Deanna Cook’s death in August brought to light the deficiencies in the emergency response system after a 911 operator listened as she was murdered, yet it still took police two days to find her body.
Now a Dallas news station has released the final 911 call Cook made as her ex-husband made threats to kill her. News 8 also found other recordings from Deanna Cook’s long history with her ex-husband, Delvechio Patrick, painting a picture of a woman in constant fear of her safety.
“I don’t want him to know I even called,”Cook said in one 911 recording. “You know what I’m saying? That’s the thing. That triggers him when he knows I called. He tears the stuff up in my house.”
Cook called 911 many times in the weeks and months leading up to her death, always in fear of her ex-husband. He often watched her house and threatened to kill her, yet Cook seemed to have trouble getting anywhere with Dallas Police.
“He’s already tried to kill me three times,” Cook said in another recording. “I’m really just fed up with this. I can’t keep moving and changing my life because of this [expletive].”
In another recording, Cook said: “I’ve been going through this for five years with him. It’s still the same thing. I have complaints. If you look up my name, you’ll see there are a hundred thousand complaints, but ain’t nobody doing nothing.”
Cook called for the last time on August 17, 2012. Her ex-husband had broken into her home and Deanna called police from her cell phone. Though she was never able to talk to the operator, the confrontation with Patrick could be heard in the background for close to 10 minutes.
The operator tried to find Deanna Cook’s address from a database as Cook’s please grew more frantic.
Please, Red! I didn’t do nothing! I’m nice. I’m nice. Please!”
The 911 operator then heard Delvechio Patrick order Cook to her knees, telling her that he was going to kill her. By the time the operator found the address and sent it to officers, Delvecchio delivered another threat and the call went silent.
Police did not arrive at Deanna Cook’s home until 51 minutes after she initiated the 911 call, but when no one answered the responding officers left.
There were several deficiencies with the Dallas Police 911 system on the day of the call. On the day of Deanna Cook’s call, there were no supervisors on duty to help with difficult calls, and Deanna’s call was never upgraded to top priority, leading to a slower response time from police.