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Another Cold Case Solved through Genealogy

In 1974, little Siobhan McGuinness, just five-years-old, went missing near an off-ramp to Interstate 90 in Missoula Montana.  A few days later, her body, raped and stabbed to death was found.

The anguish for the family of this beautiful child went on for decades.

Detectives, with the assistance of the FBI, recently used Forensic Genealogy to solve her murder.  Arkansas resident Richard William Davis, who died before he could be brought to justice, was identified as her killer.  Detectives determined that at the time he drove a car that matched the description witnesses had provided. It’s believed he was just passing through Missoula when he spotted Siobhan.

Though they will never see justice done in this case, Siobhan’s surviving family at least now know what happened.

You can read accounts of the case here.

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Why doesn’t the FBI record interviews?

Why didn’t the FBI record the Flynn interview?

(Click above for story).

Regardless of your feelings about this case, it exposes what has long been a problem I have with how the FBI investigates. They cannot, per policy, record interviews. There is no excuse for that in the twenty-first century.
During interviews agents are trying desperately to write down what is being said. To do that, you can’t effectively interact with the person you’re interviewing. You can’t look for “tells” or little reactions that may let you know you’re being lied to. Also, something that seems unimportant at the time of the interview, (and not noted by the agent) can become very important later as new facts are uncovered.
This came into the play in the Pulse nightclub mass-shooting in Florida when they interviewed the suspect’s wife.  She was clearly was involved in the planning and execution of the incident. The agents testified to what she said, but the jury acquitted because they had no recording.
The FBI needs to remove this counter-productive policy.

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