Criminal Investigative Failures – Kim Rossmo

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22 septembre 2008 

Un nouveau livre, Criminal Investigative Failures chroniques Theresa Allore enquête

Erreurs Un nouveau livre documentant réalisés dans les enquêtes criminelles comportera un chapitre sur la mort de Theresa Allore. Criminal Investigative Failures, à publier Novembre 10th, 2008 comporte un chapitre rédigé par John Allore et Patricia Pearson qui explore pleinement l’enquête de 1978, et les tentatives faite 30 ans plus tard que l’affaire soit rouverte. Il dispose encore jamais vu des photos du crime à partir de cette époque. 

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Le livre est édité par le Dr Kim Rossmo, un pionnier en matière de profilage géographique pénale, et un professeur-chercheur au Département Texas State University of Criminal Justice. Criminal Investigative Failures définit et explique les problèmes qui sont communs aux enquêtes échoué. Exploring biais cognitifs, des erreurs de probabilité, et les pièges de l’organisation. 

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Advanced éloges pour le chapitre a été élevé. Dr. Rossmo appelle la pierre angulaire de tout le livre. Editors pour Taylor & Francis écrire,

“… Ne pouvait pas arrêter de lire jusqu’à ce que je l’avais fini. Je ne peux imaginer ce que M. Allore et sa famille ont dû traverser au cours des 30 dernières années. Tout à fait décourageant de voir les trous évidente dans l’enquête policière. J’étais stupéfait de points de lecture au sujet de leur mauvaise gestion de l’affaire. Un chapitre magnétique. “

Criminal Investigative Failures peuvent être commandés sur Amazon.com.

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For Immediate Release
September 22th, 2008

New book, Criminal Investigative Failures chronicles Theresa Allore Investigation

A new book documenting mistakes made in criminal investigations will feature a chapter on the death of Theresa Allore. Criminal Investigative Failures, to be published November 10th, 2008 features a chapter written by John Allore and Patricia Pearson that fully explores the 1978 investigation, and attempts made 30 years later to have the case reopened. It features never before seen photographs of the crime from that era.

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The book is edited by Dr. Kim Rossmo, a pioneer in criminal geographic profiling, and a research professor at Texas State University’s Department of Criminal Justice. Criminal Investigative Failures defines and discusses the problems that are common to failed investigations. Exploring cognitive bias, errors in probability, and organizational traps.

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Advanced praise for the chapter has been high. Dr. Rossmo calls it the cornerstone of the entire book. Editors for Taylor & Francis write,

“… could not stop reading until I had finished it. I cannot imagine what Mr. Allore and his family have had to go through for the past 30 years. Absolutely disheartening to see the obvious holes in the police investigation. I was just dumbfounded at points reading about their mis-management of the case. A magnetic chapter.”

Criminal Investigative Failures can be ordered through Amazon.com.

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Theresa Allore YouTube Video

CTV’s W-5 émission de télévision, Who Killed Theresa?

Bien avant Dateline et CNN Presents, le Canada avait son propre programme d’investigation nouvelles télévisées, W-5. En 2004, les producteurs de l’émission de télévision CTV a rencontré avec moi pour faire un documentaire télévisé sur les histoires de nouvelles original publié dans le quotidien The National Post. Le programme d’une heure diffusée Mars 14th, 2005. Ici, vous mai vue que le programme (décrites ci-après en cinq parties). En plus vous mai, grâce à toutes les nouvelles de télévision couvrant enquête Thérèse en allant sur mon profil Youtube (cliquez ici):

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CTV’s W-5 television program, Who Killed Theresa?

Long before Dateline and CNN Presents, Canada had its own investigative television news program, W-5.  In 2004 producers of the CTV television program met with me to do a television documentary about the original news stories published in The National Post newspaper. The one hour program aired March 14th, 2005. Here you may view that program (laid out below in five parts). As well you may link to all television news items covering Theresa’s investigation by going to my Youtube profile (click here):

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbt9zyUdpzQ&feature=channel_page

Part I

 

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bDu26qnIWE&feature=channel_page

Part II

 

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOb_Rqu7bOE&feature=channel_page

Part III

 

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4mXP-nkmF0&feature=channel_page

Part IV

 

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIJPm10nUw0&feature=channel_page

Part V

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Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu

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Il serait impossible pour moi de raconter l’histoire de la mort de Thérèse  sans mentionner l’influence de Pierre Hugues Boisvenu. 25 ans plus tard, Pierre est le père d’une fille qui a été assassiné dans la même région du Québec où Teresa est morte. Tragiquement, 3 ans après assassiner Julie Boisvenu, son autre fille unique, Isabelle est décédée dans un accident de voiture durant les vacances de Noël. Courageusement, Pierre, sa femme Diane et leur seul enfant survivant, les chrétiens se poussait.

