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911 Calls from Bart McNeil

9-1-1 PHONE CALLS
Initial Call

Call Number 1

Date of Call: June 16, 1998
Barton McNeil to Metcom
7:40 A.M. (Approximate)

[Special note: Throughout this entire phone call Barton’s voice is quavering, and he is hysterical, sobbing between words and sentences, and clearly frantic]

METCOM DISPATCHER: 911 what’s your emergency?

BARTON MCNEIL: [VOICE QUAVERING AND HYSTERICAL]

I need an ambulance! I need it fast.
1106 North Evans. My daughter is dying I think!

METCOM DISPATCHER: Okay, alright now, of course, you got to help me
out here now.

[Background noise from Metcom]

METCOM DISPATCHER: Okay, calm yourself down. Okay. How old is your
daughter?

BARTON MCNEIL: Three... I think she’s dead!!!

METCOM DISPATCHER: Three years old? OK, so the address again? 1106,
what?
9-1-1 Calls - Initial Call

BARTON MCNEIL: North Evans.

METCOM DISPATCHER: Hold on just a second and I’m going to get you the
rescue unit and then I’m going to come back to
the phone and get some additional information. Is
the color of her skin blue?

BARTON MCNEIL: No.

METCOM DISPATCHER: It’s not blue? Okay. Is she breathing?

BARTON MCNEIL: No.

METCOM DISPATCHER: And she is 3 years old? Now stay on the phone
with me. Don’t hang up on me please.

[DISPATCHER NOW SUMMONING HELP TO OTHERS]

METCOM DISPATCHER: HQ. Rescue is needed 1106 North Evans Street.
Three year old female child unconscious, mother
States not breathing. Color of skin is presently
unknown.

BPD DISPATCHER: 706 North Evans 3N51 respond.

BPD PATROL CAR: 3 North 51 responding.

METCOM DISPATCHER[RETURNING TO BARTON]: Okay, Ma’am.

BARTON MCNEIL: [VOICE STILL HYSTERICAL AND QUAVERING]
This is her Dad.
9-1-1 Calls – Initial Call

METCOM DISPATCHER: Okay sir, three years old?

BARTON MCNEIL: Yes.

METCOM DISPATCHER: Okay, now do you have her in your arms?

BARTON MCNEIL: No.

METCOM DISPATCHER: Okay, is she near the phone with you?

BARTON MCNEIL: Yes.

METCOM DISPATCHER: Is she breathing?

BARTON MCNEIL: No.

METCOM DISPATCHER: She’s not breathing at all?

BARTON MCNEIL: No.

METCOM DISPATCHER: Okay, hold on just a second sir.

[DISPATCHER NEEDS TO COMMUNICATE WITH ANOTHER]

[Can hear over radio: One Adam one copy]

[IN THE BACKGROUND ONE HEARS BARTON CRYING HYSTERICALLY AND CALLING
OUT TO HIS DAUGHTER]

BARTON MCNEIL: Christina! (sob) Wake up, Christina. (sob) Oh
Christina! Oh Christina!

[Barton McNeil continues to cry hysterically, sobbing and wailing]

9-1-1 Calls – Initial Call

METCOM DISPATCHER: Okay sir, alright. You can see she is unconscious?

BARTON MCNEIL: Yes.

METCOM DISPATCHER: And you can tell she is not breathing at all?

BARTON MCNEIL: No.

METCOM DISPATCHER: Okay, What I need you to do is to put your child
on her back.

BARTON MCNEIL: She’s on her back.

METCOM DISPATCHER: She’s on her back? Okay, alright now, do not put
your hand underneath her back okay? Okay, now.

BARTON MCNEIL: She’s dead! I know!

METCOM DISPATCHER: Okay, what’s your phone number there?

BARTON MCNEIL: Eighteen-eight, [188] 1873. Here’s the ambulance now.

METCOM DISPATCHER: Okay, now that’s fine. What I want you to do then
is put your . . . have her on her back. Put your hand
on her forehead and then on the cheekbone then tilt
the head back, okay?

BARTON MCNEIL: Head on the forehead. Cheek bone, tilt head back.

METCOM DISPATCHER: Tilt the head back a little bit there. Okay, now
you need to help me out now, keep yourself calmed down
there so you can help me. Okay. Now.

BARTON MCNEIL: SOBBING.

