This Dateline from Friday night covered the Heather Elvis case. Heather was a 20-year old waitress in Myrtle Beach, SC who had been having an affair with Sidney Moorer, a married man. She disappeared in December 2013 and has never been found, though her vehicle was discovered in the days following her disappearance. Sidney and his wife Tammy were both charged with Heather’s murder and kidnapping, though the murder charges were later dropped. Tammy was recently convicted on the kidnapping charge, and though Sidney’s kidnapping trial ended in a mistrial, he is currently serving a 10-year sentence for obstruction of justice in the Heather Elvis investigation.
The episode was a pretty standard Dateline episode. It did a solid job of laying out the timeline and facts of the case. It certainly seems as if Sidney and Tammy are guilty of having something to do with the disappearance of Heather. Tammy was interviewed for the show and while her demeanor, to me, didn’t scream “guilty!” it was her actions that Dateline outlined that really give her away. For instance, posting on Facebook that Heather was a “psycho whore” and then telling investigators that she wasn’t mad at Heather for sleeping with Sidney. The case is entirely circumstantial, and I’m sure they dropped the murder charges/didn’t proceed with retrying Sidney so that they can put him back on trial for murder when/if Heather’s body was found. It’s unfortunate that Sidney was interviewed for the episode, I would have like to have gotten a read on his demeanor, but c’est la vie.
If you want to read more about the case, this is a good overview.
Saturday’s episode of Dateline was about the murder of 19-year old Jessie Blodgett. Jessie was found strangled, with evidence of rape, in her own bed by her mother. A friend of Jessie’s, Daniel Bartelt, was eventually convicted of her murder after he was picked up for assaulting a woman with a knife at a local park. Investigators later found a cereal box full of ligatures (!!!) with Jessie and Daniel’s DNA on them in a park trash can. Investigators were led to search the trash cans after Daniel told them he was reading in that same park during the murder.
Another totally fine episode of this series. Evidence was presented pretty straightforward, although I found the reporting on the timeline to be a bit confusing (how much time elapsed between the knife attack on the woman in the park and the murder?), but perhaps that’s just me. The parents gave good strong interviews, it was actually pretty amazing to see their strength in the face of how horrible this case is. Daniel has not admitted to any guilt in this case, which is insane considering they found evidence he raped Jessie and, oh yeah, his DNA on the cereal box full of ligatures which I cannot stop thinking about!