On a hot, sunny Saturday morning three years ago today, Leila Fowler was brutally murdered in her home on Rippon Road in Valley Springs, CA. Calaveras County believes the killer is behind bars despite the remarkable lack of evidence to support that conviction.
We honor Leila by continuing to search for the real killer and interviews with witnesses we were unable to reach have been conducted as recently as yesterday evening.
If anyone has any information they believe was overlooked or never followed up on please let us know.
Throughout the Leila Fowler murder investigation and trial, the prosecution relied heavily on the fact that no one saw anyone go into or away from the Fowler house on the morning of Leila’s murder. No one heard any screams either. Therefore, Isiah Fowler (the only person known to have been in the house at the same time) must be guilty. His story of an intruder killing his sister must be false. No one could get into and out of the house without being seen.
For example, on Saturday February 13, 2016 Lodi, CA police were called to a house in a tightly spaced development on the 2300 block of Woodlake Circle, after a relative found the body of 74 year Dorothy Wiederrich. Ms. Wiederrich was stabbed to death. Neighbors did not call the police because they didn’t see or hear anything. Someone got in, brutally killed this woman and then escaped and no one saw or heard a thing.
It happened in Valley Springs, CA. It just happened in Lodi, CA.
It can happen anywhere.
One of the negative byproducts of reduced budgets is that the waiting time to order records at the Sacramento County Court’s Family Law section is that you can easily wait three (3) hours to just to order a file. If that file in in archives then you have to return in seven to eight working days and wait another three hours to get your hands on it.
In order to reduce the waiting you can now order a case on-line at http://www.saccourt.ca.gov/family/records.aspx.
When you get to this page you can compare the case number for the file you want to order the list of files that are currently on the shelves. For those of you who might be looking up cases at the on-line case index, the following cases numbers are not in archives.
Case numbers beginning with the following are located at the courthouse and do not have to be pre-ordered:
- 11AD, 12AD, 13AD
- 08FL, 09FL, 10FL, 11FL, 12FL, 13FL
- 12DV, 13DV
- 12CP, 13CP
- 10FS, 11FS, 12FS, 13FS
My next class at the Learning Exchange on how to find anything on anybody will be on September 19th, 2013. I hope to see you there.
For detailed information check out this link.
Much of the time and investigator grinds out the day-to-day work involved in personal injury cases and the like. Sometimes a really interesting and high-profile case comes in and you just feel the adrenaline start pumping.
That happened yesterday, when I was contacted by Mark Reichel and Steve Plesser of Reichel & Plesser Law (www.reichelplesser.com) to be the investigator in the very tragic stabbing death of 12-year-old Leila Fowler of Valley Springs, California.
For those who have not heard of this case, the violent death of eight year old Leila took place in her home on April 27 of this year. The only other person at home at the time of her stabbing was her 12-year-old brother. Her brother called Leila’s father and girlfriend who were attending a Little League baseball game at the time to tell them he saw a man hitting his sister and that he scared the stranger from the house.
When Leila’s father and girlfriend arrived at the house, followed shortly thereafter by the local police, Leila was found still bleeding from 21 stab wounds. Based an a vague description of the alleged attacker, the area was locked down and search commenced. The small community situated in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada between Sacramento and Stockton was on high alert.
On Saturday May 10, authorities arrested Leila’s 12-year-old brother and charge him with the murder of his sister. On Wednesday, May 13, Mark Reichel and Steve Plesser (www.reichelplesser.com) were retained to represent the defendant and I was asked to come on board as their investigator.
This is a very high-profile case, but the nature of my job is no different from it is in any case. Attorneys don’t like surprises. Litigation is a minefield of surprises and my job is to clear the mines. It doesn’t matter if the information I uncover helps or hurts our client’s case. What matters is that it doesn’t come as mine that Reichel and/or Plesser step on at trial.
This case appears to be a very large minefield and there is a lot of work to be done.
October 31, 1892: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Is Published
On this day in 1892, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle was published. The book was the first collection of Holmes stories, all of which had been published in The Strand Magazine between July 1891 and July 1892.
The book contained twelve stories, all of which featured Doyle’s famous detective Sherlock Holmes.