The Orange Tree

Continuing with the various podcasts I enjoy while riding and commuting, allow me to discuss one that is produced very well, but the content can give a sense of frustration and confusion. I am on the fence with this one. I have always said that one of the most fragile areas to our nation is the judicial branch. I am primarily pointing toward the criminal justice system. Note that it is not called the victim’s justice system. It breaks down like this: if you have enough money, you can keep the appellate system tied up for decades with attorneys scouring every little detail (as long as the money keeps flowing in) to see if a judge wrote down the wrong date on a document or a juror, who owns a wrecker company, towed a car for the victim’s uncle 17 years before the crime. If you have enough money, you can get away with murder . . . literally. Yes, the beautiful part of our system is that a person is considered innocent until proven guilty. But there is the rub. When a person is proven guilty, that is only the beginning. Sometimes the victim’s family can spend decades and money they do not have trying to keep the offender behind bars.

The podcast The Orange Tree is exactly that. Two journalism students from the University of Texas started this podcast and waded into the sorted details of Jennifer Cave’s horrific murder. Found in a bathtub in apartment 88 of an on-and-off boyfriend, the body had been decapitated and the hands had been removed. It gets even more complicated. There are other girlfriends, friends, rivals, drugs, a shopping trip to Home Depot, and a run for the boarder. It seems fairly cut and dry . . . but then my eye rolling began; that was my one outlet of frustration. Okay, I did ask questions aloud, a time or two. I am person who believes that common sense is the new super power. It is a rare thing these days.

As parents we all make mistakes. I know there are many places where I would turn back in time and re-do, if I could. No parent is perfect, but then there is the coddling parents of grown adult children. You know to whom I am referring. We see it more and more, these days. Have you heard any of these from the parent of an adult child before?

  •  Well, his dad didn’t give him a lot of attention when he was little.
  •  His parents divorced when he was small and well . . . 
  •  No matter what, you have to stand behind your children.
  •  His friends took him down the wrong path.
  •  He never seems to catch a break.
  •  We didn’t have the money when he grew up that a lot of people had.
  •  Yes,  he still lives at home, but the job market is really bad. 
  •  He’s gone through about four cars, but it seems that accidents find him.
  •  He used drinking and drugs to escape.

You can probably think of more, but get ready for some of that in The Orange Tree. There are times in this podcast when you have a roller coaster of emotions. Sometimes I would even need a break for a day before I could listen again. I had to see through. Not all podcasts are created equal, there are many I have turned off and deleted (I will share those too . . .  maybe in one fell swoop). Just give this one a try and let me know what you think. 

Bon Vélo!

7 thoughts on “The Orange Tree

  1. Here is a saying I like to use. “You are a grown @ss person. Act like it and take responsibility for your actions.”
    Another one I like is “You ain’t got the common sense that God gave a chicken!”


  2. I listened to 2 episodes in the bath. Really enjoyed them so far. I have a whole load of poddies saved for a winter spent painting and decorating our new house. May favourite is probably Revisionist History and as one who has an interest in history find Dan Snow’s History Hit good, short diversions. I came across A BBC pod called Intrigue last year-the 10 episode pod Tunnel 29, about an escape from East to West Germany is very good and recommended

  3. Just finished. It’s another fascinating story. It made me sad more than any other emotion. So many lives destroyed in one night, so many families hurt and in pain from the evil actions of someone. It must be so difficult for Jennifer’s parents having this case continually reopened and not being allowed to move on with their lives. At the same time Colton’s parents seem to be trapped in a living hell where they think he may not be 100% guilty and cannot just let matters rest.

    Having listened to it I cannot decide. A large part of me feels Laura has a lot to answer for, that she had every reason to murder Jennifer as well as opportunity. I definitely feel that she has escaped lightly and definitely deserved the longer sentence at the very least. The behaviour after the discovery of Jennifer’s body was cold and heartless by both of them. I also feel that Colton could easily have killed her in a drug enduced rage or paranoid trip where he believed she was a Mexican trying to rob him.

    Thank you for this one, I’m so glad I don’t yet have kids at college!

    1. Wow! Thank you for the great insight. I agree with you. I feel Colton is just another frat kid whose parents bailed him out all of the time and still using money and influence to try and make that happen again, causing Jennifer’s parents to suffer even more. The destruction of Jennifer’s body is the horrific part. I think Laura was absolutely involved in all parts of the murder. I can guarantee you that if it were my daughter I would pull out the truth. No doubt. So ridiculous how there is no end in sight for Jennifer’s parents.
      Thank you again.

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