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This correspondence opens the first dialogue between Byron Case and Anastasia's family. In it Case refers to the fact that the family did not believe his and Kelly's statements to police as "character assault" (the subject header of his email), "childish", and "inaccuate".
Case also makes another statement here, claiming that her alleged behavior the night of the murder was "nothing new", even though he would be the only one to make such a claim.
Subject: Character Assault
Date: Sun, 21 Dec 1997 18:34:05 -0600
From: Byron Case
To: Patrick Rock
I was one of the three people with Anastasia when she got out of the car the night before she had been found shot. The comment you made about our police statements being identical, yet seemingly impossible due to "logic" and "evidence to the contrary" is not only childish, but also inaccurate. The police themselves have said that they have no leads in this case, and the fact that you choose to lay blame upon those who are even less in-the-know than yourselves is a cruel joke. I realize that the events leading to her getting out of Justin's car that night may seem odd to her family, but to someone who had seen this type of behavior countless times before ... it was nothing new. Just as the statements about Anastasia's "agnosticism" seem laughable, considering how many times I have heard her discuss her outright contempt toward Christians and the church.
We are still mourning her death. I don't see why you feel the need to accuse us. Abraham Kneisley's comment may have offended you, but perhaps this is because you didn't truly know her as well as you thought. The possibility also exists that she simply became a different person for Justin (she had already admitted to changing herself to make him happy). In closing, I have cooperated with the police as much as I can. If we knew more, we would have said it by now. Please stop making accusations.
-Byron C. Case
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