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    Hello,

    I am a new member to your board and would appreciate any information on several questions I have regarding dispatch logs.

    I have been researching the 1993, triple homicide of three children and my questions stem from the notations on the logs the day the children were discovered.


    Would the lead inspector be notated on the logs when he was called to the crime scene?

    After the discovery of the three victims, would the lead inspector leave the crime scene and follow the coroner to the mortuary as the coroner was transporting the three victims?

    The lead inspector, as well as one of the detectives who was called to the crime scene, correctly identified the victims, yet the coroner was given incorrect information and the same incorrect information was reported in the case summary ( author unknown); given to the FBI and to the parents of the three victims.

    Three suspects were arrested nearly a month after the children's murders. During trial testimony, one of the detectives testified of doing an "marching arm to arm" search with the other officers before the children were discovered. There is no information on the logs which supports this. The logs clearly show the other detectives and patrol officers searching vacant houses, nearby schools, executing search warrants, and searching for the three children elsewhere during the time the arm to arm search would have taken place.

    Thank you and I appreciate any insight on my questions.

    Wolfvision

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    Originally posted by wolfvision View Post
    Hello,

    I am a new member to your board and would appreciate any information on several questions I have regarding dispatch logs.

    I have been researching the 1993, triple homicide of three children and my questions stem from the notations on the logs the day the children were discovered.


    Would the lead inspector be notated on the logs when he was called to the crime scene?

    After the discovery of the three victims, would the lead inspector leave the crime scene and follow the coroner to the mortuary as the coroner was transporting the three victims?

    The lead inspector, as well as one of the detectives who was called to the crime scene, correctly identified the victims, yet the coroner was given incorrect information and the same incorrect information was reported in the case summary ( author unknown); given to the FBI and to the parents of the three victims.

    Three suspects were arrested nearly a month after the children's murders. During trial testimony, one of the detectives testified of doing an "marching arm to arm" search with the other officers before the children were discovered. There is no information on the logs which supports this. The logs clearly show the other detectives and patrol officers searching vacant houses, nearby schools, executing search warrants, and searching for the three children elsewhere during the time the arm to arm search would have taken place.

    Thank you and I appreciate any insight on my questions.

    Wolfvision
    In response to your "logs" question, It depends on the officer AND dispatcher what information is actually logged on. Most of the time, detailed information is logged. Other times, only a brief synopsis is recorded. It doesn't make the logs less reliable. Its really up to the investigators on the scene to complete a detailed report of the events as they occur, not the dispatchers. If the officers do not relay any information via radio to the dispatchers, then the dispatchers have no information to log in, other than perhaps the times.

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      "...I have been researching the 1993, triple homicide of three children and my questions stem from the notations on the logs the day the children were discovered..."

      Do you have a personal reason for conducting this information? Are you writing a book of the crime? Are you researching for the defense? What is your connection to the data you request?

      Except for trial manuscripts, I am certain that the information you are seeking is long since gone. In order to obtain the trial manuscripts you will have to petition the court for a copy or avail yourself of time to research in the law library.

      The data you posted would not really answer the questions you seem to be seeking as communications logs are limited in their information. The more accurate would be the communications tapes and those are probably long gone; except, perhaps, as I stated earlier, they are included in the trial materials.

      Direct your inquiry to the communications department of the involved agency.
      Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence!

      [George Washington (1732 - 1799)]

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        Dispatch Logs

        In response to your "logs" question, It depends on the officer AND dispatcher what information is actually logged on. Most of the time, detailed information is logged. Other times, only a brief synopsis is recorded. It doesn't make the logs less reliable. Its really up to the investigators on the scene to complete a detailed report of the events as they occur, not the dispatchers. If the officers do not relay any information via radio to the dispatchers, then the dispatchers have no information to log in, other than perhaps the times.

        Thank you for your reply, LeanG.
        Yes, it is possible the officers who participated in the arm to arm search did not radio dispatch as to their whereabouts during this specific time.

        Wolfvision

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          Dispatch Logs

          Do you have a personal reason for conducting this information? Are you writing a book of the crime? Are you researching for the defense? What is your connection to the data you request?

          Except for trial manuscripts, I am certain that the information you are seeking is long since gone. In order to obtain the trial manuscripts you will have to petition the court for a copy or avail yourself of time to research in the law library.

          The data you posted would not really answer the questions you seem to be seeking as communications logs are limited in their information. The more accurate would be the communications tapes and those are probably long gone; except, perhaps, as I stated earlier, they are included in the trial materials.

          Direct your inquiry to the communications department of the involved agency.

          Thank you for your reply, SgtCHP.

          I have no plans to write a book. I am researching this case for educational purposes.

          I do have access to the trial transcripts and majority of the documents from the files of the police department which investigated the children's murders, as well as the police dispatch logs for the afternoon and evening shifts when the children were reported missing, and the morning, afternoon and evening shifts when the children's bodies were discovered.

          Studying the logs and other aspects of this case is what led me to asking the questions I posted. I appreciate your taking the time to reply and I hope to receive further responses on my topic.

          I have contacted the police department who investigated this case, and unfortunately, I have yet to receive a reply from them.
          Last edited by wolfvision; 04-26-2007, 05:57 PM. Reason: I left out a sentence.

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