The Dutch police is trying to solve Cold Cases in the Netherlands. Touch DNA investigations, like those performed by IFS, are an important tool to solve Cold Cases. IFS works on (Cold) Cases world wide.
This is another terrible crime commited by what looks like someone with mental health issues. They should investigate the medication used by this man (also in the past) and his CYP450 to see how he metabolizes drugs. We should find out why parents are committing these horrible crimes.
Comment by Richard Eikelenboom
The Daily Mail picked up the Holly Moore case.
The case does now get international attention. It is a pity though that not more facts are mentioned in the article. That a pathologist cut a collar bone at one side as a normal procedure is ridiculous. Her left hand was caught in the strangulation cord. On pictures before the autopsy a dent is visible on her collar bone. She had several other injuries on her face which are not explained well with suicide. Furthermore, the strangulation mark was horizontal instead of vertical which one would expect with a hanging. These facts should be enough to investigate this case as a homicide. We are waiting on a report with results of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. They never requested the evidence we collected, which is not a good sign considering that the crime scene investigation was performed poorly.
Here is another article with more information.
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Comments by Richard and Selma Eikelenboom
It seems that the Colorado Bureau of Investigation concluded that it was a suicide. We are very interested which facts lead to this conclusion. Some facts in this case are very disturbing, like the broken collar bone, the left hand inside the ligature and the horizontal mark left by the ligature. These facts are very rare in a suicide by hanging. There are more strange findings. The final conclusion should be based on thorough investigations, including the investigation of touch DNA on the strangulation cord. There is little reason for other persons to leave touch DNA on the strangulation cord except maybe for the roommate who found her hanging, if this was a suicide. There are all kinds of patterns on the body which are still not explained and can be investigated. In this case a proper crime scene reconstruction should be performed. Scenario’s for suicide and homicide can be reconstructed and tested. It is strange that CBI was not interested in the materials we collected at the crime scene and from the body of Holly Moore.
Picture of the crime scene made by Selma Eikelenboom
We have extensive experience with murders and suicides. The facts in this case are very disturbing. In several other cases, we advised families that it is more likely that their loved ones killed themselves. That was not what they wanted to hear but the facts pointed in that direction. Of course, some people will say we have an interest in the case to earn money. Those people have to keep in mind that we hardly charged anything for our investigations and we recommended the family to get the Colorado Bureau of Investigation involved. They should do all the necessary investigations without the family to pay for it. We will wait with further statements till we get the results of their investigations.
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In this article in the Daily Mail another miscarriage of justice is described.
This is another tragic example of a miscarriage of justice. As a forensic scientist, I see this too often, also in other states in the US. Something should change. It should be easier to reopen cases and every defendant in a homicide or rape case should have the right to have DNA testing performed. Furthermore, when evidence is thrown away or misplaced this should lead to a new trial automatically. Sadly enough, these type of cases seem not to have any consequences for the persons responsible for the miscarriage of justice. This case is also an example of negative influence of the press. When too much pressure is put on a case by the media this can lead to sloppy work. The media should give the same attention to cases where it is likely that the conviction was wrongful.
It is our experience that is is very difficult to reopen a case once a verdict is delivered. So defendants and their laywers should make sure (touch) DNA testing is performed before the jury gets to the verdict. It takes easily 10 years or more to reopen a case and some cases don’t get reopened, even when there are clear signs of a wrongful conviction.Read More
Selma Eikelenboom and I worked on the case of Holly Moore.
Ray Moore called us with the story that his daughter Holly had died and that the coroner did come to the conclusion that is was suicide. The family of Holly did not believe that. We get this type of request on a regular bases and often our conclusion is that suicide is more likely than homicide. In this case the Castle Rock police force and coroner concluded that this was a suicide. If you hear the story about Holly’s situation one should consider suicide as a possibility. But every suicide should be treated as a homicide, till proven otherwise. Tunnel vision will lead to important evidence getting lost.
We met the family in Castle rock to perform an investigation on the crime scene. We warned the family that the outcome could be an conclusion which they did not want to hear. This was a rush job because the next day the landlord would wanted the apartment back empty. I never like to work under time pressure because you tempt to forget to sample certain evidence. When we looked over the crime scene some things were a bit off.
We found fluorescent material in the bedroom. Not sure yet, but is could be urine. We see this often at crime scenes where victims are strangulated because of fear or due to death. After death muscle of the blather relax which causes urine to flow.
From the pictures we had seen before we already knew that if this was a suicide Holly had acted weird. Her left hand was placed inside the strangulation cord as if she wanted to prevent getting suffocated.
We have seen a lot of weird suicides, so one strange observation does not prove it is homicide. We took a lot of evidence from the house for (DNA) investigations, in order to perform a crime scene reconstruction.
A couple of days after the scene investigation, we were able to review the body of Holly Moore. We did this with Rich Tewes, who is an ex police officer and forensic expert. When we opened the body bag all three of us were looking at the strangulation mark around the neck of Holly. It was horizontal. In hangings there is always a vertical element in injury because the rope goes up from the neck towards the object it is tied to, unless somebody was dead before they were hanged. This is a strong contra indication for suicide. Later we found out that her color bone was broken as well.
If you hang your self it is weird to put your hand in the noose, is is extremely difficult to hang your self with a broken collar bone. Selma once broke her collar bone, moving your arm above your head and tie it to a rod seems impossible.
After the investigation we advised the family to request the Castle Rock police to give the evidence and the case to the Colorado bureau of investigation. We can perform DNA investigations but we do not investigate suspects and we have no power to bring a case to court. This was more than a year ago now and nothing seems to have been investigated by CBI.
Investigation Discovery broadcasted an episode of this case. The link you can watch here.
Selma Eikelenboom-Schieveld had an interview with Crime watch.
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