Pierre a été ma lumière d’espoir en des jours très sombres. Jamais voulu se rendre, il canalise sa douleur en un changement positif, la création de l’AFPAD; non lucratif d’aide aux victimes au Québec … très probablement le plus influent groupe de défense des victimes dans tout le Canada. Pierre est mon ami, mon frère, mon professeur. L’histoire de notre rencontre est donc impossible: à la veille de la première nationale du Canada sur les victimes de conférence à Ottawa, nous avons découvert que très peu de victimes réelles avaient été invités à la danse. Donc nous nous invités. Nous avons d’abord rencontré la veille de la conférence au cours du dîner, à Hull, au Québec. Le lendemain matin, tout changé, comme Pierre a si éloquemment les documents dans son autobiographie, Survivre à L’Innommable (Survive and Engage – page 90).

Vous mai Acheter un livre de Pierre en cliquant ici.

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It would be impossible for me to tell the story of Theresa’s death without mentioning the influence of Pierre Hugues Boisvenu. 25-years later, Pierre is the father of a daughter who was murdered in the same region of Quebec where Theresa died.  Tragically, 3 years after Julie Boisvenu’s murder, his only other daughter, Isabelle died in a car accident during the Christmas holidays. Courageously, Pierre, his wife Diane and their only surviving child, Christian pressed on.

Pierre has been my light of hope in some very dark days. Never willing to surrender, he channeled his grief into positive change, creating AFPAD; a victims assistance non-profit in Quebec… quite possibly the most influential victims advocacy group in all of Canada. Pierre is my friend, my brother, my teacher. The story of our impossible meeting is thus: on the eve of Canada’s first National Victims Conference in Ottawa we discovered that very few actual victims had been invited to the dance. So we invited ourselves. We first met the night before the conference over dinner in Hull, Quebec. The next morning changed everything, as Pierre so eloquently documents in his autobiography,  Survivre a l’innommable (Survive and Engage – page 90).

You may purchase Pierre’s book by clicking here.

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Who Killed Theresa? – On The Internet

Certains d’entre vous pourraient se demander pourquoi il est une chose étrange, là-bas lorsque vous essayez de rechercher des informations sur Theresa sur l’internet.  Alors voici :

Après les articles de nouvelles initiales ont été libérés le cas de Thérèse que je cherchais un moyen de garder l’histoire dans l’oeil du public.  En 2002, j’ai commencé le premier site Who Killed Theresa (www.whokilledtheresa.com).  Cela ne s’est réalisée par la grande générosité de James Riordon, ancien élève de Lennoxville qui avait lu sur le cas de Theresa et voulait aider. Il l’a fait en proposant en ligne gratuit des services d’hébergement (et généralement me parle à travers tout ce que je ne comprenais pas de sites web … qui a été tout).

En 2003, j’ai découvert le weblog ou blog et commencé à bloguer à propos Theresa aide de Blogger (le site est / était à www.whokilledtheresa.blogspot.com). Le site est gratuit et relativement simple. Lentement, je laisse l’atrophie site d’origine et a perdu les droits sur le nom de “whokilledtheresa.com”.

 En août 2009, Blogger fermer mon blog à cause de problèmes avec un contenu prohibitifs (vous pouvez lire tous les propos que plus de AT, www.theresakilledagain.blogspot.com). Blogger finalement restauré mon site, mais j’avais déjà pris ma décision de ne plus jamais redonner le contrôle de mon content.

En Septembre un bon ami de Theresa a acheté les droits à la www.theresaallore.com et leur a accordé pour moi.  James Riordon est revenue dans l’image et le don de l’hébergement gratuit à nouveau (James est excellente et vous pourrez utiliser ses services pendant auwww.outofcontrol.ca).  Enfin, un autre bon ami, Eric Swenson (www.graphicpen.com) m’a aidé à la conception, et m’a appris tout ce que j’avais besoin de savoir sur WordPress (Code is Poetry).

