DISTASO: And then before we get to that, though, when is the last time that you physically saw your daughter, not talk to her on the phone, but actually saw her in person?
ROCHA: December 15th.
DISTASO: And that was at the dinner you told us about?
In her book, For Laci, pages 74-75, Sharon writes about that dinner:
At dinner, I said that Ron and I had gone fishing earlier in theRon specifically said in his testimony that the night they went over was the season finale of The Sopranos:
morning. Laci's eyes widened. I rarely went fishing with him, so it was
news. And it prompted a funny description of me bundled up in a
chair beside the river. It was also a perfect opportunity for Scott—or
Laci—to mention that he'd bought a fishing boat the week before.
But the subject never came up because (a) Laci didn't know and (b)
because Scott didn't want us to know.
For some reason, Laci mentioned that Scott had told her that the
warehouse he rented for work in an industrial part of town was so full
he had to step over things to get to his office. I'd never seen the warehouse
myself. I didn't even know what it looked like until I saw photos
at the preliminary hearing. By that time I couldn't remember why she
had brought it up, but I knew it didn't have anything to do with a
GRANTSKI: Yeah. That was the plan. The way it worked was it was the last episode of Sopranos and I was complaining because it comes on on cable at 9:00 o'clock, and Scott and Laci had satellite, and Laci said Well, we get it at 6:00, why don't you come over for dinner and we'll watch the last episode. So that's what we did.
DISTASO: Okay. Coming on at, at 9:00 o'clock, were you, is that, is that a little late in your normal typical schedule?
GRANTSKI: Yeah. I get up at 3:30, 4:30 at the latest every day and, so...
DISTASO: As part of your job, do you, do you drive to a lot of different locations? You know, wherever your construction projects are going on?
GRANTSKI: Yes, I put between 35 and 50,000 miles a year on my car, so I do a lot of driving.
DISTASO: So you're up early?
DISTASO: And you get to your sites and you do your thing early?
DISTASO: And you go to bed early after that?
DISTASO: So you went over to Laci's house and the Sopranos came on at 6:00 because they have satellite, right?However, the 2002 season finale of The Sopranos did not air on December 15, 2002 -- it aired on December 8, as shown in this chart from Wikipedia.
Ron also revealed in his testimony that it was Scott initiating the increased contact between the two families -- not Laci, and not Sharon:
GERAGOS: Okay. The, is it a fair statement that as Laci got more pregnant, or as the pregnancy proceeded, that Scott made an effort to try and include you and Sharon more with them?
GRANTSKI: Yes, he did.
GRANTSKI: Yes, he did.
GERAGOS: And would that also involve having you and Sharon, as she progressively got more pregnant, or the due date approached, coming over on Sundays, for instance, for dinners?
GERAGOS: Okay. And that he wanted to spend more time or have the families get closer together?
GRANTSKI: About two weeks before Laci,
GRANTSKI: disappeared, I made a point of asking Sharon about that, you know, it's kind of strange, we're all starting to get together. She said that Scott, Laci said, Scott wanted us to spend more time together because of the baby.The Sunday before Laci's disappearance was the 22nd. Two weeks before the 22nd as the 8th. So it's logical to conclude that Ron asked Sharon about the increased visits between the families on the night they last went to Laci's for dinner.
Scott didn't tell Sharon and Ron about the boat purchase because he hadn't yet bought the boat on December 8. He didn't buy it until the next day. And, despite his personal failings with fidelity, he very much was doing what he could to become closer to Laci's family.
The dinner being on the 8th makes sense of the "warehouse being so cramped" conversation. Since Sharon was wrong about the date, there's no reason to believe that she is entirely right in her memory of how that conversation went. It likely was some good-humored chatter between Laci and Scott about how he was going to fit a boat in the warehouse as cramped as it already was. Sharon and Ron may not have known that Scott actually bought the boat, but I highly suspect they knew that Scott was talking about buying one.