The following contains my thoughts on Dateline’s recent episode, “Behind Closed Doors.” The full episode, reported by Hoda Kotb, can be found on Dateline‘s website.
I always read DirecTV’s descriptions of Dateline by pressing the “info” button. Mainly, to see if I have previously seen the episode that is about to air. The problem with that is, is that usually I can totally differentiate between episodes.
Except for not. Descriptions such as ” a young woman goes missing” or “a man doesn’t show up to work and police suspect he may be dead” really narrow it down for me, I mean right?!
So when last night I see Dateline on my list of recorded shows, I read the description. (Of course I have since deleted the episode so I don’t have the exact wording) “A husband and father disappears.” (Again, so descriptive, isn’t it?) My husband saw it and looks at me and says, “A murder for hire.” I didn’t know he was even looking at the TV, so I say, “Oh my gosh! Where?!”
“This episode. I bet it’s a murder for hire,” he said.
So I went into the episode with his prediction in the back of my head. Because really, he’s right — whenever it’s a man that goes missing or whatever the situation is, it’s a murder for hire because let’s be real — a woman can rarely pull off a murder alone. Right?
It’s crazy that I even know this and I’m sorry if I’m freaking anyone out. But really. I feel like it is always the woman who dreams up these grand plans and it’s a man who executes it. Which is why I did not buy Morgan’s story on this episode for a second. This is a classic example, unfortunately, of a twisted and manipulative woman getting caught up with a man with good intentions and ethics, and who becomes the victim? The man.
Poor Kevin. He was in it for the long haul with her and I truly believe that he was trying to do the right thing by marrying her even after she had the baby (which was weird — side note — that she denied she was pregnant for the entire time? What was that all about there at the end?!) and telling her that divorce would not be an option and they were going to make it work.
Sadly, he was telling those words to someone who had something far more sinister up her sleeve when things started to get tough for the two of them and their marriage. When things get tough in a marriage, you have to remember your vows you took (for better OR for worse, not just for better) and stick it out together and get through it. Instead, things got tough here, and she of course ran to another man (who was 13 years younger) and felt like the murder of her husband was the “best” option.
I don’t understand how this happens, but geez, people really can be manipulative and selfish. What did they think? That they could murder him, bury him in some remote location, and pretend to be him on his cell phone for the rest of their (and his) lives and no one would ever notice or catch on?
I was wondering, though, in the beginning of this, when they were receiving the text messages from his phone, if it was Morgan sending the texts from his phone. Sure enough, that was the case, and I wish they could have proved that sooner. Or maybe they could have tracked his phone if the family thought he was missing? That’s one of the amazing things about technology these days — tracking a cell phone and finding out where these messages are pinging from, whether it is a cell phone tower or even an exact GPS location. So many people can be proven wrong by their cell phone’s whereabouts and there really is no defense for that.
When the last commercial was over with 10 minutes left before the program was over, I figured something must have caused this trial to be stopped or shortened. Usually they can’t wrap up a trial in 10 minutes so my twisted and sick mind thought that maybe one or both of them (Stephen, the boyfriend or Morgan, the wife) had committed suicide in jail.
The ending sure did shock me (and everyone else involved too) but it was probably the one not-so-selfish thing that Morgan did during this entire broadcast. I mean, if you’re in a trial (especially for murder) then you KNOW if you did it or not and chances are, you probably did, and HOW people can sit through days and weeks of these trials when they know the truth is something I will never understand. (I don’t understand a lot, apparently) I mean really — that’s what I was saying during the Casey Anthony trial. Why wouldn’t she just stand up and say, “OK! OK everyone STOP! I did it, okay?!”
But no — I guess it’s more worth it to them to have people duke it out in front of them when they know they’re guilty this entire time. It’s cowardly and it’s selfish. And for once, I actually saw someone stand up and ADMIT what they’ve done instead of sitting through weeks of a trial (which is a gamble, anyway, but I guess they think it’s worth it) and letting 12 strangers decide their fate when THEY are the only ones who know what REALLY happened.
OK, sorry for that soap box. But I truly was shocked when she admitted to what she had done — first degree, pre-meditated murder. Life in prison for her, despite her admittance, without the possibility of parole. Which she deserves. Her children, however, do not deserve to be orphans at such a young age and I think that they are the true victims (true alive victims that is) of this entire situation. A mother who would purposefully make her children orphans by her own will and decisions does not deserve to live life outside of prison walls.
If you know this case, or watched the episode, what are your thoughts? I’d love to hear.