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I Am Beyond Outraged By This!

  For the past two days I have had a knot in the pit of my stomach. I was watching a show on Discovery ID called Disappeared. I couldn’t believe what I was witnessing. What outraged me the most is that in 8 years, not one national news outlet has picked up this story. 8 YEARS and nothing has been done. Wait until you read this!  I did some research, and from the few articles I could find on this matter, here is the summary of one I’d like to share with you.

Still no answers about men last seen with deputy

By JANINE ZEITLIN, Sunday, January 22, 2006 NapelsNews.com

Marcia Roberts is haunted by her only child. She used to watch “Unsolved Mysteries” in her East Naples apartment in hopes of triggering her mind into unlocking what happened to her son. He’s been gone more than two years. And she doesn’t know where he is, or was. If he’s alive or dead. But her answering machine has remained the same since the questions started:“Whatever is now covered up will be uncovered and every secret will be made known, Matthew Chapter 10, verses 26 through 28.“ Terrance Williams has been missing since January the 12th, 2004. The family would like to thank you for your continued prayers and your thoughts and acts of kindness.” And she won’t change it until she finds answers. And she will never stop looking. And she will never stop praying. “My mind just wanders and I wonder if that’s good or not. I pray every night. I know God is tired of me,” she says. And she will never give up.

The night he slipped from her life — Jan. 11, 2004 — Marcia said she picked him up from a Bonita Springs Pizza Hut where he worked as a cook and drove him to a friend’s house. A day later, the last person confirmed to see him alive was a Collier County sheriff’s corporal — the same man last spotted with Felipe Santos, a 23-year-old Mexican laborer just three months before. The corporal said he gave both men rides to Circle K convenience stores in North Naples within four miles of each other.

What happened between Jan. 11 and when Williams ran into Cpl. Steven Calkins, a nearly 17-year Collier Sheriff’s Office veteran on Jan. 12, gnaws at his mother. Times, lies, inconsistencies and a story that doesn’t jibe keep running through Marcia’s head. Three witnesses told Sheriff’s Office investigators they saw Calkins wave over Williams near Naples Memorial Gardens, a North Naples cemetery, between 9 and 10 a.m. Williams was driving a 1983 two-door white Cadillac with an expired plate and registered to someone else. He could have been picked up or cited for six violations, sheriff’s investigators said. Shortly after noon, Calkins said, they met at the cemetery along 111th Avenue North when he spotted Williams having car trouble. Calkins didn’t call in the traffic stop as required. Calkins blames the time discord on confusion and memory problems. Instead of taking him to jail, the corporal said he gave him a ride to a Circle K near Wiggins Pass Road on U.S. 41 because Williams said he was late for work and looked nice and “clean-cut.” Calkins called a friend in dispatch, asking him to run information on an abandoned vehicle, even though he later said he had met Terrance by then.

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Telephone call: 01-12-04/ 1249 PM

Caller: Cpl. Steven Calkins/Dispatcher: Dave Jolicouer.

Dispatcher: “What are you doin’ sucka?”

“Well I got a “Homie” Cadillac on the side of the road here, signal 11, signal 52 nobody around,” Calkins says.

“I’m at the cemetery here at the corner of Vanderbilt and 111th,” Calkins says later in the call.

“Oh yeah, you be doin’ some prayin’? Been prayin’ to the heavenly father?” Jolicouer says.

“Maybe he’s out there in the cemetery. He’ll come back and his car will be towed,” Calkins says.

A half-hour later, Calkins contacted dispatch with Williams’ full name, date of birth and asked the dispatcher to run a search, though Calkins later told investigators he only knew Williams’ first name. Calkins called with a fake birth date Williams had used before and possibly when he got in trouble.“4-1-75. Black/male. (singing)...,” a transcript of Calkins’ call to the dispatcher says.

After much pressure from Marcia to the police department this is another dispatch call.

