Justice Denied: Political Influence Taints Two Connecticut Families Forever

 

“Lead us not into temptation. Just tell us where it is; we’ll find it.” Sam Levenson

More twists and turns than any case one can remember, this 2004 Connecticut criminal case, followed by a civil  case, followed by still another criminal case is jaw dropping in the totality of events. The tale of Neil Esposito and Heather Specyalski could very well rival the events of the Monica Lewinski affair and top any of the offerings on the Jerry Springer or Dr. Phil shows.

What occurs when the people involved are affluent? What happens when they have political influence with a former Governor and had contributed to campaigns and other philanthropic endeavors? What is the price to be paid when medical examiners and world-class pathologists can be bought and state police doubted?

Is it right for state employees to interfere with the judicial process by “picking up the phone and exerting pressure?”  What occurs when the reason for the death involves irresponsible, dangerous and X rated behavior? What is the consequence when the survivor suffers life threatening injuries and is never the same?  

Should the victim be memorialized with taxpayers dollars signed off by the legislature after having contributed to his own death? In a final chapter, what would today’s public say when the defendant is accused of another crime of a relative, which truly ended in a suicide?   

My blog will attempt to hit the highlights and lowlights of this very complex scenario.

Case Background:

The defendant, a girlfriend, model, and divorced mother was 29 years old. Her boyfriend, affluent trash hauler, entrepreneur, Neil Esposito, 42 years old. They had been to a Halloween gala, imbibed too much and used very bad judgement that would be written in Connecticut law journals forever!

In the wee hours of Saturday morning, October  31, 1999, they were cruising at 120 mph down Route 9, driving north, taking the I-91 exit when someone lost control of the car, police said. The car went off the road and into the woods, striking several trees before overturning. Neither driver nor passenger were wearing seatbelts and had been drinking.

The crux of the criminal case rested on who was driving.  Mr. Esposito was the recipient of oral sex as they were traveling down the highway!!

Initially the Connecticut State Police ruled in it’s investigation that Mr. Esposito was driving during “the act.” In the meantime, two lawsuits were underway, charging damages to the Mercedes Benz Corporation by Neil’s father, Raymond. The second suit was brought by Specyalski to Esposito’s estate  in 2000, claiming he was the driver. (She had significant life threatening injuries).

Ms. Specyalski was to stand trial for manslaughter. Two weeks after the estate lawsuit, police reversed their findings regarding who was driving.

The 2004 criminal trial lasted 19 days in which Heather Specyalski was charged  with  manslaughter. The State Police initial investigation ruled that Neil Esposito was driving, due to the position of the body, his clothing and other factors.  In addition, the testimony of an expert witness stated that the gash on the outside of Specyalski’s left thigh could only have been caused by the gear shift on the car’s center console — an injury she could not have gotten if she were in the driver’s seat. The outcome was an hour deliberation and an acquittal, sparing her a 25 year prison sentence.

Father, Raymond Esposito, exerted his influence on a Governor Rowland assistant. A phone call was made to Dr. Henry Lee and (Voila!) the case was magically re-opened due to inconsistencies.

More fall out of the professional kind-First, Arkady Katsnelson, was an associate medical examiner who was proven to have been the recipient of a bribe amounting to $300.00 for advice regarding the civil lawsuit against Heather Specyalski.  Secondly,  while awaiting the civil trial, renowned pathologist Cyril Wecht was supposed to testify that Neil Esposito was in the passenger seat. However,  he was prohibited from testifying due to an 84-count federal indictment issued in Pennsylvania in January 2006, charging him with allegedly using government resources to benefit his practice.

Newspaper accounts state that the defense team for Hether Specyalski claim the oral sex rarely surfaced during the trial, but prosecutors seized on the silacial, as it was an element to create reasonable doubt. Whereas in a civil trial, it’s about the preponderance of evidence presented.

The civil wrongful death lawsuit by Raymond Esposito against Heather Specyalski was abruptly withdrawn and a settlement was reached just minutes before the start of the proceedings in January 2006. The senior Esposito and his wife spent much time and effort trying to protect the assets and endeavors of Neil Esposito. They were crushed with grief.

