Private Investigation – It’s A Fact Finding Expedition  (Not a Fishing) Expedition

Management Resources, Shattered Lives Radio

There have been many, many days over the past year in which PI Kim Anklin would have chosen to be out on the water in her fishing boat, serenely thinking about how to catch that illusive fish versus the “real criminal.”

Kim Anklin and Bob Rahn of Management Resources, LTD  have experienced a life-altering change, adding a once in a lifetime, “case of the century” to their respective resumes.  That case is the wrongful conviction of Jonathan Fleming.

Much has been said and written on social media regarding the incredible metamorphosis of the incarcerated man and the time warp in which he was trapped, literally and figuratively.  However, with the emphasis on the injustice of it all, the public has not been privy to the sweat, tears, trials, tribulations and perseverance to see the case through to the end…still to be revealed.

How many private investigation firms would have taken on such a case? Truth be told, former investigators did not have the skill and dedication, particularly when the retainer ran out. In this case, investment in humanitarianism and a life long bond trumped money. With such selflessness came rewards beyond compare for Jonathan Fleming in the form of freedom.

As for Bob and Kim, they are carrying on, doing their quality work. To continue wrongfully incarcerated cases, whether this one or new cases which come along, financial compensation must be part of the equation for the investigators and those wrongfully imprisoned for very different reasons.

Why has this very important need seemingly “fallen through the cracks “in a big way?  Perhaps the reasons are complex, or as simple as “once labelled a criminal, always a criminal.” Will other PI organizations choose to assist others who are wrongfully convicted in the future? Only time will tell.

Shattered Lives Radio has taken the position that these issues need to be illuminated and must be rectified. Join us for the discussion with Kim and Bob.


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Highlights include:

  • Kim on the first Shattered Lives Radio show dedicated to Jonathan Fleming –An important moment in time! 

    Kim Anklin, Jonathan Fleming, Bob Rahn

    Kim Anklin, Jonathan Fleming, Bob Rahn

  • Summary of the case and prior casework
  • Close to coming up for parole and a 25 to life sentence
  • No one said…. ”Y’ know he did it…” “You can’t “unsee what you saw or let the ball go”
  • This case and the impact on the death penalty
  • What about resources for Jonathan and others?
  • How do you investigate a case such as this one?
  • How do you vet the cases that you chose to work on?
  • What do PI’s do versus families expectations?
  • Unprecedented cooperation and collaboration prior to this case
  • Conviction Integrity Units in New York
  • Kings County the highest exhortation rates
  • Kim’s advice to other PI’s  – “Just take one case…”
  • ‘Any regrets?
  • Changing political administrations…. And the long wait
  • How Jonathan spent his time in prison…  A stabbing, no college opportunities
  • Ex-prisoner benefits versus “benefits” for exonorees
  • Chances of parole
  • How did Jonathan cope?
  • What does “freedom” mean?
  • Fundraising for Jonathan
  • Is Jonathan’s record expunged?
  • The Julie Rea  Harper Case in Illinois: 
  • Cutting the ties? Profiling and time standing still- “Stuck in a time warp”
  • Management Resources Contact Info 
  • 1-800-490-2297
  • Tel: 845-781-7233
    Toll-Free: 800-490-2267
    Fax: 845-738-9021

Disclaimer: The comments expressed on this website or on the broadcasts of Shattered Lives do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of the hosts, producers, or other guests.

Private Investigation – It’s A Fact Finding Expedition  (Not a Fishing) Expedition


Until the Twelfth of Never and that’s a Long, Long Time, (Wrongful Incarceration – the Best Kept Secret)


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INCARCERATION-   or the state of being imprisoned or confined is what is typically known as “just punishment” for a variety of crimes.  However, when it comes to the wrongfully incarcerated, imprisonment is like that old Johnny Mathis song, “Until the Twelfth of Never and that a long, long time,” for a prisoner incarcerated under such circumstances is doubly victimized. For years on end, they will be treated as if they are a criminal in every sense of the word, not knowing if anyone will ever listen to their true accounts amongst the “sea of true murderous liars feigning innocence.” As if it couldn’t get any worse, very few attorneys are in the position to financially carry such a case, which typically can last for several years.

Just One Case in a Crime Ridden City

Brooklyn, New York is a hot spot for crime, interwoven with the most diverse “ethnic-culture and socio-economic complexion” in the US. With a current population of has a population of 2,504,700 residents.

