Cold Case Files 009 Part 1

TERROR IN TELLURIDE ; SIGNATURE OF A KILLER

A tipster’s phone call helps solve the murder of the heir to the U-Haul company fortune, and a grisly murder case is solved two decades later with the use of new fingerprint technology.

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Persecution of communists’ in (fake) western democracies: case law summaries

Q:To what extent did public and political opinion in the west undermine the impartiality of judicial decision-making during the cold-war era?
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USA

In a famous dissent, Justice Douglas of the US Supreme Court declared:

‘We have deemed it more costly to liberty to suppress despised minorities than to let them vent their spleen’ (Dennis v United States U.S. 494 at p. 585 (1951) (U.S.S.C.).

No western democracy has practiced the tolerance exposed [mistake in video, it should read “expoused”] by Justice Douglas-in the above statement, without at some stage censoring unpopular organizations. Douglas was in a minority of two on a US Supreme Court bench which upheld convictions entered against Communist party sympathizers for conspiring to overthrow the US government. (Joseph, P,think it’s “1998” edn., Constitutional and Administrative Law in New Zealand, ).

In Dennis v United States, above, the US Supreme Court upheld convictions against communist party officials for conspiring to teach or advocate the overthrow of the government by force or violence. Here, the Court considered that the advocacy of the communist doctrine was to be equated with conspiring to forcibly overthrow the US government.

Dennis was decided in 1951, at the height of cold-war tensions between the USSR and the US. Justice Black aligned with Justice Douglas in the minority stating:

‘Public opinion being what it is now, few will protest the conviction of these Communist petitioners. There is hope, however, that in calmer times, when present pressures, passions, and fears subside, this or some other later court will restore the First Amendment liberties to the high place where they belong in a free society.’ (Dennis, supra, at 581).

Justice Black’s statement was realized six years later in Yates v United States 354 U.S. 298 (1957) (U.S.S.C). This time, a differently constituted Supreme Court bench quashed the convictions of 14 Communist Party leaders that had been entered for similar reasons under the same Act.

With the easing of east-west relations, the Court drew a clear distinction between the advocacy of forcible overthrow of government-as an abstract doctrine, and the advocacy of action to achieve that result.

According to legal philosopher Wolfgang Friedman, it was impossible to remove the judgment of the US Supreme Court from the political tensions and public opinions that existed at that time. (W. Friedman, Legal Theory, (4th edn. , 1960, at p.95).

Australia

Australia also expressed abhorrence at communist doctrine during the post-war era. In Burns v Ransley (1949) 79 C.L.R. 101 (H.C.), the Australian High Court upheld a conviction for sedition entered against a communist speaker who, when asked, announced that, in the event of a war, he would fight on the side of the Soviet Union. He was convicted for words he had spoken in reply to a hypothetical question, and not for inciting mutiny or violence.

The following year the Communist Party Dissolution Act 1950 (Cth) declared the Australian Communist Party to be a revolutionary organization which jeopardized the defence of the Commonwealth. The statute dissolved the Communist Party and all affiliated organizations declared illegal under the Act.

The fundamental democratic principle of freedom of expression was restored when a majority of the High Court of Australia in Australian Communist Party v Commonwealth (1951) 83 CLR 1, declared the Communist Dissolution Act 1950 (Cth) to be unconstitutional and beyond the defence powers of the Commonwealth (see also R v Sharky (1949) 79 CLR 121).

New Zealand

During the early 1980s in New Zealand, Priminister Robert Muldoon took exception to the Socialist Unity Party and questioned it’s right to exist in a free and democratic society. However, a government, expounding the rule of law, must demonstrate greater justification for out-lawing a particular group or organization, for reasons other than personal enmity (Joseph, supra, at p.191).

See also New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990, s.14 (right to freedom of expression), and related case law; and Human Rights Act 1993, s.21(j)(prohibits discrimination on grounds of political opinion) incorporated, by reference, into s.19 NZBORA; note also- Crimes (Repeal of Seditious Offences) Amendment Act 2007; & see Flags, Emblems, and Names Protection Act 1981, s.11 (offences involving New Zealand flag)

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Cold Case Files 012 Part 1

MURDER ILLUSTRATED ; BLOOD RELATIONS

Police solve the murder and sexual mutilation of Peggy Hettrick when they are finally able to link graphic sexual materials found in the home of suspect Timothy Masters, though no hard evidence was ever found. And DNA from a semen stain helps cops crack open the 23-year-old case of a man who raped and killed his sister-in-law.

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Cold Case Files 006 Part 1

THROUGH THE EYES OF A CHILD ; THE KILLER NEXT DOOR

Cold Case Units use psychological profiling, forensic anthropology, and a convicted felon’s rekindled memory to heat up old cases. In Missouri, a part-time missionary is convicted, 38 years later, of killing her 5-year-old stepdaughter, and the skeleton of a Michigan boy, dead for 10 years, leads police to a serial killer.

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Cold Case Files 017 Part 1

PRESUMED DEAD ; THE TOW TRUCK KILLER

DNA evidence helps crack the case of a white supremacist who strangled his girlfriend and put her body in a refrigerator, and hypnosis helps solve the murder of a deputy sheriff.

