Joe Karam

Non parallel lines in vain, just a Bain stain

KaramforeheadAs anyone with common sense already knew, and thoroughly covered by our own analysis at the time, the “parallel ?lines” on David Bain’s finger aren’t from loading a magazine.

Fingerprint and firearms experts have rejected claims Robin Bain had gunpowder marks on his fingers, police say.

Claims were made on TV3`s?3rd Degree?programme in June that the marks shown in photographs were made by loading the rifle’s magazine.

But police said scientific analysis by fingerprint and firearms experts did not support that conclusion.

TV3 don’t care of course. ?It was, and continues to be, a ratings winner. ?But it does raise the question about media taking up the cause of one particular side of a court case, before, during or after the fact.

The scientist’s opinion was although there appeared to be a pair of lines on Mr Bain’s thumb that could have resulted from loading a magazine cartridge, there was considerable doubt that the shape, dimensions and colour of the marks on Mr Bain’s thumb were consistent with marks made as a result of loading a cartridge into a magazine, police said. ? Read more »

Bain and Karam lose every single point in case against Collins

David Bain and Joe Karam

David Bain and Joe Karam

David Bain and his deluded supporter Joe Karam have lost every single point in their case against Judith Collins. I can’t wait for the experts to destroy his fanciful claims over the miraculous greasy marks on Robin Bain’s hands. Things aren’t going well for Bain and Karam, no wonder they are silent at the moment.

David Bain has lost his bid for access to documents linked to? his compensation case, with the High Court ruling they are legally privileged.

Bain applied for judicial review over Justice Minister Judith Collins’ handling of his compensation bid after he was acquitted of the murders of his family members at his second trial. He? spent 13 years in prison after being convicted at his first trial.

His team says Collins had pre-determined his application for compensation and exhibited bias. She ordered a peer-review of a report by retired Canadian judge Ian Binnie that recommended compensation.

In preparing for the judicial review, Bain was provided 600 documents in discovery but the minister’s legal advisers claimed legal privilege over? 200-250 other documents held by her office, her lawyer and Crown legal bodies.

Bain challenged the privilege claim, but Justice Keane has ruled today that? Collins was justified in with-holding the documents.? Read more »

Karam’s Weapon of Mass Distraction

David Bain and Joe Karam

David Bain and Joe Karam

Things can’t have been going well down at the High Court in Auckland where they are trying to smear Judith Collins in their attempts to extract coin from the government, because Joe Karam has hastily called a press conference to announce something that has previously been announced before.

Predictably the media all left the High Court and traipsed off to hear what Joe had to say

New tests will be carried out on the gun used in the Bain family murders next week.

The tests will by done by police with David Bain supporter Joe Karam and forensic scientists present.

Mr Karam announced today that police would be examining original fingerprints and conducting tests on the gun used in the murders in June 1994.

The development comes after claims in June that a photo of Robin Bain’s body showed parallel markings on his thumb consistent with him having fired a gun on the morning of the killings – apparently proving his son’s innocence.

Police rejected the theory, saying the marks were cuts. Read more »

EXCLUSIVE – David Bain and girlfriend sunning themselves in Raro

via the tipline

Took this pic last week of David Bain and his girl friend walking along a beach in Rarotonga, that made a remarkable contrast to your recent one of David Bain and Joe Karam holding hands. If there was any place for a bit of hand holding, I would have thought Muri Lagoon would have been it.

David Bain and girlfriend in Rarotonga

David Bain and girlfriend in Rarotonga

David Bain in happier times:

David Bain and Joe Karam

David Bain and Joe Karam

Transparency for thee but not for me, why journalists should come clean


Antony Loewenstein writes at the Guardian about his wish for journalists to come clean and declare their political allegiances. He contends that journalists should follow the strict rules of transparency they demand from others as a way of attempting to restore trust in their industry.

Are mainstream journalists dedicated to journalism? This may seem like a strange question, especially since I?m a journalist myself, though independent and not tied to a corporate news organisation.

We are bombarded with details that claim to inform us about the world. From war and peace to politics and global affairs, reporters produce content that is consumed by the vast majority of the population. There are claims of holding power to account, questioning how governments, officials and businesses make decisions that affect us all. In reality, corporate and political interests?too often influence?what we see and hear.

