Month: January 2021

  • Battle Creek PD solves 33-year-old homicide with DNA

    Police in Battle Creek, Michigan solved the murder of a Michigan woman more than 30 years later, after a newly discovered blood sample connected a man to the fatal stabbing. The killer is long dead. https://www.ctvnews.ca/world/he-is-our-killer-newly-found-blood-sample-solves-1988-murder-in-u-s-1.5288093 The family of Gayle Barrus expressed relief and her son said: “It won’t change the past, but it takes […]

  • “We can’t read your messages or listen to your calls and no one else can either.”

    From the website of Signal, a free-to-the-user, end-to-end encryption app. https://signal.org/en/. Great news for private citizens and companies. Complete thwarting of FOIA laws when used by the Michigan State Police. https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2021/01/22/state-police-phone-apps-keep-text-messages-secret/4236305001. I posted about this last week. https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2021/01/22/state-police-phone-apps-keep-text-messages-secret/4236305001. This certainly did not surprise me. After Marney Keenan’s book came out last July, Detective Sean Street […]

  • Let the sun shine

    Here’s a little civics lesson about the Freedom of Information of Act (FOIA). https://www.civics101podcast.org/civics-101-episodes/foia Listen to who all uses FOIA: https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm/segments/foia-isnt-being-used-way-you-think-it I’ve posted this powerpoint on Michigan FOIA law before. It’s a good one and it should open on your computer (phone questionable), unlike so many of the broken links associated with Michigan.gov. If you […]