Inmate Ariel Hernandez has a Bone to Pick
Riptide got a package in the mail a few days ago. At first, we thought it might be a Christmas present, or a juicy story tip, but then we recognized the handwriting. It was from an inmate we've gotten to know pretty well over the last couple months.
A few weeks
ago, New Times ran a story about
Jeanette Smith, a
In exchange for an interview, Riptide promised to send Hernandez a copy of the story, which partly told the tale of his deviant past and our jailhouse encounter with him. So we did.
Soon, we got
"The only problem I got with the article," he said over the phone, "is with that masturbation shit."
So when we opened his package a few days ago, we weren't quite sure what to expect. But there they were: a stack of crime lab analysis reports - new to New Times -- with some parts highlighted in yellow. Stuck to the documents were several yellow Post-it notes, decorated in Hernandez's scratchy handwriting. One read: Ask yourself why cops would lie about observing me masturbate?
The clime lab report, from Broward Sheriff's Office, goes on to show that there was indeed no seminal fluid found on the bag in question. (We're still not entirely convinced this means cops lied.)
More importantly, though, were the parts he neglected to highlight. A few pages in, was the meat: Lab results concluded Hernandez's sperm was found in Smith's mouth and a nearby blanket and comforter.
Doesn't help his case much.