Monthly Archives: December 2011

Dawna Natzke Found Near Boyfriend’s Former Residence

While it’s not confirmed, the body found today in the forest just 5 miles from her home and 5 miles from where her burned out car was, the family of Dawna Natzke says it’s her. Police haven’t officially made the identification however they have let her family know of the find. She was found near a former residence of her boyfriend, Kevin Duck.  The family just set up a Facebook page called Justice for Dawna Natzke. Duck earlier claimed he went to bed after they both attended a Christmas party December 21. Dawna worked as a police dispatcher for the Hot Springs Village Police Department in Arkansas.  Duck said he thought she was at work when he woke up. Dawna wasn’t reported missing until December 23 by one of her children.


Body Found During Search for Dawna Natzke

From the Help Find Dawna Natzke Facebook page:

‎12/31/2011: A body has been found by volunteer searchers in the Ouachita National Forest. The Hot Springs Village Police have confirmed that a body has been found during a search involving over three hundred volunteers this morning. Investigators say it is too early in the investigation to confirm the identity. 350 volunteers and the Red Cross met at Jessieville High School at 8 am to search for clues in the disappearance of Dawna Natzke. Around 9 am, a body was found south of Highway 298.

15 Years Later-Did Darlie Routier Kill Her Sons? (Part 3)

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Darlie Routier on Death Row–Guilty or Innocent? Defense Opening Statement

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Why Darlie is believed to be innocent.
Defense Attorney Richard C. Mosty represented Darlie Routier in her murder trial. With 20 years of experience going into the trial, he set out to prove Darlie’s life revolved around her children. And that while not perfect, she is not the psychotic killer Assistant District Attorney Greg Davis was making her out to be.

Darlie Routier with her sons Read the rest of this entry

Mom of 3 Missing in Arkansas–Dawna Natzke

It seems not a day goes by when someone doesn’t go missing in this country. Makes you wonder. Dawna Natzke was watching TV the night of December 21 according to her boyfriend. He went to bed at 11 p.m. and when he woke up, she was gone. Because she works as a police dispatcher in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, he thought she had gone to work. No one knew she was missing for 2 days. Her son reported her missing December 23 and the next day, her car was found completely burned out in a remote section of a forest. So far, no sightings and no reported suspects.


15 Years Later-Did Darlie Routier Kill Her Sons? (Part 2)

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Why Darlie is believed to be guilty.

Assistant District Attorney for Dallas County Greg Davis made his opening statements on January 6, 1997. In it, he explains why he thinks Darlie Routier murdered her children. He paints her as a desperate, materialistic woman who enjoyed the finer things in life. When that began to go away, when she had trouble losing weight she gained while pregnant, he suggests she became angry and looked for a way to regain the freedom she once had.

Damon and Devon Routier
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Names We Lost in 2011

Call me morbidly curious but I always look for those year-end stories about people who have died during the year. Usually I read them to see if someone passed away who I didn’t know about. 2011 was no different. From former First Ladies to the Angel of Death in “Touched by an Angel” many famous and not so famous made their last mark in 2011. Indy Car driver Dan Wheldon is the featured picture on this post. I knew him personally. Such a tragic loss.   Here is just a sampling. Read the rest of this entry

15 Years Later–Did Darlie Routier Kill Her Sons? (Part 1)


The Routier Family

It’s been 15 years since the brutal murders of 6-year-old Devon Routier and his 5 year-old brother Damon in Rowlett, Texas. Sitting on death row at the Hilltop Correctional Institute is the boys’ mother Darlie Routier. Like many prisoners, she continues to say she’s innocent. But in this case, is it possible she’s right? There are many websites out there (and many now defunct sites) set up to prove her innocence. One,, is run by her mother Darlie Kee. Read the rest of this entry

Remembering Katie Fitch

Reposted from More on her can be found here. I’m reposting from my other blog because no matter what, you should never forget those whose paths you’ve crossed. This was originally posted January 2, 2009.

In this world of email chains, it’s sometimes hard to tell which are real stories and which are fake.  A while back, there was the story of Ivory Watts.  That was all too real.   Then there was the story of Penny Brown (still going around by the way) who, the email said, was missing.  It turns out, it was a hoax.  There is one going around now about a little girl named Katie Fitch from Florence, South Carolina.  It looks like this and after you read it, I’ll let you know if it’s real. Read the rest of this entry

Over $1 Million in Donations to Slain NYC Cop Education Fund

Just 2 weeks before Christmas, NYC Police Officer Peter Figoski responded to a call to back up a fellow officer at a Brooklyn drug raid. He was gunned down by Lamont Pride. Officer Figoski left behind a family of 4 daughters and his wife Paulette. He put off retirement so he could send his daughters to college. The NY Post and the NYC Police Foundation have set up an education fund specifically for his daughters’ education. You can donate at this site.  So far the outpouring has been phenomenal. His family deserves this support.

Dear Santa, Next time just leave coal

At 8:40 this morning, a time when many kids around the world are scrambling to the Christmas tree to see what Santa has delivered, something not quite the same was going on in my house.

An electric pump chose Christmas Day, a holiday where nothing but Chinese Restaurants are open, to fail. So what you may say? What’s the worst that can happen? How about a lower level family room flooded with some of the worst imaginable stuff. If I didn’t know better, I’d say Santa had a bit too many cookies and milk and the lactose intolerant jolly old soul let his gut rip in my house.

Not the way I had hoped to spend today. Anyway, while waiting for the $200/hour plumber to show up I found this. Enjoy!