Sing me the Song that the Dead Sparrow Sings
Sing me the song that the dead sparrow sings: the poor bird that struggles to fly broken wings;
Broken and torn then - and here comes the storm: He cries out and tears fall and he longs for warmth.His song is of Hatred and rarely Love, And how he was always mocked by the doves:
The robins that taunted the blue jays that bit: He took in so much he didn't know of it:
The chickadees all pecked thus his talons were worn... he lay there all tattered in the middle of his storm. He longed for glory, for love and respect; And when he didn't get it he didn't know the rest.
What else was there in life; other than their eyes... The little things a bird sees before he dies.
Little one, little one don't cry for long. The sparrow, he's singing, his lonely song.
Little one, Oh, Little one, Don't shed your tears... The sparrow will love you, there's nothing to fear.
Little one, little one, little one be: Listen now, hush now, listen quietly: Here it now? There it is, the Dead Sparrow's Song. His words speak of dead dreams and things that went wrong.
Of dark skies and gray clouds of screaming and blood: Of being constantly thrown into the mud.
Morgan said he ran for sheriff because the department needed leadership.
"There aren't any bad organizations. There's bad leadership, and that was certainly true here," Morgan said. "It was not the rank and file, it was not the men and women assigned to this agency, as much as it was a lack of leadership."
Morgan was on the job just six months before Byrd and Melanie Billings were murdered in July 2009.
"At no time did we find any evidence that Byrd Billings was ever involved in any criminal activity that would of made him such a target for such a brutal murder, for he and his wife," Morgan said. "He was the victim of a crime, not the subject of a crime."
Morgan agrees with the state attorney that the primary motive for the murders were visions of grandeur with the money and home invasion robbery.
Morgan said the case garnered an unbelievable amount of media attention.
"You don't understand how big it is when you're in the middle of it. I knew it was a big case the morning I showed up for work and there were nine satellite trucks in the parking lot," Morgan said. "I know on at least three occasions they broke into regular programming for updates on the Billings case."
The attention included international contact from people concerned about the "special needs kids" the Billings left behind.
Morgan said surveillance tapes from the house provided information and is one of two reason eight suspects were quickly arrested.
Morgan said his people made the first seven arrests within four days, and the eighth arrest was just hours later.
"We solved the case that quickly because we created a marriage with the media in the case by getting information out very quickly," Morgan said.
1. I absolutely agree about the leadership. The subordinates follow what they see. In the case of all the bad behavior of the deputies as of late, one can only infer what the "leader" is doing.
2. If there was no evidence that Billings was "ever involved in criminal activity", then the deputies really were Keystone Cops. Bud Billings was a loan shark if nothing else, but we all know he was into much more. If there was NO sign of criminal activity, then that was the first red flag. Someone was covering up a hell of a lot.
3. Sir David was in office just 6 months when his glorious moment came. 9 satellite trucks? Morgan said. "I know on at least three occasions they broke into regular programming for updates on the Billings case." One can only speculate the tremendous pressure that came with this case. It is the biggest case since the King Bros.--probably bigger.
4. The videotape. There are so many things to say about the video. It was grainy. The FBI in Quantico, VA could not produce any enhancement to the video. The images were not clear and COULD NOT BE MADE MORE CLEAR.
|Kristopher Blom Deposition|
Technology Expert for the State Attorney's Office