huey Mack, Jr of Baldwin County the following:
  • On 12/16/1998 the fingerprints of an unidentified body were received by the A.B.I. from Baldwin County's police department, Alabama by mail.
  • On 12/22/98, fingerprint cards with the identification of Gerard J. Sniffen, III. were received by the A.B.I. from Baldwin County's police department.







ROSWELL, GEORGIA and  BALDWIN ALABAMA CONTACT: 12/21/1998
Since my son had a prior 1996 arrest in Roswell, Georgia, his prints should have been in the system and a positive identification should have been made within minutes of the 12/10/98 Alabama "John Doe" entry into the database.

The match took nearly 2 weeks.

On 12/21/1998, Baldwin County's Corporal John Garner writes that the GBI made a match, faxed them the prints, and that Lt. Huey Mack along with another officer examined the G.B.I. prints and concluded the prints matched.

On 12/22/1998, the A.B.I. was notified that Roswell Georgia police, Baldwin County police and the G.B.I. had made the identification when the identifying prints were then sent via fax to the A.B.I. .


Baldwin County police officers, Lt. Huey Mack and Lt. Bryars examined the prints provided by Georgia's Bureau of Investigation, and agreed they had a match.


Next, Baldwin County Corporal John Garner writes that he made direct contact with the Roswell Police Department requesting all information,



On that same day, 12/21/1998, by 4:00 pm, both Cobb County Sheriff's office and Acworth, Georgia police had been contacted by Corporal Garner, a note had been placed on the door of the home and the father had been notified of the identification and contacted Baldwin County police.





COBB COUNTY RECORD REMOVAL MISTAKE: 12/16/1998
On 12/16/98, the A.B.I.  received mailed "John Doe" prints from Baldwin Alabama officer  Lt. Huey A. Mack,  

On that same day, Cobb Georgia police removed Gerard's missing person files from their computers "by mistake."  So when Alabama was searching,  and for a period of nearly a week 12/16/98 - 12/21/98, Cobb's [missing] files couldn't be found.  

Below is the Cobb County police report documenting the removal of  missing files on 12/16/1998.






POLICE INVESTIGATION: WITNESSES, MOTHER, SIBLINGS: 
The Cobb County police investigated the disappearance of Gerard Sniffen, III at the request of the father who provided them with the following witnesses and contact information:

  • D.J. Call, a "best" friend 
  • Mary Rose, a "best female friend" married woman and mother who was having an affair with Gerard 
  • Jeff Locke, who provided bank account information at Westside Bank
  • Kathy Mahoney of Bell South who was the contact for subpoena of phone booth location

Although Mary Rose and D.J. Call were questioned numerous times,  (details to appear in another post) the missing person, Gerard Sniffen III, had two siblings ages 23 and 17.   All three of Sniffen's children were residing in the house with their father, but the two remaining were not interviewed by police.  The mother had been ordered out of the home by Cobb County police with a Cobb County court order on October 16, 1998 as demanded with Gerard J. Sniffen, Jr's. divorce requirements.

On 12/14/1998, mother's first appearance in any police report or investigation is when her divorce  attorney, George Childs of Marietta, Ga. spoke with Coweta County police giving information which was partially untrue.

On 12/17/1998, more than a week after the report of Gerard's disappearance, the detective in charge of the Cobb County investigation, Pamela J. Coalson, first contacted and spoke with the missing person's mother who explained there was a "nasty divorce" on record in Cobb County and that she had not been able to visit with her children.  The record should have been in police files because of the temporary order.  Cobb County police should have known all that had happened was in the midst of a divorce and should have, at least, questioned the mother.




FACTS AND DATES:
By police reporting information, we're sure of is these:

More than two years before his disappearance, on 6/17/1996  Gerard was stopped and arrested, fingerprinted and taken to jail in Roswell, Fulton County, Georgia.  His name and identification should have been in the Georgia database system or records databases from that point forward.

