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Saturday, February 24, 2007

Balcony Rapist Paul Douglas Callow's Release from Prison

I agree 100% with Jane Doe that rehabilitation - not incarceration - is the answer. But if she ever questions why 20 years of advocacy hasn't made a difference, Doe might want to confront her misplaced fear of a right-wing boogieman "law and order agenda" conspiracy:

"All I can say is `you got it wrong, you've got to redirect your gaze – what we need to be looking at is why do men rape, why have services to women's community organizations been cut and why has that money been funnelled to so-called victim rights' groups who represent the law and order agenda that calls for bigger prisons and longer sentences when we know for a fact that they're not a deterrent,"

Jane Doe


Friday, February 23, 2007

Books I'm using for a research paper on Les Hells:

A general theory of crime / Michael R. Gottfredson and Travis Hirschi.

Group process and gang delinquency / James F. Short, Jr. and Fred L. Strodtbeck.

The honest politician's guide to crime control [by] Norval Morrisand Gordon Hawkins.

The professional fence [by] Carl B. Klockars.

Street gangs and street workers [by] Malcolm W. Klein.


Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Road Warrior

Michel Auger has a blog


Cold Case "Cook-Book" in my own Back Yard

Doreen Prior found this article about Charlotte-Mecklenburg's experience lobbying / implementing a cold case unit in North Carolina's largest city:

Implementing a cold case homicide unit: a challenging task

The local newspaper reported that the police department had more than 350 unsolved homicides, some dating back to 1979. The article stated that investigators were lobbying for a cold case squad; families of victims were complaining; and members of the city council were asking questions. (1) This conflict left the chief struggling over a dilemma that confronts many leaders of law enforcement agencies with limited resources. Does an administrator dedicate homicide investigators to work on decade-old cases that they have little chance of clearing when numerous new murders, not to mention a number of suicides, accidental deaths, kidnappings, officer-involved shootings, and serious assaults, occur each year?

With advanced technology to analyze physical evidence and the growth of DNA and fingerprint national databases, interest in old, unsolved homicides has increased steadily over the past few years. (2) The media has begun reporting on the cold case detective units implemented across the nation, but little has appeared about the issues they face. (3) Unlike many television portrayals, cold case homicides are not easily solved or prosecuted. After all, if the cases could have been resolved quickly when "hot," why would they still be open 10 to 25 years later?

To find some answers, the author reviewed the Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina, Police Department's cold case unit about a year after its inception. By interviewing homicide investigators, technical analysts, and district attorneys involved with cold cases, she discovered some of the unique challenges such units encounter. But, more important, she found a key to the department's response: combining volunteer resources with experienced investigative expertise.

Unit Development

First, the department assigned two veteran detectives, representing 10 percent of its homicide personnel, to the cold case unit. Both wanted to work on the old investigations because they felt that given a concentrated effort, they could clear a number of them and provide the families of the victims with some measure of comfort by showing that the department would continue trying to find those responsible for their loved ones' deaths.

Next, the agency obtained assistance from the FBI's local office and National Center for Analysis of Violent Crimes. This involvement allowed the cold case detectives to become part of the Safe Streets Task Force and be deputized as federal agents, giving them jurisdiction outside Mecklenburg County.

Last, the department implemented its concept of volunteers helping detectives review the cases. Because using volunteers constitutes a major element of community policing, the agency already had a rich reservoir of individuals working in a variety of capacities. After September 11, 2001, the volunteer spirit expanded; people were empathetic and wanted to be involved. Since March 12, 2003, three volunteers, with past law enforcement and investigative-related experience and currently retired or working in other fields, have brought many skills, opinions, and perspectives to the work that supplement those of the seasoned homicide investigators. Most important, all three possess the vital ingredient of discreetness, thereby ensuring that all information remains confidential.

Review Process

The three volunteers attempted different review formats. They ultimately decided to record information under the following headings: victimology, recap of the crime, crime scene report summary, evidence/property recovered and lab analysis results, witness information and statement recounts, related investigation, medical examiner's report summation, potential suspects, and recommended follow-up.

On an ongoing basis, they review separate cases individually, sorting and reading all of the information in the folder, before attending a meeting with the rest of the review team, comprised of the two cold case detectives, the assigned FBI agent, and the captain of the unit. (5) Many of the files are extensive, and, because the three volunteers have other obligations, they complete a case review about every 3 to 4 weeks. Nearly a week before the group meeting, they send a draft report of each case to the other members via e-mail. At the meeting, the volunteers summarize the ones they have reviewed. The team provides input, suggestions, and questions, extensively discussing each case. The volunteers then incorporate the additional group information and send their final report to the assigned detective and the captain. Through this process, each reviewed case receives the benefits of the skills and experiences of at least six trained professionals.

