Monthly Archives: April, 2013

Lather, Rinse, Repeat, Redux

Now for that update………

Back on the 5th of February I wrote a blog entitled Oh What a Tangled Web They Weave in whichI took the Ingrams to task for representing The Morgan Ingram Foundation as a legitimate incorporated non-profit organization, when it was not.  I am pleased to inform readers that on March 22, 2013 The Morgan Ingram Foundation incorporated as a not for profit organization based in Las Vegas Nevada.  Why Vegas I do not know.  If I find out I’ll be sure to post it here. 

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In Toni Ingram: Her Own Worst Enemy I wrote about a blog entry Toni did on March 21.  The blog, Breaking News: Why Do People Assume the Wrong Thing and Run With It? was inaccurate to the point of embarrassment.  However, the real issue was the blog was potentially hurtful to the family of Jeff Walker, the Aspen resident who was the blog’s subject.  I suggested she write a retraction, and apologize to the family.  As of this update, she has completely lived up to my expectation and done nothing.  If she does decide to do the right thing I will post it here.

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Last but not least…………

Toni wrote the following on April 1, 2013:

http://morganingram.com/wordpress/?p=3426

So there exists a set of reports wrapped in claims of honesty, and truth that is 75 pages long.  Lie number 1 exposed – just the supplemental reports that I have are 220 pages long.  Wouldn’t you say that 220 pages down to 75 pages is one heck of a lot of redacting?  And as to lie number 2, Keenan is never named in the reports,  for the record, in the full 220 page “unredacted” version, Keenan VanGinkel’s name is mentioned at least 214 times.  Not zero – two hundred and fourteen. And that is not the shocking part of the reports, just the sound of a few lies hitting the floor.

But why would you lie?  Why would you feel the need to alter the Sheriff’s reports so greatly, my Nana would know, she would say that if you have to lie, think, maybe you are doing something wrong!  If you have redacted Keenan VanGinkel’s name from your reports and you then represent that his name is never mentioned in the reports, that is not a clever half-truth – it is a lie, but as I said before that is not the shocking part.

All I can do is shake my head.  I hardly know what to say to this.  When Truth for Morgan initially requested the stalking report we received just that; the stalking report, without the supplemental pages.  We did not lie nor did we intentionally remove anything.  Since Toni decided to make an issue of it we decided to order the supplemental reports and make them available to anyone who wants them.  What readers will see is every available page exactly as it was received from the Garfield County Sheriff. 

You can download it here:

http://truthformorgan.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/records.pdf

Lather, Rinse, Repeat.

Tonight, before going to bed, I planned to do a quick update (hence the title), but then I decided to check the Morgan’s Stalking blog.  Two words: big mistake.. 

A couple of things required an immediate response:

http://morganingram.com/wordpress/?p=3642

Surprisingly Dr. Dobersen had been able to tell me quite a lot with very little information.  He assured me that Dr. Kurtzman (the forensic pathologist that did Morgan’s autopsy) could not put Porphyria down as a cause of death if Morgan had never been diagnosed with it by a medical doctor in her lifetime, it was required, and of course she was had not been diagnosed with it. 

I’ve read some incredibly ignorant things on the Morgan’s Stalking blog but I think the above statement could very well top the list. 

Obviously Toni thinks her supporters will chow down on whatever crap du jour she whips up.  Who knows, maybe they will.   Luckily some of us know Insane Troll Logic when we see it. 

NEWS FLASH TONI: Autopsies are usually performed when the decedent’s cause of death is unknown.  An undiagnosed condition is one of several things looked for.  In fact, 40 percent of autopsies performed in the U.S. reveal an undiagnosed condition as contributing to or causing death. 

Whatever the case, the point is moot since porphyria didn’t kill Morgan. 

The next statement to put it plainly is a complete lie. 

http://morganingram.com/wordpress/?p=3642

After finding out that the cost of genetic testing would easily be over $12,000, the day had been very upsetting up until that very moment.

What was it Toni said, people want Truth Not Lies? 

