In the middle of July, #Justice4Freddy, the new Facebook page and hashtag has gone live. Though it is still a very young page, it has received over fifty likes within a month. For the followers who continue to keep the ear against the door on this growing story we say thank you.
I also want to add that soon, Freddy's Memorial Page on the website will be complete. I am currently working with family members to tell their intimate stories about Freddy and how he was in life so that everyone understands the beautiful life that Freddy led. At this time, the family is still working on a story to put up here and will let everyone know when it goes up.
As this all happens, a 32-page document was released last month by the Duval County courts detailing some of Hyde's transgressions. In it, it reveals that for the longest time, he had considered himself a nudist. Other informative contents in the document also reveal he spent nearly $1000 on child pornography from a film company in Toronto, ON, Canada; one of the reasons he was named in an international child exploitation case known as Operation: Spade. A couple of months ago, we were led to believe that he may have been involved in the worldwide child exploitation case known as Operation: PlayPen, which was released prior to the document being made available to the public. You can still read this well put article on our website under Special Reports.
Also included in this document, there are allegations of sexual abuse by Hyde, as well as detailed specifics of him producing child pornography using a camera with sound capabilities. There was also a story mentioned about how he enticed two young boys, one named Joey, to perform sex acts on another person and participate in the child porn films Hyde produced. It was also mentioned that Joey was Autistic and suffered from mental problems.
We are continuing to monitor the information we receive, and hope to get the information out in a timely manner.
Ronnie Hyde's next court date is set for later this month, where he will face Judge Angela Cox once more in preparation for his impending trial.
THE CASE FOR FREDDY'S REMAINS
As we continue to follow the updates regarding Ronnie Hyde’s potential trial, a new call to action began in the courtroom by prosecutors: release Fred Laster’s preserved torso to the family.
On August 20th, 2017, prosecutors during the pretrial hearing for Ronnie Leon Hyde (who just turned 61) called for Fred Laster’s remains to be released to the grieving family so he can be laid to rest. Doing so would also begin the next phase of the healing process for the family. Though the judge will take it into consideration, the likelihood of this happening may not be as good as we may think.
Because the torso will bring to light the severity of the crime, it is planned to be used for state’s evidence against Hyde, as well as expected testimonies from many key players in this investigation. But the real question to keep in mind is what would a physical torso do for this trial when there were extensive photographs taken of it?
As we covered in the original story about this case, blood testing was done on the torso and an extensive observation followed by famed pathologist Dr. William Maples. Then-sheriff of Columbia County, Tom Tramel, announced that over the counter medication was the only thing found in the blood test and that there was no indication that Laster was a smoker, drug addict or drinker. With that said, why does the state need his torso?
Dr. Maples covered a lot of ground regarding the damage to the torso. He went into detail where the dismemberments occurred, and also ruled out saw damage; stating the damage was caused by clean cuts from a kitchen knife. Additionally, Dr. Margarita Arruza performed an autopsy on the torso and made her rulings and recommendations. With that said, why does the state need his torso?
There has been no recorded trial where the physical body of someone was wheeled out in front of a judge, jury, witness, defendant and observers to prove that they were murdered. In fact, it would bring a morbid shock value to the courtroom if this ever happened (I don’t speak for other countries as I don’t have on-hand information about them; but I am certain that this hasn’t been the case in America). Would the state want to re-vicitmize the family by continuing to withhold Fred Laster’s body from them? At this point, it sounds like it’s better to the state than letting Hyde walk away scott-free.
But what is really at stake is the fact that the torso has been sitting in a freezer in the Duval County Medical Examiner’s Office for over 23 years. After 23 years, what good is it to keep the torso? If the state has an idea why they should keep it, they should make their case to the family very clearly, and it better be a good one. Otherwise, there is no reason why the state should maintain Fred’s torso any longer.
In Trayvon Martin’s case, they did not need to keep his body for state’s evidence. In Caylee Anthony’s case, they did not need to keep her body for state’s evidence. The Bundy victims, The Green River Killer’s victims, I can go on and on. None of their bodies never had to be kept for state’s evidence. So why this case?
Isn’t it time to allow the Laster family to close out one chapter of their lives by bringing Freddy home? Isn’t it time for Freddy to be laid to rest beside the rest of his family that preceded or followed him in death? The family says yes, but the state says maybe? How about a resounding yes! The state should have collected all the evidence it needed with photographs, technology and reports that law enforcement generated over a span of 23 years, so give Freddy back to the family and let him rest in peace!
ALSO: MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS IN A LAKE CITY MISSING PERSONS CASE
Ron Hyde stood before a judge on June 19th at the Duval County Courthouse. While in court, Hyde maintained his innocence and also waived his right to a speedy trial. With this move, it could take well over a year before this case sees a grand jury.
Early last week, Ron Hyde's longtime Jacksonville Beach home was demolished by a wrecking crew. The site was already deemed unfit and unsanitary to live in per the city code enforcement, and considered the property condemned. As the site was coming down, neighbors were pleased with the demolishing of "Freddy Kreuger's Home" according to one of his longtime neighbors.
Jason Futch has been following the LCJD and developing updates since 2011 while a student at Florida Gateway College in Lake City, FL. He currently resides in Portland, Oregon as a motorcoach driver for Northwest Navigator Luxury Motorcoaches.