Adorable, little Sandra went over to play at her friend's home on March 27th and never came home. She was found over a week later in a suitcase in some pond. The mother of the "friend," 28 year old Melissa Huckaby, has been charged with Sandra's rape and murder.
Twists and turns include Melissa's claiming her suitcase went missing the day before Sandra was found, the fact that Melissa is a Sunday School teacher and her grandfather is pastor of their church, Sandra was killed in the church, Melissa swallowed exacto knives in an attempt at suicide and that Sandra was horrifically raped with an instrument. Apparently, this little girl was dead before she was even reported missing.
Okay, okay. Now that we know the details, let's take a deep breath and examine some shit.
Interpol should bring their biggest cases to my day job office because the four of us are confident we can solve every mystery in the news. We should be an hour-long Sunday night television drama, a la Murder She Wrote. And here's what we think about Sandra Cantu:
Were a man charged with this crime, we'd all shrug and be glad another asshole pedophile is off the streets? But a woman? A mother? With a bad perm and banana clips? We're shocked. The circumstances are unthinkable. What on earth would possess a 28 year old mother to kill AND RAPE her child's playdate? An early theory from our sweet bookkeeper suggested Melissa accidentally ran over Sandra with her car, freaked out and ditched the body. Something along those lines, you know? Maybe she lost her temper and smacked her a little too hard. Maybe Melissa didn't pay attention to kids were playing in the pool? Maybe this was all a tragic accident, horribly hidden by stupid people who panicked?
Possible and makes sense...except for that whole rape with an instrument thing.
Thus, my boss has a pretty solid theory. Melissa's covering for someone. Perhaps she's covering for her father or Pastor Gramps? Perhaps some shitty, trucker hat boyfriend? Perhaps we're naive to think a fellow sister is so sick as to commit such a crime.
Ugh, men. Can't live with 'em. Can accuse 'em of murder.
My co-workers have now crowded around my desk, shouting out theories. John thinks it may have been a 2 person job, with Melissa and some accomplice engaging in some twisted child porn fest that got out of control. Amanda doesn't jive with the thought of the Pastor of anything being involved. The church aspect is just a little too suspicious for her.
What about you guys? Are women capable of shit like this? YES. So what happened? Why would Melissa Huckaby all of a sudden, out of the blue just decide to rape and murder an 8 year old girl?
Because she's nuts? Well, yeah...
*Also, now that I'm thinking of it, this is HUGE news, right? Why isn't THIS? On Tuesday, a 17 year old babysitting his nephews calls 911 saying 2 intruders are inside the home. When the cops show up, the babies are asleep, the sitter is missing. Oh, but his blood-covered cell phone is lying in the backyard. The story is burried. What the fuck? And where the hell is Luis Antonio Ortiz...