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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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  • Shundra Chattanooga tn

    My cousin has a daughter by Terrance and he was always such a nice guy and now my little cousin has a baby and named him Terrance Deon Williams after her daddy. It is so sad what happened to him the family never gave up and to this day are still looking for answers that no one can provide. My heart goes out to Marcia she too is a very nice lady and she deserves to know what happened to Terrance. I send my thoughts and prayers out to her and my family because I know my cousin loves her father and he was a good one to her.

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  • Lakisha R. Lemons Houston, TX

    wow.. this is a topic that affects millions around world.. and as sad as that is.. it's even sadder when no one wants to speak about it.. i was so outraged that i did a film on it.. not trying to push the film through this comment.. but it is very relevant to this discussion.. i spoke with a mother who was destined to find her daughter and i documented the progress gathered policed evidence and created a feature film.. it's entitled Border Break based on actual event.. its a tragedy that the world needs to be aware of.. to help prevent this from becoming ongoing.. please take 2min to review this website www.borderbreakmovie.com

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  • Jeneenia Gainesville, fl

    I watched this episode I was so upset by the fact that these people didn't and aren't doing anything to prosecute CPL Steven Calkins , this is a very sad story. We should not be judge by our past this young man was working hard to make changes in his life for the better and some j*** decides to play God and end his life. Tyler I hope that with your help that his mom can possibly find closure as well as the Santos family.

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  • Reena GA

    It doesn't matter if Terrence Williams made questionable choices in the past. He is a human being. His case should have been treated with urgency. There are many minority families questioning where their loved ones are. There is also a show on TV One called "Find Our Missing". They cover stories that the news doesn't seem to show interest in. If the races of Williams and Caulkins where flipped......national news coverage is virtually guaranteed.

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  • LIKI U.P., WA

    This is crazy! Before I finished reading I already knew the Sheriff had something to do with it! Sounds way to obvious. Even the call to the dispatcher, he and the dispatcher seemed excited..My guess this Sheriff sexually attacked these men then killed them...People in this world are so heartless! My prayers go out to the mother and her family!

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  • Jo-Ann United States

    This is one of the most heartbreaking stories I have ever read. Because I know who is controlling this system of things, however, it is not surprising that this is going on. There are some really bad people on the planet and unfortunately there are some in law enforcement. I have always had good experiences when I have interacted with them but this former officer's story is definitely sounding real sketchy. I pray that Terrence and Felix are given the respect and much needed assistance to help them. Tyler, if there is anything we can do to put a bright light on these cases and others, please let us know. Thank you for letting us know about these cases that are just not given the news exposure. It is such a shame and my heart aches for the parents of these young men as well as all those that don't get the exposure like Elizabeth Smart, Caylee Anthony, Baby Lisa, and others. Don't get me wrong, they deserve to get exposure but EVERYONE deserves the same exposure no matter what their race, creed, etc. We are losing alot of our youths and we should all be outraged. Thank you again, Tyler.

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  • Karleen San Francisco

    This was definitely one that was disturbing to watch. As a mother, I couldn't imagine. Unfortunately, there are hundreds...thousands of cases like this out there. There has to be media coverage otherwise we will not be heard and therefor, just another number; just another cold case. Finally, there's a Network devoted to "US" because we've fallen under the radar. The new show is called Find Our Missing and it airs on TVI! The fist airing featured a beautiful, business savvy African American woman who retrieves mail from her door step, goes inside of her home & is never seen again. The next story was about a young African American boy (with a disability) who was supposedly left in the back seat of his stepfather's car for only a moment, only to "disappear." This story is very close to our hearts, here in the Bay Area as this story is not accurate at all. Unfortunately, these cases are in the process of going cold. Below is the link of the new show: As a daughter of a Sheriff, I've taken interest in these types of shows, for whatever reason. Support them! These are human beings; someones mother, father, daughter, son, grandmother, uncle....you get the point. Let's get involved. Infinite Love & Blessings,