When the litigation was over, Heather Specyalski said from Waterbury Superior Court, It’s over!” Her father tried to hush her, but she wouldn’t be quieted. Finally, she’d be able to be herself, do as she pleased. She could plan for tomorrow. Her plan was to buy a lot in Ashford, CT  and build a house by the pond for herself and her son.

No, It’s Wasn’t Over!

Heather Specyalski

On March 13, 2013 Specyalski was on  trial on a manslaughter charge and fighting to stay out of prison with a potential maximum sentence of 46 years. These charges  involved  the overdose death of her son, 15-year-old Brandon Specyalski, who died at his mother’s home in August of 2008 from a combination of alcohol and drugs.

She was charged with negligent homicide, tampering with evidence, and three counts of risk of injury to a minor.  Prosecutors said she caused Brandon’s death because she bought him and his friends alcohol the night of Aug. 23 and allowed Brandon to take her prescription drugs. However, she stated she went to the store to purchase snacks, brought him a blanket and pillow as he was sleeping in the back seat of the car and that he took prescription drugs from her purse, unbeknownst to her, thus committing suicide.

Ultimately, Heather was acquitted again!  On March 21, 2013, she looked up at the jury and cried.  She later stated, “Freedom is the most amazing thing until it’s threatened.”

PostScript –

Hartford lawyer Richard R. Brown, a former state prosecutor speaking about the 2004 criminal trial  said he would have terminated the case after both troopers testified. “These were two troopers who sincerely believed what they were saying,” Brown said. “It’s a tie, and a tie always goes to the defense.”

Neil Esposito’s son, Raymond Esposito, 15 at the time of Neil’s death, was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes in 1996. Neil created the Raynbow Foundation and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to find a cure for the disease.  Prior to his death, Neal  was in the process of planning a New Year’s Eve gala for hundreds at the Hartford Armory to raise money for the foundation, which his friends pledged to continue.

Heather’s resulting medical injuries began with a coma, (often a protective state for healing), numerous surgeries including gall bladder, kidney, bladder staph infections, hip problems, with use of a wheelchair as needed. She was able to resume walking  and driving in 2008.

In the year 2000, the Connecticut legislature voted to name one of the hundreds of bridges after Neil Esposito. A small green reflective sign seen by commuters daily on Interstate 91 North in Wethersfield, CT.

Helen Ubinas, former ace reporter for the Hartford Courant, interviewed Ann and Raymond Esposito in the aftermath of their son’s death and their considerable efforts to do what they could to preserve this name, waging many legal battles. In a January 26, 2006 article, Anne told Helen she would visit her son at the cemetery and tell him, “I hope it ended the way he would have wanted,”  Helen then asked  them?  “Did it end the way you and your husband wanted? Are they really satisfied?” Anne looked down and said, ”The lawyers tell us to say we are.”

Conclusion

There was so much damage done to so many family members in this case. What occurred overshadows the good about fallible people. Even James Dean would have to say, fast cars and fast women aren’t worth it in the end. Temptation can be evil, or your entry card to heaven.

References https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/temptation.html

http://articles.courant.com/2004-04-30/news/0404300842_1_quick-verdict-criminal-case-reasonable-doubt

http://articles.courant.com/1999-10-31/news/9910310062_1_greater-hartford-juvenile-diabetes-research-hauler

http://articles.courant.com/2004-04-30/news/0404300842_1_quick-verdict-criminal-case-reasonable-doubt

http://articles.courant.com/2006-01-25/news/0601250701_1_esposito-family-family-s-lawyers-superior-court

http://articles.courant.com/2006-01-26/news/0601260932_1_son-s-death-court-date-neil-esposito

http://starkravingviking.blogspot.com/2006/01/blow-job-governor-and-states-police.html

http://articles.courant.com/2008-12-23/community/hc-specyalski1223.artdec23_1_heather-specyalski-specyalski-home-neil-esposito


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The House on 15 Winterset Lane: Where Dr. Russell Manfredi Murdered his Wife….

Dr. Russell Manfredi, Donna R. Gore, LadyJustice

A man who knew he wanted to be a physician at age 13, son of a tailor from Carbondale Pennsylvania… A “mild-mannered and patient man” threw it all away one day on March 8, 1985.  He was a former cardiologist at Hartford Hospital’s cardiology catheterization laboratory.

Means, Motive and Opportunity….

