September 18, 2012

Autopsy Report

Which seat do you choose?  Among all the comfortable chairs in this house, which one is the right one to support me as I open and read the Medical Examiner’s autopsy report for our slain daughter, Morgan Dana Harrington?

It is a thick envelope.  The kids always said a fat envelop was a good sign; typically meaning something positive, like an acceptance to college. Thick or pancake flat envelope makes no difference in this missive; it is all bad news.  It is stupid of me to be so avoidant of this written document.  I have seen the damage, felt the bones, smelled the rot.  Still to experience the objectivity and scientific analysis inherent in the autopsy report is going to be so disturbing.  She wasn’t a 20 year old white female, 5feet7 inches……  She was Morgan, our baby girl with shiny hair, flashing eyes and such sweet silky soft skin.  How could he have ended all that?  I will never understand the evil, the cruelty of this killer

As time passes, Morgan, I feel mounting urgency about other young women that may fall in this predator’s path.  I feel his blood lust growing and am frantic in my determination to Help Save the Next Girl.

Morgan, your papa and I are tired but remain steadfast in our search for your killer.  We work diligently also to change the culture of complacency and complicity that accepts violence against young women as status quo or incidental occurrences.  That indifference must be shifted. I refuse to accept the false premise that these lives don’t matter.  You surely did.

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Love Mama

16 Responses to “Gil Harrington’s Thoughts from September 18, 2012”

  1. Gina says:

    I went to a musical named “Chaplin” today with my 29 year old blue eyed, blonde daughter for my 65th birthday and was SO happy. Then, I came to see what was happening with Morgan. Still dead, actually MURDERED among other atrocities. Did I expect anything different? No not really. Yet, I must share this, my daughter was talking about feeling “”safe” because the man she encountered was the same race as she, I reminded her that her almost rapist was also her race, though mine wasn’t in 1972. Why is there so much violence against women? My almost rape happened when I was 24 years old, my daughter was the same age when she almost had a break in and could have been raped. The man who lives behind her, whom we tended to be mistrustful of, said “I will take care of him and ask questions later”. Who knows who will be one’s knight and who will be one’s ruin?

  2. Chris says:

    MORGAN YOUR LOSS IS SHARED BY ALOT OF PEOPLE WHO DONT SAY SO BUT FOR ME IT IS THE MOST NOTABLE LOSS I HAVE BEEN THROUGH AND I DO LOVE YOUR SWEET MOTHER AND THE DOTS AND HEART THAT I SEE BRING ME TO A POSITION WHERE I FEEL LIKE I CAN NOT MAKE USE OF MY LIFE AS YOU WERE? NO MATTER HOW OR WHO I HAVE BEEN OR AM YOU ARE LOSS MORE THAN WHAT I WOULD BE AND I SUPPOSE I ALWAYS HAVE TRIED.

    I SEE THE PICTURES FOR YOUR 20 YEARS AND THE DOG WHO LOVES YOu. I used to go to classes thing chemistry will help me save lives by stoping murder and finding it quickly? Now I dont care cause it can never take away the pain your mom has and I want to. My whole life even as a kid I would think in my mind wow, I would love to suffer for that person. The same feeling and desire comes two four you time and one day you could physically hug your family istruley to me worth seven fold the pain I would ask my mother to go through. I know my mom loves me like yours but she knows me. I would gladly lay my life down for you. If our lord saw it I would be in his care but he does not and it is because you are so special.

