Archives for September 2013

Recap #CrimeChat Sept 26, 2013

Recap #CrimeChat Sept 26, 2013. Christa M. Miller returned and discussed digital forensics with us. if there was one thing you should take away from this #CrimeChat it is this: nothing is deleted permanently. Even if you delete contact lists on your mobile or email/text messages it is not gone and can be retrieved and/or […]

False Confessions: why & how?

False Confessions: why & how? This month two extremely important cases are under review. In the USA, the Connecticut Supreme Court heard the State’s appeal in the case of Richard Lapointe.   The state is appealing the decision to grant Lapointe a new trial. False confessions (four) and forensic arson detection are key in this […]

M-Vac System helps solve the Krystal Lynn Beslanowitch case

M-Vac System helps solve the Krystal Lynn Beslanowitch case! In 1995, Krystal’s nude body was found lying face down on the rocks, bloody and broken, on the banks of the Provo River, Utah. She was 17 years old. Parts of the large, granite rocks were saved as evidence as well as scrapings from under Beslanowitch’s fingernails. How important […]

10Qs for Paul LaRosa

10Qs for Paul LaRosa. Paul is an award-winning journalist who has worked in print and television journalism for more than 30 years. We met on Twitter discussing the case of Catherine Woods. Paul wrote a book about that case. Paul Cortez, convicted for Catherine’s murder, claimed that his former defense team mishandled forensic evidence used to convict […]

Roanoke Regional Writers Conference 2014

Roanoke Regional Writers Conference 2014. On Jan 24-25, 2014 I will be at this conference at Hollins University, Roanoke. The Roanoke Regional Writers Conference enters its seventh year in 2014. The event opens Friday night with a wine reception and keynote address. Saturday’s workshops begin at 8:30 a.m. and run through 5:30 p.m. The schedule is here. […]

Cold Cases at Virginia Tech

Cold Cases at Virginia Tech. I was invited as guest speaker in the professional writing classes from Jennifer Sano-Franchini, Asst. Professor of Professional Writing at the English Department of Virginia Tech. After a short introduction, I told the students what I do and especially why. For both the morning and the afternoon session, I used […]

10Qs for Ken Lang

10Qs for Ken Lang. Ken is a 24-year Maryland law enforcement veteran and now an accomplished author. He served the last 15 years as a detective in the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) Section where Sex Crimes, Robbery, and Homicide investigations have become his forte. No matter how busy he is, Ken always finds time for my […]