BLOOMINGTON - A television crew for a crime documentary show is scheduled to be in Bloomington this week, interviewing local officials about a 1993 pipe bomb attack that killed a 29-year-old woman.
Assistant Producer Christine Stewart said the Court TV series "Forensic Files" will retell the story of the murder of Kemberly Wenger, who was killed in May 1993 by a bomb left on the floor of the foyer of her home. "Forensic Files" is a 30-minute program that examines how science is used to help solve crimes, Stewart said.
Dale Fosdick, the father of one of Wenger's two children, eventually was sentenced to 55 years for her murder. His first trial ended in a mistrial, but he was convicted in a second.
Fosdick and Wenger had been involved in a custody dispute over their son, Logan.
Stewart said the case is interesting because of how investigators reconstructed the bomb and linked it to Fosdick.
"There were ball bearings found in the perpetrator's home, which they were able to microscopically match to the ones used in making this bomb," Stewart said. "And then, in addition, in his parents' home, they found wire cutters that they determined had been used to cut the wires that made the bomb."
Assistant State's Attorney Sandra Thompson, who was involved in both trials, said scientific evidence - particularly work by a tool mark expert from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms - was crucial in the case.
"Of course, it was important to understand how the bomb worked, according to the experts' analysis in reconstructing it," Thompson said. "But if you don't tie the bomb in to the suspect, you just have a bomb.
"The tool mark work by John O'Neil was crucial because it tied in the defendant's tool - obtained from his own home - to the making of the bomb."
And show producers like presenting cases involving cooperation among a number of law enforcement agencies.
"You had the Bloomington police working with the ATF, and it was a really good investigation," Stewart said.
The show is tentatively scheduled to air in mid-summer, Stewart said.
Members of the TV crew expected to interview Thompson, Bloomington Officer Troy Doza, Wenger's fiancé Kurt Simon, ATF investigators and Pantagraph reporter Steve Arney.
Thompson said she agreed to speak with Forensic Files crew members because there is nothing pending in the case, and she thinks it is important for the public to understand the legal process, especially in criminal courts. She said people who don't get to see a trial only hear bits and pieces of the cases in the news, while a whole show dedicated to one case could give them a better understanding of what happened.
Forensic Files is Court TV's highest-rated show, and it airs in 142 countries, according to information provided by Medstar Television, which produces the show.