Thursday, April 16, 2009

wherever there's trouble, we're there on the double...

I've been neglecting Pirates '09 in favor of following the shocking and tragic murder of 8 year old Sandra Cantu in Tracy, CA, which for those of you out of state, is about an hour away from San Francisco and kind of a dump.
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...

9 comments:

Be_Devine said...

Who the hell swallows razor blades? Did she think committing suicide is like MadLibs? Pick a verb. Okay, now a noun.

Karyn said...

I have to admit when I heard the child was raped, my first thought was the woman is covering for someone - except then I think of Casey Anthony who killed her daughter and didn't give it another thought - so maybe there are just some really fucked up women out there. The rape thing - though - I read once that only .01% of sex offenders are women... so what are the odds that this woman was that .01%? Part of me almost WISHES it comes out she's covering for someone, cuz I really like to think if I tell my daughter "find a woman if you're lost" she'll be safe.

sfmike said...

Oh, thank you, young Jessica Fletcher. I knew you wouldn't let us down.

Moonrose2715 said...

I had the thought that perhaps she herself was molested/raped/abused as a child, and this is one of those sick retribution type deals. The other thought that I had is perhaps the little girl was being mean to her daughter, and this totally mentally ill woman decided she would "teach her a lesson" which got out of hand.... Those are my theories... Though I'm not against the idea that she is covering/ an accomplice for someone else....

Big Jer said...

...We're the Bloodhound Gang!!

Awww Thanks for the flashback!

3!...2!....1!....

Melissa said...

Of course, she just HAD to be named Melissa. Goddammit.

Did you see her arraignment? Based on the remorseful way she was acting, I'd say she was part of it - not totally covering for someone. My guess is that she caught grandpa messing with the girl and killed her to protect him. She copped to owning the suitcase pretty quickly to keep the police away from him. And if he had done the same to her when she was younger, well that would explain it even better - she might be thinking she was doing the girl a favor.

I really must stop watching so much A&E.

Leslie/Squid said...

I could totally see her covering for one of the churchy family members. She might feel that she is not only protecting him but the entire congregation and reputation of the church.

I would like to know if there is ANYTHING sexually related in her past. Have there been ANY incidents where were was even slightly inappropriate with a child. Someone who has seen her with kids would have to have seen something in her along the line right? A woman going from zero to rape with a foreign object on a child of the same gender seems SO SO SO unlikely!

Maybe she wanted the cops to think it was a man and did whatever she did for physical evidence of rape trauma. How clever is this lady do we know?

INTRIGUE!

HappyRachael said...

Just in case you didn't see this during your beautiful weekend at the compound... http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Missing-Redwood-City-Teen-Found-Safe.html

Brock said...

Cantu have any respect for the dead?

Thank you, good night...