According to, the crime rate in Brooklyn is considerably higher than the national average across all communities in America from the largest to the smallest. They found that the violent crime rate is one of the highest in the nation. Violent offenses tracked included forcible rape, murder and non-negligent manslaughter, armed robbery, and aggravated assault, including assault with a deadly weapon. According to their analysis of FBI reported crime data, your chance of becoming a victim of one of these crimes in Brooklyn is one in 167.

By the numbers, skeptics would say, it’s not really that bad, as the data is taken out of context. However, private investigators and attorneys who invest in this work have no reason to lie or exaggerate when it comes to the cold hard truth of their workload.

When discussing this topic in hushed tones, one would ask, so what is the answer when as a society, we are faced with ever increasing crime juxtaposed with poverty, and high unemployment, mixed with shoddy investigations, combined with a “rush to judgment “trial and a “throw away the key “ mentality?

You get what you get.  More unjustly accused and imprisoned people who may have been victims of circumstance and false identifications. Do we know the exact numbers? No. But it’s certainly more than a handful.  As of 2010, 29 people were exonerated worldwide.

How do they ever recover even when exonerated?  That is the $64,000 question.  There are a few “lights at the end of the tunnel.”  Namely, the creation of a few Conviction Integrity Units and…. Like knights in shining armor, skilled private investigators like Robert Rahn and Kim Anklin of Management Resources LTD of New York (New Jersey and Florida).  Their current shining achievement is a huge case on a number of levels:    The Case of Jonathan Fleming: UNJUSTLY INCARCERATED   As they are close to a resolution, the case was used for illustrative purposes only, speaking in generalities.  However, Kim Anklin told me that the whole truth and nothing but the truth is just as incredible! So stay tuned for the next chapter!

Bob, Kim, and Defense Attorneys, Anthony Mayol,  and Taylor Koss, spent an intriguing hour with Delilah and this writer on Shattered Lives Radio.  Listen with us! The information is life altering!

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  • National Crime Victim’s Rights Week
  • Defender of the Innocence Awards
  • Introduction to our Guests- Management Resources, Anthony Mayol and Taylor Koss,  Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Another wrongful conviction case with a bad detective that opened up Pandora’s box and shed light the  workings of the Conviction Integrity Unit
  • The role of the PI versus the DA’s office
  • Discussion of resources, skills of private investigators
  • More victims…..
  • Retaliation or gratitude?
  • Tears, apologies, the relevant facts
  • Kim speaks about the comments of Mr. Fleming’s mother
  • “Believed by who?” and the Conviction Integrity Unit
  • The percentages… and the “light at the end of the tunnel” to assist private attorneys
  • What is in store what resources are in place for those exonerated?
  • A select few:;
  • “The Hurricane” Movie about the Wrongfully Convicted Ruben Carter:


New York The Court of Claims determines what amount will fairly and reasonably compensate the wrongfully convicted person. His request will be expedited by the court of claims.   The wrongfully convicted person must show “he did not by his own conduct cause or bring about his conviction.” This provision may prevent people who falsely confessed or pled guilty from receiving compensation.


  • 2)Anthony Mayol, Esq.

Law Office of Anthony Mayol P.C.

116-55 Queens Blvd.  Suite 201

Forest Hills, New York 11375

(718) 520-8271

3) Taylor Koss: Everett & Everett                                                                                                                452 Fifth Avenue, 12th Floor                                                                                                                                              New York, NY 10018                                                                                                                                      Office: 212-300-6104


Questions from the “Interrogation Room”

  • How did each of the guests become involved on the James Fleming case?
  • What is the scope of the cases in Brooklyn, New York- the former murder capital of the country?
  • Who funds experts needed to help the case go forward?
  • Is the passage of time “the enemy?”
  • What is the greatest concern of witnesses who come forward with the truth?
  • What was the point that “turned the tide” in the Fleming case?
  • What was Mr. Fleming’s approach to his innocence with his team?
  • How are cases chosen and what are the challenges faced by attorneys?
  • How did an adversarial system turn into a sharing experience?
  • What are the “two bites at the apple” in New York after incarceration?
  • What are the options via the legislature and civilly with these cases?
  • What is the significance of the immediacy of need for resources and help versus the foot dragging” of compensation?
  • How is David Ranta doing now?


The comments expressed on this website or on the broadcasts of Shattered Lives do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of the hosts, producers, or other guests.

A Missing Young Man ….Following A Cold Trail from the East Village and Hart Island to Nowhere….