Dispatch: 1-16-04

“I hate to bother you at home on your day off, but this woman’s been bothering us all day. You towed a car from Vanderbilt and a hundred ... Do you remember it?”

Calkins: “Uhhh, no.”

“Do you remember ... she said it was near the cemetery.”

Calkins: “Cemetery?”

Calkins assures the dispatcher there was no one with the vehicle.

“Uh, well, somebody’s at the cemetery telling the mother that you picked up the driver and he’s been missing since Monday.”

“Oh, for pete’s sake.”

Seven days later, Calkins wrote an incident report. He later told sheriff’s officials he wrote it “to cover his butt.” After dropping off Terrance, Calkins said he returned to the Cadillac and found there wasn’t proper registration in the car. He felt duped so he called Circle K and asked for Terrance from his cell phone. The clerk told him she didn’t know any Terrance, he said. Records showed Calkins never made the call.

More than two weeks after her son vanished, on Jan. 28, Marcia lodged a misconduct complaint against Calkins and an internal investigation ensued. Calkins was fired from the Sheriff’s Office in August 2004. Eight pages in the Sheriff’s Office internal probe outline Calkins’ lies and inconsistencies about what happened. He hasn’t been charged with any criminal wrong doing. An appeal by Calkins cited a report that Williams was seen at an East Naples gas station, though the investigators viewed video and didn’t see Terrance. The appeal was shot down by Sheriff Don Hunter.

Williams owed child support. He has four children — now 13, 11, 5 and 8 — by four different women, his mother said. He spent time in a Tennessee prison in the mid-1990s in connection with an aggravated robbery, a Department of Correction spokeswoman said. Trespassing, DUI and driving on a revoked license were his other offenses.

Maybe he didn’t always make the best choices, but Marcia said her son was trying to shape up and support his children. She said she and her son were too close for him to leave without a good-bye. He gave her away at her October 2002 wedding. And all of his things were just left behind. “They’re going to tell me he just went somewhere,” Marcia said. I’m his mother. His mother knows.”

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Marcia’s crusade for answers is heightened by questions about another missing man. Felipe Santos was last seen by his brothers getting into Calkins’ squad car in October 2003. Calkins said he dropped him at Circle K on Immokalee Road. Marcia discovered the link when the Mexican Consulate in Miami called to tell her about Santos after her son vanished.

Asked during a recent interview with the Daily News to explain, Calkins said: “Coincidence extreme and that’s all it is.” “It was just bad luck. It was bad luck ... I didn’t think anything of it.”

Acute coincidence helped the families tap lawyers for their cases.“The coincidences are so extreme I want to get to the bottom of it,” said Mark Miller, a Fort Pierce civil rights attorney representing Marcia.“Sooner or later, I believe sooner, we’ll find out what happened.”

Linda Ramirez, the St. Petersburg lawyer for the Santos family, said it struck her that Calkins said he took both men and dropped them at a Circle K instead of at the sheriff’s substation or jail.“It would just seem to me you’re not likely to find two people who have gone missing under similar circumstances without there being some kind of connection,” she said.

END OF SUMMARY OF ARTICLE

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This story reminds me of a time when black men were lynched and no one was ever prosecuted for it.  These families deserve answers! They have been trying to get national press on this story for years, to no avail.  I have been on the phone with the FBI, Reverend Sharpton, reporters, the NAACP and anyone else who will listen. This can’t go on in our America anymore.  No matter what your race, this should outrage us all!

I’ll be on the Tom Joyner Show in the morning trying to bring some light and attention to this and help these families.  Also, I’ll be following up with you in the near future to discuss our next plan of action.  Please help me give Terrance Williams and Felipe Santos something that many people don’t think the poor or disenfranchised have… A VOICE!! You’ve helped me do a lot of things, but none as important as this.

Talk to me! Tell me what you think.

