Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Today is Mary's 4th Anniversary Vigil, please join us at Noon, Circle Fountain in Marshall

Mary Denise Lands, 4th Anniversary, 2008 Vigil of Hope -Please Join us!

Today, Wednesday, March 12, 2008, at Noon
Mary's Vigil-WWMT-TV- 03/12/08
Mary's Vigil-WOOD-TV8- 03/12/08
we marked the 4-year anniversary of the disappearance of Mary Denise Lands.
Mary's Vigil- YouTube, 03/12/08
Although we are much closer than ever before in solving the case and bringing Mary home, family and friends still need to come together on this day to continue public awareness for Mary. Please join us!
We believe the winter weather will improve enough for a short event to be held commencing at Noon at the Brooks Memorial Fountain in Marshall. Anita Marshall once remarked, "each year it seems as if Mary is up in heaven pushing away storm clouds and adverse weather for a few minutes to provide us a light from above during our vigils". It appears that today we'll have milder temperatures, the sun will be bright, and Mary will be smiling down upon us all.

This year we plan to do something different. Instead of the yellow balloons that have been sent aloft in the past we plan to release 48 bright blue "star " balloons (Provided by Lakeside Florist in Battle Creek- Lakeside Florist ), one star for each month that Mary has been missing. Anita & Cliff will release one "gold" balloon on behalf of another missing Marshall woman, Courtney Cook. She disappeared after leaving her home on January 19th. Our entire community prays that Courtney will be found safe and return home. All the balloons will carry a small laminated card bearing Mary's picture, and contact numbers for the Michigan State Police and others.

Sgt. Scott McDonald, Acting Chief, will represent the Marshall Police Department, and other law enforcement officials have been asked to attend and say a few words. A representative from St. Philip Catholic Church will offer a prayer. We now all know that Mary was a victim of domestic violence. The Calhoun County Prosecutor’s Office has provided an Information Guide from the Domestic Violence Council and we will distribute pamphlets to the public. It is a great resource tool about keeping you informed on the dynamics of Domestic Violence.
Earlier in the week I again met with Michigan State Police investigators and was assured that Mary’s case is being actively and aggressively worked by team members each week. We’ve had good turnouts in the past, but this year lets have as many supporters as possible join us for 15 minutes at the Circle Fountain in Marshall. Let us show how many in our community have cared about Mary’s case for these last 48 months as we continue to ask the questions, Where is Mary? and When will we have justice for Mary? We need every one of you to participate. Thank you for your support. We will bring Mary home

101 comments:

Anonymous said...

Cliff, Anita, Josh, Mike, Jim and family. We'll be there for you.
You are in our prayers.

Anonymous said...

be nice if some Pratts did something for family like return Marys cape.
my husband and i be there

Purpose Driven said...

I'm sure all of you know by now that the only reason that the cloak has not been returned is that it has DNA - or - it is like a trophy to CP - just to dig in a little deeper hurt to the family who might find some comfort in having it returned. We all know Chris is an A_ _ but it boggles my mind that the family assists him in his endeavor.

Hope they can sleep.

This certainly defines the rest of the family's character who is holding it.

Keep in mind - that withholding key information and/or evidence is against the law and they can be held accountable.

Stupid is as stupid does!!

Remember to keep these people in your prayers - they will need them.

Purpose Driven said...

Hey Billy Jack - Was reading about the NO - Police at the meeting. Got thinking that most would not have a problem with State Policeman Det. Scott. I don't think anyone has any issue with him, they are just afraid of a couple from MPD. Just letting you know how I feel for what it is worth.
Thanks for keeping it going.

Jim, hope you are doing OK - know you have been busy but do enjoy your blogs.

Anonymous said...

For the meeting - Do you think it might be a good idea, for the shy ones, to write or type their questions or concerns on a paper to have Billy Jack read or speak for them. This only if they are present and don't like to talk in front of people or are afraid. That way they can stay anonymous except for Billy Jack who can contact them later if needed? They would need to be signed, not anonymous.

agnes, who else!!! said...

MR BILLY JACK,
A little bird told me that this meeting is a very important one. A star studded event so to speak. I plan on attending so will my family member who lives in Marshall.

In the meantime, I have a few comments to say. What is making me really crazy is the lack of interest shown by the city manager and the city council not only towards Mary's disappearance but towards the disappearance of Courtney Cook. This is a disgrace. I think that this matter needs to be discussed with Mr Mike Cox, Michigan's Attorney General.

As for the friends of Chris Pratt in MPD, you are not fooling anyone, mark my words. I am going to watch you boys squirm when all hell breaks loose. And it will. Have a good weekend, friends of Chris. I am seeing stormy days ahead for you.

To Mary's family and to all of her advocates, God Bless you all. We will have answers, I think, very soon.

Anonymous said...

you can count me in to being at not only the vigil,but being there for jim and the whole marshall family until this whole mess is solved for MARY.. mike v

Anonymous said...

Anyone know if it is true? My friend told me yesterday a national story on a missing MI person is to be featured next week? Don't know if it is Mary as probably would have heard but maybe Courtney Cook?
That family needs help also.

Anonymous said...

i think it would be a great idea to write a letter for the meeting.encourage any one that cares about this case to write something,everything is welcomed.ok purpose drivin,if det,scott is interested let me know.i finally got ahold of mike cox office today and i hope we get an answer soon,they said hopefully they would get back before monday.thanks guys..billy jack

Anonymous said...

ooops sorry agnes didnt mean to forget about you...yes im hopefull that this meeting will work out for marys case,everything is worth a try.chat with you later.thanks again.billy jack

just jack/sam said...

It is my thought that this case is not only a complicated one, it's a very scary one. What I mean is that you not only have a MURDER case here, you have the corruption of police officials as well as the tie to the drug world. So, why this case has not been solved yet is simply due to the other things. The involvement of Chris Pratt's friends in MPD with Mary's disappearance has left a really bad taste in my mouth. The behavior of Jeff Pratt and the enabling by Louise Pratt makes me sick. Both Jeff and Louise better have a good lawyer because they will need it.