Depuis, j’ai eu le contenu de mon ancien blog exportés vers le site WordPress, et tout le trafic redirigé vers TheresaAllore.com. Je n’ai jamais eu le retour à des droits whokilledtheresa.com (dommage, je préférais que ce titre), mais j’ai menacé les propriétaires actuels du site avec une action en justice si elles ne supprime pas le contenu de mon (ils le mois dernier par).

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Some of you might wonder why there is strange stuff out there when you try to search for information on Theresa on the internet. Here’s why:

After the initial news articles were released on Theresa’s case I was looking for a way to keep the story in the public eye. In 2002 I started the first Who Killed Theresa website (www.whokilledtheresa.com). This only came about through the tremendous generosity of James Riordon, a former student from Lennoxville who had read about Theresa’s case and wanted to help. He did so by offering free web-hosting services (and generally talking me through everything I didn’t understand about websites… which was EVERYTHING).

In 2003 I discovered the weblog or Blog and started blogging about Theresa using Blogger (the site is / was at www.whokilledtheresa.blogspot.com).  The site was free and relatively simple. Slowly I let the original site atrophy and lost the rights to the name “whokilledtheresa.com”.

In August of 2009 Blogger shut down my Blog because of problems with prohibitive content (you can read all about that over at, www.theresakilledagain.blogspot.com ).  Blogger eventually restored my site, but I had already made up my mind to never again give up control of my content.

In September a good friend of Theresa’s bought the rights to www.theresaallore.comand granted them to me. James Riordon came back into the picture and donated free hosting again (James is excellent and you can use his services over at www.outofcontrol.ca ). Finally, another good friend, Eric Swenson ( www.graphicpen.com ) helped me with design, and taught me everything I needed to know about WordPress (Code is poetry).

I have since had my old Blog content exported to the WordPress site, and all traffic redirected to TheresaAllore.com.  I never got the the rights back to whokilledtheresa.com ( a pity, I preferred that title), but I threatened the current owners of the site with legal action if they didn’t remove my content (they did so last month).

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100 firearms seized in Cowansville raid

Bon idee de garder les Fusils a cote de l’établissement correctionnel.

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Plus de 100 armes à feu saisies dans le raid

 

 

Une enquête de la Sûreté du Québec (SQ) a mené à la saisie de plus de 100 armes à feu et quelque 1.000 pièces de munitions dans deux maisons de la Montérégie-zone jeudi après-midi.

Les deux résidences qui ont été fouillées – un appartement de la rue William à Cowansville et une maison avec un garage à Saint-Armand – sont détenus par Stephen Rothen, a 42-year vieil homme d’origine suisse.
Rothen fait face à une série de frais qui comprennent notamment la possession non autorisée d’armes à feu, possession d’armes à autorisation restreinte, et l’importation non autorisée d’armes à feu.  

Bon nombre des armes à feu dans la région de Cowansville-résident possession d’armes à feu ont été limités, qui sont illégales pour avoir sans autorisation et / ou lorsque les munitions sont facilement accessibles.

Bon nombre des armes à feu n’ont pas été enregistrées ou non enregistrées au nom Rothen, un autre délit.
Des agents du bureau régional de l’Estrie SQ travaillent en collaboration avec les enquêteurs de l’Équipe nationale de soutien à l’exécution sur les armes à feu (NWEST) dans cette affaire.

Tous deux faisaient partie de l’équipe de recherche qui ont attaqué le domicile jeudi après-midi.
Selon les médias multiples, la police a passé la plupart de vendredi à Saint-Armand résidence où la majorité des armes à feu ont été trouvés.

Bon nombre des armes et des munitions semblent avoir été importées de l’extérieur du Canada.

La SQ n’a pas confirmé si Rothen est un marchand d’armes ou de partie d’armes illégales-opération commerciale.

Rothen la police a détenu jusqu’à sa comparution prévue cour lundi, quand il fera face aux accusations qui sont portées contre lui.

Créé en Janvier 2001, NWEST est une arme à feu et des armes unité d’enquête qui fait partie de la police nationale de la GRC en service.

Il a indiqué la mission est de “rendre les rues et les collectivités du Canada plus sûre en renforçant la capacité de nos forces de l’ordre et des partenaires de justice pénale pour lutter contre la contrebande et le trafic illicites d’armes à feu et autres armes.” Par Doug McCooeye

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Always good to keep the guns close the correctional facility.

