To The Daily Sun,
Based on a recent (Nov. 26) article in The Sun it would seem that Peter Mayhew, owner of Mayhew's Funeral Home and Crematorium, will stop at nothing to further disrupt the lives of his former neighbors, Douglas and Leslyee Fredericks. According to the article, he has now hired Dr. Edmund Crouch, PhD, of Green Technology, to assist in proving that Douglas Fredericks, who was finally driven from his property had, in fact, no basis for his claim that Mr. Mayhew's chimney had discharged noxious emissions.
Dr. Crouch, in the article, states that the Power Pack II, which is the cremation chamber in operation at Mayhew's is, in fact, "designed to cremate human remains and produce negligible noxious emissions." He is absolutely correct. The Power Pack II, manufactured by Matthews International/Cremation Division, when running according to manufacturer's specifications which govern guidelines to its operation and maintenance, emits negligible particulate emissions. That means you should not see or smell anything. I found it interesting, then, while visiting Matthews International's website, that they have a separate link entitled, "Ask The Cremation Doctor." The pages of that link specifically deal with technical issues which can and do arise as a result of operator error, equipment malfunction, equipment in need of maintenance, equipment in need of upgrading, and equipment that should in some cases be supplemented by accessory devises. All to prevent, as the site states, "smoke and odor," which, remarkably, they further define as "pollution." In fact, in describing their equipment's potential to emit unacceptable particulates, they actually describe exactly what Mr. Fredericks has been claiming all along!
Additionally, in the article, Dr. Crouch goes on to suggest that the particulate emissions could simply have been road-dust or grime, or possibly even a neighbor burning garbage in their fireplace. Well, sure, but couldn't it have also been as a result of an alien visitation? Or how about a poltergeist experience? The Easter Bunny, perhaps? All of those make as much sense as what he is suggesting. Apparently, if one has the letters PhD after his name they can get away with saying just about anything and sound credible. The fact is, though, that anyone who has lived near a highway and/or have burned anything other than wood in their fireplace or woodstove knows that what Mr. Crouch has proposed, under the circumstances, is ridiculous. Given his impressive credentials and experiences, and the fact that a 10-minute search on the internet would show countless examples of crematoriums "gone wild," it's amazing to me that he would even suggest it.
Finally, I wonder: what did Dr. Crouch think when he was told that there were 15 corroborating witnesses, most of them active or retired law enforcement, who testified under oath in a court of law to what they had seen and smelled coming from the crematory's chimney? I'm not sure, but possibly Dr.Crouch could put all 15 of these witnesses under his microscope and determine that it was a mass hallucination. Or possibly, he could prove that Mr. Fredericks, using hypnotic powers of suggestion, manipulated his witnesses. Or maybe, along with Peter Mayhew's lawyers, he could prove they all have bad eyesight. You know, the old Perry Mason trick. Or, of course, they could even prove hyposmia. That's right, the probability that all 15 witnesses ... have no sense of smell.
The point is, there is simply no way around 15 witnesses. Especially witnesses trained in law enforcement to be observant and attentive to detail. And a judge, who in this case is allowing Mr. Mayhew's attorneys, who can't even show up to court on time, a free hand to grind Mr. Fredericks down until he has no further initiative or resources, is herself, adding a judicial "insult to injury ... slap-in-the-face," to not only Mr. Fredericks and his wife, but in my opinion ... to justice, as a whole.
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