Publication Day for PRETTY BROKEN DOLLS: Detective Katie Scott #Crime #Thriller

It’s always exciting every time a new book publishes! This has been such a fun series to write. Thank you Bookouture for this wonderful opportunity. Here’s the sixth installment and you’ll never guess who the killer is–Katie is caught in the middle of several cold cases and the killer is coming after her.

Pretty Broken Dolls is available in e-book, paperback, and audio.

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In the thin light of the moon, the woman’s limp body hangs from the iron fence amongst the redwoods. Looped over the railings is the little gold locket her mother gave her when she turned sixteen. The picture of the girl inside smiles out at a future she’ll never see…

As day breaks over the fairground, Detective Katie Scott forces herself to take in another disturbing scene in front of her. A woman, the same age as her, found slumped in the carriage of the Ferris wheel, red lipstick dragged across her lips, her throat cut.

Katie doesn’t want to believe that the serial killer picking off women across the state has found their way to the small town of Pine Valley, California, but when her team finds a gold engagement ring hanging nearby, it’s a terrifying, but undeniable fact.

With a twisted killer on her doorstep, Katie knows if she doesn’t act fast, she’ll find more women left out in the cold like broken dolls. Her team hit dead end after dead end, but only she can see the vital link between the victims: a connection with Katie herself.

Katie has spent years pushing traumatic memories of her years in the military far out of reach, but she must confront them now or more innocent women will die. But as the killer circles closer and closer to Katie, what if the only answer is to give him what he wants? There must be another way…

Warning – This absolutely unputdownable thriller will keep you up all night! Fans of Lisa Regan, Rachel Caine and Melinda Leigh better hold on tight for a nail-biting rollercoaster ride!

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Readers love Jennifer Chase:

THERE WAS NO WAY I WAS PUTTING THIS BOOK DOWN!!!!!… I was literally holding my breathI HAD TO KNOW!!!!! As for the explosive ending: WOW definitely not what, or who I was expecting.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

Fantastic… had me glued to the pages and I didn’t want to put it down so gripping and suspenseful and wonderfully paced… A brilliant, nail-biting and highly recommended read.’ Brianne’s Book Reviews, 5 stars

I was hooked from the start. I couldn’t stop reading. I just needed to find out what happens. Katie is a total badassI loved the story sooo much awesome…I recommend it to everyone.’ Mama Bear’s Book Shelf, 5 stars

One hell of an unpredictable rollercoaster ride with several twists and turns along the way… I almost had to read through my fingers… A brilliant, and highly recommended read.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

I envy you the binge read!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘An excellent, exhilarating read. I had to keep reading just another page, another page, as everything raced towards a high tension ending.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

A twist at every page!Absolutely loved this book… so engrossed, read it in 2 days… well written and enthralling. Couldn’t put it down.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

Brilliant! Brilliant! Absolutely freaking brilliant!!Shalini’s Books & Reviews, 5 stars

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Science, Crime and Mystery: Top Forensic Labs in America and Abroad


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Criminal forensic experts are essentially detectives in a lab coat. These highly trained professionals are charged with reconstructing events, crime scenes and nefarious behavior using their knowledge of technology, physics, chemistry, and biology (among other scientific disciplines.) As a result of the hard work of a forensic specialist, law enforcement officers are provided more ammunition in their investigative pursuits of truth and justice.

Scientific and technological advancements are moving at a rapid pace. And with that, the world of forensics is evolving. The need for specialists is increasing quickly, and so is the requirement for state-of-the-art labs that can foster growth and innovation.

With that said, here’s a listing of some of the top domestic and international forensic labs.

Oglebay Hall Laboratories (Morgantown, WV)

Housed within the Department of Forensic and Investigative Science at West Virginia University, Oglebay Hall is a massive 18,000 square foot forensic lab. It was recently renovated to include the most technologically advanced forensic equipment, with a focus on tech involving trace evidence, microscopy, DNA analysis, forensic chemistry, latent prints, and questioned documents. 

Alongside Oglebay Hall is the university’s Crime Scene Training Complex, which is the largest of its type in the nation. The complex has four crime scene houses, a vehicle processing garage, a ballistics test center, and specialized outdoor venues that allow for realistic simulations of crime scenes. 

