Sunday, April 20, 2008

Jailhouse Penpals...

Back in late February 2008, it was reported that the FBI had given handwritten letters, believed to have been authored by Harlow Cuadra and Joseph Kerekes, to the Luzerne County district attorney’s office.

Also in a breaking news article the day before... it was reported that: "Prosecutors want the two men accused of killing gay pornography producer Bryan Kocis to submit handwriting samples to the court to verify they wrote letters the FBI confiscated."

It appears that Judge Peter Paul Olszewski granted the prosecutions' request on April 17, 2008.

What's unfortunate about this evidence, is that it brings up more questions than answers (until trial):

1. When were the letters written?
2. Who were they sent to?
3. What did the letters contain?
4. How did the FBI get them?

While I don't have an exact answer to any of these questions... I'd like to provide a little of my own personal thoughts, opinions, and insights:

1. When were the letters written?... Since the letters were done in handwriting, I can only assume they must have been written after Harlow and Joe's incarceration. If these letters existed before then, I can't imagine it would take the FBI almost a year to hand them over to the DA's office... in fact, I wouldn't be surprised if they were written during the Fannick fiasco (December-January).

2. Who were they sent to?... Who know's really... but there's always that chance that Harlow Cuadra and Joseph Kerekes were trying to communicate with each other, since I don't think the jailhouse 3-ways worked for very long... if at all.

3. What did the letters contain?... Again... another who knows... but according to the prosecutions' motion: "The documents indicate that both defendants had written the letters which contain material information relative to the aforementioned case".

4. How did the FBI get them?... Now that's a question I'm sure we'd all like to know. The FBI doesn't normally have jurisdiction over mail, so I can only assume the letters were either handed over by a postal inspector, or found somewhere. Yet reading the news report that states they were "confiscated"... it really does make you wonder... confiscated from whom (Renee, Elm?), or where?