Progress in some cold cases

We have seen some real progress lately in unsolved homicides. Some of our missing have been found, trials in decade old cold cases are ongoing, and forensic science is facilitating the progress that law enforcement is making in solving cold cases. The more we read about this the better the chances that other cold cases will […]

The Justice Gap on Wrongful Convictions

Kim Evans wrote an excellent summary for the Justice Gap about the Criminal Appeal Lawyers Association (CALA) conference on Wrongful Convictions from last week. I quote: “At our Justice Gap debate, Francis FitzGibbon QC, of Doughty Street Chambers, kicked off proceedings by asking why should anyone care about the wrongly convicted.” Do we still care or do we […]

Sum it up! #2

For this week’s Sum it Up:  several cold cases were in the news. Rockfort Police (IL) announced an arrest in the 1998 murder of Debbie Lynn Logsdon. “Richard L. Brown was served a warrant last Friday for first-degree murder. Deputy Police Chief Greg Lindmark would not say what new piece of evidence led police to Brown, but […]

Crippen continued…

I read John Boyne’s book “Crippen” a while ago and posted about it (here). As luck would have it, one of the scientists involved, Dr. John H. Trestrail III , responded to the post and provided me with more details and the link to the PBS Series “Secrets of the Death.” The episode about Dr. Crippen, “Executed […]

Hawley Harvey Crippen

I enjoyed reading Crippen by John Boyne about of course, Hawley Harvey Crippen. On October 18, 1910, almost 100 years ago, the murder trial of Dr. Hawley Harvey Crippen started at the Old Bailey, UK. It gripped the public, as had his flight with his mistress who was dressed as a boy, and the police chase across the […]