tv Q A CSPAN November 15, 2009 8:00pm-9:00pm EST
breaking news tonight, live, florida. exclusive enclave, ponte vedra coast. a high-powered money man comes home to find his young wife with cover girl good looks, the mother of his two little girls, gone, vanished. left behind, a handwritten ransom note demanding $50,000 in exchange for the life of wife and mother, quinn gray. she allegedly suffers a horrific ordeal, kidnap, abuse, sex attack. tonight, after the $50,000 is paid in cold cash, cops close in to nab the alleged kidnapper and accomplice.
trace from the child's own home. it happened around 5:30 a.m. wait. is the sun even up then? the child wearing nothing but a t-shirt and underwear. as you know, the first 48 hours so critical tonight. where is 5-year-old shaniya? >> police in fayetteville, north carolina are searching for this 5-year-old girl. please look at her. this is shaniya nicole davis. >> police say 5-year-old shaniya davis disappeared this morning from her mobile home at the sleepy hollow mobile home park off murchison road. authorities have been searching for her since they got a call from her mother this morning. they've searched on foot. they've searched in the air. and they've even searched using tracking dogs, but so far no luck. >> she's three feet tall, 40 pounds, brown hair and brown
eyes and she was last seen wearing a blue t-shirt and no shoes. good evening. i'm nancy grace. i want to thank you for being with us. live to florida. exclusive enclave, ponte vedra coast. a high-powered money man comes home to find his wife, the mother of his two little girls, gone, vanished. left behind, a handwritten ransom note demanding $50,000. after the $50,000 paid in cold cash, the cops nab the alleged kidnapper and accomplice. kicker? it's mommy. mommy herself, along with her brand new lover. that's right. they faked the whole thing. bye-bye, good times. hello, hard time, mommy.
the get-go or somewhere in between the beginning and the end, the boy toy, 25-year-old lover, starts taping mommy. 37-year-old quinn gray. during their sex session while they are discussing the fake kidnap plot, discussing blowing the head off of her husband, the father of her two little children. to ellie jostad, our chief editorial producer on the story, we've learned a lot since last night, when we first started the story. >> mm-hmm. that's correct, nancy. a lot of details in this police affidavit that we received. quinn gray apparently first aroused suspicion with cops when they said it sounded like she was making up the details as she went along. initially telling them this story about being abducted by these loan sharks who her husband owed money to. later saying she was sexually assaulted. then going into great detail about this alleged sex assault
>> okay. unleash the lawyers. joining me tonight, susan moss, new york. raymond giudice, defense attorney, atlanta. jason oshins, defense attorney in new york. okay, ray. you're the defense attorney. what's your defense? i mean, come on, ray. before you were a defense attorney, as i recall, you were an assistant solicitor in a very, very business -- very busy jurisdiction. now, did you ever, ever when you were over in felony court hear a rape victim describe, quote, being kissed on the ear and the neck? >> no. >> how she had sex a lot? how she pretended to enjoy it? >> wait a second now. >> come on. ray.
>> hold on. >> no rape victim says we had sex a lot. >> i agree but -- >> and rape is a violent rape. >> you said many things, and let me pick a piece of it. i have heard victims say that they cooperated in an effort to save their life. and nancy, let me say one thing. many years ago, when you were very young, patty hearst was videotaped robbing a bank with an m-16 rifle. she was acquitted of that bank robbery by proving that she had been brainwashed and kidnapped and went along for fear of her own life and safety -- >> okay. pause. put giudice up on the screen. put him up. >> i'm here. >> number one, i never believed patty hearst. that was complete b.s. >> she -- >> number two. no, you had your turn. number two, she was held by the symbionese liberation army -- >> that's right. >> -- for many, many weeks. this woman was held according to her for 24 hours. you're saying all this b.s., ray -- >> my point is don't jump to the
automatic conclusion because you haven't heard all the facts, as usual. >> ray? >> yes, nancy. >> are you suggesting this is a real kidnap? >> i'm suggesting she may have some defenses that may -- >> i'm asking you, are you saying this is a real kidnap? >> i don't know the answer. as a defense lawyer i'm going to defend -- you asked me to defend her. i'm going to defend her. >> maybe you should listen to sue moss' rendition sue -- of the facts. >> well, i'd like to see sue do a defense. >> it has been absolutely unequivocally proven there was no kidnap. she was with her younger boyfriend the whole time. we have tapes of them having sex and laughing about the whole thing. this is not a kidnap. so to suggest that she said all this under duress is ridiculous. you've got to have a different defense. >> absolutely. this is the worst. he thinks he's married to patty hearst. i've got to tell you something. love might be blind but this guy's out of his mind. and i don't buy it. and i don't buy it for many reasons. first of all, her words are what are going to destroy her.