My tip for today is rather blunt. BILLY JACK, the State Police must come to your meeting. It is very important. Also, Mary's family should come; not only for the information but to see how many people care enough to do something more about it. Finally, you can bet that MPD is really nervous about this meeting and with good reason.

The people must take action now. They are sick of the BS that has gone on. I am here to tell everyone here that your HELP does make a difference. Now, let's go find Mary!!!! Giddy Up, Jack

Anonymous said...

its in the works just jack.we invited him.and the family is more then welcome to attend..i hope they do show up....i asked for them to join.thanks again..billy jack.

hmm, I wonder said...

To Mary's family,
Please come to the meeting. There are people out there who not only care about Mary and her family but who actually want to do something that will bring Mary home to you. I have heard numerous stories about how you have been treated not only by the police but by city officials and it makes me sick. Others are feeling the same way and we are wanting to help. I truly believe that we are on the right path to getting this case solved and I think that this meeting will be both productive and informative.

Anonymous said...

ok re comment!!on the note that no cops are allowed was not said correctly,this is really important to me and we only want the best for the family.it was a comment for he knows who..the meeting is growing as we speak and im very happy to say that i think things are going well at this point.we have alot of good people out there.i will post a way to get a hold of me if you want to say something for the meeting.and if you want to be there!it will me anonymous.thank you.billy jack

Anonymous said...

Please do BillyJack. I would like to have my voice heard, but I will be unable to attend. I want everyone to know that more and more people are concerned about this than even anyone can imagine.

Anonymous said...

I will see you at vigil Anita and Cliff.

Anonymous said...

so many people say they are supporters and then when needed are not around and doing something else.
There is no excuse on March 12. Please, if you care, you can be there for 14 minutes. PLEASE

Anonymous said...

Those will be beautiful balloons rising in the sky for Mary. We will be at fountain to see it and let one go.
Prayers to Marshall family.

just jack/sam said...

BILLY JACK,
I think that it is time for the real questions to be asked now.
1) Who is the cop(s) who knows that Chris did it?
2) What connection does Chris have with MPD?
3) Who is Jeff actually scared of, his brother or MPD?
4) Why so long for a police report to have been filled out on Mary's disappearance?
5) Why is the family of Chris Pratt covering up key information when they know that they will be held accountable for it and serve time in jail for it?
6) Where is the cloak?
7) Why has Mary's family been treated so badly by the city of Marshall?
8) Who is covering for Chris and why?
9) Why did Chief Olson really leave?
10) Is the city of Marshall going to face the consequences for their behavior in this case?

I am here to tell you that it will al come out in the end and for those of you involved in this case, watch what happens. You will be in just as much trouble as Chris is. You may not be charged with murder but there is always that CONSPIRACY charge, isn't there? Wake up, for God's sake! Don't be arrogant and stupid and think that you will get away with this.
Later, Jack

Anonymous said...

Jim, where and when is this meeting supposed to be? I can try to be there.

Justinian Investigative Services said...

We haven't heard much more and other people are handling it and will present their own opinions and concersn.
For now, we are willing to put trust in MSP and the team investigating Mary's case. It will be those officers who puts the cuffs and change the person/s responsible for the disappearance and murder of Mary.
We all need to support those agencies.

agnes, who else said...

What in the hell is the city of Marshall doing to get rid of its corruption? Evidently nothing, from what I am reading. Instead, they have a friend or two of Chris Pratt's in leadership positions at MPD. Oh yes, and wait, they have a real IDIOT of a city manager who is keeping the citizens in the dark about what's going on in this town. My feeling is that Mr Olson (city manager) is going to be held accountable for his behavior in the Chief Olson matter as well as in the Lands case. Your days are numbered as city manager, Mr Olson. You have no idea how incensed the citizens are about how you are performing your duties in Marshall. Your behavior towards Mary's family is nothing short of CRUEL. When Mary's case breaks, you better start looking for another job. If what people are saying here is an indication, you are truly in for a hell of a ride.

The same goes for those SPECIAL few officers in MPD. You are IGNORANT if you don't know that people are on to you. You may be LAUGHING now but it will be us here in this blog laughing at you in the end. Enjoy this time boys because very soon, the TRUTH will be out there and where will you be??? IN A HELL OF A LOT OF TROUBLE!!!!!

Anonymous said...

i think people are trying to compete in this mater.its not about that, lets work together at this and its not about a book!the meeting will be a good thing and im hopefull that we will get results.im all for the msp to join and i dont know why jim doesnt want to join in?

Anonymous said...

I would trust that Jim's efforts are being focused where he knows they will be the most effective.

Anonymous said...

ok most affective?i would think that any meeting would be a good thing at this point.call me wrong but its my thought.billy jack

just jack/sam said...

Agnes, you took the words right out of my mouth. I am not going to add to what you said because you said it all. I will say something about Mary Lands, though. Mary's death will not be in vain, I promise you. I am encouraged with every day that passes that justice will not only be served for what happened to Mary but that the corruption and ugliness in Marshall will be exposed. I am confident that Mary's advocates will push those who can do something to do it. It's too bad that those who have information but are not willing to come forward are going to be caught in the fireworks. You all have been warned so many times. Unfortunately, you chose to ignore the warnings.

My thoughts and prayers are with the Marshalls. This hell of not knowing and not having Mary home will soon be over. Chris and his accomplices will not get away with murder, I promise you.

just jack/sam said...

I think that it's been very quiet on the part of the PRATT family and their sympathizers lately. Know what I think? I think that JEFF is feeling everything close in on him and with good reason. This is really quite sad if you ask me. JEFF and CHRIS are NOT that close. What is more the truth is that Jeff has stayed in good with his brother because he is scared of him. It is true that Chris is responsible for the burn injury to Jeff. Jeff will not face this truth because he would have to handle it and he simply couldn't.

CHRIS PRATT is the classic sociopath. He feels NOTHING for others. He has NO sense of remorse. He JUSTIFIES the bad things that he does to others. His love of hunting is mostly for the KILL. I have known this monster of a man all his life. I feel sick looking at what he has become. Chris Pratt will be charged for Mary's murder and with that, he will be locked away for good. There will be one less monster on the streets.