On 10/16/1998, the missing person's mother, Fielda Michelle Sniffen had been ordered out of her home by Cobb County courts and Cobb County police had processed the order, following her through her house demanding that she pack her immediate belongings, get in the car and leave the house.  A temporary order and the threat of legal consequences kept her from her home and children.

On 12/8/1998 Gerard Sniffen III was last known calling for help from his father from a pay phone at a convenience store in Coweta County, Georgia with a flat tire.

On 12/9/1998 Gerard Sniffen III was reported missing to Cobb County, Georgia police by his father

*On 12/10/1998, Alabama Deputy Lt. Huey A. Mack, Jr. wrote that he faxed the fingerprints to the A.B.I. on 12/10/1998 and entered the unidentified body into the NCIC system.  On 12/10/1998 John Garner wrote he picked the prints up from the lab and put them into the NCIC system.

On 12/12/1998, via Coweta County Georgia police Det. Gordon, per Cobb County Det. P.J. Coalson, confirmed the 12/9/1998 Cobb County missing person information was in place in the GCIC system on discovering the vehicle.  Coalson advised Sgt. Fisher of Coweta County that she would contact him on Monday, 12/14/1998 to advise whether Coweta or Cobb County would process the vehicle.

On 12/16/1998 G.B.I officer Lanny Cox processed the car impounded in Coweta County.

On 12/14/1998 Baldwin County Corporal John Garner reported that besides Sgt. Stallworth, Coroner Huey A. Mack, Sr. and Lt. Huey A. Mack, Jr.,  two members of the Alabama Department of Public Safety were present during the investigation, Warren Stewart and Stan Stabler.  He also reported that the body was not touched until Dr. Julia Goodin and Kevin Putnam of the Alabama Forensics Lab were on the scene to handle the body and the gun.

*On 12/16/1998, the Alabama Bureau of Investigation received mailed prints from Baldwin County Alabama, per a letter from Shannon Fitzgerald dated 12/29/1998.  Huey Mack had written in one report he spoke to Shannon on 12/15/1998 and that she received the prints that day and there were "no hits" in the system which means there was not a match.

On 12/16/1998 - 12/21/1998 Gerard's missing person files were removed from Cobb County's police  computers.

On 12/17/1998 Detective PJ Coalson of the Cobb County police department directly contacted Michelle Sniffen, mother of the missing person and questioned her.

On 12/21/1998 Michelle Sniffen, the mother of the missing person, contacted Cobb County police to verify her son was dead.  Cobb County had no record of his death, and at that time it was discovered the missing person files had been removed from the system by Cobb County police on 12/16/1998 by mistake.

On 12/21/1998 the body was identified when Alabama officer Huey A. Mack, Jr. and another officer, Lt. Bryars, compared prints sent by the G.B.I. from Roswell, Ga. and agreed they were a match.





On 12/21/1998 the father was contacted when Corporal John Garner made contact with both Cobb County and Acworth, Georgia police and arranged to place a death notification note on the father's door.  The father contacted police at 4:00 p.m. and told Baldwin County Lt. Huey A. Mack, Jr,  the story that his son had been distraught and irrational, that he and his wife (the missing person's mother) had separated for the second and final time, and went on to mention details about his son's private life and details of the story.   Corporal Garner listened in to the conversation between the victim's father and Lt. Huey A. Mack and wrote a report:



On 12/21/1998, Lt. Huey A. Mack also wrote and recorded a report about the same conversation five minutes after he'd spoken with the father. Mack mentioned the father confided there was a history of mental illness in the family noting that Gerard had not been diagnosed with any problems.



On 12/22/1998, the A.B.I. was notified the body had been identified by Huey A. Mack, Jr. and Lt. Bryars of Baldwin County, Alabama who had examined the prints and agreed the prints were a match.  The prints had been provided to them from Roswell Georgia police department, via the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

**The body was said to have been stored at Mack Funeral Home, owned and operated by Coroner,  Huey A. Mack, Sr. Baldwin County and father of the investigating deputy in charge.





