This explanation from WikiPedia:
"Elephant in the room" is an English metaphorical idiom for an obvious truth that is being ignored or goes unaddressed. The idiomatic expression also applies to an obvious problem or risk no one wants to discuss.
It is based on the idea that an elephant in a room would be impossible to overlook; thus, people in the room who pretend the elephant is not there have chosen to avoid dealing with the looming big issue.
Elephant.1 - The 2 minute 30 second gapThe largest elephant for Zimmerman's case is the time-stamped recording of his own non-emergency call.
There are two simple steps in this
- The connection time of the call was automatically recorded as 19:09:34
The call lasted 4 minutes and 7 seconds
The call therefore ended at 19:13:41
- The first 911 connected at 19:16:11 - That is 2 minutes and 30 seconds after Zimmerman's call ended.
Near the end of the call, Zimmerman had agreed to meet the incoming patrol car at his truck. In the last seconds, he interrupted the dispatcher to ask that the patrol car ring him on arrival to find out where he was.
That is about 250 feet from his truck. It would have taken him about 1 minute to walk to the truck.
He says that he started back to his truck immediately.
He says that Martin jumped him less than 30 seconds later.
Any reasonable person ( and any jury) would realise from Zimmerman's own words and the time gap of over 2 minutes that he intended to, and did indeed, go in search of Martin.
This is something that his supporters do not want to hear. I have put this point to a number of such supporters. I can confirm that we have an elephant here. None of them want to hear about this major discrepancy. If they admit this fact, it means that Zimmerman is not telling the truth.
It would take him 30 seconds maximum to walk from where he says he ended the NEN call to the position where he says he was attacked. The first 911 call connects 2 minutes 30 seconds after the NEN call ends.
What was he doing?
If he actually headed for the truck, it's 2 minutes between him arriving at the 'attack' point and the first 911.
There will obviously be a delay between Witness 11 hearing noises and that 911 connecting. How many seconds of the 2 minutes still unexplained would be taken up with that?
How about 60 seconds (one whole minute) from W11 first hearing noises to the 911 connecting? It feels like a long time.
That would mean 1 minute of fighting in silence right outside her open porch door - followed by another minute of her hearing the noises, deciding to ring 911 and that call connecting.
The shot is heard 43 seconds into the call.
If Zimmerman actually headed back for the truck when he ended the NEN call, it means that
he was attacked 2 minutes and 42 seconds before he eventually shot.
That's 2 minutes and 42 seconds of being pinned on the ground, punched and head pounded.
A few hours later, here are his massive injuries from this vicious attack that lasted for nearly 3 minutes
That level of injury is not consistent even with 42 seconds of beating as described by Zimmerman - nevermind the additional time from start of the fight to the 911 connecting.
If we are to believe Zimmerman's account, these very minor injuries are the result of a vicious attack that lasted 2 minutes 42 seconds.
But... what about THE BLOOD!!!! Those other photos of BLOOD!! (before they wiped it off)
C'mon! I've seen a lot more of my own blood from a nose bleed or a small finger cut.
Why isn't his collar a mess?
Elephant.2 - Going for an addressZimmerman's exit from the truck coincides with "He's running". Listen to the NEN. You can hear him start to go for the door. It's simultaneous.
He says, however, that the only reason he got out was to get an address.
He won't actually be asked for an address - "What address are you parked outside of?" until much later in the call.
OK. Let's accept for the sake of argument that he just wanted to get an address that he could direct the cops to. The NW captain can't remember the name of one of the 3 roads in the gated community. He can only remember the name of the road that circles the perimiter of the community.
He was at the rear of Retreat View Circle houses. He could have gone North through the gap and got the number of the RVC house that he was parked in back of. For some reason he takes the far longer journey East - which purely coincidentally takes him into the dark on the heels of what he describes as some threatening thug with confrontational body language and his hand in his waistband - and who had seconds before circled his truck in a menacing fashion. By Hannity interview, this very dangerous person hasn't run. He's simply skipped out of sight - and "not in fear". Zimmerman is headed straight into a very dark area where this dangerous thug who has just threatened him and is "not in fear" could be waiting at the first corner. That's insane.
He says he gets to the end of the path on RVC. Hooray. He's arrived at a place where he can see a house number on RVC. Job done. He's still on the NEN call and can give the address to the dispatcher.
This is why he got out of the truck. Yes?
Does he give the address? No.
