Archives for April 2013

Beyond the Man in the Iron Mask

Beyond the Man in the Iron Mask: by request, I post all three parts that I wrote as guest posts for other bloggers here for readability. ___________________________________ I like to read about old unsolved cases. We usually refer to them as historical mysteries. One of them is the story of the unknown prisoner or the man […]

18 years for Jasper S

18 years for Jasper S, that is what the judge handed down for the rape-murder of Marianne Vaatstra. The prosecution had asked for 20 years. The defense did not deny the rape but argued that the murder was not intentional hence a reduced sentence was in order. The court did not accept that defense strategy […]

R.I.P. Elizabeth Miles

R.I.P. Elizabeth Miles. My heart is breaking. A lovely old friend has passed away. Elizabeth Miles, founding director and chairman of Iken, passed away last weekend. My friend, Brain Inkster, just told me. He wrote a beautiful post about Elizabeth. I quote: “Elizabeth was one of my very early connections on Twitter – way back […]

Update Robert Boulin

Update Robert Boulin: murder or suicide. In 2011, I posted that the death of Robert Boulin remains a mystery. Yes, he was in troubled waters. However, the manner in which he died and the way he was found, do not match suicide. While checking the papers and the Internet, I found an article from February of […]

Guilty verdict re John Sohus for Gerhartsreiter

Guilty verdict re John Sohus for Gerhartsreiter. His sentencing is scheduled for June 28, 2013. He faces 25 years to life in prison for the murder conviction, plus two additional years because the jury also found that he personally used a blunt object and a sharp instrument as weapons. It was not a death penalty […]

Recap #crimechat April 4, 2013

Recap #crimechat April 4, 2013: Today we spoke about wrongful convictions with Nancy Petro. A short introduction to wrongful convictions started this crimechat. How do we find out about Wrongful Convictions in general? A: We discover that the victim is alive & well. Examples: India 2003, the Reena Devi case. Reena disappeared, her mother ID-ed her dead […]