Patricia Cornwell biography - Crimes, bribery, scandal and mental illness, background of upcoming felony indictments
Dr. Les Sachs
02 Oct 2004 11:16 GMT
The definitive biography of George Bush family friend Patricia Cornwell published to date, detailing key background for Cornwell's bribery scandal with U.S. Federal Judge Robert Payne, including Patricia Cornwell's 12 year history of gifts, money, and influence buying with FBI agents; her 20 year friendship with the Bush family, history of other offenses, and mental illness
The Patricia Cornwell Biography -
Crimes, Bribery, Scandal and Mental Illness
by Dr. Les Sachs
The upcoming indictment of Patricia Cornwell could be the celebrity trial of the decade.
How is it that America's famous millionaire crime writer, has become in real life, a documented criminal who finances court bribery, buys influence with FBI agents, hires people to conduct extortion and threats of murder, and uses her political connections to cover for crimes of terror? Here is a biography to help answer this question.
"I literally could kill someone and get away with it" - Patricia Cornwell
(quoted in Vanity Fair, May 1997)
Patricia Cornwell, celebrity author of crime novels; and a miserable, mentally tormented, but very rich woman ($125 million and counting); is already known as the origin of much harm and destruction to many other people. These include past lovers and friends, and also a good portion of just about everyone who has known her.
The troubled and unhappy Patricia Cornwell has influenced other people into an amazing list of situations: divorce, theft, kidnapping, bribery, fraud, extortion, threats of murder, a gunfight, the destruction of careers, lawsuits, prison sentences, attacks on free speech and freedom of the press, the funding of terror, and a right-wing criminal attempt to undermine the U.S. Constitution, to name some well-documented events in which Cornwell has been involved over the years.
And the destruction is far from over. Before Cornwell's total of real life victims can be fully tallied, it looks like there may be a lot more people going to prison, including Cornwell herself. Cornwell may also be the cause of the resignation or impeachment of a federal judge in one of the most embarrassing federal bribery scandals in United States history.
For a number of months, Patricia Cornwell has been quietly preparing with her lawyers behind a wall of silence, for the prospect of felony indictments that could send Cornwell to prison until she is in her 60s, in the now well-known bribery scandal with the hilariously corrupt U.S. Federal Judge Robert Payne ("Judge Robert Payne is my name, Federal bribery is my game.") The Patricia Cornwell bribery scandal is well known and documented on the internet, as well as at FBI headquarters. A very brief summary of this scandal also follows below in Cornwell's biography chronology.
Not just wealth, but the highest political connections
- 20 year friend of the George Bush presidential family
- Lesbian affair with an FBI agent, and ties with highly placed FBI officials; also several scandals with FBI employees
- 12 year history of money, gifts, favors to FBI agents which buy influence, protection, access, a cover-up of her crimes
Cornwell is not just rich. She has cultivated huge, enormous political connections inside America, which is part of the reason she was bold enough to commit serious crimes, and why she is so boastful about being able to get away with murder if she chooses. She will certainly need all these connections now.
Patricia Cornwell has been a personal friend of the presidential Bush family for 20 years, most notably through Barbara Bush, wife of the first President Bush, whom Patricia Cornwell met in the early 1980s. Cornwell has also had a good friend of President Bush, former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore, living in her Virginia mansion, and sleeping in Cornwell's bedroom there.
Patricia Cornwell holds extreme right-wing and, at times, even neo-nazi views of politics and power, and is a major contributor to Bush's Republican party. A particular friend of Cornwell's is extreme right wing Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah. Patricia Cornwell has even dedicated books to Senator Hatch ("The Body Farm", 1994) and to Barbara Bush, "with love" ("Point of Origin", 1998).
Patricia Cornwell is obsessed with themes of violence and power. And she has turned her wealth and celebrity status, into a tool for the abuse of power with America's government and law enforcement agencies. Patricia Cornwell loves to be that uniquely powerful person who uses connections, influence and bribery to get very special favors. Cornwell's ultimate favor that she seeks and gets, is the favor of committing crimes and getting away with them, crimes that became ever more serious as time went on.
Patricia Cornwell has played the most high-stakes of all power games - committing enormous felonies, crimes for which she could spend life in prison, in the gamble that her political connections will keep her safe regardless.
Patricia Cornwell has a particularly strong, deeply-connected, but also scandal-ridden relationship to America's Federal Bureau of Investigation, or FBI. Cornwell very quickly began to help destroy careers at the FBI, but nonetheless was able to maintain unique access to America's top law enforcement agency. These FBI connections very much emboldened the criminal side of Cornwell's nature, and Cornwell now hopes these connections will preserve her, as her biggest crimes and offenses are now exposed to the public.
When Cornwell was beginning her series of crime novels at the beginning of the 1990s, she had also befriended an FBI agent in Richmond, Ed Sulzbach, who provided the introductions that led to Cornwell's long and deep involvement with that agency, and in particular at the FBI's famous Quantico training facility in northern Virginia. An even more powerful contact cultivated by Cornwell after she met him was Tony Daniels, for a time the Assistant director of the FBI in charge of Quantico.
Patricia Cornwell's first well-known lesbian affair was with FBI agent Marguerite or "Margo" Bennett, who was teaching communications at Quantico. Margo Bennett was married to Eugene Bennett, another FBI agent, and had two children. Patricia Cornwell has admitted in interviews that she has given money and gifts and done favors for these two FBI agents - which is important as a part of Cornwell's broader history of bribing government officials, and as a part of Cornwell's influence at the FBI regarding the cover-up of her own crimes.
The aftermath of Cornwell's 1991-92 affair with FBI agent Margo Bennett, was that the FBI careers of both Margo and her husband were ruined; their marriage and family life was destroyed; and Eugene Bennett was twice sentenced to prison, the second time in 1997. Eugene Bennett remains in prison to this day, after a kidnapping and gunfight as part of his attempt to murder Margo.
Patricia Cornwell was named in the court papers as the person whose adulterous lesbian affair with Margo, was the cause of the destruction of their marriage, and also of pushing Eugene Bennett into a murderous rage. Cornwell had encouraged Margo Bennett to end her marriage, and also encouraged Margo to snitch out her husband to the FBI on vengeful claims of expense-padding, claims which led to the termination of both of their FBI careers ,and to the first of Eugene Bennett's prison sentences.
