Category Archives: Vidocq Society

Historic marker placed for boy found in box 6 decades ago in Philadelphia

The ceremony started with a prayer to honor a little boy found six decades ago dead in a box, and left on the side of Susquehanna Road.

And still to this day, no one knows who he is or exactly what happened.

But now no one will ever be able to forget it, thanks to an historic marker made possible by Eagle Scout Nicholas Kerschbaum of Troop 522 in Wilmington.

Eagle Scout Nicholas Kerschbaum said, “Four to six-years-old, his life was taken and it shouldn’t happen like that.”

Kerschbaum needed an Eagle Scout service project.

He could have picked anything but became familiar with the case of what’s now known as “America’s Unknown Child” through his father, a former Philadelphia cop.

“He tossed me the idea and I looked into it, reading about the boy himself,” Kershbaum said.

It was back in 1957, two Philadelphia police officers responded to a call of a body in a box.

The

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CSE student interns at Center for Forensic Science Research and Education

​Illegal narcotics, laboratories, court proceedings and sensitive information all sound like the makings of an incredible new crime drama. However, it was a real-life experience for CSE senior Paul Nguyen, chemistry, ’18, while he interned at the Center for Forensic Science Research and Education in Willow Grove, Pa.

“We identified different types of drugs, learned from the bomb squad and even got to attend a Vidocq Society meeting,” said Nguyen, who hails from Collingswood, N.J. The Vidocq Society is a group of law enforcement officers, chemists, former CIA agents and other specialists that meet once a month to try and solve cold cases.

A fan of crime television shows, Nguyen initially hoped to emulate the forensic chemists he would watch on TV. However, he quickly realized his field required a lot more attention to detail and couldn’t simply be wrapped up in just 45 minutes. Luckily, he enjoys the meticulous nature of

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Cold case revisited: TV show will feature Scottsbluff unsolved murder case

SCOTTSBLUFF — There is never a day that Dani Vesper, now in her 20s, doesn’t think of her father, Jason Vesper. Her father’s murder case still remains unsolved, almost ten years after someone stabbed and killed him.

On Jan. 2, 2008, Jason Vesper died just a half-block from his residence in the 1200 block of Avenue H. He had been stabbed multiple times and was found by his wife, Debbie, in his vehicle.

At the time of her father’s death, Dani Vesper was just 14 years old. Since then, she graduated high school. She graduated college. She moved, is now married and has a child. Her brother, Joshua, is also married and has two children.

“(My father’s case) is something that I think about every day,” she said. “It’s hard. People think that you move on but you can’t. You are missing a crucial part of your family, someone who is supposed to

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Cold case revisited: TV show will feature Scottsbluff unsolved murder case

In a Star-Herald file photo, Jason Vesper’s vehicle is shown on Jan. 2, 2008, where it landed in the yard of a neighbor. Vesper had left his home for a short time prior to him being found stabbed.

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Retired FBI agent to lead Johnson cold case probe

Adams met with members of the Ogletree family, including Johnson’s sister Becky Peterman, Aug. 18 to discuss his plans. Adams said he intended to bring in a retired investigator with no prior history working the murder to put fresh eyes on the vast but aging case file.

The investigation will be paid for with forfeiture funds generated by the DA’s office.

Last week, Adams swore in retired FBI agent Jalaine G. Ward of Macon to head up the Johnson cold case team. Ward retired after 27 years as an FBI special agent based in Macon. She is now associated with Gold Shield 1881, consulting on corporate security and investigations and corporate executive protection detailing. With the FBI, she had 24 years experience in crisis negotiations and behavioral analysis profiling. She worked at length as a crisis negotiator and coordinated the FBI’s Atlanta behavioral analysis unit.

Much profiling was done on the Johnson

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In 1989, Someone Tried to Murder a 600-Year-Old Oak Tree in Texas

By Matthew Shaer

On a brisk day last November, law enforcement professionals and forensic scientists crowded into a dining room at the Union League in downtown Philadelphia to eat lunch and stare at photos of dead bodies. The contrast was startling: fine steaks served on white china, sumptuous wallpaper dimly lit by elegant candelabra, and blood and limbs projected onto a screen. Tucked into the back of the room, I struggled to keep down my coffee. My tablemates, most of them graying and austere, clad in smart, dark suits, seemed unbothered.

“Can you make the picture a little bigger?” shouted one.

“It’s hard to see the hands,” added another.

The hands in question belonged to David Hayes, a retiree from a small town in Nebraska. Two years earlier, in the fall of 2010, an intruder had broken into the back door of a condo owned by David and his wife, Joan.* David was savagely

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Thieves Use Paris Catacombs Route to Raid a Private Wine Cellar

By Matthew Shaer

On a brisk day last November, law enforcement professionals and forensic scientists crowded into a dining room at the Union League in downtown Philadelphia to eat lunch and stare at photos of dead bodies. The contrast was startling: fine steaks served on white china, sumptuous wallpaper dimly lit by elegant candelabra, and blood and limbs projected onto a screen. Tucked into the back of the room, I struggled to keep down my coffee. My tablemates, most of them graying and austere, clad in smart, dark suits, seemed unbothered.

“Can you make the picture a little bigger?” shouted one.

“It’s hard to see the hands,” added another.

The hands in question belonged to David Hayes, a retiree from a small town in Nebraska. Two years earlier, in the fall of 2010, an intruder had broken into the back door of a condo owned by David and his wife, Joan.* David was savagely

Read more at: http://mentalfloss.com/article/504097/thieves-use-paris-catacombs-route-raid-private-wine-cellar

From Genetic Genealogy to Rapid DNA Analysis and MPS, Explore Real-Word Forensic DNA Applications with the …

MADISON, Wis.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The 28th
International Symposium on Human Identification
(ISHI) will feature
presentations from leading professionals in the fields of forensic DNA
analysis, genetic genealogy, forensic anthropology, law enforcement and
more. The largest international conference on DNA analysis for human
identification, ISHI attracts more than 900 DNA analysts and forensic
scientists and features 50-plus experts presenting their latest research
and case work. It provides participants an opportunity to explore and
discuss the latest trends, technologies and ethical issues in the field.

ISHI’s 2017 presenters will cover

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