Amid the backdrop of a lonely burial ground, Michael Jones has taken up the charge to find his brother, Vernon Kent Jones, missing since 1993.

The New York City Cemetery, located on Hart Island, the Bronx, in the Long Island Sound, is commonly referred to as Potter’s Field. The probable origin of the term “Potter’s Field” as meaning a public burial place for poor and unknown persons is a passage from the Gospel of St. Matthew (27:3-8):

“Then Judas, which had betrayed Him, saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests … and they took counsel, and bought with them the potters field to bury strangers in.”

Hart Island was purchased by the City in 1868 from the Hunter family of the Bronx for $75,000. The following year it was established as the City’s public cemetery for the burial of those persons who died indigent or whose bodies went unclaimed. In the first year, 1,875 burials were performed.

The Department of Correction maintains and operates the City Cemetery, commonly called Potter’s Field, on Hart Island, the Bronx, in Long Island Sound. Burials are done with inmate labor, under supervision of Correction staff. Inmates are paid between 25 and 35 cents per hour. The supervised inmate work details are bused from Riker’s Island and ferried from City Island on weekdays to perform the burials, disinterment and maintenance tasks. The Island is 101 acres, measuring approximately one mile long and one-eighth to one-third of a mile wide. It is maintained by the Department of Correction. Hart Island is not open to the public.                                                                    [Reference:]

Michael, PI’s Bob Rahn, Kim Anklin, Ladyjustice and Delilah discussed the all too few details of this cold case on “Shattered Lives” in hopes of finding clues to this mystery: 

To Listen to the podcast CLICK HERE:

  • Introduction to the case and guests- The importance of awareness;
  • Michael’s telling of the background and circumstances of his brother’s disappearance [Vernon Kent Jones];
  • A New Year’s Eve Party and a disappearance;
  • “The story “as told by friends;
  • Delilah asks about an active police investigation and treating it as a crime scene- What was done; what evidence was found?
  • Bob Rahn – Status as a missing persons case;
  • Kim Anklin’s take on investigating cases as a homicide versus a missing person’s case;
  •  A very Impaired person… who was in need of having special attention;
  • Theories of the case- “Experimenting,” 
  • A baby tooth…and the beginning of the search for burial records on behalf of the poor and remains of unidentified people;
  • Mike’s research of handwritten records;
  • DNA profiling from the tooth- into Codis;;
  • Delilah’s research into NAMUS- the two-pronged DOJ Data base…                      Cross-checking – an invaluable tool;;
  • Vernon’s  broken legs;
  • Hand written data base- Unidentified remains- December of 1992 to  first quarter of  1993- 25 people;
  • Kim on finding a missing person at Potter’s Field – a wonderful find to be able to locate a family member and have the person returned to a family plot;  
  • Bob on the records keeping – Over 800,00 people buried  at Hart Island with all hand- kept records;
  • A sense of purpose that grew…
  • Do people hold the key or technology to solving this case?
  • Update on the other partygoers; Inconsistencies?
  • Location of the party versus Vernon’s apartment and mass transit;
  • Ladyjustice asks how Vernon could have gotten somewhere under his own power given his level of intoxication and poor vision?
  • Kim’s description of the day when Michael & Mom Sarah saw the apartment for the first time year’s later captured on video;
  • Ladyjustice’s theory of what might have happened…  matching Bob Rahn’s theory…. without proof;
  • “Growing a conscience”… and providing a piece to the puzzle;
  • Bob  on the apartment – an old three story walk up- improbability of walking down the stairs alone;
  • The presence of alcohol ; “wanting to do heroin” according to a witness;
  • Michael’s impression of the occupant-witness;
  • Surreal experience-Meeting at the apartment where Vernon was last seen; Meetings with occupant, Meeting with Erin Moriarty of CBS of              “48 Hours”
  • Delilah asks what kinds of awareness events have been done over the years to keep it in the forefront?
  • Delilah on how vital it is to hammer away at this case re social media and  the public’s help;
  • Age progression and facial recognition- A forensic artist’s help;
  • Identifying marks… unusual characteristics?
  • Casting a wide net from the Hart Island data – 13 possibles…
  • Ladyjustice asks about the criteria for taking on a cold case and when is a case “considered cold”?
  • Contact information for further information:
  • 1-800-490-2267 or;
  • [Off air Ladyjustice recommends registering with Monica Caison at    and the possibility of creating a full website dedicated to Vernon]