The university was the first to offer students bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees in general forensic science.

Purdue Cybersecurity and Forensics Laboratory (West Lafayette, IN)

A pioneer in computer crime investigatory work, the Purdue Cybersecurity and Forensics Laboratory focuses on digital and cybersecurity forensics, from both an educational and practitioner standpoint.

Assisting with both the education of future forensic scientists and ongoing law enforcement investigations, this digital forensics-focused lab is a leader in both developing innovations for theoretical future issues, as well as current cybersecurity threats.

Known for its collaborative spirit, the Purdue Cybersecurity lab has a storied past of sharing insights, best practices, and cutting-edge research with both private and public entities alike.

Virginia Department of Forensic Science (Richmond, VA)

Providing independent forensic services to more than 400 law enforcement agencies, the Virginia Department of Forensic Science (DFS) is a well-funded, world-class operation. With a central laboratory in Richmond and four regional facilities, the laboratory excels in DNA analysis, ballistics, toxicology, trace evidence and training.

At the forefront of forensic innovation, the DFS was the first state laboratory to offer DNA analysis to police departments; to create a DNA database of convicted sex offenders; and to pioneer the recording of DNA samples from felons. The DFS has familial DNA search capabilities and has been engaged in this work long before it became mainstream practice. 


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Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI) (the Hague, Netherlands)

Operating from its hi-tech, modern facility in the diplomatic epicenter of the Netherlands, the NFI invests heavily in research and development. At the forefront of both European and global forensic methods, the NFI invented Hansken, a system that compresses large amounts of forensic data, making it readily available for investigators at an amazing speed.

The ability to access such massive amounts of indexed and searchable data in a matter of seconds has aided law enforcement in cracking some major, unsolved crimes. One such example is the Hansken glass database, which stores information from glass shards at crime scenes, enabling police to quickly link perps to crimes ranging from high-end heists to simple burglaries where broken glass is involved.

European Network of Forensic Science Institutes (ENFSI)

Founded in 1995 with the aim of improving the cross-border exchange of information relating to forensic innovation, the ENFSI has recently been focusing primarily on improving the overall quality of European forensic science. 

In addition to improving quality and competence, the ENFSI also focuses heavily on research, development, and training within its 17 different expert working groups, which include firearms, documents, DNA, tracing and explosives.  The European Commission has formally recognized the importance of ENFSI as the preeminent continental organization in the field of forensics.

Hancom GMD (South Korea)

In many nations, forensics is handled by corporations or other non-state sponsored organizations. For example, in Korea, Hancom GMD is a private entity that is at the forefront of digital forensics. Due to the rapid rise in the usage of smartphones, data extraction for criminal investigations has become vital and costly. And that’s where Hancom GMD comes into play.

A few years ago, their forensics team extracted and analyzed data from over 300 smartphones in an investigation pertaining to one of the biggest political scandals in the history of S. Korea. The country’s then-current president was accused of bribery. With only 60 days to investigate and prosecute, the forensic team was put to task, and was able to deliver sound results.

Recently, they contracted with the United Kingdom to provide digital forensic analysis, and the lab is heavily involved in data extraction from the cloud for investigative purposes.

Public and private forensic science work is growing rapidly. Scientists from across the globe are collaborating and sharing information for the overall betterment of forensic science. It’s exciting to think about the innovations that are soon to come. Do you know of any labs that deserve recognition for their excellent work?

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Cop’s Best Friend: An Overview of K9 Officers

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Just like all members of law enforcement, police dogs work under intense pressure and dangerous conditions. And, like their human counterparts, K9 Officers require competent training, continued support and some good old-fashioned love and affection.

Before becoming a well-respected member of the K9 Officers club, these brave and intelligent dogs undergo rigorous training, where patience, understanding, and commitment are hallmarks. And, although police dogs are often engaged in serious, sometimes life-threatening work, these amazing animals are also family pets that require some well-deserved downtime.

Trained to assist local, federal, and even international law enforcement personnel, K9 Officers are a valuable component to any well-functioning crime prevention operation.

