Tommy Croslin’s Voice and Speech Patterns in Jailhouse Confession Ring True. What Does Ron Know?


Tommy Croslin, brother of Misty Croslin,  the ex step mother of  missing five year old  Haleigh Cummings, told his grandmother, Flora Hollars that he knows how Haleigh died. Based on his vocal tells during his phone conversation with his grandmother he appears to me to  be telling the truth.

He is fluent in speech, without hesitation, repetition, and does’t use ” like um and ums” – tells which can often be heard when there is deception. He has a fluidity to the rate of speech. His tone of voice is  appropriately inflected, especially when he speaks about being scared.  He says that he is scared of anyone hurting his kids and I believe him. In fact, n you  can actually hear the fearful emotional state reflected in his vocal tone.

I especially believe Tommy when he tells his grandmother that he was  threatened to keep quiet about what happened. Perhaps that would seem to explain the headless rat that arrived in his mailbox, which Ron allegedly sent as a reminder to not “rat him out”.


Grandmother Flora Hollars questioned her grandson Tommy  about that horribly fateful night that Haleigh was last seen. She said:

“I was told that Ron come home, and Haleigh and found one of his pills and took it and was dead … Ron called you to get you to come up there and help Misty clean the house while he disposed of Haleigh,”

But then Tommy denied this scenario which his grandmother presented  and said it simply wasn’t true.

He said he was threatened to stay quiet about what happened, or risk being killed. He told his grandmother he feels more safe in jail.

Tommy then  asked his grandmother about his sister Misty and if she has told investigators all she knows about Haleigh.

This line of  Tommy’s questioning definitely  leads me to believe what I have said all along that Misty knows a lot about what happened to the little girl.

I read it in her vocal pattern during the 911 call and saw it in her body language on every subsequent television interview she did where she discussed how she didn’t know what happened to little  Haleigh.


Even though Tommy denied Flora’s scenario that  she heard Haleigh and found one of his pills and took it and was dead …and even denied the rest of her scenario that “ Ron called you to get you to come up there and help Misty clean the house while he disposed of Haleigh,” the real question is, what  part of the scenario is Tommy denying?  Is there any part of the scenario which is true? Is he denying the part that:

  1. Haleigh found one of his pills and took it and was dead, or that
  2. Ron called him to come up there and help Misty clean the house, or that
  3. Ron disposed of Haleigh?

Was Tommy saying “no” to all of this story or only to a part of it?

This is not the first time we heard something about Haleigh in relation to drugs. It was one of the three stories that Flora said that  Misty shared with her grandmother as to what happened to Haleigh.

It was also a scenario that we read about in one of Misty Croslin’s friend’s jailhouse letters. Apparently her friend Kristina Prevatt aka Nay Nay made reference to Haleigh getting into some “oxycottin.”

If it was true that Haleigh got a hold of the drug and ingested it, did she first become unconscious before she died? As soon as she was unconscious why wasn’t she immediately taken to the emergency room where her stomach could have been pumped and her  life could have possibly been saved ?

The reason may have been  simple. If  it was discovered that she ingested oxycontin, authorities  question would be where she got the drug. There would be no doubt be an investigation and Ron’s drug dealing  business would be over. So nothing was done to save her, if indeed she did ingest the drug. If this is the case, she was obviously neglected and left to die.

Could this be the reason that Ron acted so odd throughout this entire situation? Did he know what happened to Haleigh as he had Misty call 911 and as he subsequently went on television to do all of the interviews?


I have always been troubled by Ronald Cummings’ body language and behavior ever since I first heard the 911 tape where he had his then 17 year old girlfriend Misty reported his daughter Haleigh missing.

To me, his behavior  seemed very confusing and not congruent. Did he know a lot more than he was saying during his interviews? In my view, his behavior was very odd. Here are the elements which have  troubled me about Ron’s behavior.

  1. The 911 call  was made by a 17 year old girl and not by Ron, the parent of the child. As we all saw  in the Greta  van Sustern interviews, Ron is a  “ take charge kind of guy”  as he appeared to direct  Misty as to what to say and not to say.  So why didn’t he take charge that night and call 911?
  1. In the brief moment he speaks to the 911 operator, Ron said ” I just got home from work. If I find who took my daughter I will kill them.  He then repeats this threat several times, which is very odd. Most people who were missing a child would go into the woods, even in the dark and start to call out to the child. They would wonder why she would have walked off.They would plead with 911 to help them locate their child. They would not make threats.

