I read an article in today’s Sacramento Bee about the Sherri Papini kidnapping case out of Shasta County. (http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/crime/article141599034.html) According to the Bee’s article, Papini’s husband Keith was cleared as a suspect when he passed a lie detector test.
A year and a half or so earlier, Isiah Fowler also passed a lie detector test, arranged for by his defense team of Mark Reichel and Steve Plesser. I was their investigator. The test was administered by an individual who actually trains the F. B. I. Calaveras County chose not to accept the results and instead relied on analysis techniques that were deemed inaccurate more than 10 years ago.
It appears that law enforcement gets to utilize polygraph tests only when convenient for them to do so.
The town of Coalinga, CA decided to bet it’s future on building a prison. The town lost the bet and the prison sat unused. Nothing was gained but debt to the community. The city council decided to the sell the prison for over $4,000,000.00 to a company in Southern California that grows and produces medical marijuana. Now a place that would have housed offenders of the various marijuana related criminal statutes will in fact be a home to the production of the medical marijuana products. According to the article at the link below at least 100 jobs have already been created. It appears that the ability of municipalities and states to generate cash from marijuana will do more to drive the move to legalize it than anything else.
Coalinga, CA sells it’s prison to a Medical Marijuana company.
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.
At long last and despite horrendous fires in Calaveras County the Leila Fowler trial will go forward tomorrow as scheduled.
Although the Leila Fowler trial is scheduled to start on September 15 our immediate concern is for all the people in Amador and Calaveras counties who are already displaced by the Butte fire and who are in danger of becoming displaced. We all hope that things calm down as quickly as possible.
The link appearing below is to an article outlining the alleged existence of a warehouse in Chicago that is used as an unofficial location for interrogation in which detainees are allowed none of their constitutional rights to counsel. I know from personal experience that the concept of an offsite location was used by local law enforcement. At least one witness in a case was asked to appear in at a warehouse for questioning on a Saturday night. The warehouse was not even in the same county as the incident being investigated.