Forensic Files

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  1. Ken Anderson

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    I just learned that I was on Forensic Files in January of 2015, from a rather messy murder trial years ago, when I was a paramedic. They have someone else (not even the same sex) playing my part in the re-creation, but my photo is shown at least twice. I haven't watched it all the way through yet so I don't know if they will show me on the stand, as I was also called as a witness during the trial.



    Later, having watched it all the way through, my photo (the same photo) is shown several times but I don't show up anywhere else. There were a lot of interesting things about the case that they didn't pick up on, though.
     
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    I'd like to see you in there, but I can't sit through much of this. Can you post a freeze frame?
     
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    I guess the verdict is ...that Art doesn't imitate Life!;)
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    LOL, I met him once, Art Garfunkle. He was teaching math at a school in Litchfield. He came into the bar where I was with friends and gave me his autograph. I can't imagine now, why I wanted it.
     
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    The photo is shown in the first minute of the video.
     
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    I didn't recognize you, sorry.
     
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    Ken, you are the guy on the right?
     
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    Looking at this, I would guess the guy on the left.
     
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    So would I, mind you Ken looks different in every photo I have seen ;)
     
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    I just hope it's not the guy in the middle!
     
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    I'm the one on the left. That's Craig Zimmerman, who was my partner that day, on the right.
     
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    lol1.gif
     
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    Interesting, Ken! I watch FF quite often.
     
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    A few things that they missed in this story.

    They missed the fact that Wade, one of the lawyers who represented Susie Mowbray in her re-trial, was her son from her first marriage. While his mother was in prison, he completed law school and went on to represent his mother’s successful appeal. They’d have probably mentioned that if they knew it, so I’m thinking they never learned that, probably since he had a different last name.

    They did mention that the blood splatter expert who testified during her first trial, when she was convicted, was incorrect in his conclusions, but they didn’t mention that he later went to prison for falsifying his testimony in another case.

    Interestingly, they didn’t mention that one of the prosecutors in her original trial committed suicide, leaving a rambling note that mentioned innocent people being sent to prison.

    I was on the stand for about forty-five minutes. I was called as a witness for the prosecution, although I never believed that it was a murder. No one at the time seemed to suspect murder, although Susie Mowbray was acting inappropriately.

    For example, we were the first on the scene. One of our EMTs was a constable so he was the first law enforcement on the scene. When we arrived, she answered the door with a smile on her face and a drink in her hand, as if nothing really serious was going on. Then she told us he was upstairs, and where we’d find the bedroom, but did not come up with us.

    My testimony was focused on the blood splatter. After first instructing me to answer yes or no to the questions asked, and not to elaborate, they asked me if I noted blood on the patient’s hands.

    My answer was no, but I had already told attorneys from both sides that I was focused on the gunshot wound in his head, and the fact that he had quit breathing shortly after we arrived. I was alone in the back of the ambulance and, with everything else that I had to do, I could not complete a full assessment. Subsequently, I hadn’t even noticed the gunshot wound in his hand.

    So my answer of no to the question of whether I had noted blood on his hand was made to appear as if I were testifying that he did not have blood on his hand, when the truth was that he probably did, as there was blood everywhere.

    Then again, from the photo taken early after our arrival, his right-hand doesn’t seem to have blood on it. By the time he got to the hospital, it probably did because there was a lot of blood around.

    I thought that surely the defense attorney would follow up by asking me questions that would allow me to give a complete answer, but he did not.

    From his injuries, he had no chance of survival, and today we would have called it there at the home. However, our protocols at that time required us to work it regardless, since he was making efforts to breathe, and there was a rhythm on EKG, although we could not palpate a pulse.

    The prosecutors made a big issue of her cleaning up the bedroom so early after the shooting but I don’t think anyone suspected murder at the time, they had not declared it to be a crime scene, and I don’t think I’d want to leave a bloody bedroom as it is for long.
     
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