3.      During the 911 call he told Misty to hang up because he had” better people to talk to.” Who were these “better”  people to whom he was referring that were more important to speak to other than law enforcement?

4.      His sudden rush to marry a legally  underage  17 year old shortly after the child disappeared was also cause for concern. Was his rush to marry Misty done so that his wife could not testify against him? Did he marry her so quickly because he did not want to get arrested for being with an underage girl?

5.      His controlling behavior  over Misty during  the  Greta van Sustern interview and Today show interview  and inconsistent statements make one wonder whether he  already knew what happened to  his daughter. Why was he so controlling over Misty in her speaking? Did he not want her to reveal something relevant  to the press?

6.      Ron’s hurling himself on the ground for what seemed to be for the effect of the camera and his non tears were also odd.

7.      Ron was too sure that Haleigh was taken and still alive. After a year, most people  would at least question whether Haleigh had been killed.

8.Ron’s  constant verbal theme that he was “at work,” said  throughout  all of his interviews was odd. It was as though he mentioned it to everyone who would listen so they would be sure to know he had nothing to do with Haleigh’s disappearance because  he was somewhere else- “at work”.

While it was documented that Ron was indeed at work, what happened before he went to work?  During one interview, he had a  smug Chesire cat grin, when he spoke about how he was”at work.”

He even made the same statement  to the undercover officer  to whom he sold the drugs in the car as he also told him that  he was “at work”.

9.Ron’s volunteering too much unsolicited information that “Haleigh was not a victim of a dope boy”- a  young male that  moves hard drugs (ex. cocaine, crack), as well as the standard marijuana and prescription pills  to a specific geographic area or neighborhood,  was also odd.

10.  His deceptive verbal tells of hesitation, fragmentation, and the repetition to Geraldo Rivera’s interview  were also concerns.

11.  Ron made a disconcerting  statement to Geraldo when Geraldo tells him he was told that Ron hit his child. Ron’s answer was fragmented as he repeated Gerlado’s exact words in the beginning of the  question .Ron then goes on to say “ Me and my child have an agreement. Daddy, daughter. She has been spanked on her behind the way DCF says that you can take care of disciplining your children.”

First of all what is this daddy daughter agreement? This fragmented statement with way too much information leads me to question as to whether Ron may have  possibly  hit Haleigh or possibly backhanded her to the face as Geraldo asked.

12.  Ron lied to Geraldo about having nothing to do with drugs when in fact we know that he did, based on his recent drug bust.

13.  Finally, Ron’s bravado when he was first arrested, telling  reporter Dan Treen that he will kill the person who killed Haleigh  makes me once again question if this was  his way to  possibly mislead authorities who  so they would take the focus of of him.


One of the other possible scenarios that Flora Hollars  said that Misty relayed to her   in relation to what happened to Haleigh was that she hit Haleigh over the head with some wood.

The inconsistencies with regard to Misty during her interviews since Haleigh went missing  are a follows:

  1. Misty told Greta Van Sustern she did not sleep with Haleigh.
  2. Misty told Nancy Grace  that Hailey was not in bed with her, indicating they had not slept together.
  3. Misty then  said at one time Hailey  was  asleep in the same bed with  her brother.
  4. Misty said she was washing the sheets and put a blanket over Haleigh when she was sleeping
  5. Misty told Meredith Viera  that Haleigh  was in her bed
  6. Misty told Nancy Grace that she and Haleigh were in bed together.
  7. Misty also said she went to bed at 10 PM and woke up at 3.  Ron said he called Misty at 3:25 as he was pulling into the driveway.I want to know what happened in those  25  minutes when Misty reported that  she woke up to the time Ron called her as he pulled into the driveway. And why would anyone call anyone as they were pulling into the driveway when they would see the person in a matter of seconds? It didn’t make any sense at all.


During one interview where I was on a panel with Leonard Padilla, the famous bounty hunter, he said that”:Tommy would be the first to crack.” He said that Tommy would be the first one to tell what happened and Leonard was absolutely correct.

Tommy is frightened to losing his wife Lindsey and his family and keeps mentioning this. In fact in his last conversation with Tommy, grandmother Flora Hollars reassured  Tommy that Lindsey loved him and wasn’t leaving him.

