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Careful what you have on your cell phone—especially in a murder case

By Paul La Rosa In every murder case, there is some collateral damage. I’m not talking about the ripple effect of how deeply a murder affects both the victim and defendant’s families. I’m talking about how the spotlight that can shine embarrassingly bright on innocent bystanders who had nothing to…

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The mysterious death of Carla Jean Shaffer

By Paul LaRosa Was an unusual death on beautiful Orcas Island a suicide or something else entirely? Carla Jean Shaffer’s death has always been a mystery but was it a murder?  That’s the question haunting her friends and family nearly 14 years after her passing. Many theories abound, everything from…

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The case of the blue beard and its missing curly cue

By Paul La Rosa You never know where you’ll find a great true crime story.  I was reminded of this in September 2019 when I was on vacation in Sicily. I was touring a small museum in an even smaller town when a true crime story with ties to Jacqueline…

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Felony murder: guilty by association

By Paul La Rosa Here’s a provocative question: Can you be found guilty of murder in the United States even if prosecutors cannot prove you actually pulled the trigger, wielded the knife (feel free to pick your method of murder)? Whether it surprises you or not, the answer is a…

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