Atlanta Olympic Bombing

Season two, episode five of Just Science interviews John Collins during the annual ASCLD symposium in Dallas, Texas. This episode takes us back to a time when the United States was hosting the summer Olympics, in Atlanta, in 1996.  The summer of 1996 was meant to be an important moment for the heart of Georgia on the world’s stage, but instead is remembered by a horrific explosion, whose percussion echoed the planet.  Join us as John Collins walks us through the timeline of when law enforcement received an anonymous phone call warning of the bomb, to the forensic analysis of explosive devices, and how a pre nine eleven world tried to cope with such a shocking event.

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John Collins is a High-Stakes Leadership Consultant & Executive Coach at Critical Victories in Dewitt, Michigan. He is also the Chief Managing Editor of Crime Lab Report and an Adjunct Professor of Forensic Science at Michigan State University. John has a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Management and is formally certified as a Senior Certified Professional by the Society for Human Resource Management. He was trained by the College of Executive Coaching in 2012. John is a prolific author, coach, consultant, and speaker in the area of high-stakes leadership and communication. He is also internationally distinguished as an expert in the use of forensic science and scientific evidence in criminal jurisprudence.

 

 

 


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A Mother’s Tale Part 2

Season two, episode four of Just Science involves a case through the eyes of an investigator.  Mike Weber, an investigator with the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office in the Crimes Against Children Unit, walks us through a case involving Munchausen Syndrome by proxy. Munchausen Syndrome by proxy is a rare form of child or elderly abuse where a primary caretaker exaggerates or creates their victim’s symptoms of illnesses, in this case through manipulation, deceit, and forgery. Not much is known about this type of crime because it is so rarely recognized and so difficult to prosecute. Listen along as Investigator Weber navigates us through his journey to justice in this horrific case involving an abusive and attention crazed chemist, a poisoned child, and an investigator who wants justice.

In part 2 we navigate this dramatic rollercoaster of a case, filled with deceit and cliffhangers that seem more like fiction than reality. We left off with the victim being tested in the hospital and Hope’s story starting to unravel…

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INVESTIGATOR MIKE WEBER—Investigator Michael Weber has been a law enforcement officer for 31 years. Investigator Weber retired from the Arlington Police Department in 2008 to accept a position as an Investigator with the Tarrant County (TX) District Attorney’s Office in the Crimes Against Children Unit where he currently assists prosecutors in preparation of cases for trial and actively investigates special circumstance cases involving child victims. Investigator Weber investigates all claims of Medical Child Abuse (Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy) that are generated in Tarrant County and has investigated 16 such claims in his 7 years with the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office. These investigations have led to 5 convictions for Injury to a Child, 1 case that is currently being adjudicated, 1 case under active investigation, 1 investigation that was referred to an out of state agency where the injury (surgery) occurred, and 8 investigations where either there were no injuries that allowed for prosecution or where the child actually had the medical ailment claimed by the parent. Mike was recently awarded the 2016 National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s Texas Hero for Children Award.

 

 

 


Additional Content

Hope Ybarra Rolling Stone Article

APSAC Website

A Mother’s Tale Part 1

Season two, episode three of Just Science involves a case through the eyes of an investigator.  Mike Weber, an investigator with the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office in the Crimes Against Children Unit, walks us through a case involving Munchausen Syndrome by proxy. Munchausen Syndrome by proxy is a rare form of child or elderly abuse where a primary caretaker exaggerates or creates their victim’s symptoms of illnesses, in this case through manipulation, deceit, and forgery. Not much is known about this type of crime because it is so rarely recognized and so difficult to prosecute. Listen along as Investigator Weber navigates us through his journey to justice in this horrific case involving an abusive and attention crazed chemist, a poisoned child, and an investigator who wants justice.

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INVESTIGATOR MIKE WEBER—Investigator Michael Weber has been a law enforcement officer for 31 years. Investigator Weber retired from the Arlington Police Department in 2008 to accept a position as an Investigator with the Tarrant County (TX) District Attorney’s Office in the Crimes Against Children Unit where he currently assists prosecutors in preparation of cases for trial and actively investigates special circumstance cases involving child victims. Investigator Weber investigates all claims of Medical Child Abuse (Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy) that are generated in Tarrant County and has investigated 16 such claims in his 7 years with the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office. These investigations have led to 5 convictions for Injury to a Child, 1 case that is currently being adjudicated, 1 case under active investigation, 1 investigation that was referred to an out of state agency where the injury (surgery) occurred, and 8 investigations where either there were no injuries that allowed for prosecution or where the child actually had the medical ailment claimed by the parent. Mike was recently awarded the 2016 National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s Texas Hero for Children Award.

 

 

 


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Hope Ybarra Rolling Stone Article

APSAC Website

A Child’s Injustice

Season two, episode two of the Just Science podcast involves a case from Canada that Andrew Greenfield, Deputy Director of the Centre of Forensic Sciences, worked on when he was a young scientist. The gruesome murder of a child in 1999 in Toronto was unheard of and it dominated the air waves, and because of inaccurate witness statements describing the suspects, it was near impossible to generate leads for this case. Greenfield spoke up to one of his superiors about using a new DNA technology to help find a lead. We will be discussing with him outside the box thinking and DNA match probability, and what it means for justice.

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Mel Hall – A Sexual Predator

For the second season of Just Science we will be delving into case studies. These case interviews include victim accounts, lawyers, investigators, and crime lab directors.  They will tell you about cases they have personally worked during their career, and what tactics they used to bring their victims justice.  Episode one is a case involving a former Yankee baseball player, Mel Hall, who was convicted on three counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and two counts of indecency with a child. We phone interviewed the prosecutor of his case, Kim Davignon, and one of the victims Chaz Easterly. Just Science discusses with them victimology, and how to handle cases involving children who have experienced sexual assault.

This recording took place during the From Cradle to Cane Conference: Crimes Against Vulnerable Victims in Charleston, SC March of 2017.

If you are a victim of sexual assault or would like to talk to a trained advocate, there is a National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline you can call at 800.656.4673, or visit RAINN.ORG or Victimsofcrime.org.

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KIM D’AVIGNON, J.D., Assistant District Attorney, Tarrant County, Texas—Kim D’Avignon has been an Assistant Criminal District Attorney in Tarrant County, Texas for 15 years. She has worked in numerous sections at the TCDA’s Office including Narcotics, Family Violence, and Crimes Against Children. She is currently a Felony Court Chief. During her 8 years assigned to Crimes Against Children Unit, Kim tried dozens of cases involving the physical and sexual abuse of children as well as child homicides. She tried the Mel Hall case in 2009. Kim received her Law Degree from Texas Tech University School of Law in 2000. She is Board Certified in Criminal Law. Kim is also very involved in her community. She has been a volunteer at a grief camp for children, El Tesoro de la Vida, for 22 years as well as a volunteer at a bi-weekly grief center for children, the Warm Place, for 14 years. She remains in touch with many of the victims from the Mel Hall case.

 

 

CHAZ EASTERLY—Chaz Easterly has been married to her husband Stuart Easterly for 16 years. Her greatest accomplishment and joy is their three children, ages, 15, 13, and 11. Chaz is an entrepreneur and the Founder of Linen and Flax Home and L&F Home Design Firm. Chaz also started a ministry for middle and high school age girls that encourages and builds girls up in their faith, confidence, and self-worth. In her free time, you will see Chaz cheering on their 3 children in football, cheerleading and life from the sidelines. Chaz and her family reside in Atlanta, GA.

 

 

 

 

 


Additional Content:

SBNation article about Mel Hall case

From Cradle to Cane: Crimes Against Vulnerable Victims Brochure