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A Matter of Life and Death
We would like to make some comments regarding Steve Jackson's "Dealing with the Devil" series, which concluded in the June 3 issue. First of all, the Warren brothers are not related to Francisco "Pancho" Martinez. Second, we feel that the justice system has failed David Warren all through his life. All of Social Services knew of him being abused as a child. Now the justice system has failed him again, by telling him lies that they were going to send him out of state. They did not. He already has been getting death threats. Therefore, he did not want to respond to any of the last questions for Pancho. David was jumped in jail already--so what kind of life does he have now? You can say the death sentence.

Also, we want to let Brandy DuVall's family know that there are no regrets of not saying "sorry," because the Warren family sincerely does.

The Warren family
via the Internet

To be honest, I have not read all of Steve Jackson's articles in full, since I cannot handle the details of Brandy's last hours of life and how she died, but I feel that you are making the public aware of exactly how monstrous Francisco Martinez and his followers are.

I never met Brandy DuVall, but I think of her daily, and each night, I pray that she is at peace and for the Lord to watch over her. I have a young daughter and cannot imagine the pain Brandy's parents go through daily, nor can I imagine my daughter enduring all the hell that Brandy did. It both sickens and saddens me.

Brandy was a child--a child who will never grow into an adult. Her rapists, her torturers, her killers have gotten off way too easy. They should have to suffer everything that they put that defenseless child through, and personally, I hope that they get gang-raped and beat up in prison...daily. And how could that uncle ignore her cries? Doesn't he have a conscience? Or a heart? How selfish to protect yourself and let a child suffer what Brandy did. He should have to be raped and beaten in prison, also...and have everyone ignore his pleas for help.

Kathleen Loften-Neubauer
Castle Rock

The articles on Brandy were very well-written and told the story of both sides. It's a shame this murder took place, but thank goodness the people responsible for this hideous crime are where they belong and won't be able to murder any more young, innocent girls. Good reporting.

Biz Sikorra
via the Internet

Having moved from Denver, I was glad to be able to find out on the Web how the trials went and the sentences the gang members got for the awful things they did to Brandy. They all deserved the death sentence, but I'm glad they will be in jail for the rest of their lives, at least, so they can't hurt another innocent person. I do resent those kinds of animals using my tax money to live on, though.

L. McKinney
Kansas City

Editor's note: Steve Jackson's entire "Dealing with the Devil" series is available online at www.westword.com/1999/022599/feature1-1.html.

Suit Yourself
In the June 3 issue, I found Patricia Calhoun's "A Blanket Indictment" very interesting. Where was the Denver Art Museum for all the years the blanket was missing? If the museum wanted to find a likely suspect to blame, it seems they should have looked a little closer to home. To curator Norman Feder, for example, who signed off on the sale.

I wonder what else the people of Denver lost from the museum's collections and will never see again?

Sally Hirsch
via the Internet

The question is not who stole the blanket from the Denver Art Museum, but who stole it from the Navajo? Where is the tribe's cut on the sale?

Jay Walkinghorse
via the Internet

Editor's note: Last week, New York District Judge Naomi Buchwald released her decision in the case of the Denver Art Museum v. Adelaide de Menil--and the museum lost. Buchwald ruled in favor of de Menil, noting that at the time she purchased the blanket from a New York dealer in October 1970, the museum had no formal deaccessioning policy and its record-keeping was "imperfect." Subsequent to the sale, the judge added, the museum did not treat the blanket as stolen, nor did it "contact anyone to find out the whereabouts" for 27 years--until the piece turned up in a 1997 catalogue for Sotheby's, which was auctioning it off for de Menil. "Plaintiff has failed to establish that the exchange [between the museum and the dealer] was anything other than a bona fide exchange," Buchwald determined.

Left, Write, Left, Write ...
Patricia Calhoun: With the April 29 "Opportunism Knocks," you proved once again what a rotten and despicable person you are. I was appalled that you would be so amused about the family of state legislator Doug Dean receiving telephone threats because of his trying to make it easier for law-abiding citizens to get concealed-gun permits. The persons responsible for these threats are no doubt politically correct liberals.

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