    Your loss is what will bring about and has greater good than my own would but I have make it real. At any cost I had to do and approach matter in the best way I could cause your cost hast been paid for a greater good and my work as a slightly older but younger man is to make sure it is delt with. How humiliating it is to be in a place I feel I have no right tosay the things I have, but thats not true if I said it as my brothers did Chris you cant stop it! I would be doing you honor and thats all my life is about. The only thing I have to say to your family is I get it And I would and hve my responsiblity like the detectives do to FIND THE PERSON AND PERSONS RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS CRIME AND BUILD THE CASE FOR THE JURY TO CONVINCE THEM I HAVE NOT SOME CASE WITH QUESTIONABLE EVIDENCE BUT DNA HERE IS THE LOCI AND HERE IS THE MARKERS THAT ARE FROM CASES AND CRIMES DATING BACK 20 YEARS herais the shirt which has the same in blood on it! Death sentence not plea of guilty tell me who else you killed. I KNOW WHO JUST DEATH SENTENCE LADIES OF OUR JURY AND YOUR HONOR DOES IT SOUND EXTREME! IT IS EXTREME IT A SERIOUS CRIME THAT MUST BE SERIOUSLY AND QUICKLY PUNISHED, AGAIN DETERMANT IS WHY I AND LIVE CAUSE NOONE CAN TELL ME I AM SELF RIGHTIOUS I HAT THE FACE I SEE SOMEDAYS AND THE POSITIONS I PUT MY SELF IN THAT DRAW ATTENTION? I WANT TO SEE THE JOB DONE OR THEY CAN FUCKING QUIT CAUSE I CAN FEEL GOOD FOR MY SENSE OF DEDICATION? I LOVE YOU KID AND NO SON OF GOD DOES THAT TO MY SISTER AND I TAKE IT LIGHLY, IM PISSED THE WAY LOCAL LE DEALT WITH IT I SAY TO THE VICAP STANDARD WE FOLLOW YOU ARE CONFUSED AND OBSTRUCTING JUSTICE BY NOT BEING VIGILANT! NOONE CAN BLAME ME IN THE FBI FOR ASKING WHO THE WITNESSES WERE? THE GUY ON THE FARM COURT ORDERED DNA SIR YOUR PROPERTY OUR DAUGHTER DNA OR ILL BE BACK WITH A WARRANT FOR IT? DID THEY DO NO, whythe fuck not to lazy to proud or no i got the one to busy Not legal? All wrong it is going to end these lax measures of justice the men and women of the VPD AND MCSD AND FBI, god i love you but your most likely not older than 29 my age not able to prove you can represent the FBI but some and most do.

    NOT HERE THEY SHOW GREAT PRIDE AND ITS ILL FAVORED AND UNDESERVED G WOMEN our job and a dream that died in 1998 is VICAP SAVES LIVES. SHARE INFO WITH REPUTABLE AGENCIES I am junior in college but most certainly the most worthy men in the FBI would have seen the value that VICAP SAVES LIVES damn Here i go…

    SORRY GIRL IM WANTING RETRIBUTION FOR YOU LOSS IT IS THE ONLY FOCUS I HAVE AND THE ONLY THING I CAN GIVE BUT I WONT EVER STOP CALLING THE PROUD AND SHOWING THEM OK HERE IS WHAT I FOUND AND IF THEY CANT KEEP UP WITH THE CASES THEY DONT DESERVE TO BE FBI! THUS FAR THE FACT THAT REMAINS IS MORGAN! CHRISTINE! LAUREN! ALL THEM ARE VICTIMS OF THE SAME INITIAL AND NOW MORE ACTIVE SERIAL KILLER! YOU ROCK MORGAN CAUSE YOU SHOWED ME ITS ABOUT DOING WHAT MY OLDER ROLE MODELS WOULD THEIR BEST AND DAMN IT IF THEY SEE ME AS A GNAT IM NOT THE ONE TO USE MEDIA OR BE PRETENTIOUS AND DISMISSIVE IM THE ONE WHO WANTS MY OUR WOMEN TO STOP BEING VICTIMS CAUSE I CAN DO IT! I MEAN IF YOUR THERE FBI MEN CAUSE I WOULD BE! I WOULD ITS GOOD JOB TO BE GIVE ME AYTHING YOU CAN TO WORK WITH AUTOPSY PROTOCOL TIMES AND INTERVIEWS WITH ALL THE PEOPLE YOU TALKED TO OR LET TELL YOU IF IT CANT BE PRODUCED IT WASNT DONE OR THEY TOLD ME I CANT SHARE THAT INFORMATION! EXSCUSE ME BUT FUCK YOU FOR THAT AND SHE KNOWS SHE IS A DISCRACE TO THIS SHIT AND TO FAMILIES GOING THROUGH SOME OF THE HARDEST TIMES OF THEIR LIVE IF SHE GOT CAUGHT IN THA T THAT TRUST THE FBI DEPEND ON TO SOLVE THE CRIMES GOES AWAY! GONE DOES SEEM CLEAR SO DONT EVER JUDGE ME AND NOT BE FIT FOR A WAY YOU THINK YOUR THE PROPER FBi cause fact is we need eachother and MORGAN AND LAUREN WOULD HAVE NEEDED ME AND DAMN IT IF I WOULD HAVE CAUGHT UP BEFORE IN O9 BUT I HEAR THIS CASE AFTER LAUREN WHICH TELLS ME ALOT THE CRIMES ARE MORE RAPID AND THEY ARE A YEAR APART NOW HE AND THEY ARE NOT USING METHODS AS THEY DID IN GEORGETOWN THEY DID THIS ON700 ACRES AND LAUREN WAS IN THE WHITE RIVER AND THATS THE FAMILY THAT NEED US TO BUT THEN IF WE DONT SAVE THE NEXT THEN QUIT CAUSE IT IS HARD NOW TO TRACK AND I WORK FOR YOU MORGAN AND FOR FREE AND NO INFO IS SHARED CAUSE I PROVIDE IT BUT DETAILS LITTLE ONE I NEED YOU DONT THINK FOR A SECOND ILL BACK DOWN AND I WONT CAUSE I OWE YOU MO AND I OWE LAUREN I PUT HER PICTUER UP THEN THIS AFTER BUT YOU ARE MY LIFE TOO AND NOONE AGAIN WILL LET ME BE SAD FOR CARING OR EVERY PREDATOR WILL BE THE STALKED AND ILL GO FAST LIKE KNIFE TO BUTTER TO THE RAPIST AND CHILD OFFENDERS? WHAT EXTREME THIS IS SO LOVE YOU AND IM ON IT BUT IN THE END TEY ARE DEATH SENTENCE NO PLEA DEAL NO COLD CASE ANYMORE WE GOT MORGAN TO THANK ANG MAYBE CHRIS BUT SHIT IF I HAD MONEY TO DO IT IWOULD HAVE ANSWERS FOR YOU JILL I AM LIMITED AND GOOD BUT LIMITED