Another major scandal with an FBI agent, involved Cornwell's relationship with famous FBI behavioral scientist Bob Ressler. Ressler is the veteran profiler of numerous famous murderers, including Charles Manson, Sirhan Sirhan, the Son of Sam and John Wayne Gacy. Cornwell was introduced to Ressler in 1990, with the idea that Cornwell would help develop a book on Ressler's life and work. After a number of meetings, it was clear the relationship between them was sour. Disliking each other, they did not pursue the book project further.
During their meetings, Cornwell had demanded to see material that hadn't been seen before by the public. In 1995, the United States Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Ressler, claiming that secret documents in FBI files had been illegally provided to Patricia Cornwell. They went after Ressler, but Cornwell's FBI "friends" left her untouched for the crime of receiving stolen FBI documents.
This, of course, is just one of several scandals of theft of secret government documents and illegal government influence involving Cornwell. And for long-standing FBI veteran Ressler, the brief relationship with Cornwell, was for him, as for other victims of Cornwell, the encounter that caused dramatic harm and destruction to his life.
It is a testimony to Patricia Cornwell's political power and connections, that she has been able to maintain influence and access at the FBI despite her involvement in several huge legal and criminal scandals with FBI employees. Despite the fact Cornwell had an adulterous lesbian affair with one agent, and demolished the reputations or careers of several FBI employees, and despite the fact Cornwell was named by the FBI itself as a recipient of stolen FBI documents, despite the fact Cornwell admits to giving money, gifts and favors to FBI agents to acquire influence, Cornwell was nonetheless able to maintain highly privileged access to FBI employees, facilities and personnel.
Cornwell long remained a highly welcome celebrity visitor at FBI's famous Quantico, attending confidential events with FBI agents, despite the fact she is a known security and criminal risk. With Cornwell having FBI "friends", the FBI has been stalling on known felony crimes by Cornwell, despite full FBI files on a long history of criminal scandal involving Cornwell.
Patricia Cornwell - mentally disturbed since childhood
Patricia Cornwell had a difficult childhood and comes from a family haunted by mental illness and destruction, setting the pattern for Patricia Cornwell's entire life. Both Patricia Cornwell and her mother have a history of being committed into mental hospitals for their psychological disturbances.
Patricia Cornwell was abandoned in delayed sequence by both of her parents, first by her father, and then by her mother. Today, Patricia Cornwell is still filled with malice and hatred, and directs that hatred toward many people who have been close to her or come in contact with her. In talking to Cornwell at length, you find her quickly full of venom for what seems like most everyone in her past. The main character in Patricia Cornwell's novels is troubled by intimacy, but very attached to guns, death, power, and images of violence. This is also the nature of Patricia Cornwell herself in real life.
Patricia was born on 9 June 1956, as Patricia Daniels, one of three children of Sam and Marilyn Daniels of Miami, Florida. ('Cornwell' is a name from Patricia's marriage, before she recognized her lesbianism.) Patricia's father Sam Daniels was a lawyer, now deceased. Patricia spent her first few years in Florida, in a rocky home where Sam abused his wife. At the age of about 5 or 6, according to Cornwell, she was assaulted in a sexually molesting way by a Florida security guard.
Around the time of the molestation incident, Sam Daniels abandoned Cornwell and the rest of the family. When Cornwell was about 7, her mother Marilyn Daniels, who sometimes worked as a secretary, moved the family to the small town of Montreat, North Carolina, not far from Asheville.
Montreat did have one great celebrity in town, the famous Bible-thumping evangelist preacher Billy Graham, who lived there on an estate with his wife Ruth. Ruth Graham would later introduce Cornwell to the George Bush family, and Ruth's life would become the subject of Cornwell's first book in 1983.
In North Carolina, it then became the turn of Patricia Cornwell's mother to abandon her. When Cornwell was 9, her mother, in the course of a series of nervous breakdowns, abandoned Patricia and her two brothers, onto the doorstep of Billy Graham's home. Although Cornwell was immediately shuttled off to a Christian foster home, it was the prosperous and influential Ruth Graham in her great estate house, that became the important adult image of Patricia Cornwell's childhood.
Young Patricia or "Patsy" Cornwell would go in and out of foster homes, as her mother went in and out of mental disturbances. As a teen, Patricia Cornwell, abandoned by both parents, and also feeling rejected by Ruth Graham because she was farmed out to lesser, smaller foster homes, developed her own pattern of mentally disturbed and obsessive-addictive behavior. The signs of Cornwell's fascination with crime and violence, were also showing as well at a young age.
Teen-age Patricia Cornwell was anorexic, bulimic, self-starving, and full of self-hatred, but she did get through high school, and had some success in sports. In the 1970s, when time came to go to college, Patricia was sent off to a small Christian Bible school, King College in Bristol, Tennessee near the Virginia border. There at King College, Patricia had a total emotional collapse, dropped out of school, and had one of the worst phases of her bulimic mental illness.
Patricia was then committed to a mental institution for two months, to pull herself back from the edge of starving and vomiting herself to death.
After a while getting herself back together, Patricia Cornwell, showing an early ability to influence other people, met someone who was able to wrangle her an admission to Davidson College, whose entrance requirements normally wouldn't allow for a failed dropout like Patricia.
At Davidson, Cornwell studied English, and attached herself strongly to several English faculty members. Already, Patricia made an obsessive project of influencing those who held some kind of power that could be used for Patricia's purposes. One of the English professors was named Charles Cornwell, 17 years older than Patricia.
Not long after graduating from Davidson in 1979, Patricia married this Charles Cornwell, and so obtained the last name that she still uses. An acknowledged lesbian today, Patricia now speaks of her ex-husband as a conquest, one more sign of Patricia's power at a young age. In interviews Patricia talks about her seduction of this long-time bachelor professor, as something in which the older man had no choice.
Patricia Cornwell's origins are in the right-wing, Bible-belt, conservative South of the United States, and Cornwell's political and social views are clearly evolved from those same Bible-thumping, redneck, "white trash" origins. Patricia Cornwell shows the full spectrum of southern traditional values, the obsessive talk of law 'n' order and putting people in their place, identifying herself with the white cops who can shoot people dead.
And at the same time, Patricia Cornwell may be the ultimate representative of Southern good ol' boy (or girl) corruption. She preaches publicly about cops and law 'n' order, while at the same time using every crooked courthouse angle and bribed public official to get things done like she wants, outside the law. Cornwell's inspiration is the kind of Southern white crook who gets rich enough to buy the whole town, like Patricia Cornwell did when she was able to buy the whole state of Virginia, including its governor, its judges and its police, and even the local FBI, enabling her to commit whatever crimes she wanted.
