Month: January 2016

Making a Murderer – Conspiracy Theories, Red Herrings & White Noise
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Making a Murderer – Conspiracy Theories, Red Herrings & White Noise

If you were captivated by the Netflix series Making a Murderer you weren’t alone. I doubt many other documentaries have created the kind of buzz generated by the complex crime drama. Since the show aired I’ve had many requests to weigh in and share my perspective. One of my favourite aspects of working a homicide case […]

Constable James Forcillo (CTV News)
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Forcillo Jury Convicts on Attempt Murder – Focus Shifts to Mandatory Minimums

The verdict is in. Toronto Police Constable James Forcillo (32) has been found guilty of attempted murder in the 2013 shooting death of Sammy Yatim (18). He was found not guilty of charges of second degree murder and manslaughter. Forcillo pled not guilty to both charges at the start of […]

“Politicized Butchery”- The Indigenous Experience in Manitoba
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“Politicized Butchery”- The Indigenous Experience in Manitoba

“Politicized butchery,” or an issue all Manitobans should be concerned about? That’s the question. I recently read an article published in the Winnipeg Free Press titled, “Aunt of sisters charged with murder chronicles family’s painful past.” (Author – Alexandra Paul) The story is a tragic account of one woman’s experience living in a […]

"Hold Your Fire" - CBC
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“Hold Your Fire” – A Missed Opportunity

“Police have become the mental healthy agency of first resort when they should be the last,” said Vancouver Police Department Chief Jim Chu (retired) at a National Police conference in 2014. Chief Chu had tremendous insight. When I opened my email yesterday I received an interesting request.  I was asked to promote a […]

2015 Murder in River City – Year in Review
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2015 Murder in River City – Year in Review

Another year has come and gone and the Winnipeg Police Service Homicide Unit continues to prove they are a force to be reckoned with. In 2015, the WPS investigated a total of twenty-three (23) homicides solving all but two cases securing a solvency rate of 91%. Solvency rates in the 90% range are […]

December Assault Morphs into Homicide #2 – 2016
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December Assault Morphs into Homicide #2 – 2016

WPS Press Conference (Photo JGJ) An assault from last December has morphed into a 2016 homicide investigation. On December 11, 2015, shortly after 8:30 am, EMS personnel were dispatched to a hotel in the 400 block of Westwood Drive regarding a report of an injured man. Upon arrival, a victim […]

WPS Spokesman Constable Eric Holley - Photo JGJ
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WPS Investigates First Homicide of 2016 – Sister Act Cited in Senseless Killing

The Winnipeg Police Service Homicide Unit has laid charges in the first murder of 2016. On January 12, 2016, shortly before 6:00 p.m., EMS personnel were dispatched to the 500 block of William Ave regarding a report of a stabbing. On arrival, two adult female victims were located suffering from […]

MURDER SUSPECT TURNS HIMSELF IN TO POLICE – Release of Photo Has Desired Impact
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MURDER SUSPECT TURNS HIMSELF IN TO POLICE – Release of Photo Has Desired Impact

It’s a highly successful police tactic. Identify a murder suspect, distribute his photograph to media outlets, sit back, be patient and hope the killer comes to you. It often works. The suspect see’s his face on television or in the newspaper and feels like his world has collapsed.  There’s nowhere to run, nowhere to […]