[conspire] (forw) Reiser trial: DNA tests partially flubbed, defence motion for mistrial
Deirdre Saoirse Moen
deirdre at deirdre.net
Tue Feb 5 20:28:58 PST 2008
On Feb 5, 2008, at 7:50 PM, Rick Moen wrote:
> There is certainly no direct evidence of her death, but she certainly
> vanished utterly and suddenly from an active and ongoing life.
I agree that her being dead is the most likely outcome.
There are certainly cases where people have been convicted of murder
without a body. In fact, I just watched a rerun of Forensic Files
where that was the case, however there was significant blood evidence
in the floorboards of the house even a decade later. In every case
I've heard of (admittedly, only about a dozen) where there was a
conviction without a body, there was significant evidence that the
person was dead. In the program I just watched, they could only file
against the presumed killer after the DNA evidence was obtained from
In the Reiser case, there's no evidence of the kind of violence (that
I've heard of anyway) that would kill someone, only circumstantial
evidence of death.
I agree with Christian's response to my post, but there's also
another kind of horrible: letting the killer go free because the case
was brought too early to ensure a conviction.
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