Saturday, June 28, 2014

The movie's accuracy: Bernadette and Kirsten

Question from Frankie del Toro:  "Hi Traciy! I was just curious as to how you found out that the movie's portrayal of Kirsten was accurate. From all of the things I read, it sounded more like Kirsten just didn't like Bernadette and didn't hide it very well, but didn't bully her, either. I'm dying of curiosity about that. Thanks! I enjoy your blog immensely."

Hello and thanks. The movie was supposedly based on the trial transcripts and the article about Orinda. The names were changed around for the film to disguise the true identity of the people involved. My feeling is that someone very close to the case sold their rights to the story, but I am not sure who.

Several of Bernadette and Kirsten's schoolmates have written to me over the years giving their versions of the true events. Those on the side of Kirsten undoubtedly always deny that she was a bully. But, there are several girls who claim to have been treated very badly by Kirsten.

As for the bullying issue, could it have been as overt as in the movie where the character that is supposed to be based on Kirsten actually walked up to people and bullied them, or if it was just that she treated them badly when they were in her presence? I can't be sure. I don't think we'll ever have a true picture. 

I do believe there is enough evidence to show that Kirsten was not a "nice" person to many people. And that Bernadette was generally well-liked by everyone.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Her family kept her new name a secret

You know what I find fascinating? The fact that Bernadette's entire family kept her new name and new identity a secret. Last night I was reading an email from a reader, and she mentioned that she had come across an article that mentioned that Bernadette Protti had five other siblings, Bernadette being the youngest.

Wow! Think about that for a moment. Five other adults other than her parents kept her identity and location a secret for 24 years. Reflecting on that last night proved to me beyond a shadow of a doubt that her husband has to know. At some point, she had to have confided in her husband about her past.

Perhaps others know as well, but have decided to keep her identity under wraps out of respect for her. Remember, before this all happened, no one had a bad thing to say about Bernadette. No one. Everyone liked her. The neighbor was totally distraught because she couldn't believe that someone as sweet and caring as Bernadette Protti could be capable of such a heinous crime.

I use the term heinous was. Bernadette struck Kirsten Costas five times, specifically, on the right arm, on the left arm, and into the chest, the lung, and two to the back. Kirsten tried her best to get away.

Just let that sink in....I think with all of our talk about Bernadette, we forget about the actual victim, Kirsten.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Old Photo of Bernadette Protti

A younger Bernadette Protti (photo: property of Traciy Curry-Reyes)

Bernadette Protti (photo: property of Traciy Curry-Reyes)

Just looking through some stuff. This is an old photo of Bernadette Protti.

Bernadette Protti Lurking the Blogs?

Anonymous wrote
"Tracey,you have never shared your personal thoughts on the case. Do you believe it was premeditated? I honestly believe that she is making the most out of her new life. I think she is embarassed,and feels guilty over the crime."

No, I don't think the murder was premeditated. I think something happened when they were in the car. Something that scared Bernadette so much that it sent her over the edge. Don't forget the climate of Orinda at that time. It was fierce. The competition, the bullying, the rumors that could easily malign you from the community. Remember the case of the girl whom they accused of being a witch. 

Bernadette was an outsider by all accounts. She fit it somewhat, but not totally. She lived a little bit outside of the area, so she was not one of the rich kids, though her parents did ok. Fitting in was extremely important to Bernadette. She wanted to go to THAT school and fit in with THOSE girls...period.

She did everything possible to fit in, and she did, for the most part. But, she needed the acceptance of Kirsten. She wanted to be Kirsten's friend, and now Kirsten was going to ruin all of that by exposing Bernadette. The movie's portrayal of Kirsten was pretty spot on. This is not a fact that will be admitted by Kirsten's friends.

But ask anyone who was at the mercy of Kirsten's wrath, and the picture will become a bit more clear. 

Back to the inside of the car, I think it is very possible that Bernadette showed a little too much interest, and that interest in Kirsten was misconstrued as Bernadette trying to come on to Kirsten, thus the lesbian theories. Kisten was going to tell everyone about it, and Bernadette's anger and fear got the best of her.
Does she feel remorse?
At the time she did. Remember the movie stuck very close to the trial transcripts....very close. The crime was eating away at her, and she really did want to confess to her mom but feared what her mother would think. This whole crime was about Bernadette's fear of not being accepted and being pushed and pressured to fit in to a world the time....was not hers.

Has she changed?

