Big Wullie wrote:. . . . . surely this is the job of the state funded police ?
In South Africa, as I understand it, things are not quite the same as in the US or Scotland. In South Africa, there are a lot of very competent private investigators, some former police and some not. While we do have PIs in the US, they mostly do things other than original criminal investigations. In South Africa, many of the private investigators do full criminal investigations as if they were the police. If they find a crime has occured and they have identified the perpetrator, then you can hire a lawyer to prosecute the case. They file the charges in court just as the public prosecutor would. Criminal charges do not have to be filed by the public prosecutor, but can be filed by a private attorney hired directly by you. Of course, this takes money, but it can be done.
Back in the mid 1980s, one of my jobs was to coordinate "Crime Stoppers" for the Plano, Texas, Police Department. I had experience writing press releases announcing rewards for crimes. When tips came in that led to arrests, we paid out cash for rewards.
You will recall that early in the investigation before Fred was arrested, the Lotzes had hired a private investigator. You will recall that after Fred was arrested, the Lotzes terminated the contract with the private investigator. You will recall that after he was no longer working on the case, the private investigator received a phone call from a person telling him that the caller could name the location of the murder weapon. Rather than take the information, the private investigator told the caller to call the police with that information. Whether that happened, we do not know.
But we do know that somebody in South Africa had sufficient pangs of conscience to want to share information with a private investigator. We can assume that person knew the identity of the killer. Would a reward and promise of anonymity at this late date bring that person back out? Is it worth a try?
What about it, African? Are my beliefs on the private investigator and private prosecutor correct? Would there be any likelihood of success in solving the murder of Inge Lotz if a private investigator were to offer a reward, coupled with a promise of anonymity?
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