Part 1 Extra: Ex-Memphis Officer Recalls Filling Van, Dumping Evidence As Police Storage Space Ran Out
Thousands of sex crimes cases may have been affected
Part 1: Memphis Rape Victim Conducts Own Investigation Decades Later, Discovers Evidence Dumped In Trash
Debby Dalhoff’s unsolved attack could still be prosecuted today if not for police missteps
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Memphis Police Failed to Properly Investigate “Hundreds” of Rape Cases
Retired sex crimes detective says Memphis neglected rape cases
City officials have said many of the untested kits involve older cases from an era before investigators realized the potential of DNA testing. Yet Wilkerson’s testimony provides what might be a watershed moment in the controversy: He says the problem persisted well after DNA testing became standard practice.
Mixed Signals: Memphis offers GPS devices to victims
GPS monitors are usually associated with people suspected or convicted of a crime. Yet, Memphis offers the devices to victims of rape and domestic violence.
Contrary to the popular narrative, untested rape kits are not the problem. They are just one symptom of larger problems with policing rape.
Police departments have a strong incentive to manipulate crime data because lower crime rates make public officials look more successful.