In 2012, I wrote a series of posts on police corruption in New Mexico. Recently, a woman named Myra Redman commented on one of those posts saying the 1988 murder of her husband, James F. Gossen, remains unsolved and there are questionable matters regarding his case as well. I reached out to Myra and told her I would be happy to write a post on her husband’s case and she agreed. Most of the information I received on this case came from Myra.
Gail Miles, 61, was a retired Watertown, Massachusetts police officer, having worked for the department from 1984 until her retirement in 2004. When she was hired, Gail was the first black police officer and only the second female officer at Watertown Police Department (WPD).
Throughout her 20 years of service, Gail endured severe sexual harassment and racism by male officers in the department. Gail documented all of it in personal journals, and even sued the police department in 2000.
My loyal readers know how I feel about police/government cover-ups. I hate them. And when those said cover-ups involve the disappearance or murder of INNOCENT people, my blood boils. Because if you can’t “serve and protect”, then GTFO!
When I get the chance to write about these type of cases, I jump at it. Why? Because they are absolutely ridiculous. This next case is a perfect example of a police cover-up.
WARNING: FOUL LANGUAGE.
I’m pissed so there is going to be cussing involved. Just thought I’d warn ya ahead of time. 😉
I normally don’t write posts about current events or cases. But this one has gotten me all riled up! I am so angry for the OBVIOUS murder of a promising young, BEAUTIFUL woman.
I hate cover-ups. I really fucking do. And this is one of the worst ones to date, in my opinion. I am so tired of all of the racial killings going on in our country. This isn’t the fucking 1800s! Texas, you need to GET OVER THAT!
Warning! Super long post!
When I hear the town name Jasper, and it just happens to be in Texas, I immediately think of James Byrd, Jr. I’m sure you do, too. On June 7, 1998, one of the worst cases of racial crimes occurred here. James Byrd, Jr. age 48, was dragged for three miles behind a pick-up truck on an asphalt road. He remained conscious throughout most of the terrifying ordeal and was killed when his body hit the edge of a culvert, severing his head and right arm. The murderers – Shawn Berry, Lawrence Russell Brewer, and John King – then drove on for another mile before dumping his torso in front of an African-American cemetary. The horrific crime shocked the nation.
This is the last post in my series on New Mexico Police Corruption.
On July 1, 1998, seventeen-year-old Teresa Reyes disappeared from her parents apartment in Albuquerque, New Mexico sometime after 11:00 p.m. and has never been found.
Earlier that evening, Teresa, or Terry as she was known to friends and family, was hanging out with her cousin, Tyfanni Sedillo. The girls stopped at a gas station to use the payphone. While there, five guys in a cream-colored van, 20-21 years old, approached the girls, asking them if they wanted to go to a party. These guys were later described by Terry’s friend as being “Mexican-gang type”, heads shaved, and wearing baggy pants.
This is the second to last post I am writing on police corruption in New Mexico.
At 5:00 pm on November 19, 1997, Gallup, New Mexico resident Paul Adam Fitzjerrell, 25, was closing up for the day at B & F Used Cars, a family owned business he managed. His longtime friend, Gallup Police Officer Mike Brandau suggested they go to a neighborhood bar to shoot pool.