The Widow and the Nurse, Part Two

When Bridget Garcia told police that her boss' son had raped her, they barely listened. This is her story.

On question number nine, Baldomero asked Bridget if Dr. Lotspeich gave her a due date for the birth of her baby. Bridget answered no, and there was no indication she was lying. Of the 11 questions asked, this was the only one that concerned the pregnancy. Yet in the final police report, Detective Cumbie summarized the polygraph exam in one sentence: "She showed deception on several questions on the subject of being pregnant."

Examiner Holmes was disturbed by Baldomero's conclusion that Bridget had for all intents and purposes lied on questions five, seven, ten, and eleven. "Yet," Holmes said, "he does not have her lying on question two, which was: "Do you intend to answer my questions truthfully?' She said yes with no indication of deception to that question. That's the whole issue. He could have ended the test right there. That's the only question that had to be asked."

Holmes continued, "He has her being deceptive to [question] five when she says she was sexually assaulted by Daniel. Yet he has her telling the truth on number six, when she says she has never teased a man for sexual purposes. On seven she's supposedly lying when she said Daniel didn't have sex with her prior to October of 1999. He's inferring that this is an ongoing thing. Now on eight -- "Did you ever consider having sex with Daniel?' -- she said no and there is no indication that she lied to that, according to Baldomero. Yet how could she be telling the truth to eight and be lying to seven?"

Regina bought this North Miami Beach house and allowed Bridget to live in it rent-free
Regina bought this North Miami Beach house and allowed Bridget to live in it rent-free
Regina bought this North Miami Beach house and allowed Bridget to live in it rent-free
Jenny Zeiner
Regina bought this North Miami Beach house and allowed Bridget to live in it rent-free

Even after questioning Baldomero's exam, Holmes remained far from convinced that Bridget was telling the truth. "Sometimes the police can screw up and still catch the right guy," he quipped. "There are just too many problems with her story. Why did she take the gifts? Why did she wait so long to report the rape? It just doesn't add up." Largely to satisfy his own curiosity, Holmes agreed to test Bridget the next day, without charge.

On Friday, July 14, Holmes escorted Bridget into an eight-by-ten-foot room down a hallway from his office. Bridget says her pretest interview with Baldomero lasted only a few minutes and consisted solely of him reciting the questions he intended to ask her during her test. By contrast Holmes interrogated the nurse for more than two hours before he even hooked her up to his polygraph machine.

During his preinterview Holmes asked Bridget what kind of work she performed in the Virgin Islands. (Typist.) He asked her if she has a police record. (No.) He asked her how she landed the job with Regina and what kind of car she drove before Regina bought her a new one. (Hyundai Accent.) He asked her questions about Regina's banking habits, jewelry, and the medications the elderly woman is taking, if any. (Coumadin, for her heart.) He asked her what was the most expensive present ever given to her before she worked for Regina. (A gold chain.) He asked her about her relationship with Joel Greenhill in Atlanta. He asked her whether she still menstruated. (Yes.)

Finally Holmes had Bridget tell him in explicit detail the entire story of the assaults and the rape. When asked why she didn't immediately report anything to the police, Bridget told Holmes: "Because of Gina. I didn't want to leave her. She didn't do anything to me, you know? It's him."

Holmes asked Bridget if she would make up a story about being pregnant just to look better to the police. "Gina knows," Bridget replied. "It was Gina who paid a doctor to draw my blood and get a urine test. She told me she has a good old friend from when her husband was alive who is a doctor. When I went over there, the doctor was waiting for me. He drew my blood and he took a urine sample. She wanted to make sure that I was really pregnant."

After the lengthy preinterview, Holmes hooked up Bridget to his polygraph. She sat motionless as he read the six questions he intended to ask. Then he administered the test.

1. Did you ever voluntarily commit any sexual act with Daniel Greenhill? Answer: No.

2. Did Daniel Greenhill rip your blouse off your body? Answer: Yes.

3. Did Daniel Greenhill force you down on a couch in his mother's condominium? Answer: Yes.

4. Did Daniel Greenhill, against your will, place his penis in your vagina? Answer: Yes.

5. Did Daniel Greenhill tell you that if he had his police license he would slash your throat? Answer: Yes.

6. Are you now lying in any way about what Daniel Greenhill did to you? Answer: No.

When the test was finished, Holmes unhooked the wire that he'd affixed to Bridget's chest. He unstrapped the Velcro blood pressure cuff he'd wrapped around her arm. The two exited the polygraph room and walked back to Holmes' wood-paneled office. The examiner asked Bridget to take a seat in the hallway as he closed his office door. He plopped down in his office chair, worn out from the exam.

"Whatever I said yesterday, I take back," he reported, running his fingers through his thinning hair. "This woman is definitely telling the truth. Absolutely. I don't have any doubts.

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