Welcome members of Anonymous.
This is an attempt to present the other side of the Daisy Coleman case and ask questions that warrant answers. I know there are some who aren’t going to like what they read here.
While you might not agree with what’s written here, I ask you to consider the following:
“Speaking the truth is not a crime.” – Edward Snowden
The whole world is watching Maryville, Missouri.
The Daisy Coleman case is international news. It’s a story of a girl assaulted and discarded by a privileged boy, only to be attacked by a town that rallies around a powerful, corrupt politician. But as this story unfolded, there were cracks that many weren’t really talking about, either from the raw emotional response to the story or because they just didn’t dare question the narrative out of fear.
While they don’t disprove Daisy’s story and it’s possible what she claims is the truth, these cracks need to be discussed, as an entire town is being described as a “lawless Hellhole,” Ground Zero of America’s Rape Culture, a town that not only condones rape, but rallies around the rapists and attacks the victim.
There’s more to the story. There are unasked questions, inconsistencies and downright lies that should make you question the narrative described in the media.
A Hat Trick of Lies
On October 23rd, I published Vet: “The Time Melinda Coleman Spent Working in Clinic Totaled 5 1/2 Hours.”
That evening, Melinda Coleman left a comment that read, “And you didn’t try to contact me.”
That’s a lie.
I called her cell phone, getting her voice mail three times, leaving a message once. I called via Skype. The last call lasted 16 seconds. I hung up after getting her voicemail again.
Here’s a screen cap of my Skype history, taken the night she made this claim.
I used Audio Hijack Pro to record all my calls to Melinda. As you’ll hear, the voicemail box reads the same phone number as in the Skype screen cap above:
That’s one example of how I tried to get in touch with Melinda.
Melinda and I aren’t friends on Facebook, so that went to her “Other” file. It’s possible she might not have seen it.
However, she saw my texts:
You can see all those attempts are made October 22nd, the day before the article went live on The Torch. And you can see she responded to one of my texts. She never called me to comment.
As I said in the article, I attempted to contact Melinda several times. Each time I said who I was, who I wrote for or what I wanted to discuss. I was very clear in all my communications.
Melinda made more comments on the site after her initial lie.
Here’s the entire exchange:
That’s another lie. She deleted her own comments:
Here’s a screenshot of what Andrew was looking at in the video:
Melinda Coleman came to this website, lied about me, accused me of something she did and then went to her Facebook page and lied again:
This shows a willingness to not only lie, but to create a situation built on deception to make herself appear to be a victim of the “bully machine,” as she referred to me. This is important because it’s the exact framework used to create the narrative that Maryville turned against her and her family, a narrative based on her word.
Recall the words of Sheriff Darren White:
“The only people’s stories that have been inconsistent throughout this whole thing are the Colemans’ — are the victims in this case — and I don’t know why that is.”
Please consider that as you read the rest of this article.
The Bitch Cup
According to the boys who were there, Daisy didn’t initially begin drinking when she arrived at Matt Barnett’s house. They claim Daisy and Matt had sex first, then Daisy came to where they were and began talking trash about being able to drink more than them. She was reportedly carrying a bottle of vodka, a clear liquid, and was drinking it straight out of the bottle.
Daisy and Matt would, according to the boys, have sex again that night.
According to Daisy, it wasn’t like that. In her XO Jane article, Daisy wrote:
Matt emerged from one of the bedrooms with a bottle of clear alcohol he wanted me to drink. This is when one of Matt’s friends suggested I drink from a tall shot glass, which they labeled the “bitch cup.”
About five shots tall, I drank it. I guess I didn’t know how badly it would mess me up. But the boys who gave it to me did.
Daisy alleges that after she arrived, Barnett handed her a large glass filled with alcohol. The boys urged her drink it and then a second glass too, she related later to her mother.
On CNN, Melinda told Jake Tapper, “It went from one drink to completely blacking out.”
However, Paige Parkhurst, the other girl there that night, told Al Jazeera America:
And we got there, and they just started handing her drink after drink after drink.
Was it one glass and lights out, did she drink two before passing out, or was it as Paige said, “drink after drink after drink?”
Who Found Daisy? And Where?
KCUR published an article on the Daisy Coleman case in July, long before Dugan Arnett and the Kansas City Star. In the article, Melinda Coleman says:
An incoherent Coleman, then 14, crawled to the front door of her family’s home in Maryville, Mo. It was a Sunday morning, Jan. 8, 2012, 5 a.m. Her younger brother, Tristin, and mother, Melinda, heard a thumping and at first thought it was their dogs trying to come in.
“It almost sounded like somebody falling against the door,” said Melinda Coleman. “I kept thinking, did she sleepwalk? And she had absolutely no idea.”
In the Kansas City Star article, she said:
The sun hadn’t yet risen the next morning when Coleman, groggy from a sleep interrupted, made her way toward the living room.
She had woken moments earlier to the sound of scratching at the front door — the dogs, she figured, had gotten out — and grudgingly went to investigate.
