yeah, they just featured it this week on ABC's 20/20.
The new part is that they caught the guy on the phone. This was the part of the story that was at the end and got cut off. Here it is:
The Big Break
The detectives caught a break when they say they discovered the calling card used in the Kentucky incident was purchased at a different Wal-Mart than the one in the Massachusetts case. This time, the cameras in the store were trained on the cash registers.
"We can see the card go across the scanner -- we see everything," said Flaherty. "But now we see an individual. We don't know who that is."
When detectives go back to the first surveillance tape to try and match up the face, they say they believe it is the same man and notice something else -- he's wearing a uniform.
The uniform is that of CCA -- Corrections Corporation of America -- a private prison company that runs a jail in Panama City. The warden identified the man in the video as one of his prison guards -- 38-year-old David Stewart.
According to police, a search of Stewart's trailer revealed guns, police paraphernalia and training manuals. Police also discovered that Stewart had attended a local police academy and even volunteered as a deputy with a small police department in western Florida.
"It's like a sigh of relief," Flaherty said. "It's been a long time, now you actually have a name to a face."
The Calls Stop
David Stewart was extradited to Kentucky and charged with solicitation of sodomy and impersonating a police officer, and pleaded not guilty.
Clinical psychologist Jeff Gardere says the caller's actions were likely a way to feed a God-like complex by manipulating his victims emotionally, physically and s3xually. He calls it "virtual voyeurism."
Gardere goes on to say that it was no accident that the caller was targeting fast food restaurants.
"Everything is by the book," he explained. "This is how you serve it. This is exactly how you do it. You follow the book -- you're OK. I believe he picked fast food restaurants because he knew, once you got them away from that book, once it was something outside the manual or the procedures, they would be lost."
Nix was sentenced in March to five years in prison. He pleaded guilty to s3xual abuse, s3xual misconduct, and unlawful imprisonment. Nix testified that he thought he was following an officer's orders.
Donna Summers was fired after the incident. She was charged with unlawful imprisonment, and was sentenced to probation after entering an Alford plea -- a type of guilty plea in which a person does not admit guilt, but acknowledges the evidence is sufficient for a conviction. She broke off her engagement to Nix after viewing the surveillance tapes.
In a statement, McDonald's said, "We take this matter very seriously and through our training try very hard to warn employees about such schemes."
McDonald's training manual does include a section that cautions employees that "no legitimate law enforcement agency would ever ask you to conduct such a search."
But none of the employees "Primetime" spoke with at the Mount Washington, Ky., McDonald's say they recall seeing the warning.
Which brings us back to the trial in Bullitt County. David Stewart sat impassively in the courtroom as witnesses recounted the events of that fateful night in April 2004. One by one they took the stand.
Donna Summers stated she was just following instructions. Walter Nix, the man found guilty of sodomy, sat up in his orange prison-issued jumpsuit, described his conversation and told the court that he felt like the caller "had control of his mind."
The jury then witnessed first-hand the ordeal that Louise had gone through as they silently watched the surveillance video, while the detectives described how they were able to track down Stewart using the security camera video from WalMart.
Throughout the trial, defense attorney Steve Romines maintained that police had caught the wrong man.
"They had to get somebody," he said. "When something this, you know, offensive and this happen, you know, we've got to blame it on somebody. It can't be that people just made bad decision. And, you know, David was the fall guy."
When pressed, during an interview with ABC News, on the issue that there was video of Stewart buying the calling card at a Walmart, Romines replied: "That's the key question, was it him?"
Romines also noted that even if one were to find that it was Stewart who bought the phone cards, it does not prove that it was he who made the calls to the fast food establishments.
Then a bombshell in the courtroom, detectives testified that they had recovered a calling card from Stewart's home that they say had been used to call a burger king in Idaho -- the same restaurant at which a female manager received a call instructing her to strip search a male employee. That call had been made nearly a year before the call to the McDonald's in Kentucky.
Again, Romines argued that this did not prove that he made the calls.
In the end, there apparently wasn't enough evidence to convince the jury. After two hours of deliberations, Stewart was found not guilty on all charges.
"We would have liked to have a guilty verdict in this case, 12 people on the jury said he's not guilty and we respect their decision," a disappointed Detective Stump stated.
One thing to consider: since Stewart's arrest in June 2004, there have been no reported hoax calls to fast food restaurants.
Meanwhile, Ogborn is suing McDonald's for $200 million, claiming the company didn't protect her from the hoax.
good read props