Sunday, August 10, 2014

When the Good Old Days Weren't So Good...

Remember when...

It was more than twenty-three years ago - May 23, 1991 to be exact - when five-year-old Timothy Wiltsey "disappeared".  As the story goes, young Timothy had accompanied his mom, Michelle Lodzinski (herself only twenty-three and a single mother), to a carnival at John F. Kennedy Park in Sayreville when she took her eyes off of him briefly in order to buy a soda.  When she looked back, Timothy was gone.

Almost nine months to the day - after an exhaustive search and after Michelle reportedly changed her story regarding what happened on the night she claims that he disappeared - authorities announced that they had found a skull in a creek located in the Raritan Center Industrial Park.  His family, including his mother, buried him at a funeral mass on May 12, 1992.  

In the two-plus decades since, Timothy's mother Michelle has two more children, gets herself in more than one legal predicament centered upon her seemingly innate inability or unwillingness to tell the truth, and ultimately relocates to Florida, where she finds a job as a paralegal at a law firm.

Earlier this week, on August 6, 2014, authorities in Florida - acting upon a warrant that was executed following an indictment that was handed up by a Middlesex County Grand Jury one week earlier - arrested Michelle Lodzinski for the murder of her five-year-old son, Timothy Wiltsey.

The plan now is to extradite her back to the State of Concrete Gardens to answer the charge of first-degree murder.  The first-degree murder of her own five-year-old son.  The first-degree murder of her first-born child.  The first-degree murder of a defenseless little boy.

I do not pretend to know whether Michelle Lodzinski murdered her own little boy twenty-three years ago.  I reckon that sooner rather than later that question shall be answered.  She is entitled to the same presumption of innocence as every other defendant in the American system of criminal justice.  If she did it, then I hope that almost a quarter-century after she did it, she is finally made to answer for it.     

Timothy Wiltsey's twenty-ninth birthday would have been August 6, 2014 - the very day on which his mother was arrested.  There is a name for that confluence of events I suppose.  I know not what it is.  I would wager that it is not serendipity...

...Somewhere far, far south of that in fact.  

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