Means- the ability of the defendant to commit the crime.  Dr. Russell Manfredi, age 33, had the ability, as a very intelligent man, to plan and execute a murder; He had the strength to grab a baseball bat from his wife while arguing with her and strike her about the head.  He had the ability to drop her body from a second story window while still alive. He had the ability to stage a car accident by crashing it into a nearby utility pole and placing his wife in the driver’s seat.

Motive- the reason the defendant had to commit the crimeHis wife belittled him…made him feel incompetent and  she was overzealous in her discipline of their three sons, such that he served as a protector.

Opportunity-whether or not the defendant had the chance to commit the crime- (Did he or did he not have an alibi?) Russell Manfredi was home with his family and argued  with his wife in the wee hours of the morning when the police were called to the scene of a “car accident” at 6:02 am on a Friday.

Other Factors:  

The Lie- Explanation to the Police His wife Catherine was “spitting up blood and was driving herself to the hospital” when the accident occurred.

The Telltale Signs uncovered by Dr. Henry Lee – Blood spatter and a missing bedroom window shade told Dr. Lee, “There’s Something Wrong Here.”

The Defense’s Psychiatrist, Howard Borden claimed Manfredi experienced aCatathymic Crisis.”  This crisis was a theory espoused in 1937 by Dr. Frederic Wertham, as an explanation for some types of violent and apparently motivation- less crimes. This theory is comprised of five stages and is said to be attributed to the “serial manifestation “of serial murderers.

Stage 1 –A thinking disorder occurs within the mind of the criminal;

Stage 2 – A plan is created to commit a violent criminal act;

Stage 3 – Internal emotional tension leads to the commission of the criminal act     which leads to…

Stage 4- “A superficial calmness in which the need to commit the violent act is eliminated and normal activity can be initiated;

Stage 5 – The mind adjusts itself and “understands that the thinking process that caused the commission of the criminal act was flawed” and therefore the mind makes adjustments in order to prevent further criminal activity.

*Note–  According to Author, Arthur Garrison, (Senior Criminal Justice Planner, Delaware Criminal Justice Council) Serial killers never reach stage five, rather they return to a cycle between the second stage and fourth stages .

[In other words… Dr. Manfredi was a one time murderer only and that makes everything okay??]

Civil Suit- Wrongful Death

After Catherine Billings Manfredi’s death, a wrongful death suit was filed in State and Federal Court in:

AETNA CASUALTY & SURETY CO. v. JONES     8/20/1991

The principal issue in this appeal is whether an insurance company may use collateral estoppel (the situation in which a judgment in one case prevents “estops” a party to that suit from trying to litigate the issue in another legal action) to bar the heirs of a homicide victim from relitigating the issue of the criminal defendant’s intent to cause the injuries that resulted in the victim’s death.

The defendant, Russell F. Manfredi was convicted of the crime of manslaughter in the first degree for the killing of his wife, Catherine Manfredi. The named defendant, Margaret Billings Jones (Jones), is the administratrix of the estate of the decedent. The plaintiff, Aetna Casualty and Surety Company, Manfredi’s insurer at the time his wife was killed, brought this declaratory judgment action to determine the extent of its obligation to pay damages awarded to Jones against Manfredi in a wrongful death action.

Following the death of the decedent, Jones was appointed administratrix of her estate. In that role, on March 20, 1985, Jones brought a wrongful death action in the Superior Court against Manfredi. The plaintiff’s motion to intervene in that suit was denied. On December 16, 1988, a default judgment was entered against Manfredi, and on January 18, 1989, he was ordered to pay damages in the amount of $450,000 to the estate of his deceased wife.

At his criminal trial, Manfredi was charged with the crime of murder in violation of 53a-54a (a). Because the jury found that he was suffering from an extreme emotional disturbance at the time of the offense, he was found guilty of the lesser included offense of manslaughter in the first degree in violation of 53a-55 (a)(2). In order to have found Manfredi guilty under 53a-55 (a)(2), the jury necessarily had to have found that he had the “intent to cause the death” of his wife. Further, the jury was instructed in conformance with General Statutes 53a-3(11) that in order to find that Manfredi intended to cause the death of his wife, it had to conclude beyond a reasonable doubt that he had the “conscious objective” to cause her death. The jury’s verdict of guilty represents its finding beyond a reasonable doubt that Manfredi caused the death of his wife at a time when it was his conscious objective to do so. While the jury found that he suffered from an extreme emotional disturbance, the presence of an extreme emotional disturbance “`does not make the action any less intentional.'” State v. Elliot.