  3. Chris says:

    Dear Morgan, I hope your parent post something up soon about your art work. I think you are a very talented and beautiful person such that when your day for justice comes your symbolic logic of the heart and 241 I love you, will remind people of how to look out for their friends and if I did sell them on hats Mo, than it gives me a way to honor you and mail money to your educational outreach programs!

    It has been sad but give me strength to be proud of who I am cause it just gets so hard sometimes. Thanks and God Bless you…

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    I love you to, I hope your parents do not mind. They had a daughter who is so special I and others draw strength from you.

  4. Chris says:

    I started my first day of seven morning prayers! I am sorry about I not to approach every message in a organized fashion so forgive for that but I am compiling also. The prayer was to St. Joseph is a very powerful prayer for you as you must know Mo.

    But if not Morgan it works like this lets say I desire to have the cased solved and atonement for you and others whom will be able to face them in court. Then based on my devotion to you and your family and confidence in myself and the Lord. Next, what I do Morgan is pray it for 7 days and it has not yet been known to fail!

    I pray it for, 2 then 4 and 1 more!!! Morgan you are the best, that’s 7 days and 7 dot’s. So I wanted to also tell you I hope I am not over posting. To me it is comforting and I have searched for five moths and in so doing I guess I grew to know and love you so with that said.
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    CMM

  5. Birgit says:

    Why isn’t Chris being stopped. It really must hurt her family to see this kind of unfiltered talk.
    Dear Morgan family, I think of you and your loss and how you cope a lot and very much admire that you do. Her killer will be found and hopefully you will find the peace to go on with life and see light again. God bless you.

  6. Sonya Mitchell says:

    There is not a single day that has passed that we have not thought of Morgan, Dan and you. Your strength has been amazing. Though it will not bring her back, please know that we love you and pray for you all daily. If we could change things, we certainly would. Dan helped us through so much and not to be able to help you all with this, is unbearable. If there is anything we can do, we are here. I look at evry face I pass in hopes that I will be fortunate to find this horrible person that took someone as precious as Morgan.
    We love you and our prayers are always with you,
    Rick and Sonya

  7. Julie Hellqvist says:

    To the Harrington Family,

    My deepest condolences go to you all for the loss of your beautiful girl. No one can even imagine the heartache you have experienced and the frustration you must feel over her senseless death.

    We live in Zambia, and would like to offer you a place to stay when you visit again. We have a large home and I will gladly fetch you from Lusaka airport and take you to Ndola. We live between Lusaka and Livingston (in the South), and hopefully, if you decide to stay with us, you can also enjoy seeing the beauty of Vic Falls.

