When you get your new suede jacket home from the store, and before you even wear it, you should treat the suede to keep it looking great, especially if you live in a wet climate. Rain is notoriously ruinous to suede, so you’ll want to use a protector to help the water bead up and fall off of the jacket, rather than have it absorb and stain it. You can purchase a protecting spray from most shoe stores or fine menswear store, especially formulated for leather and suede. Spray the entire garment and allow to dry before you use it.”
“I had expected Drew to climb out.” Vicki remembers, “but I was in shock seeing Christine disappear, and hadn’t noticed Drew was
still in the water until I heard a voice say: Get Drew. Then I rushed to the water to help her. We were terrified another wave would come at any minute.”
Whose voice did Vicki hear? Christine Rosamond has disappeared. Vicki uses the word “We”. Who is We? In the drawing that Vicki and I did together the day before Christine’s funeral, there were four people in the bowl. Vicki disappeared that drawing and produced a fake drawing allegedly done by Drew, that removed Shamus Dundon from the scene. I was about to question him. As a young man of the family I considered how he felt, he in the Air Force, and not able to rescue his aunt. Did he consider diving into the water? Many family members die trying to save family members. After I saw the home movie Vicki and Shamus made of the finding of Christine’s suede jacket, I considered the real possibility Christine threw off her suede jacket, and went into the water to save her daughter who might have gotten careless. But, then there was Drew’s extreme fear of ocean she got from her mother. Was Shamus trying to help his cousin overcome her fears? Vicki says Christine and Drew sat down on the same rock with their back to the ocean. Four years prior, Vicki told me how cautious Christine was when they went to a lake together, Christine freaking out whenever Drew made a move towards the water.
Why would there be a cover-up? If Drew and Shamus were reckless, then my niece Shannon would blame them for her mother’s death. Shannon was an Heir as well. Vicki was first named executor. Shannon could get her disqualified. Garth did not like Shannon. Shannon would be a continuation of her mother. The Court appointed executor, Sydney Morris, said this to me in our only conversation;
“I’m told your sister was a real pain in the ass!”
As to the report I sent him, he said it reminded him of a book he read ‘Murder By Accident’ where a man takes his wife to the coast and shoves her in the water in order to collect insurance. This was based on a real event. Then there is the idea of an Unlawful Death suit. Witnesses are removed, and first hand accounts are not given. Vicki speaks for many. Vicki puts all the blame on Christine. However, Vicki watched a eight year old sit down on that “final rock” and was not concerned. Surely she wondered why Christine was no longer concerned for Drew?
A couple weeks after Christine drowned, Vicki invited me to lunch. I asked her if my friend, Michael Harkins could come along. Michael had done detective work for the famous PI, William Linhart, who worked for Carl Chessman. At lunch, Vicki made me offer. If I sold the family partnership Rosamond prints at shows, she would give me 50% percent. Vicki had asked me to make shelves for these prints in her closet, they kept under her bed. Michael and I concluded these prints were in the trunk of the Rambler parked outside Christine’s home the day of the funeral. Michael pointed out how the back of the car was weighted down. He pointed to the locksmith and said;
“We should ask him to come over and pop the hood.”
I turned Vicki’s offer down knowing nothing should have been taken from that house – that should have been sealed!
I would talk to my father and my cousin Bill Broderick about these prints. Christine and Garth refused to give their partners an accounting, or a proceeds from sales. Vicki had invested $60,000 dollars. She was angry!
After lunch, Vicki took us up to her apartment and put a video on. This video was made a week after Christine died. The bowl fills with water. Vicki says this is what happened that day – when the tide was low. The tide is high, as it was that morning.
Shamus now finds Christine’s suede jacket high up in the ice-plant where it lay for a week. When a wave hits that wall, a plume of water shoots high into the air. I asked Shamus if he saw this plume and he said he did. This meant the suede jacket got sprayed with sea water, sat in the sun all day, then got wet again at high tide.
After the video, Vicki goes into her closet and gets Christine’s jacket and shows it to Michael and I. Michael is trying to get my attention without Vicki noticing. He can not believe it is on pristine shape, there not a spot on it. I got it. But, what dismayed and saddens me is when Vicki puts her hand in the pocket of the jacket, and retrieves several broken mussel shells.
“Drew must have slipped these shells in Christine’s pocket while they looked for more tide-pool creatures.”
No way! No way would Christine allow anyone to put dirty smelly mussel shells in her expensive jacket. What for? These are not collectable. Drew is eight. She know the difference. Both of these females are artists that have lived on the coast for years. They have good taste! Now, if they were tourists from Nebraska?
Vicki says these shells were in the pools of water next to the rock Christine sat on. I saw these brackish brown pools when I went to Rocky Point. They are formed by the plume of water that has worn the rocks into the shape of a bowl. There are clusters of muscles on the rocks near the fifteen foot wall that drops into the sea. The powerful waves knocked these mussels lose.
There was no corrosion on the sipper. I now considered this cove is not where Christine went into the water.
A week later, Vicki asks me to “handle Michelle” who was Christine’s friend, and Vic’s. Michelle works for the Defence Language Institute. She was born in France and married a pilot who died in Vietnam. She told me she members it was chilly that morning because the wind was blowing very hard. She lives in Pacific Grove, and goes jogging every morning. She and the ex-police Chief were drinking coffee in a restaurant that morning. They talked about how windy it was. Michelle told me she would talk with the chief. This is when the investigation began. A few days later, I called Vicki up and asked for the names and phone number for the people who lived in the house at Rocky Point. She refused.
The sheriff told me there were about five adults and three children in the main house that Vicki told me was locked, they not able to get in and watch T.V. the night before. How did Christine get a key to open any part of this house? Who had the keys?
Barbara Layne told me she was talking to Vicki, Drew, and Shamus, when Garth Benton drove up. I asked Barbara if he was alone in the car? She said yes. This contradicts the account Garth told Tom Snyder that appears in his biography ‘When You Close Your Eyes’.
“We were almost there when an ambulance passed us, going the other
way. We both realized it was carrying Christine. My mind flashed back
over the last few months and years, and all the anguish for Nina and
Drew and me, even for Christine. I was crying, and I turned to Nina —
this is what I am ashamed of — and I said, ‘we’re free. And Drew is
This can be construed as an alibi that removes Garth from the death scene. Barbara did not see Nina get out of the car – or anyone – but Garth.