In particular, the policies provide that injuries intentionally caused by the insured will not be covered by the plaintiff…  We conclude that the issue of intent, at the criminal trial and under the insurance policies, is identical.

There can be no question that the issue of his intent was thoroughly litigated in a full adversary proceeding. The judgment is reversed and the case is remanded with direction to render judgment in favor of the plaintiff.

The Prosecutor–  Herbert G, Appleton was  a bald and affable man.  Of this case  he stated, ”He killed her intentionally and then tried to get away with it.”

This mans sticks in the mind of Ladyjustice because…. Herb Appleton was the same prosecutor of her father’s career murderer.  And…. Herb Appleton was the  true genius who used the joinder legal concept to convict the two time murderer, robber and drug dealer of her father. And… The Manfredi trial was conducted just prior to the murder trial of Perry Lee Herring, (Murderer of Donald W. Gore…and a Herring accomplice)  after a 6.5 year wait for trial.

The rumor around the courthouse was that Herb was very tired after the three month Manfredi trial.   Ladyjustice’s family worried, would he be effective in our unique two trials -one jury case?

Out on Appeal- Russell Manfredi

The CT statutes at the time allowed convicted murderers  to be out of prison on appeal in the 1980s… (‘Just like the Peter Carone-Adam Zachs case). Russell Manfredi was sentenced to 20 years for manslaughter in December 1986 but did not begin serving his sentence until 1990.  Manfredi appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court which failed to hear his appeal.  He was also free on bond for 5.5 years before his trial!  [ LJ- What a travesty of justice!]

Oops… A Judicial Error- 1992

After serving two years of a 20 year sentence, Manfredi was to go before the State Board of Pardons in November 1992.  Evidently it was placed on the docket in error… The rule as stated was  that a state  prisoner must serve either half of their minimum sentence, or when sentences are greater than eight years, they must serve four to be eligible for a hearing.

A Sympathetic Prosecutor

A different prosecutor, John J. Kelly, took Manfredi’s request for commutation of his sentence.  Manfredi was to present several letters from jurors who convicted him of manslaughter that say the 20-year sentence the judge gave him — the maximum penalty — was “unjust” and “a miscarriage of justice.”

The letters were written by three jurors and an alternate in the case to Gov. William A. O’Neill about 14 months after Judge Thomas Corrigan  (Same judge for the trial of the murderer of Donald W.Gore)  sentenced Manfredi in December 1986.

Kelly said those letters convinced him to take on Manfredi’s case. “I was a prosecutor for over 20 years,” Kelly said. “What really intrigued me about this case was the unique position these jurors were taking regarding his sentencing. There was amazement and disagreement over the length of his sentence. I’ve never encountered that, and it was a major factor in my taking the case.”

Kelly said Manfredi hoped for a commutation of his sentence, so that he could be released and allowed to practice medicine in a clinic that would serve a poor community.  Kelly was quoted as saying…”Our position will be that here is a man who, at one time, was licensed to practice medicine in Connecticut,” “There are people in this state who can’t afford decent medical treatment. He, obviously, with the appropriate supervision, is available to do that.”

After his conviction and while he was free on an appeal bond, Manfredi worked as an AIDS counselor and educator at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Paterson, N.J. Kelly said Manfredi counseled thousands of patients and had to inform at least 500 that they had tested HIV-positive.

Response from the now deceased  Hartford State’s Attorney, John M. Bailey:

“I think the jury already gave him his break — they found him not guilty of murder,”. A murder conviction would have required that Manfredi be sentenced to between 25 years and 60 years in prison. “I have to live with that sentence of 20 years, and I’m going to do everything I can to make sure that sentence is completely served.”

Blah, Blah, Blah…. This guy is a murderer.. It doesn’t matter how brilliant he was… or that he struggled to get his education… or that his wife may have been a tyrant…. He killed her, he tried to cover it up… He thought he had a “get out of jail free card “because he was an MD … Not so….