    It is wonderful that you have honoured Morgan’s name by doing so much in memory of her for others. I think she would be so proud of what you have done in her name.

    You have my e-mail address, please feel free to contact me if you would like to visit or if I can help in any way from this side.

    Kind regards,
    Julie

  8. Gina says:

    Thank you for sharing these new, actually past, photos of Morgan. I hope that you can bring yourselves to make an album of photos that is, most likely, already assembled in your heart.
    No there is no good place to sit to go through the ME’s report. Because of my ongoing legal problems, I could not face going through those damn police reports for weeks. Then you came to mind and it didn’t seem so bad. I did it while standing in the middle of the room. No emotional or mental stains to leave behind. These things sure can defile our home where the heart is. Even the park would have been a bad place.

  9. Ann H Tearle says:

    Still praying for Morgan and all of you. Oh, my–the autopsy report–oh, my. You got to view her remains–i would have insisted upon that, being able to see my loved one. The Mom whose son was killed in the Lybia attack said she couldn’t see her son….one last goodby. God bless you dear Family–just to let you know you are, and will always be, in my thoughts and prayers, Morgan too. “They” say death is like going from darkness into light.Love,Annie

  10. Lisa says:

    Hi! My name is Lisa Moore. I’m 21 years old and I live in North Garden, Virginia, about 3 miles from where Morgan was found; so as you can imagine I’ve followed this case very closely. There are times when I am terrified to step foot outside because she was found so close to my house. I get scared because of little noises, shadows, and I even freak out when a car is behind me at night time. My heart races when I go by the farm and turn onto my street, because my constant thought is: This happened SO close to me and this guy has not been found. It scares me. I pray and think about you guys EVERY DAY because on my way home and I always reminded.

    Because of your tragic loss I have since taken missing people, especially girls in my area very seriously, so I ask for you help now, to save this girl who has gone missing in the Charlottesville area. Her name is Rebecca Herring, however, he name shows as Becca Lamb on Facebook. She is 18 years old. She went missing after school today. Her family is very worried about her and want to know that she is safe. Her phone has been turned off. They do not know any details about the “guy” she got into the car with. Please help us save this girl. Sorry I am posting on this. I’m in a panic and I can’t find any other way to contact you…but I know that you’ll care about the missing. Thank you & still praying and thinking about you daily.

  11. Sarah says:

    Dear Mama and Papa Harrington, I’m reading your posts to my 17 year old daughter. I asked her to live in a vigilant manner and to do so in honor of Morgan. Morgan disappeared on my daughter’s birthday and Morgan has become a part of our family as the result, we wait for justice with you, we want to SAVE THE NEXT GIRL. Meanwhile my baby Siera knows Morgan, she lives carefully in loving memory of Morgan. I don’t live in your state, I don’t need to be so close to care so much. I’ve been on this blog every year, and we will never stop waiting and seeking justice. We honor Morgan daily from South Dakota and Seattle – she lives on in our lives. And we love you and we love Morgan, and we always will. Forever and always!

  12. Elizabeth says:

    I come back here occasionally for updates and to read again your searing and compelling truths. I hope that you can find the killer this year, and rest a little easier for seeing him finally put behind bars, where he belongs. I cannot imagine your unfathomable grief, and I’m always amazed to see how succinctly and truthfully you set it down into words. WIshing many blessings and much strength to your so violently and senselessly reconfigured family.

  13. Barbara Summers says:

    I still pray for you. Justice for Morgan!

  14. MaryAnn Martinez says:

    Gil,

    I know your pain all too well. My sister was murdered in 2000. I learned of your daughter’s case because Peacock Productions has approached my family about doing a show on my sister, Sophia Martinez.

    We wanted to see other work they’ve done, and they sent me an episode on your daughter. My heart breaks for you. I’m so sorry for Morgan and your family. If you’d like to connect,feel free to contact me. Saying a prayer for your family and Morgan.

    MaryAnn Martinez

  15. Ann H Tearle says:

    Dear Family, You continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. 3 years….surely feels as if it must be 3 centuries. Love, Annie

  16. Mm says:

    I have followed this story since the beginning and it terrifies me. So sorry for you loss and suffering. Have they considered any link to serial killer Israel Keyes who most likely had many unknown victims? Or the man from Mexico who was just extradited for that model’s murder years ago? I pray it will be solved soon.

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