Instead, she found Daisy, sprawled on the front porch and barely conscious.
There’s a big difference between thumping, someone falling against the door and the sound of scratching.
Also, in the Kansas City Star article, there’s no mention of Tristin.
But on CNN, Tristan is back, but Melinda says they found Daisy in the yard.
However, according to Inside Edition, the eldest brother, Charlie, says he found Daisy, unconscious in the yard:
Now, Daisy’s brother, college sophomore Charlie Coleman is coming forward. He says he found Daisy laying unconscious in the front yard of their home the morning after the alleged assault in 22-degree temperature.
In the Baker Orange, Charlie says he woke up to the sound of his mom screaming.
Here’s a photo of the front door of the Coleman’s house:
It’s an estimated ten to twelve feet from the front door to the yard. It’s not possible for Daisy to have been thumping or scratching on the front door and be in the yard.
Another very important thing to consider: the boys say they watched the girls go in the basement door, not the front door.
And Paige confirms they were in the back yard:
And they took her and carried her to the back corner of her house and left her there.
Did Daisy then wake up and walk around the house, up hill, to the front door, rather than go in the back patio doors which were much closer?
These inconsistencies create a few questions, such as:
- Who found Daisy? Melinda? Melinda and Tristan? Charlie?
- And where? Was she scratching at the door, or thumping? Or was she found in the yard?
- Why are there so many different versions?
- If she was left in the back yard, how did she get to the front yard?
But let’s assume they did find Daisy outside of the front of the house and address it as described.
Maryville on January 8, 2012
Daisy Coleman wrote an article for XOJane.com, telling the story in her own words. In the article, she wrote:
Then it was like I fell into a dark abyss. No light anywhere. Just dark, dense silence — and cold. That’s all I could ever remember from that night. Apparently, I was there for not even an entire hour before they discarded me in the snow.
According to Weather Underground, there was only trace amounts of snowfall throughout December, but twenty-six days with temperatures above freezing, including a high of 60 degrees on New Years Eve, a week before the incident. The next week was all sunny days, with temperatures above freezing all but one day. On Thursday, January 5, the high temperature was 64.
There was no snow in Maryville on January 8.
Here is how KCUR described Daisy on that January morning:
She wore no socks or shoes, just a T-shirt and sweatpants. Her hair was wet and frozen.
And the Star wrote:
wearing only a T-shirt and sweatpants. Her hair was frozen.
It was somewhere between 19 and 22 degrees when Daisy sneaked out of her house. Did she go without a coat? Did she go without shoes and socks?
And did she go into that frigid night to meet up with “the school’s most popular student-athletes” in a t-shirt and sweats?
According to a source close to the boys, Daisy was wearing yoga pants that night. And as Sheriff White asserted, their stories haven’t changed.
Here’s another description of how Daisy was found, in her own words:
I was freezing and sick and bruised, my hair in icy chunks weighted against me.
Consistent in all the stories is Daisy’s hair being frozen. But no one ever asks, “How did it get wet?”
You might think frost, but the temperature was above the dew point while Daisy was outside. Frost wouldn’t have formed. And frost wouldn’t create “icy chunks.”
And according to Weather Underground, there was no rain that night.
The boys claim they watched Daisy and Paige go inside the house.
No one on either side ever mentions Daisy’s hair getting wet.
Final question that no one asks: Where was Paige?
In her Al Jazeera America interview, Paige said:
And they told me to go inside, that all she needed to do was to sober up, and that she would be okay, and they were gonna be there and watch her.
It was very scary. I was really confused and didn’t understand what was fully going on. I was in shock and really worried about my friend. It was freezing out. I don’t know. There was just a lot of things going through my mind.
So what happened after that? Did she just go to sleep, leaving her friend out in the freezing cold?
I’m not asking in an attempt to blame Paige for anything, but one has to wonder what happened to her after she left Daisy. She offered no insights on that in her Al Jazeera America interview.
It was suggested that after the boys watched the girls go inside, Paige went to bed and Daisy took a shower, changing into sweats and a t-shirt to sleep in. Then, she became sick and in order to keep her mother from hearing her, went outside to vomit. According to Sheriff Darren White, there was vomit outside the house. It was found on the side of the house, closer to the front door.
After vomiting, she either passed out or locked herself out of the house.
That account explains several things. First, it explains why Paige went to sleep that night. She believed Daisy was in the house with her. And second, it explains why Daisy’s hair was wet, why she didn’t have a coat and why she was barefoot.
Run out of Town?
According to a police report from the Maryville Public Safety Department, in June of 2012, the Barnetts, the Groumoutises and Dr. Sally Hayse received phone calls from someone saying he was Bill O’Reilly. The Barnetts and Groumoutises also received calls from someone claiming to be an agent with the FBI named Francis O’Riley.
“Agent O’Riley” told Dave Barnett he had an arrest warrant for his son and needed to speak with him. Mr. Barnett told the caller his son was not home. “Agent O’Riley” said the FBI would be at his house in the morning to serve the warrant. Mr. Barnett hung up shortly after that. ”Agent O’Riley” told Deno Groumoutis he had an arrest warrant for him and wanted to serve it.