Here’s an overview of some interesting aspects of K9 Officers and their role in our society.

Police Dogs in the United States

Throughout the United States, the use of K9 Officers is widespread in federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. These skilfull dogs are generally utilized for two distinct purposes – bomb, narcotic and weapon detection, and cadaver recovery. Many types of dogs are used in police work; however, the most prevalent breeds are German shepherds and Belgian Malinois.

Federal police dogs are rarely in public view, except for the occasional K9 Officer sniffing some luggage with a TSA agent at an airport. In addition to the TSA, the majority of federal police dogs are used for tactical operations with the FBI, ATF, and the US Marshals Service. Federal tactical dogs are oftentimes the most highly specialized K9 Officers in existence.

The visibility of police dogs in state and local law enforcement agencies is much different. And that’s because the dogs are part of the community and are found in virtually every police department, both big and small. Some rural departments will have only one K9 Officer, whereas large metro departments might have dozens of police dogs.

Generally, K9 Officers are mainly used for apprehending a perp or detecting drugs. Often, large police departments will have entire K9 teams dedicated to one purpose such as cadaver recovery, while also having an elite group of individual dogs that have highly specialized training for a singular purpose.

Though it is a serious crime to attack or kill a K9 Officer, the penal repercussions are not generally as severe as those for harming or killing a police officer. Speaking of prison, police dogs are often used to break up large scale fights or riots and are vital in hunting down escaped convicts.

United States Police Canine Association (USPCA)

As the oldest and largest K9 Officer organization in America, the USPCA has been training and certifying police dogs since 1971.  Police dogs are trained in bodyguarding, tracking, drug and explosive detection, arson investigation, and fish and game duties.

The organization has trained dozens of dog breeds ranging from Retrievers to Shepherds to Bloodhounds. Each year, police dogs compete for the coveted title of National Champion. After the regional winners are chosen, the national event is held where the dogs compete in field trials, which put the dogs’ tracking, detecting and protection skills to the test.


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Brave and Renowned K9 Officers

Koton

Known for playing alongside Jim Belushi in the buddy cop comedy “K9,” Koton was originally a police dog with the Kansas City PD, where he gained fame by discovering 10 kilograms of cocaine, with a 1980s street value of $1.2 million. After his stint in Hollywood, Koton went back to police work where he sadly lost his life when he was shot trying to apprehend a wanted cop killer.

Bruno

In March 2014, this California K9 Officer was shot in the face while in hot pursuit of an armed suspect. The criminal was eventually apprehended, and the police officers involved in the arrest credit Bruno with the collar. Bruno unfortunately died several months later due to complications arising from the shooting.

K9 Officers and the Supreme Court

Over the past 40 years, the use of police dogs has dramatically risen. And with the increase in usage, there has been increased scrutiny. Several important US Supreme Court decisions have been handed down over the years that specifically address evidentiary issues that arise due to police dogs.

United States v. Place

In this seminal case, the Supreme Court held that an exterior luggage sniff by a trained police dog is not considered a “search” under the Fourth Amendment of the US Constitution. This was an extremely important decision because most “searches” by the police require a search warrant. But this ruling carved out an exception whereby a police dog could sniff someone’s luggage, to detect drugs or bombs, without a search warrant.

Florida v. Jardines

In this case, the Supreme Court placed a limit on warrantless drug sniffing by police dogs. Here, police in Miami were alerted to a large scale marijuana grow house. So, the police sent the dog to the front porch, whereby he detected drugs. Relying on the dog’s detection, a search warrant was issued.  The search warrant was deemed invalid because the probable cause it was based upon was tainted. The justices felt that a warrantless sniff of someone’s private residence is a step too far and is in violation of the Fourth Amendment.

K9 Officers are an integral and beloved member of law enforcement agencies throughout the US and the world. Their work is dangerous and difficult, yet these dogs remain loyal and affectionate to their handlers. Do you know any good stories of heroic police dogs?

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EMILY STONE THRILLERS: New Book Covers and a Book Blast!

My multiple award winning Emily Stone Thriller Series has had a makeover! Woohoo! I was so fortunate to have a wonderful cover designer give this series a fresh new look. And there are some surprises too! A new Emily Stone book will be out soon–more details coming.