METCOM DISPATCHER: Okay, now I need, I want to see what’s going on
here.

BARTON MCNEIL: SOBBING

[Sirens can now be heard in the background.]

BARTON MCNEIL: SOBBING.

[Louder sirens can be heard in the background as they approach.]

BARTON MCNEIL: [SOBBING. HEAVY PANTING AND BREATHING.]

BARTON MCNEIL: I can’t believe. Got to let them in.

BARTON MCNEIL: [SOBBING.]

BARTON MCNEIL: I’m going insane. [more heavy sobbing]

[Dispatcher states something but not sure if it is to the rescue unit or to Barton McNeil, inaudible.]

METCOM DISPATCHER: Just a second, sir.

BARTON MCNEIL: I think I need to go get the ambulance.

METCOM DISPATCHER: Okay are they there?

BARTON MCNEIL: Yes. [HEAVY BREATHING] I’m not sure if the door is
locked or not.

METCOM DISPATCHER: Make sure the door is unlocked.

[DOOR NOISES SEEM TO BE GOING ON AS THOUGH DOOR IS BEING SHAKEN]

[Heavy breathing.]

BARTON MCNEIL: [TO ARRIVING PARAMEDICS]: Hurry!

[SOBBING. SOBBING.]

METCOM DISPATCHER: Are they there?”

BARTON MCNEIL: Yes, they are here. Here comes another one or
something. I am going to hang up now, okay.

METCOM DISPATCHER: Okay, are they there? Okay, alright. Good talking
to you.

CALL ENDED. END OF SECOND CALL

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Call Number 2

Date of Call: June 16, 1998
Barton McNeil to Metcom
6:00 – 7:00 P.M. (Approximate)

BARTON MCNEIL: I have to report an emergency.

METCOM DISPATCHER: What’s the address?

BARTON MCNEIL: 1106 North Curry. My name is Bart McNeil. My
daughter was found dead by me this morning at this
address. The detectives were here, the coroner,
everything. I need a detective here the homicide
detective please. I believe the detective here
might have been from homicide I don’t know. I think
the detective comes when there is a death of a person
where the cause of death is undetermined.

METCOM DISPTACHER: What’s your phone number?

BARTON MCNEIL: My telephone number is 828-1783. I have reason to
believe now, that she was murdered and I need a
detective here immediately. I don’t know if they
saw this or not but I just discovered this now.

METCOM DISPATCHER: Now is that a house or an apartment?

BARTON MCNEIL: [PANTING/HEAVY BREATHING] It’s an apartment house I
will be waiting outside.. it’s 1106 Apartment Number 2
North Evans. Please hurry.

METCOM DISPATCHER: 1106 North Evans?

BARTON MCNEIL: Yes.

METCOM DISPATCHER: I thought you said North Curry.

BARTON MCNEIL: I probably did it’s on North Evans. 1106 2. Please.

METCOM DISPATCHER: Okay, I’ll get him out there.

BARTON MCNEIL: Thank you.

METCOM DISPATCHER: Bye.

CALL ENDED
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Call Number 3

Date of Call: June 16, 1998
Metcom to Bloomington Police Department
6:00 – 7:00 P.M. (Approximate)

FIRST PHONE CALL FROM METCOM TO BLOOMINGTON POLICE DEPARTMENT LIVINGSTON

LIVINGSTON: Bloomington Police.

METCOM DISPATCHER: Did they find a child dead this morning? On
North Evans Number 2?

LIVINGSTON: They did, you say?

METCOM DISPATCHER: Yeah, I’m asking.

LIVINGSTON: Okay?

METCOM DISPATCHER: I had a guy call up and said he found his daughter
dead this morning.

LIVINGSTON: His daughter dead?

METCOME DISPATCHER: 1106 North Evans, Apartment Number 2. And he
said that detectives have been out there and the
coroner has been out there but he is now convinced
that it was a murder. He has found evidence there and
he wants a homicide detective immediately. I don’t
know what detectives are working tonight.

LIVINGSTON: Well, two of them went to [inaudible], (sounds like, Iowa
for the gig) up there, do you want to have him call
back and talk to McKinley, or what? Or do you have a
phone number for him?

METCOME DISPATCHER: Yeah, I have a phone number for him but somebody
. . . well, he’s pretty hysterical so what do I send
an officer or get a detective?

