Tuesday, April 8, 2008

The Diane Metzger Show

The WE (Women's Entertainment) Channel featured Diane Metzger in its "Women Behind Bars series" tonight.

Our Barb Ormsby, who covered her trial was prominently featured. (I was interviewed for the show too but ended up on the cutting room floor, where I belonged.)

Barb did any excellent job dispassionately describing some of the testimony at the trial.

Prosecutor Ed Weiss spoke convincingly of his belief that Diane not only was involved in the actual murder of Marti Metzger, but planned it as well. Frank Metzger, was not interviewed but in photos he looked like the low-life creep that he is in real life.

Diane came across rather poorly. I thought. Especially when she described how her infant son was cruelly ripped from her arms upon her capture. Did she expect them to let her take him to jail with her?

Marti's neighbor Colleen Carroll (I forget her married name) gave a damning interview, making Diane's story seem less and less credible.

My friend Art Donato, Diane's defense attorney, made it on to the show as did former Pennsylvania AG Ernie Preate, as Diane supporters. No mention was made of Preate's 1993 conviction for mail fraud or the 14 months he spent behind bars. (Since then he's been a lot more sympathetic to criminal types. Nothing wrong with that.)

Preate says Diane should be released from prison because she's been a model prisoner for the 30-plus years she's been inside.

As I said before I wouldn't squawk if she were let out but I don't believe she's ever been honest or come clean about her part in the crime. She's still the self-pitying dissembler, she's always been.

In all, I thought WE did a pretty good job with the show. It's a pretty entertaining series, even if it tends to be a bit overly sympathetic to the murderesses it features. But then that was to be expected.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I went to college with one of Martha Metzger's sons and Diane Metzger should die in prison for what she did. I used to read you when I lived in Delco. I'm glad you seem to have come around w/r/t her dishonesty.

Two things the show left out: (1) She was moved to Delaware to be closer to her son by Frank Metzger; and (2) She and Frank left four other holes near the one they buried Martha in. It doesn't take a genius to figure out what they were thinking. For some reason this never gets mentioned, nor that they left the boys in a motel in Buffalo, N.Y., after driving the boys 500 miles with their mother's dead body in the trunk.

But I digress. Kudos.

April 22, 2008 at 8:20 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No matter how many more years Diana stays in prison it will never bring back Martha. She has spent enough years there and has been a model prisoner. I do feel sorry for the children who are left without a mother. I am not saying it was ok what happened.

I saw the story about her on TV. Even when the parole board gave her clearance for parole the governor said no. I don't understand states that allow the governor to decide like PA and CA.

We are a country that locks up most of our citizens which costs the tax payers a lot of money.

People are given life sentences and other are put on death row. In Germany the sentences are 25 years. This person has done more time than that but in the USA that is normal.

What was done was not right but neither is having her die in there either. I would not want to be the person who holds the hate inside for Diana. It only hurts that person and not the one it is meant for.


April 22, 2008 at 8:40 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Diane Metzger met her husband Frank when she was 21 years old. He was estranged from his wife, Marti, and their three sons. A year later Diane and Frank moved in together, but Frank missed his other sons, and wanted to regain custody. On August 28th, 1974, Frank entered Marti’s home while Diane waited in the car. A struggle ensued and Frank beat Marti with a flashlight and suffocated her.

Frank and Diane fled the scene along with the boys. Six weeks later, when the couple got wind that the authorities were looking for them, they drove the boys to a hotel, abandoned them there, and fled to Idaho where they were ultimately arrested.

In 1976 Frank and Diane were convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life without parole. At Diane’s trial, Frank Metzger took total responsibility for the killing, and continues to do so to this day.

Diane maintains she did not know Frank was going to kill Marti that night, and hopes to be given clemency.

How does anyone get the fact that she committed a murder? If this is true she sit in the car and he murdered his ex to get the children. She was not even in the house at the time!!!

April 22, 2008 at 9:09 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You people need to rent a clue.

First of all, the two older boys have consistently testified that she was in the house. That's their word against their murderer father's word.

Second, there were four sons, not three. So get your facts straight.

Third, the fight was over child support and NOT custody.

Finally, I don't care what a model citizen Diane Metzger is. She should die in jail.

May 9, 2008 at 12:41 PM 
Blogger slickbecky said...

i think she should be released.. she didn't even commit the murder.. god bless all 5 kids !!!

November 2, 2008 at 4:05 PM 
Blogger Sonny said...