by now you know her name. quinn gray. accused of plotting to extort money from her husband in a bizarre scheme that ended in two arrests. during the investigation quinn gray is interviewed by the fbi. an agent asks her about her relationship with her husband, reid, saying the police have information claiming she wanted to leave him and just wanted a car, the kids, and $50,000.
>> caller: yes. thank you for taking my call. >> thank you for calling in, dear. what's your question? >> caller: i heard that mr. gray was having an affair in june. do you think his wife was getting back at him and having an affair of her own? >> you know what? i think that's entirely possible, connie in kentucky. and that's their business. that's their can of worms. but when you start faking an abduction and you try to extort $50,000 from your own husband and have discussions about, quote, blowing his head off, i think that's gone beyond revenge. to mark williams, anchor and reporter, joining us out of the florida jurisdiction. mark williams, is it true? we've heard all these allegations he had affairs, she had affairs. i want to know who's taking care of the two little girls while these two are running around having all these affairs. and who cares if they were having affairs? i care about a felony. >> well, the kids are being -- obviously being taken care of by family members.
reid gray is still living in that $4 million posh estate in ponte vedra beach, which is in st. john's county, abuts the atlantic ocean. it's a great place. as a matter of fact, their mortgage payments are, like, 25 grand a month. can you imagine that? >> no. >> the deal is that family members are taking care of the kids and they -- >> wait a minute. look, mark. i don't know if you can see the photos that we're showing the viewers. here they are on vacation. we just showed christmas tree shots. there they are. i don't know. maybe at a vacation rental. didn't anybody ever stop to think what this would all do to these two little children? >> obviously, quinn gray didn't think of that. she bore those two children with her husband, and that obviously didn't come to mind whatsoever, nancy. >> you know, i'm certainly no example. i admit that right up front. all right? i've done plenty of horrible things before. but you know, even if i speed
driving down the street, i think oh, how am i going to tell the twins when they're 16 not to speed? not if i'm doing it myself. god forbid if they see me do it. i mean, didn't anybody -- out to you, wendy walsh, dr. walsh, psychologist, expert. these two are having all these affairs, which i really frankly don't give a fig about. what i care about is her extorting $50,000 and leading police on a wild goose chase while legitimate cases were being ignored. but did they ever think what this could do to their two little girls? >> exactly. the real victims here, nancy, are these poor children in this. first of all, they're not showing any remorse, not even for each other. how are they showing that they can even model a healthy relationship for their kids? and now this. mommy in a mental evaluation institution. daddy backing her up. what kind of moral lesson is this to a child? >> to attorney jason oshins. jason, look.
i've known you a long time, and i know how your life changed when you had your two children. everything you do now you think about them. are these two that incredibly self-absorbed they don't realize what this will do to their children? >> i think, you know, we're looking at the illness that obviously alcoholism has come to play in their lives -- >> don't start up with alcohol being a mental illness, because it is not under the law. >> it's a disease. you're right. their mental illness resulting from the alcoholism clearly has come to this point in their lives. >> would that be i got drunk and took a 25-year-old lover and planned to blow my husband's head off illness? jason oshins, would that be the illness? >> we need to examine more of what's -- >> do you have a shred of evidence to suggest a mental illness? >> we need to look more at what's going on -- >> that's a yes/no. >> yes. we need to look more at it. this behavior is dangerous to the children. >> no, the question is have you seen anything in the facts -- >> not yet, nancy. >> okay. so there is no mental illness that you know of? >> no, not as of now.
anything about it. of your team with canines when little shannon went missing last week. your people, your team was there. and they helped find little shannon alive. but i want to go to you on this story, on this issue. marc, you and i have seen so many missing people, kidnapped people, murders. you and i are both crime victims. when i see something like this faked, and i think about the cops spending about a quarter million dollars trying to find this lady, this heather locklear look-alike, no offense heather, it just kills me. when i think of people calling 911 that day -- and i'm not saying cops ignored those calls. i'm just saying there could have been more cops, more detectives on those cases while miss thing was propped up in a hotel room with a 25-year-old lover. >> yeah. there's no question about that.