The cost for DNA testing for one specific porphyria is $850 for the first person in a family who is tested and found to have a mutation. Once a mutation is identified, the cost for DNA testing of other family members is $150 per person. For patients with symptoms of an acute porphyria, but whose specific porphyria has not been identified, a “triple test” for the genes causing three acute porphyrias (or any combination of three porphyrias) can be performed for $1850, a savings of $700 over sequencing each gene separately. Results from DNA testing are typically available in 2 to 4 weeks.

Poor poor Morgan.  This is no longer about her.  It’s about her mother’s insatiable need for attention.

Morgan was right; her mother is a beast.

It’s About Credibility (or lack off)

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I’ll try to explain slowly so you understand Toni/Jodin:  When you say things that are not true it undermines your credibility. Tweets like the ones above, along with your childish insults and lies only hurt your cause.

Mark Mann/Mark Jorgensen

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And some pretend to be younger guys.  Look at Mark Mann.

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Toni Ingram: Her Own Worst Enemy

Please pardon the delay between posts.  I wrote this blog over two weeks ago but held on to it until now. I delayed posting it because I wanted to give the article’s subject the opportunity to do the right thing.  Obviously, but not surprisingly, that did not happen. 

Recently I received a message (see below) from a reader who wanted to update me to new events in a story Toni Ingram wrote about in her blog. 

The reader wrote Toni to suggest that the Morgan’s Stalking blog (she called it Stalking Morgan) be updated to make corrections based on the new information. After Toni ignored the readers request, the reader wrote to me. 

The entry to Morgan’s Stalking of which I am referencing was written March 21, 2013 and was titled,  Breaking News!  Why do people assume the wrong thing, and run with it?

In this particular blog, Toni engages in a self-described rant about runaway assumptions. 

http://morganingram.com/wordpress/?m=20130321

Today I just need to get this out. I don’t know what the heck is going on in this valley, but it’s just not right! There seems to be a handful of people who always come up with the wrong conclusion to something they know nothing about or someone that don’t even know, and then spread it around as if it were the gospel truth. What is up with this? I have lived in this valley since the 70′s and I have never seen this happen as much as it is now.

She goes on to fill in details of the events that prompted her diatribe; of which I will summarize:

A fifty-five year old Aspen resident and avid skier by the name of Robert Jefferson Walker, better known as Jeff, was missing.  He skied Aspen Highlands almost daily and his last known location was the Exhibition chairlift at 12:04 p.m. on Thursday, March 7.  This information, I can only guess, was recorded when his lift ticket was scanned. 

By Saturday March 9, family and friends became concerned they had not heard from Jeff and authorities were contacted.  Concern grew when Jeff’s personal belongings were found in a Highlands locker.  Official search and rescue began in earnest.  For two days Mountain Rescue Aspen and Highlands Ski Patrol, along with 72 members of the public scoured all four mountains of the resort, including out of bounds areas, to no avail.  By Tuesday March 12 efforts were scaled back to targeted searches by the ski patrol.  Jeff’s proactive friends and family picked up the slack by raising over $18,000 and launching a Facebook campaign.

It was around this time Toni wrote her “rant.”  She continued to vent her spleen with the following:

http://morganingram.com/wordpress/?m=20130321,

The point I am trying to make with this blog is that there was a rumor circulating Aspen while Jeff was missing – it said that Jeff had just run off…this is the craziest accusation that anyone could make in this situation, but that’s what the rumor mill was stating. This really infuriates me because of how this affects his family and friends. I feel like if you really don’t know about a situation, don’t make up lies – because that’s what they are – lies! No benefit to them, just hurt for people who are already hurt as much as they can be. Just like some people have done with Morgan’s case.

Oy Vey; Where do I begin? As much as I would like to go off on my own rant,  I’ll stay with the facts.

The rumor Toni is huffing and puffing about?  It was “started” by Jeff’s brother Buzz:

When asked if the family has pondered if it was possible that his brother isn’t on Highlands, Buzz Walker replied that the family has an ongoing joke that he is alive and decided to run off and “live as a hermit in the Andes.” Their hope is they will find him alive, “and we’ll kill him ourselves,” he said with a laugh.