Interestingly, Cornwell herself admits that before she realized she was a lesbian, she also was the typical gay-bashing, lesbian-hating, white Southern girl. It seems that it was not till the later 1980s, when Cornwell's marriage fell apart, that Patricia Cornwell's lesbianism finally flowered; and not till the mid-90s that Cornwell was publicly talking about it. Before then, Cornwell was as willing to spew homophobic insults and venom at lesbians, just like other Southern women of her background.
Cornwell's early years also showed the self-hating, addictive-obsessive involvement with alcohol and drugs that permanently afflicts her. Over the years, Cornwell get an extra kick by mixing the drugs prescribed for her mental problems with alcohol, like her sometimes favored alcohol - Prozac cocktail.
Patricia Cornwell's alcohol problem seems to be permanent. Her psychiatric label finally settled down into that of being manic-depressive, for which Cornwell has taken lithium. Patricia Cornwell is acknowledged by the people around her as involved with the expensive drugs that she can easily afford. At times Cornwell does look like the longtime drug user and drinker, still an unhappy, beat-up, redneck woman, visibly someone who has been drunk and high and messed up on pills far too many times in her life.
Cornwell the lesbian vs. Cornwell the Southern white Christian
Recognizing her own lesbianism did not liberate Cornwell, in the way this has liberated other lesbians. The self-discovery of her own gay identity did not bring her peace. For the mentally unstable and insecure Cornwell, still attached to the white Southern Bible belt mentality, becoming an active lesbian just shifted the way that the lines of pain and torment were drawn inside her head.
The pain and conflict of Patricia Cornwell about her adult sexual identity, is a key to the whole psychology of Cornwell's foray into major felony crime. Very sadly, Cornwell's lesbianism did not go along with Cornwell acquiring other progressive and positive features to her personality. Patricia Cornwell did not move out to San Francisco or some other progressive place, and start hanging out with cool, progressive, open-minded people.
Instead, Patricia Cornwell stayed in the South, with all its overtones of Bible-belt Christian, right-wing, anti-gay conservative mentality. Though many gay people do all right in the South, it still does take some inner self-esteem and confidence to be gay, while living in that gay-bashing redneck Bible belt. But self-esteem and inner confidence are what Cornwell does not have.
The tension inside Cornwell, between her lesbianism, and her right-wing Southern Christian affiliations, pushed Cornwell into trying to become a lesbian version of the right-wing, bigoted, powerful, crooked Southern male. Far more significant than the male-style clothes and shoes she began to wear, Patricia Cornwell also began trying to make herself into a male-style right wing, neo-fascist crooked bigot. Like all the Adolf Hitlers of the world, the mentally insecure Cornwell began craving criminal power over other people, to hide her own feelings of inadequacy and of not belonging anywhere.
For Patricia Cornwell, the key moment in her life, as is obvious from Cornwell's talk about it, took place when she had been that 9 year old, unwanted little girl. First abandoned by her father a few years earlier, and then abandoned by her mother, Cornwell was put at the door of a great grand Southern home, the home of the most famous people in the entire area, and Cornwell saw the famous Ruth Graham there, Ms. White Southern Bible herself, opening the door to a heaven in which Cornwell could never belong.
Patricia Cornwell still envies that house, that woman. She wants to be a part of a house and life like that, but yet knows she can never fit there. Patricia Cornwell, world famous celebrity lesbian, may now be richer than Ruth and Billy Graham ever were, but as a lesbian, Cornwell will never be the admired, securely situated White Christian Southern Woman (or Man).
And despite Cornwell's having become a Rich White Southern Powerful Person, she still is unable to possess a true Ruth Graham in her life, Cornwell feels she can never can be worthy of that great Southern lady at the door. Cornwell remains trapped in her own tortured mind: self-hating, lonely, thrown out of one family home, and not worthy to enter another.
Patricia Cornwell has locked herself in a mental trap from which she cannot escape. This conflict inside Cornwell, between being a celebrity lesbian, and trying also be a right-wing, man-style, white Christian Southern Republican, is an endless war in Cornwell's brain, it is the recipe of Cornwell's self-destruction and psychological doom. It has sunk Cornwell's ability to relate to others with any comfort or authenticity or good will.
Cornwell feels in advance that everyone will abandon her, just like her father, and mother, and Ruth Graham. Cornwell never stops fearing that the lesbian lovers who enjoy her money and favors now, secretly despise her, just like so many other people. Cornwell knows that the cops and judges that she has bribed, the lawyers and FBI agents she has paid, they will all abandon her in the end, scorning Cornwell with contempt, despite all the money she paid, all the favors she did them.
Patricia Cornwell gave up being heterosexual, but she did not give up the rest of the fantasy package, of being the great Southern White Christian who is admired by nearly everyone, like Ruth and Billy Graham. This is why Cornwell is so utterly fanatic and ferocious about her right-wing Republican politics, about her obsession with power, trying to become the most powerful Southern white person in America.
Cornwell's neurotic emotions drive her on to seek ever more power, in the hope she will finally have enough sheer might, to make her Southern redneck fantasy come true. But though Cornwell can buy judges and politicians and FBI agents, even though Cornwell can purchase terror and destruction for other people, Cornwell still remains helpless to buy any answer to her emotional pain.
In the same way that Adolf Hitler tried to be much more obsessively and purely German than the Prussian aristocrats of the Kaiser era, even though Hitler could never be a German like them; Patricia Cornwell is trying to be more right-wing, more conservative, more attached to the mechanisms of government power, than the Christian white Southern women and men whom Cornwell can never be, no matter how hard she tries, no matter how rich she gets.
Cornwell's money and power just make everything worse. Cornwell is ferocious. She's the big Republican campaign contributor. She's friends with the governor, he's sleeping in her mansion. She's friends with the family of the President of the United States. Friends with the big right-wing senators. She can buy and bribe FBI agents and U.S. federal judges. The whole Bush Republican party is glad to take her money. Patricia Cornwell talks politics like an ultra-right-wing extremist, forever attaching herself to cops and other symbols of right-wing power.
But at the same time Cornwell knows that all these right-wing politicians secretly scorn her. Like the right wing Judge Robert Payne, who played the bribery game with Cornwell, but still sneered at her, laughing with the lawyers that she was "our dyke bitch Cornwell" as the judge enacted the favors for which Cornwell was paying. John Ashcroft's Justice Department has done Cornwell the favor of stalling her criminal prosecution, but it probably makes the anti-gay Ashcroft pretty sick to be covering up for the famous celebrity lesbian, no matter how much Republican campaign money she's contributed.
