July 5, 2012

Gentle reader,

This is a small note to update you on LAVA’s occasional forensic science events in the Cal State Los Angeles crime lab, hosted by Visionary Professor Donald Johnson.

We’re very pleased to announce that, starting with the August crime lab seminar, these events are co-sponsored by the California Forensic Science Institute. You can learn about the broad spectrum of CFSI’s work in the field at http://www.cal-fsi.com

We’re currently developing our fall crime lab seminars, which promise to be very interesting indeed. We can’t tell you more until a few more pieces fall into place, but if you stay tuned to this channel, you’re sure hear all about it first.

The next event on the LAVA crime lab calendar is COLD A LONG TIME: SOLVING A 22-YEAR-OLD FORENSIC MYSTERY, on August 26. You can reserve your spot at the link below.
http://lavatransforms.org/crimelabaugust26

We hope you’ll hoin acclaimed true crime author John Leake and trace evidence expert Lynne Herold, Senior Criminalist with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, for this special presentation based on John’s latest book “Cold A Long Time: An Alpine Mystery,” winner of the 2012 Independent Publisher Award—Bronze Medal, True Crime.

The Mystery: In August 1989, Duncan MacPherson, a pro hockey player, disappeared in Europe. With no help from the police, his parents searched the Alps looking for him. They found his car near the gondola station at the Stubai Glacier, a popular ski resort near Innsbruck, Austria. The car had sat in the lot for six weeks without being reported. Fourteen years later, Duncan’s body was found at the resort. What happened to Duncan MacPherson? In order to answer that question, true crime author John Leake sought the expertise of trace evidence examiner Lynne Herold, whom he knew had served as a key witness in the prosecution of international serial killer Jack Unterweger, the subject of John’s first book.

Join John and Lynne as they team up a second time to solve the 22-year-old forensic mystery of Duncan MacPherson’s disappearance. Through presentation of physical evidence recovered from the scene, eyewitness testimony, chronology of events, additional evidentiary research and peculiar gaps in the forensic records, crime lab attendees will follow John through the steps by which he discovered a shocking cover up and the answers for which Duncan MacPherson’s parents had been searching for more than a decade.

We hope to see you at the event on August 26, but you’re most welcome to check out LAVA’s other interesting events, including a series of historic true crime tours on the Esotouric bus.

Please visit the LAVA website, Twitter or Facebook page (links below), or sign up for the main LAVA Flows email newsletter at the LAVA site for regular updates on events outside the crime lab.

yrs,
Kim & Richard
LAVA – The Los Angeles Visionaries Association
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(213) 915-8687

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213 915 8687

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