The Cold-Blooded Murder of Dr. John Yelenic

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During an otherwise quiet April night, Pennsylvania State Trooper Kevin Foley swerved from the path of duty and repeatedly stabbed Dr. John Yelenic to death. The vicious murder of the popular dentist rocked the community of Blairsville, Pennsylvania. Documentarian Andrea Niapas gives us a thorough look at the crime and its aftermath, describing Dr. Yelenic's troubled marriage and complicated home life, and untangling the events that led his wife's lover--Trooper Foley--to commit such a violently aggressive crime. Found guilty by a jury of his peers, Trooper Foley has never confessed to the crime. What were the forces motivating Foley to break his oath to protect and serve? Do we even now know the truth about that awful night? Commonwealth v. Foley was a landmark case in the history of DNA evidence, as described in a bonus chapter by DNA expert Dr. Mark Perlin on "The Blairsville Slaying and the Dawn of DNA Computing". It was the first time that a sophisticated computer had ever interpreted a DNA mixture in a criminal trial. The Pennsylvania appellate court later established a statewide precedent for Cybergenetics TrueAllele® Casework technology. Dr. Perlin tells about the 7% unknown DNA fraction under the victim's fingernails, and how TrueAllele identified Mr. Foley a million times more powerfully than human review. Dr. John Yelenic was brutally and tragically murdered, but the trial that convicted his killer bequeathed to society a powerful truth-seeking technology for bringing criminals to justice.

The Secret Life of a Bridge Player

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This a story of how law enforcement investigators in numerous states could not agree on a strong person of interest in cases of torture, assault, attempted murder, murder, and sexual deviance in their jurisdiction. As a result, a spree of female real estate agents and any female selling a home were his prey. From the late 1960's to mid 1988 his crime spree went undetected. A serial killer in every sense of the word with a list of victims left behind.

Key Component

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While incarcerated in the Allenwood, Pennsylvania federal prison in 1995 Richard Laszczynski was assigned a cell next to Walter 'Pete' Church who was in for drug possession. As Laszczynski got to know Church, he couldn't believe his ears when Church began bragging about a triple murder in W. Virginia which he and his friend Sam Ealy got away with the murder.

Church even let Laszczynski read all the newspaper articles of the 1989 murder spree. In no time, Laszczynski decided to use the information to his advantage. 

With a little more research about the triple murder and the man who hired Church and his Ealy, Laszczynski created himself the role of an informant. U.S. Attorney Anthony Giorno Roanoke, Virginia was desperately after Charles Gilmore who was a drug dealer, money laundering of food stamps, and murder.

Even when Lasczcynski was finally freed, you would think he would try to live a decent life. However, it didn't take him long to screw up more lives....including his own.


Lured to Death

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Back in 1988 the David Copenhefer case was the first ever documented cyber crime in the United States. A Forensic federal agent named Alfred L. Johnson coined the saying...."Connecting the computer... to the man... to the notes... to the crime." Copenhefer thought he had gotten away with murder. But not so easy as simply pressing down on his computer DELETE button.

The Empty Classroom

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It was the last day of the school year when Miss Emma Austraw heard a knock at the school door. To her surprise it was a young boy who appeared holding a note. 

Slowly she unfolded the note, not knowing what to expect. The note informed her to return home as soon as possible. 

Hoping to catch an early trolley to Latrobe, she quickly gathered up her purse and hat on her way out of the schoolhouse. 

Miss Austraw walked her usual route on a dirt road about a mile along the countryside. The road led into the next town where the trolley station was located. However, what happened next has been a murder mystery since 1919 among the country communities of Derry and Latrobe Pennsylvania since.

Caught Off Guard

Various cases of unsuspected victims.

Do killers know their victim's? In most cases the answer is yes. Those known as the 'kill for thrill' is just what the name in details. The aspect of the thrill where the aniline level rises as the killer finds a great feeling of satisfaction, pleasure after this prey is dead. 

There are six cases discussed in the book based on a serial killer, deathbed confession, thirty-five-year-old cold case solved, a fugitive on the run for nearly ten years, an affair leads to a contract killing, and a gang-style killing.

Also, a noteworthy study guide focused on elements of 'The Linkage Theory' developed by Dr. Henry Lee is included. The reader will become familiar with how the victim, suspect, physical evidence collected, and crime scene come together to provide leads for the detective to follow in seeking justice for the victim.





The Flow of Justice

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Is filled with actual cases that occurred indoors and outdoors. Each scene is accompanied with a case summary. The cases were motivated by revenge, affair, financial gain, divorce, anger, stalking to name a few themes. 

The Flow of Justice begins at the crime scene where the physical evidence is collected. The morgue, crime lab, detective department, and the courtroom illustrate how justice for the victim and co-victim is sought.

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What was really behind Amelia Earhart's 1937 Final Flight? Was it to top her aviation achievements or was there something more sinister behind it? 

While the hint of World War II was in the background over the Atlantic Ocean in Europe the Japanese were also plotting their way into the United States over the Pacific Ocean via through Hawaii. 

Like the old saying goes...'while the cats away the mice will play'. The Japanese were constructing runways on numerous islands throughout the South Pacific for refueling purposes on their way to Hawaii and eventually into the United States.

When military officials became aware of the plot they needed to know on which islands. It made sense for an innocent American woman pilot to simply fly over the Pacific Ocean on her World Flight. Who would ever guess she could have been on a mission for the military? 

Even when Earhart's first attempt in March of 1937 when she crashed the landing gear of the Electra in Hawaii on her route to Howland Island. Was it intended or just a way to get the Electra back to California to rebuild a much more powerful aircraft to the flight? 

Theorist spent a lifetime researching what was really behind Earhart's Final Flight and her demise. All of which is examined. Note: a video I produced titled, 'Close to Closure' has been included in my website (Videos).

The interviews are rear and a must see.  


Henkel's Crew

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Growing up as a member of the Youngstown, Ohio Celtic gang then moving onto membership with the K & A gang in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Richard Henkel had developed into a career criminal even the Mafia feared. He was tough and deadly.

Henkel accrued his own deadly crew of experts in jewelry and bank heist, bomb making, and contract hits. His planning yielded millions for his crew. 

It all came to an end when Henkel gave in to a plea bargain while he was holding two hostages at gun point inside Western Penitentiary outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Boiling down to the old saying...blood is thicker than water.   

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