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The Shrinking Pool of Public Information

The Shrinking Pool of Public Information.
 
Today I went down the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Warrants Office to learn if there were any outstanding warrants for particular individual. I was politely told by the clerk that I could only have the information if I was the person in question or accompanied by the person in question.
 
Meanwhile in Tuolomne County, not only is that kind of information readily accessible by the public, it is available on line with mugshots.
 
What is it that the Sacramento County Sheriff hopes to accomplish by severely limiting this kind of information?

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Arrest made in the Andrea St. John Murder

A series of murders that appear to be connected took place in Lodi and Castro Valley from February through December of 2016.  The three deaths were all by stabbing, neighbors did not see anyone enter or leave the victims’ homes nor did they hear anything to alert them that an attack was taking place.

As written about earlier, the first victim was Dorothy Wiederrich of Lodi on 2/13/16.  The second victim was Alan Karl Gregor, also of Lodi on 9/25/16 and the third victim was Andrea St. John of Castro Valley. St. John was killed on 12/13/16.  All were over 50 years of age.  All were stabbed to death.  All were the victims of a robbery.  In the case of the Gregor and St. John murders their homes were set on fire in an apparent attempts to destroy evidence.

In January of this year, authorities announced the arrest of Kenneth Vanderford, 51, and Kevin Etherton, 25, both from Stockton for the murder of Alan Gregor. (See the photos below.)  This weekend the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) announced the arrest of Luckie Dacanay, also of Stockton for the murder of Andrea St. John.  (See the photo below.) According to the ACSO, St. John was tortured and killed before her house was set on fire.  At the time of his arrest, the alleged killer was in already in San Joaquin County Jail for child molestation, although his name does not yet appear on the California Registered Sex Offenders web site.

Amazingly, neither of these cases has lead to an arrest in the Wiederrich case.  The cases may be unrelated, but sources inform us that there are some connections between Vanderford and Wiederrich.  According to news reports, Dacanay has confessed to the St.John killing.

If anyone saw any of these men in the area of 2315 Woodlake Circle, Lodi, CA on or about 2/13/17 or Valley Springs, CA on or about 4/27/13 please contact me or the San Joaquin County or Calaveras County Sheriffs’ offices.

Screen Shot 05-09-17 at 02.55 PM 001Kenneth Vanderford

(Courtesy Sacramento Bee)

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Kevin Etherton

(Courtesy Sacramento Bee)

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Luckie Dacanay

(Courtesy East Bay Times)

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The use of lie detector tests seemed slanted in favor of law enforcement.

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.

 

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Another fatal stabbing without witnesses in Lodi, CA.

A year ago the Calaveras County Court found Isiah Fowler guilty in the stabbing of his younger sister Leila Fowler. One of the issues in the case and no doubt a part of the judge’s reasoning in the case was the fact that Isiah was the only other person actually known to be in the house at the time Leila was killed. Many neighbors and internet enthusiasts concluded that if no one was seen entering of leaving the house in San Andreas and no screams were heard Isiah had to be the killer.
 
Since then, in February of this year, Dorothy Weiderrich was found tied up and stabbed to death in her home on the 2300 block of Woodlake Circle in Lodi, CA. As posted a couple of weeks ago, no leads exist in the case. None of the neighbors in this affluent neighborhood of closely packed in homes saw or heard anything. Apparently, DNA testing failed to lead to any arrests. However, the Lodi police have shown a photo of a male to nearby residents. It must be noted that this person was not labeled a suspect at the time his photo was shown to possible witnesses.
 
Then on Sunday, September 25, 2016 a man was found dead in his house on the 1500 block of West Vine Street in Lodi. He was found when firefighters responded to a fire at that address. When the fire fighters arrived they found the 50 something male already dead. An autopsy (no doubt by the pathologist Dr. Robert Lawrence who is on contract to San Joaquin and Calaveras counties and performed the autopsy on Leila Fowler.) determined that the deceased male died from stab wounds before the fire was set. Again no one saw or heard anything until flames were seen coming from the house and these two murder scenes are within a mile of each other.
 
 
For those who declared Isiah guilty because no local residents saw anyone go into or out of the house where Leila was killed you may want to think again. For those who claimed Isiah was guilty because local dogs failed to sound warning barks, you may want to think again.
 
To the authorities in Lodi, if you have unidentified DNA from either of your crime scenes you may want compare it to the unidentified male DNA found on Leila’s body.

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Money to Municipalities will do a lot to drive the legalization of marijuana.

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.

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A Sad Anniversary

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.

 

 

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The Leilas Folwer Case Will Begin as Scheduled.

At long last and despite horrendous fires in Calaveras County the Leila Fowler trial will go forward tomorrow as scheduled.

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