Common Sense

Not too long ago I wrote a column or two on relating common sense to law enforcement and life. Basically …like Judge Judy often says…if it looks or sounds phony, it probably is! I’ve often said, “Too many coincidences…make a fact”!

Let us apply this to a very resent and sad case regarding the murder of the 23 year old college girl Mackenzie Lueck from Utah. First, the press reported that she arrived at the airport from a trip and took a shuttle ride to a park at 3am where a car was waiting…a very secluded park. From outstanding Police work and cell calls and texts they located the person she met at the park…at 3am. They also located his house and parts of her body. A contractor reported to police that this same subject wanted a “quiet room with hanging hooks “built in his basement. They also found body parts on the grounds with DNA consistent with Mackenzie. Neighbors report the subject was burning “stuff’ that smelled bad and got rid of other items, like bedding.

Unfortunately, from what we’ve heard and if true, I believe Mackenzie is no longer with us and the subject in custody killed her either alone or with others …but he was definitely involved! He should be tried in a “fair “trial and then killed!

In my opinion, Mackenzie also had a dark side. She also knew this subject well. This will be proven by the very competent Detectives who are working this case. I say this as no single 23 year old woman with any brains at all would meet a stranger for the first time at 3am, in a deserted park setting. She “had to know” her “ride” and knew him well, to be that trusting …no doubt. The subject also had been arrested for a sex crime, rape, before. Having attended sex crime schools as part of my training, one learns that some people are capable of some incredibly horrible crimes against other people! We hear that in the press but are “protected” from the worst by blanked out pictures and only limited audio on the very worst…be grateful for that because it can be unimaginable…! That is what happened here.

In my opinion, this pervert subject, gained the trust of this woman, who probably wanted to experiment with some forms of consensual sex, by and through social media on some sort of  sex site…regarding either porno/bondage. He wanted to do the extreme but needed to gain her trust so she would comply without resisting and gradually convinced her to submit to a point and time that he could do the unthinkable…which she would not allow under any circumstances were she able to resist. But now, it was too late, no one could hear her she because she was gagged and bound, unable to resist. Often times, perverts like this subject have associates in crime that could be involved as well, especially when it is planned well in advance, as I believe this was.

He did horrible things to her, killed her and burned her remains. I hope that this will be a lesson to anyone who who wants to experiment with another person in something that can and often does, get out of control. I investigated a few “sex” crimes in my early career, as the FBI only runs into that jurisdiction when there is a Crime on a Government Reservation, like a Military base. Also, I didn’t want to investigate that type of crime as when children are involved it becomes extremely emotional and very hard to take…it takes a special person to be able to cope with sex crimes against children and  that wasn’t me! I can tolerate a lot, but not crimes against kids! The exception is regarding nonsexual cases involving children…kidnapping cases. I worked several and as a rookie, first office Agent, was lucky enough to rescue a 5 year old little girl, unharmed and later a 7 year old…both VERY rewarding cases that I remember like it was yesterday instead of  some 45 years ago!

We did  have a few cases involving adult sex crimes in Western NY . They were  Canadian cases involving Tammy Homolka, Leslie Mahaffy and  Kristen French . We acted in a support capacity, covering leads in the US. We knew more than was released (for security reasons )  during the investigations, , and we were 100% correct on all the “common sense” assumptions we made, as we closed in. These cases were all solved by/from the great work of the Canadian lawmen!

About the author

J. Gary DiLaura

J. Gary Dilaura, a 28 year veteran of the FBI, spent his career in South Carolina, the New York Office, and Buffalo. Active in the FBI’s Violent Crimes Program, finishing his career as Bank Robbery Supervisor. He received Commendations from every FBI Director he worked for and after retiring he became a Businessman and Conservative, OpEd Columnist, "The Right Side", for several publications including, the Niagara Falls Reporter and the Ft Myers, Sun bay Paper. Visit his website at .

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