Archives for November 2010

No independent inquiry in Crewe Murders

Justice Minister Simon Power has turned down calls for an independent inquiry into the 40-year-old murder mystery of the Crewe Family. “In response, Mr Power said he understood the interest in seeking closure, but his hands were tied. Neither I nor my ministerial colleagues can direct the police to reopen the case. Due to the constitutional separation […]

The 1953 homicide of Officer Burchfield

Officer Richard Stanley Burchfield (May 26, 1918 – Nov 26, 1953) was murdered on Nov 26, 1953. He was a patrolman with the Colorado Springs Police Department. Burchfield was killed with a .22 caliber handgun by an unknown man during an armed robbery investigation in the area of 1600 N. Wood Ave. That robbery was part of a […]

Vidocq presents… Joe Giacalone

Meet Joe Giacalone, a 19 year law enforcement Supervisor and Commanding Officer of a Cold Case Squad that has investigated hundreds of homicide and missing person cases throughout his career. Joe Giacalone has a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice with a Specialty in Crime and Deviance. He is also an Adjunct Professor at John Jay […]

Penn State’s Forensic Science students to explore the Zeigler case

I am proud to announce a special collaboration with Penn State University’s Forensic Science Program. The students in this program will get access to crime scene photographs, police reports, witness statements and more to apply everything they have learned in class in a real case. The students will be able to explore bloodstain patterns observed […]

Remember Betsy Aardsma

I am very glad to report that police are waiting for DNA test results of Betsy’s red dress that she wore the afternoon she was killed. Betsy was stabbed in her heart and nobody heard her scream. She died on November 28, 1969. Betsy was a lively young woman, a reader, a great cook, and […]

Remembering Dana Lea Bailey

Update: Dana’s sister Tracy told me that the young woman who appears in many newspaper photographs is actually not Dana but Dana’s roommate. Tracy kindly gave me a photograph of her beautiful sister. We hope that by publishing this photograph and this post the discussions in Dana’s case will pick up again. On March 5, 1987, Dana Lea […]

The Killer of Little Shepherds

The Killer of Little Shepherds. I just finished reading “the Killer of Little Shepherds” by Douglas Starr and can highly recommend this book. This is not just for lovers of the tales of serial killers or for those who love to read about forensics. It is a book about the evolution of society, how good trusting […]

Zeigler, Part XVI

Zeigler, Part XVI: On misplaced pride, loyalty, and sacrifice On Nov 4, 2010, the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled that Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley (a.k.a. the Memphis Three) will get their cases reviewed in a lower court hearing to see whether they should be granted a new trial. This means that they will […]