Barbara Mendez trial update

Husband Robin Mendez’ defense team is trying to show another man killed Barbara Mendez. You can read more about that here. Defending Robin isn’t easy. “The prosecutor then brought witness Sandy (Brandenburg) Jennings, who testified to having a short relationship with Robin Mendez which started the summer following Barbara Mendez’s murder and continued until Mendez’s […]

Anita Mae Carter Lukander (Oct 21, 1965 – March 18, 1988)

On March 17, 1988 Anita Mae Carter Lukander (22) vanished from her Atlantic Beach home in Florida. Her remains were found ten days later. Her case remains unsolved. Missing When Anita did not report for work, the authorities went to her house. They found her door unlocked and the lights were on. A few days […]

Mary Emsley and Marion Gilchrist

After I finished reading Mrs. Sherlock Holmes, I picked up Caleb Carr’s The Italian Secretary. It is a Holmes & Watson story but told by Carr and he did it very well. All the familiar characters are in there and the story is worth a read. It set off my Sir Arthur Conan Doyle reading […]

Moira “Holly” Branagan murdered 40 years ago

Moira “Holly” Branagan (Dec 8, 1962 – March 28, 1979) was murdered 40 years ago today. In 2014, it looked like the 1979 case was breaking open. However, Det. Thomas Galloway, in charge of the investigation, did not release any information except for this: “I have developed a suspect, but we’re not ready to move […]

Daniel Dougherty: third trial

On March 27, 2019, the third trial started for Daniel Dougherty. In 2000, Daniel Dougherty was found guilty of the 1985 arson that killed his two sons, Danny (4) and Johnny (3). Police arrested Dougherty in 1999 after his estranged wife and mother of the two children claimed he had confessed. A jury found him guilty […]

The Ethics of Forensic Genealogy

Introduction Lately, we have seen numerous cases that were unsolved for decades, where the use of forensic genealogy provided authorities with answers. Checking people’s family trees based on characteristics from the DNA sample on file has given us a string of cases where a suspect has now been identified. The media started to pick up […]

Lapointe seeks $13.5M in state compensation

In 1992, Richard A. Lapointe was sentenced to life plus 60 years for the 1987 rape-murder of Mrs. Bernice Martin who was found stabbed, raped, and strangled in her Manchester, Connecticut apartment that was set on fire. Lapointe has Dandy walker Syndrome, a congenital brain malformation that made him gullible and vulnerable to giving a false […]

Mrs. Sherlock Holmes by Brad Ricca 

Mrs. Sherlock Holmes by Brad Ricca is a book about Mary Grace Winterton Quackenbos Humiston (September 17, 1869 – July 16, 1948) and the Ruth Cruger case. Humiston Humiston was the first female Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York meaning she was the chief federal law enforcement officer for […]