LIVINGSTON: Get a detective. Well, what’s his number?

METCOME DISPATCHER: 828-1783.

LIVINGSTON: I see that they did some kind of crime scene thing but
I’ll get one of the detectives to give him a call or
Something. What is his name?

METCOME DISPATCHER: It’s Bart McNeil at 1106 North Evans, Apartment
Number two.

LIVINGSTON: Okay, bye.

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Call Number 4

Date of Call: June 16, 1998
Barton McNeil to Metcom
6:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. (Approximate)

METCOME DISPATCHER: 911 Emergency.

BARTON MCNEIL: Yes, I need homicide detective. I called the non-
emergency number. It’s Bart. Are they on their way?

METCOME DISPATCHER: Yes, I talked to Lieutenant Livingston and he was

going to get a detective to come out there.

BARTON MCNEIL: Please hurry. [stated with urgency]

METCOM DISPATCHER: Okay.

BARTON MCNEIL: Please. Thank you.

METCOM DISPATCHER: Alright, bye.

CALL ENDED

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Call Number 5

Date of Call: June 16, 1998
Barton McNeil to Metcom
6:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. (Approximate)

METCOM 911 ANSWERS.

METCOME DISPATCHER: 911 Emergency.

BARTON MCNEIL: This is Bart again. Sorry to keep bothering you.

METCOM DISPATCHER: That’s okay.

BARTON MCNEIL: Is somebody on their way?

METCOM DISPATCHER: Yeah, and they haven’t called you yet or come by
there yet?

BARTON MCNEIL: No.

METCOM DISPATCHER: Okay, let me call back down and call the
Lieutenant and find out… he was going to get a
detective as soon as I hung up the phone with you the
first time okay?
BARTON MCNEIL: Okay.

METCOM DISPATCHER: I’ll call him back.

BARTON MCNEIL: Thank you.

METCOM DISPATCHER: Good Bye.

CALL ENDED

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Call Number 6

Date of Call: June 16, 1998
Metcom to Bloomington Police Department
6:00 P.M. (Approximate)

SECOND PHONE CALL FROM METCOM TO BLOOMINGTON POLICE DEPARTMENT LIVINGSTON

SUTHERLAND: Sutherland.

METCOM DISPATCHER: Hey is Livingston around there?

SUTHERLAND: Yes, who may I say is calling?

METCOM DISPATCHER: Tell him that McLean County Central Communications
is calling.

SUTHERLAND: In regards to?

METCOM DISPATCHER: A homicide that occurred this morning.

SUTHERLAND: In the City of Bloomington?

METCOM DISPATCHER: In the City of Bloomington.

SUTHERLAND: And would that be on North Evans Street?

METCOM DISPATCHER: 1106 number two.

SUTHERLAND: Hold on a second and I will see if he is available.

SIDE CONVERSATION OCCURING BETWEEN SUTHERLAND AND LIVINGSTON IS OVERHEARD:

SUTHERLAND: McLean County Central Communications calling about the
Homicide that occurred today. Are you taking calls
today?

LIVINGSTON [TO SUTHERLAND]: Yeah, I already talked to him [McKinley]

about it.

LIVINGSTON TO DISPATCHER: Hello?

METCOM DISPATCHER: Hey.

LIVINGSTON: Yeah?

METCOM DISPATCHER: He’s called back twice now. Is somebody going out
there?

LIVINGSTON: I gave McKinley a call and he was going to talk to him on
the phone. [pause] No, not that I know of.

METCOM DISPATCHER: Okay. He’s called me now a little bit and since
the last time I hung up the phone nobody has contacted
him yet, and he was a little worried.

LIVINGSTON: Well, what the hell’s his problem?

METCOM DISPATCHER: He has reason to believe that it was a homicide.

LIVINGSTON: Well, they did a report on it, intent of death and did a
crime scene on it.

METCOM DISPATCHER: Well he said he found something that he didn’t
know whether they had seen it or not. So he wanted a
homicide detective out.

LIVINGSTON: Well next time he calls just give him McKinley’s direct
phone number, as that was because I told you someone
would call him.

METCOM DISPATCHER: You know that number?

LIVINGSTON: Yeah. It’s 2378, well, 434-2378.

METCOM DISPATCHER: 2378. Okay.

LIVINGSTON: McKinley’s going to give him a call in a minute.

