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Edward Whitesell

Special Investigations Bureau Chief for the District Attorney's Office

Poughkeepsie Journal

HQ Phone: (845) 454-2000

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Poughkeepsie Journal

85 Civic Center Plaza

Poughkeepsie, New York 12601

United States

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The Poughkeepsie Journal annually provides thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours of volunteer time to assist needy families and nonprofit organizations through three main channels: Gannett Foundation: A philanthropic foundation sponsored by Gannett ... more

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PoughkeepsieJournal.com - Persistence yielded arrest in stabbing

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There's a sense of satisfaction that comes with big breaks in long-unsolved cases, said Siegrist and Edward Whitesell, special investigations bureau chief for the Dutchess County District Attorney's Office.

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Whitesell, who also was at the crime scene and has been assigned to the case for years, said it helps the victim's family when long-term cases are solved.
"Even 14 years later, the closure is still important to them," he said.
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"That allows the police to know who their contacts are," Whitesell said.
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"Constant contact with older witnesses yields potential new witnesses," Whitesell said."One of the things that opened the door was the change in technology."
Police were able to use DNA technology developed since the murder to reevaluate the physical evidence in the case, Whitesell said.
While there was no "smoking gun" type of DNA evidence, the technology led authorities to new witnesses and new leads.
"In the course of this kind of investigation, when you don't have early suspects ... you tend to gather lots of physical evidence," Whitesell said.
Authorities were able to determine new connections between the witnesses and suspects, which helped lead to the latest developments in the case, Whitesell said.
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Careful paperwork also is crucial, especially in a case as old as Vertullo's, Whitesell and Siegrist said.
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"Documentation and paperwork make a huge difference," Whitesell said.
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Just as important is the authorities' desire to solve the case, Whitesell said -- a desire he sees in the City of Poughkeepsie police.
"Every day there's a new series of cases, a new series of arrests," he said."There's always at least one or two or three detectives with an interest in the investigation to take those free moments to review the files.
"It's the constant willingness to continue, a dogged persistence," he said.
Kathianne Boniello can be reached at kboniello@poughkeepsiejournal.com.


In court proceedings described by Senior ...

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In court proceedings described by Senior Assistant District Attorney Ed Whitesell as very dramatic, to say the least, family and friends of Sara McCausland and Evelina Brown spoke of the immense loss caused by the young womens deaths.

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Among those speaking in the courtroom was McCauslands 17-year-old sister, Victoria, who talked about the profound effect her sisters death has had on her, Whitesell said.
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It was really quite tear-jerking, Whitesell said.
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Whitesell said that Boeck apologized to the families, saying I know this will ring hollow, but I want the families of Sarah and Evelina to know how very, very sorry I am.


In court proceedings described by Senior ...

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In court proceedings described by Senior Assistant District Attorney Ed Whitesell as very dramatic, to say the least, family and friends of Sara McCausland and Evelina Brown spoke of the immense loss caused by the young womens deaths.

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Among those speaking in the courtroom was McCauslands 17-year-old sister, Victoria, who talked about the profound effect her sisters death has had on her, Whitesell said.
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It was really quite tear-jerking, Whitesell said.
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Whitesell said that Boeck apologized to the families, saying I know this will ring hollow, but I want the families of Sarah and Evelina to know how very, very sorry I am.


At the time, Senior Assistant District ...

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At the time, Senior Assistant District Attorney Ed Whitesell said because evidence had been destroyed and witnesses were no longer available, the District Attorneys Office would not try Bozella for a third time.


Dutchess County Assistant District ...

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Dutchess County Assistant District Attorney Ed Whitesell, the prosecutor in the case, said the parents of the victims approved of the sentence, which he called "significant" for someone Boeck's age.

He said the sentence is "consistent" with those in similar cases.

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