The Dream Team
What if….you could handpick a dream team to solve Theresa’s case and win a conviction?
Who would you assign to the case? Here are my picks:
Dr. Henry Lee
Dr. Lee is one the world’s foremost forensic scientists. He is presently the Chief Emeritus of the Connecticut State Police, Founder and Professor of the Forensic Science Program at the University of New Haven, Editor of seven academic journals, author/ co-author of 30 books and over 300 articles. The legendary investigator is known for finding the tiniest clues. He has even solved a murder without a body. Over the past 40 years, Lee assisted in the investigations of more than 6,000 cases, including war crimes in Bosnia and Croatia, the suicide of President Clinton’s former White House attorney, Vince Foster, review of the JFK assassination, and the death of JonBenet Ramsey
“Detective Wendell Stradford is one of the original members of New York’s Cold Case Squad. (Previously), he worked for Jack Maple, the deputy commissioner of Operations, in a special unit called the Police Commissioner’s Investigation Squad, the PC Squad for short. If a precinct was having problems, someone from the PC Squad was sent to help. They were the cavalry. Maple had a hand in selecting detectives when the Cold Case Squad began, and Jack Maple did not f*** around. He only picked the best, and he picked Wendell twice.”
— The Restless Sleep, (a non-fiction book about NYC’s Cold Case Squad) by Stacy Horn
Since 1985, Stradford has made 328 arrests, 23 of them while in Cold Case. He brought in another 74 suspects of murder or attempted murder in cases opened by other detectives who were unable to do so themselves.
In his words:
“In some ways I think the older the better. (Cold) cases are sadder, they are the most forgotten, and the hardest to solve. After two years, if a murder hasn’t been solved, the chances of it ever being solved goes down to .01%. Solving a 32 year old case was really beating the odds.”
OK…I know you’re thinking Nancy is a loudmouthed, ultra-rightwing talking head but don’t forget that she spent a decade as special prosecutor of felony cases involving serial murder, rape, child molestation and arson. She went into law school after the murder of her fiancé and is now an outspoken victims’ rights advocate in addition to her show on CNN.
Retired Canadian Supreme Court Justice, Peter Cory
“I don’t think the significance and magnitude of what he did has been sufficiently understood,” said Michael Finucane, the son of one of the victims. “It was an absolutely astounding thing to do. The courage of that man, in the face of the British government trying to intimidate and shut him up, really staggers the imagination.”