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Title: COMPULSION

EMILY STONE THRILLER SERIES BOOK ONE
Author: Jennifer Chase
Publisher: JEC Press
Genre: Crime Thriller

BOOK BLURB:

Emily Stone doesn’t have a badge. But that hasn’t stopped her from tracking down some of the West’s most dangerous child-killers. Armed with a digital camera, laptop computer and her trusty Beretta, Stone uses her innate gift for detective work to identify the perps — and then anonymously e-mail the evidence to the cops.

Now, the hunt for two brazen serial killers on the loose right in her own coastal California town threatens to expose Stone’s identity — unraveling her carefully constructed cover and jeopardizing her life’s work. But when she gets too close to the action, this razor-sharp hunter becomes the hunted. Cooperating with the handsome local police detective could be the only hope for stopping the rampage directed at unsuspecting young women — and saving herself. Can they piece together the clues in time? Compulsion mixes CSI-style investigation with a ripped-from-the-headlines plot and a dose of romance for a keeps-you-guessing, fast-paced and savvy thriller, right up until the shocking finale.

PRAISE

“Jennifer Chase’s Compulsion is an all-time great fiction suspense thriller. Jennifer takes her knowledge of forensic science and criminology to new levels of understanding and entertainment. This is one edge-of-your-seat who-dun-it that will keep you enthralled from the first page to the last.” —Sandra E. Graham, BookPleasures, author of Amos Jakey and Nicolina

“…The new novel Compulsion by Jennifer Chase is a captivating thriller that will keep you guessing until the last page is read. The careful character development results in real, three-dimensional men and women, even if some of them are almost unimaginably horrifying. The plot, with its slowly revealed layers, is one that engages the readers immediately and takes them on quite an adventure…” – Amazon Reader

“…It is really a fantastic book… It is a fresh and fun read. I really had trouble putting it down…” – Amazon Reader

“This truly is a top-notch mystery – thriller of a read. One that has thought out characters, defined so well that you feel as if you are part of their lives, and a storyline that is mysterious, and chilling, yet delivers a personal touch that brings realism to the mix. CSI fans will love this book, as will any mystery/thriller fan, for it is definitely one that delivers.” – Amazon Reader

“Pot boiler will keep the pages turning… If you enjoy crime fiction with a local [California] flavor, you might wish to try this debut novel. Hang on; this one also has a wild ending with some major eye-popping developments that will take you by surprise.” – Amazon Reader

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OTHER BOOKS IN THE EMILY STONE SERIES

Dead Game

Dead Game (Book Two)

Dark Mind

Dark Mind (Book Three)

Dead Burn

Dead Burn (Book Four)

Dark Pursuit

Dark Pursuit (Book Five)

Dead Cold

Dead Cold (Book Six)

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Blog Tour Highlights 2

Monday, July 5

⭐PUYB Virtual Book Club ⭐Pump Up Your Book Book Blast Kick Off⭐COMPULSION by Jennifer Chase

Tuesday, July 6

Freda’s Voice

Wednesday, July 7

Book Cover Junkie

Thursday, July 8

The Dark Phantom Reviews

Friday, July 9

The Writer’s Life

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Monday, July 12

Nuttin’ But Books

Tuesday, July 13

Confessions of an Eccentric Bookaholic

Wednesday, July 14

My Bookish Pleasures

Thursday, July 15

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Friday, July 16

The Faerie Review

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Monday, July 19

The Book Rack

Tuesday, July 20

Book Bloggin’ Princess

Wednesday, July 21

Blogging Authors

Thursday, July 22

Jazzy Book Reviews

Friday, July 23

Literarily Speaking

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Monday, July 26

Lynn’s Romance Enthusiast

Tuesday, July 27

Stormy Nights Reviewing & Bloggin’

Wednesday, July 28

I’m Shelf-ish

Thursday, July 29

Beyond the Books

Friday, July 30

As the Pages Turn

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PRETTY BROKEN DOLLS: A New Detective Katie Scott Thriller! COMING SOON!