Anonymous said...

to just jack,it sure does look like you got it out for jeff..what did he do take your girl?i do know that you seem to talk like your proud that you know so much about chris and jeff,and ive been reading some of blogs and you really have something against jeff more than chris?i bet you work with jeff!and i know you have to be older then him since your grandson goes to MHS!just stirring up the beeee hive!its getting a little quite on here.

Anonymous said...

some of your............ha

Anonymous said...

ok the meeting is coming up soon..i dont have alot of guests yet?if i dont get people that want to come i will cancel tommorrow!!thank you all and good luck.lemme know soon..billy jack.22 years in the game and he is still there. to bad tj is a apart of this and thats y he is still afraid!!he needs answers and i want to give him all the answers he wants!billy jack .

Purpose Driven said...

The meeting is a great idea an I plan to be there unless you cancel. Hope you are not being threatened to make you change your mind. People will understand if there is danger - they are used to it. Let me know if it is on or off.

Anonymous said...

Billy Jack, I'm kind of confused here. How are people supposed to tell you if they are attending the meeting if 1) they don't know how to contact you; 2) they don't know where it's at; and 3) they don't know when it is? Please let us on the blog know. Thank you.

just jack/sam said...

TO ANONYMOUS, 2/26 @ 4:59 pm:

You are barking up the wrong tree, Sergeant! I am going to say this for the last time. I am a Pratt who is fed up with what is going on. You of all people need to keep something in mind. The truth will come out and when it does, you will be smack dab in the middle of it. As for Jeff Pratt, I am disgusted by his not coming forward with the truth. As For Chris Pratt, I am sickened and angered by what he did to Mary. You are truly STUPID if you think that I am less upset with Chris. Speaking of upset...Let me tell you something. I am really UPSET that a few cops continued their friendship with Chris Pratt after Mary disappeared. I am also really UPSET that MPD really MISHANDLED this case. In fact, I am almost as upset with MPD as I am with Chris.

You are trying to find out who I am, sir and for what reason? To threaten me like others have been threatened previously. I don't think so.

Have a nice day, Sergeant. Jack

Purpose Driven said...

Way to go Jack - There has been too much of that type of threats. Not really, but just enough to think they scare people. I think their junk talk is waring thin on not just you but many.

There is safety in numbers as they say so hopefully all will stick together to support this blog, meeting, or what ever it takes to bring Mary home.

Anonymous said...

dirty cop, Bobby Cutts in Ohio who killed his girl friend just sentenced to 57 consecutive years in prison. He will not be eligible for release until he is 87 years old. Great jury and judge!
Now Illinois should charge Drew Peterson, another ex-cop with two murders.
Chris Pratt, Calhoun County will be coming for you again even though your fat ass is in prison for what you did to another woman.
You will soon answer for what you did to Mary Lands.

Bad boys bad boys
Watcha gonna do, whatcha gonna do when they come... BACK for you
Bad boys, bad boys
Watcha gonna do, watcha gonna do when they come BACK for you?

just jack/sam said...

BILLY JACK, you must know that you are confusing some of the bloggers here. It's really important that you continue to blog here. With 2 weeks to go until the 4th anniversary of Mary's disappearance, Mary's family and supporters need to know that something's being done by both police and concerned citizens. You have provided hope and a commitment to finding out the truth. This family has been through hell, BILLY JACK. They want their Mary home now. By encouraging citizens to speak out, you have inspired people to come forth and speak their minds. I am telling you now that the ones conspiring with Chris will be found out. They will be held accountable for what they did.

Oh, and by the way, Sergeant, while I am thinking about it....
While you are out patrolling the streets of Marshall keeping everyone nice and safe???, look over your shoulder. Someone is watching you.
GIDDY UP!!! Jack

hmm, I wonder said...

I received an email from Sen Schauer's office in response to the one that I had sent regarding the Mary Lands case. They expressed an interest in helping us but did state that there were some limits to what they could do due to the separation of powers. This is where the attorney general's office may help. Billy Jack, your thoughts?

just jack/sam said...

Ok, this is my thought for today. A weird thing is happening right now. It is kind of quiet on this blog and I know why. A calm is here before the storm. So, to all of you who think you're off the hook, you are in for quite a surprise. I love surprises, don't you? I am feeling mighty good right now. Let the games begin.
GIDDY UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Jack

Anonymous said...

to who ever posted as me as the meeting being cancelled try again my friend.you are good but not that good.this is the true billy and you will lose in the end my (not)friend.you didnt say tis me billy jack,thats why i catch you in your mistakes.if you are that good do better reserch.TIS ME BILLY JACK.

Purpose Driven said...

Hope to see a few at the meeting soon. It will be nice to meet you Billy Jack. I'm sure the later blogs have not sounded like your usual self therefor, I am assuming that someone might not want others to think this will be happening. So to all of you who are reading - It's a go. After watching this and reading this blog who are keeping Mary's best interest in mind - we do develope a nack for knowing when someone tries to throw others off or pretends to be someone they are not. Things will be happening for sure. Keep the faith!!

Purpose Driven said...

To Hmm I Wonder, did not mean to leave you out - I received a response as well. Since they know the concern I've ask that they keep track of any calls they might get from any of those we hope do not attend. The office is very cooperative. We do not need the names - however, I'm sure it will be interesting to them.

hmm, I wonder said...

Great meeting, billy Jack. It was nice to meet you. We have been talking the talk: now we have to walk the walk.

Anonymous said...

very nice meeting you also.lets start walking!!billy jack..

just jack/sam said...

BILLY JACK, now that you know who I am, the stuff I say will make much more sense. A while ago, I told you about some stuff which i wrote in an email. Please re-read it now.

My tip for today is this. You are right about who is trying to come across as you. I think that he is getting really nervous right now. It's too bad that he can't see what his life will be like if he doesn't step forward. Your thoughts about Jeff are exactly right. He is really such a stupid man, isn't he? Keep hanging in there, you will get to the bottom of this.

My name is sam, just call me jack.

Purpose Driven said...

Great meeting. Great people and comments. Gives lots of hope the powers do care. Their assistance will be appreciated. Now the next step. We know what we need to do next.