And the saddest part of all..  All of those people on the “right side of the law” are now deceased including Hartford State’s Attorney Jack Baily, Judge Thomas Corrigan, Prosecutor, Herb Appleton and  Defense Attorney, Edward J. Daley.

As for the residence of 15 Winterset Lane in West Hartford, CT, as of 2007, it was owned and occupied by Beth Slosberg. Part of the bedroom’s wood floor was still bloodstained, Slosberg said….. She had been meaning to have it refinished, she said, but for now, the floor is carpeted and the horrible encounter of 22 years past “has not affected our life one way or another.” Beth  saw people slowing down as they drove by… curiosity seekers! Several years ago,  Dr. Henry Lee   visited the home with a Court TV crew to tape a segment about the murder investigation.

References: The Crime

http://articles.courant.com/1992-10-03/news/0000111729_1_sentence-murder-conviction-pardons;

http://articles.courant.com/1992-10-24/news/0000110822_1_pardons-sentence-utility-pole

http://articles.courant.com/2007-12-16/classified/0712130663_1_home-buyers-wall-street-journal-arrest;

http://www.nytimes.com/1986/10/27/nyregion/jury-deliberates-fate-of-physician-who-admits-killing-wife-in-fight.html;

Unlawful Death Suit

http://www.napil.com/PersonalInjuryCaseLawDetail39632.htm;

The “Catathmic Crisis”

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Shattered Lives/Crime Wire Live Radio Show with Dr. Henry Lee

Shattered Lives, Donna R. Gore,Dr. Henry Lee

The Learning Experience of the Century for “Ladyjustice”- Donna, and Denny Griffin was had at the Henry C. Lee Institute. Ladyjustice had the opportunity to observe the lecture and hands on application of evidence collection and packaging classes,  viewing simulated crime scene rooms, the interactive learning center with a diverse tour, and doing a two  hour radio broadcast packed with fascinating  information including  Tim Palmbach, an anthropology student and Dr. Henry Lee discussing a former case!

To listen to the podcast with Henry Lee and Tim Palmbach:

CLICK HERE

(***Note there is a five minute segment near the end with extraneous conversation from others as we change rooms and phones. Please ignore it and stay with it until the end after Dr. Lee’s segment, which included more new information)

What you will learn by listening to this broadcast:

An overview of the Henry Lee Institute according to Tim Palmbach:                                                                                        

Enrollment, the Mission, “the Vision,” Regional to National; to International Focus                                                          

Resources and the need for Funding; Programs across the country;                                                                                       

Introduction to the “Learning Center:”                                                                                                                                                                            

Science and Math Background but with many other options;

Donna R. Gore, Dennis Griffin,Dr. Henry LeeCSI Effect – It’s not “Science Light”; Deprogramming needed to dispel the myths of TV;                                                   

Specialization of career paths versus the curriculum before DNA;

Specializations possible: DNA, Analytical Chemistry  Toxicology, Drug Analysis, Firearms Examination, Document Examination, Forensics Pathology for Medical School 

Where are the jobs?   Public Sectors & Government (Crime Labs, Federal Law Enforcement, FBI Private DNA, Environmental Labs, Research or Pharmaceutical Labs)

Lab- Lack of Resources- Completely Hamstrung by Fiscal Constraints                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Becky Skeglin- Criminalist Graduate Student in with a Thesis in Anthropology – Partnership with University of Split in Croatia:  Working on Skeletal Remains: Are Males and Females Becoming more Similar or Different?  Do we need to re-assess how we determine these factors?  Using Adult Remains used from the 16th Century to the 1700’s using shapes and size of the cranium; Becky’s interest in Anthropology; In Lab taking measurements and doing DNA samples.  Cleaning and contamination of samples….      

Four things to check when you work in Anthropology to determine identity; Age, Race, Gender and Stature; Are there methods accurate? What research is telling us…

The Next Steps in the process:  Why is it changing and what can we do to distinguish for the future…   Metric versus non-metric measurement;  (Metric)  The Pelvis, the Cranium – 5 features  The Mandible, the Orbits (Eye), Mastoid Process behind the ear to differentiate gender;                                                     

Becky stresses the HLI makes you prepared for whatever you want to do…

How did the Henry Lee Institute end up in Croatia?  The History of the War…. And need to do DNA on the mass Graves, Bones and Samples. They reached out for help to Dr. Lee and other professionals