Case Selection

Working under pressure to prove the value of a separate cold case unit, the detectives and their supervisor at first arbitrarily selected homicides based on what they personally knew about them. They also considered those wherein victims' families actively sought answers.

However, over the course of the first year of operation, the cold case detectives realized that bringing all of the department's homicide investigators together to systematically identify cases that they thought would be solvable if time could be devoted to them would prove more fruitful. That way, the detectives who had worked on these investigations in the past could continue to have an active role. In other words, rather than the cold case detectives spending a great deal of time reading the files, the investigators originally assigned would brief them on the homicides and potential leads. Not only would this use time more efficiently, but the detectives who had invested a great deal of energy on the cases initially still could receive credit and feel part of the investigations.

The unit has developed a criteria template to use for all cold homicides. Now, before unit personnel review a case, they complete this standardized form. Important criteria they pursue include the presence and existence of physical evidence conducive to modern technology, the availability of witnesses, and an identifiable and living suspect.

Physical Evidence Analysis

A major premise of implementing cold case units is that new technology will enhance previous examinations conducted on physical evidence. DNA analysis has changed over the past decade, and different types serve various purposes. Even though DNA analysis may have been conducted on an early, unsolved case, it may need updating to match the results with samples from convicted offenders. (6)

While advanced technology, especially in DNA analysis, can help solve cold cases, several problems have emerged. First, in the past, technicians and detectives collected evidence the way that they were trained based on the analysis that examiners could conduct at the time. Therefore, investigators may not have collected evidence at the time that today could help connect the suspect to the crime scene or the victim. Second, old methods consumed a great deal of the evidence so little may remain to analyze using new technologies. Third, in some instances, deterioration of the packaging of the evidence may cause problems, particularly with DNA profiling.

Due to the difficulties of these old cases, the condition of the evidence, and the time and labor constraints, detectives should contact the laboratory before submitting the physical evidence for DNA analysis. Often, the technicians can examine the crime scene and victim photographs and review previous lab results to determine which evidence would be more probative. Also, even though little of the sample remains or all of it was consumed during an earlier analysis, examiners still may be able to analyze the prior DNA extracts using newer methods. Finally, because the detectives must be able to testify to the condition of the evidence--including the packaging, which often has begun to deteriorate, become damp, or been crushed--they should document and photograph the packaging prior to sending the material to the laboratory, especially an external one.

Prosecution Challenges

District attorneys' opinions seem to vary on the resources that agencies should invest in cold case homicides. For example, Mecklenburg County has limited prosecutor resources; 5 out of approximately 40 assistant district attorneys prosecute murders. This translates into 12 trials annually, with more than 100 homicides currently pending. Although overall support for the investigation of cold cases exists, some prosecutors may not be convinced that it is the best use of their resources. If the suspect of a cold case already is serving a lengthy prison sentence for other charges, they feel that they can protect society better by attempting to place active offenders behind bars. Although Mecklenburg County prosecutors understand that the prosecution of cold cases sends the message to murderers and the families of their victims that these cases never will be forgotten, they also want to ensure that the ones brought to them warrant prosecution. To this end, the prosecutors consider early and frequent communication between the cold case investigators and themselves essential. Only with such communication can the investigators and prosecutors develop a shared approach to determining what evidence will suffice to successfully prosecute a case. Because prosecutors fear that premature arrests or the presentation of weak cases could undermine the credibility of the cold case unit and needlessly raise the hopes of victims' families, they evaluate the cold cases presented by the unit based on the same criteria that they use for all other homicides.

The author interviewed approximately 20 other district or state attorneys with experience prosecuting cold homicides and found that they have had positive experiences and consider such investigations a priority. They acknowledged that because of the publicity that cold cases generate, it is politically disastrous to lose them. Jurors are sympathetic and want to participate in the solving of an old case, but, from crime programs on television, they have acquired high expectations.

Although these attorneys contacted represented only a handful of those who prosecute homicides in the United States, they appeared to pride themselves on prosecuting and winning risky cases. They talked about presenting a cold case homicide to the jury as a mystery so that the members can "play detective." These prosecutors recognized that it took additional work and skill to convict defendants of murders where the crimes occurred many years before, where witnesses must search their memories for events that have receded to the far corners of their minds, and where physical evidence may have deteriorated.