I was not too suprised to hear of all the calls to the Senator's office trying to find where the meeting was being held. About an hour prior to the meeting, 10 I think they said. While some may have been concerned citizens about Mary and the lack of proper handling of her case, I am sure that some were not! Those had a little something else in mind.
Each time more comes up about how high this might go and yet as I have said before, how low those higher ups may be, it should trouble the people of this small town.

I am more sure than ever that Mary's death will not be in vein. Timing is everything.

Mary nothing is worth your death and the treatment you must have endured. However, when we get this revolved - you will be known and remembered by many more than just the small dot on the map of Marshall. God Bless You and Yours. Your family had been treated without respect and it is quite evident that the case was not handled properly or would have been solved long ago. I have to think that God has a plan and you were a part of it to clean this town up. Lots of good people there. I pray that they will brave up and help you since you have given so much. Your Life!

I'm ready to walk. If any of you did not honestly reach the meeting due to weather or personal reasons - please remember that your tips are still very important and may remain anonymous to Jim Carlin or of course the Missing You Foundation if you wish. However, it is apparent that many have actually come forward, yet when they have given concent to talk with Police many do seem to change their mind about what they know. We do understand why. With CP in prison - he is not your fear anymore. We do understand! You do have the right to contact who you want to - My choice would be with one of the two State Policemen assigned to this case. Det. Mike Scott, or in Battle Creek Det. Solaman (sure that is not spelled right) but both have been listed previously on the blog by Jim. You can trust them. They are very efficient and your safety is important to them.

Bless this day - hopefully a new beginning. There is more coming soon as well. My boots were made for walking! Many directions added to this map. We will win for Mary. Let's get going and continue to share the info.

Agnes said...

So, Mr Police Officer (the one who is trying to impersonate Billy Jack on this blog), you must think that we, the bloggers, are stupid or something. Well, think again. Do you know, sir, that many people know your true identity? I have read the FOIA profile on you, sir. It is not very impressive. You have had numerous infractions in your tenure with MPD. I am quite amazed, frankly, that you still have a job. With that being said, I would like to say something to you right now about Mary Lands and her disappearance. From what I have read and heard about your relationship with Chris Pratt, I am wondering why you are still protecting him when by doing so, you could be facing charges yourself. Mary Lands is gone and it is time for you to tell the truth. I am not understanding, sir, why you, as one who has sworn to serve and protect, failed miserably in protecting Mary Lands. You chose instead, to protect your friend, Chris Pratt, a perpetrator of domestic violence and the one responsible for the disappearance and murder of Mary Lands.

How do you live with yourself, sir, knowing that by not speaking up and telling the truth, you are allowing a murderer to get away with his crime? My belief, sir, is that your conscience is gnawing away at you. You are constantly looking over your shoulder and wondering when the ax will fall. You have chosen to stay quiet and by doing this, you have determined your fate. Mary Lands will be found, sir, with or without your help.

Anonymous said...

just jack .ty for everything and im very sure that we are hot on the trail.im going back to day one and seeing if i missed something!keep posting to me.and also thanks to all that was at the meeting i think we made great progress in the fight to bring mary home.to anita and cliff and all of marys family please believe that people really do care about you,the top people in the meeting asked about all of you and they truly do care.my main job in this matter is to bring mary home to rest,i dont care about what happens to chris,tj,olsen,mcdonald..lets just bring mary home.tis me billy jack..

just jack/sam said...

First of all, I want to say "RIGHT ON" to Agnes. Agnes, you said exactly what is on everyone's mind here in Marshall. I think that it is really sad that everyone here knows the truth about what happened to Mary, yet she is still not home to her family.

BILLY JACK, remember what I said about 2 of Marshall's finest when I emailed you. These 2 are why Mary's case has not been solved. One is plain ignorant, the other one is cunning and could be dangerous if crossed. This cunning one is truly in more danger himself than the ignorant one. I believe that these 2 hold the key to solving Mary's case. The problem is that they have a lot to lose in coming forward. Actually, they are in a bad situation because they lose either way. The good thing is that there are 1 or 2 others who can help solve this case. One is JEFF and the other is RANDY SLONE. I will just say that they know things.

BILLY JACK, my tip for today is this. The people that Jim Carlin interviewed in 2006 provided very strong tips, which, when put together with what we know now, can lead us to what happened to Mary. It's not what they said, it's whose names that came up.
See ya, Jack.

Anonymous said...

y didnt my post get logged?

Anonymous said...

it was logged but got taking off???

Purpose Driven said...

Jim, or anyone who might have the answers -

Can you explain or do you know if there is a union for public officials in Marshall? More importantly, how does anyone who has so many infractions on their record still maintain a position. Who in Marshall has made these decisions to keep letting someone return to work time after time? I am pretty open however, am perplexed at what Marshall's criteria is to be fired or releaved of duties. Guess I am more curious about who lets them return to work after each of these infractions! Does anyone know?

According to the FOIA this would be a great place to go to work and not worry about where I would retire from! I am all for giving people breaks, we all have times we know we could have done better when we look back but, this sure looks like slow learners to me. Both the ones with infractions and those who continue to bring them back. My thought is that if the people in public positions have no consequences to their actions, maybe the abnormal becomes normal and they see no need for the criminals to have consequenses. I thought it was our court system, maybe I am wrong - it might just be that it doesn't always get to court.

Any input out there?

GoD Bless

Anonymous said...

As a city employee I am disgusted with former chief's behavior. Email of wine and roses to another employee is appalling. If they wanted it private and discreet it should never have took place. Now we all have to suffer and be humiliated as his wife indeed is suffering. And people wonder why Mary Lands case has not been solved? Wake up Marshall and clean up your act. You will learn much more. This is not a proud day for our government.

Anonymous said...

If anyone questions my integrity, this email was sent on my own time from my own laptop and not on city property. If a reporter comes knocking a lot of city employees will be talking. Let us return to good and honest government and stop the pandering for panties by a certain few.

Anonymous said...

Marshall Chronicle feature shows some emails...blacked out.
Sounds like Olson is promising someone special treatment.
The plot thickens.
http://www.chronicleadvisor.blogspot.com

just jack/sam said...