Mass Graves Laden with landmines – Very Dangerous Work….. and the beginning of a long term relationship,

Scientist  Dragon Formorac- in Charge of Croatian  Labs during the war came to PhD at UConn Connecticut for training  , MD in Croatia , Pediatrician, with specialty in Genetics and Forensics;

Became Minister of Science, Technology & Sports and Ran for President of Croatia two years ago and lost by one percentage point;

Tim’s Opportunity to Teach and Excavating last Year – Human Remains from Gravesites from World War II and the beginning of a wonderful relationship.…

  Questions from Our Audience   Re:  How to decide which evidence to test first?   Donna R. Gore, Dennis Griffin, Tim Palmbach, Dr. Henry Lee

And

Is there a policy that limits the number of items they can submit at one time? 

Forensic Science – What it was designed to do:  Analyze Evidence objectively, independently and help them understand limitations of testing and why they are.

If a lab is effective they have to have extremely good communications with the law enforcement community

Policies for Evidence presentation Answer: There should be—used to be a maximum of 10 items restricted unless you sat down and explained why.  Do an evidentiary review and prioritize evidence as a team approach…

Most labs are doing hundreds of thousands to millions of samples per year and are woefully understaffed; Therefore the typical response 

How to figure out what is the most important samples to test?

Sexual Assault Kit, CT Laws and the SANE Program:   20 independent exams in each kit. The lab receives 2,000 to 3,000 requests for these kits times 20. 

Tim’s Complaint of the Day – “Oh, we’re waiting for lab results -They are only one piece of the puzzle. 

Donna R. Gore, Dr. Henry LeePrioritizing Cases – Daily Triage Meetings; What gets priority?  Variables that enter into the decisions

 The necessity to be objective and independent;

Tim: “We never got the pressure to do the wrong thing or give an answer that we didn’t want”                                 

“We did get pressure to get it done…. But I feel really honored to be part of our system.”

From Denny: Cold Cases and the advances in technologies: Has it changed everything?  The Henry Lee Institute’s Contributions:

DNA advances and fingerprint technologies as an example;

Discussion of Advancements in Fingerprint Technologies;

The Downside of Cold Cases: Having the evidence and reconstructing evidence, locating witnesses,  poor memories, old reports, going to trial;  Show us the actual evidence first;

 Denny on the CSI Effect– Juries may think there is no such thing as reasonable doubt. “Everything should be iron clad.” Do the police think that “the lab can solve it “versus doing police work.

Tim:    Juries demand – unequivocal “This is him” with lots of back up evidence,   A fallacy In reality it may be mishandling of the evidence or…. the nature of the evidence. 

Discussion of fingerprints from a firearm – Not an easy process – Really! Even with touch DNA

Looking at the “big picture” and don’t eliminate on the basis of lack of DNA or fingerprints alone….

Mock Court Classes at HLI – Teach students how to testify;

 Discussion of the OJ Simpson Trial– Training police and Processing Evidence Procedures, methodologies and Standards were substandard – It was a wake up call to the profession; Dennis Griffin, Dr. Henry Lee

Tim’s strong feelings on “Everyone is entitled to a fair and an impartial hearing, whether guilty or not: Why should we have to try the system?   We shouldn’t be imputing people and deal with the outcome of evidence.

The Innocence Project and discussion of those with lesser means….   Tim: “Yes, money does buy you access;”

From Donna:  Expert Witness Qualifications and Criteria:

Federal Rule 703 and State Rules – Expert Witnesses can give the “power of the opinion” Can be really dangerous…. Versus regular witnesses that can report only on what they see,  taste, smell.

Tim’s Shooting Cases as an Expert Witness– Using integrity in choosing cases…. It’s the facts only.                                                                                                                                                                   Discussion of  “Hired Guns” – Expert Witnesses whose opinions can be bought; And….  One bad apple,

Evidentiary Kits- Are police departments equipped?   (We need more – state, federal, local are getting by)

At HLI- Many police are paying out of their own pockets…  

The price of courses – Example – Excavation courses – burying things for six months.  Very expensive and the use of local resources.