“Please Mommy, can Tessa and I go play on the swing by the creek?” the little girl begs, pushing a blonde curl from her eyes. “We’ll stay together, and we promise to be safe.” Hours later, their mother waits anxiously for her darling girls to arrive home with a list of reasons why they are late. But the front door never opens…

When the bodies of eleven and twelve-year-old sisters, Tessa and Megan, are found at the bottom of a ravine—dressed in matching pastel summer outfits, their small bodies broken from the fall—Detective Katie Scott is called to one of the most shocking and heartbreaking crime scenes of her career.

Carefully picking through the fragile remains, Katie makes the first of many disturbing discoveries: the girls were not biological sisters. The youngest, Megan, is a DNA match to a kidnapping case years before. The tiny number burnt into her skin the mark of a terrifying killer intent on keeping count of his collection.

Her PTSD from the army triggered, Katie is left reeling as she maps other missing children in the local area. Has this twisted soul found a way to stay nearby his victims? Could he be watching now as Katie hits one dead end after another?

A wild storm building, matching a fiber found during the autopsy to a nearby boatyard is the break Katie needs. But when another girl goes missing, just as lightning strikes and the power goes out, Katie only has her instincts, her team and her service dog to rely on. As time runs out for Katie to finds the stolen child alive, who will become the next number on this monster’s deadly list?

Fans of Lisa Regan, Rachel Caine and Melinda Leigh, you better buckle-up for the ride of your life! BEWARE – this gripping crime thriller is guaranteed to keep you up all night!

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Readers love The Fragile Ones:

Wow!!!… a page-turning, nail-biting crime thriller!!… absolutely fantastic… had me completely hooked… filled with nail-biting suspense… keeps you on edge.’ Bookworm86, 5 stars

Excellentnail-biting… had me enthralled from page onegripped through each twist and turn… jaw-dropping and totally unexpected… brilliant.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars

Superbimmediately had me hookedhad me glued to the pages and I didn’t want to put it down… A spellbinding, highly recommended read. Brianne’s Book Reviews, 5 stars

My heart was in my throat the whole time … A pulse-pounding crime thriller that is tightly-plotted and brilliantly paced… will keep readers glued to the pagestop-notch page-turner…’ Bookish Jottings, 4 stars

THERE WAS NO WAY I WAS PUTTING THIS BOOK DOWN!!!!!… I was literally holding my breath… I HAD TO KNOW!!!!! As for the explosive ending? WOW definitely not what or who I was expecting.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

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 CATCH THE KILLER: 3 Historically Significant Criminal Profilers #ForensicFriday #Crime

Everyone seems to love a good criminal profiler story. A ruthless killer is on the loose. Law enforcement can’t seem to make any progress on the case. Then, some mastermind detective steps in. And using their investigation skills, along with their expertise in psychology and behavioral science, they create a detailed profile of the maniacal killer.

And, as a result, the police then have a reasonably accurate portrait of the person they are looking for. Which, in turn, enables law enforcement to focus their efforts on a narrower field of potential perps. And, due in large part to the meticulous work of the investigator’s criminal profiling, the police will have greatly increased their chances of making an arrest.

Today’s criminal profilers utilize the methodologies and techniques pioneered by their predecessors. And, in that regard, here are three historically prominent criminal profilers, who have paved the way.

Thomas Bond (1841 – 1901)

Dr. Thomas Bond, a British surgeon, is widely considered western civilization’s first true criminal profiler. Bond’s rise to prominence originated with his involvement in the investigation of London’s notorious Jack the Ripper killings.

In the late 1880s, serial killer Jack the Ripper terrorized the streets of London. The police were having no luck in finding a suspect. That’s when Dr. Bond and his colleague Dr. George Phillips got involved. In what many consider the first application of criminal profiling methodologies, Dr. Bond studied autopsy results and crime scene evidence from Jack the Ripper’s murder victims.

Utilizing his expertise in human behavior and biology, Dr. Bond drafted a detailed report of what he believed to be Jack the Ripper’s personality traits, behavioral characteristics and lifestyle.