The dispatcher seems frustrated with Zimmerman's attempts to tell him where he is. The dispatcher asks if Zimmerman lives in the area, and if so what that address is. The dispatcher suggests that Zimmerman meet the incoming patrol car at the clubhouse mailboxes. Rather than now giving a house number on RVC (that he can now see), Zimmerman agrees to meet at the mailboxes.
Zimmerman suddenly changes and asks that the patrol call him on arrival to find out where he's at!!
Now boys and girls. Listen up!
The story so far:
Zimmerman can't tell where he is. He came to this part of RVC solely so he could get a house number on the only street name that he can remember.
He is now standing at the only position that he would be able to describe accurately to the dispatcher/cops. That is the only reason he came here.
The only logical thing to do it to stay exactly where he is until the cops arrive.
The reasonable thing to do is to give the address to the dispatcher so that there is no delay caused by the patrol ringing Zimmeman to ask him for an address.
But no. Zimmerman has clearly suddenly decided that he's not going to be at that address on RVC when the cops arrive. The whole point of going there was to get that address. Without that address, he can't tell anybody where he is.
He says he decided to go back to the truck.
He is still on the NEN call. He's just changed from an agreement to meet at the mailboxes ( a short distance beyond his truck). The logical thing to do is to tell the dispatcher that he is heading back. Does he do that? No.
Because he's going to be somewhere unknown as yet.
He wants the incoming patrol to ring him .... aaaaaaannnd..... he's going to tell them where he is.
He says he went to RVC because that was the only way he could describe where he was.
That sudden change of plan at he end of the NEN call indicates that he noticed something. The 2 minute 30 second gap before the 911 call connects indicates that he went to check it out. All of a sudden he wants the patrol to ring him as he's not sure where he's going to be when they ring.
If he actually was at the end of the path on RVC, why not give the dispatcher the address?
How did he think he could all of a sudden tell anyone where he was?
Isn't this "going for an address" story just some elephant poop made up after the fact to turn "following" into "going in the same direction"?
Elephant.3 - The Clubhouse CCTV (and Frank Taaffe)The position of Zimmerman's truck, when he got out of it, has been a mystery. In his call, Zimmerman's directions place it somewhere in the East-West run of Twin Trees.
The precise position is of interest to anyone trying to reconstruct the movements of Zimmerman and Martin from the narrative in the call. The time intervals for the movements are fixed to the second from the call. It is possible to make reasonable estimates of distances covered at slow walk, fast walk and jogging in those intervals. Such distances are estimates only, but they do serve to put outer limits on distances travelled.
I began such an exercise in order to point out to someone that even if running, Zimmerman was still in Twin Trees when he said "OK" to "We don't need you to do that".
That simple exercise developed into the table of estimated distances that I used in the Maps page back in the days before the video of Zimmerman's Walk Through was released. I used the table to estimate a position for the truck by reference to distances from the T-junction.
Back then, the only indication we had of the truck position was Frank Taaffe's description - who said he got it from Zimmerman. He had the truck on the North side of Twin Trees and facing the clubhouse - meaning that Zimmerman would have driven in and made a U-turn to park and make his call.
It just so happened that the table of estimates that I had developed worked wonderfully when put on a map for the position indicated by Taaffe. Martin approaching from the Clubhouse and walking past the truck - changing to a run - Zimmerman out of the truck - jogging (those 'wind' noises) until he gets to the pathway area and slowing naturally there.
But then, the Walk Through video is released and has Zimmerman first-hand giving a position for the first time (that I know of).
He says that he initiated the call while parked at the front of the clubhouse. He then drives into Twin Trees after Martin and parks - a little East of the position indicated by Taffe, but facing East away from the clubhouse.
This isn't a big deal as far as the distances for Zimmerman getting out of the truck are concerned. It is more of a big deal for Zimmerman's credibility, as the timed narrative and background noises of the call do not support the story of the call starting at the clubhouse front. In addition, Martin would have to be walking while in sight of Zimmerman but running just for the time that Zimmerman could not see him between the clubhouse and Twin Trees. Additionally, Martin would have had to arrive (walking slowly) at the clubhouse within seconds of Zimmerman (driving) for the times to work. There are also problems in making the Walk Through description of Martin disappearing and then reappearing at the T-junction fit the timed narration from the call.
