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     “‘We didn’t talk,’ Christy’s father, 64, said.  ’We didn’t say nothing to nobody.'”
    The last thing they wanted to do was jeopardize the case.
    “Now, her father sees things differently.  ’Nice people finish last.'”   

Christy Mirack’s father quoted in the Sunday News in 2002 with parts reprinted on this site (click here).

    I reprint the above today for a reason.  You see, my friend Jodi and I went up to the fifth floor in the courthouse late Friday morning after viewing Coroner Diamantoni’s one page summary report on the death/murder of Lydia Colon-Torres.

    First District Attorney Christopher Larsen was not expecting us but graciously said he would come out into the hall to talk.

    We spoke for about 15 minutes.  “Have you been in contact with her family?” was one of the last things Larsen asked.  “No,” I said.  I told him I can’t find a way to contact them – something I am quite sure he already knew.

    “They are satisfied with the way the investigation is going,” he said.

     One, I think it’s a cheap shot because there is currently no way to substantiate his comment and he is referencing a mother-of-three children whose family must still be heavily grieving.

     Two, I find it very hard to believe her family is “satisfied” with her murder going unsolved for over a year. 

    Three, I believe that if her family does have complaints, they may well feel it is best to stay mum about them.

    After all, the police may well have told them not to say anything to anybody because it might “jeopardize” the case.

    Mr. Mirack is still waiting for his daughter’s killer to be arrested.

    Please check back tomorrow for more with Larsen.

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16 Responses to STILL WAITING…

  1. Joe says:

    Touche Becky. LOL

  2. Joe says:

    Brushed up: I’m not employed by the County or any other government agency. Your anonymous use of the word “pencil neck” is telling – would you say that to Chris Larson’s face? Yes, I’m anonymous also, but I’m not calling anyone names.

    Becky, yes there are County Detectives that work as part of the DA’s office, but you and Brushed up oversimplify the relationship. As 1st assistant Larson has no authority over them – they only answer to Steadman. Thus, he has no right to access what the detectives know unless Steadman allows it. Moreover, Larson himself is not a county detective, nor is he charged with their investigative responsibilities, just as the county detectives are not prosecutors. There is a separation of responsibilities. As a prosecutor, Larson does not have the legal duties and responsibilities of a county detective.

    Which brings us back to the police, which would include any county detective working on this case. They should be the focus of your questions, not Larson.

  3. Brushed up says:

    Joe: Does Steadman know you are posting on county time!!! Really, the DA’s office, with pencil neck as the 1st assistant, has a stable of it’s own investigators who are directly under the DA and his first assistant. They are the ones who have the Colon-Torres case on their plate. To say that the DA’s office sits back and onnly reacts when the police have delivered indicates that you don’t know how the process works.

  4. joe says:

    I think you guys are confusing the job of the police with that of the prosecutor. It’s not Larson’s job to find the perpetrator, but to prosecute them once they are charged. That someone may have turned the killers in to a tip line is irrelevant and hardly bursts my bubble. Larson still had to prosecute the perpetrators and convince two different juries that certain individuals were guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. There is nothing remotely easy about that. Anyone who has watched cases tried before a jury, such as you have, should understand that.

    If you honestly think Larson’s job there was an easy “slam dunk”, then your understanding of the criminal justice system is significantly flawed. I don’t mean that as a personal insult, but as a plea for reason. Lambasting Larson for the slightest offense while casually dismissing the hard work he put in with the Diener case makes it pretty clear that you have some sort of bias against him. That is your prerogative, but it also damages your credibility.

    That is why I feel your focus should be on the police investigating this matter. The prosecutors can only react when the police have delivered, and they clearly have not in this case.

  5. Jodi says:

    Joe,he had no positive facts to give us.More like go away….your asking to many questions.

  6. Brushed up says:

    Oh please, pencil neck Larsen. I’ll bet you have him nervous as could be!

  7. joe says:

    Becky, you’re certainly entitled to your opinion about Chris Larson, and I’m certainly in no position to speak for the Colen-Torres or Mirack families. However, I’m pretty sure I know what Ray Diener’s family thinks of Mr. Larson.

    I don’t remember you ever writing to complement Mr. Larson and the police for bringing Mr. Diener’s killers to justice. I think that if you are going to criticize Mr. Larson based on speculation and uncorroborated theories, you should at least balance it out with some positive facts and paint a more complete picture.

    • Becky says:

      Joe, I don’t mean to burst your bubble, but if I remember correctly, a member of the public turned Diener’s killers in to a tip line. More later today.

  8. Jodi says:

    What I got out of our trip to the 5th floor on Friday is that Larsen wanted us to be anywhere but on the 5th floor so he didn’t have to deal with us. He started to get annoyed and sent us to the coroners office. He must not know us to well yet. LOL…..I believe he thought we’d just give up and go home.

  9. Concerned says:

    Groundpounder is his screen name? A soldier and a cop, I assume? That’s very commendable, if I’m accurate. My grandfather is WWII vet, Big Red 1. That was his nickname, given by some of his other officer friends, even though its a term more commonly used with Marines.

    I wouldn’t know too much about being a cop, but I often wonder if some cases are investigated less vigorously than others and perhaps that’s the issue with these cases. Not my intent to suggest police corruption, although we all know it does happen in some departments from time to time. I’d be curious to know what evidence, if any, was found. DNA, trace, prints, etc. if those things were present, that is. And how about the interviews with suspects, leads, and what have you?

    Keep after this case, Becky. I’m curious as the cat to find out all the details when the case is solved, if at all. Although I will say this about Right to Know: A couple of years ago before my grandmother passed she was involved in a car accident in North Florida. We went to the police department to get a copy of the report to prepare for a lawsuit (my grandmother was at fault, and at 96 its a miracle it was her only accident, I blame my mother for not snatching her license). They wouldn’t release the report to us. Thinking that there were formal measures, we completed the requisite forms from the FHP and submitted them. Turns out the FHP didn’t have the case, it was only the police department, which was strange because both the sheriff and FHP were present. So we went back to the police department and they still said that all reports are confidential and they won’t release them unless we were an insurance agent or another cop. Maybe it was just that sheriff’s department, but I think the process is much easier here. Of course, in this case we’re talking a more serious crime that a car accident, so obviously it will be just a little harder.

  10. Concerned says:

    It’s certainly hard to believe that in this day and age murder’s still go unsolved.

    • Becky says:

      Concerned, you are correct! You know, there is a poster on several forums who is a retired cop who shall remain nameless (!), who use to attack me all the time and talk about how hard detective work is and the training that’s required, etc., etc., etc. I’m sorry, most cases take basic common sense and a feel for people – not CSI training. And in this age of DNA and other forensics, these unsolved cases are simply unexcusable.

      Any comments, groundpounder?

  11. Concerned says:

    Did you try I found this:

    Charles A Mirack

    2002 W Main St, Trlr 17

    Ephrata, PA 17522-1124

    (717) 733-2399

    Don’t know if they’re related or not.

    • Becky says:

      Concerned, thank you but I was talking about Colon-Torres’ family. In the age of cell phones and not being in Lancaster, finding/talking with her family/relatives has proved very difficult. I am not giiving up though.

      After I wrote today’s piece, I realized I do not have information on whether Christy Mirack’s father is alive or not. The last I knew he did not live in Lancaster, but he may have moved back. Over five years ago, I did speak with her brother Vince by phone and he was not one bit happy with the police’s efforts. I have never seen anyone so determined to have his sister’s murderer brought to justice.

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