For years, I’ve vowed not to get too deeply into the weeds re Tiffany’s murder. But with thousands of people contacting me about her in one way or another, maybe the time has come to address a few specifics more…specifically. So here we go, into the briar patch. But I still don’t intend to write thousands of words about it. Just quick answers to a few recurring topics raised by her ex-boyfriend John Captain.
- Mr. Captain was not under a gag order. He was a no-contact order, requiring him to keep away from Tiffany’s mother. When it was issued, the judge explicitly said that he had the right to write about the case. He chose to interpret the order as a gag order, but it was not. (It should be noted that he also complied with it, quite scrupulously.)
- The order did not prevent him from attending court hearings regarding Tiffany. Again, the judge specifically made that clear. Mr. Captain had the right to attend the trial. He was simply ordered to keep as far as practicable away from Tiffany’s mother. He chose not to attend, but he had the right to be there.
- Mr. Captain was, however, ordered at some point not to attend court proceedings. That order came from the defense, which apparently wanted to call him as a witness (probably in the hope that his conspiracy theories would sow confusion on the case and allow them to win on probable doubt). He has misinterpreted that order as coming from the prosecution, but the version of it he once posted online showed clearly (at least to people with legal training) that it came from the defense.
- Mr. Captain was not a “witness to a murder” as he so often claims. He was a witness “in” a murder case, which is not the same thing.
- There are claims that Tiffany was writing a book at the time of her death and that this book was highly valuable. To the best of my knowledge, there was no book. She often talked about wanting to write one but does not appear to have written anything. Even if she had, first books by unpublished authors are generally not worth anything. She might well have had the talent to write a book (she was good at a great many things), but it takes time to learn the craft.
- Mr. Captain keeps asking if I took victims’ compensation money. He insinuates that this would be tantamount to making money off Tiffany’s death, which is silly. Victims’ compensation money is to reimburse out-of-pocket expenses for such things as travel to the trial. You don’t make money off reimbursements for expenses you would not normally have incurred. Anyway, my only expenses were a handful of light-rail tickets and maybe one or two parking garage fees. I don’t think I was close enough to Tiffany to qualify for compensation, and the amounts were too trivial to ask for, even if I did, so, “no.”
So, six weeds, under 600 words. Though the trouble with weeds is that for each one you whack, you get six more.