I just watched the Diane Metzger episode on Women Behind Bars. I was feeling sorry for her and hoping she would get clemency until I read your post. You are correct - there is no mention of Diane and her husband leaving Marti's four children behind in a motel. You mention Diane and Frank digging four holes. What is that about? Where can I read the real story?

January 2, 2009 at 4:23 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a Criminal Justice Major and I am reviewing her applicaton for clemency. I want to inform you that she was moved to be close to er elderly parents and her son. She has voiced concern for they're health. The Corrections system does not move a prisoner without just cause and a thourough investigation.
In fact I have her clemency application right here with me. Unless you kow about the Department of Correctons and state laws you cannot grasp what it is like to be an inmate behind bars. It is worse than living in a brothel house or a crack house. These inmates suffer unbelievable cruelties. Diane has rehabilitated herself and has been a model prisoner. It was never proven that she took part in the murder and unless you were there you cannot judge or call her a liar. She went into the hous to get the kids after her husband came out in a panic saying he had killed Martha.
I am certain she did what she thought was right and went to get the kids before they had to witness the crime. What would you do in her situation? Leave the kids in the house? Run and report it so thy could be wards of the state, even a worse curse than leaving them in a hotel room safely, so they would be discovered safey? What would any of us do? Unless we are put in this kind of situation you can never answer. I believe Diane should be released as she is asking for life on Parole not to be pardoned. There is major difference. Have you not protected anone you loved? Lied for them and stuck up for them? You want to believe thy are not anything but what you put them in your mind to be. I cannot stand societies opinions when they are stated out of complete ignorance. She is not a monster and may she be forgiven for trusting and loving murderous man. There is no truths to any graves made/ holes. Also you can implicate what you thought they were gonna do but your incorrect in doing so. Let sleeping dogs lay and I have faith in the system that she will be released soon. God said forgive and you shall be forgiven, stop the hate!!!!!!!!

February 11, 2009 at 8:39 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Might I mention that spreading these morbid rumors about Diane is how you start untruths getting mixed up with reality. Look up her clemency application and look up your facts.
Society has me sickened with GOSSIP.
Diane never asked anyone to "feel" sorry for her. She isn't asking for a Pardon or to have her sentenced wiped clean, she simply is asking for life on parole. If she were to be asking for a pardon than I can see some problems arrising. Being unbiased and non judgemental is what will get you ahead in life. Diane never as nor will be a danger to herself or to society. She was simply in te wrong place at the wrong time with a murderer who was caugh and will never get out. Please get your facts straight before flapping your yappers about people you know nothing about.

February 11, 2009 at 8:47 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just watched a show on Bio channel and this woman does not deserve to be let out. She does not seem to be truthful at all, and I do feel she was more cuplable than she is stating. Those boys will never get Martha back, so why should her kid get her back. She is guilty, and an idiot for falling for a man who would not pay child support. That is a sign right there that he is a lowlife, and there is no excuse not to pay it. Wear a condom if you don't want to pay for kids. He had four of them. Like any normal woman would be okay with him paying nothing. Please.

February 17, 2012 at 9:51 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2/17/12 Anonymous - I agree with you. I do not believe her, nor can I put my stock in the memories of what must have been a very confusing night for the children. Still, I believe she is not telling the whole truth.

I think that if there had been more holes dug, that would have been a major trial point, with pictures and arrows. This may have been a rumor heard by a young and sorrowful heart. I would need the pictures.

The show I watched stated that she remains in touch with the wife-killer. If he so damaged her life, the lives of his children, not to mention the life of his LEGAL wife, and she believed that, why would she remain cordial to or offer comfort to such a monster? According to her, she was not complicit, merely another one of his victims, even ultimately taking her son from her. Victims do not forgive their monsters so readily.

I believe this woman remains a danger to society, and it is good that people detached from her manipulations are able to sit in judgment of her freedom.

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November 11, 2012 at 2:23 PM 
Blogger Diane McKinney said...

The time line seems to be missing a story in between the murder and when they went back to Idaho. Frank Metzger was working at a college in miami florida during 73 - 74 as a chemistry lab manager. I know because i worked for him during that time as a student assistant (19)and even went to the trailer where Diane and he were staying on the Miami river to give him his paycheck. One day Frank came in to work and told us that he had to leave in a hurry, that people were looking for him and to tell anyone who asked that he was going to california ( a lie, I see now ). The FBI came looking for him that year and interviewed us all saying that they thought he had murdered his wife and buried her in a shallow grave next to their house. I wil never forget that day and Agent Craddock who was very scary. I am glad I finally found out what actually happened.