No lies here, only wishful thinking from a family trying to hold on to hope.  The only person jumping to conclusions and making runaway assumptions is Toni Ingram. 

As if a rant about assumptions, based on assumptions wasn’t enough stupid for one day, in that same March 21 blog Toni tells her readers that her super-duper psychic friend, Jennifer Shaffer, the medium who, in Toni’s words “has always been 100% right on everything she sees” was kind enough to use her awesome psychic vision to help searchers find Jeff Walker. 

100% right all the time?  In everything she sees?  Anyone with a handful of functioning braincells knows that statement is untrue.  I suspect that even people who believe in psychics don’t believe psychics are 100% right all the time. 

I should not be surprised though; anyone who believes that an eighteen year old boy and his “gang” could perform round the clock surveillance of a family, access the roof of the family home, freely enter and exit the home, and kill one of the family members, all without detection of cameras and motion detectors would likely believe anything.  I digress though. 

Getting back to the original matter at hand, according to Toni her favorite psychic, Jennifer Shaffer was contacted by the Walker family and asked to assist in locating Jeff.  Again, according to Toni, Jennifer “very gently told Jeff’s family that he was dead.”  and “buried under 3 feet of snow.” 

Interestingly, Toni Ingram’s version is very different from that told by the Walker family. 

According to the Aspen Times, Liz Sathe, Walker’s girlfriend, said  they “consulted with three psychics” after intensive search efforts Sunday and Monday [March 10, 11] failed to yield any clues on Walker’s whereabouts.

Sathe also said, “We’ve got some strong feelings that he’s still alive,” “They’ve all been consistentThey all feel strongly that this is a (critical) day because he can’t scream anymore.”

Aspen Times journalist Scott Condon could not resist a bit of editorializing on the psychic’s contribution.  He wrote, “They suggested to search skier’s right on the mountain, and anyone who knows Highlands Bowl knows it’s all “right”; the entire face runs in a series of fall-line chutes bisected by rock outcroppings and tight stands of aspen and conifers.”

On Wednesday March 20, 2013 this story came to an unexpected conclusion with a twist Toni Ingram never saw coming.  On that day Jeff Walker’s body was found; next to his body was a gun.

From the final paragraph of the March 21 blog entry:

http://morganingram.com/wordpress/?p=3355

Truth and only the truth should be spoken, and if you don’t know the facts keep quiet or do the research, ask questions, don’t try to act like you know someone when you don’t, and don’t act like you have some inside information

Good advice.  Unfortunately they are empty words that reek with the stench of the writer’s hypocrisy.  

First the lies:

In her blog Toni Ingram said the snowboarder who found Mr. Walker was not searching for him.

Toni Ingram said the body was hard to reach and “it was very steep with deep snow so Mountain Rescue could not get his body out until today.”

Now the truth:

The snowboarder who found the body was on the mountain specifically to search.

Mr. Walker was not in three feet of snow, or even deep snow. He was found next to a tree, along with his gun.  

Mountain Rescue did not handle the recovery. They were under strict instruction that if and when they located a body they were to have no contact with it and to immediately notify law enforcement which they did.

According to Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo“It was too late in the day to get up there today,” (the day the body was found). “We want to do it the right way, not the fast way.

http://www.aspentimes.com/article/20130320/NEWS/130329998&parentprofile=search

Everything about the March 21 blog was wrong; starting with the “rumor” that precipitated Toni’s rant to her refusal to acknowledge her mistake.     If she had any moral integrity she would have written a mea culpa. 

I guess I’m naive because I believe when someone is wrong they should say they’re wrong, and be done with it.  No big deal, nobody’s perfect.  We all make mistakes. The only real mistakes are the ones we don’t learn from.

Obviously she will never admit to the errors in her Jeff Walker blog.  It isn’t in her nature.  She’s living a lie and she’s her own worst enemy.

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Edits:

Apr 14- 2013 corrected spelling error.

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