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Cold Case Files 011 Part 1

KILLER ON THE STRIP ; THE DOLL MURDER

In Palm Beach, a determined cop solves the murder of prostitute Lucy Pate five years later, when he connects Lucy’s case with another case that was overlooked at the time. The prostitute who survived agreed to help and identified her attacker. In 1989, socialite Susan Doll was found beaten, raped, and strangled in Colorado. Investigators extracted DNA from a semen stain, but had no suspect to match it against–until 1995 when a local landlord found 25 pairs of panties stuffed into a furnace.

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Cold Case Files 052 Part 1

THE ACCIDENTAL KILLER ; LITTLE SISTER LOST

While hiking with husband Dennis in Montana, Leslee Larson fell into Wolf Creek. After cashing in a double indemnity insurance policy, Dennis eventually lands in Maine–where he’s convicted of murdering wife three who “fell” from a cliff. See how Montana detectives flush their wolf from the creek–25 years later. And when 15-year-old papergirl Penny Parker goes missing, her body is found by a search volunteer. Watch cold case detectives find a genetic trace, 24 years later, to the volunteer.

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Rihanna – Cold Case Love (with lyrics)

On my roof
Dark and Im burning of love
I dont need proof
Im torn apart
And you know

What you did to me
Was a crime
Cold case love
And I let you reach me
One more time
But thats enough
Oh, oh

Your love is breaking the law
But I need a new witness
So wake me up when its over
It dont make any difference
Will it ever be solved
Or am I taking the fall
Truth was there all along
Tell me how did we miss it

We opened up a
Cold case love
And it got the best of us

And now printed pictures
And white lines
Are all thats left
At the scene of a crime
Of a cold case love
Oh, oh, oh

Shouldve investigated
But love blinded eyes
Couldnt see, no
And then I tried to cage it
But your love aint the kind
That you can keep

Release me now cause
I did my time
Of this cold case love
My hearts no longer cold
And confined
Ive had enough
Oh, oh, oh

Your love is breaking the law
But I need a new witness
So wake me up when its over
It dont make any difference
Will it ever be solved
Or am I taking the fall
Truth was there all along
Tell me how did we miss it

We opened up a
Cold case love
And it got the best of us

And now printed pictures
And white lines
Are all thats left
At the scene of a crime
Of a cold case love
Oh, oh, oh

We lost our way
Took this too far
Now Ill never find
The pieces of my heart

Weve lost enough
Looking for a truth
That was here all along

Cold case love
And it got the best of us

And now printed pictures
And white lines
Are all thats left
At the scene of a crime
Of a cold case love

We opened up
A cold case love
And it got the best of us

And now printed pictures
And white lines
Are all thats left
At the scene of a crime
Of a cold case love
Oh, oh, oh

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FRIENDS OF THE FAMILY: The Inside Story of the Mafia Cops Case

Part 1 of 2.

In this interview, I sit down with Michael Vecchione, the Chief of the Rackets Division in the Kings County District Attorney’s Office, to discuss his new book “FRIENDS OF THE FAMILY: The Inside Story of the Mafia Cops Case.”

Friends of the Family is out on May 12, 2009.

Book Description
Detectives Louie Eppolito and Steve Caracappa were the most corrupt and dangerous cops in American history. When they retired in the early 1990s, they left behind a pile of bodies—and for more than a decade, it looked like they were going to get away with it.

As highly decorated NYPD detectives with access to the department’s most sensitive information, they sold their badges to the Mafia—and became murderers for the mob. Eventually they retired to Las Vegas, believing they had put their lives of murder and mayhem safely behind them. And they would have lived happily ever after, if not for one dedicated cop at the end of his career and an assistant district attorney. Detective Tommy Dades and Brooklyn Assistant DA Mike Vecchione turned this seemingly unsolvable cold-blooded case into one of the great law-and-order stories in the annals of New York City. And for the first time, in this book, Dades and Vecchione tell the whole inside story of the investigation.

For Detective Tommy Dades, the case began with a phone call from a distraught mother who just happened to mention an almost forgotten meeting that had taken place years earlier. Dades and Mike Vecchione had performed cold-case miracles before, but this one seemed impossible. Together, quietly and tenaciously, they began to uncover the hideous truth. A highly secret joint state and federal task force began building a body-by-body case against an incredible array of characters, from one of the most viciously insane Mafia bosses in history—who wanted to kill people he dreamed were plotting against him—to the one-eyed Jew who knew all the secrets. As the cold case got front-page-headline hot, Dades and Vecchione encountered an unexpected obstacle: the federal prosecutor plotted to take the case—and those headlines—away from Brooklyn.

For the first time, the two men who brought this incredible story to life reveal the epic confrontations that occurred behind the scenes and led to a stunning courtroom announcement—and came perilously close to destroying the case against the Mafia cops.

Friends of the Family is the complete, inside story of the historic case that rocked the world of law enforcement.

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Cold Case Files 016 Part 1

KILLER IN THE COUNTY

The killer of four women goes free until cold case detective John Little is brought in and finds key evidence on a coffee cup. This portrait of a ruthless murderer includes tapes of his chilling confessions. When confronted with DNA evidence, Faryion Wardrip pleaded guilty and is currently on death row in Texas. We talk to all of the investigators involved, some members of victims’ families, and Wardrip’s brother, who thinks Faryion should be executed immediately.

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