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    Deep Identifications: Using National Evidence Databases To Solve Local Crimes Info: _http://lavatransforms.org/crimelabnov6_
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 7, 2011
      Deep Identifications: Using National Evidence Databases To Solve Local


      Visionary Professor Donald Johnson, in association with LAVA and
      Esotouric, invites you to participate in a special four-hour event at LA's regional
      crime laboratory, on the campus of Cal State LA. Space is very limited and
      pre-reservation required for this unprecedented opportunity to tour the
      crime lab, learn from working forensic investigators and educators, and
      discover the real art and science of crime scene investigation.

      "Deep Identifications: Using National Evidence Databases To Solve Local
      Crimes" is an exploration of the scientific investigation of violent death,
      revealed through methods of database-driven evidence analysis and select
      case histories. Attendees will also have an opportunity to tour Cal State LA's
      state-of the-art teaching and research facilities in the Criminalistics
      Department of the Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center.

      "Deep Identifications: Using National Evidence Databases To Solve Local
      Crimes" consists of one crime investigation lecture by LASD Criminalist Dale
      Falicon, a two-part crime investigation lecture by LASD DNA Tech Lead/CODIS
      Administrator Steve Renteria, and related breakout scientific workshops
      offering illustration of the concepts raised by Mr. Falicon's investigations.

      LECTURE #1 is Dale Falicon's presentation on his role in a fascinating
      "cold case" investigation, the 2003 closure of a 1957 double homicide,
      resulting from the arrest and conviction of Gerald Mason. Mason, a transient,
      kidnapped four teenagers in Hawthorne, stripped them, raped one and stole their
      car. Pulled over about 1:30am at Rosecrans and Sepulveda for a routine
      traffic stop by El Segundo PD officers Richard Phillips and Milton Curtis,
      Mason shot and killed both men. Mason fled the scene and a 48-hour manhunt
      followed. No substantial leads were found, and the case remained cold until
      September 2002, when a deathbed confession (soon proved false) renewed El
      Segundo's interest in the investigation. ESPD asked the LASD to re-examine the
      existing evidence in the hope that new clues would be discovered.
      Investigators turned to the evidence collected at the scene to see if modern crime
      investigation techniques could do something that was impossible at the time
      of th e murders. Dale's work with a composite fingerprint taken from two
      partial fingerprints resulted in a positive match against the recently
      introduced "IAFIS (Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System)", and
      the name of a convicted felon: Gerald Mason. Tracked down in Columbia,
      South Carolina, Mason confessed to the crime and was imprisoned for two life
      terms. He had been a law-abiding citizen in decades since the crime, and was
      a wealthy retiree respected in his community.

      LECTURE #2 is Steve Renteria's presentation on his use of DNA evidence in
      two remarkable murder cases, and the provocative questions that were
      raised. Case #1 is the Phil Spector / Lana Clarkson murder investigation.
      Questions raised include: should DNA technology be used to answer questions which
      are not actually an issue in a specific crime scene purely to counter the
      impact of "The CSI Effect" on the jury? When should common sense take
      precedence over what the professionals think the jury needs to hear? Case #2
      concerns the death of "Christina," a woman kidnapped from an ATM and killed by
      her captors. Questions raised include: should crime labs apply an
      assembly-line approach for all cases in order to maximize numbers of samples tested?
      Why does each case and each item of evidence need special attention in
      order to get the most information possible?

      By the afternoon's conclusion, attendees will have a deeper understanding
      of the real work that's done in the field by criminalists, and the tools
      and techniques used to interpret crime scenes for the benefit of
      investigating officers and juries. Come discover the reality, so different from and so
      much more interesting than, what you've seen on TV.

      Cost: $36.50 per person. To reserve your spot, click below:

      Please note that space is extremely limited for this special event.

      A portion of the proceeds from this event supports the research of
      Criminalistics graduate students at Cal State Los Angeles.

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