Can you imagine what it must be like to be a prime suspect with regards to your son’s death? Can you imagine what it must be like to have the looks, the stares, the gossip and your son’s death being treated as a murder instead of an accident? Can you imagine what it must be like to know you are innocent and yet everyone thinks you are guilty? Can you imagine what it must be like to have to grieve for your son and then lose another son because of the finger of guilt is being pointed at you?
It is hard to imagine isn’t it? But unfortunately it happens.
For 25 years since her son’s death in 1987, Elizabeth Watkins has had that finger of guilt pointed right at her.
This tragic tale starts in 1987 when her son Nicholas Loris died, the police after two investigations, each of which was closed, still held his mother as prime suspect and being possibly involved in his death.
If that is not enough to deal with, Elizabeth Watkins also had to deal with the breakdown of her relationship with Nicholas’ elder brother, Alex, who went to live with his father and has not spoken to his mother since. Elizabeth Watkins lost two sons the day of Nicholas’ death and for 25 years lived with being classed as the prime suspect, as there was no other witnesses in Nicholas’ death.
However tragic this tale is, after 25 years Elizabeth Watkins is no longer the Police’s Prime Suspect, the Daily Mail reports:
…a new investigation from the FBI and North Carolina police used cutting-edge technology to determine that Nicholas could have been strangled by animals, not by a human.
They have concluded that the boy was attacked by dogs while he was walking his own pet, a collie which was in heat – which police believe attracted the other dogs.
The dogs pulled on the hoodie he was wearing, tightening it around his neck and choking off his air supply.
Forensic experts used new photographic technology to examine the marks on Nicholas’ neck, and compare them to the fabric of his clothing.
Elizabeth Watkins will never get back those years she lost with her son Alex and I hope and pray that a mother and son are reunited and together can mourn the loss of their loved-one and start to rebuild their life together.
Her lawyer, David Freedman said, that Elizabeth is relieved and grateful that the Police have finally exonerated her and he went on to say:
I hope people learn from this not to jump to conclusions.
As much as I hope the same, somehow I doubt it, because there will be those who are all too willing to point the finger of blame at someone. And even when evidence and facts are produced to prove their assumptions are wrong, they still continue on their blind hate mission, to destroy a person and/or family. Just like those people who refuse to see the facts for what they are and continue blindly to accuse the parents of another missing child, Madeleine McCann.