My cop friend tells me that there are three kinds of people he never trusts: junkies, hookers and snitches. They are con artists, he tells me. Plain truth.
But hold on, I say here and now. Consider this:
Shailey Tripp, who many of you know from Gryphen's blog, is a woman who readily admits to accepting money for providing sex. And today she has posted a new story on her BLOG in which she has something to say about her 2010 arrest and info the Anchorage Police Department released about it.
Shailey's blog tells the back story. And it links to other sources. For now, here's what I can say. I am looking at Shailey's arrest records, which I have copies of right here in my hands, including reports written by at least four officers who were part of the vice squad unit that busted her. As Shailey points out, at least one officer did indeed list as part of the items seized during a search of Shailey's office, "books with client phone numbers in them." In the Property & Evidence report, I can see that a 1) Notebook 2) Datebook 3) Ledger 4) credit card machine 5) multiple cell phones were taken by police. I don't presume to know whose names were in those books or which clients Shailey knew. I only know that I see what she's saying in her blog post to be true on that score.
Furthermore, she makes the point that the bust was not the result of an investigation into prostitution initiated by the APD based on Internet advertisements. I have copies of those ads and can readily see Shailey's phone number on them. They were dated February 2010. No doubt they played a part in the investigation.
But I can also see the APD report, #10-3948 dated January 24, 2010, written by a known officer, stating the names, addresses, phone numbers, DOB, eye and hair color, and license numbers of two women who filed complaints a full six weeks before Tripp's arrest. And at least two weeks before the Internet and newspaper ads appeared.
Perhaps people had reason to complain. Perhaps these pieces of the investigation were all parts of a whole. But her blog post today lines up, at least for me, at least for now. Just sayin'.