Monthly Archives: January 2016

Probe finds ‘dirty dozen’ used DOE credit cards for personal expenses

Twelve city Department of Education administrators, including top deputies of Chancellor Carmen Fariña, used their DOE credit cards to throw lavish staff parties, bought expensive goods that couldn’t be found, and failed to document thousands of dollars in purchases, an investigation found.

Those slapped for violations include Fariña’s second in command, Dorita Gibson, who had no records to justify $3,574 in private parking charges as business-related.

Special schools investigator Richard Condon, in a newly released 2013 report, found the dirty dozen misused their “procurement cards,” or p-cards. Several treated fellow supervisors to dine on the taxpayer’s dime at posh eateries such as the Morton’s Steakhouse in Manhattan, Red Rooster in Harlem, Carmine’s, and the Park Side Restaurant in Queens.

Among the worst offenses:

A Cold Case Expert Thinks ‘Making A Murderer’ May Be Tied To One Of The Most Prolific Serial Killers Ever

One of the most frustrating questions regarding the death of Teresa Halbach in Netflix’s crime documentary Making A Murderer is “If Steven Avery didn’t kill her, who did?” We’ve heard a couple of theories offered up by internet sleuths and Steven Avery himself, but there’s been nothing very conclusive – partially because the police did such a terrible job of following leads once they’d decided Avery was the killer. But former police sergeant and FBI cold case task force worker John Cameron thinks he knows who did it.

According to Cameron, Edward Wayne Edwards was a serial killer that liked to set other people up for the crimes he committed and was obsessed with the media attention surrounding murder. Sometimes he would pick victims based on reports he read in newspapers. Other times his target would be the person being set up for murder, with

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Digging the new image: Archaeology from the air

The next generation of imaging techniques could be a game changer for archaeology. Jason Ford reports

Why would we preserve something if we can’t understand it? This question is being asked by Dr Chris Gaffney, an archaeologist whose work has helped to provide fresh insights into one of the world’s most intriguing archaeological sites.

Gaffney is head of Archaeological Sciences at Bradford University and part of the Stonehenge Hidden Landscape Project (SHLP), which last year announced the discovery of a major new prehistoric stone monument less than 3km from Stonehenge.

Last year, archaeologists used imaging technology to make a major new discovery at Stonehenge.
Last year, archaeologists used imaging technology to make a major new discovery at Stonehenge.

Using a combination of remote sensing and non-invasive geophysical prospection techniques, the project team found evidence for a row of up to 90 standing stones,

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‘Making a Murderer’ and True Crime in the Binge-Viewing Era

The jury is still out, so to speak, on whether the runaway success of the Netflix series Making a Murderer will have any effect on the convictions of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey. But its impact is already being felt far outside the judicial system. “I’ve never been busier,” says documentarian Joe Berlinger, whose Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (co-directed with Bruce Sinosfky), has been cited by Murderer‘s filmmakers as a primary influence. “Crime has always been a staple of television, but I’ve never been approached more by the networks. I get phone calls: ‘I want Serial, but with X,Y, and Z.’ ‘We want the next Jinx.” He is currently finishing up a series on the parole system for Investigation Discovery — who are preparing their own quickie “Instamentary” on the Steven Avery case — and developing one on a serial killer for another network.

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Vidocq expert: Fathers often prime suspects in murders of children, like Brendan Creato case

In the homicides of children – like the case of 3-year-old Brendan Creato – the killers are generally people close to the victims and almost never strangers, according to William L. Fleisher, a retired federal agent and the founder of the Vidocq Society, which focuses on solving cold cases.

Mothers and grandparents are seldom murderers of children or grandchildren, Fleisher added.

But that’s not the case for fathers, according to Fleisher, a former Philadelphia police officer and private detective who runs a security and intelligence office in Philadelphia.

  • Father of Brendan Creato charged with murder in toddler’s death
  • 50 days later, probe into Brendan’s death feeling more like a cold case
  • Authorities identify toddler found dead in Haddon Township woods
  • READ: The grand jury indictment of David “DJ” Creato Jr.

Fleisher does not have personal information about the Brendan Creato case but spoke from his long experience as an investigator during an interview

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Frustrated Father Says Cops Won’t ‘Do Anything’ About Missing Daughter

“After [the police] saw the posts on social media, they said, ‘Well, I guess since you all done put it out there with this negative vibe, we’re going to assign a detective to the case,'” Mitchell said. “Within two hours they found our daughter. We couldn’t of done that without social media and you guys.”

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Source: Body discovered in Baychester home identified as missing pregnant woman Andrea Caruth

A body discovered inside a Baychester home has been identified as a missing pregnant woman from the Bronx, according to News 12 sources.

A body discovered inside a Baychester home has

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A body discovered inside a Baychester home has been identified as a missing pregnant woman from the Bronx, according to News 12 sources. (1/6/16)

BAYCHESTER – A body discovered inside a Baychester home has been identified as a missing pregnant woman

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Why the Internet’s Amateur Detectives Love True Crime


If you haven’t yet watched Making a Murderer, the ten-part Netflix documentary that examines in detail the muddy and possibly fabricated murder case against Steven Avery, a notoriously wrongly imprisoned Wisconsin man, you’ve probably seen one of the many blog posts written about the series. Or maybe you’ve come across a heated discussion on Facebook about Avery’s guilt or innocence. Or maybe you’ve glanced at one of the many Reddit threads devoted to untangling some of the trial’s more complicated pieces of evidence. Or maybe you just know about it because the parody account devoted to Avery’s defense lawyers was retweeted into your feed.

The internet has taken to Making a Murderer just as it took to the This American Life podcast Serial and HBO’s documentary The

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