Gerard J. Sniffen, III: Description & Identification

The identification of my son's body was determined when the Georgia Bureau of Investigation contacted the Baldwin County, Alabama sheriff's department supplying the Alabama agency with fingerprints that had been made in 1996, Roswell, Georgia. When Alabama's investigating deputy in charge, Huey A. Mack, Jr. received the prints, he and another officer determined the prints supplied to them by the GBI matched the John Doe prints Alabama authorities had taken from the unidentified body. 

There is no evidence the father ever viewed the body at the Alabama morgue, but accepted the identification of his son through faxed photographs and verbal  communication.  I had driven to Alabama the day before the Cobb County, Georgia memorial service in attempt to identify the body which was still being stored in Alabama during the Georgia funeral, but was told the morgue was closed. I was unable to stay the night there to visit, and was afraid there alone as I had suspicions that criminal organizations were involved.

There are major indicators and many details that indicate the body found was not my son's: 

First, the initial report, first at the scene reports a victim with shoulder-length dark hair and my son never had shoulder-length hair in his life.  

Second, forensics lab reported a body with 3-inch scars, one at each knee, and my son never had knee surgery, leg or knee scars, nor identifying scars of any kind anywhere on his body.

Georgia fingerprint identification card notes a male 5- ft., 10-inch white male, weighing 160 lbs.  Two years later, the Alabama Forensics Department recorded details of an unidentified 5-ft., 8-in. white male, weighing 144 lbs. These are just a few of the factors that prove something is very wrong in Alabama and Georgia in this case.

Many other details from reports and police create suspicion, particularly with the change of clothing and  the method by which the fingerprints were the identifying factor.  Below are some of the details:

One of the first police officers to attend the scene was Deputy Mike Holmes who wrote a report. This appears to be Mike Holmes's only report.   In his report he wrote that the subject had "long," and "shoulder length" dark hair:



Holmes described the clothing of the victim:




The Alabama Forensics report recorded hair as 6-inches long at the crown of the head. 

(see image below)


My son never had knee surgery, leg scars, leg injury.  
He had no notable scars on his body yet Alabama Forensics autopsy report indicated two, well healed three inch scars - one on each knee. 



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According to this Corporal John Garner report dated 12/14/1998, the subject had changed into Larry Crenshaw's stolen clothing before killing himself with Larry Crenshaw's stolen rifle.  At some point in the midst of adorning himself with Larry Crenshaw's clothing, the subject or someone else, folded the subject's original clothing and placed it on the floor just inside the front door.

The subject changed out of his Tommy Hilfiger shirt and clothing, folded it and placed it beside the front door.  He then  stole Larry Crenshaw's machine shop shirt and sweatpants and wore them before killing himself with Crenshaw's shot gun. He also stole some of Larry Crenshaw's whiskey.


The Alabama Forensics report indicated the body was clad in a Crenshaw Machine Systems t-shirt, grey sweat pants, blue shorts and a black cap which also had the logo, Crenshaw Machine Systems.



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The Alabama forensics report documented a white male 68 inches in length weighing 144 pounds.  While I hadn't seen my son for two months I can testify that up until October 16, 1998,  when I had been ordered out of our home, he never had an underweight day in his life.  I would have guessed his weight as around 160 because of his mesomorphic body style and athletic build.  There was no fat, but plenty of muscle and a medium stature.

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Even before the Alabama Bureau of Investigation had the fingerprints in their system,  Baldwin County police were on a tattoo trail.  In a supplement report, on 12/14/1998, Officer James D. Stallworth writes that on 12/11/1998 he had photographed the tattooed ankle and taken the photograph to several tattoo parlors, gathering information he relayed back to Corporal John Garner.  While search for the tattoo was ongoing, the John Doe fingerprints would not reach the Alabama Bureau of Investigation until December 16, 1998.

