First, her Dad, organized a Motor Cycle Ride to Vegas to raise funds for a proper investigation. This received Human Interest style coverage, but there were no interviews aired questioning Sheriff Lee Baca or the Lost Hills/Malibu Division Commander. There were no follow up interviews of the restaurant owners, waitresses, waiters, where Matrise had eaten before she was arrested. Then, one week before her body was found, the news conveniently reported a rumor that Matrise had been sighted in Vegas. The rumor of course was uncorroborated then her remains were found in a deserted area in Malibu. There were no interviews probing why the Sheriff had not allowed Matrise's remains to be recovered by an independent contractor to avoid the appearance of foul play or a cover up? There was no follow up when the FBI declined to investigate this case. Why?
I hate to make this a racial issue but you will see that race should be applied. JC Duggard, Young White Teenager went missing, her case made National news and it stayed in the National news. It's still there now! Years after she's been found, her kidnappers court case is being covered.
The Late Ms. Natalie Holloway goes missing in Aruba! It made National news. Why? Was she the Daughter of a Diplomat? Was her Family friends to the President? National News and a TV movie. Why not Matrise?
The Late Mr. Austin Bice went missing last week in Spain. His disappearance was covered until his body was found in a river outside of Madrid. He received a hellava lot more press than Matrise did in a whole year. Matrise disappeared after being arrested and released on foot in a wooded area at 2am. And still she has not received the kind of coverage JC Duggard, Natalie Holloway or Austin Bice received in just days.
16 Year old Student Phylicia Barnes
Now Phylicia Barnes, a 16 year old A Student is missing in Baltimore, Maryland. She disappeared while walking home. National Coverage??? Some. Nightly??? Heck no! You know it's bad when the Baltimore Police Department states that they have not had enough media coverage to help them in this case. That's bad!
So what is the criteria for a missing person's case receiving National Media coverage? We know that Chandra Levy received coverage because of the brutality of the case but also because a Congressman was possibly involved. But how are other cases and events decided???
Race can not be ruled out. Matrise was a Master's degree candidate, Pretty, Young, Lesbian, and Black who was arrested by the Sheriff. Her car was impounded and she was released at two in the morning, on foot into a wooded area with no purse or cell phone. This does not get national coverage. You've got possible dirty or neglect cops, you've got sex, you got a possible hate crime and cover up. That's must see TV Baby!
In another case you got a 16 Year old Pretty, A Student who's gone missing while walking home after calling her Father. This is every parents nightmare! That doesn't get national coverage??? That doesn't dominate the local papers??? Then what does?
JC Duggard did! Natalie Holloway did! Austin Brice did! Chandra Levy did! All four were White! Two were out of the country. Phylicia and Matrise were Black and in the country! IN THE COUNTRY!
The underlining message seems to be that if they are Pretty and White then Alright! We are concerned about what happened to them but if they are Black then... Who gives a F*ck!
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