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A Sûreté du Québec (SQ) investigation led to the seizure of over 100 firearms and some 1,000 rounds of ammunition in two Montérégie-area homes on Thursday afternoon.

The two residences that were searched – an apartment on William Street in Cowansville and a house with a garage in Saint-Armand – are owned by Stephen Rothen, a 42-year-old man of Swiss origin.
Rothen faces a series of charges that include unauthorized possession of firearms, possession of restricted firearms, and unauthorized importation of firearms. Many of the guns in the Cowansville-resident’s possession were restricted firearms, which are illegal to have without permission and/or where ammo is easily accessible. Many of the firearms were unregistered or not registered in Rothen’s name, another offense.
Officers from the Estrie regional SQ office are working in collaboration with investigators from the National Weapons Enforcement Support Team (NWEST) in this case. Both were part of the search team that raided the homes on Thursday afternoon.
According to multiple media reports, police spent most of Friday at the Saint-Armand residence where the majority of the firearms were found. Many of the guns and ammo seem to have been imported from outside of Canada.
The SQ has not confirmed whether Rothen is an arms dealer or part of an illegal guns-trade operation.
Police have detained Rothen until his scheduled court appearance on Monday when he will face the charges that are being laid against him.

Established in January 2001, NWEST is a firearms and weapons investigative unit that is part of the RCMP’s National Police Service. It’s stated mission is to “make streets and communities across Canada safer by strengthening the ability of our law enforcement and criminal justice partners to combat the illegal smuggling and trafficking of illicit firearms and other weapons.”By Doug McCooeye

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Thinking Policeman UK – Failure of Community Policing

Here’s a great post from a great blog, Thinking Policeman about how Community Policing has been mostly a failure.

In the UK Community Policing is mostly a volunteer core, so its efforts – though well intentioned – are often perceived as ineffectual. Best line:

“Even then PCSO’s had their critics and they were seen by some as policing on the cheap. They were ridiculed for their lack of powers and it was suggested that the public were being conned when they saw uniforms patrolling the streets with limited training and effect.”

And here are my comments:

“Community Policing… Ughhh! In America it’s a totally Con (and I am Canadian so I suspect there too, though I haven’t been back in a while).

Never forget this experience: I was invited to a squad ride along in Raleigh, NC. The ride-along was scheduled! I showed up at the sub-station only to find the place shut tight as a drum (lights off). Rang the bell… pounded on the door… nothing. I’m curious so I wonder around back of the building… only to find 4 squad cars and 1/2 dozen officers smoking cigs next to a dumpster.

There are signs all over Raleigh directing citizens to this sub-station: imagine if it was a real emergency.”

Community Policing… Ughhh! In America it’s a totally con (and I am Canadian so I suspect there too, though I haven;t been back in a while).
Never forget this experience: I was invited to a squad ride along in Raleigh, NC. The ride-along was scheduled! I showed up at the sub-station only to find the place shut tight as a drum (lights off). Rang the bell… pounded on the door… nothing. I’m curious so I wonder around back of the building… only to find 4 squad cars and 1/2 dozen officers smoking cigs next to a dumpster.
There are signs all over Raleigh directing citizens to this sub-station: imagine if it was a real emergency.
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Cameron UK Justice Reform

Kudos to Steve Bennett, a former detective with the West Midlands Force who runs a blog called Thin Blue Line over in the UK. Steve posted the following about England’s Conservative party platform regarding criminal justice across the way. Seems that though we are an ocean apart we have a lot of similar challenges. Any chance we can tie Harper, Ignatieff and Charest to a similar commitment?

I love the first statement:

“- Criminals aren’t caught because the police are stuck at desks doing paperwork.”

This is the criminological equivalent of Gretsky’s adage: “100% of the shots you don’t take, don’t go in the net “(to give it a nice hockey Canadian feel):

 

CONSERVATIVE PROMISE – IN A NUTSHELL

Following on from the rousing Conservative party conference in Manchester last week, here, in a nutshell, are a selection of observations, quotes and pledges from the speeches of David Cameron and Chris Grayling on the plans they have to reform the Criminal Justice System.

