Scott Fappiano was a long-time associate and had ties to the Gambino crime Family. It is one of the five families that dominate most of the organized crime within New York City and is part of the La Cosa Nostra. The groups crimes extend all the way from the eastern seaboard of New York to California. Some of the illegal activities they partake in is loansharking, money laundering, prostitution, hijacking, gambling, and pier thefts. After being wrongly convicted for 21 years, Scott Fappiano was finally released by the Kings County Supreme Court. He had been serving for the charge and conviction of rape, sodomy, burglary and sexual abuse. He had been convicted for a 20 – 50-year sentence that happened on December 1st, 1983 in Brooklyn, New York. Using the accounts of the victim, a white male intruder with a gun had woken up her and her husband, a New York Police Department Officer. The victim was instructed to tie up her husband in with the length of a telephone wire. The perpetrator then …show more content…
This evidence was sent to a private DNA laboratory called LifeCodes, however no results were obtained and the evidence was sent back to the office of the District Attorney. The Innocence Project started representing Fappiano in 2003. The NYPD storage facilities and the District Attorney’s Office was searched for two-years to find some remaining evidence that had been collected at the crime scene. However, Orchid Cellmark notified the Innocence Project in August 2005 that they had remaining materials lefts from LifeCode. They had two different DNA samples that had been extracted from the sweatpants, which was given to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in New York City. They performed various rounds of DNA testing in the summer of 2006 and were able to determine that Fappiano was not the perpetrator. Fappiano was exonerated and released on October 6th,
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Paula was his first victim; her body was never discovered. He continued to lure women in with the offer of jobs, extensive travel opportunities, and a new wardrobe. But, in 1987 the scams ended due to being convicted of fraud and sentenced to serve six years in at Western Missouri Correctional Facility. He was released in 1993. But immediately returned to his old ways.
A knife, the so called murder weapon did have limited amounts of DNA from both Knox and the victim , but was found to not be compatible with the wounds on the body and contained no trace of blood. A bra clasp belonging to the bra cut off of the victim during the murder had such trace amounts of Sollecito’s DNA that it could only be tested once. It wasn’t until a week after the crime that the clasp was even found, by that time there had been so much activity at the crime scene cross contamination is a great possibility. Prosecutors also claim that a bloody footprint on a bathroom rug belonged to Sollecito, again it was so distorted it could not be confirmed to be a definite match. A majority of attention in the courtroom was place on the inappropriate, risqué, flirtatious behavior between Knox and Sollecito after the murder and at the time of questioning.
Casey Anthony: Baby Murderer? The Casey Anthony case captivated the nation for months, it was a massive media spectacle . The defendant, Casey Anthony, was accused of murdering her two year old baby Caylee Anthony. Caylee was taken care of by Casey Anthony and Casey ’s parents, George and Cindy Anthony.
Gary Charles Evans Rachael Fucci Johnson and Wales University Gary Charles Evans was born October 7, 1954 in Troy, New York. Gary had one sister, his parents divorced when he was 14. After the divorce, his mother married multiple other times before revealing she was gay. His mother mostly did odd jobs, like garment and retail. There was a period where the factory had no work so she helped out a Jewish family doing dishes and bathrooms.
Guede’s DNA, as previously mentioned, was found on and around the victim. On the other hand, police found Sollecito's DNA on Kercher’s bra clasp, though they collected it weeks after the murder and thus deemed it unusable. (Linder, 2023, para. 31). Moreover, they found Knox’s DNA mixed with Kercher’s in various blood spots around the apartment (Strange, 2017, min. 22:48). The Italian Court of Cassation’s official statement included the fact that the majority of the collected evidence incriminating Knox and Sollecito permitted the occurrence of laboratory contamination and thus was labeled unreliable (Linder, 2023, para. 6); however, the court proceedings should have still acknowledged the existence of said evidence during the trial.
All of his appeals got denied. Then, his post-conviction lawyers Robert Henak and Stephen Glenn had the DNA evidence tested in 1995. The court shot down the evidence stating that the 3rd set of alleles from the test could have belonged to anyone and didn’t prove Steven’s innocence. Eventually, the Wisconsin Innocence Project got the rape kit tested again. The lab found a rooted pubic hair and tested it.
The courtroom grew extremely silent as the verdict was handed out. The room moved to the edge of their seats to hear the awaiting verdict, the next words that came from the judge were, “We the jury find the defendant guilty of first-degree intentional homicide, in addition to possession of a firearm”. The friends and family of the defendant were distressed as the just convicted defendant was hauled off in shackles and chains to begin his new life of confinement for a crime he says he did not commit. This is Steven Avery’s life story. Steven Avery was born in Northeastern Wisconsin.
Larry W. Davis was falsely accused for sexual assault and compliance to rape in 1993. Davis was put on trial and eventually sentenced to 23 years and 6 months in prison for something that he did not do. Davis was falsely accused and contacted the innocence project through mail. Davis was exonerated through DNA evidence after serving 20 years in prison. Two men broke into a house and sexually assaulted the cleaning lady, the lady was blindfolded and she could not tell law enforcement who really did this crime.
They tested for DNA from the shirt Zilinger was wearing that night. They did several tests which eliminated him as the attacker. ( Edecio). He was released from prison in May 2008. It was really difficult for him to adjust to life outside of prison.
Have you ever heard the phrase, “sleeping with the fishes”? People are still trying to figure out the killer of this unsolved mystery. The mafia was quite a major part of Hoffa’s career, but was this major part also was the face of Hoffa's death. All of these theories yet we have no define killer of evidence in this mystery. Jimmy Hoffa is named one of the best labor union leaders of all of time.
That unit was established by Watkins’s office in 2007 to review and investigate claims of innocence and other old cases. (Gross worked with the conviction integrity group and suggested the project that eventually resulted in Phillips’s exoneration.) As part of the ongoing effort to review untested rape kits — without waiting for the convicted people to request such reviews — evidence from the 1990 rape was run through the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System, which identified a different person as the actual rapist, Watkins said in a
His final victim of these crimes was in West Virginia, where he fled to Tampa due to his fear of being caught. In September of 1983, Long was found guilty on the assault charges stemming from that last incident that had driven him to West Virginia. Long was notoriously stubborn in the legal system, as he wrote numerous letters to his judges, demanding new trials. Long later found himself charged with another crime, being accused of sending an obscene letter and photographs to a 12 year old girl in Tampa. Officials had traced phone calls Long had made to the 12 year old, receiving a sentence of two days in jail and six months in probation.
One can argue that one of the most influential Dons of all time is John Gotti Sr. This mobster has played a major role in the Gambino crime family during the Modern Era. Eventually ratted out by his underboss, John Gotti’s legacy continues through today. In spite of being ratted out, the Teflon Don’s influence on organized crime is as important as any. Born on October 27, 1940, in the South Bronx, New York, Gotti was the fifth of thirteen children.
Origins of the organized crime in Pittsburgh, and elsewhere in the United States, is largely the story of immigrants and alcohol. Like other big industrialized cities, Pittsburgh had its own bloody mob history. If Chicago had Al Capone and New York had Lucky Luciano, the Western Pennsylvania mob had 24 traditional Mafia families, that rose and decline parallel to the rise and decline of the mob families in other cities in United States. In general, mob grew from the bootlegging years of the 1920s as immigrants seized economic opportunity and the outlawing of alcohol in 1920, which created the first large-scale criminal organizations as Irish, Jewish and Italian immigrants took control of the bootlegging industry. All three groups had flocked to the industrial cities for jobs.