I have no idea. People do have a change of heart. She was a teenager, I am sure she is a totally different person now.
Were Kirsten's action an excuse for Bernadette Protti to take her life?Absolutely not! Kirsten did not deserve what happened to her.
Anonymous wrote
"I have heard that she didn't actually turn herself in,but only did so after she was cornered. To the blog owner,has Bernadette ever written you? I know you stated at one point you had talked to a family member."
No, as far as I know, I have never spoken directly with Bernadette Protti. When I first broke the news that I had uncovered her identity, I received a flurry of disparaging emails, and I thought perhaps it could have been her. But, I can't be sure. Plus, the language in the emails did not fit the language befitting a seasoned medical writer, now that I think about it.
But, who knows. 
Yes, I have spoken to a family member, but I do not remember who it was. I made two calls: one to her sister and another to a family member. I left a message on one call, and spoke to an actual person on another call. I was promptly dismissed though. The person never revealed any information to me, and I have never made an attempt to contact them again.
I also remember sending an email to her sister, who I believe was an attorney or something like that. It's been a long time so.... 
Anonymous said...
Tracey, are you going to comment on the recent post by, "Bernadette no more?" Do you believe that was a comment from the real Bernadette? I think it would be great to know and also to know your opinion about the post. Thank you. "
Yes, I think she reads the blogs. I don't think she comments much, but I do think she has commented before.  There was one person lurking on here some time ago that pretended to be her. I don't think that person that you are talking about was her, but I will go back and look through the comments to see. She is probably too busy to lurk here most days, but who knows.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

The new Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and MySpace profiles

Yeah......someone has created all of these profiles under Bernadette Protti's new name. Why? First of all I do not believe for one minute that this woman----who has been hiding for years----is all of a sudden creating all of the profiles for Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and MySpace.

To me, it looks like someone is hell-bent on outing this woman. Let me see if I have this right.....she has stopped being a "doctor or nurse practitioner" and "medical writer" to become a food blogger. Really? I don't think so.

If I am wrong, ok. But, I just don't believe it. Ok, maybe she decided to stay home with her baby and has decided to write about food.

I don't believe it. This woman has several degrees. If she is writing, I believe she would be taking high paying writing jobs, not blogging about recipes and food.

Just my thoughts.....

Bernadette Protti's name change documents

So, a lot of you have been writing me for years about this case. And it seems that the name change document was published a few months ago. For clarification, this is the same document that I came across years ago when I was looking for Bernadette Protti.

The day that I found her was an exciting day for me because I love sleuthing. Once I knew the name, I knew immediately that I would let everyone know that she was still around and doing ok. What happened after that was sort of shocking.....

I began receiving all kinds of despicable emails from people about me not revealing her identity. It got so bad at one point that I just lost interest in blogging about it. In one post I told all of the Bernadette Protti fanatics to go start their own blog. (I knew then that I needed to step back from this case.)

Well, it looks like someone did, but I still keep getting emails about this case. I know that people are interested in this case, just as I was interested. The part that I am not sure about is all of the "weirdness" surrounding the case.

I write about crimes every single day,  but I don't understand the cult following surrounding this case in particular.

Perhaps people feel as though Bernadette got away with murder. But, remember she did her time, though it was not much time, she served the standard amount of time that a juvenile would serve under the law. So in effect, she didn't get away.

Do I think she served enough time? No, If she had done this to my loved one, I would want to see her spend a lot more time in prison. However, she was processed as a juvenile and not as an adult. 

I have to admit though, some of the people following this case are a bit.....scary, to say the least. Many of you want to know if I am going to post her name and photo because she has been "outed."

My answer is still the same all these years later....I won't be posting it until she offends again, or she comes out of hiding to talk about her case herself.

Now about that photo of her on Facebook. I have to admit, I looked at the photo again last night when it was sent to me by a reader. It does look like her. Though in the photo that I have of her, she looks a lot older than she does in the Facebook photo. Perhaps, she looks a bit different because she isn't wearing make up in the Facebook photo, and she is not directly facing the camera.

A couple of questions though, why is the Facebook photo of her still up? If she had the document with her name change on it removed, then why keep the Facebook photo up? Is she not able to tell her sister-in-law to take it down because the sister-in-law doesn't know about her past? Or was the sister-in-law being shady and trying to out her?

Just random thoughts.....I'll be back later, gotta make dinner. I'll fix the typos later.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Bernadette Protti's Character

 People were shocked that Bernadette had actually committed this crime. Here are some of the ways that she has been described from classmates and other people that knew her.

 One person that used to have Bernadette baby sit for her children couldn't believe it. She stated: ''There has to be a terrible mistake. I don't know who else I would trust my children to. She's full of grace, sympathy and love.''

Other described her as sweet and popular girl who worked in the school office and was a part of the swim team.