Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Trayvon Martin waited for darkness before casing homes to burglarize

I have interrupted this blog for several months because I have been busy with some personal business. In the meantime, I have been inserting four articles about the case of Trayvon Martin being killed by George Zimmerman in February 2012.

* The first article reported that Martin was paranoid because of his addiction to Purple Drank, an intoxicating concoction of codeine, juice and candy.

* The second article reported that Martin's addiction made him paranoid and belligerent.

* The third article reported that Martin paid for Purple Drank by burglarizing homes. 

This here is my fourth and final article in this series. Soon I will resume writing about the Ferguson incident. 


On February 26, 2012, the day of Martin's death, the sky began dark in southern Florida at the following times:

* Sunset = 6:21 p.m.

* Civil twilight = 6:44 p.m.

* Nautical twilight = 7:11 p.m.

The sky was cloudy, and rain was falling. 

The expressions civil twilight and nautical twilight are defined as follows:
Civil twilight is defined when the sun is 6 degrees below the horizon. ....  in the evening it is called dusk.  
This is the limit at which twilight illumination is sufficient, under good weather conditions, for terrestrial objects to be clearly distinguished .... the horizon is clearly defined and the brightest stars are visible under good atmospheric conditions in the absence of moonlight or other illumination.  
.... in the evening after the end of civil twilight, artificial illumination is normally required to carry on ordinary outdoor activities. 
Nautical twilight is defined when the sun is 12 degrees below the horizon.  
At the ... end of nautical twilight, under good atmospheric conditions and in the absence of other illumination, general outlines of ground objects may be distinguishable, but detailed outdoor operations are not possible, and the horizon is indistinct.

In order to make another mixture of Purple Drank, Martin walked to a store to buy Skittles candy and Arizona Watermelon Fruit Juice Cocktail, his favorite additives to the main codeine ingredient. 

The store's closed-circuit camera recorded him paying the cashier for the candy and juice at 6:24 p.m. 

Instead of walking directly home to make his Purple Drank, however, he waited until the sky became dark. 

First, he stayed right in front of the store and asked three men to buy him a cigar that he could use to make a marijuana blunt. (Martin was too young to buy the cigar himself.) By the time the three men bought the cigar and gave it to Martin and then he walked away from the store's front, the time had become 6:30. 

The distance from the store to the apartment complex was about a half-mile, so Martin could have reached the complex by about 6:40 -- a normal walking pace is three miles an hour, so a half-mile is ten minutes. 

However, Martin apparently found a nearby place, covered from the rain, and smoked his blunt for a half-hour. He did not enter the apartment complex until about 7:05 p.m. A few minutes later, Zimmerman saw Martin casing homes there to burglarize.  

The main reason why Martin dawdled for that half-hour was that he was waiting for the sky to turn dark enough for him to case homes without being seen. When Martin entered the apartment complex at 7:05, the sky was turning from civil twilight into nautical twilight. The sky turned dark a few minutes earlier than normal because of the clouds and rain   

Right after the sky turned dark and Martin entered the apartment complex, events developed as follows:

7:09:34 – 7:13:41 — George Zimmerman calls the Sanford Police Department from his truck.

7:11:33 — Zimmerman tells the police dispatcher that Trayvon Martin is running. .....

7:13:10 — Zimmerman says he does not know Martin's location.

7:13:41 — The end of Zimmerman's call to Sanford police.

7:16:11 — First 911 call from witness about a fight, calls for help heard.[16]

7:16:55 — Gunshot heard on 911 call.

Because Martin was addicted to Purple Drank, he was chronically paranoid, and he attacked Zimmerman murderously. Fortunately, however, Zimmerman was armed and was able to shoot Martin in self-defense. 

Trayvon Martin paid for Purple Drank by burglarizing

I have interrupted this blog for several months because I have been busy with some personal business. In the meantime, I am inserting four articles about the case of Trayvon Martin being killed by George Zimmerman in February 2012. In the first of the four articles, I described Martin's addiction to Purple Drank, an intoxicating concoction of codeine, juice and candy.

The most expensive ingredient was Promethazine Codeine. The cash price for a 240-millimeter bottle was around $23. The juice and candy to accompany such a bottle would raise the cost to, say, $30. So, sipping Purple Drank all day, every day, is a habit that costs some money.

Martin was a high-school student who did not have a known wage-earning job. Martin earned money by burglarizing homes. In late October 2011 -- the exact date is unknown -- he was detained because he had vandalized lockers in a restricted room in his high school. The School Resource Officer searched Martin's backpack and found at least 12 items of ladies jewelry, a man’s watch, and a flat-head screwdriver described as “a burglary tool”.

When Trayvon was questioned about who owned the jewelry and where it came from, he claimed he was just holding it for a “friend”, whom he would not name.

