From The Devil's Knot
This was the body of Stevie Branch. He too showed signs of having been beaten, and the left side of his face bore other savage marks. It was hard to tell - the wounds were so deep - but on top of everything else, it looked like Stevie's face may have been bitten.
In previous threads surrounding the bitemark controversary regarding Steve Branch, Mara was taken to task for including this information in her book. She has been accused of adding
this information because of her own possible belief concerning the bitemark above Steve Branch's brow.
Who was the individual Mara was referring to when she wrote "it looked like Stevie's face may have been bitten?"
Who, after retriving Steve's body from the ditch considered the possibility of bitemarks on this little boy's face?
It was Detective Bryn Ridge.
Though he does not mention any possible bite marks in his correspondence to Dale Griffis........
SIR, IT IS ALSO OF INTEREST TO US IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION AS TO WHETHER THE INJURIES TO THE LEFT SIDE OF THE BRANCH VICTIM'S FACE COULD HAVE ANY SIGNIFICANCE, IF THE TERM "CROSSROADS' COULD HAVE ANY MEANING ASSOCIATED TO THE LOCATION WHERE THE BODIES WERE FOUND, AND IF THE FULL MOON MOON HAD ANY BEARING ON THE SATANIC NATURE OF THE CRIME.
Ridge does admit it here:
21 Q. Okay. Now, you make reference in there, if the injuries
22 to the left side of the face of the Branch victim could have
23 had any significance?
24 A. Yes, sir.
25 Q. Okay. what -- why was that question asked and what was
1 the reason for inquiring about that?
2 A. I had researched some satanic in nature questions myself,
3 and in doing so I had discovered that maybe the left side had
4 some signi -- some significance, in those, type of crimes. And
5 his questions didn't refer to the left side so I asked him if
6 that had any significance in the case.
7 Q. Okay. When you referred to the left side, were there --
8 were there as extensive an injury to the right side of the
9 Branch victim's face as there was to the left side?
10 A. No, sir, there was more injury to the left side.
11 Q. Okay. And was the reason that you put that information in
12 there to see if there was any significance to injuries being
13 more prominent on the left side of the face versus the right?
14 A. Yes, sir.
15 Q. Okay. Was there any -- was that information placed in the
16 letter because of any concern or belief or theory that there
17 might be bite marks or bite mark -- something that could be
18 bite marks to the left side of the face?
19 A. Yes, sir.
20 Q. Okay. And so the extent of the reason that that
21 information was in there was to determine if there was
22 significance by being more injuries to the left side than to
23 the right side of the face?
24 A. That's correct.
25 MR. DAVIS: Pass the witness.
THIS CASE CRIES OUT FOR JUSTICE!