We’ve reported previously on this blog about the devastating results that can occur from a combination of misinformation from a Crime Stoppers tip and police tunnel vision. See that posting here.
Here’s another example of how that happens. In Dallas, Alan Mason was publicly identified as a “person of interest” in a series of rapes in south Dallas. This was based upon an anonymous, non-specific Crime Stoppers tip.
Alan Mason was not officially named as a ‘suspect,’ but his picture and name were made public as a ‘person of interest.’ Another man was subsequently linked by DNA to four of the rapes, and was named a suspect. Mason has been cleared of involvement in the rapes, and is no longer a ‘person of interest.’ Clearly, the Crime Stopper’s tip was bogus. If Mason was only a ‘person of interest,’ why was it necessary to make that public before it…
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