NACDL - The Erroneous Fingerprint Identification Of Lana Canen

The Erroneous Fingerprint Identification Of Lana Canen

Helen Sailor, 94 years old and blind, lived at the Waterfall High Rise apartment complex for the elderly, disabled, and handicapped in Elkhart, Ind. On Nov. 28, 2002, Sailor spent Thanksgiving Day with relatives who drove her back to her apartment that evening. The next day, her home healthcare provider and two of Sailor’s relatives entered her apartment and made a terrible discovery. Helen Sailor was dead; her body had been badly beaten. The forensic pathologist ruled it a homicide with strangulation as the cause. Two years later, police filed murder charges against Lana Canen.