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TRUE WITNESS – PART FOUR

THE CASE FILES OF ALFONSO SWANSON By SHAWN ERICKSON The next three chapters of my memoirs (titled True Witness, False Witness and Eye Witness) all take place during the scorching hot summer of 2013, when the department was faced with an unprecedented number of murders and other brutal crimes, all of which were unique and fascinating in their own right.  It started with the murder of two working, middle-class women, and the suspicion that a serial killer may be on the loose.  When a third woman disappeared, her case was handled as a suspected homicide.  The investigation of her...
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TRUE WITNESS – PART THREE

THE CASE FILES OF ALFONSO SWANSON By SHAWN ERICKSON The next three chapters of my memoirs (titled True Witness, False Witness and Eye Witness) all take place during the scorching hot summer of 2013, when the department was faced with an unprecedented number of murders and other brutal crimes, all of which were unique and fascinating in their own right.  It started with the murder of two working, middle-class women, and the suspicion that a serial killer may be on the loose.  When a third woman disappeared, her case was handled as a suspected homicide.  The investigation of her...
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TRUE WITNESS – PART TWO

THE CASE FILES OF ALFONSO SWANSON By SHAWN ERICKSON The next three chapters of my memoirs (titled True Witness, False Witness and Eye Witness) all take place during the scorching hot summer of 2013, when the department was faced with an unprecedented number of murders and other brutal crimes, all of which were unique and fascinating in their own right.  It started with the murder of two working, middle-class women, and the suspicion that a serial killer may be on the loose.  When a third woman disappeared, her case was handled as a suspected homicide.  The investigation of her...
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TRUE WITNESS – PART ONE

THE CASE FILES OF ALFONSO SWANSON By SHAWN ERICKSON The next three chapters of my memoirs (titled True Witness, False Witness and Eye Witness) all take place during the scorching hot summer of 2013, when the department was faced with an unprecedented number of murders and other brutal crimes, all of which were unique and fascinating in their own right.  It started with the murder of two working, middle-class women, and the suspicion that a serial killer may be on the loose.  When a third woman disappeared, her case was handled as a suspected homicide.  The investigation of her...
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JUSTICE FOR ALL – Part Two

 THE CASE FILES OF ALFONSO SWANSON by Shawn Erickson A week after we had visited the local street gang, and learned of the potential involvement of the gang called Tau Alpha in Veronique’s killing, Special Agent Garry Hamlin of FBI’s field office in Columbia stopped by for a were hard pressed not to accept their help.  After learning Veronique’s name, we ran it through local law enforcement and public databases, but came up blank.  There was nothing on her, in South Carolina or Virginia.  No driver’s license or government issued ID, no arrest, not even a speeding ticket. ...
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5 REASONS I LOVE MY WEBSITE

Today I want to share a secret with you – I love my website.  I love writing it, promoting it and planning for it’s future and here are five reasons why.     DIVERSITY I wanted to start a blog for years before I launched my website. The problem was I didn’t know what I wanted to write about.  I absolutely love to cook, but I really didn’t want to devote my blog to cooking because what if I didn’t make anything interesting enough to post for a while? My blog would sit there static. I didn’t want that....
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JUSTICE FOR ALL – Part One

 THE CASE FILES OF ALFONSO SWANSON   by Shawn Erickson As a homicide detective, you form a special relationship with the victim starting the moment you enter the crime scene.  That’s when you see the victim for the first time … exposed, vulnerable and violated.  I often find myself kneeled down next to a body, willing it to speak to me, to tell me how it ended up with the fatal knife wound, or bullet through the chest.  And then and there I promise the victim I will find out who did it, and bring that person to justice....
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THE EMPTY CASE FILE – PART TWO

THE CASE FILE OF ALFONSO SWANSON by Shawn Erickson LaTroy Hawkins’ death was destined to become yet another empty case file, due to the lack of witnesses and other evidence. But after exhausting all open leads, in an act of desperation I decided to pursue a last ditch effort: digging through the bottomless pit that was LaTroy’s prior criminal record.  After returning to the station from visiting Detective Mackey, I spent the remainder of that day, and most of the night, reviewing those records, while sketching out on a legal pad a number of phantom suspects.  A phantom suspect...
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THE EMPTY CASE FILE – PART ONE

 THE CASE FILES OF ALFONSO SWANSON by Shawn Erickson Of the roughly fifty homicides that take place in New Grace County each year, the general public hears of less than ten of them, and of those only a couple are treated with the chock, sadness and outrage that ought to accompany every intentional taking of a human life.  But as a society, we seem to limit our compassion to certain victims and circumstances: the innocent young woman killed by the violent sex offender; the family wiped out in a murder-suicide, or the husband shot to death point blank during...
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FLOWERS: NEW GRACE COUNTY’S OLDEST CASE RESOLVED – THE KILLER

    By:  Shawn Erickson   Unlike Alfonse Swanson, no one ever thought Derrick Lane was destined to become someone special.  In fact, from a very early age, it was clear that he would never amount to anything good.  Although raised in a stable middle class home, he had a penchant for getting into trouble, and he dropped out of high school with a juvenile record few mothers would be proud of.   After losing his younger sister Henrietta to a suspected drunk driver, Derrick’s plunge into the criminal underworld started in earnest.  Those who didn’t know him tried...
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