Overlooked

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Some are exonerated by DNA evidence . Kelvin Kingsbury Purdy remains convicted , in Canada , after being scientifically excluded by it ...
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Review by: Cathy Tait on Dec. 29, 2013 : (no rating)
To anyone who knows Kelvin Purdy, knows he is an innocent person, who was wrongfully convicted of this crime. So sad that more probing by the police, justice system, also Kelvin's lawyers and jury, things would have turned out differently. How is it that people higher up want this book to go away and for Kelvin Purdy to admit to something that he didn't do. Kelvin "hold your head high", the truth will come out .God bless you nephew, we are right beside you all the way. To bad our shoddy newspaper didn't cover this story with better thought and planning. They were just like the police, had their blinders on. Has anyone checked out the boyfriend lately, seems he has abused his last girlfriend- court date pending. He also abused a girlfriend years ago. Funny how this never made the newspapers.???
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Review by: Aurora Morealist on Aug. 09, 2013 :
Just my opinion: It appears too many anomalies exist in the little I've read to merely be explained away. DNA results are DNA results...aren't they... As one pressured to remain silent about facts in my own life, I believe any effort to silence me only begs more questions. When I can, I will try to finish this book because I believe we writers all deserve a voice, hence my supportive rating. Here's a quote (not mine): "He who has nothing to hide, hides nothing." Kudos to the author as I have a brother who fought hard to learn to read and write. I have no problem understanding anything he writes nor any problem reading this book. Write on. In your own way in your own voice.
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Review by: Kendall Hanson on Feb. 25, 2013 : (no rating)
This FICTION book is quite honestly a joke, full of spelling and grammar mistakes. Not to mention that it is completely insulting to anyone even vaguely familiar with the case. "Overlooked" is definitely worth overlooking.
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Review by: Kendall Hanson on Feb. 25, 2013 :
I won't read this book because I don't like fiction. You may want to read this article in the local newspaper or read the complete decision online if you want some good context.

Jury decision the right one
The Daily News (Nanaimo)
Tue Mar 20 2012
Page: A3
Section: News
Byline: Paul Walton
Column: Opinion
Source: The Daily News

The jury got it right. Having covered the trial of Kelvin Purdy in 2005, and also having spoken with lawyers, witnesses and police officers familiar with the case, I certainly believe that he is right where he belongs - in prison.

Purdy is doing time for the murder of his estranged wife, Denise Purdy, savagely murdered in a north Nanaimo alley on Dec. 12, 2003 as she walked to a bus stop in the pre-dawn hours to get to work at a care home.

For those who may be inclined to believe Purdy's claim, not only that he's innocent but that he's been framed, there is one fact that stands out among several to keep in mind. Somehow, Denise Purdy's blood and DNA were found on the passenger side of the dashboard in the vehicle of Purdy's then girlfriend, a vehicle Denise Purdy had never been in.

Even today, I still shake my head over the claim at the trial that the stain found by forensic investigators was pizza sauce.

That Denise Purdy's blood and DNA were found in the vehicle only bolsters the Crown theory, as accepted by a jury. That theory is straightforward: Purdy left the residence he shared with his girlfriend in Duncan early on the morning of Dec. 12, drove her SUV to Nanaimo, waited for Denise Purdy in the alley, stabbed her to death, drove back to Duncan where he disposed of his bloody clothing and the knife in a dumpster at a Payless gas station, and then returned home with the milk that he told his girlfriend he had gone to get.

Purdy never took the stand at the trial, so we don't know if he has an alibi for what he was doing during that hour, aside from the overlong trip for milk. He certainly didn't mention one to our reporter, Matthew Gauk, in the recent piece Gauk did looking at the case.

Another fact to keep in mind: Finding Purdy gone with her cellphone, his girlfriend began calling the phone but the cellphone was turned off.

Consider also the deep cut on Purdy's hand that required stitches that morning. He made inconsistent claims about the wound at the hospital and the story remains incredulous. The doctor who stitched Purdy's wound told the trial that the cut was "unusual" for the type of injury Purdy described.

And there arises another piece that raises questions. The trial heard that Denise Purdy and her then-boyfriend had called police about Purdy, alleging stalking behaviour. But there was nothing to indicate to Mounties that this was anything but yet another difficult divorce case.

Purdy was never charged for those pre-murder incidents.

And then there was the chilling phone call to Denise Purdy, as recounted by her daughter. She had the speaker phone turned on and the girl heard her father very clearly say he was going to kill her mother.

While Purdy's lawyers (both now judges, so he was certainly adequately represented) didn't like the word when I put it to them, the evidence was overwhelming. And the only word for the idea that Purdy's been framed is bizarre. It would require police to be protecting the real killer (whom he claims is the former boyfriend) and a conspiracy of such proportions that would require silence on the part of a lot of people.

And why frame Purdy? Like the alibi, we don't know.

There is nothing I can see in this case that makes Purdy a victim of tunnel vision, poor forensic practices or bad police work that are the hallmarks of a wrongful conviction.

Purdy's lost all his appeals and I have no expectation that a review of his case by the Attorney General will have any different outcome. Add up all the evidence, and we can see why a jury found that it was beyond reasonable doubt that he killed Denise Purdy.

" Contact columnist Paul Walton at PWalton@nanaimodailynews.com or call 250-729-4246.



Edition: Final
Story Type: Column
Length: 657 words
Idnumber: 201203200032
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Review by: Ed Griffin on Feb. 23, 2013 :
An amazing story of injustice in a country that prides itself on being fair. The book is well-written, a page-turner as you read about the evidence that was 'overlooked.'
Ed Griffin
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