There are those who think that our journalists are bang in the middle…but they are far from it. Loewenstein proposes a solution.

..[T]he media has singularly failed in holding itself to account. We, as journalists, should disclose for whom we vote and any other political affiliations that may affect our reporting. It?s the least we can do to restore trust in an industry that regularly receives low marks by its readers. A 2011 study by Edelman Public Relations found only?33% of the Australian public?trusted the press, compared to an average of 49% globally. A?2013 study?by Transparency International finds Australians rank political parties and the media as the most corrupt institutions in the state.? Read more »

Was David Bain the unluckiest man ever that fateful day at Every Street?

via Newstalk ZB

via Newstalk ZB

One of my commenters suggests that it was simply a matter of bad luck that beset David Bain that fateful day when he returned home from his paper run.

Actually a lot of bad luck.

If David Bain isn’t the perpetrator then he had a great deal of bad luck.
Bad luck that his father found the trigger lock.
Bad luck that his father decided to wear David’s gloves instead of his own.
Bad luck that his father even bothered to wear gloves seeing as he was apparently going to commit suicide and it wouldn’t have mattered if his fingerprints were found on the rifle.
Bad luck that the only identifiable prints on the rifle were David’s.
Bad luck those prints were in pristine condition and hadn’t been smeared with all the handling of the rifle that morning.
Bad luck that David had Stephen’s blood on his clothes.
Bad luck that that the glasses belonging to his mother that he said he wore when his were unavailable were found in a damaged condition on a chair in his room with one lens missing.
Bad luck that missing lens was found in Stephen’s room.
Bad luck his lawyer had told the Crown Prosecutor that David had told him he would be admitting to wearing those glasses that weekend.
Bad luck that his aunt testified that David had told her he had been wearing a pair of his mothers glasses that weekend.
Bad luck that he had bruises on his head and torso consistent with him having been in a fight/struggle.
Bad luck his father changed into some tatty old clothes before he supposedly committed suicide.
Bad luck David didn’t realise those clothes his father changed out of were in the wash-basket and that he put them in the washing machine without noticing there was blood on them, thus destroying evidence. ? Read more »

Independent analysis of Bain parallel lines

We are nothing if not thorough here at WOBH. Performing investigative analysis just like the mainstream media.

When Joe Karam came up with the greasy parallel lines theory the media produced 8 photos showing they could be replicated.

This morning I revealed more evidence of greasy parallel lines that showed that David Bain couldn’t have committed the terrible murders at Every Street.

Like the mainstream media I have found 8 images that show that the greasy marks are easily replicated and that anyone could?have?loaded that rifle?magazine?using their forehead in order to avoid fingerprints on the rifle.? Read more »

BREAKING – New Bain evidence – More parallel lines found

via the tipline

A reader sends in this?revealing?new evidence regarding the parallel lines on Robin Bain’s hand. It seems more parallel lines have been found throwing the whole case into disarray.

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EXCLUSIVE – Independent analysis of Robin Bain’s finger marks [GALLERY]

A reader left the following comment on last nights Bain post where Joe Karam once again spread murk and bullshit in his bid to undermine due process.

I opened the photos from the Herald in Photoshop.
I used Photoshop to look at the RGB colour values of the marks.
It shows the marks on Robin’s thumb are a dark red.
Whereas it shows the test firing cartridge smudges are a dark gray.
In other worlds, Robin’s thumb marks are closer to the colour of blood/scratches than they are to cartridge soot.

I thought I would look at what he says in Photoshop. Here are my attempts at obtaining the colour codes…and yes the commenter is correct, they are in the red spectrum not in the gray spectrum. I have marked the location I obtained the test pixel with a yellow arrow if you want to try and duplicate it. ? Read more »

Joe Karam makes more bizarre claims

Joe Karam continues to malign a dead man and make bizarre claims. His latest claim is that Robin Bain was the last person to handle the gun…without explaining how there were no fingerprints of Robin Bain’s on the gun, the magazine, the silencer or the ammunition.

“The marks in question are not cuts, they are not abrasions, they are not burns.”

If the marks came off very easily … they cannot have been on very long. If they were from the day before they would have already rubbed off, Mr Karam said.

“They are sooty marks. They are on the same finger where deposits from loading a gun into a magazine [would have been].”

“Therefore Mr Bain was the last one to handle and use the gun.”? Read more »