And Cornwell knows too that she cannot be fully a part of America's largely progressive lesbian community, because she is funding and backing and befriending all these anti-gay goons of the Bush Republican party. Cornwell knows that most other lesbians would despise her for this, and despise her even more, for the long series of wrongs Cornwell has committed, for all Cornwell's hatreds and deviousness.
Rich as Cornwell is now, and full of hatred and conflict inside of herself, the drugs and alcohol weighing on her, Cornwell has no way of knowing which of the people around her are just out to get her money. And given that she has committed such despicable crimes, why would anyone really like Patricia Cornwell anyway?
Marriage, rape, a boob job, and lots of dead bodies
As a result of Cornwell's careful nurturing of her teachers at the Davidson College English department, after her 1979 graduation one of the teachers at Davidson helped Cornwell to get a job with the Charlotte Observer, a local North Carolina newspaper. Cornwell became a crime reporter, her first major adult involvement with the worlds of law enforcement, criminals and corpses.
During this period of her life, Cornwell completed her pursuit of her ex-teacher Charles Cornwell and married him. Also, and very significantly, Cornwell says that while she was crime reporting in North Carolina, she was raped by a highly powerful male figure in law enforcement. Cornwell will still not reveal the name of the man she says raped her.
This is a very highly significant story told by Cornwell, far beyond the fact that it is yet another case of the young Cornwell being sexually molested. It is really interesting that now, with Patricia Cornwell so incredibly rich, and so incredibly well-connected to government and law enforcement, even having a gaggle of FBI agents being submissive to her, Patricia Cornwell still speaks in a sort of fear about this rapist from long ago.
With Cornwell still refusing to name this "powerful man in law enforcement", she is, in a way, still honoring the rapist. This little story, in microcosm, contains Cornwell's view of how America really works. The way that Cornwell tells it is very significant.
Patricia Cornwell has not become a role model for other rape victims, someone who brings hope to other women. With Cornwell's $125 million fortune and powerful connections, surrounded by guns and bodyguards, one would expect that Cornwell would be finally able to confront this rapist from her past, and make the evildoer confront his crime.
But no. The wealthy Cornwell speaks of this rapist as somehow still able to get away with his crime, someone of whom she still has fear, because he is a "powerful man in law enforcement". The moral of her story, in other words, is that if you have the power of government at your disposal, you can get away with rape. Or murder. Or other serious crimes.
And indeed Patricia Cornwell has become someone like that rapist. Patricia Cornwell herself has those powerful connections in law enforcement and government: the Bush family, an assistant FBI director, a federal judge who will take bribes from her. Patricia Cornwell is that person, now, who can rape someone else and get away with it.
Patricia Cornwell, feeling herself the victim of evil, feels the answer to that, is to become so powerful she can commit evil crimes herself. And to prove it, she did commit these crimes, bribing a federal judge, subverting the federal courts and even the Constitution of the United States, counting on her whole set of political and law enforcement connections to keep her safe.
In Cornwell's mental world, the thing that counts is power - not justice, not goodness, but naked, nazi-style power. The power of money, the power of guns, the power of the government. She still is in awe of this "powerful man in law enforcement" who supposedly raped her. She does not seek justice about the crime; she remains in awe. And now Patricia Cornwell is the one bragging how she can get away with murder.
Cornwell worked at the Charlotte Observer until 1981. Then, her husband had a dramatic change of heart, shortly after marrying the strange Cornwell. Yet another example of Cornwell's habit of utterly destroying people's former lives after they meet her.
Charles Cornwell abandoned his cozy career as a college English professor, and decided to become a Protestant clergyman. Patricia Cornwell, trying then to be the good Southern wife, gave up her career to move to Richmond, Virginia, where Charles Cornwell began a long program of seminary studies.
It was in the context of Patricia Cornwell's relationship with Charles Cornwell, that Patsy had the first of several plastic surgery procedures, several on her breasts but also eventually on her nose too. Apparently the initial impulse to change her boobs, was Patricia attempting to cater to the desires of the Protestant preacher-to-be.
Patricia Cornwell took this period of sudden unemployment, as the chance to write her first book, a biography of preacher Billy Graham's wife, Ruth, who had opened the door to gaze on little abandoned child Patricia so many years earlier. Ruth was at first opposed to co-operating in the idea, but finally gave in to Cornwell's persistent sales pitches. But that was a yielding that Ruth very much regretted.
Ruth came to feel very exploited by Patricia, and things got very hostile before the book project was finished. The book was published in 1983 as "A Time for Remembering". The book led to estrangement between Patricia Cornwell and Ruth Graham for eight years.
While Patricia's husband Charles was getting his career as a preacher underway, Patricia began to once again pursue her ghoulish interest in cops, crime and corpses. Strange creature that Cornwell is, she began to hang around the Richmond morgue, and made the acquaintance of Virginia government forensic pathologist Marcella Fierro in 1984.
Fierro would be the role model for Cornwell's main character Kay Scarpetta in the crime novels she would start to publish in the 1990s. Fierro, like much else in Cornwell's writing, is significant also for being part of the general truth that Patricia Cornwell has a hard time being truly original.
Most all of Patricia Cornwell's writing is imitating some person or event or document, to a greater or lesser degree. Sometimes the imitation is loose. Sometimes, it is downright plagiarism. But Cornwell's writing is very consistently based on a copy of things that Patricia Cornwell has come across. Sometimes Patricia Cornwell changes things around, sometimes she copies and imitates things with hilarious obviousness.
Sometimes people are pleased to be copied by Patricia Cornwell, pleased like Marcella Fierro. But the medical examiner's office is where employees have given sworn statements about Cornwell distributing significant bribes and gifts. At other times, though, people get ticked off by being used by Cornwell. And Cornwell enjoys the chance to be a thug. If they get ticked off at her, Cornwell is willing to spend huge amounts of money to try to crush and destroy and silence them.
Cornwell will pay bribes, hire people to threaten to illegally jail and kill people, Cornwell has no scruples about the method. It is Cornwell's way, the way of ruthless power, the way of someone with a lot of money and crooked political connections and a criminal frame of mind. It is the way that makes Cornwell feel very powerful for a moment or two. More about this below.
A while after having met Marcella Fierro, Patricia Cornwell finally got herself into a job at the medical examiner's office, working on computers there and eventually participating much more broadly in the coroner's full range of activities, Cornwell relishing her opportunity with the endless stream of dead bodies. Cornwell worked there from 1985 to 1991, gathering the material that would be the basis of her early books and the start of her great wealth.
