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Time: 7:09:32 PM
I know you're right.
My issue with Vannatter and the blood early on was not with whether or not he planted any, but the casual way in which he was able to get access to it. The point I make in the book is that if Vannatter could do what he did above board, what about somebody who wanted to do it under the table? As you said, who is going to fess up to letting that happen?
I don't remember who said it (I think it was Fung) but lead detectives were given unrestricted access to ALL of the evidence. The question that leaped to mind for me what whether someone might consider Fuhrman one of the lead detectives simply because he was the first lead detective and he was still working on the case and finding more evidence than anyone.
The problem I have now is in documenting just what happed with the 47, 48, 49, 50 and 52 blood samples at Piper Tech and (if relevant) at Parker Center. Not what could have happened - but what must have happened. That's because of the defense's argument that they were degrade samples of someone else's blood that were cross contaminated with O.J.'s blood. I followed the argument carefully and played it back again and again until I was sure I understood what they were saying. For a ton of reasons that have to do with the condition of the substrate controls and sequence of compounding improbabilities involving O.J.'s cut finger and Fuhrman' bleeding killer theory, I think they were wrong and the samples were switched.
By the time we're done with this we should know beyond any doubt whether they were switched or not. --Jasper