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No Body Homicide Cases Book cover

Shattered Lives Radio: Tad DiBiase “No Body” Prosecutor

Often in missing persons cases the perpetrators are arrested before a body or remains are found if there is enough evidence or probable cause to show that the victim met with foul play. It’s a common belief that murder charges can not be established without a body to prove that a homicide has actually occurred, but that’s not the case, and there are hundreds of cases successfully prosecuted without a body. Tad DiBiase, known as the “No Body Guy” began his career as a corporate litigator then changed course when joining the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia in 1995. Specializing in domestic violence and forensic homicide cases in the gritty D.C. Superior Court, DiBiase tried the city’s second “no body” case ever, followed by several other high profile cases. He’s the nation’s leading expert in “no body” cases and often consults with law enforcement and prosecutors across the country. In his book, No-Body Homicide Cases: A Practical Guide to Investigating, Prosecuting and Winning Cases When the Victim is Missing, DiBiase offers a practical guide for police and prosecutors and provides an …

Shattered Lives: Searching for Alexis Murphy

    On August 3, 2013 Alexis Murphy was doing what most American teens do on a summer Saturday evening. Heading out for a night with friends in nearby Lynchburg,  she tweeted to her friends, and surveillance video showed her last sighting at a Lovingston, Virginia gas station located approximately halfway between Lynchburg and Charlottesville. When she failed to return home local sheriffs began investigating, and soon after, FBI and Virginia State Police joined the search. It didn’t take long to locate Alexis’ abandoned car where search dogs traced scents, warrants were issued, and by August 11, 2013 a suspect was taken into custody. Subsequently a grand jury issued indictments for the abduction and murder of Alexis Murphy and by May of 2014 a trial was underway with 48-year-old Randy Taylor found guilty and sentenced to life in prison. This verdict was the third successful prosecution of murder without a body in Virginia state history. In the courtroom the family was surrounded by many supporters including Gil Harrington, mother of murdered Morgan Harrington in 2009. The …