The verdict didn’t go over well. Then things got weird.
Days later, Zimmerman was back in the news regarding a story that he had rescued people from a car crash. As Addicting Info notes: PR stunt or dumb luck?
The buzz is growing on this story and it’s time we put it up here on DN.
Huge thanks to reader Nathan Reese who contributed this piece and provides us with more info on this questionable claim.
According to FreakOut Nation, Redher was a vocal pro- Zimmerman voice on Facebook, but that Facebook account has now conveniently disappeared. Further, according to Newsball, Officer Redher had contact with Zimmerman prior to his showing up at the scene of the accident. Redher’s phone records back this claim up, lending more credibility to the school of thought that, with a lot of help, Zimmerman has made himself look like some kind of good samaritan here, when he really is a conniving, sneaky, underhanded man with a Hero complex and inability to accept the fact that he is not an officer of the law.
That’s not all, though. The social media presences of the supposed victims is now suddenly nil. The email addresses of the couple, Mark C. Gerstle and Dana Gerstle link to no known social media accounts. Dana Gerstle’s twitter is still active, and is the only online mention of a car crash at all.
Perhaps most damning of all is the fact that Mark Gerstle, when accosted by media near his home, could be heard shouting belligerently:
Go away. I’ve got nothing to say.
Dana Gerstle also ignored requests for hospital records and photos of the crash. These all seem non existent, which is unheard of in this age of camera phones with recording capabilities.
The author has some valid questions, although not having an explanation doesn’t necessarily mean there’s a conspiracy behind it. Some of the basic points that were made, that I think are at least worth investigating are:
There were no witnesses to the crash.
No pictures of the crash have surfaced. This is possible, though you would think someone would have taken a picture, and that it would be needed for insurance purposes.
There were 4 people in the car, which rolled over, and there were no injuries.
Allegedly, someone obtained phone records that show George Zimmerman received a text from Officer Rehder right after the crash was called in. I am not sure if this has been confirmed.
The officer was friends with the driver of the SUV (Mark Gerstle), and was also very outspoken in favor of George Zimmerman during the trial. Obviously, this is circumstantial, and it could really just be a coincidence, especially if they all lived in the same town.
The driver of the SUV was scheduled to talk to the media and backed out. Again, only circumstantial, but worth noting with all of the other information. He claims that he will receive harassment by saying good things about Zimmerman.
This site has some screenshots of the twitter and Facebook accounts of the Officer before he deleted them both.
If a major news outlet can confirm the phone records, that would raise the possibility of some sort of setup. I would also be interested to hear from the other man that helped them out, and from the 2 people who talked to 911. There’s still the problem of how they would stage a crash. Surely they wouldn’t flip a car on purpose with a family in it, and surely a police officer wouldn’t tip Zimmerman off to a real car crash and risk the lives of actual victims.
This is suspicious and there are many questions… many questions.