On top of that, if any credence is to be given to Dee Dee's description of Martin saying the he was sheltering in a 'mailbox place' then this is impossible if we accept Zimmerman's walk-through narrative because Martin would have had to run from the Clubhouse to the East end of Twin Trees - and on a track that missed the mailboxes.
But then..... along comes an elephant.
Some brave souls have gone to the trouble of doing some very detailed analysis of the collection of CCTV records from the clubhouse.
Watching some of the Zimmerman police interview videos can be like watching paint dry. Watching the CCTV is like watching a movie about watching paint dry.
The images are not the highest quality and are timelapsed at about a second.
The analysis indicates that Zimmerman never parked at the front of the Clubhouse as he says in the Walk Through. It indicates movements of Zimmermans truck along Retreat View Circle, past the clubhouse and back - stopping at the mailboxes - - and then...........
.... driving into Twin Trees, making a U-turn and parking to face the clubhouse
....... exactly as Frank Taaffe had previously described Zimmerman telling him back in February.
Whatever about the analysis of lights detected on Retreat View Circle, the pool area video seems clear on a vehicle entering Twin Trees and making a U-turn at a time matching the beginning of Zimmerman's call. If this can be proven to be Zimmerman by elimination of other vehicles, it's very damaging to Zimmerman's story.
This would mean that my Maps page - that I thought had become redundant if we accepted the Walk Through - again becomes spot on -- so I'd better update it to retract the retraction :)
The analysis is described and linked in a bcclist.com comment:
The meat of that is:
June 25, 2012 at 12:21 am I’ve completed the analysis of the clubhouse videos.
My figures are there: http://imgur.com/a/bcAII.
The main points are:
1) No vehicle stopped at the front of the clubhouse. This is a major contradiction of GZ’s statement.
2) There is a small traffic increase in front of the clubhouse between 7:06 & 7:09. The second vehicle seen during that 2min period looks like GZ’s Honda Ridgeline and it goes toward the north entrance. This would be 3min earlier than what he stated and reenacted.
3) At 7:08 a vehicle stops for 10sec by the mailboxes then proceeds toward the back entrance. It makes a U turn on TTL and stops facing west shining the pool with its headlights at about 7:09. This can only be GZ and it is another discrepancy with GZ’s reenactment/statement.
It looks like GZ drove around the gated community for about 2min passing by the clubhouse 5x before stopping at the mailboxes for 10sec and finally parking further east after a U-turn so that he could face the mailboxes right before calling SPD.
The videos are in fact very important as they prove that GZ observed TM for 3 minutes before calling SPD. Even if this is a much shorter time than what I was stating in my previous posts (up to 25min), it still remain a fact that George Zimmerman started stalking Trayvon Martin before calling 911. By stopping 10sec by the mailboxes where Trayvon was, George Zimmerman becomes the one who started the confrontation about 8min before the scuffle.
That bit highlighed above is very interesting
"At 7:08 a vehicle stops for 10sec by the mailboxes then proceeds toward the back entrance. It makes a U turn on TTL and stops facing west shining the pool with its headlights at about 7:09"There is no record of any other vehicle moving in Twin Trees at the time. Zimmerman certainly doesn't mention one on the call or in any statements. No witness has come forward or been traced as being that vehicle,
The NEN call connected at 7:09:11
It could well have happened as Frank Taaffe says Zimmerman told him:
Zimmerman in his truck in Twin Trees, parked facing the clubhouse. He calls the NEN. Martin approaches (on his route home) from the direction of the clubhouse. This would explain why we don't hear anything on the NEN call that would be Zimmerman reversing out from the front of the Clubhouse and driving into Twin Trees.
Frank Taaffe claimed that Zimmerman described Martin approaching the truck parked in Twin Trees from the clubhouse direction (i.e. from the mailboxes).
DeeDee describes Martin as sheltering in the mailbox structure.
The problem for Zimmerman's Walk-Through account is that the times logged in the NEN call do not allow for Martin to even pass through the mailboxes , nevermind even pause there briefly.
Why on earth would Zimmerman in the Walk-Through claim that he began the NEN at the front of the Clubhouse? My guess is that he is talking up his invention of the dispatcher pressing him to get to a place where he can see "the suspect". He claims that these demands from the dispatcher happened twice. First when Martin walks past him a the Clubhouse - and second when Martin went down the central path.
It's insane. He seems oblivious to the fact that the NEN is recorded and timed -- and that it includes all the background sounds.