– Criminals aren’t caught because the police are stuck at desks doing paperwork.
– Violent offenders, sex offenders and heroin dealers get off with cautions because it’s the least hassle.
– Even if they go to prison, the Government releases them automatically after a fraction of their sentence to reoffend on the same streets as before.
– People think our criminal justice system is broken.
– Worrying too much about the criminals and not enough about the justice.
– It makes me furious. It makes you furious. And law abiding, decent, people are asking – who’s looking after me?
– That’s why need radical reform in every part of the system. The police. The CPS. The courts. Prisons. Probation. We need to sort it out, so there’s no more excuses, no more buck-passing, no more nonsense. We need a criminal justice system that is focused on fighting crime and that is exactly what we plan to deliver.
– No one thinks that the Government’s 24 hour drinking regime has led to the creation of a “continental café culture.
– We’re not talking about stopping people enjoying a few drinks in the pub. But things have gone far too far. Our town centres on a Friday and Saturday night can be battle zones for our police. Local parks and local estates are blighted by gangs of young troublemakers…. fuelled by alcohol given to them by irresponsible adults.
– I have talked to people up and down the country whose lives are being ruined by antisocial behaviour. It’s time we stood up for them.
– We’ll start with the problem of fourteen year olds hanging around with bottles of super-strength beers or ciders. It’s much too easy for them to get very drunk quickly and cheaply.
– We will increase the price of a four pack of super strength lager by £1.33. We will more than double tax on super strength cider. And our planned increase on alcopops will raise the price of a large bottle by £1.50. These tax changes will not hit responsible drinkers.
– We’ll tear up this Government’s lax licensing regime. Right now virtually anyone can get a licence to sell alcohol. We even have all night takeaways selling more drink to people as they stagger home from the pub. We will change that.
– We’ve also got to deal with those who commit the acts of antisocial behaviour and disorder as well. Right now they can offend again and again and just get away with it.
– Our criminal justice system is sending all the wrong messages. We need real punishments for young troublemakers. Not to send them home with a rap over the knuckles. That’s why we are working on a range of instant punishments for antisocial behaviour.
– Like grounding the offenders for up to a month. Or making them do community punishments, like cleaning up local parks. Real consequences for the trouble they’ve caused. But that’s for low level offences.
– For the more serious incidents, things must be different. We were all shocked by the tragic case of Fiona Pilkington. But let’s be clear. – What happened to her wasn’t antisocial behaviour. It was criminal.
– Giving someone a caution or a fixed penalty notice means box ticked, case closed, another solved crime. But we know the system is being misused. But when serious offenders, like people carrying knives, also get off with a caution, when they should be behind bars.
– I think anyone who assaults a police officer should end up in court facing time behind bars.
– It’s time for a new deal with our police. We’ll deal with the things that frustrate them. We’ll get rid of the mountains of bureaucracy that make it easier to cut corners. We’ll provide them with proper protection against violence. We’ll get rid of the target culture that makes it easier to issue a caution than to prosecute. And we’ll give them back more power to charge criminals themselves.
– But in return we want real action against the troublemakers. And we want them to be more accountable to the communities they serve. – The next Conservative Government will get rid of Britain’s caution culture. And will demand real moves to tackle antisocial behaviour. – It’s time justice was really done on our streets.
– We will tear down Labour’s big government bureaucracy, ripping up its timewasting, money-draining, responsibility-sapping nonsense.
– The police, the prosecution services, the prisons … is failing under the weight of big government targets and bureaucracy. The police aren’t on the streets because they’re busy complying with ten different inspection regimes.
– The police say the CPS isn’t charging people because they have to hit targets to reduce the number of unsuccessful trials.
And the prisons aren’t rehabilitating offenders because they’re focused on meeting thirty three different performance indicators.
This all needs to change. I’m not going to stand here and promise you a country where nothing bad ever happens. I do not underestimate how difficult it will be to deal with this problem of crime and disorder.
– We cannot rebuild social responsibility from on high. But the least we can do the least we can do is pledge to all the people who are scared, who live their lives in fear and who can’t protect themselves, that Chris Grayling, with Dominic Grieve, will reform the police, reform the courts, reform prisons.
– I see a country where you’re not so afraid to walk home alone, where you’re safe in the knowledge that right and wrong is restored to law and order.
– But if we pull together, come together, work together — we will get through this together.
And when we look back we will say not that the government made it happen … not that the minister made it happen … but the businesswoman made it happen … the police officer made it happen … the father made it happen …the teacher made it happen.

You made it happen.

