Nov 24, 2009 – Nov 24, 2013; my fourth blogoversary! I remember it as if it was yesterday … how I was trying to figure out WordPress and blogging. A lot has changed since then.
In the beginning, I wanted to be sure that people were reading the cold case stories without being distracted by “the blogger” e.g. me. My intention from day one was to give ALL attention to the victims hence the pen name “Vidocq” that I used in the first three year.
Using a pen name gave me the time to find my voice, my blogging style, and to get a core of readers dedicated to unsolved homicides irrespective of the blogger’s identity. Some people thought that the pen name was weird, eccentric, or mysterious. But, each and everyone dropped the identity issue as soon as I asked them. It became clear to them as well that I wanted your focus on the victims only and nothing else.
Change came when I had the opportunity to talk about unsolved cases. Not guest blogging, talking. That decision was not easy to make but the opportunities were too good not to consider breaking with my pen name. So I did … with a little help from Brian Inkster.
Brian Inkster did not know from the beginning that I was behind this blog but along the way, I told him as a 2011 New Year’s present. He was supportive to “Vidocq” remains so to this day, and I thank him for that. Where did I end up with Brian’s encouragement? At ReInvent Law in London and elsewhere!
Some of you have asked whether I have any emotional attachments to certain cases. The answer is a resounding YES! Here are a few and why I am emotionally attached to them:
- Crewe Murders: the compartmentalization of the killer’s mind is my fascination. Cruel enough to butcher Harvey and Jeannette but at the same time not willing to kill/starve Rochelle, why? Did he love the baby? Is that why he kept her alive? The only blood relative who did not disappoint him? Did he save her out of a sense of duty? Did his moral values stop him from killing a child?
- Teresa Sue Hilt: I saw on crime scene pictures how she had struggled with her attacker, shaking her head, ending up with her hair in her mouth, swallowing it. Aside from that, I cannot shake her mother’s crying voice from my mind.
- Richard Lapointe: I do not believe this man murdered Bernice Martin. He does not have the intelligence to plan a murder and/or a cover-up. What motive did he have? He does not have the physical strength to lift anything or anyone. He does not have the cunning to carry out a murder plan flawlessly. This is a mentally disabled man who got railroaded!
- Brenda Martinez: When I first saw the photograph of Brenda with her baby Stephanie, I was just drawn to that baby’s face. Huge smile, bright eyes. That baby is now a mature woman and we chat almost every day on Twitter. Stephanie is still gorgeous with a huge smile. I told her honestly that finding anything about her mom’s case was not going to be easy. She understands and keeps me posted. Staying in touch with her keeps me tied to Brenda, an instant reminder that we have not solved her murder yet.
- William Thomas Zeigler: Parts of me have been attached to this case since the 90s. After reading some reports, my first question was why police didn’t circle the furniture store before entering it and messing up the crime scene. I know that Office Blalock was in the back but she drove to the back. Nobody circled the store on foot to look for open doors, windows, etc. If they had, they would have bumped into a huge lever that was clearly in the “off” position.
If I remember correctly from my law school days police try to find out as much as possible before entering a structure when they know that an armed person is inside. For their own safety, they should have checked the lever, photograph it, dust it for prints, and lift! Especially when Zeigler came out of the front door, you knew you needed light in there.
Had they gone in with the lights on they would not have made the mistakes that altered the crime scene. And, if the true crime scene had been visible from day one, it would have told you who did what to whom.
No anniversary can go by without a word of thanks to my web master Jacques Soudan. Jacques built this blog and has been web master ever since. He has taken the blog from a simple, elegant theme to a professional, responsive theme with amazing archiving and search options. Thank you for all you do, Jacques.
My projects for 2014 include trying to organize the first NRV Bloggers Convention and launching my “Tours & Carnivals.” Because of these projects and the fact that I also started my business, posting may slow down. You may also start to see more posts on general blogging topics.
Thank you for four awesome years. On to year five!