DNA evidence in case Lesley Timmer not investigated

A quick note. Today, Sébas Diekstra, the lawyer of Lesley Timmer's family, announced that DNA evidence was found in the shoelaces of Lesley. The donor of this DNA sample is of unknown origin. Yet, the shoelaces were used to tie up his legs and hands before he fell down the J.F. Kennedy-bridge in Liège, Belgium, over …

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Not investigating suicides leads to unnecessary suffering.

Yesterday, April 8th, Timo van der Eng from crimesite.nl wrote a piece for the crime magazine Panorama about Michelle Mooij, Talitha, Iris van den Hooff, and Eline Melters. This report expands on a previous publication in various local Dutch newspaper by Peter Winterman and Gerlof Leistra wrote a similar piece in Elsevier Juist. In addition, Joost …

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Investigation of bloodspatters in Eline Melters’ ‘suicide’ case over two months delayed

A quick note. On January 12th we met with the Public Attorney in Maastricht, where we were told that they would investigate evidence that was gathered in the initial investigation on December 8th, 2009. The public attorney hoped to have the results of this analysis in 6-8 weeks. Shortly after the meeting of January 12th …

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New critical notes about systematic lack of investigation of suspicious deaths in the Netherlands

When a person is found dead, someone usually calls 9-1-1 (in the USA) or 1-1-2 (in the EU). In most cases the police is the first on the scene. In the Netherlands this is a critical moment in the investigation of any death. If the arriving officer thinks (s)he is dealing with an accident or …

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The Dutch Public Attorney says about Eline’s case: “we will now investigate the already gathered evidence”

5 years, 1 month and 4 days. This is the time between Eline's death and today. Today, we had a new meeting with the Dutch public attorney in Maastricht. After 1.5 hours we parted ways and with we, I mean my parents, sister, and our lawyer Arthur van der Biezen, deputy head DA George Rasker …

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When generalizations miss their mark. Questioning suicide does not equal unable to accept suicide.

Every now and then you read an opinion piece that make your blood pressure rise. Some are aggravating because of their perceived social injustice or political corruptness. Some are just plain ridiculous. The ones that hurt are the opinions that hit close to home. When someone make derogatory comments about families who doubt the conclusion of …

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Iris van den Hooff’s suicide seems less likely following autopsy

A short while back René Diekstra argued that for any death where suicide is suspected but a small amount of doubt might exist, a forensic autopsy would be useful in determining cause of death. He explicitly argued that cause of death (homicide, suicide, accident, or natural causes) cannot be determined by method of dying (e.g. …

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