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Seems like Jesse “LJ” Matthew could be the culprit in the Hannah Graham case

As I’m typing out this blog, this is happening: (I wrote about this case a few days ago, if you want to see the original post)

That’s more bags of evidence, because they already grabbed a few over the weekend (I believe that’s accurate).

Some black gloves were removed — which could be harmless, but could be a total disaster of a situation too:

https://twitter.com/MikeMurilloWTOP/status/514109917092118528

You may have previously heard that Matthew had two roommates. If you heard that, you may have wondered, “Well, how could he do something to Hannah Graham unless the two roommates were complicit?” Well, they could have been — or you can believe this too:

https://twitter.com/kasie19RU/status/514095414983667712

There’s also this nugget (unconfirmed):

https://twitter.com/robsmithiii/status/514110279790383104

Here’s what I’d say, based on all this:

1. Jesse’s story is that he bought her drinks, but they left separately. That could be true — innocent until proven guilty, of course. If you take that last tweet above, though, and add in the fact that Hannah Graham was ‘visibly intoxicated’ and they were at a bar (that much he did admit), there’s a chance that he did offer her a ride home, they got into some kind of traffic accident, she wasn’t waking up, and he panic’ed. That’s one guess.

2. He asked for a lawyer and “fled the police station at a high rate of speed,” right? That doesn’t seem like an innocent man, per se.

3. If you watch enough crime shows, you often see the motif of “the night got out of hand.” This seems like what might have happened here. I’m not saying that, if involved, Jesse Matthews shouldn’t go away for a long time. He should. For sure. But I don’t think this was necessarily a pre-meditated thing. I think it was a drunk girl + showing interest + went too far. However, some of these surveillance images — like the one at the top of the post here — are a little troubling because it does seem like maybe he is following / stalking her, and that’s obviously quite awkward (and leans towards pre-meditation).

4. Not sure what Jesse Matthew was doing in 2009, but I wouldn’t think he’s linked to the Morgan Harrington case (anything is possible, though).

There’s now a wanted poster, as well — although admittedly it’s for reckless driving:

https://twitter.com/David_Culver/status/514113792947781632

Ted Bauer

4 Comments

  1. Innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. We’ve seen no evidence yet except that he followed her from a bar in a public area…Show the evidence before he is hung out to dry.

    And equally important: find the missing girl.

    Remember, as non-intuitive as it seems: these are two innocent people right now — one missing and one wishing he was missing.

    • Agree with you 100 percent. I really would like to see the missing person (Hannah Graham, in this case) found. It’s also possible he went home with her, stuff happened, and she left — either raced out or left later. We don’t know that it was him that did something to her. I suppose forensics could teach us more here, but it could also be a situation where the cops caught a heater and they want to resolve it quickly.

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