METCOM DISPATCHER. Okay.

LIVINGSTON: Bye.

CALL ENDED

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Call Number 7

Date of Call: June 16, 1998
Metcom to Sergeant McKinley
6:00 – 7:00 P.M. (Approximate)

FIRST PHONE CALL BETWEEN METCOM AND SGT. MCKINLEY

METCOM CALLS SGT. MCKINLEY

SGT. MCKINLEY: Sergeant McKinley.

METCOM DISPATCHER: Hey Randy, this is Mark.

SGT. MCKINLEY: Yeah.

METCOM DISPATCHER: Have you contacted that guy Bart about that 1106
North Evans [inaudible] this morning?

SGT. MCKINLEY: Contacted who?

METCOM DISPATCHER: Bart McNeil. Lieutenant said he was going to give
you his phone number.

SGT. MCKINLEY: Oh, no I hadn’t. I was just getting ready to call him.

METCOM DISPATCHER: Okay, great. Well he’s called me 3 times now.
And he said that he has found some evidence that he
believes now he is positive that it was a homicide and
he wanted a homicide detective to come out to his
address.

SGT. MCKINLEY: Okay.

METCOM DISPATCHER: Okay, well I just wanted to make sure you had the
number.

SGT. MCKINLEY: Okay.

METCOME DISPATCHER: Thanks, bye.

CALL ENDED
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Call Number 8

Date of Call: June 16, 1998
Sgt. McKinley calling Metcom
6:00 - 7:00 P.M. (Approximate)

PHONE CALL BETWEEN METCOM AND SGT. MCKINLEY

METCOM ANSWERS PHONE

SGT. MCKINLEY: Communications?

METCOM DISPTACHER: Yes sir.

SGT. MCKINLEY: I’ve got 828-1783.

METCOM DISPTACHER: Yes sir.

SGT. MCKINLEY: I called her and they said there is nobody there by
that name and they don’t know anybody.

METCOM DISPTACHER: Okay.

SGT. MCKINLEY: So do I have the wrong number?

METCOM DISPTACHER: Well that was the number that he gave me. He may
be so upset that he gave me the wrong number.

SGT. MCKINLEY: Okay.

METCOM DISPTACHER: But he is at 1106 North Evans, Apartment number 2.

SGT. MCKINLEY: Well if he calls back tell him I’ve been trying to
call him and that I’ll get up there just as soon as I
can.

METCOM DISPTACHER: Okay.

SGT. MCKINLEY: Alright.

METCOM DISPTACHER: Thanks.

SGT. MCKINLEY: Okay, bye.

METCOM DISPATCHER: Bye.

CALL ENDED.
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Call Number 9

Date of Call: June 16, 1998
Metcom Dispatcher calling BPD
6:00 - 7:00 P.M. (Approximate)

METCOM CALL TO BLOOMINGTON POLICE DEPARTMENT

BPD: Bloomington Police Department, [name inaudible]

METCOM DISPATCHER: Hi this is Mark from Metcom. Hey can I ask . . .

BPD: [Inaudible]

METCOM DISPATCHER: Oh, [laugh], I didn’t call to talk to him.
Can you see if you can find a phone number from that
report this morning? At 1106 North Evans.

BPD: For who? Bart?

METCOM DISPATCHER: McNeil.

BPD: Stand by a minute while I check report.
[Brief moment]
Are you prepared to copy?

METCOM DISPATCHER: I am prepared.

BPD: It is . . . Bart McNeil, we have at 828.1873 that’s on the
report. We have another number given to us by someone

else, 828.1783. Looks like he got the numbers mixed

up.

METCOM DISPATCHER: Yes, he also told me he was on North Curry and he
was actually on North Evans. Obviously, he is pretty
upset. Thank you.
BPD: Okay.

CALL ENDED:

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Call Number 10

Date of Call: June 16, 1998
Barton McNeil to Metcom
6:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.(Approximate)

METCOM: 911 Emergency.

BARTON MCNEIL: This is Bart again. . . . no detective! Sir, I want
a Whole detective team. I mean with Forensics and
everything. My daughter was murdered last night.

METCOM DISPATCHER: Okay, sorry Sergeant McKinley said he would be on
his way out there. He said he was going to be there
as soon as possible. He tried to call you back. The
number you gave me and I checked the report, the
numbers were switched off and was not correct. Which
is fine. 828.1783 is where you are at?

