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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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FLOWERS: NEW GRACE COUNTY’S OLDEST COLD CASE RESOLVED – THE DETECTIVE

  by Shawn Erikson Alfonse Swanson was destined to become someone special, or at least that’s what his mother always told him.  From a very early age, Alfonse displayed a great curiosity for the world around him, and an aptitude for learning and memorizing even the most obscure details.  Alfonse’s parents had high hopes for their son; they were convinced that one day he could become a teacher, a lawyer or perhaps even a...
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FLOWERS: NEW GRACE COUNTY’S OLDEST COLD CASE RESOLVED – THE CRIME

By:  Shawn Erickson   It was a death that affected an entire community; a tragedy that became even more profound when the efforts of one stubborn young detective revealed a horrifying truth:  what first appeared to be an accident turned out to be murder.  As the community mourned, the investigation ground to a halt, the case files were put in a box and relegated to the shelves of open-unresolved crimes.  But more than forty years later, the same...
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