Super Sleuth Solution: Catching BTK

kidnapped-1420979-639x852Welcome Back Super Sleuths! For those of you following this week’s cold case of BTK that was solved many years later, let’s check out your answers.

Let’s Recap:

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?

The correct answer is:

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.

If you’d like to read more about how they nabbed this killer, you can find more details here. 

Thanks for joining in our super sleuth challenge! Next week stop back for another chance to check your super sleuthing talents.

What is the craziest mystery case you’ve read about?

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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

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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?

 

 

 

Wednesday Super Sleuth Challenge – Black Friday Crime

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It is almost that time of year where some of us spread sales ads in front of us. We strategize those items we need to buy. We map out our course. We prepare to conquer.

Black Friday is a love it or hate it type of event. As for me, I enjoy the adventure of it. I try to avoid those crazy customers and help other moms shopping for their kids.

With that many shoppers out to get the best deals in a short number of hours it is inevitable that some crimes will occur. It is merely a matter of numbers and percentages.

How savvy are you about Black Friday Crime?

Whether you are out with the masses shopping or home on the couch watching football, now is your chance to be a Black Friday Crime Super Sleuth.

Which of the following Black Friday Crimes did NOT occur?

A. A phony bomb threat forced the complete evacuation of a Walmart. Bomb sniffing dogs were called in to clear the threat and people were allowed back in 2 hours later.

B. A shoplifting customer at Kohl’s was shot by a police officer.

C. A Target customer was shot in the leg close to his home when the TV he’d purchased led to an attempted theft. He wrestled with the thief resulting in the shooting.

D. Two Walmart customers got into a fight over a parking space, resulting in one of the men being seriously knifed.

E. A man tried to shoplift a large-screen TV by using a receipt his wife got from purchasing the same item earlier.

F. A customer pepper sprayed the crowd to have an unfair advantage in reaching the item she wanted to purchase.

G. At a Toys R’ Us a woman threatened to shoot customers who did not allow her to cut in line.

Which of the crimes listed above did NOT happen?

Wednesday Super Sleuth Challenge – Less Than Brilliant

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Photo by Martin Sach

Don’t you just love how brilliant some criminals can be? Today we are going to hear of one such criminal who should definitely lay off of the sauce that he claims cause him to steal more than $4,000 worth of loot.

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First, let me introduce the prize for the month of September. The winner will receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card and a new book. I’m excited to read this new release by Robin Caroll.

As a white water rafting guide, Katie Gallagher must battle the forces of nature on a daily basis. When sabotage becomes apparent on a weekend rafting trip, Katie must determine who she can trust—and who has their own agenda.

Hunter Malone has a mission on a business adventure trip on the Gauley River, a mission that didn’t include a spunky guide who could handle the class-five rapids better than he’d ever imagined. But can she handle the truth?

Now Back to our Wednesday Super Sleuth Challenge- Less Than Brilliant Criminals. They lifted $4,000 worth of stuff. Here is how things went horribly wrong.

The man’s first mistake was inviting a buddy over and getting drunk. Apparently his friend had no more sense than he did while inebriated.

After a few two many, the stellar pair decided to try their hand at burglary. It didn’t take long for them to be caught red handed.

Their sad excuse? They had too much to drink and didn’t mean it.

Wednesday’s Super Sleuth Challenge- Less Than Brilliant has a challenge for you.

How were the burglars caught by the Police?

A. The burglars dropped their wallet at the scene.

B. The burglars robbed a deep fryer and left a trail of grease to their back door.

C. The burglars posted pictures with their new stash on Facebook.

D. The burglars used the grill they stole at the neighborhood block party where the neighbor recognized their grill.

 To be entered in the challenge, write the answer to the one you think is correct in the comments below.

Super Sleuth Challenge – Criminals With A Less Than Brilliant Plan

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Photo by flipton

Welcome back Super Sleuths!! This Friday we will announce the Super Sleuth Winners for February and March. Be sure to stop back to see if you are the best of the sleuths these past few months.

Every month or so we pick a story of less than brilliant criminals. These are the poor souls who should really pick a different profession. Today’s criminals are just such a pair that I want to scream, “Don’t quit your day job!”

Any self-respecting criminal knows that you need a way to hide your identity if you are going to commit a crime. There are many ways one can hide their identity. These two criminals came up with their own unique plan.

Two men in hooded sweatshirts showed up at a man’s house to rob him. The man was dating a former ex-girlfriend of one of the men and he wanted a bit of revenge with a monetary spin. They finished the job and took off in their getaway car.

The police stopped their car a few blocks away since it matched the description the caller gave in reference to the robbery. The two men were brought to the station for questioning and later booked for robbery.

Their unique disguise surprised law enforcement officials.

How did the men disguise themselves?

1. They covered the lower part of their face with socks they tied around their head.

2. They painted their faces like clowns and wore red noses.

3. They used ripped black garbage bags to cover their faces with holes for the eyes and nose.

4. They colored their faces with black permanent marker.

Friday we will return to share the answer and our winners. Lesson for today, DO NOT mix a brilliant criminal plan with alcohol!

Leave your guesses below for a chance to be April’s Super Sleuth Challenge Winner!

 

Wednesday Super Sleuth Challenge – Beachside Disappearance

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Photo by code1name

The answer to last week’s Super Sleuth is B. The man was lying and was caught because when the police went to his home, the roll of toilet paper in his bathroom matched the paper the note was written on. They even found the imprint of the note on it. To read more go to: http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/7464429-74/frey-police-according#axzz3NOObSrLp

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Welcome Super Sleuths! We are doubling the challenge. For those of you who entered our sleuthing contest last month by guessing the answers, your answers will continue to be tabulated and we will have a Grand Super Sleuth for the months of February and March combined.

If you are new to sleuthing, you still have a chance to win by guessing the answers to this month’s Super Sleuth Challenges.

Double the challenge means double the prize. I will announce the prizes with the answer to this week’s Super Sleuth Challenge.

Let’s try another Super Sleuth Challenge. Are you up to the task?

Today’s challenge is a cold case. You must decide where this unsolved mystery occurred. For the fun of it, share with us what you think really happened.

The year is 1966. At 10 am three children ages 9, 7 and 4 hopped a bus to go to the beach at a beach resort five minutes from their house. They were expected to return home by 2pm and given enough money for bus fare and lunch.

Hours later they never returned home. Witnesses saw them at the beach with a tall, thin blonde man.

The oldest child was seen buying food at the beach vendor, but they didn’t leave home with the amount of money they spent. One of the purchases was a meat pie which the children had never purchased before.

A mail carrier who knew the children claimed to see them walking in the direction of their house several hours later, but they never reached home.

Where did this tragic cold case occur?

A. Australia

B. Netherlands

C. Italy

D. Philippines