SPECIAL REPORT: How fallen leaves led to ‘killer’


SPECIAL REPORT: How fallen leaves led to ‘killer’

The seemingly innocuous pile alongside a corpse held the key that unlocked the details of the murder


A seemingly innocuous pile of leaves lies alongside a woman's corpse, holding the key to solving the identity of the killer, exactly where she died and, ultimately, who she was.

This sounds like the stuff American prime-time crime shows are made of, but it is exactly what happened this year when crack police detectives used leaves to solve the murder of a Jane Doe who was found dumped in Sunnyside, Pretoria. Her body wrapped in a sheet and curtain.

TimesLIVE spoke to Lt-Col Jan de Lange of the police's investigative psychology unit, who explained how police were able to peel away the layers of the crime. The investigating officer in the gruesome murder called him in to assist after the body was found dumped in May...

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