March 24, 2013 at 1:39 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Boo Hoo, I will be good now. Oh wait is that the deceased coming back to life? I don't think so. Let diane rot in prison where she belongs. Maybe it will deter others. That's the whole idea behind prison.

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June 18, 2013 at 1:21 AM 
Blogger Daniel Yabani said...

I just watched the show on Dstv I still cannot tell whether she is telling the truth or not. Very had to tell. Its easy to conclude that she is not guilty after one listens to her but the testimony of the elderly child tends to nullify all that she says

October 6, 2013 at 4:34 PM 
Anonymous Dr Evangelista said...

I have just watched a television program called PRISON DIARIES in the UK - this time about Diane Metzger. I had also read about her before. I must say I agree almost totally with 'Anonymous' (thats the prison worker - agree apart from the G'd bit - I am lucky and smart enough to be unreligious - plus a little bit more).
As he or she stated Diane has been commended for out-of-prison but for some wildly grotty reason she has been put back again,no reason given, thats enough to make anyone angry or make them feel hate. Thats not nice as it stands. Right - Diane was young when she was caught. She IS clever without a doubt. No matter what her age was she did know right from wrong but could equally have been influenced from love. Nowadays she has been a model prisoner for many many years ~ and no one can keep on act or lie for that long. She's been without normal life for 30 odd years, she has no clue how to live now. She is 1billion % guilty and there is no doubt. Should she die insideor be able to leave?? Frankly she sounds like the exact resemblance of the UKs Myra Hindley (check her out), just a few less murders than Hindley but as equal in grotesque. DM couldnt cope outside, her degrees and brain would never be accepted outside for jobs and likewise. All of her work for educational qualifications is only a deference to the naive and optimistic between us (for her release). She still did what she did. I think she would still be angry if she came out. Has she changed? Has she done her time? I think she has done her time ~ but it really is so close.

December 20, 2013 at 6:31 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the person with her clemency application.... You say - What should she have done- Left the children in the house?- NO she should have called the police. You also say if she called the police the kids would have been wards of the state. (They wouldn't have been Martha's family would have taken them), and then you in the same breath commend her for leaving kids alone in motel room (for their safety).
So she couldn't call the police right after the murder, BC the kids would have been "wards of the state", but once the authorities start hunting for them, its OK to abandon the kids and leave them "wards of the state".
Also, sticking up for or lying for someone you love is a huge difference from being an accomplice to murder, kidnapping, endangering welfare of children, abuse of corpse etc.
Your excuses and reasonings are the reason why so many people feel no sympathy or pity.
As far as life without parole... I believe it should be case by case. Do I believe Diane would kill again?- No.
Do I think after serving 40 yrs she should get paroled- I don't know. If it were my kid, sister, mother killed, I say NO.
Lastly, if she would say- I was young, dumb and blinded by love, if I could go back and change that day, I would. I know i played a part in a horrific crime that ruined the lives of Martha's 4 boys, as well as Diane's. 5 kids, no parents... Has she ever said Sorry.

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July 27, 2017 at 2:03 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is the NUMBER ONE problem with our justice system: Our juries do not do their job correctly. You are not supposed to find someone guilty because you "think" they did it or because you dont like the cut of their jib. In reality, it isn't even about whether or not a defendant committed a crime. A guilty verdict should only be reached if all 12 jurors feel and agree that the prosecution and state proved beyond a reasonable doubt that defendant committed the offense. I've watched so many shows about crime, law, and order and this is a recurring issue I see. Also, eyewitnesses lie. They become confused. They become intimidated. Considering what I've stated above, and all the facts and testimony in the case, if I had been a juror at Diane Metzger's trial, I wouldn't have budged on a not guilty of first degree murder vote. The prosecution DID NOT prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Diane was inside the home or participated in the physical act of killing Marti. Do I think she is a saint? No. Do I think she knew a murder would occur that night or do I think she participated?? I DON'T KNOW!! And that's the biggest issue.In my mind, if the state doesn't have damning physical evidence in a case, or if the jury has ANY doubt remaining as to whether or not the defendant committed the crime, then it is that jury's duty to find that person not guilty. Personally, I could live with someone who committed a crime slipping through the cracks easier than I could live with an innocent person spending life in prison....... I believe Diane should receive clemency. I believe she has done a sufficient amount of time

August 12, 2017 at 10:09 AM 
Blogger Kaiden Bateman said...

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February 12, 2018 at 12:25 AM 
Anonymous Bealiue said...

Diane was innocent ya bunch of cuntz. And Frank was a handsome man. Y'all go to hell.

April 6, 2018 at 12:46 AM 

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