BART MCNEIL: Yes, I am.

METCOM DISPATCHER: Okay, he was given the wrong number to call you
back, but . . .

BARTON MCNEIL: Okay, I’m telling . . .

METCOM DISPATCHER: . . . he said he would be on his way out there as
soon as possible.

BARTON MCNEIL: Okay, well, I can tell him this, or I can tell you this. We’ll need forensics and everything. It was a murder.

METCOM DISPATCHER: Okay.

BARTON MCNEIL: There is no question. I just discovered this. And I
don’t know if they overlooked the evidence this
morning when they were here . . . I don’t think
they conducted a murder investigation . . .as it was
just a coroner, a couple of [inaudible] police
officers and one detective. I mean maybe they noticed
this stuff I don’t know. But I . . .

METCOM DISPATCHER: Well he should be out there so you can point it
out to him and then he can call someone in.

BARTON MCNEIL: Okay. Thank you very much.

METCOM DISPATCHER: Your welcome, Good bye.

CALL ENDED.

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Call Number 11

Date of Call: June 16, 1998
Sgt. McKinley to Metcom/Police Communications
6:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.(Approximate)

THIRD AND FINAL PHONE CALL BETWEEN METCOM AND SGT. MCKINLEY

METCOM DISPATCHER ANSWERS: Police communications.

SGT. MCKINLEY: Yeah, this is Sergeant McKinley. I have just spent
the last half hour with Mr. McNeil. . .
Can you possibly page, Tommy Sanders… I don’t have
this information otherwise I would do it. Page
Tommy Sanders and put in my cell phone 838-1911.

METCOM DISPATCHER: Okay.

SGT. MCKINLEY: and also ah . . . let him know, ah . . . I’m going to
go over and see Butcher.

METCOM DISPATCHER: Okay.

SGT. MCKINLEY: Thank you. Bye.

CALL ENDED.

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FIRST PHONE CALL FROM METCOM TO BLOOMINGTON POLICE DEPARTMENT LIVINGSTON

LIVINGSTON: Bloomington Police.

METCOM DISPATCHER: Did they find a child dead this morning? On
North Evans Number 2?

LIVINGSTON: They did, you say?

METCOM DISPATCHER: Yeah, I’m asking.

LIVINGSTON: Okay?

METCOM DISPATCHER: I had a guy call up and said he found his daughter
dead this morning.

LIVINGSTON: His daughter dead?

METCOME DISPATCHER: 1106 North Evans, Apartment Number 2. And he
said that detectives have been out there and the
coroner has been out there but he is now convinced
that it was a murder. He has found evidence there and
he wants a homicide detective immediately. I don’t
know what detectives are working tonight.

LIVINGSTON: Well, two of them went to [inaudible], (sounds like, Iowa
for the gig) up there, do you want to have him call
back and talk to McKinley, or what? Or do you have a
phone number for him?

METCOME DISPATCHER: Yeah, I have a phone number for him but somebody
. . . well, he’s pretty hysterical so what do I send
an officer or get a detective?

LIVINGSTON: Get a detective. Well, what’s his number?

METCOME DISPATCHER: 828-1783.

LIVINGSTON: I see that they did some kind of crime scene thing but
I’ll get one of the detectives to give him a call or
Something. What is his name?

METCOME DISPATCHER: It’s Bart McNeil at 1106 North Evans, Apartment
Number two.

LIVINGSTON: Okay, bye.

Date of Call: June 16, 1998
Sgt. McKinley to Metcom/Police Communications
6:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.(Approximate)

THIRD AND FINAL PHONE CALL BETWEEN METCOM AND SGT. MCKINLEY

METCOM DISPATCHER ANSWERS: Police communications.

SGT. MCKINLEY: Yeah, this is Sergeant McKinley. I have just spent
the last half hour with Mr. McNeil. . .
Can you possibly page, Tommy Sanders… I don’t have
this information otherwise I would do it. Page
Tommy Sanders and put in my cell phone 838-1911.

METCOM DISPATCHER: Okay.

SGT. MCKINLEY: and also ah . . . let him know, ah . . . I’m going to
go over and see Butcher.

METCOM DISPATCHER: Okay.

SGT. MCKINLEY: Thank you. Bye.

CALL ENDED.
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