I had another Executed Entry today: Daren Lee Bolton, who was put to death twenty years ago today. He had been convicted of the abduction and murder of a two-year-old girl and was awaiting trial for murdering a seven-year-old when he was executed.
Although Daren is a forgettable scumbag type, this case is a good example of how inter-agency cooperation can help solve cases. The state of Arizona lifted some fingerprints from the crime scene that they couldn’t identify, so they sent them to all the other states, and Illinois made a match. During a “how to use the fingerprint matching system” training session, no less. I’m sure the police were thrilled and never forgot that day — it reminded them just why they wanted to be cops in the first place.