Many in law enforcement believed that Jack the Ripper had a medical background due to his removal of the victims’ internal organs and other surgical incisions made to their bodies. But Dr. Bond contradicted the prevailing view by assessing that the killer had no medical training whatsoever.  And that his mutilation of bodies showed he had no true knowledge of human anatomy.

Despite Dr. Bond’s detailed written report of Jack the Ripper’s characteristics, the police never found the killer. There have been recent theories of the case. Nevertheless, the early days of criminal profiling had now begun, and future investigators have relied upon and studied Dr. Bond’s sound methodologies.

Walter C. Langer (1899 – 1981)

Born in in Cambridge, Massachusetts to German immigrants, Dr. William Langer graduated Harvard University in 1935 with a Ph.D. in psychoanalysis. Upon graduating, Langer moved to Vienna, where he was analyzed by and worked under Dr. Anna Freud, the daughter of legendary psychiatrist Sigmund Freud.

Dr. Langer’s specialty – psychoanalysis – investigates the intersection of a person’s conscious and unconscious fears, and repressed memories. The ultimate goal of this type of therapy is to resolve inner and outer conflicts.

After World War II broke out, Dr. Langer began working for the US government in the Office of Strategic Service. He was immediately tasked with performing a criminal profile on the Nazi movement and, in particular, on Adolf Hitler. In drafting his study, Dr. Lang applied his background in behavior and psychology, and utilized the Allies intelligence gathering of Hitler’s crimes against humanity.

The end result was the historically significant report – The Mind of Adolf Hitler. The report was held top secret for over 30 years but was eventually released to the public in 1972 and subsequently translated into many languages.

In his report, Dr. Langer predicted that the “most plausible outcome” of Hitler’s demise would be suicide. And as history has revealed – his prediction was accurate. Dr. Langer also suggested that if Hitler didn’t kill himself, a military coup would have most likely eventually occurred.

Dr. Langer’s methodology in profiling Hitler has been studied for generations and has been used by others in the field who have been tasked with analyzing despots, and other war criminals.

In addition to his profiling, Dr. Langer has been credited with helping Jewish people and other vulnerable groups escape Vienna after the Nazis invaded Austria in 1938.

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James A. Brussel (1905 – 1982)

A trailblazer in the investigative techniques used in the criminal profiling process, Dr. James Brussel assisted the NYPD in several high-profile cases.

Most notably, Dr. Brussel helped solve the mystery of a serial bomber who terrorized Manhattan during a 16-year period beginning in 1940. The so-called “mad bomber” would plant homemade bonds in random places throughout the city, like phone booths and movie theaters. He would also target iconic, well-populated places such as Penn Station, Grand Central Station and Radio City Music Hall.

After years of no leads, the police became extremely frustrated that they had no information on the bomber’s identity or motivation. So, they called in Dr. Brussel for help.

After studying crime scene photos and letters mailed to the press by the perp, Dr. Brussel delivered a detailed criminal profile of the bomber.

And by detailed – I mean extremely detailed. Dr. Brussel concluded that the bomber was a heavy-set middle-aged man from Connecticut, who was a skilled mechanic with a hatred for his dad and an obsessional love for his mother. Additionally, Dr. Brussel opined that the perp had a deep resentment for ConEd, the city’s power company. And last but not least – Dr. Brussel believed that when the mad bomber was caught, he’d be wearing a fully buttoned, double breasted suit.

This profile turned out to be unbelievably accurate. In fact, when they arrested George Metesky, he was wearing pajamas but when the police allowed him to change his clothes – he reappeared wearing a fully buttoned, double breasted suit. And his hatred for ConEd was also accurate, as he had been injured while employed with the utility company.

Dr. Brussel’s techniques are well-respected and taught to the new generation of profilers.

Criminal profiling is certainly a very intellectually and emotionally demanding job. What personal traits do you think are needed in order to excel at that job?

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Forensic Files: DNA Cracks Decades-Long Murder Cases #ForensicFriday


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Each year, more and more cold murder cases are solved through forensic DNA genetic analysis. As the science continues to evolve and produce tangible results, thousands of victims and their family members receive the bittersweet gifts of justice and closure.

Murders from 40-years ago, that once seemed unsolvable, are now being closed at record pace. This is all due to the impressive detectives who never relent in their pursuit of justice, and the amazing ability of a forensic technology that never fails to deliver results.