Right now it seems that the Conservatives are closest to the real issues and have the desire to bring about the reforms that are essential if we are to enjoy a more peaceful society. The message we would send out to whichever party is elected at the next election is this. Show us that you have learned from the lessons, mistakes and errors of judgement of the past. Waste no time on party policital spin, we’ve had a belly full of it. Ditch the blame culture once you have cleared the decks. Show us the truth about the state of the Criminal Justice System as it stands now, then waste no time on blame, show us with your actions that you are healing the wounds inflicted on this country over recent years. Then you will have our blessing, support and confidence.

One last thing. There will be sectors of society waiting for you to trip up. Show us your guts and determination to succeed for us all. Don’t give them the ammunition to shoot you. There will be those who will accuse you too, of having your noses buried deeply in the trough. Be aware of that. Act with transparency and honesty so that we will not feel our trust is misplaced.

The Crime Analysis Team
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Missing Women – Rocky Mount / Edgecombe County

I know I use the term “Missing Women” rather  loosely when referring to the 6 identified bodies that have been found in Rocky Mount / Edgecombe County North Carolina. “Missing Women” was the term originally coined to identify the 60 – 70 prostitutes who disappeared from Vancouver’s East side in the 1970s-80s.  They literally vanished. Eventually, Robert Pickton was accused of their murders and was sentenced to a handful  of the killings (having disposed of their bodies on his pig farm).  “Missing Women” became a larger metaphor for the manner in which society treated these victims as translucent (think Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, and the marginalization of the lower strata).

In the case of Rocky Mount I use the term in the same context; these women are missing; society does not see them; it only acknowledges their presence as prostitutes, drug addicts and general low-lifes. It is an age old practice of blaming victims for their outcomes, then abdicating societies responsibility to do anything about it (thus the lag to form a task force and lack of media coverage.)

The situation in Rocky Mount is so disturbing because it so closely echoes what happened in Vancouver (and what is happening along the Highway of Tears in British Columbia). Have we learned nothing?

Well we better start learning or the cost to tax payers will be in the millions with the reforms that will (very slowly) come in the wake of what is brought forth (very slowly) in the disclosure of justice. Not to mention the endless public hand-wringing and blame that will-out.

 

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Victims of domestic violence were remembered in a candlelight vigil on Thursday night in Rocky Mount.

My Sister’s House, a support organization for local victims, remembered 61 victims who were killed statewide in the last year as a result of the abuse.

The event drew about 50 people to the first floor of the Rocky Mount City Hall.

This year, none of the fatalities was in Rocky Mount.

Over the past eight years, candles were blown out to remember all of the victims. But this year, only one candle was lit and blown out at the end of the event.

My Sister’s House executive director Meredith Holland said the numerous candles being blown out symbolized a finality of the deaths.

One candle carries a different meaning, she said.

“We wanted this to be more positive so people can move forward with this,” she said. “We don’t want people to be happy, but we also want them to feel there is something we can do about this (violence).”

The group was asked to remember the women whose deaths are being investigated to see if there are ties to a potential serial killer. Rumors of a serial killer stalking poor women have spread through East Rocky Mount the past few months. In June, authorities publicly connected the dots between the unsolved murders of Jarniece Hargrove, 31, Taraha Nicholson, 28, Ernestine Battle, 50, Jackie Thorpe, 35, and Melody Wiggins, 29. Edgecombe County Sheriff James Knight announced last month that 21-year-old Denise Williams’ 2003 murder also is included in the probe.

Three of the victims were clients of My Sister’s House at one time, said Linda Jones, the board president of the organization and a victim’s advocate for the Rocky Mount Police Department.

The group also was asked to remember 37-year-old Martha Alford. The local resident is in critical condition after being set on fire by a man last month.

Police arrested Anthony Earl Brown, 44, after he allegedly poured rubbing alcohol and threw a match at her to ignite a fire. Alford is being treated at the Jaycee Burn Center at N.C. Memorial Hospital in Chapel Hill.

Jones said that domestic violence is no longer a private matter between couples.

“It’s the impact it has on business because of lost time and tardiness and loss of productivity in the workplace,” she said. “And most people killed in the workplace are going to be women, and it’s going to be domestic-violence related.”

As an example, she pointed to a recent shooting in Carthage, where Robert Stewart is accused of shooting up a North Carolina nursing home. He was reportedly going after his estranged wife during a rampage that killed seven residents and a nurse tending to their care.

