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.
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:
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 consistent. They 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:
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.
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.
Apr 14- 2013 corrected spelling error.
Toni Ingram sent an abuse complaint to Photobucket to have her daughter’s content removed from the memorial site I set up.
I received this via email yesterday.
Abuse (Photobucket Support)
Mar 27 11:52 am (MDT)
This is to notify you that we have received notice that the following material posted by you via the Photobucket service is infringing:
In response, we have removed such material from the Photobucket service. Such material will remain unavailable from the Photobucket service unless you provide us with a completed copy of the following Counter Notice to Photobucket’s Designated Copyright Agent:
1. Identification of the material that has been removed or to which access has been disabled on the Photobucket service and the location at which the material appeared before it was removed or access to it was disabled:
2. I hereby state under penalty of perjury that I have a good faith belief that the material was removed or disabled as a result of mistake or misidentification of the material to be removed or disabled.
3. Your name, address, telephone number and, if available, email address:
4. I hereby state that I consent to the jurisdiction of the Federal District Court for the judicial district in which my address is located or, if my address is outside of the United States, for any judicial district in which Photobucket may be found, and I will accept service of process from the complaining party who notified Photobucket of the alleged infringement or an agent of such person.
5. Your physical or electronic signature (full legal name):____________________________
The Counter Notice should be delivered to the following Designated Copyright Agent of Photobucket:
PLEASE NOTE: Further notifications of copyright violations posted in this Photobucket account may result in the banning of this account.
Poor Morgan! I can’t imagine what it must have been like to live with someone so controlling. Even in death Toni can’t let Morgan be her own person.
If Morgan was a minor this would be a non-issue. But Morgan was not a minor. Morgan Ingram was an adult. Her Photobucket was public. If she wanted her content censored she would have censored it herself.
I hope you have a lot of time on your hands Toni. There are plenty of photo and file sharing sites on the web and I plan to visit every one of them.
Jodin’s “fiance” has magically morphed into Morgan’s former boyfriend?
March 27, 2013
I apologize for not posting this on the date promised, real life got in the way.
In her blog Toni Ingram has consistently criticized Dr. Robert Kurtzman for conclusions he reached in the autopsy of Morgan Ingram. Toni has claimed on more than one occasion that retired medical examiners, two forensic pathologists, doctors, specialists, and a pharmaceutical scientist have all contacted her to let her know that Dr. Kurtzman should have known right away that the level of amitriptyline found in Morgan’s blood was lethal. Apparently Toni expects readers to believe members of the medical community would criticize one of their own for not jumping to an immediate conclusion and exercising too much caution. Although I don’t believe Toni I was curious why Dr. Kurtzman did not rule Morgan’s death a suicide from the very beginning. Did Dr. Kurtzman know something we don’t? Could death by amitriptyline intoxication be more complex than Toni Ingram would like her readers to believe? The answers required research.
As I began researching Amitriptyline it became evident to me that information from the Morgan’s Stalking blog contradicted my research. I will note these contradictions as they occur.
So what exactly is amitriptyline?
Amitriptyline is a disturbingly effective killer; a chemical perfect storm for the suicidal. It is an extremely complex medication originally approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat various forms of depression. It also has several off-label uses (off-label means not FDA approved) such as treatment of neuropathic pain, and migraine prophylaxis. Amitriptyline is a tricyclic, antidepressant, so-called because of its three-ring chemical structure. It is the most frequently abused/misused of the tricyclic antidepressants. In a review of 165 persons with tricyclic poisonings admitted to one hospital in a two year period, 62% involved amitriptyline.
Amitriptyline is readily absorbed from the gastro-intestinal tract, with peak plasma concentrations occurring within a few hours of oral administration (contradicts MS blog, “She would have to have been given this stuff between noon and nine pm-ish for that high of a level” September 15, 2012 http://morganingram.com/wordpress/?p=1207 )
It is highly lipid soluble meaning it is stored by fat cells and not released until the body exhausts the rest of the dose.Peak drug concentrations occur early and this is the reason why most deaths from poisoning occur outside the hospital.
