The removals were a disaster. Over the course of his term in office, Jackson signed more than ninety treaties with Indian tribes, but the government rarely honored these treaties in reality. Tribes were given little time to gather their belongings and were forced to move westward before any planning could be accomplished. Thousands died. Two tribes, the Fox and Sac, were massacred for crossing back over to the eastern shore of the Mississippi to plant grain. The Blackhawk fought a losing war against federal and state troops. Perhaps most serious of all, though, was the battle for Florida–Jackson's old stomping grounds. The Seminoles refused to leave their land, and federal troops spent years fighting them throughout the dense Everglades in southern Florida. Altogether, the war cost the . more than fifteen million dollars. Still later, tragedy recurred when thousands of Cherokees died on the trip west on the infamous "Trail of Tears" in 1838–1839.
They were told that Swearingen’s mobile phone signal could be tracked as it switched from one cellphone tower to another on the day Trotter disappeared. Detective Tom Duroy showed the jury a map with dots marking Swearingen’s phone calls and text messages, joined the dots and told them it showed Swearingen driving from his home into the forest. ‘He was most probably within that sector,’ Duroy said. ‘I could have placed him up here by the body. We didn’t do that. We gave him the benefit of the doubt and placed it in a position that would be fair’.