Wednesday Super Sleuth Challenge: Catching BTK

crime-scene-1452689-640x480Welcome back Super Sleuths! Today you have the opportunity to try your crime solving skills to determine what method of detection was used to nab the villain in the following case.

The location is Wichita, Kansas. The timeline is 1974-1991. A killer was on the loose that killed more than 10 victims during this 18 year span.  Fifteen years had come and gone since his first murder. The BTK killer was no technological slouch.

The public was in a panic. The case had grown cold, but with the same anguish the ruthless deaths weighed on the conscious  Then something unexpected happened in 2006 that gave the police the break they had been looking for.

What break in the case allowed the Police to catch the culprit?

A. DNA evidence left at the crime scene on a cigarette butt was now able to be processed and the killer was caught.

B. Another body was discovered that appeared to be the first BTK’s victim. The killer was more reckless with his first kill and they found evidence linked to him.

C. A new way to process DNA on the victims’ clothing lead to the BTK’s arrest and conviction.

D. They traced evidence of his location from a floppy disc and verified his identity from comparing a group of handwritten letters to his handwriting.

What method do you think the Police used to catch BTK?


Do You Know Your Crime Stopping Technology? – Super Sleuth Challenge


Photo by Nate Nolting

The more creative ways humans learn to scam the system, there are creative ways to stop them. Crime stopping technology is a huge business these days, especially with rise of technological skill.

Do you know your crime stopping technology?

As a romantic suspense writer I am constantly looking for new and interesting technology information that law enforcement official use to stop crime. Some of the new ideas are astounding.

The following are just a few of the surprising new innovations. How well do you know your crime stopping technology?

I thought I knew a lot of the new things on the market. . . until I saw these particular technological advances.

Below there is a list of five different crime stopping technologies used to catch criminals. One of these five is NOT real. Can you guess which one?

(Answer will be posted tomorrow.)

Which of the following crime stopping technologies is fake?

A. Shot Spotting– This technology is a gun shot sensor system that picks up the sound waves of a muzzle shot. This allows Police to respond more quickly to gunshots fired.

B. Smartwater– This technology allows owners to spray a unique chemical on their possessions to allow for quick identification in case of theft.

C. Body Odor Bio-metric Identifier– This technology stores the specific body odor of registered criminals that can be used later for canines to identify the culprit by the body odor at a new crime scene.

D. Drone Finger printer- This technology allows a drone to take pictures at a crime scene and identify finger prints to send directly to the lab for analysis.

E. Brain Fingerprinting- This technology is used to show the criminal pictures on a computer screen. They wear a headband that measures cognitive brain responses to stimuli on the screen. An EEG picks up specific responses.

So, Super Sleuths, which of these five crime stopping technologies is NOT real?




Super Sleuth Challenge: Holiday Porch Pirates

Fa la la la la la la la lot of theft going on this time of year. One popular choice is snatching packages from front porches.

Like the woman who was arrested for lifting holiday packages fresh from front doors. So how was she caught?

A: A home security camera caught it all on tape, including the license plate number. Never back into the driveway. It might save time…but in the end you get time.

B: The woman gave one of the gifts to her daughter. Turned out the inside of the purse was monogrammed…to a student her daughter attended school with. The daughter returned it, thus sending her mom up the river.

C: The woman’s car broke down three blocks from her latest snatch and grab. The man who stopped to help her noticed several packages all addresssed to different names…he got suspicious and called the police. Lesson to Learn: cover stolen property with a blanket or something!


Merry Christmas!

Super Sleuth Wednesday-Can We Get Any Dumber

man-40134_1280Hello, Super Sleuths! Can you believe we are into December?? I have no idea where the year has gone. So let’s get right to this week’s Super Sleuth!

There’s been an uptick in bank robberies in the past few years. There’s also been an uptick in some of those bank robbers being really stupid. Here’s a great example:

A man successfully broke into a bank after hours but he was easily apprehended. Was it because:

  1. He left his iPhone on the floor where the safe deposit boxes are located and listed himself under the In-case-of-emergency number. When the police called, he readily claimed to be the owner.
  2.  He stole the bank’s video camera. While it was recording. Remotely. The police had a nice photo of him and quickly traced him by the camera’s location.
  3. He gave his girlfriend a diamond necklace from one of the safe deposit boxes. And she promptly took a selfie of the two of them and put it on Facebook. Which the drew the attention of the police…
  4. He bragged to a friend about his haul, and his friend turned him in when a $5,000 reward was posted for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons who robbed the bank.