While the fingerprints are noted in reports to have been placed in the system almost immediately (12/10/1998,) the ABI never received prints until December 16, almost a week after the body was found and five days after the tattoo was being investigated.



On final identification, 12/22/1998 Corporal John Garner writes that the GBI had also confirmed a tattoo on his left ankle "of a 'blue spinning sawblade,' which also matched the John Doe."


The Alabama Forensics report notes the tattoo on the ankle was 6-inches in diameter.




The identification of the Baldwin County "John Doe" was made ultimately by matching fingerprints,  while a notable identifying issue on the body's discovery was a tattoo located on the ankle.  My son had a tattoo on his ankle.  A professional tattoo was acquired to cover up the old, makeshift one amateurs at school had attempted when he was younger.  When he showed the new tattoo to me, I became very upset with him saying, "It's terrible. It looks like a sawblade."  There would be an echo of my words years later with his disappearance.  It has been very difficult to believe the size of his ankle could have accommodated a 6-inch diameter tattoo without it wrapping his lower shin front and back. My recollection is that the picture lay flat on the plane of the ankle, and was smaller than six inches and no more than three inches at max.  While the tattoo story is convincing, being a graphics artist,  more than a tattoo story would convince me of the truth.

On 12/11/1998, James D. Stallworth wrote, "I  obtained a copy of the  photograph of the tattoo on the left ankle of the unidentified white male involved in this case. I took the photograph to Precision Ink Tattoos on Gulf Shores Parkway and to Emerald Coast Tattoos, located on West Beach.  Neither place had ever seen that tattoo, nor had they ever applied a tattoo that resembled it.".....

On 12/21/1998 on final identification, Lt. Huey A. Mack, Jr. in speaking with the father wrote, "Mr. Sniffen confirmed the tattoo,  fingernail description and clothing description of his son."  (The fingernail description would have been about bitten fingernails.) 


Page 3 from an Alabama Forensics report records, "Identifying marks and scars on the body include a 6 inch in diameter tattoo on the anterior left shin. It is of a dark blue and green circular blade."

12/21/1998 Corporal John Garner writes, "the information from the GBI also  identified Sniffen as having a tattoo on his left ankle of a blue spinning sawblade, which also matched our John Doe."  I then contacted the Roswell PD and had them fax the information they had on Sniffen to me."


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Investigating deputy Lt. Huey A. Mack, Jr. and Lt. Bryars compared and agreed the prints supplied by the G.B.I. matched prints taken from the Baldwin County John Doe.





Forensics Report shows the blood was negative for alcohol and other basic drugs, and positive for marijuana.

Although forensics report showed there was no alcohol in the system, Corporal John Garner indicated the subject had stolen whiskey.  Later in a newspaper article which featured the event with Sheriff Huey Mack, Jr., it was reported that the subject had been "swigging whiskey."
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According to Forensics, the identifying blood stain card was discarded from their records:


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In 2006 I created a blog for several reasons.  I had requested help from many entities in law enforcement and authorities in state governments who had done little to nothing and had no interest whatsoever.  I had utilized lawyers to attempt to get information but realized I could quickly go completely broke trying to investigate three states in paying attorneys and private detectives.  In addition to this, I had been told there was "too much money" against me to ever unravel the story and I knew for ever dollar I could spend, $10 could potentially be spent against me.

The blog did more: it reached Alabama, and in 2009 I was approached by a journalist at the Mobile Press Register. She'd read my blog and she was ready to "get on the ground and running" and do an investigation.  We agreed that she wouldn't publish the story until I proof read it.   Ms. Kramer did not keep her end of the agreement and her path for the investigation was directly to the office of Sheriff Huey A. "Hoss" Mack, who as a deputy 10 years earlier had been in charge of the investigation.

The newspaper article was filled with errors and holes, just like the police and forensics reports.