Tag Archives: crime

Manhuntington

A website about two murders on Long Island caught my attention. However it was not about any of the recent victims who have been discovered in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Alexander and Rebecca Smith were killed on November 13, 1842 … Continue reading

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Conversation Theory

Nine years ago today I arrived in Knoxville for the first time when a now-defunct radio station flew me in for an audition. I moved here about a month later for the opportunity to be on the air instead of … Continue reading

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Dismembers Only

One word I expected to see was missing from a news article titled “Dismembered bodies all too common in South Florida.” The missing word is “Dexter.” For five seasons, the fictional vigilante serial killer has been chopping up his victims … Continue reading

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Empowering Women

Elizabeth Bonilla, a victim’s advocate at the YWCA, was my classmate last year during the FBI Citizens’ Academy. When she asked me to support the YWCA’s “Week Without Violence,” I was happy to agree. On Monday, I participated in a … Continue reading

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Gone So Long

A face on the screen at the FBI Laboratory brought back a flood of sad memories. At the beginning of a briefing on evidence response teams and evidence analysis, they showed several victims of crimes including Melissa Brannen. She was … Continue reading

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Ora Pro Nobis Peccatoribus

Hate crimes are evidence of the stupidity and ignorance of the hate criminals. St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Oak Ridge was vandalized last week. I was disgusted when I read about it on Thursday morning. I wonder if the vandals … Continue reading

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Intravenous League

The blood you are about to see is real. The stains have been changed to protect the innocent. Welcome to the “Harvard of Hellish Violence,” where law enforcement professionals get hands-on training at simulated crime scenes, including digging up real … Continue reading

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A Chem, Burns Film

As Dr. Al Hazari described to me his Forensic Chemistry Camp for middle-school students, I thought of my own son’s love of chemistry. When our interview ended, I volunteered my son to help out at the camp, which runs this … Continue reading

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Noetic Justice

The guest speaker at a recent meeting of the FBI Knoxville Citizens Academy Alumni Association was a retired agent who had worked on the infamous Jake Butcher case. A few years later he worked a missing persons case that had … Continue reading

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And Rage Against Machines

The cover of the June issue of Storm Taylor’s One Eighty Magazine took on the look of a wanted poster when I photographed it against a wooden background. It’s funny to see my name on there along with Ace Frehley. … Continue reading

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Unnecessary Deaths

Social media is changing everything about the way we live. A local tragedy caused that message to hit home once again. Christene Rivera was murdered on Saturday. She was a listener who had “friended” me on Facebook in January. She … Continue reading

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Stay of Execution

There was no Peeps brûlée at our house over Memorial Day weekend. My son had a leftover package of Marshmallow Peeps that he brought home from college. We intended to roast them over an open flame but other desserts and … Continue reading

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Deliver Us from Evil

A blog post I wrote last weekend needs a follow-up post this weekend. An article about the rate of sexual abuse among all groups of men, not just Catholic priests, inspired me to speak up. Although the percentage of abusers … Continue reading

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Aye, There’s the Rib

Thank goodness for the Internet. Without its streaming video, I would have missed seeing Dr. Bill Bass on “20/20.” The founder of the Body Farm was interviewed about his testimony in a 2001 murder trial. Dr. Bass proved that the … Continue reading

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