GOOD FOR YOU, CITY EMPLOYEE!!! Your blog is a really positive one for it shows that there are some really ethical, decent, hardworking people in Marshall city government.

My tip for today is really to the point. When all is said and done, 2 officers are involved with Mary's disappearance and death. You know who they are, BILLY JACK. Jeff is not talking because of them.
Later, Jack

Justinian Investigative Services said...

Clifford Marshall and I attended the Marshall City Council meeting this evening.
We did so after we reviewed the 32 pages of email related to former Chief Olson’s resignation, or whatever it was classified.
I spoke during the meeting and reiterated once again that the Marshall Police Department give up Mary’s investigation. We make that plea now because of the obvious chaos and crisis in the police department. They could barely work the case adequately over the last three years. They surely do not have the manpower and investigative prowess to work it now. This was not a slight against Sgt. McDonald. He is just much too involved in trying to run the department during this period of uncertainty.
I further recommended that if the police believe that Countney Cook may have accepted a ride from someone at a truck stop then her case should also be immediately handed off to another agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigator who would have jurisdiction in that matter. The Cook family should not have to endure 4 years of waiting for word about their beloved daughter.
This seems like a great alternative and would be a viable option while Marshall attempts to control its internal strife and solve its agency dysfunction.
After the meeting, A Channel 3 News reporter asked Sgt. McDonald if that might be possibility? He stated, "it would be up to the new chief”.

hmm, I wonder said...

Bravo, Jim. I think that many people agree with your thoughts about MPD giving up trying to solve both Mary's and Courtney's case. Thanks for being such a strong advocate for Mary and her family. I truly believe that Mary will come home to her family and that we will have some closure to this.

Sarcastic said...

I have one major question that I would like cleared that has yet to happen for me.

At the beginning, the phone call from TJ Bryant to Chris's cell phone, a little over 24 hours after Mary went missing but a good 2-3 days before she was reported missing, at a little after 1am in the morning.

This is a big deal. Law enforcement has tried to smooth this over seven ways from Sunday, by telling us it's cleared, by telling us it's fine, by telling us that this is all ok. Everytime I ask, I'm told it's been cleared, and that it's none of my business. Here's the thing...it IS our business.

That's the major answer, outside of the location of Mary's body, that I want.

He blamed it on S. Burkwalt, saying she borrowed his cell to call Chris from the bar. Sue wasn't AT the bar that night, nor does she drink.

So, if he's clear - why lie about it. And if he's just a concerned officer calling to check up, how'd he know to call 3 days in advance of the report being filed. And, why would he feel comfortable as an officer, and not a friend for calling someone at 1am late Saturday night/early Sunday morning?

If we can get the real answer to this questions, I think we'll find the foundation of the case as it sits. MPD is not innocent. There are officers on the department that have nothing to do with any of this, and those individuals are innocent, however the entire department is expected to take responsibility for the work it puts out.

It's only reasonable that they take responsibility for the crime they put out too. :)

Chris and Bryant are connected. If they're not...how bout some proof with the real (and not blatant BS) answer to this question?

just jack/sam said...

To "SARCASTIC":

You have hit it right on, my friend!!! Do you know who the other bad cop is? I bet you do.

Let me just say this now. A few friends of Chris have kept this case from being solved. You and Billy Jack and his posse know the truth. Now, it's time to see it through.

In a few weeks, part 2 of this mission will start. When all hell breaks loose, the city of Marshall and its government will never be the same. Beyond the horizon, a hero will emerge. They will save this town of yours. Another hero will arrive in Marshall. His job is of another sort. Rest assured my friends, justice will be served.

Just remember that my name is Sam, just call me Jack. Giddy up!!!!!

just jack/sam said...

Well, well, well, this blog is mighty quiet. Sergeant, why so silent? Maybe, some of this is hitting real close to home. I imagine it must be real hard being in the spotlight here. You got in with a real nasty crowd, sir. You are caught in the middle of a bad, bad situation. I think you better come clean soon before a few of your friends spill the beans. You are wasting your time protecting Chris. He is a hopeless cause. You need to find it within yourself to do the right thing. Your time is running short, Sergeant.

BILLY JACK, my tip for today has to do with Jeff Pratt and why he moved to Marshall. With what you know about the theories of what happened to Mary, it doesn't take a brain surgeon to figure out why he lives here. He has business to look after, shall we say. Jeff is a lost cause as far as I am concerned. He'll be headed Chris's way when all is said and done. BILLY JACK, the puzzle is almost complete. It's just a matter of time, my friend. See ya, Jack.

Purpose Driven said...

My - My

How the truth does make people stop blogging!!

It is obvious that the city employees may well have an opportunity to talk to reporters. They still have the option to go to Jim or to MYF to stay under the radar. However, it does seem that the Good People of Marshall do care and are ready to talk. Or have you or your jobs been threatened too? If that is the case, remember Henry Erb from News 8 is alway a good source and am sure that you can count on him to protect yet follow thru on any information as well. News 8's investigative team has always been reliable and follows up.

It is all about bringing Mary home so what ever works for you - please go with it.

I do think since the meeting last week that it sure has been quiet.

I do know that there are a great number of people who have seen Chris with other people and can put them together different places. We'd like you to verify it when you feel you can.

Four years is a long time for someone to be missing just because some people are not paying attention to business they should be. That is criminal in it's self. Though I am sure they are not related cases, and that people did search, I hope and pray that Courtney's family will not have to go thru hell as long as the Marshall's family have.

Keep the info rolling in. It is appreciated.

God Bless you Jim for staying with this for so long - However, your book may thurn into a series before this is done! Can you believe it? It sounds like a little town in the very deep South or in the hills somewhere!
Might make a TV serial -Maybe "As the Stomach Turns" might fit.

Purpose Driven said...

Sarcarstic

I love the way you beat around the bush.

It was spelled out very well! That has been the question - the key question since the very beginning. And, everyone is just supposed to let it go as "they said it was OK - it was throughly checked out". If that is the case then why was it not explained to the public how and why it was OK. We are talking about people who have lied, side stepped and down right ignored so many tips that it makes me sick for Mary and her family.

Thanks for taking the sugar coating off.

