My cousin was kidnapped, raped and murdered. He committed suicide. This was a long time ago, and for certain if he had survived the dirty laundry that would be aired would have caused embarrassment.
However, at this point I have little feeling towards the Martin family mostly because of their lies.
I am so sorry for your loss. I float around various "crime" sites and it always kind of amazes me how many have lost a loved one to violence.
I think the Fulton-Martins were originally manipulated by Crump in their time of deep grief. I feel a lot stronger for Tracy Martin than I do for Sybrina Fulton for some odd reason. His grief was palpable, IMO. No parent should have to bury their child but this is not a perfect world. Neither were either of these two gentlemen, both the elder and the younger.
By putting out this "picture of innocence" image of TM, I think Crump did the Fulton-Martins a huge disservice. No one but the smallest of children could reach those impossibly high standards. When leaks began to occur that debated those images, the Fulton-Martins couldn't help but to feel their deceased child was under attack. They truly believe their child was murdered so it isn't unlike someone killing him all over again.
I cannot take much of Crump. I don't like his methods. Even if he had been more truthful, I think that this would have progressed much as it has. I think that Serino could have possibly gotten his manslaughter capias. I also think a Grand Jury should have been impaneled as scheduled by Wolfinger.
Crump is the one who sold the goods, part and parcel, to Sharpton and Jackson. Like he said at one time, "I did what I had to do" when referring to the national attention this has caused. After evidence began to come out that supported George Zimmerman, those two, one of which has a national platform thanks to MSNBC, got strangely quiet.
I feel like I got played by the media and the media was getting fed daily by the Crump machine for weeks on end.
For George Zimmerman, the "demonizing" attacks came first. His family tried to combat them with very limited success. I sometimes think they did him more harm than good. His so-called friend Taafe, do not even get me started on him. I think the only reason he got airtime was because he was such a loose cannon that with the slightest encouragement he would shoot, GZ in the foot. He is an Idiot. Period. IMO.
Again, just IMO. Certainly not to be etched in stone.