Sample Successes

The author's interviews revealed numerous samples that provided insight into the challenges cold homicides present to the criminal justice system. In several instances, the remains of the murdered victim emerged decades afterward. Once the body was identified and garnered publicity, witnesses came forward. Sometimes, the relationship between the defendant and the witness had changed. In one case, after seeing the television broadcast of the discovery of a teenage girl's remains 12 years after she had disappeared, the defendant's former wife came forward to report the murder of a young female by her then husband. No physical evidence or weapon linked the man to the crime; the case revolved around the ex-wife's testimony.

As melodramatic as it might seem, authorities have solved a few cases when defendants wanted to talk about crimes. One inmate contacted detectives to "get something off his chest." He had become involved in religion and wanted to confess to a murder. Another inmate corresponded with a judge to discuss a killing that he had witnessed. When detectives came to question him, he refused to talk, but they managed to obtain a blood sample. DNA analysis matched one of the two defendants in the case. The other defendant, in another prison, talked about the crime because he assumed that his partner already had confessed.

In a number of cold cases, detectives continued to submit fingerprints or samples for DNA analysis until advances in technology secured a match. In 2003, authorities tried a man for the 1981 sexual assault and murder of a woman. They first had prosecuted in 1996 when DNA analysis conducted on swabs taken at the victim's autopsy revealed a ratio of 1 to 10,000 chances that the DNA could have come from someone other than the subject. In 2003, however, technicians reanalyzed the DNA and the ratio increased to 1 in 100 billion, which led to the man's conviction.


Cold case homicides have caught the imagination of the public, and families of these victims have had their hopes raised that the murderers of their loved ones still will come to trial. Many jurisdictions have created specialized cold case homicide units.

A year after implementation, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has a cold case unit still undergoing revisions. It has refined the selection process of cases, begun the analysis of physical evidence on selected ones, and prepared others for the district attorney. The unit continues to grapple with some issues, including physical evidence and prosecution challenges, but remains determined to forge ahead in the pursuit of justice for the victims and their families. One man still waiting for resolution of his brother's murder in 1974 summed up the feelings of many by saying, "As long as I know it's not shelved and forgotten forever."


(1) M. Manware, "Unsolved Killings Split Police," Charlotte Observer, November 29, 2002, sec. 1A, p. 4.

(2) For additional information, see Charles L. Regini, "The Cold Case Concept," FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, August 1997, 1-6; and James Markey, "New Technology and Old Police Work Solve Cold Sex Crimes," FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, September 2003, 1-5.

(3) For an overview of cold case squads, see Ryan Turner and Rachel Kosa, U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance, and the Police Executive Research Forum, Cold Case Squads: Leaving No Stone Unturned, NCJ 199781 (Washington, DC, July 2003).

(4) Although the media has publicized homicide cold case units as a new concept, they are not. Many law enforcement agencies began adding cold case investigators more than 5 years ago as advancements in DNA analysis and other forensic technology progressed. Perhaps, the idea of using volunteers with past law enforcement experience in conjunction with veteran investigators constitutes a new phenomenon. M. Manware, "Review Team Delves into Old Homicide Cases," Charlotte Observer, June 23, 2003, sec. 1B, p. 6; and T. Tizon, "Cold Case Cowboys Ride Again: A Volunteer Squad of Retired Police Officers in Oregon," Los Angeles Times, January 29, 2004, sec. 1A, p. 4.

(5) Quite often, specific documents, such as medical examiner's reports and evidence analysis results, are not in the case folders but housed in archives. Currently, college interns are assessing the case files for missing information and ensuring that they are complete before the volunteers receive them for review.

(6) For additional information, see John E. Smialek, Charlotte Word, and Arthur E. Westveer, "The Microscopic Slide: A Potential DNA Reservoir," FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, November 2000, 18-22; and Alice R. Isenberg, "Forensic Mitochondrial DNA Analysis: A Different Crime-Solving Tool," FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, August 2002, 16-22.


Dr. Lord chairs the criminal justice department at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and is a member of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's homicide review team.


Saturday, February 17, 2007

Life's Mysteries

I love source documents. For instance, this is my sister's school id card:

It sat in her wallet in the snow for 5 months before some farmer found it and turned it over to the police. Then it sat in a police file for 25 years until I asked for it back.

I think I have mentioned my friend Eric who runs a blog called Is That Legal? Like me, Eric is searching for answers to an old mystery. In his case this involves his great-uncle Leopold who died in a Polish concentration camp during World War II. Eric knows his great-uncle's ultimate fate, it's the stuff in between he'd like to figure out.

This letter posted on Eric's site is heartbreaking and fascinating, I can't take my eyes off it.


Thursday, February 15, 2007

FLQ / Sherbrooke Bombing

Is there a particular reason why the media is shy to connect this... with this?


