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It can happen anywhere.

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.

WRONG

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.

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Next Class at the Learning Exchange

My next class on how to find out things about about people will be held at 6:30 PM on Thursday September 25 at 1111 Howe Ave., Sacramento, CA.  For registration information go to www.learningexchange.com.  See you there!

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My Next Class at the Learning Exchange

My next class on how to search for just about anything on anybody is at the Learning Exchange located at 1111 Howe Ave., Sacramento, CA next Thursday night, 9/19 at 6:30 PM.

Whether you want to do your own background search, find an old friend or a long lost relative or something else I’m sure the class will give you new insights.  You can find all the information you need a this link, http://learningexchange.com/index.cfm?method=ClassInfo.ClassInformation&int_class_id=45091&int_category_id=0&int_sub_category_id=0&int_catalog_id=0

I look forward to seeing you there.

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Stuff I sometimes wish I had, but I’m glad I don’t.

The Huffington Post reports in this article http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/05/dea-surveillance-cover-up_n_3706207.html?ir=Politics&utm_campaign=080513&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Alert-politics&utm_content=Title that the DEA has a Special Operations Division (SOD) that collects tons of information into a database of roughly one billion items to establish and share tips and evidence among other agencies, including the NSA.  Read the article to get all the details because on summary on my part will not do it justice.

One of the things the article discusses is the creation of “parallel construction.”  According to the article,

“It’s just like laundering money – you work it backwards to make it clean,” said Finn Selander, a DEA agent from 1991 to 2008 and now a member of a group called Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, which advocates legalizing and regulating narcotics.

Some defense lawyers and former prosecutors said that using “parallel construction” may be legal to establish probable cause for an arrest. But they said employing the practice as a means of disguising how an investigation began may violate pretrial discovery rules by burying evidence that could prove useful to criminal defendants. 

Burying the source of evidence means that defendants may not be able to investigate its veracity.  If the source is an informant, a defendant cannot delve into the motivation of the informant.  I can tell you that from the standpoint of someone working on the defense side of things this can be a real problem.

There are many days when I wish I could access phone records with just a few key strokes.  However, I can get something through public records, a witness volunteering information or the issuance of a subpoena, I can’t violate someone’s rights and when you score that tidbit of information that has meaning in a case you get a tremendous sense of accomplishment.

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Another hearing in the Leila Fowler case.

We were back in court today for a procedural hearing regarding a future trial date in the Leila Fowler murder case.  The defense attorneys, Steve Plesser and Mark Reichel explain the status of the case in this clip from KCRA TV in Sacramento.  http://www.kcra.com/Brother-of-Leila-Fowler-appears-in-court-for-short-hearing/-/11798090/21271678/-/f143tt/-/index.html#.UfnQFHnqTEU.facebook

Much of the physical evidence has yet to be processed in this case and we have received almost nothing from the work conducted by the F.B.I.  Included in that work is the sketch of a suspect seen near the Fowler’s home on the morning of the murder. 

Things just don’t move as quickly as they do in a 60 minute TV show. 

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Shrinkage (Not George Costanza Shrinkage)

I recently received a photo from an I Phone via an E-mail.  The resolution was sorely lacking and upon further investigation I found that the photo as received was 2 megapixel resolution rather than the full 8 megapixel the phone’s camera is capable of providing.

Apparently, I Phones automatically downsize the resolution of photos when you use the share function.  With the help of an IT friend, I found the following solution at lifehacker.com.

“Even though your iPhone snaps pictures at pretty decent resolutions (2048×1536 from the 3GS, 1600×1200 on previous iPhone versions), your device automatically resizes photos to a measly 800×600 when you go to email them. Here’s how to fix that.

The resized pictures may be enough under certain circumstances, but if you want your pics to make it through your email in their full glory, it’s a simple matter of copy and paste.

As weblog Geek stuff points out, the resizing only happens when you share photos from your photo library via your iPhone’s traditional Share button—which imports the resized pictures into an empty email. Instead of taking that route, either tap and hold on a single picture and then tap copy or select multiple pictures in album view and tap the Copy button at the bottom of your screen. Then head back to the home screen, fire up Mail, compose a new email, and paste the photos into the new message. Rather than the smaller, resized pictures, you’ll get the full resolution versions.”

http://lifehacker.com/5323809/send-photos-in-full-resolution-from-your-iphone

If getting the best possible resolution is important when using photos for evidence you may wish to make use of this advice and get the full muscle your I Phone camera has to offer.

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Next Class at the Learning Exchange.

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.

http://learningexchange.com/index.cfm?method=ClassInfo.ClassInformation&int_class_id=45091&int_category_id=0&int_sub_category_id=0&int_catalog_id=0

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