My Mistake In Believing
Keegan William Kangas
(Michigan inmate #937832)
- Kangas's lies about the 911 calls -
The account of the Police visits to the salvage yard (referred to as the 'junk yard' by the prosecution) on 9 February 2013, where Kangas worked, was introduced, in more detail, during the June 2014 trial. Apart from lying about the CSC crimes, the more audacious lies told to me by Kangas related to this event. In the first trial, there was passing reference to it, but in the second trial, it occupied a substantial part of the proceedings as the prosecution sought to show there was a relationship between the 20-year old adult Kangas and K., one of the two 13-year old children with whom he had been accused of having sex.|
The prosecution told the jury that on 9 February 2013, the Police received a 911 call from the yard and on visiting the location, no one was visible. A short time later, the Police received another 911 call and officers returned and searched the property: on this occasion, they found Kangas and K. hiding underneath some blankets. At this point, it was late at night and they were both taken to the Police Post: the girl was later collected by her mother.
From the very outset, Kangas insisted to me that the entire account was an absolute lie and the events described never occurred. While I did not disbelieve him, I remained concerned that there were at least four witnesses who said that it did happen - the girl, the girl's mother and two Police officers but Kangas was insistent, so I believed him. My mistake...
"They brought in cops to tell a fabricated story about me and K [the girl] being caught in a closet together after some 911 hang up calls saying they arrested us, brought us to Police HQ [and] questioned us."|
[Email received 22 December 2016]
"The 911 story is complete fiction, unless of course, they had actually caught J. [the male that the Police claim Kangas pretended to be] with her [K.], but even then, it sounds suspect...and that's not to mention the fact that I didn't even live in SSM [Sault Ste. Marie] in the Winter period [of 2012-2013]. I had left and gone to the Engadine/Newberry area to support myself".
[Email received 28 February 2017].
Unfortunately, for Kangas, as I discovered on 12/13 May 2017, there are many messages on his old Facebook account, between him and the girl in which they discuss these events: what they stated wholly corroborated the testimony of the four prosecution witnesses in the trial. Moreover,
(a)Kangas discussed the incident not only with the girl, but with other people in his Facebook messaging, including his own attorney, and
(b)C., the person who alerted me to the incriminating Facebook messages, remembered buying clothes for Kangas and sending these to him at the salvage yard in the winter of 2012-2013. So, he had not 'left' there at all, and
(c)Not only were/are there messages on his Facebook account mentioning the incident, but there are also comments left by Kangas and other people in his Facebook 'Timeline' stats, discussing the matter (Remarkably (see aside), the messaging shown aside, between Kangas and another person, reveals the issue that seemed to concern Kangas the most was not the distress caused to the young girl, or that he was found at his workplace, late at night, with a 13-year old girl, hiding under blankets, but rather that the police had made him walk home from the Police Post (he also complains about this elsewhere).) Nonetheless, he is amused ("lol") about the fact he gave a false name, and at this point in time, he wrongly thought he had deceived the police about his identity, and
(d)There is the salient point that no objection whatsoever was made during the trial in respect of the four witnesses who said Kangas was at the junk yard with the girl.
Consequently, Kangas's post-trial denial of this event appears to be his rewriting of the facts. In sum, with four people corroborating the event (and quite probably other officers at the Police Post, to where Kangas and the girl were taken), and with all the Facebook data, the evidence is surely conclusive.
In his Facebook messages, he relates how, after he and the girl were taken to the Police Post, he attended the hospital because of injuries from the handcuffs used on him, where he also had his stomach pumped out as it was feared he had consumed drugs. He had already lied to the Police about who he was, giving the name of some unfortunate person he knew, but he decided to give his real name at the hospital, to avoid being accused of medical insurance fraud. Therefore, in addition to the four witnesses who gave their testimony during the trial, and possibly Police officers who may have seen him at the Post, he was apparently willing to call all the hospital staff who saw him liars too!
While it was not explained in the trial why the girl called 911, as she claimed to be trying to contact her mother,
the Facebook account does do this. In the Facebook messaging of 10 February 2013, the girl explained to Kangas that her mother's number began with a '906', but she sometimes dialled '1906'. However, at school, she would add a '9' at the beginning (presumably to obtain an outside line), and she made an error in dialling a number beginning with '911', and this was interpreted as a 911 emergency call by the telephone system.
However, it should be noted that despite what the girl said to Kangas in the messaging, it is possible that she deliberately dialled 911 for the Police (and she did this more than once), as she wanted to leave the premises, possibly worried about Kangas's intentions that night. Indeed, the prosecution told the jury: "I would suggest to you that it's a fair conclusion she wanted out of the junk yard that night. And that is in fact what happened. She left with the police." (Trial II, Vol. II of II, Pages 7-8).