This picture was sent to me by a friend of Theresa who lived with her in Gilliard House, Compton.

I never really paid much attention to it, a college dorm room... frankly I had a hard time getting past the hair-do.

But when I look closer... the posters... Cat Stevens, Dark Side of the Moon, the kittens; that's her dorm room.


Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Scientists Agree: Police Reunion Confirms Gen X Mortality

This is me in 1980 (the tall one in the back):

And this is the look I was going for:

So I'll cop to it, I was absolutely ga-ga for The Police.

At a time in my life when I was in emotional free-fall - and music meant everything to me -New Wave came along at just the right time. I believe my brother bought me Regatta de Blanc for Christmas 1979. Soon I bought some Tama Octabans and the garage band played sets that covered The Police almost exclusively:

So Lonely
Message In A Bottle
Regatta de Blanc
De Do Do Do
Driven to Tears

So devoted was I that I wrote "Fuck You" on my tom-toms just like Stewart. When my mom complained I chocked it up to artistic emulation.

So disgusted was I with the bloated Synchronicity, and the mess of a solo career that followed for Captain Tantric (how dare he brake up my favorite band!).

Music died for Gen Xers when David Byrne learned to mambo, when Joe Jackson discovered Cole Porter, the day Sting started playing free-form jazz. There was a brief respite with John Lydon's PIL, but that quickly faded. The apotheosis came with last Sumner's lute-fest.

Then - unpredictably - Sting woke up. I watched the Grammy performance with skepticism, but came away impressed. Not only did The Police sound great (read "raw"), to add insult to injury - with the exception of Andy Summers who is now 65 - they haven't aged. As I contemplate the growing goo-sack developing around my midsection, Stewart Copeland looks better 25 years later.

Yes, I'd love to hear them play again, but I won't fork over $250 to relive the magic. Here is my ticket stub from 1981 when they played the University of Montreal:

Ten bucks, general admission... and I bounced up to the front and had a ball. Sting in his jump suit, Copeland in Adidas shorts, Andy in his pin-striped jacket. You can't get that back.

I saw them two years later with the Go-Gos and The English Beat (for free!... they played the McGill stadium and I was living in an apartment adjacent - I watched from the roof top.), but it was already all over.

So here's to The Police; you make me feel old, but I'm glad you'll be out there on tour this summer. Just don't ask me to pogo again.


Saturday, February 10, 2007

Goofy joins growing list of Deviant Disney Characters

Tigger whomped a kid upside-the-head

Now The Goof's copped to kiddie porn charges

Man, Disney World's got everything!

UPDATE: "Beast" also allegedly involved.


Shawinigan takes no prisoners when it comes to juvenile discipline

Wait a minute... strike that...

Teacher's at École St-Paul lock children in a cage who misbehave:

"The school board insisted teachers are trained properly to deal with problem children and can call on limited resources such as psychologists and councillors if they need additional help."

"Psychological counselling", pfft! you wanna turn the kid fairy?

I think Shawinigan's on to something. This might be the solution to the whole crime-thingy problem. The kid's nine and already identified by his own family as difficult. Why not lock up the cage now and do away with any threats to society in the coming 20 years.

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Wednesday, February 07, 2007

10 Questions for Holly Desimone

On December 14, 1990 Holly Desimone's life changed forever when she was raped by Ali Rasai in her Red Deer, Alberta home.

What happened next could fill a book. Suffice it to say that Rasai was eventually caught and served time, but the road to that outcome was long and would not have come about without Holly's persistence. (you may read a full account here)

Holly was the first rape victim in North America to go public about her experience. Holly is dogged; her work in grassroots advocacy has bettered the plight of victims in Canada.

Holly's case helped change Canada's Immigration Act. Would-be immigrants like Rasai can now be turned away if officials believe they committed a crime outside Canada punishable here by a jail term of ten years or more.

Holly keeps a blog, Holly's Fight for Justice. On it you will find ALL things related to crime (As I said, Holly is persistent). In May, Holly will present during Alberta's Crime Prevention Week.

Here are 10 questions for Holly Desimone:

1. Last year was:

Like a wind through the trees

2. New Year's resolution?

Glad to be alive and surviving

To de-stress I:

Read books and listen to music

4. Current music I am enjoying:


5. Last great book read:

Dispatches from the Edge: A Memoir of War, Disasters, and Survival by Anderson Cooper

6. Last great film / tv show:

The Blues Brothers

7. I find the Canadian criminal justice system to be...

Very confusing - for victims of crimes, inconsistence with sentencing, needs to be overhaul, example in the largest criminal case in Canadian History [Pickton] we do not have the resources for a jury to be picked and sit for a year or longer.

