DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A pinkie swear was not enough to preserve the complicated relationship between a woman and her nanny once they had both been arrested for murder.
In the days before Karen Tobie and Lynne Blake were taken into custody for the murder of Tobie's husband, John Cataneo, Tobie consulted a lawyer while Blake considered confessing to police.
"I thought she was trying to push this all off on me," Blake testified Wednesday.
On Oct. 6, 2004, several months after the murder, the two women wrapped pinkies and swore to keep their mouths shut, according to Blake.
The next day, police put a secret recording device in Lynne Blake's bra.
"Don't chicken out. We don't say anything," Tobie told her friend and child's nanny in a recording played for jurors. "Do not fall into this s---, Lynne, because this will be our downfall."
Cataneo was shot four times outside his duplex apartment on the night of June 30, 2004. Tobie and the alleged gunman, Tysjohaun Cooper, are now on trial for his murder and face the death penalty if convicted.
It's a sad, sad day when you can't count on a solemn pinky-swear to keep someone quiet about a murder. Whatever happened to those lost days of integrity when hooking little digits with another peson actually meant something? Maybe they should have also used the finger zipper across the mouth, locking and throwing away the key as a backup.