So it seems to me as though Tommy is highly motivated to get back to the wife and family he loves. No doubt that is why he has decided that it is in his best interest to tell the truth and to tell all that he knows and ,  finally cooperate.


5 thoughts on “Tommy Croslin’s Voice and Speech Patterns in Jailhouse Confession Ring True. What Does Ron Know?

  1. Seems to me I read somewhere that Ron actually stopped at a convenience store and bought beer and smokes BEFORE he “charged” home after Misty called and told him Haleigh was missing. Isn’t there a video from the convenience store that proved this?


  2. Maybe if they were all put into TOTAL solitary confinement in which ever jails they are in they would finally talk the truth. NO t.v., NO social hour, NO card playing, NO hair-braiding (ugly as it is) and NO interaction with ANYONE !!! After all, there is a little child that is missing and none of them seem to really care. As long as they interact with others, there life goes on without much care. They actually whine like the hillbillies that they are.


  3. All of them are playing lets make a deal! I do believe no one should get any deals for they had 16 months to tell what happened to HaLeigh…the plot thickens.

    As far as the public have been told, Ronald was at work and verified with LE. I don’t know if something happened before he went to work but I doubt Misty would be taking the weight herself. Her stories from the start were inconsistent. She was last seen with HaLeigh and Junior, she is ultimately responsible. In her jailhouse letter to her sister in law, she mentions her cousin JO, which she had implicated from the start. LE spoke with him and released him, he left for Tennessee the very next day. JO helped hang missing posters of HaLeigh…the perp will sometimes put themselves in the middle of the investigation to hear what is being said and who it is being said about.
    I do believe since Ronald is adamantly exclaiming no fight took place with JO over this alleged rare gun, I feel, this is what the catalyst for HaLeigh’s demise was. JO was furious at Ronald for humiliating him and making him look like a fool over this gun JO took which Ronald later recovered. JO knew Ronald worked the night shift, JO was leaving for Tennessee the very next day. He went to the mobile home to look for this gun. When the gun was no where to be found, he may have taken HaLeigh to get back at Ronald. Everyone knew in town HaLeigh was Ronald’s heart and hurt him through his child. JMHO If what Misty said is true, this is the scenario, IMO..JO took HaLeigh for his anger and rage for her father, Ronald. If JO sexually abused her, then as the Croslin siblings state, he through HaLeigh in the river and let the creatures that live there, take care of her body. Dispicable, deplorable, depraved act and if this is the case, he should be put to death like the animal he is..Seems the Croslin siblings are petrified of their crazy cousin, he said he’d kill them all! Why did it take all these months to come clean about this precious child? Now, Tommy’s wife has filed for divorce, the part he played in this is enough to send his wife packing, how can he go along with harming this child when he has children himself. They all should have called 911 immediately after JO walked out of that home with HaLeigh. Tommy couldn’t because he too was involved with HaLeigh’s demise..I do hope they all go down for murder in the first degree and spend the rest of their sorry lives in jail without the possibility of parole..

    Just my humble opinions…


  4. If Ron had any involvement in killing his own daughter, why wouldnt Tommy and Misty tell on him? Especially now that he is getting a deal to testify against them!
    Dosent make sense to me unless they are ALL involved and cant say without implicating themselves.


  5. This is only my opinion….I think Misty is the culprit. If you’ve seen the recorded jail visits, then you’ve seen how badly Misty wants out of jail. She would do just about anything to get out of there. Even if it meant coming clean and telling the TRUTH. But, and again; only my opinion, if she is responsible for Haleigh’s death, then she can’t tell the truth because that would not get her out of jail.

    As much as she hates being in jail, I believe if it was anybody else who is responsible, Misty would have said so by now. Because NOBODY sits in jail this long to cover somebody else’s butt. Oh, I know that she has put several different stories out there, but none of them are true.

    And I know that she’s not getting out of jail, no matter what story she tells. But in watching her recorded visits, her way of thinking is so simplistic and lacking in reality, I think she thinks that if she could just tell a reasonable version of events, which of course wouldn’t include her at all, then they would let her out. Just my opinion.

    How shameful that here is yet another family (of sorts) that will go to great extremes to cover up the disappearance/death/disposal of a child.


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