you know, when they were trying to synchronize their stories, he said to her, like i said, we have the whole day today. whenever you want, whenever you feel comfortable, i'll drop you off. okay? those, nancy, are not the words of any person that's ever kidnapped anybody in the history of the world. she is a willing participant and a co-conspirator in her own kidnapping, and she needs to be punished for this. and i almost think this is a kind of crime that deserves a penalty enhancement. because it does divert resources. it does create skepticism on the part of the public. and we really just can't stand for that as a society. and you know, law enforcement has very limited resources these days. they can't be running around chasing these silly little husband and wife soap opera plots. it's crazy. it's nuts. >> well, the other thing, if you take a look at this, what these
children, her children are going to go through, what they're probably already going through if they're back at school, what the other children are saying to them after mommy pulled this high jinx, and what's really wrong is that some judge, mark williams, anchor/reporter, joining us out of florida, was finagled into letting her go into a, quote, rehab at st. simons island, georgia. you know what's down there? one of the biggest five-star hotels, the cloister, in the world. the most luxurious golf courses. the most beautiful beaches. and she is there in, quote, rehab? i've never heard a bigger crock. and yes, that's a technical legal term, in my life. what judge did that? >> well, here's the deal, nancy, is her husband is now standing, of course, by his wife, saying that she has bipolar -- she's bipolar because her mother and her grandmother were both bipolar. and he finagled that the bond be
lowered to where it was acceptable. she got out of jail saying that oh, we're going to take her to st. simons so she could get help. well, she's in st. simons. her boy toy is in the st. john's county jail right now. luckily, not on a kidnapping charge, just on an extortion charge. >> that's not right. that's not right at all. to dr. gwenn o'keeffe, pediatrician, founder and ceo pediatricsnow.com. dr. o'keefe, what can extreme emotional duress do to children? say these two little girls, they both go to a school that i know that i'm not naming, you know the other children are going to mock them about their mom, what their mom has done. you know that. what could that conceivably do to them? >> you know, nancy, this is a real mess for these kids because this mom has lied. the family situation sounds really stressful. these kids are going to be really made fun of and put through the ringers. and it's being played out in the public face and on the media. this is a tough situation for
these kids. and the stress will be enormous. these kids are going to need a lot of support. they're going to need a lot of fact checking. and if the mom is bipolar, which i think is questionable, but if she is that's going to add a huge amount of extra burden to them because we don't know what the mother's mood swings were, whether she was up, whether she was down, so these kids need a lot of work. >> dr. o'keeffe, if this woman is bipolar, it's a surprise to everybody because she's never said a word about it. she's never been diagnosed or treated until her husband blurted it out, i think, on the "today" show. ron shindell, former nypd inspector, what should police be doing right now? they've got the co-conspirator in their pocket. they've got him on tape. they've got her on tape. do they have to do anything or is the case open and shut? >> nancy, i think in this case they have to stop laughing. this is the most inept criminal act i have seep in some time. they have all of these things put together. she's handed them this case on a platter for them to turn it --
>> a silver platter. >> a silver platter for them to turn it from a kidnapping to the worst bungled, inept crime out there that i've seen to date. >> out to the lines, sabrina, new york. hi, sabrina. >> caller: hi, nancy. i would just like to start out by saying it's an honor to speak with you and i love everything about you. you're an inspiration to all women. and may god bless you and your twins. >> you know, i appreciate that compliment, and i want to thank you for your blessing on the twins. they just turned 2 years old. and i remember laying in intensive care, and they were in intensive care on the other side of the hospital. and i remember praying, god, if you can just help me get them to age 2. because then i think, you know, they'll be sturdy and they'll have a chance. i revised that prayer this past wednesday when they turned 2. i said if you can just help me get them through to 25, because then i think they'll be sturdy and established. so i've had to revise that. but thank you. what's your question, dear?
