Gary Giordano, the prime suspect in the missing Maryland Woman Robyn Gardner case, proclaimed on National Television ABC TV network Thursday that he did not murder Gardner.
Robyn Gardner went missing on the afternoon of August 2 this year from Baby Beach, Aruba, where she had gone vacationing with Gary Giordano. He said that he had no part to play in whatever had happened to her.
Giordano, who was at times awkwardly questioned by GMA co-anchor Robin Roberts, appeared pretty confident and composed while talking about the case.
Giordano seemed to be answering every question without any hesitation.
At one point when Roberts referred to the $1.5-million life insurance policy that Giordano had taken out on his traveling companion, Giordano quickly shot back, Let's talk about the life insurance policy.
He explained that the insurance coverage that he was talking for himself was an insurance against a canceled trip, and that it did not give him a choice to exclude Gardner from that. He said that the coverage also covered lost baggage and medical benefits. It also covered his own accidental death, the beneficiaries of which were his children.
He further said that he was asked by his attorney in Aruba to contact the insurance company as soon as Gardner went missing, to check if the insurance company would cover the cost of the search that was being held for Gardner.
My lawyer at the time, Michael Lopez, said you need to call insurance immediately. Helicopters and divers might send you an invoice. Call insurance and ask them how they deal with these expenses, Giordano said.
Gary Giordano also tried to make it clear that he was not fleeing from Aruba. He said that Gardner's mother, who was in Aruba to help search for her daughter, told him on the morning of August 5 that he could go back and be with his family.
Also, he said that he was released by the Dutch island investigators from further questioning. It was only after he reached the airport that he was stopped by the police and arrested on murder charges.
Giordano then said that the island itself could be blamed for Gradner's disappearance.
He said, What you don't know is Aruba has two main sources of income, and it's not tourism. It's cocaine and human trafficking. And where we were, it takes a half-hour to drive a boat to Venezuela, and right where we were, that's where they drop off illegals to swim to shore.
When asked if he had to do anything with this, he said, Absolutely not. I feel that a person I cared about has disappeared on my watch. It will weigh heavily on me for a very long time.
The interview on Good Morning America certainly changed Giordano's image from a shadowy murder suspect in the case to someone who has been a victim of the wrongful coverage of media with distorted facts and biased information.
Numerous efforts have been made by the Aruba investigators to trace 35-year-old Gardner, but all in vain. There is no evidence or fact that is enough to detain Giordano for her disappearance.
Most recently, another woman, 33-year-old Michelle Parker from Orlando, also went missing under mysterious circumstances after dropping her twin kids to their father's home. She vanished Nov.17, and the investigations are still on to find her.