A second lawsuit has been filed after investigations into a high-profile murder case led to two exonerations, the repeal of the death penalty in Illinois and the fall of one of Northwestern’s most distinguished professors.
Paul Ciolino, a private investigator who obtained a video confession of Alstory Simon for a 1982 double homicide, is defending his reputation — and that of Northwestern and former Medill Prof. David Protess — in a defamation lawsuit filed earlier this month. The suit, filed in Cook County Circuit Court, alleges nine defendants engaged in a “conspiracy” to discredit the work of Ciolino, Protess and the then-Medill Innocence Project, since renamed the Medill Justice Project.
The suit, filed Jan. 2, claims Simon’s lawyers and the two investigators they hired made false claims in an effort to defame and discredit Ciolino’s investigation, despite continued confessions of murder by their
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A private investigator at the center of one of the most controversial murder cases in Illinois history is doubling down on allegations that a cabal of pro-police lawyers and advocates conspired to torpedo efforts by former Northwestern University professor David Protess to expose wrongful convictions.
Paul Ciolino, who obtained Alstory Simon’s sensational confession to a 1982 double murder that led to the exoneration of death row inmate Anthony Porter, filed a defamation lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court alleging his reputation and career were destroyed by the “swift boat” plot to undermine Protess’ work.
The 66-page complaint largely mirrors a counterclaim filed by Ciolino in 2016 in an ongoing federal lawsuit filed by Simon. The counterclaim was thrown out last year by a federal judge who ruled Ciolino’s allegations were too tangential to the underlying case.
The lawsuit filed this week, however, contains details about the alleged conspiracy to attack Protess, including allegations
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Three key players in two fascinating criminal stories came together to talk with Nancy Grace at CrimeCon on June 10 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The in-depth discussion, which became heated at times, is presented in two episodes of “Crime Stories” starting Monday.
Kratz, Fassbender and Lindsay share opinions about the others’ cases. The men who killed Teresa Halbach and Tara Grinstead, who were both initially reported as missing, allegedly burned their bodies in bonfires.
In this first episode, Fassbender and Kratz point to a stack of evidence left out of the Netflix Making the Murderer series.
The second episode focuses on the Tara Grinstead case, the subject of Lindsay’s Up Vanished podcast series.
[Feature Photo: Shanon Quaranta]
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It was a long, long trip for a ferret on the lam.
The white-haired pet slipped out of its home in Kendall and wound up in Atlanta.
That’s where Jamie Katz, a licensed pet detective, found it after its distraught owner pleaded for help.
Katz, of Fort Lauderdale, is one of a rare breed: a licensed private investigator who traded the traditional gumshoe world for a life tracking wandering animals.
She is one of about 10 full-time pet detectives around the country, says Katz and other private eyes with that specialty.
“I don’t look for people anymore,” says Katz, 36, who works out of a tiny apartment she shares with her four dogs. “I can find anyone anywhere, but animals are what I care about.”
Katz and her canine team — Fletcher the terrier mix and Gable, a Brittany spaniel — have tracked down lost cats, dogs, parrots and, of course, that ferret.
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After the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach, Tom Fassbender, co-lead investigator on the case, conducted multiple interviews with 16-year-old Brendan Dassey to see what information he may have known about the Wisconsin photographer’s death. Dassey, nephew of Steven Avery, who quickly became a suspect in the murder and whose story was told in the Netflix documentary series Making a Murderer, told authorities he was with his uncle the night Halbach disappeared.
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After the docuseries aired, many felt that Dassey, who revealed supposed details of the murder to Fassbender during an interrogation, was treated unfairly and coerced into confessing to the crime.
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On Monday’s episode of Dr. Phil, Fassbender says in
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An investigator from the “Making a Murderer” case has come forward for the first time since Netflix aired its controversial docu-series that quickly consumed the nation.
In his first-ever television interview, co-lead investigator Tom Fassbender responds to claims police coerced then-teen Brendan Dassey into a false confession and planted evidence on his uncle Steven Avery.
“I never absolutely saw that,” he told NBC’s “Dateline.” “Never, never saw that from anyone in Manitowoc County.”
Fassbender, who interviewed Dassey at the time of the investigation, was featured in the docu-series but hadn’t spoken on camera about the case – until now.
“Finally realized that someone needed to bring forward the truth,” he said. “It’s easy to armchair quarterback.”
The comments are part of a new “Dateline” episode, which airs at 9 p.m. CT Friday.
The episode features commentary from several key players in the case, which continues to play out in court more than
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One of the investigators at the center of the “Making a Murderer” case revealed that he still has questions about the murder that transfixed much of the country.
Steven Avery, 54, and his 27-year-old nephew, Brendan Dassey, were sentenced to life in prison in 2007 in connection with the murder of photographer Theresa Halbach in Manitowoc County, Wis. The internationally successful 2015 Netflix docu-series “Making a Murderer” fueled outrage within followers of the case who said police coerced a confession out of Dassey which ultimately led to a conviction.
“Are there parts of it that [Dassey] may have not done? I don’t know. You know, I just don’t know,” the investigator, Tom Fassbender, told NBC News for a “Dateline” special set to air Friday. Fassbender said he “finally realized someone had to bring forward the truth” – even if he couldn’t solve the mystery entirely.
“Those officers wanted that information in the worst way, and
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The detective filmed a TV pilot for a show looking into cold cases from all over the country with the Investigation Discovery team. The network features shows that take a closer look at interesting crime stories from across the nation.
Mains’ pilot, which was filmed in February of last year after Jupiter Entertainment contacted him and asked him to host a cold case show, is being shopped between the network and the Lifetime Movie network, looking for a permanent TV home. If it is picked up, Mains will go to the location of cold cases, both infamous and local, to meet with investigators and recreate the crimes through dramatic representation.
“By recreating the scene, hopefully we’ll generate some new leads,” Mains said.
The show will bring in different professionals to help analyze the case, including a blood stain analyst, forensic pathologist and local law enforcement.
Before the possible show pickup, Mains already was familiar
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