Is a cluster of ten women's remains found along about a ten-mile stretch of a Long Island beach near New York City strong evidence that a serial killer is or was at work? See Sean Gardiner, "New Bones in Killing Probe," Wall Street Journal (April 12, 2011). Would we want to know if there is evidence of foul play in addition to the discovery of the human remains? Would we want to know how long the remains of the various women had been there? Would we want to know how many women usually go missing and die unseen even in the absence of homicidal foul play? Would we want to know something about the movement of the ocean currents along that sad stretch of beach?
Student of the law of evidence, evidence, inference, and investigation. Sometimes writes books. Sometimes writes articles. Sometimes tinkers with computer programs to support the marshaling of evidence for legal activities such as trials and pretrial discovery and investigation. And sometimes takes photographs.