Danelo Cavalcante is now in custody. 14 days later. Finally. Thankfully. I have included this morning’s press conference. The AP has a great video, with other footage before the presser.
I will start with Governor Josh Shapiro. It was right for him to be here for this. But he mentioned in his remarks Chairwoman of the Chester County Commissioners Marian Moscowitz. But where has Marian been during all of this? We didn’t hear from her. We didn’t even hear from Congresswoman Chrissie Houlahan on this situation until yesterday because of this. State Police Lt. Col. George Bivens however is kind of a cool dude I think. Talk about consistent grace under pressure and unwavering faith. I would totally like to shake his hand. And I say that as someone who was critical because this was insane.
Sorry not sorry, it still bothers me whom we didn’t see and didn’t really hear from. Disappoints me. Makes me question things. Someone said to me today that they were not sure how well the Governor thought of county leadership after this. Interesting perspective, no?
And when we are talking law enforcement, Chester County Sheriff Fredda Maddox who is also on the board of the Chester County Prison was noticeably absent. We saw sheriff candidate in the presser line up today. Not impressed by him. Fired from DA’s office, he sues Deb Ryan and DA’s office, and goes across the hall or whatever in like a couple of weeks to the Sheriff’s office and now he wants to be Sheriff?
It’s one of those pretzel logic things with Chester County Democrats and Grandma Charlotte’s merry band of whatevers: they endorse District Attorney Deb Ryan for Judge, she becomes a candidate after the primary, yet the guy who sued her and her office is the candidate for Sheriff? Like I said: Pretzel Logic. Which of course is another reason why it’s time for Grandma Charlotte to retire. The CCDC has become kind of what they replaced, which is well, ironic.
As far as “county row” and who is on the prison board we heard from Josh Maxwell and Deb Ryan. And frankly I think the Chesco Democrats kind of left Deb Ryan twisting in the wind during this and I think that was wrong.
I took MAJOR crap from some connected depending upon how the wind blows Democrats. I mention the wind because that is kind of how I see the Chester County Democrats leadership these days. It’s like they lick their fingers and hold them up to see which direction the wind is blowing. I got this whole lecture about how the sheriff serves on the prison board and the county runs the prison and the chief deputy sheriff does neither.
Why my goodness Watson, I never knew. (Yes heavy sarcasm.)
BUT the prison board has a lot to answer for here. People on the prison board are up for re-election, and new elected positions. It would have been *HELPFUL* if we had seen the literal whites of their eyes for REASSURANCE while this was going on. That’s not to say I want someone like Republican Candidate Dave Sommers as a Chester County Commissioner. I do not. He is not qualified and is a guy who likes to run for things and right or wrong gives off Eau de Smarmy. He is kind of like the “Professor” running for DASD school board who called me a racist for mocking him as a person also of Italian heritage. Ick factor runs high. Sorry not sorry. For digressing. Not for my opinion.
Then I was told as a currently registered Democrat I essentially shouldn’t question leadership etc etc. EVER. That I shouldn’t point fingers in a “heightened political atmosphere.” I mean REALLY? Escaped murderers are inconvenient for Chester County politics much? The only people you ever saw occasionally making comments during the past 14 days were indeed IMHO kind of being left to hang out and blow around. I don’t think that is right. Suffice it to say, politically this is interesting because it could actually cost Chester County Democrats their leadership. I think that is why we had governor sightings.
I am entitled to this opinion. Tough noogies. And I am not alone.
And win or lose in any situation, there is a thing called accountability. Something quite a few Chester County politicians from both parties and CCDC party leadership in particular need to embrace. A friend said along those lines, a chair of any organization has to lead by example. It isn’t about purity, it’s about walking the walk, not just talking the talk. It can’t always be oops we did it again, right? And win or lose in situations like this or elections, be accountable. You have all these county row folks and more in he middle of this prison mess. And a lot were invisible to the residents of Chester County while this was going on. And how about those who have received the CCDC nod, AKA endorsements? Why don’t endorsements require the quid pro quo of serving at least a full term before seeking the next office?