As Cornwell's experience with corpses increased, her marriage with Charles began to fade. Discussions of Charles' possible transfer to Texas for a preacher's position there, were the catalyst for separation and divorce for Cornwell at the end of the 1980s. Patricia Cornwell stayed on in Richmond, beginning her adventures of lesbianism and the route to literary stardom.
Violating murdered children, and filing a lawsuit against Madonna
The year 1991 was the turning point for Cornwell's writing career. Her second book and first crime novel, "Postmortem" appeared, became very successful, and started her off on her $125 million fortune.
That first crime novel solidified the pattern of Cornwell's not being fully original in her writing. "Postmortem" was Cornwell's fictional re-hash of the South Side Strangler murders that bedeviled Richmond in the late 1980s. The copying of real life murder events of real people in the neighborhood, making money from their tragedy, so offended one local Richmond bookseller, Charles Wilson of Volume I, that he refused to stock the book even as Cornwell was starting to get famous. It seems as well that this book of Cornwell's inspired a murder in Sarasota, Florida, where police felt the murder was a copycat of Cornwell's gruesome book.
"Postmortem" was quickly followed with the publication of another novel with the same main character Kay Scarpetta, "Body of Evidence". This latter book was, of course, again based on a real life murder investigation, that had taken place in Virginia's 'Tidewater' or southeast coastal region. "Body of Evidence" has a mentally disturbed character named Al Hunt who commits suicide. Al Hunt, however, is a real person. Al Hunt is a Wall Street Journal employee who had met Cornwell briefly, and refused to give her a job.
"Body of Evidence" is also important in another way. "Body of Evidence" was the occasion of a bogus lawsuit filed by Patricia Cornwell against pop star Madonna, which Cornwell filed to get publicity for herself. Madonna had a movie called "Body of Evidence" totally unrelated to Cornwell's book. Titles are not copyrightable under American law; legally, anyone can publish a book or movie with the same title on a different subject.
Cornwell filed the suit anyway, which ended with just a little note inserted in text in Madonna's film, saying that the film had nothing to do with Patricia Cornwell. As Cornwell quickly developed a reputation around Hollywood as someone disgusting (more about that below), Madonna was no doubt glad to disassociate herself from the strange right-wing Cornwell with her fetish for dead bodies.
Even though Patricia Cornwell wasn't working at the medical examiner's office anymore, she continued to maintain relationships there through gifts, bribes and favors, as has been documented in court affidavits. In violation of proper autopsy procedures and the rights of citizens, Patricia Cornwell, novelist looking for material to copy and steal, was given open access to confidential facilities, and to secret and confidential government files.
Patricia Cornwell committed one of her gravest crimes while kibitzing there with the Virginia coroners. She stole the private autopsy reports of the murdered children of two families, the victims in the well known New Kent Parkway rest stop murders in October 1989. Patricia Cornwell copied, essentially verbatim, the secret autopsy reports on victims Annamaria Phelps and Daniel Lauer, ruthlessly exploiting this tragedy to create Cornwell's third book, "All That Remains", in 1992.
Patricia Cornwell, completely illegally, violated the privacy of the murdered children of the two families, without any permission or compensation. The plagiarism is ice-cold crystal clear, no shadow of a doubt about it, and confirmed by expert witness written statement. Anybody who reads the material in the autopsy report, or looks at the passages in Cornwell's novel, reaches the same conclusion. The autopsy reports in this case were private, and never entered into public record; under law, the only persons allowed to see them were official investigators, and the victims' families. Yet they were cheerfully handed to Cornwell as a reward for her bribes and gifts and favors.
Cornwell's violation of the privacy of the bodies of these murdered children, greatly magnified the horror of the murders to the grieving families. The families had to suffer seeing Cornwell's face all over the place, a wealthy celebrity, making money upon their children's murder, stealing their confidential family medical documents from a government office and copying it into her supposedly "fictional" novel.
Cornwell has a chirpy response to the proof of plagiarism when you confront her, she says her books are not "based on" real events and documents, just "inspired by", as if that explains away direct verbatim plagiarism and copying.
Cornwell, with her political and FBI connections, her bribery and gifts to cops and officials, and her celebrity status and sudden wealth, had very quickly became a powerful figure in Virginia. This enabled her to steamroll people, like the grieving families with the murdered children. Nonetheless, with the evidence being so blatant of Cornwell's crimes, one Virginia lawyer finally did have a momentary flash of courage, and prepared a lawsuit against Cornwell on behalf of the grieving families. That lawsuit was finally filed in 1998.
For her own defense, Cornwell was introduced to an oily, lying, good ol' boy stereotype of a Southern lawyer, Conrad Shumadine of Norfolk's Willcox & Savage law firm, a lawyer with a reputation as a "sleazebag" but with excellent connections to Virginia judges. The case against Cornwell by the grieving families continued for a short time, enabling the lawyers to rack up some good-sized fees. The law was clear, the facts were clear, Cornwell was guilty as hell, and the case made headlines.
But then the case suddenly disappeared, very mysteriously. All of a sudden the judge reversed himself, and dismissed the whole case, leaving the families with nothing. The lawyer for the grieving families, Scott Crowley, himself now evacuated from Virginia, is very clear about what happened: Shumadine used Cornwell's money to bribe the judge and make the case go away.
This bribery seems to have given Patricia Cornwell a thrill of power, bribing a judge to gain a phony court victory for herself. It must have been a very satisfying and erotic pleasure for Cornwell, because shortly afterwards, Cornwell spent a half million dollars to do it again, paying to bribe a federal judge in a case involving the U.S. Constitution.
This judge in the 1998 case on Cornwell's violation of murdered children, was just a local Virginia judge, but this case, led to Cornwell's willingness to spend money in the later bribery scandal with federal Judge Robert Payne. And it was the same Norfolk lawyer, Conrad Shumadine - whom Judge Payne calls "our boy Shumadine" - who is a key legal figure in the proven federal bribery crimes for which Cornwell now faces indictment.
Cornwell, Hollywood, Demi Moore, and Cornwell Chasing Jodie Foster
Being rich increased Cornwell's opportunity for weird and criminal behavior. Of course, there was all the government bribery and stealing government files going on with Cornwell, as described above. Her wealth was the beginning of Cornwell's long history of gifts, bribes and favors to help Cornwell manipulate FBI agents and other government officials. But there was also Cornwell's personal weirdness, growing ever deeper.
