Robert Dean has become a friend of mine. Over the years, Robert produced a number of television programs featuring my cold-cases, beginning with an episode of North Mission Road featuring the murder of Barbara Bradford. Yesterday, Robert sent me a link to several episodes of Dateline in which my cases were presented (Robert was the producer on most of these shows). I was grateful because I previously hosted these episodes on our YouTube Channel but didn’t want to violate NBC Universal’s copyright. So, here are links to the episodes as they are hosted on the NBC Dateline website:
This episode describes the murder of Archie McFarland. I’ve talked about the crime scene of this case in more detail in my presentation, The Cold-Case Reliability of the New Testament: Separating Artifacts from Evidence in an effort to illustrate the techniques detectives use to isolate key pieces of evidence at a scene. These same techniques can be used to remove variants in the Biblical text. For more information about this process, refer to Cold-Case Christianity, Chapter 6: Separating Artifacts from Evidence.
The Night Before Halloween
This show features the murder of Robin Hoynes. I describe the evidence in this case in God’s Crime Scene in an effort to describe how detectives assess the origination of evidence in any scene. This process will help you assess the evidence related to the origin of the universe. I describe this in God’s Crime Scene, Chapter 1: In the Beginning – Was the Universe An Inside Job?
Secrets in the Mist
This episode describes the murder of Carol Lubahn. I talk about this case in more detail in my presentation, The Cold Case Reliability of the Gospels as I offer a template for testing the reliability of witness statements. Carol’s killer (her husband, Michael) changed his story several times over the years and exposed himself as a liar. I write about this important element of reliability in Cold-Case Christianity, Chapter 13: Were They Accurate?
This two-hour show features the murder of Lynne Knight. I describe the key piece of evidence in this case in God’s Crime Scene as I offer eight attributes of design we typically recognize in designed objects (Lynne’s killer left his hand-crafted murder weapon at the scene of the crime). These same attributes of design can be seen in biological organisms. For more information about this design template, see God’s Crime Scene, Chapter 4: Signs of Design.
Doing these shows over the years, I came to know both Robert and Keith Morrison (the face of Dateline) well enough to call them friends. Even though they may not have agreed with me when it came to my theistic conclusions, they knew me well enough (and seem to trust me enough as an investigator), to endorse my work. Robert provided an endorsement of Cold-Case Christianity:
“Detective Jim Wallace is as creative telling a story as he is solving a crime. This is his ultimate case, where he investigates his own personal transformation by applying many lessons he learned on the job.” – Robert Dean, Producer, NBC Dateline
And Keith provided the following endorsement of God’s Crime Scene:
“Around Dateline, we had a phrase to describe J Warner Wallace: ‘The Evidence Whisperer.’ He would come up with some unlikely bit of long neglected flotsam, realize it was key evidence, and work it until he’d wrung out every possible lead. Jim helped bring cases to court, and our stories to life. And when I discovered he enjoys debating religious questions with an inquisitive guy like me? Well that was true joy. Mind you, we agree about almost nothing. But in this book he makes his case as always with verve and charm …just like my friend Jim.” – Keith Morrison, News Correspondent, Dateline (NBC)
Now that the collection of Dateline videos is no longer available on our YouTube Channel, I’m grateful that NBC Universal continues to host the full episodes on their site. Thanks again to Robert Dean for his continuing friendship and for providing these links.
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