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Who's Responsible
I read the article "The Victim's Victims" [by Steve McVicker, October 17], and I am appalled that Bob Carreiro would victimize the Wiley family by suing them and State Farm, claiming their 14-year-old son Jeremy could have prevented the murder of Kristin and Kynara. I agree with Kip Wiley -- had Jeremy been home or walked in on the murder, he, too, would have been found dead. To be victimized -- again -- by Bob Carreiro is atrocious. Kristin and Kynara's suffering is over, but Jeremy's pain continues and will throughout his life. The trauma he endured after finding the bodies of his beloved sister and her best friend is a horrible thing most of us could not even begin to imagine, and Jeremy has to live with this vision daily. I realize Bob Carreiro is a victim in this murder, too, but why victimize the other victims? As I recall, Kynara's mother, Diane Taylor, was home that day, just down the street. Perhaps Carreiro should consider suing Diane Taylor too for allowing Kynara to go to the Wiley home. Had Diane kept Kynara and Kristin home, they would not have been murdered. (Carreiro's logic, not mine.)

The person who committed and is responsible for this heinous crime is Rex Mays. Mr. Carreiro, how in the hell can you do this to the Wiley family? The killer is on death row. Why not let the girls rest in peace? Jeremy is still alive -- don't destroy him for monetary gain.

Cheryl Rumsey Spaugh
Houston

Bob Carreiro Speaks
I have had to sit back, be slandered and have assertions made that were inaccurate, all the while not saying anything because of my pending lawsuit. Now it is my turn.

First, the original suit was thought of prior to the confession of Rex Mays. Its purpose was to start another investigation. Anything discovered in a civil proceeding can be used in a criminal investigation. Since the investigation seemed to be lagging, I felt it imperative to add another aspect to keep the pressure on. Second, since Mays is the murderer, it was assurance that he would not be able to benefit from this tragedy (i.e., movies, books, etc.).

You cannot just file a lawsuit; you need a basis of negligence. The most glaring was the fact that the girls were left alone unsupervised. Kip Wiley knew of this suit at the time it was filed. He told me an insurance investigator had come to his home and asked him questions. Mr. Wiley said his response was, "Look, the man's daughter was killed in my home. Cut him a check."

Mr. Wiley tries to portray me as a "moneygrubber," yet he certainly joined in my lawsuit as a plaintiff so he could be compensated for his daughter's murder. His claim against his civic association was negligence. He accused them of failing to provide adequate security and failing to let him know a murderer lived next door.

Also, the amounts stated in the Press are inaccurate. When I spoke with Mr. Wiley he knew I was not after any of his assets. The suit would not cost him anything. It was for the limits of his insurance policy -- $300,000. These multimillion-dollar figures are untrue. The only mention of any such figure was in connection with a written demand on State Farm, the Wileys' homeowners insurance carrier, sent by my lawyer. In this letter State Farm was asked to tender the sum of $2.5 million or the policy limits of the Wileys' insurance coverage, whichever was less.

All through the investigation, the search party for the murder weapon and many other functions related to the case, people asked, "Where are the Wileys?" I was always kind and told them that people handle things differently. Mr. Wiley has been very critical of me, while he sat praying for an end. I believe in prayer. I also know you have to get off your butt and do something, which I did! I will be the first to admit that at times I was a hindrance, but I did something and kept the pressure on until this monster who murdered our children was behind bars.

In the rag the Houston Press, Mr. Wiley says, "Don't paint me the same color as Bob Carreiro." I certainly hope you do not. There is a more appropriate color for a man who sits back during the investigation of his daughter's murder and claims everything is hunky-dory (when it obviously is not) and then tries to gain monetarily afterward.

I am also very surprised that Mr. McVicker in his article did not use the term "reliable sources" when it came to the comments made about me by the Sheriff's Department. Who were these people, and why not quote them directly? Mr. McVicker is guilty of pitiful journalism and poor fact checking.

 

The most glaring and lowest statement was that Mr. Wiley paid for my daughter's funeral. This is untrue. I received $1,000 from Mr. Wiley's insurance carrier approximately two weeks after the murders. It helped but certainly did not cover the cost of the funeral. I know who paid what and it certainly was not him. I have the receipts to prove this.

