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Articles on Vidocq & Members
August 2010 - The Murder Room is published
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May 2010 - Nate Gordon in
Board member and president elect of the American Polygraph
Association, Nate Gordon, VSM, recently conducted three polygraph
examinations of victims who have recanted and verify a convicted man was
wrongly convicted and spent 21 years in jail for a crime he did not
commit. Fox News in Philadelphia featured the case on a broadcast the
night of May 25, 2010 and had a half hour special on the investigation on May
28, 2010. Needless to say, Nate did an outstanding job.
CARINI (Palermo) March 22/25 2010 -
CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION MEETING
OF THE BARONESS OF CARINI: 2010, THE REOPENING OF THE CASE
At the end of November 1563 in Carini
(province of Palermo), Donna Laura Lanza had been
murdered together with her lover, Ludovico Vernagallo.
The murder took place inside the
baronial castle, her dwelling. Laura Lanza, for
want of her dad, got married with the baron of Carini
at the age of 14. The legend has it that the murderer of the baroness and her
lover had been her father (Cesare Lanza), baron of Trabia and
count of Mussomeli.
The murder would have taken place with
the approval of the victim's husband. Some documents would exist in the Carini's church archive, from which
appear that Cesare Lanza di Trabia would have actually
killed her daughter. The baroness and Ludovico Vergallo's death certificates should be filed in the same
The viceroy of the time,
initially confiscated the properties of don Cesare Lanza and of the baron of Carini.
Later on, due to their disposable incomes and the law against adultery, the
two blue bloods obtained the forgiveness.
Many centuries later however, the
incident had not been cleared up yet, especially concerning the rule of the
victim's husband in the murder. Today, 2010, an ICAA team composed by
forensic experts and investigators will reopen the case in the light of the
modern investigation techniques
The Mayor of Carini, Gaetano
La Fata, charged the
Commander of the Local Police Marco Venuti to
reopen the case. A murder case is not closed until the perpetrator is brought
to justice. The Commander Venuti asked for ICAA's help, one of the most prestigious organization
specialized in cold cases.
ICAA accepted the challenge and will
move to Carini with all the forensic equipments
from March 22nd to March 25ft. Some american
experts from the Durham Police Dept and other nationalities members had been
invited to partecipate too.
The room where the murder took place is
unfortunately located in the west annex of the castle, which is now totally
collapsed. It is said that on one of the walls there was the baroness' bloody
The modern crime scene 3D
reconstruction techniques will try to provide for some alterations that time
caused at the crime scene.
The assassin's path will be reconstructed and the
murder's dynamics will be verified. Will the modern ICAA Crime Scene
Investigators be able to bring light on a 500 years
Documents of that time had been
collected and a computerized reconstruction of the castle is ongoing. The
profiler team is working as well in order to draw the assassin's profile.
From March 22nd to March 25ft the castle of Carini will turn into a real investigation techniques
meeting, open to the public, with seminars and training courses
Take a look at Bill Fleisher's short
presentation at the Carini meeting: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmtzQDpuMuA
Now look at the welcoming events at
the Carini meeting: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyL5DOb7Vcg