So, which one is it?

 And, here’s a recap and answer of the November 16th Super Sleuth:

Riddle me this: What did he steal?

A: A 24lb turkey (the legs for Tiny Tim).

B: 8 boxes of Stove Top Stuffing (You know, instead of potatoes).

C: A turkey fryer (Because it just wouldn’t quite fit in the French  Fryer).

And it’s….C. He stole a turkey fryer!

Super Sleuth Wednesday: All In the Name of Thanksgiving!

Oh the yummy holiday of Thanksgiving is coming upon us. Turkey, sweet potato casseroles, dressing…pumpkin pie. It’s a time to celebrate with friends and family. A time to reflect on the things you’re thankful for…

Or it’s time to be act like a turkey and steal some holiday goodies. From Safeway. Yes. It happened.

Riddle me this: What did he steal?

A: A 24lb turkey (the legs for Tiny Tim).

B: 8 boxes of Stove Top Stuffing (You know, instead of potatoes).

C: A turkey fryer (Because it just woudn’t quite fit in the French  Fryer).

photocredit by Seeman

Super Sleuth Wednesday:Tele-drugs

I’ve read some crazy stuff, but this one takes the cake. I’ve actually worked at a tele-marketer in college to make some quick cash. Yes, I’m the one who interrupted your dinner with, “this will only take a minute” or thirty…

But I never called anyone and tried to sell them drugs. I mean, is this guy too lazy to comb a park, a school yard, the mall? (I’m being a bit snarky. I actually hate that people sell drugs anywhere.)

That’s what this cheeseball did though. He cold called people to sell drugs. So how was he caught? You decide.

A: He called and a teenager answered and agreed to buy the drugs. They set up a meet at Dunkin Donuts. A cop in the drive thru caught the exchange and busted them both. Maybe it pays for cops to eat donuts after all.

B: He called and got a mom who runs the PTO and MADD group in her community. She agreed to to the purchase and called the cops. They watched while the transaction was made and then moved in and made the bust. Don’t mess with moms.

C: He called and randomly reached a police officer, who agreed to buy the drugs. He made the arrest himself at the drop. Murphy’s Law. It’s a real thing.

*The answer to last Wednesday’s Super Sleuth Challenge is #2!


Super Sleuth Wednesday

ID-100244022Do you ever wonder about some of the people who commit crimes? Lately, I’ve been reading about the stupid things criminals do to get caught and I can’t keep from laughing at some of their antics. But first the answer to last week’s Super Sleuth about the suspect the police were searching for.

It’s #2–He had attended an anti-crime event the day before and beaten several officers at a doughnut-eating contest. He claimed his prize and left before officers realized who he was.

Now for this week’s Super Sleuth. Below are four scenarios. Three are true and one is a fabrication of my mind. Which one is the fabrication?
  1. Two men tried to pull the front off a cash machine by running a chain from the machine to the bumper of their pickup truck. Instead of pulling the front panel off the machine, though, they pulled the bumper off their truck. Scared, they left the scene and drove home. With the chain still attached to the machine. With their bumper still attached to the chain. With their vehicle’s license plate still attached to the bumper.
  2. A fraternity made a raid on a sorority house and stole certain unmentionables. Even though they were able to conceal their identities, they couldn’t leave well enough alone. The men, with their faces concealed, posted photos on Instagram holding their prizes. And in the background was a sign with the name of the fraternity and was all the police needed to round up the criminals.
  3. A man walked into a local police station, dropped a bag of cocaine on the counter, informed the desk sergeant that it was substandard cut, and asked that the person who sold it to him be arrested immediately.
  4. A man walked up to a cashier at a grocery store and demanded all the money in the register. When the cashier handed him the loot, he fled — leaving his wallet on the counter.

Leave your guess below for a chance to be this month’s Super Sleuth!