Familial DNA helped solve a gruesome cold case…just like in the recent Golden State killer/night stalker case

We have all seen crime shows on TV – the ones that use DNA to solve some of the most difficult murder cases.  It’s pretty amazing.  Investigators that use their gut instincts and won’t give up, using great investigative skills, in combination with DNA, this all adds up to be an amazing combination.  The following link shows what it took to solve a case from 2002. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/01/23/the-daring-dna-hunt-that-cracked-france-s-gruesome-cold-case.html?via=desktop&source=twitter

I love reading stories like this – stories that show families that never gave up.  Stories that give us hope that justice will someday happen.  I would like to praise the investigators that stuck with this case.

I hope familial DNA will start being used in many unsolved cases – cases where the murderer does not have their DNA in CODIS. It could be a HUGE breakthrough in solving so many cases, and could help to stop serial murderers as well.

In a more recent case,

Another big step forward in solving murders In this country would be the implementation of a national database of cold cases.  It’s hard to believe, but it’s true – we have no national database of cold cases in this country.  There is no way to link crimes in different states to the same MO/murderer.  if the killer is arrested for another crime in a state like Colorado, where all felons must be tested for DNA, a match will be made, but very few states have this requirement.  For example .if DNA was found in a murder investigation in one state, unless the murderer’s DNA is in CODIS .  If they have never been arrested their DNA would not be in CODIS. And her is the problem…law enforcement is not required to report murder cases – so to think that a skilled and persistent detective could solve a murder if the murderer kept moving around while still

We need to get in front of more crimes happening to innocent victims and familial DNA and implementing a national database of murders (that law enforcement is required to report murders to) would be a huge step forward.

A match was made from the DNA profile from the Bennett and Smith cases. It has been determined that it was the same murderer.

The Bennett family murders in Colorado (no sign of forced entry)

http://blogs.denverpost.com/coldcases/2015/01/16/aurora-cat-burglar-slaughters-family-serial-murder-spree/9728/

Jan. 10, 1984, six days earlier then the Bennett murders, Patricia Louise Smith was raped and murdered (no sign of forced entry) 

Serial killer bludgeons Lakewood woman with hammer

 

Roy and Patricia Bowden murders (no signs of forced entry)

Couple gunned down in own home

Authorities also said there’s no signs of forcible entry at the home – this is the same reason the Garfield County Sheriffs used to say that Morgan’s stalker(s) could not have been in our house…what a bunch of BS – there are so many murders, rapes & kidnappings that have no visible signs of forced entry, does that mean a crime didn’t happen?  Nope – it does not!  In Morgan’s case her stalker(s) tried multiple times to punch in our front door code to gain access to our house.  Our house was empty between 6 pm – 8 pm the night Morgan was murdered.  Our dogs were locked up in the laundry room and I believe her stalker(s) came into our house and hid in Morgan’s closet until everyone went to sleep…then he attacked her, while she was asleep.  The act of a total COWARD!!!

http://wreg.com/2016/08/26/father-discovers-son-dead-inside-cordova-home/

 

 

 

Unsolved homicide…Garfield County Colorado’s dirty little secret…

Make no mistake, Morgan’s death is an unsolved homicide.  Our family wants one thing, and one thing only…justice for Morgan!

Every year introduces at least 5,000 more unsolved murders – and these statistics don’t even take into account the many murders, like Morgan’s, being disguised as accidental or suicidal deaths, these suspicious deaths that are “staged” to look like something other than murder.  https://www.economist.com/news/united-states/21656725-police-fail-make-arrest-more-third-nations-killings-getting-away

Another interesting fact, that I had no knowledge of previously, is that even though cities and counties are suppose to report their crime statistics to the F.B.I. they don’t always do it (I have been told it is an unenforceable law) – in many cases they can just decide it isn’t a crime, and then they don’t report it…Garfield County records show that in the 10-year-span leading up to, and including Morgan’s murder, they had NO murders, many suicides and accidental deaths, and of course, natural causes, but no murders.

Amazing, especially after finding out that Garfield County contains the Piceance Basin which has some of the highest oil and gas activity in the state.  https://source.colostate.edu/garfield-county-air-quality-study-results-presented-to-public/

So how can states like North Dakota have such a spike in crime that comes with the fracking and yet Garfield County, CO has nothing? Reminds me of… “Curiouser and curiouser!”  Alice was so surprised by the strange circumstances she found herself in that she (and Carroll) made up a word, according to the Oxford English Dictionary. The expression is still used to mean that something is getting increasingly confoundinghttp://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/04/12/dark-side-nd-oil-boom-meth-heroin-cartels-all-part-growing-drug-trade-1418696252.html

Just another “interesting” fact – sometimes you just have to keep these facts in the back of your mind until sometime later on when some more pieces of the puzzle come into focus.  I am sure there are people somewhere that benefit from counties looking safer than they really are…

From Police Magazine “When purposely committed, the impetus for such statistical “errors” may be a strategic feint, an attempt to create an illusion of vulnerability, or strength, depending on one’s agenda. Within law enforcement agencies, that feint can be the illusion of success, particularly in metropolitan areas where a desire to attract the dollars of citizens, visitors, tourists, and businesses trumps concerns over the welfare of that patronage.” http://www.policemag.com/channel/patrol/articles/2013/10/what-s-really-going-on-with-crime-rates.aspx

 

 

EXCELLENT VIDEO – Crime Scene Staging Expert Dr. Laura Pettler

From the desk of Dr. Laura Pettler…https://lpateam.com/dr-laura-pettler/ 

“Crime scene staging in homicide cases is the intentional manipulation of the physical and behavioral evidence by an offender in a criminal investigation in a crime scene, in a 911 call, in a statement to police, or otherwise for the purpose of misdirecting the investigation. Crime scene staging in homicide cases is most often seen in intimate partner and domestic homicide cases and in cases where there is a relationship between the victim and offender. Murder is conflict resolution for the offender in cases where the offender seeks to gain power and control over a victim who is pushing back, relieve anger, retaliate, keep a secret, avoid a costly divorce, prevent an unwanted pregnancy, and more.”

 Excellent short video below to listen to and gain knowledge on youtube …

Laura Pettler & Associates Private Investigations & Forensic Consultation

LPA’s New Educational Video Series WatchMe! Wednesday! Season 1 Episode 2: Dr. Laura Pettler Defines Crime Scene Staging & talks about Pettler’s Staging Trilogy!!! CLICK TO WATCH AND SHARE, SHARE, SHARE!!!!!

Colorado Needs a Criminal Justice Revolution!

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THIS IS WHAT COLORADO NEEDS – A criminal justice revolution!

Transparency that will lead to accountability – no more flying-blind…victims will see more justice.

The Florida Legislature has passed a bill that would bring unprecedented levels of transparency to the criminal justice system.

https://www.wired.com/story/florida-criminal-justice-data-sharing/