Analyzing the murder of Tracie White decades later
A look at evidence in 1984 cold case
- Duration 5:15
- Date Jun 11, 2012
A look at evidence in 1984 cold case
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Please reopen the investigation into the 1984 murder of fifteen year old Tracy White.
Forensic pathologist doctor Michael Baden psychiatrist doctor John Sharp former FBI criminal profiler Candice the long.
And former NYPD homicide detective brought a -- Brosnan join us alright doctor -- Tracy's bodies found in the ditch two months later.
All they say it's an advanced stage of decomposition.
What can be done forensic -- now.
Well advanced state still has two issues on on the remains.
And -- -- -- the body and take another look at the remains with new technologies that might be possible to determine.
The cause of death which apparently was not determined at that time and looking and review the autopsy report.
Which is the kind of thing that is that is often done in old cold cases.
And we could find a lot in a and -- 28 years barely -- DNA you might be able to get DNA on a decomposed body from the killer.
We've been if -- is that a sexual assault that we've been able to find dried semen.
On bodies that were older than that.
So we could pull that out Candice along former FBI profiler pull that out.
Put it in the -- code as the DNA from.
Checklist but Candice.
Who would be writing a letter you're profiler that that identify source says.
You know there are three juvenile is who I believe a responsible for your daughter's -- who writes that kind of.
Well sometimes it turns out that it's one of the killers.
And he and what in this particular letter he talks about he had he found god.
And he needs to do the right -- the first time I read it I thought maybe -- is one of or.
Killers -- may not be three it might just be one but.
-- -- it did occur to me it because the beginning of the way he wrote the letter -- I found by years -- I need to get right with god and that's why I'm telling you these three guys killed your daughter.
You know what's interesting is that the police believe that one letter was written by a man and one was written by a woman do you have any information on that or -- -- only that I.
I believe the first one of the one that I've been speaking out was definitely written by man and then the second one does seem to be written by a woman on the mother.
Interest -- all right pat Brosnan that they detected just said that only two of the three boys were interviewed.
That they had investigation of -- wrong suspect but it ended for unknown reasons what's your take.
It's addressing I was just puzzling -- -- myself because I thought maybe I missed something.
He said he had a strong case he said he had one of those three suspects locked up on and on related charge in Northern Virginia.
Someone that he could horse trade with infinitely to get the third name.
Which inexplicably they never identified even a third individual -- the -- and to the extent that they brought him into the game.
And then I still don't if it stopped for unknown reasons.
And I don't for quite obvious and it it's -- -- right -- and doctor sharp Tracy's mom said that Tracy was a frequent run away.
And that on two occasions she returned home with injuries that have been inflicted on her.
What does this tell you about Tracy.
You know attracting a -- not a diagnosis -- that's fine -- it's science something.
So likely she was running away from something.
She could have been running to some place but she kept bearing that -- she didn't have any one single destination so my concern is that there could have been some harm.
That she was trying to get away from something perhaps in the home.
-- and then can't -- nodding your headlines -- well happy well adjusted.
Kids do not become a freak for runaways.
The term run away is exactly what doctor sharp says running away from something I was.
Clinical psychiatric nurse years ago.
And I work with a lot of teens who had been molested they can't talk about apparently this girl's therapists and she would never tell her.
Why she was running away.
That's a teenager keeping a secret.
But then why the injuries she comes with injuries did the injuries -- six months ago only.
But she could be in a pattern of self injurious behavior in other words if she was getting -- at home she could end up being at risk punishing herself thinking yourself or -- people who for some reason or also.
I guy -- inflicted on a -- -- do you really believe that the mom.
Knew about the letter I mean that the husband and.
Don't teller I -- he's all right so there you -- if she's running away from someone.
And dad and that may not have shown mom that letter which is consistent with the first letters saying that three boys were involved.
What conclusion do you draw.
Well I -- actually very that but I think it's important to find out what the investigation from the prior injury showed.
And if they identified a male.
Another person who had done that that if that will be -- -- -- -- has.
All right doctor Watson doctor sharp thank you and -- and pet you're gonna stay with us and.