Team Leader said...

I say it is time to take our town back. A good day to start is 3/12 following Mary's 4th vigil. Name the place I'll be there.

Anonymous said...

Purpose Driven is right. Marshall is like a corrupt little town in the deep south where Bubba rules. Anyone that knows something, come on and speak up. Billy Jack and his people need some help.

Anonymous said...

I'm on board. Let's roll..........

just jack/sam said...

I am telling all of you here that the time has come for the citizens of Marshall to band together not only to find Mary but to save this town. ANONYMOUS is right about "BUBBA". BUBBA has been ruling in this town for a long time. What is happening here smacks of the "Dukes of Hazard" show.

BILLY JACK has a group of helpers who are working on the Mary Lands case. We know WHO is involved and WHAT happened to Mary. We are going forth now and getting higher officials involved. We are done playing games with MPD. I suggest that our dear friend? Sergeant think real hard about his options right now. Time is running out. Soon, you will be an ACCESSORY in this case. As for the other cop involved, we know who you are, too. Don't think that you will walk away from this scot-free. Time's a tickin' boys. Think long and hard about what I said here.
GIDDY UP...........Jack

Anonymous said...

What a nice gesture on behalf of the family of Courtney Cook also missing in Marshall. Cliff and Anita are also sending off a balloon for Courtney.
We'll be there praying for both families.

Anonymous said...

very well said sam..and tomorrow is a new day and im very happy with the new things going on in marshall.. lets just leave this for now and talk about the march 12 for mary and her family.we need everyone to join in..this is about marys family and the vigil.the rest will come soon..to anita and cliff,my heart goes out to both of you and i think about mary every day as you do also,i go to sleep every night thinking..lets make this the year we bring mary home..billy jack..

just jack/sam said...

You are so right, BILLY JACK!!!!!
I encourage all of you who care about Mary and her family to attend this vigil. I believe that this is the year to bring Mary home.... Later, Jack.

Anonymous said...

It's time to show Mary's family we care. It's time to show the city of Marshall and MPD that we are sick and tired of how things are run here. It's time to bring Mary home.

Anonymous said...

Like someone said in this blog:

"We've talked the talk,
now, let's walk the walk."

Show your support for Mary and her family, Wed, 3/12 at noon at the fountain.

just jack/sam said...

Here is something to think about, folks. WHO is keeping the Pratt's informed? Any ideas??? I will tell you that HE will be there at the vigil. You will not see Jeff or Louise there. It is not their way to show SINCERE concern. Be aware that Jeff keeps his eye on what's going on in Marshall with this case. Do you know what? He moved here just for that reason. What a really stupid man he has turned out to be! Oh well, we all have warned him here, haven't we? So, in the end, he will be his own worst enemy, too.

My tip for today is this. Who from MPD has the ability to hide info about this case? Why would they do this? I bet that most of you have an idea of who I am talking about. You would be correct in your guess. Remember, the buck stops with MPD. See ya.
Jack

Purpose Driven said...

It will be a fine thing to honor both of the women missing on the 12th. It is obvious that this time should be set aside for honor and prayer of these women. I do feel that both share the frustration that possibly that the "leader" may have been pre-occupied during both investigations. At the same time many have worked very hard.

The focus should be on them for now but, I do encourage all to then get re-focused back on the question that have been posted time and again on this blog. We do not want to drop the ball too. So let's pray, honor and then get back on their already known trail.

It will be particularly difficult for both families to deal with the fact that while many have been working very hard, that that some of the leaders may have been pre-occupied at the time these investigations were under motion.

See all of you there!

God Bless

AGNES!!! said...

My prayers are with Mary's family and my hope is that Jim as well as Billy Jack and those helping him, can help bring Mary home.

I am frankly puzzled that people are not understanding the enormity of this case. Mary disappeared 4 years ago and not one of Marshall's finest who are involved in the investigation have shown any enthusiasm about getting this case solved. It will be the State Police and perhaps the FBI, who will solve it. Why couldn't Marshall Police solve it? Do I have to spell it out for you all?

Mary Lands knew some information that made her dangerous to not only Chris Pratt but to his friends at Marshall Police. I have read the blogs from the different sites and the consenus of those who are NOT "friends of Chris" is that Chris did it with a cover of protection from his good friends at MPD. What kind of people could cover up a beloved woman's disappearance and murder? It sickens me to spell it out but I will. Chris Pratt has friends in law enforcement who have protected him because they are afraid that they will be ruined if Chris is charged with Mary's murder and he talks. Well, here's a news flash, boys at MPD.....It will all come out sooner or later so you better start praying for mercy right now. I am completely convinced that this Mary Lands case is only the tip of the iceberg in relation to all of the crap which is going on in Marshall.

On March 12, Mary's family, friends and advocates will be gathering at the fountain to pay their respects to Mary and to renew their commitment to bring her home. It is Mary's advocates who are pushing for answers as to why this case has not been solved. it will be the combined effort of the State Police and FBI who will bring her home. And it will be a few officers at MPD who will have to answer to their part in this coverup.

Anonymous said...

AMEN, Agnes. My thoughts exactly. I will be there Wednesday.

sam/just jack said...

There is a word that comes to mind that describes everyone and everything connected with this case and that is ARROGANCE.

ARROGANCE is when Chris Pratt thinks that he could get away with murder.

ARROGANCE is what has ruled the behavior of MPD.

ARROGANCE is in play every minute of every day among the city officials of Marshall.

ARROGANCE is what propelled Jeff Pratt to move to Marshall so he can watch over things.

ARROGANCE was present when MPD refused help form cable TV media early on in the case.

ARROGANCE was present when MPD threatened people who wanted to help in this case.

Finally,.....ARROGANCE is what has turned this investigation by MPD into a fiasco.

My prayers are with the Marshall-Lands family. My commitment to find your Mary grows stronger everyday. I am no saint, believe me, but I am sickened by what has happened. I promise you that I will continue to push those who are involved to come clean.

As for Jeff, Sarge, and the other cop who is involved, you will know what it's like to face hell on earth real soon. You've been advised to come clean numerous times; yet your ARROGANCE has ruled you. I hope all of you rot in hell for this. Sam

just jack/sam said...