>> caller: my concern was about quinn gray's statement to the cops, where she said we're going to have sex and that she was going to make it as best as possible. you know, to me usually a rape victim doesn't refer to rape as sex and they definitely don't try to make it the best as possible. that sounds consensual to me. what do you think? >> well, it sounds more than consensual to me, sabrina in new york. it sounds like complete b.s. i was trying to make that point to defense attorney raymond giudice and jason oshins earlier, which they refuse to acknowledge. but you're dead on. what about it, dr. walsh? >> it sounds to me like those words are anticipatory rather than fearful, don't you think? my frame of mind is not i was terrified. it's we're going to have sex. i mean, think of her choice. she's really almost hung herself by the way she's explained it.
out to the lines. elizabeth, texas. hi, elizabeth. >> caller: hi, nancy. my better half is a former prosecutor and current defense attorney, family law. i think the daddy may be sticking by momma and maybe shuffling assets, and i'd like to ask ray giudice, would you move in on mama with divorce papers with full custody of the kids and assets before or after she's convicted?
>> good question. what about it, ray? >> well, right now the father's, the husband's position is that he's in love with her and he wants to be with her. but it raises an interesting point. you know, she could have filed for divorce and certainly gotten more than $50,000 in alimony and child support. so it's all very curious. >> well, jason oshins, i believe she feared she wouldn't get custody because she just got out of rehab for alcohol. >> come on, nancy. there's a lot more to this. i mean, you listen to law enforcement -- >> i didn't say there wasn't. i'm just telling you. that regarding money, you know, she feared if she sought a divorce as opposed to faking this kidnapping she wasn't so sure that she would get all that money. >> it's just disturbing, the whole aspect of it. the amount of money she's even asking, as ray said, it doesn't all add up. there's something more to scratch the surface. and listen, we're defense attorneys. we've got to work with what we have here. and certainly the story in and of itself is so weak and so not
thought out in terms of -- >> you know what? note to self. >> yes. >> when faking one's own kidnapping, contact oshins and giudice because you guys are saying this with such a straight face. i'm interpreting what you last said was look, when you don't have anywhere to go you've got to make up something, you've got to do something. out to the lines -- >> exactly. >> -- barbara in new york. hi, barbara. >> caller: regarding momma. she spent time in hazelton to treat her alcoholism as per what her husband said in an interview, and if you go to a place like hazelton, i find it hard to believe that the health care professionals didn't pick up on the fact that she was bipolar, which is why i don't believe her husband right now. >> i think you're right. we saw the same interview, barbara. it's as of yet undiagnosed and untreated. the dad is just throwing something out there to see what sticks. she's never been diagnosed as bipolar. and you're right, at hazelton,
they would have found that. they are one of the premiere rehabs in the world. you're right, barbara in new york. everybody, i want to switch gears. i want to tell you about a missing little girl, shaniya. it's urgent. take a listen. >> authorities say the little girl was inside the mobile home with her mother and another adult, both of home are being questioned by police at police headquarters. every car that's been leaving the mobile home park is being searched by fayetteville police. police say they've made the disturbing discovery a known child sex offender lives inside the mobile home park. >> that's why we have the sheriff's department out here as well. we have the expert out here from the sheriff's department that deals with the child sex offenders. so they're out here. >> this is a picture of the little girl everybody's been looking for. >> this is the number to the fayetteville police department. it is 910-433-1851. or if you think you know something, if you think you see her, you can always just call 911.
>> we need your help. this little girl, if she is still living, needs your help. look at this girl. her name's shaniya davis. she's only 5. to gurnal scott with wptf radio. gurnal, something's not right about the story. give me the nuts and bolts of what happened. >> well, as we know right now, nancy, the child was last seen in the home around 5:30 or so in the morning. the call wasn't made to police, or police didn't respond, should i say, until about two hours later or so. and that's when the search ensued for this 5-year-old little girl, shaniya. helicopters, search dogs had been out. the thing about the search dogs, they never picked up a scent of the child outside the home. that's a little disturbing to police officers because if there was any trace of the child outside the home they say the dogs would have picked that up.
so as of right now, and the search has been called off for this evening, but as of right now police -- no one knows exactly where 5-year-old shaniya is. >> i'm just sick about it, gurnal scott. you know, gurnal scott, you and i go back a long way covering stories. >> yeah, we do. >> what are police saying about this? or is simply their silence deafening? >> well, there are things we're learning about this case as it goes along. we're finding out that dss was no stranger to this household. there had been custody issues that they have dealt with in this household from time to time. there had at some point been drugs found in this house. so they're not saying that this is involved in this case per se, but if you're a police officer and you're doing this investigation you have to keep that in mind. >> marlaina schiavo, what more can you tell me? >> well, what i can tell you, nancy, is that the police also don't know how this little girl left the home. that's the mystery they're trying to figure out.
