Notable Cases

The "I didn't do it" Case

Upon my retirement from law enforcement, I took on a case referred by a prominent attorney in Seacoast, New Hampshire. His client was facing a serious charge of rape, a felony that could result in substantial jail time. I knew the police department involved in the arrest, and they considered it an open-and-shut case, believing my efforts would be futile.

However, I recalled an investigation seminar by Dr. Henry Lee, a renowned criminologist known for his involvement in the O.J. Simpson case. Dr. Lee emphasized the importance of maintaining an open mind in investigations, avoiding preconceived notions, and letting the facts speak for themselves. He often said, “Everything is evidence until it is not,” a principle I found so impactful that I displayed it on my wall.

My assignment was to interview the defendant and investigate the case thoroughly. I met with the defendant at the county jail and reviewed the timeline surrounding the alleged crime. After a detailed verbal interview, I had him provide a written statement. With training in REID interview techniques and handwriting analysis, I detected no signs of deception in his statements. He maintained his innocence, looking me straight in the eye.

After reporting back to the attorney, we began intensive preparation for the defense. The defendant claimed he was in another state at the time of the alleged crime, having ordered a banana split without the banana—a peculiar request—at a specific restaurant. He provided details about the restaurant and described the two waitresses who served him. Additionally, he mentioned calling a friend from a payphone outside the restaurant.

I went to the restaurant and showed the waitresses an array of photos, including the defendant. They positively identified him and remembered his unusual order. They also agreed to testify that he was in the restaurant when the alleged crime occurred. Subpoenaed telephone records confirmed a call was made from the payphone at the specified time, and the friend corroborated this with a written statement, also agreeing to testify.

Further investigation into the alleged victim revealed she had been “huffing paint”—inhaling aerosol paint chemicals—which significantly impacts short-term memory. We found an expert who was willing to testify about the effects of huffing paint on memory.

The case went to trial, and with the compelling evidence and testimonies we gathered, the defendant was found not guilty of the charges.

An "eggscellent" Case

This case was resolved through handwriting analysis. A threat was written on an egg and left on an employee’s vehicle, creating significant concerns for the employee, their manager, and the Human Resources department. The egg bore the word “bitch” on one side and the phrase “this will be the least of your problems” on the other. Unfortunately, security cameras did not capture footage of the incident, making the egg the sole piece of evidence.

Our investigation focused on the handwriting on the egg. We identified three examples of the letters S and T, as well as four examples of the letter E. Over the course of the course of three days, we systematically reviewed employee personnel and application files. On the third day, we had a breakthrough: we found an unequivocal match in the handwriting characteristics of the S, T, and E.

To proceed, we discreetly leaked information to a specific department within the organization, suggesting that a match had been found. Within an hour, our prime suspect submitted a resignation letter and quit their position. The case was then handed over to the local police department for further investigation.

In The News

William Losefsky is featured on Drug Diversion Investigations:
Drug Diversion in Healthcare - HSC Episode 11 - Interview with Bill Losefsky