By the way, Louise, I am who you think I am. Sam

Anonymous said...

WOW, I think that I know who Sam is and I don't even know the Pratts. Think outside the box, people.

To Mary's family, you are in my thoughts and prayers as the 4th anniversary of her disappearance comes in a few short days.

hmm, I wonder said...

After all this time, it continues to amaze me that most of us share the same viewpoint that Chris Pratt did, indeed , murder Mary Lands. Many of us also share the same thought that he had to have had help from someone to keep this case from being solved.

One thing that continues to bother me is that I have never felt that Marshall PD had this urgency in getting to the bottom of this case. In other places where there are missing people, the local law enforcement is publicly urging people to come forward. They are using the local media to do this. They welcome other branches of law enforcement's help. They act like they care.

It saddens me that I have not seen this with the Marshall Police Department. When Chris Pratt was incarcerated in June of last year, I expected the police to use the local media and encourage those who have information about Mary's case to come forward. Did they do so? No, they did not. It was a perfect opportunity. I have heard that citizens have come forward since that time and provide information but that was of their own doing.

So, here we are, a few days from the 4th anniversary of Mary's disappearance and we still have an unsolved case. The Chief of police is gone as well as the deputy chief. One of Chris Pratt's buddies is helping with the interim leadership in the police department. From reading the FOIA on this individual, I am truly surprised that he still has a job here. Chris is in prison for, can you believe this.....domestic violence. Mother Pratt and little brother Jeff are still defending their Chris. And the rest of us are waiting for the truth to come out. We are waiting for that hero to come forward so Mary's family can find the answers to their questions and have Mary brought home to them.

Purpose Driven said...

Amazing how the blog has changed since the meeting! It makes me smile. The interest of last minute calls (appx 20)to the Senator's office, to see where the meeting was held is no suprise and I am sure monitored. We expected it. I am hopeful that if you are really interested in attending a meeting you will begin to let us know on the blog or elsewhere. See everyone on the 12th.

It would nice if one of the Pratt family bring the cloak the Mary's family that day.

We can hope!

Just Some Girl.. said...

I dont know alot about this case. but from what i do know Pratt is a murder.and he deserves everything he is getting plus more.

Keep in mind - that withholding key information and/or evidence is against the law and they can be held accountable.

that was said by purpose driven and i really hope that CP's family realizes that. and i hope they consider themselves as what they are with withholding this evidence... which is MURDERS. right along with christopher.

I'm friends with luke pratt. and if you understand and know that your father is a murder and are afraid to live with him (such as he has said) .. then thats when you know that something is wrong.

I've had the pleasure of talking with Norenne Parker, as her son and my brother are friends, and the things she has told me and her emotions that showed.. Chris is a horrible person, and just knowing that he is alive and living with himself makes me sick to my stomach.

which is just as bad as his family living with themselves knowing that there is plenty of things they could do to help get justice for mary.

now about this meeting at the foutain.. i would love to attend.
..but unfortunatly i have school.
my prayers are with marys family.

Just Some Girl.. said...

I dont know alot about this case. but from what i do know Pratt is a murder.and he deserves everything he is getting plus more.

Keep in mind - that withholding key information and/or evidence is against the law and they can be held accountable.

that was said by purpose driven and i really hope that CP's family realizes that. and i hope they consider themselves as what they are with withholding this evidence... which is MURDERS. right along with christopher.

I'm friends with luke pratt. and if you understand and know that your father is a murder and are afraid to live with him (such as he has said) .. then thats when you know that something is wrong.

I've had the pleasure of talking with Norenne Parker, as her son and my brother are friends, and the things she has told me and her emotions that showed.. Chris is a horrible person, and just knowing that he is alive and living with himself makes me sick to my stomach.

which is just as bad as his family living with themselves knowing that there is plenty of things they could do to help get justice for mary.

now about this meeting at the foutain.. i would love to attend.
..but unfortunatly i have school.
my prayers are with marys family.

Purpose Driven said...

To: Just Some Girl

It is nice to know that some of our young people do care and are speaking up. You are our future. With that in mind please keep Luke in your prayers so that he will not have to be pressured by his father's name and lifestyle. He has his mother's blood as well and we will pray that he does not take the path of his father.

God Bless

hmm, I wonder said...

To "just some girl",
You are a very wise soul and your ability to see to the core of this is right on. Thank God, Luke has a friend in you. Pray for him and support him during this very difficult time. Show him that kindness and caring exists and life doesn't have to be his dad's way. God bless you.

Justinian Investigative Services said...

For,
"Just Some Girl"
Thank you for viewing Mary's blog and your kind words. Maybe during lunch in school on Wednesday at Noon you and your friends could stop and say a quiet prayer for Mary?
Any friend of yours is obviously enjoying the privilege of your company and you are indeed a good person.
I hope Luke realizes your friendship and gains insight from it.
Remember, you and your friends are the future of Marshall and might be able to help in those two important questions, Where is Mary? and When will we have justice for Mary?
If you or any of your friends ever wish to talk, please feel free to call.
Thank you again.
Jim Carlin
269.441.7068
Email- JustinianLaw@sbcglobal.net

Anonymous said...

more of same. posted from Channel 3 and Chronicle-
Monday, March 10, 2008
Judge releases very little from emails

Only a few more lines of text from heavily redacted email messages between former Marshall Public Safety Chief Mike Olson and a woman who works in Marshall city hall were released to the public by Judge James Kingsley at a hearing Monday on a lawsuit filed by Mike Olson against the city of Marshall to seek preliminary injunction against disclosure of contested lines of text.
Kingsley ruled the rest of the text is personal.
The following, additional lines of text were released by the judge because either he ruled they are not private or are further evidence of Olson's effort to create a job for the woman without prior approval:
Dec. 28, 2007 9:43 a.m.
"I don't think you're crazy at all and I was raised the same as you."
A contested email from Jan. 4, 2008, 8:45 p.m. remained withheld because the judge said "that's personal."
(date missing) 2:52 p.m.
Mike Olson: "When I get mine, I want one just like you."
Recipient: "I would hope it would be me."
Mike Olson: "Of course it would be."
Nov. 14, 2007 11:13 a.m.
"That is funny. I told her (indistinguishable) how you knew my cell phone number."
"Oh, I played innocent."
(date missing)
"You'll never have a career from acting but we do have people fooled."
"You're right, we do have people fooled."
Judge Kingsley said of those last two lines: "I can see the reason that raised a red flag."
Jan. 15, 2008 1:03 p.m.
"Yes, it was a late night but I don't have much choice when a lot of the reports have to got to the Prosecutor's Office...I'm not happy at all though I'm trying not to show it or share it." Some of the newly released, missing text in that message is: "But if I was up there, you wouldn't be in a bad mood."
"We'd both be cheered up."

just jack/sam said...

