Los Angeles District Attorney
The Jill Sampson Cold Case Arson Murder
The following case is a real world example of a recent analysis/profile conducted by Ed Nordskog to assist the LAPD and the Los Angeles District Attorney.
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About the Case
In 1991, an art student from Colorado, Jill Sampson was out dancing at a night club near the beach region of Los Angeles. She left the club at around 3 a.m., sober and alone, driving back to her apartment in downtown Los Angeles, a twenty minute drive. Two and a half hours later, Jill Sampson’s car was found burning in one of the worst gang neighborhoods in Los Angeles.
Her badly burned body was found in the front passenger seat. Within four months, few leads were developed and the infamous L.A. Riots ripped up the very neighborhood where the body was found. The case went cold.
Over twenty-six years later, the case was re-opened by LAPD Cold Case detectives and they were able to get a DNA hit on some old evidence. The suspect was in State Prison and adamantly denied being involved in the case. Several critical errors had been made by the original fire investigators and coroner officials during the initial investigation that hampered a prosecution.
In July of 2017, prosecutors and LAPD detectives reached out to Los Angeles Sheriff Arson expert Ed Nordskog, who conducted a detailed case analysis of the event. The following is the case analysis in its entirety, based solely on Nordskog’s review of reports and the scene photos.
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