Thursday, April 21, 2016

R Is for Robyn Gardner

This month I'm participating in the A to Z ChallengeMy theme this year is Unsolved Mysteries. Today's letter is:




Nothing can be worse than murder. But there's something innately tragic about someone getting away with it. Especially when that person seems a little too smug about it.



Gary Giordano was on vacation in Aruba with Robyn Gardner when she disappeared. She'd actually snuck away for the trip, telling her boyfriend she was going on vacation with her parents. Robyn and Gary had been friends for a while and when he offered her a free trip to Aruba, she decided to go.



Robyn was last seen on August 2nd, 2011 at a local restaurant with Gary. She was dressed up, in full makeup, and drinking heavily. This was a photo snapped of them as they entered the restaurant:



Her attire is notable because, according to Gary, their plans for the day were to go snorkeling. Two hours later, he reported her missing.



Police in the area began investigating. Before they could get too far, though, Gary disappeared. Police found him at the airport, where he'd switched his flight so that he could leave early. They arrested him...



...but eventually they had to let him go due to lack of evidence. According to Gary, they were snorkeling when Robyn was pulled out to sea. He returned to the bar where they'd had lunch and reported her missing, but there was no urgency in his step. The surveillance video shows him moving fairly slowly and casually.



Friends and family say Robyn would never have gone snorkeling. She was a girly girl, all the way.



Plus, Gary had travel insurance on her. He even sued for it when the insurance company denied the claim. He also has a troubled past with women. There are court papers showing his ex-wife said he has trouble controlling his anger.



But mostly, if you ever see Gary Giordano in an interview, you want to smack the living daylights out of the guy. He's a smug jerk. Most interviewers end up snapping at him because of it. Here's a preview of a Dr. Phil segment he did.



What do you think happened to Robyn Gardner?

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63 comments:

  1. I just have to look at the pictures of him to want to slap him. I wonder what he did to her - because I've no doubt it was him.
    Tasha
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    1. He's a classic narcissist. It's all about him. He's annoyed that his little plan didn't work--that's what I get out of all of it. When he was on Dateline, he was so rude to the interviewer, it made me uncomfortable. That reporter held his own against him, too, but Dr. Phil has the education to put someone like that in his place.

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  2. That's one of those people that you just can't wait to see them get their comeuppances and hope it's painful.

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    1. They seem to be having trouble proving he did it without evidence or a body. I'm sure if her body ever surfaces they'll get him. There was a guy in Nashville like that--Perry March. He took his kids to Mexico and remarried. He did about 70 smug interviews down there before finally they were able to take his kids, then bring him back for a trial. Justice finally prevailed but it's never easy without a body.

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  3. I 'love' how he says he is the victim. So sad. It seems pretty obvious he killed her. Too bad there is no evidence.

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    1. The sad thing is, I really believe he sees himself that way. If he is a narcissist, he can't feel remorse, so he won't ever relate to how her family feels. It's all about him in his mind. They say Donald Trump is a classic case of narcissistic personality disorder, by the way. Some well-known psychology professor uses him as an example in his classroom.

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  4. I'm beginning to agree with what has been said so far.

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    1. I love that everyone's reading the comments on these!

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  5. Pretty dramatic stuff on the Dr. Phil segment I find it amazing that he appears to have got away with murder.

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    1. And seems to not even care that this woman died.

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  6. Who takes out a life insurance policy on someone with whom they have a casual relationship? Gary seems to be the most likely one to have committed the deed.

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    1. Funny story-I was watching a show about an airplane thing that happened back in the 50s. There were vending machines in the airport selling life insurance. A guy bought a policy for his mother-in-law and put her on the plane with a bomb in her suitcase. I still can't get over the fact that there were vending machines selling policies in the airport.

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  7. I hope he gets what he deserves - sooner rather than later.

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    1. All I can figure is his life can't be all that pleasant. Anyone who Googles his name gets an eyeful about him.

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  8. It definitely seems like he did it. I hate how some people get away with horrible things like this.

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  9. Ugh, yeah that guy. I remember watching this unfold and yeah, I did want to smack him. His attitude and body language screamed guilty in every appearance he did.

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    1. The Dateline interview made me very uncomfortable. It was just awkward to see someone be so rude. No, innocent people don't act like that. Be at least a little humble and sad, dude!

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  10. Probably murdered. Unfortunately many murders go "unsolved" due to lack of evidence, even when it's clear who the perpetrator is. :-(

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    1. And no body. It's disturbing to me that there are ways to hide a body so that it would never be found.

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  11. I do remember that story when it was on the news. Didn't realize it was still unsolved. Sad story. Thanks for commenting on my blog!

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    1. I sadly think this is one of those cases that will never be solved.