If you have any information at all about these cases, please contact the following office:

Tampa FBI Office:

866.838.1153 (24/7)

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  • G

    This is very curious. I might know of someone that may be of assistance to you in your investigation, however, there are case specific questions that must be asked. If you are interested, please feel free to contact me so I can put you and/or his (possibly both) family(ies) in contact with him. I believe he may be a valuable resource.

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  • chris No Va

    This is bugging me. I think it is a cover up. I think the they know more then they want to have people think. I think they should arrest that cop and charge him with 2 counts of murder.

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  • Johnny Tyrone Stringfield United State

    Tyler I had A chance to look at the Terrence Williams story and it made me six I say we go to Florida and organize a march or massive rally something like the Jena six march and go to Florida and make a difference, I keep thinking about how that cop was on the dispatch call joking about it and he knew he had killed that guy , we have to do something and we can, all you have to do is get some of your celeb friends together and go down there, and bring national attention to this matter , it makes me sick to know that this cop is still free to kill more of us, lets do it, lets go to Florida and make a difference I want to help so bad this is not right and somebody has to do something. Lets Go!

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  • Jesse Young III Houston, TX

    Tyler, in case anyone missed the episode of "Disappeared" regarding Terrance Williams and Felipe Santos, it can be seen in our playlist: We've have a project releasing soon dealing with uncanny similar subject matters. If you have a moment, please lend us 2 minutes and 34 seconds of your time to check out the trailer that's in the same playlist. Cheers!

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  • Carole Massachusetts

    Hi Tyler, I. too. am outraged by the lack of concern by law enforcers to out find what happened to these two men. It is heartbreaking and outrageous! Why are some of us treated as disposable simply because of our race, gender, or economic status? Why are lost dogs given more news coverage than these lost men or children who are lost? This is similar to a report that was in "Essence" last year. These children went missing about the same time as some white children were missing, yet we never heard anything about them. Thank you for using your voice to speak out against injustices. I have forwarded your article to the local NAACP because I don't think that they know that these men are missing. I pray that soon the families will knoiw what happened to their offspring. On a different subject, Tyler: "REDTAILS" is not playing anywhere in or near this Massachusetts town. Shame on them for saying that they won"t make any money wih this movie.

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  • Mary Lou West Lafayette, Ohio

    Ok I'm beyond pissed off at what I'm reading here!! This is appalling that this kind of C*** is still going on!!! I was raised Amish and grew up with TOO much of this s*** of people being mistreated. Frankly this is garbage that someone gets treated like this because of Race, gender, color etc.!!!! THIS SERIOUSLY AS TO STOP!! Tyler God did NOT give you a platform as he has to not use it to help be a voice for those with no voice!! God Bless you my friend for realizing that!!! I will pray daily for you starting now. Because I'm sure the evil choices these ****** people are making daily will be highly pissed at you for taking a stand. But stand you will my brother, they can try any evil against you and WILL NOT PREVAIL ! Because the Lord OUR God will PREVAIL!!!! I have no greater JOY than to have my children going to school side by side with all race and color and referring to these classmates by name and with respect not in reference to their race!! And even witnessing our son who was 13 when it happened calmly and WITH AUTHORITY tell some other boys that it's NOT ok to make racist remarks!! And to NOT speak like that in his presence, that it's NOT ok. It sobered the other guilty party and silenced it. Needless to say we were pretty overcome with emotion and humbled. Without preaching to our children they "got" what we lived and it came spewing out of their mouth when it was time to stand up for someone. Without even the person being in his presence he still choose to stand. As you are now, I believe your mother would say," Tyler you are MY SON in whom I am well pleased!!

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  • Shiloh

    The families of Terrance and Felipe should file a civil suit against the officer and the Sheriff's department. Nicole Simpson's family filed a wrongful death suit in civil court when the criminal verdict did not go as they anticiated. They won! The children of these man can use any financial relief awarded from a civil wrongful death suit or something similar. Time is of the essence! The statute of limitations may have expired but it's worth a try. There always seems to be a way around the rules of law...it's full of exceptions and precedences. The family just needs to find one. It's obvious that there was a cover-up as there was probable cause to issue a search warrant. There will be more clues if those 17 years of "service" are thoroughly investigated. Even though the FBI appear to be investigating...I don't expect to see eother of these cases in criminal court until more evidence comes to light. More evidence is needed because it seems that if this guy is tried..he'd get off. Find a way around the statututes of limitations (police corruption may be enough to turn back the clock) and in the meantime sue them both in civil court!

