01-24-2013, 08:01 PM #1
NY - Who Killed Amanda Wienckowski, 20, Buffalo, 5 Dec 2008
Two years after her death, Amanda Wienckowski's family creeps closer to finding answers
Every day, Leslie Brill confronts a nightmare that has haunted her for more than two years. Every day she reconstructs the heartbreaking circumstances of her daughter’s death, informed by the facts that are available to her, and the gaps in her understanding filled by the often dreadful workings of her imagination.
In the two years since the body of her 20-year-old daughter, Amanda Wienckowski, was found naked and frozen in a garbage tote outside the New Covenant Church on the corner of Clinton and Spring Streets, Brill and her family have pushed relentlessly for Buffalo and Erie County law enforcement either to undertake a serious investigation of Amanda’s death or to release information to the family so they can investigate on their own.
continue here: http://artvoice.com/issues/v10n5/amanda_wienckowski
01-24-2013, 08:02 PM #2
Vigil for Amanda Wienckowsk
Chasing the sordid story of Amanda Wienckowski's death
Amanda Lynn's Law
01-29-2013, 07:40 AM #3
01-29-2013, 07:42 AM #4
02-03-2013, 02:46 PM #5
New inquiry needed to find out how Wienckowski died.
The Buffalo News
It’s long past time to determine how Amanda L. Wienckowski died four years ago.
The 20-year-old was either strangled or died of a drug overdose, depending on which autopsy you believe. That unbelievable discrepancy should be settled by an independent inquiry. Doing so would not only help a grieving family, it would answer questions about how evidence is evaluated in Erie County. Also, if it is determined that she was strangled, a murder investigation can get under way.
Two new experts now dispute the original autopsy results, which listed the cause of death as a drug overdose. A respected out-of-town pathologist says that Wienckowski did not have enough morphine in her blood to cause her death. A local ear, nose and throat specialist says that a fractured bone and broken cartilage in her throat indicate that she was strangled.
Wienckowski’s body was found Jan. 9, 2009, upside down in a garbage tote outside a church at Clinton and Spring streets on Buffalo’s East Side, across the street from the home of Antoine J. Garner. He was the last person known to have seen her alive and has been described by authorities as “a person of interest” in the death.
Garner is standing trial in an unrelated case in which he is accused of choking and assaulting a prostitute.
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02-03-2013, 08:03 PM #6
Fascinating case. lots of visual aids. I thought she was found soon after she became missing. Than I read this..........Amanda Wienckowski disappeared December 5, 2008. Her body was found January 9, 2009. (photo courtesy of Wienckowski Family)...........so where was she?
27 minute interview with main suspect at this link...at about 1250 or so he said homicide and the reporter corrects him with overdose..could have been a Freudian slip.
Thinking about this case
Do I think he did it?
Right now I am 50/50
The balance beam of suspicion.
If I had to answer yes or no right now I would say NO.
02-06-2013, 08:07 PM #7
02-06-2013, 08:29 PM #8
Buffalo Common Council Items of Interest February 5, 2013
The Council adopted a resolution, sponsored by Ellicott District Council Member Darius G. Pridgen, requesting that the Erie County Legislature call for a hearing to fully investigate the Erie County Medical Examiner's Office. As a result of the controversies regarding the death of Amanda Wienckowski, the Council's Legislation Committee heard testimonies from Amanda's friends and family on how unprofessionally the Erie County Medical Examiner's Office handled Amanda's autopsy. The Council, in conjunction with the family's wishes, seeks the facts behind Amanda's autopsy in order to finalize the real cause of her death so that law enforcement can pursue the case immediately and bring the guilty parties to justice. In addition, the Council adopted another resolution requesting that the Erie County Legislature expeditiously conduct a full and thorough investigation of the Erie County Medical Examiner's office to ensure that proper protocol was followed with Amanda's initial autopsy as well as with respect to challenged autopsy findings.
Garner’s trial has taken on a higher profile because Garner also is considered a “person of interest” by police in the unrelated but mysterious death of Amanda L. Wienckowski.
