Ms. Kramer was very personable, sympathetic and nice. I cooperated with her and provided her with information she was seeking. She said she would "hit the ground running" and research, get documents, etc. I had asked Ms. Kramer that if she wrote an article would she be so kind as to allow me to proof read it for errors before its publication because I wanted to make sure the details were correct. There was only one telephone conversation with Jillian Kramer. She never called back for more information.
I had no idea she would head directly to the office of Sheriff Huey "Hoss" Mack, and it appears speaking with Sheriff Mack was quite possibly the substance of her entire investigation. After reading the article I wondered whether it was Ms. Kramer or Hoss Mack, deputy in charge of the John Doe investigation, who initiated it.
In 1998, Huey Mack, Sr., the Baldwin County Coroner, was the father of Deputy Hoss Mack. Both men had been involved in my son's identification, body storage, and the details of the death, etc. It was Huey Mack, Sr. who gave me much information via telephone, and I was grateful for it as Hoss Mack and John Garner at the sheriff's office were rude and stonewalled my attempts to get the files.
About six months after speaking with Ms. Kramer on the phone, an article was published without my knowledge or notification between Christmas and New Years in the Mobile Press Register. Jillian's investigative "piece" was so slanted and loaded with errors that I couldn't believe it was published in a legitimate newspaper.
In the article, I am not referenced with respect as a Mother, family member nor parent, nor even as Ms. Looney, but as "Looney says" and "Looney this" or "Looney that" eight times, with obvious disrespect for my family and maiden name bordering ridicule.
A newspaper or published article will often set-in-stone or validate a story to the general public even if the facts are incorrect.The article:
A newspaper or published article will often set-in-stone or validate a story to the general public even if the facts are incorrect. The media industry is extremely powerful in creating history and recording it, sometimes to the detriment of those of us who have been victimized by bad reporting.
"discarded his Tommy Hilfiger clothes" - According to the police reports, the Hilfiger clothing was found neatly folded just inside the entrance door of the trailer.
"womens sweatpants and a camouflage jacket" - Police reports indicate a Crenshaw Machine Shop t-shirt. The owner of the trailer and shirt was Crenshaw who owned the machine shop. Personal research indicates one of the witnesses, Alan Singleton, a next door neighbor, had been involved and acquitted in a huge, Alabama/ Sandini drug smuggling operation with his truck and the plane "Aruba Star" years ago. Online records indicate some members of the Crenshaw family have a history of questionable conduct.
"Georgia native" - Gerard J. Sniffen, III was born in Roanoke, Virginia and lived in Virginia from 1978 - 1985 when the family was transferred away from Virginia by Norfolk Southern Railroad.
In 2004, six years after my son disappeared, I was finally able to get my son's police records after speaking directly with Sheriff James B. Johnson on the telephone. I had been lead to believe that Hoss Mack and John Garner were in charge, and had no idea that with Lieutenants and Corporals and a military styled department that an actual Sheriff, even existed. James B. Johnson was the actual sheriff.
Julia Goodin, forensics examiner who signed but did not perform the autopsy, moved to Iowa to the highest paying position in the state, according to one online publication. I spoke with her later and she went to her black book saying that she did not perform his autopsy and said that I would have trouble locating the woman who did it, who had moved to another job. Contrary to Hoss Mack's and John Garner's reports, Dr. Goodin also said that she did not attend the crime scene, and that it was not the job of forensics examiners to attend crime scenes.
Judge Lyn Stuart, who released the body to the father the same day they were jailing the mother in Georgia, became an Alabama supreme court justice. As the body was released by Judge Stuart to the father and said to be stored in Georgia for a week, I was arrested by Cobb County, Georgia police and jailed, and then arrested again by Houston County, Georgia police and held in a Georgia state hospital past the 72-hour order almost 7 days, which prevented my identification of my son's body.
Did Ms. Kramer research this? When Sheriff Hoss Mack finally made a match of the fingerprints in his office, he spoke with Mr. Sniffen on the telephone. Why didn't he speak with the mother? Why wasn't Mr. Sniffen mentioned in the article written by Ms. Kramer?
Overwhelming evidence proves my son did not die in Baldwin County, Alabama. When Ms. Kramer contacted me, because she said she'd read my blog, this evidence was discussed. I believed she, as an investigative journalist, intended to get to the truth. After reading the article, I realized the truth was probably never her motive at all.
A year or so after this article was published, when I read what Hoss Mack had reported about one of his own deputies who had been killed by a train, I realized that something was very wrong with his handling of cases and his ability to deal with death, tragedy and the media.
Having contributed to a small newspaper in N.C. years ago as a political cartoonist I had learned how very political and powerful they can be. It was years later with the Mobile Press Register article I learned how shoddy, negligent, disrespectful and slanted–– even corrupt that information reporting can be.
The article was reported to the Dart Center, and anyone who suffers from this form of abuse by news media should consider this and other organizations who scrutinize news sources for signs of abuse or unethical behavior.
Garmen M. Looney, Sr. USN, WWII
The surname Looney is an honorable name, an old American colonial name, in fact, my father and ancestors participated American military successes, paid taxes and were upstanding citizens from the time they joined other colonists of Southwest Virginia in the 1700's. Yet I am referred to not with respect as a Mother, family member nor parent, nor even as Ms. Looney, but as "Looney says" and "Looney this" or "Looney that" eight times, with disrespect bordering ridicule.
For so-called journalist, Jillian Kramer and Baldwin County, Alabama Sheriff Hoss Mack please view this photo my late father, Lt. Commander Garmen Montell Looney, Sr, USN, WWII, a pilot and highly respected man who risked his life for you and your family. Why would anyone or the Mobile-Press Register be publicly disrespectful of this man's name, or his daughter or grandson? His father spent 40 years serving Norfolk and Western Railroad and never missed a day's work. His ancestors fought every war for this country.
Had he reached the ranks of executive and attained all the power and money there, he still never would have had his wife and the mother of his children falsely accused and incarcerated in any jail or shackled and taken to a state hospital to prevent her from identifying their son's dead body. And he never would have trashed or ridiculed anyone's family publicly.
No decent American family should buckle under to power and money,
public corruption and crime, nor tolerate trashy, disrespectful, fallacious news reporting.