Cleveland: Amanda Berry's 9-1-1 call checked for obscenity

5:59 PM, May 20, 2013   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- Amanda Berry's 9-1-1 call is getting more attention after the suggestion it might contain a possible obscene name spoken by the dispatcher.

A social media comment triggered media interest and got the city to have the police audio technician dissect it sound by sound.

Forensic Specialist Tom Ciula listened to the controversial 1.1 seconds that conclude the call.

And he concluded that two-word obscenity some heard -- one word starting with f, the second with a b -- is not there.

He found "F" and "B" sounds, but no actual words, much less the shocking ones some alleged.

A second audio expert, Stuart Allen, listened to the sequence for Channel 3 and had a somewhat different conclusion.

Allen recently made news for his analysis of spoken words and alleged gunfire sounds on audio tape of the Kent State University massacre, suggesting someone may have  urged National Guard troops to fire. The Justice Department did not pursue his findings.

He heard a background" F" obscenity not spoken by the dispatcher and not intended for caller Amanda Berry.

The city says the dispatcher is off the hook for a possible obscenity, but still faces some action for his alleged lack of sensitivity in handling Amanda's call.


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