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  • Momof2guys TN

    It's a SHAME that things like this are still happening in the world today, it's as if NOTHING is ever gonna change. Mr. Perry, I am so glad that you have the courage and means to SPEAK UP, SHOW UP, and REACH UP to help others!! My heart goes out to his MOTHER (not mom, mamie, ma, or mommy) because she is doing what a MOTHER would do & that is doing all things possible to find out where & what happened to her son. My prayer is that she gets the answers that she so desperately needs/deserves before it's too late. It appears that there is a common similarity about the two cases other than them (victims) being minorities.

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  • Ruby

    When Jesus talked about mustard seed faith was He referring to an amount of faith required or a type of faith needed? Or both? Visit my new blog post: Conquering the Fear of Success in 2012. God bless you and have a great day!!!! THINK JESUS!

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  • Zion. H. Mukisa Kampala, Uganda

    Tyler, First of all, what you are doing is commendable! Secondly, usually when something like this happens in a government department or arm there are usually more than one person involved. So, it is no surprise that 8 years have gone by and there seems to be no headway to this case. There may be some officials even higher than Calkins who may be involved in this! Thirdly, although Williams had a 'record' of sorts, the coincidence with Felipe is too close for comfort. More so, Calkins' only punishment seems to have been expulsion which to me was minor. Justice should be done. On a bright note, though, 8 is usually a number for new beginnings. So, I pray that what you are doing opens a new door and replaces old foundations for new ones; foundations based on Christ and His values. Finally, as I have mentioned above you may be stepping on some big toes. So, I cover you with the blood of Jesus as you pursue this cause. GOD BLESS YOU, Zion

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  • NessaD Upland, CAarm

    ITyler, thank you for bringing attention to this serious issue. I just watched the ID episode on Terrence and Felipe and all I could do is shake my head. We know therfe is foul play involved here and it doesn't take rocket science to know that Corporal Calkins is lieing. As a mother of a murdered son with no arrests 15 years later I sympathize with Marcia. Something is horribly wrong with our judicial system Tyler. In this case it appears to me that much more could have been done considering the many discrepancies in his stories. THEY FIRED HIM and that's it? Oh h*** to the no! I pray that these attorneys the families have hired will get to the truth and these two men's remains can be uncovered and turned over to their families so they may finally have peace. Calkin knows EXACTLY what he did to them and where they are.

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    • Pamela South Carolina #1628485

      I agree totally, more could have been done the law could have posted pictures of these men at the Circle K just to see if there were any leads. Then when they said they put a GPS on Caulkins' car they could have searched the area from above to make sure there weren't any swamps in the area...Florida has gators and Caulkins' could have killed both these boys in gator infested waters..I was very unpleased with the whole outcome but you know God knows and Caulkins' will meet his Faith when that time comes..how could a man do this is beyond me...years has passed and now the families just want to know the truth and put all to peace. It's sad and I am still scorned about this. It's just a shame !

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  • Missy North Carolina

    My fiance and I watched the case on Terrance and I had to pause the show and cry once I heard the call made to dispatch with rude things that were said during the call. One rude remark was "homie" and mocking the way that some Africans Americans speak. I knew right then something horrible happened to him. I felt like Terrance had done everything right as far as trying to get someone to give him a ride or pick him up. I just wish that things turned out differently for him. This had such an impact on me that I followed my fiance home, because one of his headlights was out. I honestly felt like this was an example of how we continue to let things happen again in our country. The first case was covered up, because of who Felipe was. Had it not been, the second one would not have happened.

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