A 1994 article by Joan Edwards in Richmond magazine, gives a glimpse of how unpleasant it is to be around Patricia Cornwell. "I am very moved" by violence, declares Cornwell. Cornwell also admits she has a "tyrannical streak", and is obsessively seeking to control and dominate others.
Cornwell is rich, but clearly miserable, even desperate. "I feel like I am in prison so much of the time," says Cornwell, finding no way out of the ugly captivity in her own tormented mind. She can't succeed relating to people, nor even to animals. "I failed at even having dogs," says Cornwell
Cornwell's mind is filled with dead bodies, and her real life is filled with guns, "a lot of guns" as USA Today said as far back as 1992, just when Cornwell started to have free money to spend. In August of 1992, Sandra McElwaine of Harper's Bazaar, wrote disturbingly how Cornwell frequently carries a gun from room to room even inside her own home.
With money, Cornwell started to hire staff and bodyguards, but ends up hating many of them. One female employee, Cynthia Stevens, sued the lesbian Cornwell for sexual harassment; the case of course disappeared. Patsy Cornwell is forever a misfit, expressions of hatred coming quickly to her lips, quoted in interviews defining former close friends as "evil".
With her wealth, the alcohol and drugs bedevil Cornwell even more. On 10 January 1993, in a post-New Year's drinking binge in California, Patricia Cornwell flipped a rented Mercedes while Cornwell was drunk driving. Luckily, no one was killed, and the sturdy Mercedes saved Cornwell. Cornwell was sentenced to a long term of probation, not quite being able to bribe her way totally out of that one. But California is not Virginia.
As Cornwell's crime novels started to sell, the possibility naturally arose of making movies out of some of them. Cornwell herself had started to spend time in California to taste some of the glamorous life there. But Los Angeles was an emotional disaster for Cornwell, and she wound up retreating back to crooked, redneck, bribery-laden Virginia, where Cornwell felt she knew how to play the power games.
Cornwell's agents put together some deals for possible movie projects, but Cornwell herself was a major sabotage of these projects. Cornwell demanded too much control over how the movies and scripts would be done, and people saw no reason to do things Cornwell's way. Cornwell's particular style of being petty, devious and domineering did not impress the California crowd, plus they could see that Cornwell was a total ignoramus about movies anyway. Cornwell was a big deal back in Virginia, but in Hollywood she was just another woman who had written a couple of books.
One of the actresses who briefly considered a role as Cornwell's main fictional character was Demi Moore. Cornwell later bragged about being in a hot tub with Demi and smoking cigars. Now, Demi Moore and Bruce Willis are part of the long list of people Cornwell hates.
The most bizarre episode from Cornwell's California jaunts, was her emotional crush upon actress Jodie Foster, who was also considered as a potential lead actress in a Cornwell movie script. Cornwell had a crush on Foster, and pursued her obsessively in a weird, stalking way that must have been very disturbing to Foster. This is described in a January 1997 Esquire article by Jeanette Wells, "Jodie, Jodie, Jodie".
Cornwell and Jodie Foster met briefly, but the meeting did not go well. Foster seems to have found Cornwell somewhat disgusting, and did not want to pursue the project further. Cornwell kept pursuing Foster, attaching herself to Jodie Foster's former tutor Irene Brafstein, after learning that Brafstein and Foster had remained friends. Just like with the FBI agents, Cornwell began offering sizeable bribes and gifts with the idea that Brafstein would induce Jodie to meet Cornwell again and start a relationship.
Cornwell's wealth, along with her success at bribing FBI agents and government officials, had given her a delusion of being powerful enough to have anything she chose to acquire, including Jodie Foster. It apparently took a good while for Cornwell to realize that her manipulation games with Brafstein wouldn't work, and Jodie was out of reach for her. The rejection by Jodie Foster, and the humiliating publication of Cornwell's pursuit of her, no doubt made Cornwell even more bitter toward the world, more desperate to seek power in other ways, to compensate for her self-disgust.
As the 1990's came to a close, her Hollywood foray a failure, Cornwell went back to identifying Virginia as her main home, though she traveled among several places and in fact was at home nowhere. She deepened the political and campaign contributions that made her more of a political force with Republicans and especially in Virginia, befriending Virginia's Governor of 1997-2001, Jim Gilmore. Gilmore, right-wing friend of George Bush, ended up renting Cornwell's Virginia mansion and sleeping in the same bedroom where Cornwell had trysted with lesbian lovers.
Cornwell's trademark, that of always manipulating people through use of either power or bribery, constantly shows itself. The bribes and gifts and favors that had made the whole Virginia FBI establishment submissive to Cornwell, was something Cornwell tried to use with reporters as well. Judy Bachrach wrote in the May 1997 Vanity Fair about Cornwell's offer to give her special favors if Bachrach wrote a good submissive article about her.
That approach didn't work with Bachrach, but it did work in a very important way, with Bill McKelway of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, a right wing Republican newspaper with close personal and political ties to Patricia Cornwell. Bill McKelway began writing articles praising Cornwell's wealth and power as far back as the mid-90s, kept on a leash and not having good access. McKelway knew he had to be nice to Cornwell, because she was friends with Gov. Gilmore, who was good friends with the newspaper's owners, and so on: The whole good ol' boy network that Cornwell owned in Virginia.
In the bribery scandal for which Patricia Cornwell now faces indictment, one of the major events in that scandal was the publication of a false "news" story on the front page of the Times-Dispatch, written by McKelway at the request of Cornwell's lawyers. McKelway, eager to do a favor for the Cornwell gang, fabricated a phony interview and phony quotations about someone he never met and never interviewed, composing the story exactly along the lines dictated by Cornwell's lawyers.
This phony front-page newspaper article was then used a few weeks later as the main "evidence" in the fake federal court trial purchased by Cornwell. McKelway's phony "interview" was used by a federal judge as the basis to immediately ban the freedom of speech of McKelway's (and Cornwell's) victim.
Today, Bill McKelway faces federal indictment for the crime of fabricating false evidence in a federal court case, yet another person whose life and reputation forever changed by his contact with Patricia Cornwell.
Cornwell the terrorist: Bribed judges and hired thugs
At the end of the 1990s, Cornwell was still writing books, books which according to many critics had been sinking in quality since those first few volumes. Even with all her access to FBI facilities and papers, and all those FBI agents enjoying the favors that Cornwell could provide, Cornwell was still having a hard time writing the stream of books for which she was being paid. Even the infamous Federal Judge Robert Payne, who faces impeachment for taking bribes from Cornwell's lawyers, declared that Cornwell's writing was "a load of crap".
