Or - The disconnect regarding the innocence or guilt of Brad Dunlap.
Friends and Family
Friends and family on both sides were steadfastly supportive of Brad and his innocence. They were convinced that there was no way Brad could have been involved in the murder of his wife. Anne's parents stated that anger was never an emotion they witnessed in Brad. Not an inkling of negativity, albeit a former business partner of Brad's who claimed Brad and Anne were in counseling, and a friend that came forward in 2013 to report a conversation he/she had with Brad years before the murder. Overall, solid support from the people who knew Brad best.
Public Opinion had a much more critical eye when it came down to Brad's involvement in his wife Anne's murder. They didn't know Brad or Anne on a personal level, but could all relate to the story. Public Opinion saw what happened to Anne as something that could happen to them, their sister, or a friend; A random act of violence in their town. They consumed every news story and read every newspaper article about the case. However, neither the timeline (below) nor the details was/were adding up to support a random act of violence-type scenario. Reportedly, Brad refused to give police an hour-by-hour recount of his whereabouts on December 30, 1995. Then, Brad stopped talking altogether, and got a lawyer. Public Opinion wondered, "Wouldn't you do whatever it took to find the murderer of your wife, even if it got uncomfortable? Why would you run away?"
"When a spouse is reported missing and later found dead, the other spouse becomes the prime suspect. Until he can be ruled out, the husband remains the prime suspect. That is because statistically, the vast majority of homicides are committed by family members, and most women are killed by their husbands, lovers, or partners." ~Vernon Geberth, retired NYPD Homicide Commanding Officer, nationally renowned lecturer, author, educator, consultant and expert witness on the subject of death investigations.