Researcher Don Roberdeaus, whose diagrams show Oswald's
innocence, brought this article about a forensically-savvy
mystery writer's research to everyone's attention.
(you can read the original article HERE)
Mystery writer Dr. Jerry Labriola dropped in on the Trumbull Library one recent night.
By Aaron Leo
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May 27, 2011
O.J. Simpson had means, motive and opportunity to commit murder, but
the Los Angeles Police and the prosecution team bungled the probe,
leading to acquittal, according to Dr. Jerry Labriola, who has teamed with
famed forensic scientist Dr. Henry Lee in analyses of several criminal
The 1963 assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy? It was a
conspiracy, possibly Mafia-related. And there was another gunman.
Labriola, a medical doctor for more than 35 years, speculated on the two
cases to 13 listeners at the Trumbull Library while promoting his latest
book, Scent of Danger...
Labriola explained his beliefs after outlining the facts of both cases.
"There are a lot of irregularities here," he said of the trial of O.J. Simpson
for the murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend
Ronald Goldman in the ex-football player's home in 1994.
First, much of the blood found at the scene belonged to the victims and
little to Simpson. The little blood of Simpson's that was found contained an
anti-clotting agent used in labs.
Police might have planted evidence to bolster their case but not to frame
Simspon, Labriola said. The couple had fought frequently before the
murders, and Simpson had beaten his ex-wife until she was
unrecognizable at times, he noted.
Still, the blood spatter was inconsistent with the prosecution's theory and
police mishandled the investigation by failing to bring blood evidence to
the lab immediately, Labriola said.
"That's a no-no," the doctor said.
The discrediting of LAPD Det. Mark Fuhrman also helped the defense sway
the jury in the nine-month trial, he said. Regardless, Simpson was later
found liable for their deaths in a civil suit.
In the case of Kennedy, analysis showed Lee Harvey Oswald could not
have fired twice in the space of time Kennedy would have been
Further, the "magic bullet" theory doesn't work, he added.
"There were all sorts of rumors swirling around," Labriola said of the time
after the killing.
He argued that the Mafia was a likely candidate for the killing because
Jack Ruby, who killed Oswald, was a known mafia associate. JFK's brother
Robert was also prosecuting the mob, which was also upset at being
forced out following the Bay of Pigs incident in Cuba, Labriola said.
The Kennedy brothers also shared girlfriends with the mob, the doctor
Regardless, the details of the death were covered up or destroyed, such
as the original autopsy notes and real photos of the wound to Kennedy's
head, Labriola charged.
"What was released to the public was a farce," the doctor said.
"After nearly 50 years, an abundance of theories abound in this case," he
added. But what has changed after near 50 years is the reach of forensic
"So many people can be brought under the umbrella of forensic science,"
While television crime scene investigation shows are correct, they are
overdramatized. But they have highlighted the importance of the field.
"They're one of the reasons why it's become so popular," said Labriola,
who sold and signed books after the talk.
That's the case for Trumbull High School senior Jillian Wyckoff, 18, who
plans on studying the field after the graduation this year.
"I've been watching those shows for years," she said. She likens the work
to "fighting crime with science."
Her mother, Lynda Gabrielson, said the field allows all kinds of people to
serve in law enforcement.
Best Regards in Research,