She also landed her first job, offering food samples to customers at Costco. She enjoyed chatting with people, free from pressure to sell.
So many kids, institutionalized, wound up on drugs or in jail. “It was just nice to be on my own and not have all the rules that I had had being in foster care,” Marie says. “It was awesome.” The morning after the rape in Golden, Galbraith hurried to work to follow up her husband’s lead. she sent an email to the Westminster Police Department. ” Westminster Detective Edna Hendershot had settled into her morning with her Starbucks usual: a Venti, upside-down, skinny caramel macchiato.
The first day of the first year of high school fills many students with anxiety. We went to the ocean, it was like 7 o’clock at night, I don’t know what we were thinking, I got in there and I jumped out and swung my hair back.” Instead of finishing high school, Marie went for her GED.
They often don’t know about, or fail to use, an FBI database created years ago to help catch repeat offenders. She would move “a hundred miles an hour in one direction,” a colleague said. She’d worked more than 100 rape cases in her career.
Between one-fourth to two-thirds of rapists are serial attackers, studies show. But there was a clincher: the woman in Galbraith’s case had remained as focused as possible during her ordeal, memorizing details. Careful, diligent, exacting — she complemented Galbraith.
And she would have to pay $500 to cover the court’s costs. In the snow, they found a trail of footprints leading to and from the back of the apartment through an empty field. An investigating officer had to figure out if the victim was telling the truth. “A lot of times people say, ‘Believe your victim, believe your victim,’” Galbraith said.
They spraypainted the prints fluorescent orange to make them stand out, then took pictures. “But I don’t think that that’s the right standpoint. And then corroborate or refute based on how things go.” At home, her husband David had done the dishes and put the kids to bed.
During the attack, he knocked a yellow teddy bear off a desk in her bedroom.
“You should get help,” the woman, a house mother at a local fraternity, told the man. Cops can be protective about their cases, fearing that information could be leaked that would jeopardize their investigations.
The analyst shot Hendershot a message, “You need to come to talk to me right now.” The report detailed how a 46-year-old artist had been accosted in her home by a man with a knife. She broke three ribs and punctured a lung in the 7-foot fall to the ground, but managed to escape. They also appeared similar to prints from a pair of Under Armour gloves that a Lakewood investigator, on a hunch, had discovered at a Dick’s Sporting Goods.
Investigators at the scene uncovered a few, tenuous pieces of evidence. Westminster crime scene investigators had discovered similar marks on the window of the victim’s apartment. Galbraith checked out the footprints left at the Lakewood scene.
She was good at empathizing with the victims, who were overwhelmingly women.
They sank down on separate couches in their living room. The attacker had been cunning, attempting to erase any traces of DNA from the scene. “I basically had 20 minutes to pack my stuff and go.” Until something more permanent could be found, Marie moved in with Shannon Mc Query and her husband in Bellevue, a booming, high-tech suburb east of Seattle.
Marie — that’s her middle name, Marie — didn’t say anything. She had reported being raped in her apartment by a man who had bound and gagged her. The prosecution’s offer was this: If she met certain conditions for the next year, the charge would be dropped. on a wintry day in January 2011, Detective Stacy Galbraith approached a long, anonymous row of apartment buildings that spilled up a low hill in a Denver suburb. At around 8 a.m., she was jolted awake by a man who had jumped on her back, pinning her to the bed. A half-dozen officers and technicians were now at work. The credibility of the victim was often on trial as much as the guilt of the accused.