Does Bill threaten Haden in his diary?
1. The prosecution argued that Bill’s diary burst forth with threats against Haden.
2. While Bill’s diary did indeed burst forth with emotional agony, it contained no threats – direct or indirect – against Haden.
3. The only threat in the diary was against Bill himself. ‘If it’s gone from me [that is, Chubbie’s love], I will end this life. I can’t stand the strain much longer.’
4. Bill told Chubbie that he would give her $1000 as a wedding gift. She worked out that he was going to get the money from an insurance payout after he killed himself in a plane accident.
Bill was considering killing himself if he lost Chubbie. There is no evidence in his diary that he planned to kill Haden. The prosecution was manipulating the evidence to fit their claim that Bill killed Haden.