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  12. He sounds guilty to me. Too bad they don't have enough evidence to prove he did it. Someday he'll get his "rewards."

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    1. He's been tried in the court of public opinion, which can sometimes be worse than prison... Who's going to date (or go on a vacation or befriend or hire) someone who has so publicly been accused of murder?

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  13. Oh no. If she was heavily intoxicated, he could have done away with her. You don't typically think of smug with someone who is innocent.

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    1. Right. Of course, he could just be a jerk, but the biggest smoking gun is that life insurance policy he took out on her...and the fact that he fought it when it was denied.

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  14. The poor lady just wanted to have a nice time out. I have seen interviews with him in the past and must say he screams guilty in my opinion. Whoever did in this poor woman needs to go to prison.

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    1. It's complicated when there's no body...and no evidence. It's all circumstantial and at this point, a jury would probably find him "not guilty" and he wouldn't be able to be tried again. So they're going to need more evidence before they can take it to trial.

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  15. A sad situation, it makes you wonder about the people in your own life. Who do you know that has a shadow side that is simply awful?

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    1. I think if this guy was in my life, I'd probably stay far away from him. From the second I first saw him, the "creep alert" light was going off! I can't imagine why she would have agreed to go on a vacation with him.

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  16. He seems completely guilty! Maybe he got mad at her when she refused to go snorkeling! Sad they had to let him go, and the truth hasn't come out yet! Hopefully it will!

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    1. Yeah, she wasn't dressed for snorkeling, which makes me wonder exactly what he did.

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  17. According to an article online, two others have drowned in the same area and there are bad rip currents there. But if anyone looks guilty, he fits the bill.

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    1. But as Dr. Phil said in the clip, "Their bodies were found."

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  18. Wow...he is smug. Whether he did it or no--he doesn't seem to care what happened and that is clear.

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    1. He seems far more worried about how HE is being persecuted than the fact that this woman still hasn't been found. Anyone else would have stayed down there and looked for her, not rushed to the airport to fly back.

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  19. He killed her that's what happened. He's far too defensive. Karma buddy, karma.

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    1. I hope so! Although the true concept of karma means we pay in the next life...so maybe he'll come back as a house fly that gets smashed!

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  20. I just hope it's not a habit with him. He got away with it once and he has anger issues and seems so stuck on how brilliant he was to fool everyone.

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    1. Yeah, I can only hope that women will find out who he is BEFORE they get involved with him.

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  21. Don't know enough about the case- very sad

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  22. Don't know enough about the case- very sad

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  23. What is it about Aruba?

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  24. What a great idea for your theme. Too bad you will have plenty of material :(

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  25. Oh he did this for sure but they just haven't found the evidence yet to bring him to justice. the sad thing is...why? for that money??

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  26. I may have told you that I watch a LOT of true crime shows. I'm sure this jerk is guilty.

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  27. What a terrible incident!
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  28. Oh, I so want to smack him. There was no urgency when he returned without her and reported her missing. But he was sure quick to get out of their. With such conflicting behaviors, he did something to her. Hope they find the evidence to prove it and put him in jail.

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  29. Unfortunately, I think it's pretty obvious. I hate to see people getting away with murder, literally!

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    1. And if the actual interview was remotely like the preview clip, you're right. I would like to smack him!

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  30. What sort of insurance company lets you take out life insurance on someone else?! I did think it could have been an accident and a lot of coincidences - and then I watched the video. He definitely doesn't act like someone upset at the loss of a friend!
    Debbie

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  31. I remember seeing this on dateline...

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  32. I guess as a criminal defense lawyer, I should probably be disqualified from putting in my 2 cents about what should happen to him. But here's what I think happened to Robyn Gardner: nothing good.

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  33. The insurance detail is a bad sign...

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  34. He calls himself a victim?! No evidence? How about probable cause? She's not the first tragic story out of Aruba but I sure hope she's the last.

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  35. Stories like this are the worst because there's no evidence to convict.

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  36. So, tragic! He killed her~ The insurance thing creeps me out!

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  37. I think the biggest thing for this is it's hard for them to press charges and make it stick when it's on foreign soil.

    Though to be honest, she wasn't the smart girl in the world for going on this trip. Perhaps it was greed of getting a free vacation, but I think any romantic partner in that kind of situation would have been extremely pissed to learn the truth.

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  38. What a jerk! It's a shame that she decided to go with him.

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  39. I remember seeing this one the news. He's real obnoxious, yet he got away this. :(

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  40. Sorry I'm behind. Work is a beast right now. Oh my gosh is that guy a jerk! At least pretend you have feelings. Wow. Yes I am going out on a very thick limb and saying he did something really bad to that poor girl.

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  41. Seems pretty obvious. Why is he getting away with this?

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