For some, blood is thicker than water -- even when it's a crime.
According to Canadian TV, the woman who accompanied accused killer Ryan Jenkins to the hotel where he eventually committed suicide was his 20-year-old half sister.This woman was undoubtedly aware of the massive manhunt for Jenkins, suspected of killing his ex-wife, Jasmine Fiore, who was found stuffed in a suitcase with her fingers and teeth removed to avoid identification. Yet, even knowing of these horrific acts, family members continue to rally around Jenkins. This brand of family solidarity is not uncommon.
Relatives of criminals offer various levels of help, says Robin Sax, a former Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney. Sax says the first kind of assistance is a family member who knows about a crime, but does nothing and does not tell authorities -- or anyone -- what they know. Another scenario is someone with information who refuses to cooperate, even though authorities know they have information on a crime. And then there are relatives who actually lie and cover up the crime. Despite the possibilities, Sax says many people do the right thing when it comes to turning in a relative.
If a close member of your immediate family admitted to killing someone, would you help them cover up their crime or turn them in to police? Consider these three scenarios:
|Robin Sax is a former Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney who specialized in prosecuting sex crimes against children. She is the author of six books including "Predators and Child Molesters: What Every Parent Needs to Know To Keep Kids Safe." Robin is a regular legal commentator on Larry King Live, Nancy Grace, Fox News and has a weekly radio show, "Justice Interrupted." Robin lives with her husband and three children in Los Angeles, California.|