The Cold, Odd Case of Robert Durst

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Robert Durst  ( http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/03/16/durst-hbo-murder-hearing/24837005/ ) is the reason that I developed an interest in cold crime cases. The frustrating, twisted story of his life journey actually reads like a novel with the bad guy always getting away with it. Death follows this guy but he seems to be made of Teflon, nothing sticks. His story starts years ago, in the 1980s. In 1982 his wife, Kathy, disappeared. Durst was strongly suspected but never charged, and I don’t believe Kathy’s body was ever found. The story continues on, full of innuendo …

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Celebrating Jury Duty

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Two high profile trials are in the news today, the Chris Kyle murder trial and the Boston bomber murder trial. In the Kyle trial they managed to seat a jury but as I write this, they have not yet seated a jury in the Boston trial. It’s tough going for jury selection in the Boston trial http://www.cnn.com/2015/02/13/us/tsarnaev-13th-juror-delays/. With all the news both of these incidents have garnered, I can’t imagine finding people whose perception is not in some way tainted by news reports. They need twelve people who will truly …

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Teenage Naivete in a Dangerous World

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The other day there was an article in the paper about two teenage girls who ran away from home. The story first appeared on the weekend, only it was regarding one missing girl. As the police began to investigate and ask questions, it turns out the girl, and her friend decided to run away from home. One of the girls was last seen hitchhiking in California. I see stories like this and I just shake my head in bewilderment. What are these girls thinking? “Human/Child Trafficking is one of the …

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Cops And Cameras

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Cameras are everywhere now a days, they’re on everyone’s phone, at ATMs, banks, parking lots, shopping malls, etc. If you spend any time at all on Facebook you know exactly what I mean because it seems like there are always videos being posted of one thing or another. Police activity is a favorite subject of camera people. I’ve seen some videos that make officers look great just doing their job, and others that show bad things happening, officers doing stupid stuff. On the whole, I think cameras and police work …

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Police Work : Fact or Fiction

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I don’t watch much TV.  One show I do enjoy is Castle. While at a writer’s conference some one made a statement and asked me a question, “But it’s so fake as far as law enforcement is concerned, don’t all the mistakes bug you?” The question brought me back to my writing beginnings. So many times I was told my writing was too much like a police report, just the facts. I wanted realism, but in truth, too much realism can be boring. Yes, I want my stories to be …

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Riots and Looting

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Over the weekend riots erupted in Missouri over the shooting of an unarmed man by police. (http://hotair.com/archives/2014/08/11/video-riots-tear-through-missouri-town-over-police-shooting/) This post is not meant to comment on the shooting, because all of the facts are not in and I’ve always believed that it is irresponsible to comment with out all the facts. This post is meant as an observation about the riot, and riots in general.  I was a relatively new officer during the Rodney King riots in LA in the early 90’s. Those riots were not pretty. I say those, because …

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A Brief Rant: Irritating Things About the Internet

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I do appreciate the Internet and its myriad of functions: information repository, social interaction facilitation,  avenues for marketing, selling, buying, etc. But there are a few things that get on my nerves. Spam is a big irritation. I do like Spam, in a frying pan cooked crispy, but not in my inbox or as a comment to one of my blogs. Granted, spam filters help a great deal, but when one gets through, it always seems to be the most offensive piece of junk imaginable. I can’t imagine anyone sells …

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Watch Your Kids

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When I was a kid, one of the stories I heard a lot was about how my older brother Dan, when he was a toddler, drank ant poison. My other brother Jim, two years older than Dan, told my mother and she took him to the hospital. His stomach was pumped and he suffered no ill effects. The poison had a sugary taste, it seemed kid friendly, and that was what attracted my brother. My mom said that was a lesson for her that you couldn’t take your eyes off …

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Road Rage

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“Aggressive driving” refers to an angry motorist attempting to intentionally injure or kill another driver because of a traffic dispute. Aggressive drivers react negatively and use their vehicles to retaliate by making sudden, threatening maneuvers. This makes “road rage” a serious issue of traffic safety – the safety of yourself and others.(Iowa Department of Transportation) According to the AAA Foundation, “Eight out of 10 drivers surveyed in the AAA Foundation’s annual Traffic Safety culture Index rank aggressive driving as a “serious” or “extremely serious” risk that jeopardizes their safety….  Aggressive …

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Like Your Police on Facebook! – Police and Social Media

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Community policing, or community-oriented policing, is a strategy of policing that focuses on police building ties and working closely with members of the communities – Wikipedia. Social media was just starting up when I left police work. Background investigators were beginning to check out potential applicants Facebook and MySpace pages for any unsavory posts and/or pictures. Stupid posts could disqualify people. The PD had not yet embraced the medium for its own use and image. Recently, I came across an article about the Dallas Police Department and how they’re using …

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