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Posted on February 12 at 12:51 p.m.
~LOVE~ "Love is patient; love is kind and envies no one. Love is never boastful, nor conceited, nor rude; never selfish, not quick to take offense.Love keeps no score of wrongs; does not gloat over another's sins, but delights in the truth.There is nothing love cannot face; there is no limit to its faith, its hope, and its endurance.In a word, there are three things that last forever; faith, hope and love;but the greatest of them all is love. 1 Corinthians 13I continue to hold out faith and hope that love will prevail and we can all delight in the truth.
On Meet Mrs. Jesse James Hollywood
Posted on February 12 at 11:51 a.m.
Tom, very interesting you just said that because I was about to say the same. Very disheartening and eye-opening to see into the hearts of so many Santa Barbarans. Who would know...Based on their comments, Santa "Barbarians" would more fittingly describe them. Very sad to see this. My dad always said "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all."
Thanks again Santa Barbara Independent - In spite of the rude, hatful comments, I really enjoyed the article.
Posted on February 10 at 6:41 p.m.
realitycheck88-There are a lot of ignorant and hateful people out there. As the saying goes; "Ignorance breeds hatred." As far as questions about the anguish of the victim and his family, I found no evidence to back up the claims of Jesse having a part in making the decision to kill Nick. Nor was he there to witness his anguish. Those are questions to be asked to the ones who were. Jesse's only public statement was "I was not there and if I were this would never have happened." He undoubtably feels the pain of the Markowitz family's loss more than you can imagine and in more ways than one. abnsb-Look up Lori Davis while you're at it. She married Damien Ehchols, author of Life After Death while he was on death row. He was released more than 20 years after his wrongful conviction. Perfect love casts out fear. I enjoyed the article and found it heartwarming. Thank you xo
Posted on November 5 at 10:03 p.m.
In regards to your article's statements that Hollywood "masterminded the shooting," "ordered the kidnapping" and was "convicted of ordering Markowitz to be killed," this is a case of the media echoing what they've said from the beginning. These statements are without validity and still have no proof to back them up. JJH's conviction was based on the felony murder rule which allowed a jury to convict based on the mere fact that JJH was present for the initial kidnapping in West Hills. That rule was NOT allowed by the Judge in Rugge's trial. The statements that you continue to chant are statements from those who were actually present during the time of the murder and were likely made to lessen their own involvement and save their own necks. Understandable I guess, but certainly not proof. I was at the trial and I'm not buying it. I'd appreciate if you'd stop the crucifixtion. JJH got LWOP due to this kind of media coverage. Just some food for thought. Love to all
On Jesse Rugge, Markowitz Kidnapper, Released
Posted on November 5 at 1:09 p.m.
Welcome home Jesse. No one knows what really went on in the mind of those boys through that horrible ordeal. It's all been confused by now and we may never know. Some will stick to a story once they've said it and others may be weighed down with guilt and finally tell the truth. We do know that law enforcement plays a large part in the statements that were made by these young boys who blamed JJH after realizing they made a horrible mistake that couldn't be fixed. Bottom line is that Ryan Hoyt killed Nick Markowitz and for what ever reason the others didn't step in and stop it. They were young, scared, maybe high...I don't know and am not their judge. It's not my place to decide if they "deserve" a second chance, but I will say that I'm glad they have one and I hope they do well.
Posted on October 25 at 10:59 p.m.
Regardless of their ridiulous claim "Jesse James Hollywood made me do it ." how either Pressley or Rugge can have anything but regret for their actions is beyond me. From what I saw and read in the actual police interviews, the two of them came up with that story to cover their own asses after their (girl) friends found out that Nick was found dead. Think about this...both or either of them could have prevented Nick's death at ANY GIVEN MOMENT and did NOT. The infamous "Alpha Dog" story was not backed up by any evidence. NTM, I sat as a spectator during the course of the trial and I found Graham Pressley to be indeed arrogant and void of remorse or credibility.
On Graham Pressley Sounds Off on Jesse Rugge's Release
Posted on June 6 at 7:46 p.m.
From what I have heard in testimony this tragedy had little if anything to do with a drug deal. Pot smoking was just something that the group of kids did with their time during that particular time in their lives. They went from one house to another, "hanging out and partying." As one witness put it, "we did a lot of nothing" back then. Like it or not that's what kids do sometimes. It rarely ends up with the violence that this story ended in. From testimony I listened to it was clear to me this is about a boy [Jesse Hollywood] who was scared for his own life and the lives of his younger brother and family due to threats which he took very seriously. The source of those threats were from the older brother of the young Nick Markowitz, Ben Markowitz. This was testified to by each of the witnesses that were involved. The picking up of the younger brother Nick Markowitz was stated by witnesses as a 'happenstance' that took place rather than a plot or plan of any kind. That fact was echoed by each of the witnesses who have testified.Each of the witnesses also stated that there was no discussion of holding him in trade for money. They just happened to come across Nick Markowitz at a turning point while they were scared, angry and fired up about the threats and more recently,some vandalism that had taken place at their favorite "hang out", the home of Jesse Hollywood. At one point their decision turned deadly. From what I understand from the testimony given, Jesse [Hollywood] had left the Santa Barbara area and sought advice from his family friend and attorney. The attorney[Steve Hoag] testified that Jesse [Hollywood] had urged his friends to "take the kid home." The attorney also urged Jesse [Hollywood] to go to the police, but he was too afraid since he feared the wrath of Ben Markowitz. The prosecution would have you believe that after speaking with his attorney, the defendent made arrangements to have Nick Markowitz killed. They have gone to great extremes in an attempt to prove that. So far not convincing. As far as Jesse Hollywood fleeing, I may have run too, for a number of reasons, after finding out the events that had taken place. Fear of Ben Markowitz first and foremost, fear of the initial involvement of a simple kidnapping, and now a young boy is dead! To make matters worse, you now have been named as the,"master mind" in this horrific crime by countless stories in the media. If I had the means, I think I would run too. It's up to a jury now to decide the fate of Mr. Hollywood. I hope that they are taking their job seriously and understand that Jesse Hollywood was just a kid back then too. Can you really go by "he said, she said," testimony when someone's life is on the line? "Jesse Hollywood made me do it." I'm not buying that. He didn't have any reputation for violence of any kind as testified by each and every witness questioned.
On Memory, Truthfulness Scrutinized at Hollywood Trial