8. I am inspired by:

Many grassroots advocates, like yourself John [thanks H.D.]

9. I would love to visit:

Middle East

10. Anywhere else in Canada you would like to live?

Montreal... to see Pierre and his family.


Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Freakout on a Moonage Daydream...

We'll have many a Nancy Grace episode to ponder the actions of Astronaut Lisa Nowak.

But I'm going to need some time to digest the image of her 900 mile trek to Orlando in Depends.
... Oh Yeah


Friday, February 02, 2007



Quand: Le 4 février 2007

Lieu: Auberge des Gouverneurs Québec, 3030 boul. Laurier, Sainte Foy, Qc

Horaire: 10:15 à 15 h 00

9:30: Acceuil des familles

10:00: Présentation de l'ordre du jour et des nouvelles familles s'il y a lieu.
Présentation de Madame Raymonde Hébert (Coordonatrice bureau Montréal)

10:20: Présentation de La personne ressource: Madame Sue Sutherland, Criminologue

Présentation du témoignage de Monsieur Michel Surprenant (père de Julie Surprenant, dsiparue depuis novembre 1999)...comment on vit avec et après la disparition d'un etre cher.

11:00: Présentation de Madame Anick Trembaly, psychothérapeute '' Le choc post-traumatique'' (La suite)

12:00: Diner (contribution volontaire)

13:00: Atelier ''Le chod Post-Traumatique'' par Anick Tremblay

14:00: Stéphane Luce: le forum de discussion de L'AFPAD, comment bien l'utiliser

14:15: varia, présentation de l'évènement du 14 avril 2007 à Québec

14:30: évaluation de la rencontre, thèmes et date de la prochaine rencontre des familles

15:00: mot de la fin


Thursday, February 01, 2007

Champlain College and Obstruction of Justice

Some people are having trouble following my argument in this matter, so I will try to be as clear as possible.

In 1978-79 Champlain College administration officials lied to my parents, to a private investigator, Robert Buellac, to the Lennoxville Chief of Police, Leo Hamel, and to Surete du Quebec detective, Roch Gaudreault when they stated that Jean Eddisford was the school official in charge of the residence hall at Compton.

Stewart Peacock was, in truth, the head of school residences at Compton; but investigators never heard mention of his name; they never interviewed him, Peacock's name is not a part of the official police record in Theresa Allore's case file.

One of the Champlain administration officials who mislead authorities in 1978-79 was Gerald Cutting. Gerald Cutting is still employed by Champlain College, in fact he is the director general of the entire cegep.

In 2002 Cutting lied to me when he told me that back in 1978 Peacock was merely the "director of records" at Champlain, and this lie is documented in a letter I received from Cutting.

Further, Bishop's College School in Lennoxville is continuing this falsification by refusing to disclose to me (I have written and telephoned) that Peacock was a teacher at their school as recent ad within the last 10 years.

Section 139(2) of Canada's Criminal Code states:

Obstructing justice

139. ...

Idem(2) Every one who wilfully attempts in any manner other than a manner described in subsection (1) to obstruct, pervert or defeat the course of justice is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten years.

R.S., c. C-34, s. 127; R.S., c. 2(2nd Supp.), s. 3; 1972, c. 13, s. 8.

If the Surete du Quebec continues to ignore this crime then they themselves are guilty of violating Section 139(2) of the Criminal Code.


10 Questions for Art Lepp

Six years ago Art Lepp's daughter was murdered by her ex-boyfriend. With her barely three-year-old son watching, Stephen Treller strangled 20-year-old Cory Lepp in their home in Winnipeg.

Art Lepp endured through his great faith in God. Art has been instrumental in the establishment of several victim initiatives including the broadening of domestic violence laws in Manitoba, such as the enforcement of restraining orders against daters in the province. Art is also a man with a great heart. When he learned of a young woman who's father refused to show up at her wedding, Art stepped up to the plate,

"I never had the chance to walk (Cory) down the aisle... I thought I might be able to help her, and told her if need be, I could walk her down the aisle myself."

Here are Art's responses to ten questions:

1. Last year was:

a) like quicksand
b) like a maze
c) like a wind through the trees.


2. New Year's resolution?


3. To de-stress I:


4. Current music I am enjoying:

50-60's rock & roll

5. Last great book read:

A Doctor's Calling

6. Last great film / tv show:

March of the Penguins

7. I find the Canadian criminal justice system to be ...


8. I am inspired by:

Church Elders

9. I would love to visit:


10. Anywhere else in Canada you would like to live?