Although the cold case databases across the nation are sadly filled with too many unsolved heinous crimes, there is justifiable hope that many of these cases will be resolved over the next years.

Here are two such cases – murders that went unsolved until DNA evidence eventually cracked the case.

Vanilla Coke Solves a Murder

In early August 1981, 34-year-old Sylvia Quayle was found brutally murdered in her Colorado home. Discovered by her dad, the victim’s body was found naked in her living room. The initial investigation revealed that someone had cut her phone line, and broke into the home through the bathroom window.

Sylvia’s hands were covered in blood, while her neck had visible red marks consistent with the shape of fingers.  She was shot in the head and stabbed in the chest multiple times. Investigators believe that her cause of death was blood loss due to the stab wounds, and that the gunshot was a secondary cause of death. The victim was also sexually assaulted, which allowed detectives to collect biological samples of the perp.

Two years after the killing, a drifter named Ottis Toole confessed to the murder. However, it was later revealed that this potential suspect confessed to many other crimes, the charges of which were eventually all dropped due to fabrication. Although Toole was initially charged with killing Sylvia, the local district attorney always had doubts about Toole’s supposed confession. As a result, he went ahead and tested Toole’s DNA against the crime scene evidence. No match. So, the charges were dropped.

The case went cold, and in 2000, the DNA evidence collected at the scene was submitted to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation  and the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System (CODIS). There was no movement on the case for 20 years, then there was a sudden breakthrough. Investigators had uploaded the DNA samples to two separate public genealogical databases. As a result, they had a family match which allowed them to focus on a single suspect – David Dwayne Anderson.

Anderson was a known felon who had been arrested for burglary, in an area near Sylvia’s home, two months after the murder.

Earlier this year, investigators located Anderson in Nebraska, where they collected two trash bags belonging to him. Inside one of these trash bags was a vanilla coke that produced an exact match to the DNA collected from the victim’s body. Within weeks, Anderson was arrested and charged with the murder of Sylvia Quayle. It took 40 years, but justice was eventually served.


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Killer Identified After 31 Years

In 1989, someone climbed up into the bedroom window of 16-year-old Fawn Cox, then sexually assaulted and killed her. It was a sad and brutal crime. Kansas City police had a handful of juvenile suspects, but the charges were dropped after witnesses admitted to lying. So, the killer was never found. And the case went cold for many years.

At the time of the initial investigation, bodily fluid evidence was recovered at the crime scene, but in 1989, DNA tech was unavailable. The only avenue to pursue at that juncture was to compare blood samples. This proved to be a futile exercise in this case, but the investigators hard work in collecting DNA evidence eventually paid-off as forensic technology become capable of so much more than simple blood analysis.

In the early 2000s, local forensic investigators developed a DNA profile of the potential suspect based on the bodily fluids that were collected decades earlier. The samples were uploaded to CODIS – but no match.

Police did not give up and, in fact, they would often meet with Fawn’s family to discuss potential leads. Investigators even re-interviewed the initial suspects and obtained DNA samples from each of them. Again, no match.

Then, last summer – over 30 years after the murder – there was a seismic shift in the investigation. Kansas City became part of the FBI’s Operation Legend, which gave the police department significant financial and logistical federal resources with the aim of solving the violent crimes that have plagued the city. As part of the federal operation, investigators were introduced to genealogical DNA testing, whereby an unknown suspect’s DNA is uploaded to public ancestry databases in order to build a family tree profile.

Utilizing the results of the genealogical analysis, detectives discovered the killer’s identity. It was Fawn’s older cousin. Turns out, though, that this cousin died in 2006 under suspicious circumstances. Blood retained from the investigation of his death was used to match the DNA found at the crime scene where Fawn was murdered.

Here, the family was grateful that justice was achieved, but quite disturbed at the outcome.

DNA genealogical testing has proven to be a game changer in the field of forensic investigations. Combining traditional DNA analysis with massive direct-to-consumer genealogical databases has enabled law enforcement to cast a wide (and precise) net over potential suspects.

Any recent DNA-led cold cases solved in your area?

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