Archives for June 2012

Murdered: Duncan MacPherson

The case of Duncan MacPherson (February 3, 1966 – August 9, 1989) started as a missing person case. After reading John Leake‘s book it is clear at least to me that it was murder or manslaughter (3rd degree). You do not have to lie in wait or have done meticulous planning. Your state of mind, the knowledge […]

#cclivechat Recap June 15, 2012

In today’s #cclivechat, Sue Carney covered body fluids testing, limitations of tests and forensic interpretation of body fluids with us. It brought a few surprises such as that urine and feces contain very little DNA, that some cells look identical and are thus less suited for forensic purposes. Sue also indicated the difficulties with several tests and […]

Renewed media attention for Teresa Sue Hilt

Renewed media attention for Teresa Sue Hilt. We did it! There is again a buzz in Tess’ cold case! Before my postings, Tess did not have any Internet presence. Her case was in newspaper articles but they did not feature on any website or blog. All that has changed. Not only did Tess get a […]

Key evidence lost in Hank Skinner case

Key evidence is lost in the case of Hank Skinner so despite the fact that the state of Texas now backs further DNA testing, we still will not get all the answers we need. There are pictures of the jackets (see here) but the big blood- and sweat-stained tan jacket with snap buttons down the front found near […]

In memory: Azaria Chantel Loren Chamberlain

She only lived for two months but the little girl is etched in our memories: Azaria Chantel Loren Chamberlain (June 11, 1980 – Aug 17, 1980) After she disappeared her mother, Lindy Chamberlain was convicted of murder on October 29, 1982 and sentenced to life imprisonment with hard labour. Her father, Michael Chamberlain was found guilty as an accessory […]

Auschwitz: A Doctor’s Eyewitness Account by Dr. Miklos Nyiszli

A book not just about World War II, Auschwitz or the Nazi regime but even more about perseverance, compartmentalizing your brain to survive and making the best rational decisions while under inhuman distress. That is what it is about to me but read it yourself and then tell me what you think. Auschwitz consisted of Auschwitz […]

David Lee Gavitt free after 30 years!

From PBS Frontline comes fantastic news! David Lee Gavitt is free after modern forensic arson detection determined there was no arson but an accidental fire. Gavitt is amongst several who have had their cases re-examined and thankfully, have been freed from prison and some from death row. Alas, all this comes too late for Willingham. […]

Sum it up #38

I have not done a Sum it up in a while so it is time. During my newspaper rounds I found some interesting articles. The BBC reports about the 15 year old UK rape case against John Molt. Molt is accused of rape of a minor. “The court heard the father of accused Jon Molt provided […]