The bloodbath ended when a police officer shot and wounded Stewart in a hallway.

“Children who tend to come from violent homes tend to live violent lifestyles as they grow older, so we’re talking about a vicious cycle of domestic violence,” Jones said. “They are more apt to affiliate with gangs, and the list goes on. And so it does have an impact on all of us, and there are things we can do as a community to address that.”

During the vigil, Jones said that she got involved in domestic violence causes after seeing a woman being beating by a partner in a parking lot 24 years ago.

“For the next 24 years, I got to know this woman,” she said. “I saw in that parking lot that night she is a daughter, a sister, a mother, a grandmother. She is rich and poor, educated and uneducated, employed and unemployed. She has children who witness the abuse and are sometimes abused themselves.”

Jones said one out of four women and almost 8 percent of men report being victims of intimate-partner violence at some point in their lives.

“Even if you’ve never been a victim of domestic violence, the odds are that someone in your family or you’re standing besides tonight has been a victim,” she said.

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Amanda Knox Parents on CNN this evening

(CNN) — Amanda Knox’s parents are hopeful that an Italian court’s decision not to re-evaluate the evidence against their daughter means she will be found not guilty of killing her roommate.

“We asked for the independent review because we were sure that anybody [who] independently looked at it would support our position,” Edda Mellas, Knox’s mother, told CNN’s Larry King in an interview to air Friday night.

“Now, maybe the court decided that they don’t even need that support. That our arguments have already been good enough.”

Knox, of Seattle, Washington, has been in an Italian jail and on trial for nearly two years on charges that she helped murder her roommate, British student Meredith Kercher.

Knox’s defense lawyers had asked the court for an independent review of the evidence, which can be requested if there is contested or contradicting evidence.

Prosecutors say a kitchen knife, allegedly the murder weapon, has Knox’s DNA on the handle and Kercher’s DNA on the blade. The defense disputes that, but last Friday, the court denied the request for a review.

Closing arguments in the trial are expected at the beginning of November, and Knox’s parents hope a verdict will finally vindicate their daughter. Watch Curt Knox say why he thinks his daughter was arrested »

Her father, Curt Knox, told CNN that he thinks Amanda Knox was targeted as a suspect from the beginning.

Within days of Kercher’s murder, Knox and her then-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, were questioned and portrayed in the media as the undisputed killers.

“I believe that there was a huge mistake made very, very early on by, you know, having a — literally a ‘case closed,’ you know, presentation by the police over there,” he said.

Prosecutors held news conferences weeks after the killing, declaring the case solved. Knox, Sollecito and bar owner Patrick Lumumba were believed to have killed Kercher during a sexual game gone horribly awry.

Knox was criticized in newspapers and tabloids around the world for her demeanor after the killing, which included photos of her and Sollecito comforting each other as crime scene investigators looked for clues in her house.

Knox’s mother told King that those headlines couldn’t be further from the truth.

“You know, she’s very much a person who internalizes,” Mellas said. “She was extremely upset, and her roommate testified that when she found out it was Meredith that was killed, she was very upset. She cried; she did all of that. But by the time those photos were taken, it was hours later, and she was being comforted by Raffaele.”

As the investigation went on, the scenario of what happened changed.

Lumumba was released because he had an airtight alibi, and DNA evidence from the crime scene soon pointed to a different suspect: Rudy Guede. Guede was sentenced to 30 years for the murder in a separate trial and is appealing the verdict.

Knox’s parents believe that Guede is the sole killer, but because the prosecution hammered the idea that Knox and Sollecito were guilty, they couldn’t back away from it.

“They were just too far into it, and they’ve been trying to press it ever since,” Curt Knox said.

Knox’s family and friends insist that the girl they know wouldn’t kill anyone. Her parents say they never believed that she was guilty.

After the murder, Mellas said, friends and family told Knox to leave Italy — to either come home or stay with relatives in Germany — but Knox refused because she wanted to help find the killer and prove that she had nothing to do with it.

“Many people asked her to leave, but she said no. ‘I’m going to stay. I’m going to try and help. I’m going to try and finish school,’ ” Mellas said.

Looking back, her parents wish Knox had left. Now, all they can do is wait — and hope things turn out how they believe they should.

“We have to believe that what they’re hearing in court — and it’s so clear that she had nothing to do with it — then they’ll come out with the right answer,” Curt Knox said. “I mean, that’s — that’s what we have to believe.”

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