On October 21 -- before Martin was detained in the school -- a home was burglarized a few blocks from the high school. The items found in Martin's backpack, as described in School Police Report 2011-11477, match the items stolen from the home, as described in Miami-Dade Police Report PD111021-422483. The below image shows that the locations of the burglarized home and Martin's high school.

The red star is the location of Trayvon Martin's high school
The red line indicates the home that Martin burglarized.
The image can be seen at a larger size here
However, because the school district was trying to minimize the disciplining of African-American students, the school police report was not forwarded to the local police department. Instead, the items in Martin's backpack were classified as merely "found items" and were placed in a lost-and-found property room.

After Martin was killed in February 2012, the incident involving his backpack was investigated and was revealed to the public. Eventually the items found in Martin's backpack were located in the property room and returned to the family whose home had been burglarized.

This story is told in much more detail in this Conservative Tree House webpage.

My key points:

* Trayvon Martin was addicted to Purple Drank, a codeine concoction.

* One consequence of his addiction was that he became paranoid, which made him belligerent.

* Another consequence of his addiction was that he burglarized homes in order to earn the money to buy the Purple Drank ingredients.

* The final consequence of his addiction was his paranoia and belligerence caused him to attack George Zimmerman, who had noticed him casing homes to burglarize.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Trayvon Martin's paranoia made him belligerent

I have interrupted this blog for several months because I have been busy with some personal business. In the meantime, I am inserting four articles about the case of Trayvon Martin being killed by George Zimmerman in February 2012. In the first of the four articles, I described Martin's addiction to Purple Drank, an intoxicating concoction of codeine, juice and candy. One common side-effect of such an addiction is paranoia.

By the end of June 2011, Martin became obsessed with Purple Drank. In that first article, I wrote:
Martin's fascination with Purple Drank began seriously at about the end of June 2011, when he subscribed to the YouTube log of Purple Drank addict Andy Milonakis. 
Martin’s subscription coincided roughly with Milonakis’s upload, on June 21, 2011, of a rap-music video that Milonakis himself had created. Milonakis's video is titled "Red Lean Purple Lean" and is illutrated by photographs of bottles full of Promethazine Codeine and drinking cups full of Purple Drank (aka Red Lean Purple Lean).
By November 2011, Martin became remarkably suspicious and belligerent. The contents of his cell phone's text messages provided a series of text messages, in which he explained to a female friend why he was engaging in various fights with other students, with a teacher and with a school bus driver.
[January 21, 2011] 
MARTIN: Cause man dat nigga snitched on me 
FRIEND: Bae [Babe] y you always fightinqq man, you got suspended? 
MARTIN: Naw we thumped [fought] afta skool in a duckd [duck-taped] off spot 
FRIEND: Ohh, Well Damee [damn me]
MARTIN: I lost da 1st round :( but won da 2nd nd 3rd . . . . 
FRIEND:  Ohhh So It Wass 3 Rounds? Damn well at least yu wonn lol but yuu needa stop fighting bae Forreal 
MARTIN: Nay im not done with fool..... he gone hav 2 see me again 
FRIEND: Nooo... Stop, yuu waint gonn bee satisified till yuh suspended [from school] again, huh? 
MARTIN: Naw but he aint breed [bleed] nuff 4 me, only his nose 
[Nov 22, 2011] 
MARTIN: My mom just told me I gotta mov wit my dad
FRIEND: So what does that mean? 
MARTIN: She just kicked me out :( 
MARTIN: Da police caught me outta skool 
FRIEND: So you just turning into a lil hoodlum 
MARTIN: Naw I'm a gangsta 
FRIEND: Boy don't get one [a bullet] planted in ya chest 
MARTIN: Lol Im scared 
FRIEND: You should be 
[January 4, 2012] 
FRIEND: What school you at today? 
MARTIN: Krop [Michael M. Krop High School] cause my dad outta town 
FRIEND: Wyd? [What you do?] 
MARTIN: In csi"/ [a school-intervention program?]
FRIEND: Lol for what? 
MARTIN: Caus I was watch a fight nd a teacher say I hit em 
[February 14, 2012] 
FRIEND: Why you not in school? 
MARTIN: Suspended 
MARTIN: Fightn 
FRIEND: What you fighting fa?

On or before February 21, 2012, Martin received a tweet from his cousin, who remarked about Martin trying to hit a bus driver. The tweet said: “yu ain’t tell me yu swung on a bus driver”.

Perhaps this “swung on a bus driver” incident had coincided with Martin's suspension from his high school on or about February 14 (see the last text message, above). If so, then Martin tried to hit a school bus driver.

I think that Martin's paranoia -- about other students "snitching" on him and about being disrespected by teachers and school staff -- was caused basically by his addiction to Purple Drank.