Amitriptyline undergoes extensive first-pass metabolism and is demethylated in the liver to its primary active metabolite, nortriptyline. Amitriptyline is widely distributed throughout the body and is extensively bound to plasma and tissue protein.
AMI is a mild antiemetic (prevents vomiting) and in fact is used successfully to treat a condition called Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome. (contradicts MS “did not regurgitate any of them back up, as is most common with Amitriptyline” and ”A research scientist and doctor who works at a pharmaceutical company has assured us there is no way Morgan could ingest enough Amitriptyline to produce that level without vomiting it up. It can’t happen” March 12, 2013 http://morganingram.com/wordpress/?p=3198).
Amitriptyline is anticholinergic and therefore will inhibit parasympathetic nerve impulses by blocking acetylcholine. Acetylcholine is a vital neurotransmitter that is released at the ends of nerve fibers in the somatic and parasympathetic nervous systems and transmits nerve impulses across a synapse. The nerve fibers of the parasympathetic system are responsible for the involuntary movements of smooth muscles present in the gastrointestinal tract, urinary tract, lungs, etc. This is why Morgan developed pulmonary edema, not because “her heart stopped for only a few seconds, then her lungs would have automatically filled up with fluid and this would have been enough to kill her,” March 26, 2013 http://morganingram.com/wordpress/?p=3386
The anticholinergic effect is exponential to the amount of the drug consumed. To put it plainly, amitriptyline slows down vital body functions, including significant reduction in gastrointestinal mobility.This results in a prolonged period of absorption.
If all this was not enough, amitriptyline and its active metabolite nortriptyline are subject to enterohepatic recirculation. This means it is secreted into bile which is held by the gall bladder and dumped back into the small intestine creating an efficient deadly cycle.
Amitriptyline has a narrow therapeutic index, meaning there is a fine line between a therapeutic and toxic dose. A lethal dose can be as low as 5mg/kg. Morgan Ingram weighed 115 lbs. or 52.1 kg., so theoretically a fatal dose could have been as low as 260.5 mg or approx. 10 25 mg pills. The fact that such a small amount could be fatal is another unique characteristic of amitriptyline (contradicts MS “18 – 25mg pills is 450 mg., simple math 18 X 25 = 450. And it is not a lethal dose, yes you read that right, 450 mg. is not a lethal dose. Once again I welcome you to find a qualified expert who will testify that 450 mg. of Amitriptyline is a lethal dose” March 15, 2013 http://morganingram.com/wordpress/?p=3272
Any “qualified expert” could tell Toni Ingram the most frightening fact about amitriptyline is scientists do not know how it will behave from one patient to the next due to a high degree of genetic variability in the specific liver enzymes that process the drug. A lethal amount for one person might have little effect on another. Depending on the genetic variant, the liver enzyme that processes amitriptyline, known as CYP2D6, will metabolize in one of the following ways:
Poor metabolizer–these subjects have little or no CYP2D6 function
Intermediate metabolizers–these subjects metabolize drugs at a rate somewhere between the poor and extensive metabolizers,
Extensive metabolizer–these subjects have normal CYP2D6 function
Ultra rapid metabolizer–these subjects have multiple copies of the CYP2D6 gene expressed, and therefore greater-than-normal CYP2D6 function
The only way to know which variant a patient will express, other than trial and error, is to run a plasma concentration assay.
In light of this drug’s many complexities, I hope it’s obvious to readers why Dr. Kurtzman didn’t immediately and carelessly blame amitriptyline for Morgan’s death. Given Toni Ingram’s previous track record for omitting facts that undermine her version of the “truth,” I don’t think I’m off base suggesting we don’t have the entire story. I strongly suspect Dr. Kurtzman told the Ingrams he was issuing a tentative death certificate per legality, but cause and manner could change as pending reviews and results became available.