"Load of crap" or not, Cornwell's books could still be hyped and sold by the millions. And even if Cornwell was blatantly plagiarising other people, as was proven in the 1998 lawsuit against her, she could use her political connections, her willingness to bribe judges and other people, and her stable of submissive FBI agents to get her out of a scrape. Cornwell definitely would pay big for other people to do her dirty work.
Now Patricia Cornwell is in the ultimate scandal of her life, the famous Patricia Cornwell bribery scandal with Federal Judge Robert Payne. This is a very large and wide ranging scandal that is very well documented on the web, the internet newsgroups and many other places. The extensive details of this scandal, a number of them absolutely hilarious, can be easily viewed on the internet, including the full text of some documents from courts and even the new Supreme Court judicial ethics committee, which has also gotten involved.
It is indeed a great powder keg of a scandal. Not only might Patricia Cornwell herself end up in prison, along with a number of sleazy lawyers and others, but the scandal has the potential for extremely permanent disgrace to the American legal system. The court fakery and fraud involved, the neo-nazi extortion by a federal judge and his thugs, all due to bribes by Patricia Cornwell, is nothing less than astonishing. Very significantly, Cornwell's crimes are a direct attack on the Constitution itself.
Patricia Cornwell paid a reported half million dollars not just for legal fees and bribery, but also to finance extortion threats of illegal jailing and murder. The Cornwell gang's threats of violence were used to ban another American writer's freedom of speech, and to prevent the blatantly illegal and un-Constitutional orders of the bribed judge from being appealed. Cornwell committed what might be considered an ultimate crime in America: Bribing a federal judge to undermine the United States Constitution.
The felony crimes in this scandal are fully proven in writing. The fact that Cornwell paid for a criminal attack on the Constitution with her threats of violence, make Cornwell into every bit as much of a terrorist criminal, as the people who attacked the two towers in New York.
This bribery scandal started out as yet just one more of Cornwell's likely plagiarism and copying episodes. In the later 1990s, Cornwell's books were being published by the multinational Penguin Group conglomerate, whose New York lawyer, Alex Gigante, has been very eager to cover up for Cornwell's crimes so as to try and prop up her book sales.
Penguin had another author, neither rich nor famous, Dr. Les Sachs (the author of this biography), who was best known for a Penguin paperback on sleazy techniques of the auto sales industry. In late 1997, Dr. Sachs completed a mystery crime novel, "The Virginia Ghost Murders", which manuscript he showed to the editors at Penguin - who turned out to be Patricia Cornwell's editors. He also showed the book to a literary agency, International Creative Management or ICM - and ICM's Esther Newberg in that office turned out to be Patricia Cornwell's agent.
Dr. Sachs' book, "The Virginia Ghost Murders", had a very unique plot. Penguin didn't publish it, and in late 1998, Dr. Sachs' published the book himself. It got very good reviews, and began to sell well for a small press novel.
In December of 1999, Patricia Cornwell and Penguin published a notice that Cornwell would have a new book in 2000, called "The Last Precinct". The plot of Cornwell's new book, as announced, sounded just like the plot of Dr. Sachs' book, "The Virginia Ghost Murders". Dr. Sachs, who was the typical broke writer at the time, and who already knew about Cornwell's sleazy reputation, began to write bombastic, teasing letters to Cornwell and the publisher, trying to get them to not rip off his book too much.
Penguin wrote back to brag that if Cornwell wanted to copy his book ideas, there wasn't much that Sachs could do about it. Sachs wrote more letters, and, in a way, won his battle. Cornwell and Penguin announced a delay of publication of several months, while Cornwell re-wrote her manuscript of "The Last Precinct". Cornwell took out most of the really egregious plot copying, but a few remnants of Cornwell's imitation of "The Virginia Ghost Murders" still remain in the final published edition of Cornwell's novel.
The Cornwell lawyers, however, developed a plan to crush Dr. Sachs into total silence before the book came out, plus enrich themselves for several hundred thousand dollars out of Cornwell's pocket. On 1 February 2000, Cornwell's New York lawyer Michael Rudell, faxed Dr. Sachs an extortion letter that he wrote for Cornwell, and which he knew Cornwell would enjoy.
This Cornwell extortion letter demanded total silence from Dr. Sachs, and threatened Dr. Sachs with a neo-nazi style book-burning of Sachs' books, if he did not apologise and agree to be silent about anything that even "implied" criticism of Cornwell, and threatened legal action if Sachs did not submit. Sachs replied strongly, telling Cornwell and their lawyers to take their nazi threats and shove them up their butts.
In order to protect himself, Sachs started publicizing the Cornwell extortion threats. He issued press releases, talked about the threats on the internet, and put a sticker on the published copies of his book denouncing Cornwell.
Cornwell's lawyers were the exact same people who had arranged to bribe the judge and get the victory for Cornwell in the 1998 lawsuit. The lawyers had seen there, how easily they could manipulate the emotionally disturbed, half-crazy and half-stupid Cornwell, how they could inflame controversy and then milk her for money. Cornwell's lawyer Conrad Shumadine bragged to another lawyer that Patsy Cornwell is "a totally stupid lesbian whore" and "I can milk that bitch like a fat f-cking cow."
The lawyers then maneuvered to line up Cornwell so they could cork her for several hundred thousand dollars. In March of 2000 they contacted the submissive reporter at the Times Dispatch, Bill McKelway, and dictated the phony article to him, which was dutifully splashed on the front page of the right-wing newspaper and on the internet.
The article fabricated by McKelway printed made-up quotations, putting words in Sachs' mouth. McKelway printed lies, accusing Sachs of publicly claiming that Cornwell was still copying his book, even after she had made the revisions, and obscuring the controversy about the nazi-style extortion letter. McKelway thought he was being submissive to a request of Cornwell herself, in writing the phony news story, and would get favors as a reward; McKelway didn't realize he was actually helping Cornwell's lawyers to defraud her and set up the lawsuit.
The lawyers waved the phony article at Cornwell, and she agreed to give them a blank check to spend whatever unlimited money needed to crush and destroy Dr. Sachs. In return, the lawyers promised her the successful banning of another American's freedom of speech, and that Cornwell would enjoy the perverted thrill of the ultimate crime, bribing a U.S. federal judge and undermining the Constitution.
