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Old 06-16-2012, 08:04 AM
 
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This interested me because many people on this forum seem rightfully frustrated at leaving a crime unsolved and tend to finger the most likely culprit, although there is not enough evidence to convict.
There really are innocent people in prisons, people for whom some judge or jury thought there was enough evidence to convict.

There are times in which you just cannot close that book on a crime.
If there are innocent people who are convicted of murder, how many innocents are now locked up for lesser crimes in which not such care is given as with a murder?


Report Shows High Number of Unsolved Murders in U.S. - 8 News NOW

Each year 6,000 killers get away with murder in America. That's according to a study of FBI records.

Unsolved homicide rate climbs in U.S. » Times Record News

Despite dramatic improvements in DNA analysis and forensic science, police fail to make an arrest in more than one-third of all homicides. National clearance rates for murder and manslaughter have fallen from about 90 percent in the 1960s to below 65 percent in recent years.

I don't think the police are becoming inept, I think there may be fewer innocent people convicted because of all the advances in forensics. I also think, years back, people were more certain of the guilt of a 'person of interest'. There are other reasons given in the article.


Following are some odd unsolved crimes:
The 5 Creepiest Unsolved Crimes Nobody Can Explain | Cracked.com
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Old 06-16-2012, 08:16 AM
 
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Often there is an overwhelming amount of circumstantial evidence...take several recent cases...."Baby Ayla" is a good example....basically the police "know" who did it....this little girl did not just disappear...she was not "stolen" out of her bed by a random stranger.

It would be frustrating to be a police officer....and then if you do arrest....the bar is so high now....take Casey Anthony...."not guilty"....does anyone really believe the story presented by Baez? No....but I guess the jury felt like it could not be ruled out...
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Old 06-16-2012, 03:02 PM
 
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Often there is an overwhelming amount of circumstantial evidence...take several recent cases...."Baby Ayla" is a good example....basically the police "know" who did it....this little girl did not just disappear...she was not "stolen" out of her bed by a random stranger.

It would be frustrating to be a police officer....and then if you do arrest....the bar is so high now....take Casey Anthony...."not guilty"....does anyone really believe the story presented by Baez? No....but I guess the jury felt like it could not be ruled out...

Back in the "olden days" often all they had was circumstantial evidence.

Even now, DNA experts advise LE that the discovery of someone's DNA at a crime scene is proof of actual guilt, and caution that there must also be compelling circumstantial evidence to attempt a conviction.

The public in general places too much faith on the presence of DNA. Now testing is becoming so advanced they are finding random DNA everywhere and it is no longer considered proof of anything, all by itself.

Detectives won't find themselves out of a job any time soon - DNA may help confirm their theories but they have to build the theories first. They do get it wrong, but the court system is supposed to weed that out. Maybe it worked in the CA case, I don't know...? I didn't really follow that closely.

What has happened in the JBR case is wrong too. Mary Lacy took junk DNA science and used it to exonerate the Ramseys, despite MOUNTAINS of circumstantial evidence saying otherwise. End result? Most Americans think they are innocent.
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Old 06-16-2012, 06:23 PM
 
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Even now it's often all they have. Circumstantial evidence, I mean. And that is more than good enough in a lot of cases.
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Old 06-16-2012, 06:30 PM
 
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Of the unsolved ones how many have witnesses that just won't come forward and corroborate what the investigators know? It's a problem in DC and Baltimore and I imagine across the country.
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Old 06-21-2012, 05:55 AM
 
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I'm still angry that they never arrested Celena Cass's stepfather. She's the girl from NH.
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Old 06-21-2012, 11:57 PM
 
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It would be frustrating to be a police officer....and then if you do arrest....the bar is so high now....take Casey Anthony...."not guilty"....does anyone really believe the story presented by Baez? No....but I guess the jury felt like it could not be ruled out...
Casey Anthony was acquitted because the DA failed to meet the burden of proof. Having watched a documentary on the case, I believe Anthony was 100% guilty, but the prosecution jumped on charges too quickly and allowed a soulless murderess to walk free as a result. Why nobody lost their job over that debacle is far beyond my comprehension.
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Old 06-23-2012, 07:05 PM
 
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Casey Anthony was acquitted because the DA failed to meet the burden of proof. Having watched a documentary on the case, I believe Anthony was 100% guilty, but the prosecution jumped on charges too quickly and allowed a soulless murderess to walk free as a result. Why nobody lost their job over that debacle is far beyond my comprehension

I'm not sure what else they coud have done. Their case seemed 100% solid.
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