By gaining a greater understanding of amitriptyline I unintentionally gained a greater understanding of Toni Ingram. I believe the numerous unnamed medical experts and their opinions of Dr Kurtzman are fabrications born out of desperation. In my opinion this woman is so arrogant, so convinced of her superiority she didn’t even bother to research how amitriptyline is processed. I don’t think it occurred to her that anyone would question what she says.
Toni knows Keenan Vanginkel and Brooke Harris will never be charged with murder. The alleged evidence consists of hearsay and lies and the visions of psychics and pet communicators. There is no chain of custody for the alleged physical evidence.
There is no cover-up being perpetrated by the police or the forensic pathologist. Why would they risk their careers to protect Keenan? He’s a kid who works at a grocery store. He doesn’t have any connections or know anyone with political clout.
Toni Ingram knows this but she will never accept it.
Toni Ingram, full credit for italicized quotes, 2012-2013 Morgan’s Stalking, http://morganingram.com/wordpress/
Gergov, Merja, et al. “CYP2D6 and CYP2C19 genotypes and amitriptyline metabolite ratios in a series of medicolegal autopsies.” Forensic Science International 10 May 2006: 177+. Academic OneFile. Web. 15 Mar. 2013.
Bachofer, Julia, et al. “Amitriptyline or not, that is the question: pharmacogenetic testing of CYP2D6 and CYP2C19 identifies patients with low or high risk for side effects in amitriptyline therapy.” Clinical Chemistry 51.2 (2005): 376+.
Academic OneFile. Web. 15 Mar. 2013
/CASE REPORTS/ In a case of acute overdosage (225 mg) a patient in light coma had temporary complete oculomotor paresis, unresponsive to caloric stimulation or doll’s head maneuvers.
[Grant, W.M. Toxicology of the Eye. 3rd ed. Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas Publisher, 1986., p. 85] **PEER REVIEWED**
/CASE REPORTS/ A 34-yr-old man … suffered from severe adverse effects during treatment with amitriptyline, 50 mg/day. It was subsequently shown that the patient was a slow metabolizer of amitriptyline. However, he tolerated a dose of 200 mg of imipramine/day, which was necessary in order to reach a therapeutic level of about 900 nM for imipramine plus desipramine.
[Broson K et al; Ther Drug Monit 13 (2): 177-82 (1991)] **PEER REVIEWED** PubMed Abstract
March 29, 2013 2:54 P.M.- Grammar
April 2, 2013 3:16 P.M – Added and corrected attributions.
March 22, 2013
I would like to take a moment and point readers to a few small additions made to this site. On the right hand side of the screen under “Pages,” there are some new links:
Now You See ‘Em; Now You Don’t is where I have posted screenshots of items that have disappeared from Morgan’s Stalking, Sarah Afshar’s blog etc.
Toni’s Army of Trolls – Documenting the stupidity.
Morgan’s Photobucket When Toni started her blog, members of Websleuths began researching Morgan’s death. I learned through Facebook some of Morgan’s user names and located a website where she posted music playlists she edited (in my day they were called mixed tapes).
I was excited about my find and I posted it along with the discovered user names to the Morgan discussion on websleuths. Someone then did more digging and found Morgan’s Photobucket and Tumblr Someone from WS, I’ve always thought it was Lera213, emailed Toni and told her WS had dug up Morgan’s personal accounts. Toni then went through and deleted anything she found inappropriate. I was very angry over this. Morgan was an adult and was well within her rights to upload whatever photos she wanted without her mother expunging them. I bear a great deal of responsibility for this coming to pass since I was the one who found the user names and posted them. Luckily I’m not totally inept with a computer and I was able to retrieve many of the pictures from my cache and upload them to a new Photobucket. All the Tumblr content is there as well.
Please check back
tomorrow Saturday March 23 Sunday March 24 or Monday March 25 for a new blog I have researched and written It’s about amitriptyline and the things Toni doesn’t want anyone to know.