In April of 2000, the lawsuit was filed, demanding the banning of Dr. Sachs' freedom of speech, and the burning of his books. Within minutes after the lawsuit was filed, in a telephone conference call, with the phony McKelway Times Dispatch newspaper story as "evidence", Judge Robert Payne banned Dr. Sachs' freedom of speech, and it remains officially banned to this day, on the grounds that Sachs' "false opinions" about Cornwell are a violation of the Patricia Cornwell "trademark".
The judge went on to stage a brief phony court trial that was financed by Cornwell's half million dollars in funds. The judge appointed one of his friends, a known crook named Thomas Roberts, to pose as Dr. Sachs' lawyer. Judge Payne and Roberts invented a fraud, in writing, that Roberts was part of a "First Amendment charity foundation", a so-called "Freedom Works Foundation", which doesn't exist. They put this fraud in written documents, court transcripts, and posted this fraud on the internet. This one fraud alone is enough to begin the felony indictments of the Cornwell gang and impeach the federal judge.
A fake court hearing was staged in which the banning of Dr. Sachs' freedom of speech and freedom of the press was made permanent for the rest of his life. His books were ordered defaced, and Judge Payne began defacing one of the books himself in the courtroom. Dr. Sachs was ordered to send out letters which destroyed his little publishing company. At this hearing, Patricia Cornwell committed felony perjury about the letter she and her lawyer Michael Rudell had faxed, threatening to destroy Dr. Sachs' books.
Dr. Sachs' was ordered to stay quiet about the phony proceedings, threatened with an illegal jailing, torment and rape in jail, and likely being murdered in jail by people hired by Cornwell, if he didn't keep quiet about it. Some of the threats of illegal jailing and murder are documented in writing, and these proof documents are held by the FBI and U.S. Attorney. Lawyers agree the threats were realistic, and that Sachs might have been jailed and murdered, if he didn't escape the country.
Some weeks later, Judge Payne and the Cornwell gang announced there had been a total victory for Cornwell, and as a "settlement" in the case, Dr. Sachs had "agreed" to the banning of his own freedom of speech and freedom of the press for the rest of his life, "agreed" to never appeal these orders, and "agreed" to spend the next several years paying some $100,000 plus 18 per cent interest to Judge Payne's friend, Thomas Roberts, who had helped invent the fake "First Amendment charity foundation".
A number of months after Patricia Cornwell carried out the federal bribery of Judge Payne, and had bought the banning of Dr. Sachs' freedom, Cornwell herself evacuated from Virginia, trying to run away from the serious crimes she had committed. The pleasure of bribing two Virginia judges, and hiring thugs to threaten to illegally jail and kill another writer, proved to be just momentary satisfactions to Cornwell.
In Cornwell's tormented brain, things were as bad and anguished as ever, despite the success of committing federal terror crimes. So Patricia Cornwell, guilty and disturbed, relocated her main residence to the New York area, trying to run away from her own criminal past, hoping it would not catch up with her. But Cornwell's crimes are catching up with her now.
For his remaining time inside America, Dr. Sachs could never find a lawyer who was willing to confront Judge Payne and the Patricia Cornwell gang, and expose the whole scandal of bribery and extortion, despite the crystal clear written evidence of felony crimes. With Dr. Sachs' freedom of speech banned, Judge Payne's friend trying to extort money from him, and under constant threat of illegal jailing and murder by the Cornwell group, Dr. Sachs was finally forced to escape over the border, to freedom outside the USA.
Dr. Sachs, safe in Europe, exposed the whole Patricia Cornwell bribery scandal in a 125-count judicial misconduct filing on 3 April 2004, which can be read in full on the internet. Since that filing, America's federal judges and the John Ashcroft Justice Department have been stalling together on the Cornwell crimes, as they anguish over the political pitfalls.
The blatant bribery of federal Judge Payne, accepting Patricia Cornwell's bribes to stage a phony court hearing and then illegally ban a writer's freedom of speech, is a hot potato among the federal judges, and the scandal has made it all the way to Supreme Court Chief Justice Rehnquist and the new Supreme Court judicial ethics committee. They are trying to decide what to do about it, while minimizing the disgrace to the whole American judiciary. It makes them nervous, this Patricia Cornwell bribery scandal, with the federal judge and his pal and their fake "First Amendment charity foundation", taking bribes from a mentally disturbed celebrity - it taints the whole federal court system with the image of farce and fraud.
Attorney General John Ashcroft also has several major political concerns here. True, he has complete written evidence with which he could start issuing indictments against the Patricia Cornwell gang in the next 20 minutes. But Patricia Cornwell is not just a drug-using lesbian who has engaged in bribery and extortion; she is also a friend of the President Bush family for the past 20 years, a major Republican campaign contributor, and she's had a friend of George Bush living in her mansion.
And then there's the FBI agents. Patricia Cornwell has been bribing FBI agents with money, gifts and favors since the early 1990s. The FBI itself acknowledges that she's gotten stolen documents from FBI offices. And yet Cornwell has maintained free access to the Virginia FBI and its Quantico training headquarters, despite her being a known criminal risk. Cornwell's friends even include an assistant FBI director.
There might be a couple of dozen or more FBI agents who've engaged in illegal hanky panky for Cornwell over the years, giving her access and secret law enforcement documents. These Virginia FBI agents, well-coddled and well-bribed by Cornwell, are not thrilled about pursuing a criminal prosecution, that would ultimately lead to exposing their own misconduct with Cornwell as well.
The FBI agents have been holding full written proof of the Patricia Cornwell - Judge Robert Payne bribery for a long time. Some FBI agents who've received Cornwell's "gifts", have likely filed false reports to try to cover up for Cornwell. They themselves could face criminal charges when the prosecution starts. So the FBI incentive for a cover up is high.
But the momentum is building. Cornwell and her lawyers are not even trying to deny their crimes of bribery, extortion, fraud, terror, and their undermining the Constitution. The FBI doesn't deny these crimes, either. Bribery can delay justice, and so also can politics. But with the Patricia Cornwell bribery scandal, the momentum is building, and the day of the Cornwell indictment may not be far off.
For Patricia Cornwell, however, she will always be able to boast of the thrilling criminal fact, that she pulled off one of the biggest crimes ever committed in the USA legal system. Bribing a federal judge, sabotaging the United States Constitution, and banning another America's freedom of speech and freedom of the press. Pretty impressive crimes for a hick town redneck girl.
Not many other criminals can brag about felonies like these. Patricia Cornwell is now forever in the big time. Her novels will fade, but she will always remain one of America's most notorious celebrity criminals.