I was touched by the comments made by "just one girl". She is a truly kind and compassionate young lady. I think that Luke's mom has done an incredible job raising him. This thing with Mary's disappearance and the the domestic violence towards Norrene scares the hell out of him. My prayers are with him and his brother. They will be okay because of the stability his mother and stepdad provide. I am so angry with the way that Jeff and his mother have treated Su. Su told the truth, by God, and if you and your mother can't handle it, Jeff, it's your problem. All 3 of the women in Chris's life: Su, Mary and Norrene, have been emotionally, mentally and physically abused by him. You can deny it all you want but it's the TRUTH. So, if you 2 continue covering for him, you will be held accountable in a court of law. God help you two!
........................SAM

Anonymous said...

tj time to meet..i will be there on the 12th wanna meet?billy jack..

Anonymous said...

i will know you.you will be the one in the silly cop outfit right?billy jack..

Purpose Driven said...

I started reading - & thought "how sad" for Marshall about the e-mails. While I have the utmost respect for Judge Kingsley - I still wonder how they figure anything is personal on a public safety website. We'll see but not to worry - we get the message.

Next I read about the younger generation and hope that the adults don't ruin them before they are out of school.

Reading on to where I LOL at the last comment. Very adult, professional response to your blog Billy Jack.. You have to see the humor. With this response it is not hard to figure out why cases are not solved.

Praying for changes and the return of Mary!

Anonymous said...

Just Some Girl gives hope that the future of Marshall, Michigan is not as dismal as some may think?
She obviously is a smart student and raised by great parents.
Thank you, "just some girl"

just jack/sam said...

Each day that passes with this unsolved case makes me more committed to getting the truth out there. I have no respect for the city of Marshall and how their police department has handled this case. They are a bunch of losers as far as I am concerned.

My tip for the day is about the vigil tomorrow. Concentrate your attention on Sarge and his friend from MPD. I guarantee you that they hold the key to this case. Jeff also holds the info needed to break this case but he won't be there. This town of Marshall holds some pretty awful secrets and it makes me sick. Later, Jack

Anonymous said...

ROCK ON, sam/just jack,

you sure tell it like it is and I like that. kepp on spreading your word. Later, a fan.

Purpose Driven said...

Hope everyone shows at the fountain in the morning for Mary and her family.

Anyone remember that the energy was so strong at the one vigil that a transformer blew up in front of the old Felpausch plaza. Believe me the power of prayer worked that day. Maybe this time just a short power surge up CP A__ would be nic or a personal shock to a few of those withholding information might prove interesting. You go Mary!!

Anonymous said...

Another vigil today with better weather and bright sun.
There is no doubt Mary is watching from heaven and wants to come home.
SHE WILL SOON!

hmm, I wonder said...

One of the questions that has been asked repeatedly the past 4 years is "Where is Mary?". Today, at Mary's 4th anniversary vigil, I believe that Mary was there with us. I believe this as deeply as I believe in God. Representatives of the State Police and Marshall PD were there along with members of the Calhoun County Prosecuting Attorney's office. Cliff, Anita, Su and Norrene were there along with Jim Carlin and Billy Jack. The day was bright and sunny, a perfect backdrop to honor Mary. At the beginning of the ceremony, sirens blared from the local ambulance. It to me was a sign that Mary was making her presence known. The mood among those gathered was of positive anticipation that 2008 will be the year that Mary comes home to her family.

Cliff, Anita, Su, Norrene, my prayers are with all of you.

Justinian Investigative Services said...

Words cannot begin to express the appreciation to our friends and supporters who attended the Noon vigil for Mary. This was the best response we have ever had in 4 years and what also made it special was the presence of members of the law enforcement community. Cliff, Anita and family were deeply pleased and comforted by your response.
Our sincere thanks to Prosecuting Attorney, John Hallacy, Chief Assistant Prosecutor, Dan Buscher, Sheriff Al Byam, Acting Chief Scott McDonald of the Marshall Police Department, and members of the Michigan State Police. I also invited former chief Mike Olson to attend and he did so.
Thank you so much to you all. It is because of our unified effort today, we know that we soon will bring Mary home.

Anonymous said...

I was at the vigil today and it was a beautiful day...I have to tell you what happened to me that proved to me that Mary was there... while a prayer was being said in Mary's honor..I prayed during this time for Mary to give me some proof that she was there with us...I could feel her energy .... then when it was time to stand in line for a balloon to release I stood aside to take pictures..1 balloon accidentally escaped I looked up and took a picture.. then the next one escaped and it was like Mary walked it right to my hands I reached out and My first response was .."I think that one was ment for me" , my smile was BIG because i knew with the way the wind was blowing and the way the first one went straight up..this one came directly to me..... and thats when I knew she was truly there with us all.. My prayers and thoughts are with you all...I believe Mary will be home soon....~Theresa~

Anonymous said...

very nice turn out today!thanks to everyone that came,this truly shows that people have not forgot about mary.thank you again.billy jack♦♦♦

Michelle said...

I really wish i could've been there to support Mary and her family, while i was at work i said a little prayer for her and i told god to bring her home, and this i know he will! I'm not sure if this brings any compfort at all considering the circumstances,but i am a Pratt everyone calls me Michelle, you the Marshall family are in my prayers!

Justinian Investigative Services said...

Thank you Michelle. I know there are many good people out there in the Pratt family.
It gives us all comfort that our prayers will be heard and we can soon bring Mary home.
Thank you again.
Jim