7NEWS Spotlight investigation uncovers new forensic evidence in death of Nadine Haag

It’s the proper setting for a whodunnit thriller.

In an enormous derelict warehouse in the dirty docklands space of Cleveland, Ohio, I’m watching crime scene reconstruction knowledgeable Scott Roder spray blood throughout a duplicate of a Sydney toilet.

Earlier he tried to hack by a blood-engorged reproduction human wrist with a security razor.

I do know the blood isn’t actual, however each time Scott spurts one other spray of mock arterial blood throughout this toilet reconstruction, explaining his evaluation of what he believes occurred, it’s laborious to keep away from considering how terribly the younger girl on the centre of this tragedy will need to have suffered, a painful and lonely death 15,000 kilometres again house in Australia 11 years in the past.

Months in the past, I informed Roder about one of my most vexing crime scene mysteries – the death of younger mom Nadine Haag, discovered lifeless in the bathe cupboard of her Castle Hill residence in north-west Sydney on December 4, 2009.

Nadine Haag was found dead in her Sydney apartment in 2009.
Nadine Haag was discovered lifeless in her Sydney residence in 2009. Credit: Supplied

So a lot concerning the case didn’t make sense, I informed him.

Early on, NSW Police declared her death was suicide, however her household was equally satisfied she was murdered.

Nadine was a stupendous, match and wholesome younger girl with no historical past of psychological sickness and there was no suggestion she had any purpose to take her personal life.

In reality, she had an amazing deal to dwell for, particularly a stupendous child daughter.

The knowledgeable

Scott Roder is one of the world’s foremost consultants in crime scene reconstruction and forensic evaluation, consulting in 1,500 instances since 2001.

His Evidence Room workforce, together with medical director Patrick Mooney and CGI animator Penny Riley, have reconstructed and investigated some of essentially the most high-profile crimes in America.

Roder not too long ago featured prominently in American media protection of the George Floyd homicide case; his stunning animation graphically demonstrated how police officer Derek Chauvin used extreme power to restrain Floyd by kneeling on his neck throughout an arrest.

A jury unanimously discovered Chauvin responsible on all three fees: second-degree homicide, third-degree homicide and manslaughter.

Crime scene reconstruction and forensic expert Scott Roder has worked on over 1,500 cases.
Crime scene reconstruction and forensic knowledgeable Scott Roder has labored on over 1,500 instances. Credit: 7NEWS Spotlight

With the permission of Nadine Haag’s household and authorized workforce, Scott has reviewed the evidence from the NSW Police investigation and subsequent Coronial listening to into her mysterious death.

Even earlier than I got here to the US, it was clear to me that Roder had change into intrigued with the Nadine Haag case.

He had referred to as and messaged me, usually incredulous at his newest discovery or bewildered at some important piece of evidence he believes the police missed.

Finally, in an enormous warehouse that appears prefer it may even have been the scene of a grisly crime, he’s lastly exhibiting me what he has found – new evidence that he’s adamant factors overwhelmingly to at least one conclusion: that Nadine Haag was murdered.

The thriller

For NSW Police, the cursory preliminary investigation into this case declared her death was an open and shut case of suicide.

In 2009, Nadine Haag – a match, wholesome 33-year-old girl in a protracted and bitter custody dispute together with her former companion, had apparently taken her personal life by slitting her wrist in the bathe of her Sydney flat, forsaking a farewell notice and a daughter and household she adored.

But there was extra to this case than appeared at first blush.

According to Nadine’s grief-stricken household and docs who had seen her in the months main as much as her death, she was wanting ahead to a brilliant future and was not deemed a suicide threat.

Refusing to simply accept the inconsistencies in the police evidence and on the crime scene, Nadine’s household engaged counsel to struggle for a coronial enquiry into the chance that removed from taking her personal life, she had been murdered.

Nadine’s family has never given up hope of finding the truth.
Nadine’s household has by no means given up hope of discovering the reality. Credit: 7NEWS Spotlight

In 2011, they turned to Channel 7’s Sunday Night program to present them and Nadine a public voice.

We labored for months with the Haag household, retracing the path of the flawed authentic police investigation, and piecing collectively the circumstantial jigsaw puzzle main as much as, and following Nadine’s death.

The household’s re-examination of the case led to the uncovering of beforehand missed evidence and questioned the veracity of the alleged suicide notice which learn, ‘he did it.’.

The Sunday Night investigation additionally raised appreciable doubts as to the adequacy and competency of the unique police investigation.

The household’s persistence lastly paid off.

The written clue police missed in their initial investigation.
The written clue police missed in their preliminary investigation. Credit: Supplied

In August 2013, the coroner subsequently over-ruled the police suicide discovering and returned an open discovering as to the trigger of her death.

Deputy State Coroner Paul MacMahon discovered that Nadine’s former companion had lied to police and that his evidence, “gave rise to real suspicion as to the possibility of his involvement in Nadine’s death.”

But the Coroner additionally declared, “the circumstances of Nadine’s death are therefore a mystery.

“On the one hand, at the time of her death, there was nothing to suggest that she would act to end her life whilst on the other hand on the evidence available there are serious difficulties in characterizing her death as a homicide.”

As a consequence, in September 2013, NSW Police issued an announcement emphasising the Coroner had additionally stated he was happy that the evidence disclosed that the, “…possibility of Nadine’s death being self-inflicted is a real one… [and that] it would not be possible to establish, beyond reasonable doubt, that a known person has caused Nadine’s death.”

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