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A violent lesson worth passing on

Every now and then a story comes along that grabs your attention. The truly exceptional ones, the tales that resonate on several levels over the span of years, are a rarity. I want to share one that I first heard over twenty years ago, when I was a young man struggling through the process of becoming a police officer. Its lesson has implications well beyond law enforcement, but I’ll warn you now – it’s violent.

It is known as the Newhall Incident and it occurred in 1970 just outside of Los Angeles. The story begins

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Trooper’s killer a stereotype for hatred, cowardice

Last Thursday in Gorst, forensic experts arrived to process an early morning homicide. They set up a logic-driven crime scene, incorporating technology and methods unknown even a few years ago. When pieced together, these efforts will give investigators an inside look at the death of Washington State Patrol Trooper Tony Radulescu.

And none of it will make any sense.

The answers such tests will provide – the whens, whats and hows – are important, make no mistake. The information provided by photographs and tire imprints, from detailed interviews and follow-up calls, and from all the high-tech tools and forensic analysis

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