Little white lies add up to big lies. That is the bottom line. After the postponement of the hearing by the Wileys' attorney, this attack on me was a ploy by the Wileys and their insurance company so they could spin their web of deceit through a newspaper unworthy of taking to the bathroom. They intended to cast a bunch of lies and inconsistencies to attempt to influence the judge and the public.

Certainly this case when revealed in the light cast upon it by the Wileys seems insensitive. It is however, well grounded in fact and public policy. You can call me old-fashioned -- a tattooed, ponytailed motorcycle lover, or whatever -- but it does not change the fact that no one, not even the God-fearing Wileys, should leave young children home alone without supervision.

As for Rex Mays, he is a coward. He beat women and abused little girls. His confession suggests that if someone else had been at the Wileys' home and turned down the music as requested he would have never entered the house.

To my friends and others who still support me, thank you. To those of you who have doubts, I pray your children are never harmed as a result of them left unsupervised.

Robert Carreiro
Houston

Steve McVicker replies: Whenever Mr. Carreiro first "thought" of pursuing litigation, the fact remains that Rex Mays had been incarcerated for five months following his confession to detectives when Carreiro filed his lawsuit in July 1994. No further investigation was needed. And despite his claim to the contrary, Carreiro was indeed suing for $2.5 million. He is correct when he says his attorney wrote to the Wileys' attorney asking for $2.5 million "or the limits of your client's coverage, whichever is less." In the same letter, however, Carreiro's attorney stated that if the claim were not paid within 15 days, "we will then seek to secure a judgment in excess of the policy limits of the Wiley coverage." Two weeks ago, state District Judge Tracy Christopher threw Carreiro's suit out of court. If a jury had been allowed to hear the case and had sided with Carreiro, it would have been free to award Carreiro whatever amount it deemed fair -- not just the limits of the Wileys' policy. Also, it was never stated in the article that the Wileys' insurance paid for Kynara Carreiro's funeral -- only her burial. Carreiro's attorney, Gregory Stewart, told the Press that State Farm gave Carreiro $2,500 to bury his child.

There were two errors in the story. We reported that State Farm would have been liable for the entire judgment, had there been one against the Wileys. That was wrong: Because Kip Wiley told State Farm not to pay the claim, Wiley, not the insurance company, would have been liable. Also, a statement was erroneously attributed to Wiley that obviously was made by Carreiro: "Before bringing the abbreviated interview to a close, Wiley adds that if he wins the lawsuit, he plans to set up an education fund for his godchild."

The Real Thing
Joanne Harrison's review "Hook, Line and Stinker" [Cafe, October 3] on the King Fish Market almost had me "hooked." The description of the food was enticing and mouthwatering. The personnel sounded friendly and helpful. Being a Flipper fan, Iwas indeed relieved to read that the dolphin is artificial. I do, however, take exception to Harrison's description of the stained-glass bar top as artificial (faux). Every inch of that 45-foot bar was carefully and lovingly handcrafted by my daughter-in-law, Carla Jessup, owner of Heavenly Glass in Rosenberg, using the Tiffany glass method. Each of the hundreds (probably thousands) of pieces of glass was skillfully and painstakingly cut by hand. Each piece was then ground, hand wrapped in copper foil and fitted into its proper place. The individual pieces were then carefully soldered into place in 17 two-to-three-foot panels, with each panel's pattern flowing over into the next, creating a 45-foot custom designed panoramic seascape. The genuine stained glass has been covered with safety glass to protect it.

My daughter-in-law was devestated to read of her art being called fake. I therefore felt the record should be set straight.

Laverne Jessup
Rosenberg

 

Uniformly Positive
Lisa Gray did a great job on writing the "tots-in-uniform" story ["Babes in Uniform," October 3]. While I am pleased that Smaller Scholars was mentioned as one of the pioneers in introducing uniforms, my comment about Westside Montessori did not accurately reflect the spirit and the context in which it was said. Undoubtedly, there is a trend that more and more preschools, including our "neighbors" Westside Montessori, are following in recognizing the importance of uniforms in the school environment. Parents at all of our three Smaller Scholars locations have had nothing but positive things to say about uniforms for the last ten years.

Dorothy Swanson Ahuja
Executive director, Smaller Scholars
Houston


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