they have questioned all the neighbors in the area including the three sex offenders that live in the immediate area. so far no suspects at this time. so that's what police are saying right now. and unfortunately, like gurnal said, there were major, they call it major dss issues in that home. and dss has visited that home many times. >> and marc klaas, president, founder klaaskids foundation, when we're saying dcfs we're talking about department of family and children's services. weigh in, marc klaas. >> certainly, this is an unusual situation because the amber alert was called very quickly after law enforcement responded. regardless of the fact that they didn't have a vehicle -- vehicle information for the suspect. and i think that that's a credit to them because it brings vast resources to the case almost immediately. the fact that the dogs were unable to pick up her scent certainly doesn't mean she didn't leave the trailer. it means she was probably carried out of the trailer.
again, i think what we're going to find in this case as in so many others is it's going to be solved much closer to home than farther away from home. >> you know, you put that so beautifully that it would be solved close to home. everyone, we're taking your calls live. with us, marc klaas, gurnal scott. tonight's salute to the troops. robin gregory salutes her 24-year-old son army private first class aaron oxenford. a musician who loves animals, especially his beloved dog back home, curtis. >> i'm robin gregory. my salute is going out to my wonderful son private first class aaron oxenford. he's going to pick on me by the end of this because i am going to cry. aaron, we're all very proud of you. we want you to be safe. please know that we love you and can't wait for you to come home. i might not understand why you've joined the army fully, but i'm very proud of what you're doing. i do want to let you know my dog
this is a picture of the little girl everybody has been looking for. police say 5-year-old shaniya davis disappeared this morning this morning. authorities have been for her since. they got a call from her mother this morning. authority says the little girl was inside the mobile home with her mother and another adult. both of whom are being questioned by police at police headquarters. every car that has been leaving the mobile home park is being searched by fayetteville police. police say they have made a disturbing discovery. a known child sex offender lives inside the mobile home park. >> that's why we have the sheriff's department out here as
well. we have the expert out here from the sheriff's department that deals with the child sex offenders. >> the child was last seen in the home around 5:30 or so in the morning. as of right now, police -- no one knows exactly where 5-year-old shaniya is. >> out to the lines. sheeba, illinois. hi, sheeba. >> caller: hi, nancy. my question is, how -- and i just love you to pieces. >> likewise. >> caller: love you to pieces. my question is, how can two adults be in a house, whether they're awake or asleep or whatever, and let a child be snatched? they would have to kill me, because i would grab an iron skillet, whatever it took, and i'd go to work on them. >> i tell you what, sheeba, i've been thinking about this story. they say they last saw her at 5:30 a.m., this beautiful, beautiful little girl. look at her. shaniya, 5 years old. now, i've been thinking about the scenario.
all i can come up with, gurnal scott, wptf radio, assuming they're telling the truth, they looked in on her at 5:30 a.m., she was asleep then later she was gone out of her bed. that's the only scenario i can think of. at 5:30 a.m. the sun's not even up. they said she was wearing a blue sleep t-shirt and pink underwear. that's all she was wearing. what do you know, gurnal? >> that is correct. what they were saying about the people in the home at the time, shaniya's 7-year-old brother and the mother, and a person whom they have only identified possibly as a boyfriend. they are looking at all of these people. they've interviewed these people but they are not being specific about how this child left this home. >> let me give the tip line. with me, gurnal scott, marlaina schiavo, marc klaas. 910-433-1856.
please help us find shaniya. let's stop and remember marine staff sergeant, martin golczynski, 30. lewisville, tennessee. killed iraq. an all-state wrestler. volunteered for a second tour. remembered for his zest for life and smile that lit up a home. forever forgot a birthday, even sent birthday greetings from iraq. leaves behind parents, henry and elaine, brother, john, son, christian. marcus golczynski. american hero. thank you to our guests but especially to you for being with us. special thank you to new york friend of the show, clara, for this book, "the complete works of william shakespeare." clara, the first female police officer in wayne county, new york. she never misses the show. everyone, i'll see you tomorrow night 8:00 sharp eastern and until then, good night, friend.