Tonight, Mary Jane and Dan McCann will sit down with ABC News’ 20/20 to discuss their daughter, Annie, whose body was found next to a dumpster in Baltimore in 2008. Though police ruled Annie’s death a suicide, the couple believes that foul play was involved. The case is considered cold, but tonight, the private investigator hired by the McCann’s will sit down with ABC to discuss where his research has led him.
Read on to find out more about Dan and Mary Jane McCann.
1. They Believe Annie Was Murdered
Mary Jane and Dan vehemently believe that their daughter did not commit suicide, and many of the questions they have raised over the past eight years have gone unanswered by the FBI and police.
After their investigation, the Baltimore Police concluded that Annie’s death was a suicide. They claimed that she died from drinking an antiseptic called Bactine, a first-aid treatment produced by Bayer. However, many experts– not to mention Bayer itself– have argued that the amounts found in Annie’s body would not have been enough to kill her. Moreover, a Bayer representative said that if Annie did drink five or six bottles of Bactine (the amount she would have had to drink to ingest the amount of lidocaine found in her body), this would have left noticeable internal damage or burns in Annie’s body, and Annie didn’t show any signs of this.
Another bizarre twist came just last year, when Dan and Mary Jane purchased autopsy photos from their daughter’s medical examiner. Looking through the photos– which they hadn’t seen before– Dan and Mary Jane discovered what looked like a “stylized capital letter ‘J’ on Annie’s left leg…” and “… a stylized banner… perhaps, a capital ‘D’, distorted around the natural curve of Annie’s ankle.” These findings, however, weren’t addressed by the police. Another piece of evidence that seems to have been neglected is the fact that Annie’s fingers were heavily wrinkled when she was found. Funeral manager Diana Downey suggested that perhaps Annie was put in a shower or bathtub to wash away evidence.
2. They Received a Goodbye Note From Annie
On October 31, 2008, Annie left a note on her bed. It read, “This morning I was going to kill myself. But I realized I can start over instead. I don’t want help and I’m no longer scared. If you really love me you’ll let me go… Please don’t go looking for me… Just know for the first time in my life I’ll be happy. I love life, and I’m ready to live.”
Under her bed, three more letters were found crumpled up. They were suicide notes, but had large X’s drawn all over them.
When Annie ran away, she took $1,000 in cash, and the family’s Volvo. The Volvo was later found, not too far from her body, and four Baltimore youths were charged with stealing it. They claimed that “they found it with Annie already dead inside.”
3. They Buried Their Daughter’s Body With No Internal Organs
According to the Baltimore Sun, what made Annie’s death even more traumatic for Dan and Mary Jane was that the state medical examiner “threw away” Annie’s internal organs, “preventing a proper Catholic burial”. They never received an answer as to why Annie’s heart and brain were carelessly thrown away, but the incident has taunted them as they continue to fight for justice.
In a statement, Dan and Mary Jane said, “… thugs stuffed Annie’s dead or dying body behind a dumpster, then the police swiftly and silently trashed the investigation into her murder. And then the medical examiner threw her organs out with the garbage. That’s ugly. That’s Baltimore ugly.”
4. They Have Posted Youtube Videos Answering Questions About Annie’s Death
The McCann’s created a website, www.justiceforannie.com, and if you scroll down to the section titled Q & A With Annie’s Parents, you’ll be taken to a series of videos in which Dan and Mary Jane try and answer questions about Annie and her death. How would you describe the criminal justice system in Baltimore, Was Annie Raped?, Why Wasn’t there an Amber Alert for Annie?, Why do you say Annie’s organs weren’t returned to her body? . Click here to see some of the videos.
5. Mary Jane’s Twitter Page Is Dedicated to Annie’s Justice
Mary Jane McCann’s Twitter page (under the name Mary Jane Malinchak) is strewn with pictures of Annie and updates about the investigation. Her bio reads, “VICTIM ADVOCATE/MOM” in capital letters, and links to http://www.justiceforannie.com/ , a page containing even more information about Annie and her case. In regards to tonight’s 20/20 episode, Mary Jane has written, “JUSTICE FOR ANNIE MCCANN: watch 20/20 tonight abc. LOVE, ANNIE’S MOM. PLEASE HELP US.