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Loose ends? - Not so idle chatter
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In the days and months that followed Melinda Duckett's violent death, the media machine seemed to be at its pinnacle as it cranked out sensationalistic headlines and talk-show hosts nattered on about ten-inch slits,[5] bags and blood,[6] fraudulent email,[7] pornography[8] and bank embezzlement.[9] Law enforcement tantalized the public's hunger for gore by dribbling out Melinda's suicide notes,[10] though it remains unclear exactly how many notes were found.[11] Especially considering they originally claimed "there were no suicide notes"[12] in conjunction with the still unreleased pages. With the airing of each morsel, the public's outrage grew. And by mid-November, hate-filled remarks and racist epithets seemed to be the norm rather than the exception.

As days stretched into weeks and weeks stretched into months, and while the email remains a bone of contention between people who have little to no understanding of network protocol or disk drive technology, other rumors were being laid to rest. The ten-inch "slit" became a 10-by-32-inch u-shaped cutout,[13] the black plastic bags and blood turned into white plastic bags and rust,[14] and the bank embezzlement turned out to be yet more hot air. The source of these rumors? The Leesburg Police and Laurie Konnerth, apparently.[15]

By January, several individuals were speaking with both paternal and maternal family members, MCSO and the Leesburg Police Department were at odds, and scrutiny of the families' dysfunctional dynamics—of which there seemed to be an abundance—increased in intensity. By mid-month, Ms. Duckett's anomally-filled autopsy was released,[16] and by the end of January, MCSO dropped yet another bombshell. They believed that Melinda may have spirited Trenton away to South Korea.[17] In addition to their new theory, they revealed that Melinda attempted to borrow between three and five thousand dollars from friends[18] and that she had tried to schedule a visit with James Duckett, Trenton's paternal grandfather, the weekend her son went missing.[19] Duckett is on death row for the rape and murder of 11-year-old Teresa McAbee of Mascotte, Florida.[20] Some believe he may be additionally responsible for two unsolved murders[21] while others think he may be wholly innocent.[22]



 

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