The Backlog:  Crimewire- Case of a double homicide semen hadn’t been processed                           

Example from Donna – Lavinia Masters; Past backlog has been met, but we may be back to that situations economically;

Tim on the realities of processing semen and other fluids and the time schedule (one sample) evidence;  (Lots and Lots, and lots of time on one sample)

“Unless you’re a victim, you don’t pay attention to lack of resources;” 

(In Jest) “Call the producer of CSI to tell them  Next year every test fail, no one gets identified, no call a single case.)

Future Goals for the institute – ‘Staying current no matter how hard it is – through as many resources as possible.  Academia needs to get involved – a lot more research is needed;                                                              

 Funding –  Deferments in hiring and backlogs   If we have a  crime wave economically,  cyber attacks, on the practitioner side (lab, law enforcement)- If we have another recession or depression – We are not ready for it.  we cannot provide!

The way it is in Great Britain –   The Great Scotland Yard – The Lab services are closed down at the government level!!!

Dr. Lee appears – Took the red eye home to the give a speech at the New Haven  International Arts & Ideas Festival in New Haven  

Dr. Lee speaks on the Dr. Russel Manfredi case, March 8, 1985 –A staged car accident in which he killed his wife in the master bedroom

 Discussion of police forensic coordination, numerous evidence found, inconsistent with a car accident, (Example – Lack of window shade facing east, example of  deductive logic

Blood spatter on shade, none in house on the white; blood smear. Lowered out the window head down, ham, medium velocity blood spatter) He left the keys into the house.  Used the garage door opener…  

***(Pause in Audio – Changing Phones and Rooms -Delilah & Susan Talking) Kim Kolton                                            (5 minutes)

Tim Synopsis – of Dr. Manfredi’s Case – The training in crime scene analysis;

Parting Thoughts – The need for everyone in the system to communicate, work together and

To use technology to it’s fullest.   Hope we get the resources we need….

What’s at stake to victim families – it’s hard to put a price on that not getting the resources.

Each community has people available who work pro bono

Tim recommends that we check out the Universities

Denny asks about Cytar –A new shoe and tire tread technology available at HLI;

Tim explains how it works and what people need to do;

For tours or resources: Contact: http://www.henryleeinstitute.com/ 

Here’s Your CSI Moment…. Take It!

Henry Lee, Tim Palmbach,Donna R. Gore, LadyJustice,Shattered Lives

There has been a whirlwind of activity at www.donnagore.com.  This writer is grateful, happy and excited to see that interest is building for the number of topics and projects presented!  Ladyjustice hopes you’ll “stay for the long haul.”

However, right here and now, Ladyjustice and SHATTERED LIVES present a unique opportunity for you as the listening audience of “Shattered Lives.” Here’s your chance to weigh in… to shape the nature of a future and very important radio show!  We are looking for your feedback and specific questions to present to a very special guest!

Tim Palmbach has a distinguished career.  He earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees at the University of New Haven and went on to earn his Juris Doctor Law degree at the University of Connecticut.  He is currently a fellow and Instructor at the Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science at the University of New Haven.

Professor Palmbach had the opportunity to work side by side with the renowned Dr. Henry Lee for many years on many famous and not so famous criminal cases.   As an instructor and scientist, he is a published author on crime scene investigation and digital enhancement of bite mark photography.  Tim continues to assist with criminal investigations throughout the country, as well as testifying as an expert witness in the area of crime scene reconstruction.

Prior to his teaching career, he served in the capacity of Major with the Connecticut Department of Public Safety for 22 years, in charge of the Division of Scientific Services.   His research interests are focused on the application and development of new technologies for crime scene investigation.   He has taught five separate academic courses in forensic science and crime scene investigation.

The Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences provides career paths in such areas as… national security, forensic computer investigation, law enforcement, corrections, probation and parole, forensic sciences, fire sciences, arson investigation, victimology studies and paralegal studies.

***Readers please submit your questions for this future 60 minute show at www.donnagore.com OR ladyjusticedonna@gmail.com, NO LATER THAN Friday, March 23, 2012.  And… just to make it interesting, the best question submitted will be awarded a prize by Ladyjustice and Imagine Publicity!  [Please label e-mails: “Shattered Lives” Forensics Questions] 

This will not be a review of CSI shows…..  Although they may be mentioned in passing…

To “wet your appetite,” please read my former blog on Dr. Henry Lee and his Institute CLICK HERE

Thanks!

Donna

“Ladyjustice”