“Bill O’Reilly” threatened to set up a camera crew outside A & G Steakhouse if Sue Groumoutis didn’t answer his questions on the phone.
Sometimes, the parties just got calls that played, “Don’t You Want Somebody to Love.”
Bob Rice received calls also, from Bill O’Reilly. He asked about the tox screen and about the rape kit. Rice said he told him they existed, but didn’t offer details.
The harassment occurred over several days and was reported to the police. They traced the calls to Maryland. After getting a call log of the Maryland number, Maryville police were able to tie it to the calls everyone received.
And they also noticed the number called Melinda Coleman twenty-two times. The call log showed Melinda’s cell number calling the Maryland number five times.
With this evidence, they confronted the caller in Maryland. The calls stopped.
And it ended there.
They had evidence that Melinda was in contact with the man harassing them and the principal parties did nothing with it.
That doesn’t fit the narrative of a powerful Republican family Hell-bent on vengeance.
There are parts of the story surrounding the fire that have been left out of the main stream accounts. Readers are led to believe the town burned the house down as payback.
However, the fire reportedly started at 8:30 am on a Sunday morning and originated in the basement.
Neighbors say they noticed the fire and rushed to the house to make sure there wasn’t anyone in the house, then they called it in. They said the back door was already blackened and smoke was coming out of the windows in the garage doors.
It hadn’t been burning long.
Is an arsonist going to start a fire between 7 and 8 am on a Sunday? People are up, getting ready for church, walking their dogs, and generally awake.
You’d have a very good chance of being seen, especially since the area’s so wide open.
While arsons generally occur more frequently on Saturday and Sunday, they don’t occur during daylight hours.
According to the Missouri Fire Marshall’s report, Melinda and her boyfriend were in the house the previous evening from 8 pm until 10 pm. A neighbor reports seeing Melinda’s vehicle outside the home around 5:30 that evening, however.
Melinda told Mark Fechtig the house had been hit by lightning in 2012, which left a burn mark down a wall. She also told him she had an electrician replace some outlets and she’d experienced no electrical problems since. But that night, the lights in the master bedroom and the living room would not come on.
Melinda also said the house had been vandalized before:
She stated the toilets and kitchen sink had the drains stopped up and water left running that caused a lot of water damage to the house.
It’s important to know the fire was declared undetermined not because they couldn’t discern what caused it, but because the house was unsafe for detailed examination to be conducted.
Also, I’m told the insurance company that insured the house did their own inspection. As far as I know, that inspection is not public.
None of this was mentioned in any news article. Instead, a picture is painted that it was yet another attack from a vicious town.
News outlets are quick to point out that Daisy faced consequences for this at Maryville High School:
When she checked online, she discovered that many of the comments were aimed at Daisy. On Twitter, the brother of one of the boys at the Barnett home that night wrote that he hoped Daisy “gets whats comin.”
Daisy was suspended from the cheerleading squad for her role in the night’s events.
What isn’t reported nearly as often is, the boys were suspended as well. In fact, they received a 365 day suspension, prohibiting them from participating in football the following year.
Maryville High School running back Cole Forney was recently given a one-year suspension for his involvement in a teenage party in January that was allegedly rife with illegal drugs, sex and alcohol.
The younger Forney, a junior, and MHS senior Nick Groumoutis, who was also barred from sports for being at the party, filed an injunction against the Maryville R-II School District earlier this month in Nodaway County Circuit Court along with a motion for reinstatement.
Presiding Judge Roger Prokes dismissed the case last week, and a couple of days later the signs went up in Forney’s yard.
For its part, the district has declined to comment on the suspensions of Forney, Groumoutis and at least two other youths, citing provisions set forth in the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
The suspension came down in February 2012.
This wasn’t a case of the school punishing Daisy because they were doing the bidding of Rex Barnett. This was the school giving the boys a punishment five to ten times worse than school policy called for, especially since law enforcement said some of them weren’t drinking and were only considered “witnesses.”
There’s nothing about this story I like. I don’t like the idea of a 14 year old girl being drunk and being raped, nor do I like the idea that this could be all a lie that’s grown out of control.
This story warrants scrutiny if we want the truth. We are still a country where people are innocent until proven guilty, even alleged rapists. It’s the foundation of our justice system.
Up until now, only part of the story has been told. Daisy and Melinda’s version.
And while they deserve fairness, so do the Barnetts, the Groumoutises and Dr. Sally Hayse.
And so does Bob Rice.
They haven’t gotten it.
Also, this article doesn’t disprove that Daisy was raped. It’s possible that her version is exactly what happened. But this article does point out some important questions that haven’t been asked in the media. It shines a light on what Sheriff White meant when he said the Colemans changed their story.
And it shows that Melinda is willing to lie and smear someone in order to discredit them and appear victimized.
While the world was quick to judge Matt Barnett a rapist, I hope they will be quick to consider these points as well.