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    • Brenda Texas #1627701

      I have seen promos for this new show on both the view and nightline. Everyone needs to get behind this show and support it, and watch it diligently. Missing people and children, no matter what race, color, or creed need to all be treated with great urgency. It is so disturbing to me that in this age when we all would like to think we have come so very far, there is constant proof of just so many things that have not changed. When Adam Walsh went missing in 1981, they treated that as a runaway. It is horrible that something so tragic had to happen before new laws would be created. There are far too many tragedies already to need more to get things going the right way. We need to understand how much we all matter. We need to all go the extra mile and try to make a difference for each other. I will never understand people who dont identify with tragedy because it didnt happen to them. Thank you Tyler Perry for once again bringing to light harsh tragedies that need all our prayer and constant effort to make a difference.

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  • Patricia Williams Michigan & Texas

    It seems like our missing people are starting to get a voice. For several years, I have been frequenting the blog: "Black & Missing, But Not Forgotten". For years, the creator of this site has been posting articles and stories of thousands of Black men, women, and children who have gone missing and hasn't received the attention that the White people who go missing receive. So, Mr. Perry, I am asking you to visit this blog (they also have a facebook page). I think your voice will cause a ripple effect amongst this nation. www.blackandmissing.org www.facebook.com/blackandmissing

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  • Joyce A. Toronto, ON. Canada.

    I feel the need to say this; I think you should do more than the phone calls and talk shows Tyler. I mean its great that you are doing all of that but time has shown that more needs to be done. There is the need to be strategic and institutional in the matter of speaking for the voiceless. I am a lawyer from a third world Country where oppression of the poor is not news and oppressors get away with murder. I know from experience that the only lasting way to effectively defend the defenseless(other than fighting one case at a time) is to challenge the system. It takes concerted effort and it costs money but its do-able. Its really possible, you only need to look at Countries like Egypt and Libya. You can get a few celebrities to pull resources together and speak for the voiceless by providing quality legal aid, propose legislation, sponsor awareness campaigns and organize protests where necessary. Perhaps your success is for this purpose.

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  • Cinnamon Waco, TX

    It's a crime against humanity for such things to happen but being Mexican American and living in Texas I have heard countless stories like this .. granted most of them south of the border but those people all had faces, names, mothers, fathers, etc. Makes me ill and a brand of sad that makes every cell in my body just beg God for mercy and closure for all families suffering the same atrocities. Because most of the victims I speak of were Hispanic and not American, there was this deep feeling of powerlessness. There is a song actor, Ruben Blades wrote many years ago and it was covered by the Mexican band Mana many years later called, "Desapariciones" (Disappearances) about countless mothers, wives, dads, etc searching endlessly, desperately for their missing loved ones .. asking anyone that will listen to the names of the missing ..describe what they look like, how old they are/were. It is truly a heartbreaking song and even more grave reality. My thoughts and prayers will always go out to ALL that experience this cruelty. God bless you for your efforts. Such barbarity should not continue to go on but the fact that it does here on home ground stabs further at my conscience and heart. May God grant these people peace and closure. Thank you for helping get the word out!

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  • T'LaTela SW ATL

    Mr. Perry: They need to check the dispatcher and the sheriff - both seem suspect in that conversation they had. Calkins don't seem right to me and I can't help thinking about the TV mini-series "Chiefs" with Billy Dee Williams I would bring up this case that you speak of and also how there's no sense of urgency from law enforcement when minority children (The police just thought Jorelys Rivera was a run away - at 7???) and black women (Stacey English- where APD saw no signs of foul play even with her car left running across town) disappear. Both eventually brutally murdered. Everyone should be mad. But if we don't look out for each other, no one else will, apparently. Peace! T

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  • duchess Austin, TX

    This kind of thing is utterly ridiculous. I don't care who's child it is, what color or kid problems they had in their youth. No mother should have to go through this kind of thing, the heartbreak of not knowing is worse than the knowing. If THEIR kids were missing it would be a different story. Thank You lovely man your outrage is in it's right place, and thank you for bringing into the light of day, nothing can survive in the dark.

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