Logs or accounts of records involving criminal activities and social behavior have, in some shape or form, been recorded since it was humanly possible, in other words, a long time.
When it comes to Criminal History in Louisiana, there’s an old missing child case, Aug. 23 in 1912 to be exact, that baffled and haunted the state as well the nation for many years to come. A four year-old boy named Bobby Dunbar disappeared during a fishing trip in the swamps of Louisiana, and eight months later, a boy in Mississippi was found in the custody of a drifter,
William Cantwell Walters, whom allegedly at the time and according to the boys parents, deemed the boy that was in Mr. Walters custody as their missing son. In turn Mr. Walters was convicted of kidnapping and sentenced to life imprisonment.
DNA research and application incorporated into the construction of criminal history record databases.
Now one would naturally assume that Walters was guilty, given the compelling evidence (read the full story, Google Bobby Dunbar disappeared) but as the years progressed along with the advancement of criminal technology the process of using DNA to uncover prosecutable evidence was beginning to audition in the courts of law, beginning with a case in 1987 with the conviction of “Tommie Lee Andrews” which involved burglary and the rape of a woman at knife point. In fact the use of DNA in this particular case also jump started the use of DNA databases, nation wide, as to eventually incorporate these types of databases into each states individual criminal history records overall database.
As an example of the benefits from gathering and appealing expunged cases from the past, which an organization called “Innocence Project” helps prove the innocence of individuals with at least partially the use of previously obtained DNA, the video below emphasizes the importance of Getting it right the first time, especially after serving over a quarter century for a crime they didn’t commit, based on presumed guilt. But unfortunately history, typically earlier, has usually exercised the shoot first and ask questions later philosophy, so to speak..
Pardon my maundering from the William Cantwell Walters case but I felt the importance of a brief related exploration of the topic and in turn you may be interested to know that In 2004, DNA tests concluded that the child found with Walters was NOT Bobby Dunbar!
In closing it is important to acknowledge that there is a legion of databases, nationally and worldwide, criminal and otherwise, that at times are considered intrusive and improper yet arguably of grave importance and essential to our security and safety. Equally there are archived databases that contain the background history, including criminal records, of individuals that you probably wouldn’t feel comfortable residing in the same neighborhood with or sending your children to the same community school.
It’s these types of records that are most commonly requested and searched for, which can be obtained through good old fashion leg work, finger work, snail mail, or in my opinion the most efficient, using a paid premium online service, which we explore throughout this website. So in regards to the state of Louisiana, go to the top navigation bar, click “State Records Search” or this link, and then “Louisiana State Public Records” on the page. Which ever method you prefer, good luck searching!
Minimal sources used: Washington Examiner – DC, USA / PBS Frontline.
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