In looking at the elements of this "well-planned" home invasion from Patrick's perspective would any of us do the the following things:
Use a mentally unstable, chemically dependent father as any part of the
crime. A man that will crack under pressure and who has been willingly
absent the majority of his son's life. Highly suggestible and paranoid,
he believes everyone is "after him".
2. Use a pieced together 1979, 1982, & 1986 Dodge van without brakes or reverse, as a good "getaway" vehicle.
3. Commit a crime with knowledge of surveillance cameras that are not deactivated.
Tell a number of people about the crime prior to committing it, knowing
that gossip spreads like wildfire in Pensacola/Gulf Breeze
4 people out of 8 that were strangers whose trustworthiness had NOT
been established nor were they close friends. Gary Sumner knew Pat for 3
weeks. He introduced him to Donnie Stallworth, Rakeem Florence &
Frederick Thornton. Not knowing these guys from Adam, give them guns,
tell them secrets and expect the kids to be able keep from cracking.
Allowing a known addict, Wayne Coldiron, be involved. He is a
strung-out addict. Coldiron tells everyone Patrick did this and he was
with him. Right off the bat. Just a bit too easy.
as many people as possible in a house at one time. The chaos and the
number of people exponentially increases the chances of leaving evidence
behind as well as having someone crack.
8. Shooting 2 people that
could have been easily incapacitated without a weapon. As someone who
has been trained from childhood to defend themselves with their body,
who trained people to fight back against any size attacker, going in
solo to "take care" of the adults would have been the way to go and then
bring others in after or as needed. This would lessen the liability to
the one person we can all trust above all others--ourselves.
vehicle and 6 unpredictable people entering into this plot would be
absurdly ridiculous for a well thought out plan. Unless the plan was to
have the people entering the house get caught....
is the worst devised plan ever! Especially for Patrick. He was arrogant
and a big talker, but he is intelligent. When you lay this all out, who
would be dumb enough to go into this? The one person he trusts--Pam
Long Wiggins--is just as screwed as he is. Her hubby, Hugh blames
everything on the 2 of them.