Four years ago, Wienckowski’s frozen body was found upside down in a garbage tote outside a church at Clinton and Spring streets on the city’s East Side, across the street from the home of Garner.
02-10-2013, 09:13 AM #9
Breaking silence in Wienckowski's death
Breaking silence in Wienckowski's death
A just-retired Buffalo homicide detective who investigated the death of Amanda Wienckowski is breaking his silence about the troubling case of the young woman whose frozen body was found stuffed inside a garbage tote in 2009, revealing publicly for the first time that he and fellow investigators never agreed with the Erie County Medical Examiner’s determination that Wienckowski died of a drug overdose.
They believed the most likely scenario was that a large person accidentally choked the petite, 20-year-old Kenmore woman during a paid sexual encounter, retired Buffalo Homicide Detective Mark J. Lauber said.
Previously, Lauber had not been allowed to speak to reporters because of Buffalo Police Department policy.
But now that he has retired, he talked to The Buffalo News to clear up “misinformation” about the case and to show that police thoroughly investigated the case.
“We realized right away the cause of death was not from a lethal amount of opiates for someone who used heroin every day,” Lauber said.
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02-10-2013, 03:20 PM #10
Sign the petitionWe, the undersigned, call on the Erie County Medical Examiner to change their ruling on the Amanda Wienckowski autopsy report from drug overdose to homicide.
02-23-2013, 06:15 PM #11
County attorney advice noted in Wienckowski dispute
Law bans appearance by medical examiner
Despite repeated requests for Vertes to make a public appearance and explain how she concluded Wienckowski died from an accidental drug overdose, County Attorney Michael A. Siragusa told Vertes a state law governing county medical examiners prohibits that from happening.
“Your office can only discuss findings to the district attorney or ... the personal representative, spouse or next of kin of the deceased. There is no provision permitting the release of autopsy information to a county legislative body,” Siragusa wrote, adding that only under a court order would the release be allowable.
County Legislature Chairwoman Betty Jean Grant, D-Buffalo, had pushed for Vertes to appear before the Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee last week because of the continued controversy surrounding the 20-year-old Wienckowski’s death.
Four years ago, her frozen body was found stuffed upside down in a garbage tote outside a church at Clinton and Spring streets, across the street from the home of Antoine J. Garner. The Kenmore native had gone to Garner’s home for a paid sexual encounter in December 2008, then disappeared, according to authorities.
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03-10-2013, 08:28 PM #12
New Amanda Wienckowski Autopsy
05-14-2013, 02:13 PM #13
01-12-2014, 06:51 PM #14
$100 million suit claims county mishandled Wienckowski case
By Matt Gryta | News Staff Reporter
on January 9, 2014 - 9:54 PM
The family of the late Amanda L. Wienckowski on Thursday filed a $100 million fraud suit against Erie County officials, claiming the investigation into her death was handled improperly.
The suit names District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III, his office, the Erie County Medical Examiner’s Office and retired chief county medical examiner Dianne R. Vertes.
About two dozen of Wienckowski’s relatives and friends gathered in frigid weather Thursday evening outside the Kenmore Community Center off Mang Avenue to renew their demands for justice in what they contend was her murder five years ago.
The 20-year-old Kenmore native’s body was found frozen inside a trash receptacle on the morning of Jan. 9, 2009, outside a church at Spring and Clinton streets in Buffalo.
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06-01-2014, 06:41 PM #15
California Doctor: Autopsy Proves Wienckowski Was Murdered
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - A California Doctor says the autopsy she conducted, has determined Wienckowski was Murdered.
She was found dead in a garbage tote on January 9th of 2009 .
Since then, no one has been arrested or charged with her death.
County Officials determined it was a drug overdose. However, her family did not believe that was the case and never gave up.
They hired Private Investigators who linked up with Dr. Silvia Comparini, a Forensic Pathologist from California.
An autopsy she conducted found evidence of strangulation and blunt force trauma to Amanda's body.
Click the link for more.
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