Another evening of Nancy Grace, another hour of bashing Misty Croslin while doing little to help solve the disappearance of five-year-old Florida toddler Haleigh Cummings. Her show has evolved from almost public service, giving criminal victims a voice and providing a platform for parents of missing children ranging from to Elizabeth Smith to young Haleigh. And Grace has also evolved. No longer is she a former prosecutor who wants justice. These days, Nancy Grace is more like a judge and jury, presiding over the one-sided evidence she presents every night at 8 p.m. on Headline News. (Please note Headline News.)
The show’s regular viewers know that Nancy Grace decided Misty Croslin (or Cummings, as she was briefly married to Haleigh’s father, Ronald Cummings). I’ll be the first to admit Misty’s story is not the most rationale and her substance abuse problem clouded her actions and memories of the sequence of events on the night her young charge disappeared. Nancy has even recruited Misty Croslin’s grandmother to come on the air and join in condemning Misty, although the police have not officially declared the young woman (I think she recently turned 17) as a suspect.
In case you are not familiar with this tragic story, Haleigh Cummings was four when she was reported missing by her father’s live-in girlfriend at about 4 a.m. The back door was open. Lots of theories, but few hard facts. Misty’s cousins Joe and Tommy Croslin were also visiting from out-of-state that week, although they were not staying with Misty at the Cummings house. Lots of areas have been searched, but no real evidence has been uncovered. And everyone’s story keeps changing. Most people familiar with substance abuse have told me that virtually everyone’s eyes give the appearance of long-term drug users. Ronald Cummings, Misty Croslin and several others involved are currently in jail for dealing drugs and a few, including Ronald, have accepted serious jail time, 15 + years. Now, back to Nancy’s agenda.
Tonight’s show yielded a perfect example. A caller made it through what I think is a tightly controlled call screening system to share my feelings: Ronald Cummings isn’t as innocent as Nancy Grace thinks. Here are the caller’s points:
*Ronnie Cummings called home 90 times the night Haleigh disappeared. Keep in mind that Haleigh was not reported missing until his shift was almost over.
*On the 911 call reporting the missing child, Ronald Cummings says someone has taken his child. While it may just be mixed up verbiage, no one really knew what had happened to Haleigh at that time. She could have just wandered outside early in the morning. Now, we know this wasn’t likely but the whole case was a mystery.
*Ronnie’s story has changed as often as Misty’s story has.
*His response on the 911 call was a little too emotional. He was saying he would find anyone who took Haleigh and kill them. A little over the top? Sound a little rehearsed? I know we all see things and react differently.
*Ronnie Cummings has indicated that he believes Misty Croslin is involved in the disappearance of precious Haleigh (and she is a beautiful and, by all accounts, sweet child), why is he still hanging out with her. When undercover cops busted most of the people in this case, Ronnie and Misty were in the same car, sitting in the front seat seemingly enjoying each other’s company. Ad this was months after the divorce.
How did Nancy Grace handle this call?
Very briefly…perhaps one of her most brief conversations with a caller ever. Nancy asked a lawyer to comment. The attorney basically agreed with the points of the caller and then Nancy went on to another caller, making not a single comment. Talking about avoiding a subject!
So, in conclusion, does the fact that Nancy Grace sees herself as judge and jury bother anyone else? Does anyone else object to this nonobjective show being presented as real, legitimate news?