Now there are LOTS of questions now about Chester County Prison. And the problems here obviously didn’t just begin, so then is it fair to say, there is plenty of political blame to go around? So Republicans past and present, you are not off of the hook, either, are you? Does Chester County need to talk about the LAST two wardens? And how will they conduct a search for the next warden? Or will it be the interim guy? Here is the last prison Board Meeting August 30, 2023…you know the day BEFORE Cavalcante escaped:
The NEXT Prison Board Meeting is coming up. Wednesday, September 20, 2:30 PM. Location is given as the prison. I would *HOPE* this would be a zoom available meeting but I don’t know.
With regard to the prison, escape should be topic #1, right? And will we get answers to May escape as well? Because let us not forget, the May escapee, escaped another time in 2019, right?
Of course in Brazil, Danelo Cavalcante is apparently a folk hero to some who don’t like Americans. (Read this article.) That irritates me as much as the ridiculous immigration political wars on social media the past 14 days. Not to be a bitch (but I will be), Cavalcante entered the US in 2018 under the watch of Donald Trump the great border bore.
And the people who have taken issue with the law enforcement posing for a photo when Cavalcante was captured. Get over yourselves.
They worked their asses off. They kept us safe. Those guys from Texas were the bomb and the others from all other areas of state, local, and Federal law enforcement. You think this was terrible to take a damn photo of something they will remember for years to come? Personally what I think is unforgivable is you all can’t sit down and say THANK YOU.
I will not lie, I lost faith in this process many times while it was occurring. It took a long time. In every area he was sighted, I have friends. I have family in law enforcement and friends. None that were on this detail, but undoubtedly they knew folks who were. This was like every FBI series or SWAT series we have ever watched on TV ….. only it was in our back yards. I found myself frustrated a lot because every damn night we went to sleep hoping tonight was the night, and we woke up and nope he was still on the run.
My husband was one of the ones who helped me see it differently. He said to me day 1 that Danelo Cavalcante was like a feral animal. Not trained in anything other than survival. He rested mostly during the day, and moved around at night. The heat made thermal imaging stuff difficult. Thunderstorms made it difficult for helicopters and planes.
Another issue is we were starved for information. We were not getting a lot at times from the normal channels. The notification systems were spotty until the call and text today that said he was apprehended. Then we had almost oversaturation when we had the convict chasers, who are like storm chasers. Then we had people glued to their You Tube broadcasts, who would simultaneously chide me for sharing and then tell me every bad thing they could dig up on these guys. It was kind of exhausting.
We will all sleep well tonight. Say thank you to those men and women who patrolled and searched and hunted for 14 days. Yoda the dog deserves a big old steak. As a matter of fact, the reward money? Can it go towards the K-9s who were on the job these past two weeks? And speaking of K-9s, one of the things I liked about Governor Shapiro’s remarks were his comments about the value of K-9 units.
Now I will share the GoGundMe someone established for the children of the poor woman murdered by Danelo Cavalcante. Her name was Déborah Evangelista Brandão. (FOLLOW THIS LINK TO REACH GoFundMe.)
I will note the person who sent me the link was rather passive aggressive in their chiding that I did not share the GoFundMe immediately. I did not wish to do it while they were hunting Cavalcante. I wanted to wait until he was back inside. But you know with some people I am just supposed to do what they want when they want or whatever like I am their damn employee.
The one sad thing is this manhunt and situation brought out is the missing common sense in people and those who need to be in the spotlight for stupidity. People joy riding around all of the police check points. One of the best things was watching people decide to just do what they wanted at police check points and road blocks and the police stopping them….all while the You Tube guys were recording. You know them, the ones who think “road closed” is for other people. This time they got their asses turned around and/or slowed down for their misplaced sense of entitlement.
I get it, nerves are still frayed after this. But seriously people, now that it is over can we concentrate what needs fixing politically and in that prison so this never happens again? More people could have died, and didn’t and we should be grateful. And I say that as someone who was over this by like day 3.
Last words? Cavalcante is now PA Inmate QP8931. Here’s hoping his public defender sits the freak down and doesn’t appeal what is not appealable. The Office of the PA Attorney General will investigate and prosecute the escape as per a press release. Can we HOPE he will BE IN JAIL IN A STATE PRISON when they do the whole escape charge preliminary hearing? Can we hope the investigation into the prison will not be a fluffy thing but a real hard look into what goes on there and what has gone on in the past and answers as to WHY the prior warden was put on administrative leave in the first place and more? That is what is important people, not being a bunch of little bitches about a law enforcement photo this morning.
And Yoda the dog? You rock can I buy you a nice steak or bully bone?
Good night folks.