No Confidence in the System
I am responding to your April 25 article, "Witness Flip-Flop," about the investigator in the Gould-Taylor murder case. Since Gould and Taylor, whom I know to be innocent of murder, could get convicted in Connecticut on flimsy "evidence," should I have any confidence that Investigator Gerry O'Donnell will be acquitted of tampering and bribery that didn't happen either?
A few days before O'Donnell finally found the witness Doreen Stiles in a rehab facility in another town, I was helping him search for her in New Haven facilities. Stiles, no longer using drugs, told O'Donnell about her false eyewitness testimony about Gould and Taylor. Shortly thereafter, he met with me and Gould family members to tell us the surprising news. He also told us that he had already taken Stiles' recorded recantation to the New Haven State's Attorney. Not only was there no need to tamper with or bribe Doreen Stiles for this recantation, but there was no time period in which he could have done so. If O'Donnell did give Stiles gifts or money at a much later time, I believe it was either because he felt sorry for her or because he wanted to keep contact. It should be obvious that persons experiencing drug addiction can be very unpredictable, as was borne out by Stiles' later vacillations. If this was a mistake on O'Donnell's part, it nevertheless represented neither tampering nor bribery to get the original explanation of why Stiles had lied at the original trial.