In case it is difficult for readers to decipher Ms. Schulte's handwriting, here is the typed version:
They are accusing you of
placing Trenton w/your grandparents or Skip
& protecting him from Josh or Carla so you would
He’s trying to get you upset
and make you say something not
true or to turn situation around on you.
I believe they consider you to be the prime suspect.
You show no emotion, too
concerned about conditions of
When was Melinda Duckett declared the prime suspect? According to the WESH News and Nancy Grace Show, it was announced by Leesburg police on September 21, 2006. What EVIDENCE came about to make them absolutely sure that the only person who could have been responsible for Trenton Duckett's disappearance was Melinda Duckett?
Here are some excerpts from the media:
From Wesh News Sept 21, 2006.
Nearly one month after she reported her 2-year-old son missing, the Leesburg Police Department on Thursday officially named Melinda Duckett the prime suspect in Trenton Duckett's disappearance
"We've got the issues of failing to build the timeline with our investigators, failing to build the timeline with FDLE agents, with the FBI," said Capt. Steve Rockefeller of the Leesburg Police Department. "No polygraph examination, failure to comply with the investigators' requests to provide us with a timeline, and it's just an on and on process. We consistently tried to get that timeline. We were never able to get it, right up through the 8th, the day of the suicide."
Rockefeller said her suicide raised even more red flags.
"When you reach the point of her suicide, that is just, to non-psychologists, that's an unnatural act for a grieving mother," Rockefeller said.
And from Nancy Grace transcripts on September 21, 2006
"GRACE: Good evening, everyone. I`m Nancy Grace. Thank you for being with us tonight. Straight out to Florida and the latest, the breaking news out of the Leesburg, Florida, Melinda Duckett named the prime suspect in either the death or disappearance of her 2-year-old son, Trenton. Out to Jean Casarez of Court TV. What`s the latest?
JEAN CASAREZ, COURT TV: Well, the latest is investigators are saying that a letter that Melinda Duckett said her ex-husband wrote her, threatening harm to she and Trenton, was actually written by Melinda herself and e-mailed to herself. Melinda took that letter back to authorities back in July of this year, said she wanted to prosecute her ex- husband for threatening that harm. The result was the temporary restraining order saying he could have no contact with his baby. Days later, the child went missing, and following that, as we all know, she committed suicide."
And from Josh Duckett as reported by Steve Hudak of the Orlando Sentinel:
Josh Duckett, Trenton's father and Melinda's estranged husband, said Thursday he still thinks his son is alive "In my views, I feel that she stashed him somewhere. Somebody out there has him because just to me, I don't think she would have harmed him. I mean, it's always a possibility, don't get me wrong, but I feel that she would have stashed him somewhere and has somebody holding him. That's what I felt all along," Duckett said.
Leesburg police Capt. Steve Rockefeller confirmed Wednesday that the trash included toys and photographs of Trenton, including his sonogram, an image of a child in the mother's womb.Police refused to characterize the findings as "smoking-gun" evidence against Duckett, 21, who committed suicide Sept. 8 at her grandparents' home in The Villages.
But Joshua Duckett, Melinda's estranged husband and the boy's father, said Wednesday he was stunned to learn that she had thrown out the toddler's keepsake pictures.
"It strikes me as very odd. I mean, I've still got all of my photos of him and all of my sonogram pictures from when she was pregnant," he said. "I've had my suspicions from the start. [But] they're just suspicions."
Suspicions or allegations?