4th July- Happiness for Many, Mourning for few

July 5, 2018 | Brainwave Science

Pair of July 4th murders remain unsolved in Indy one year later


July 4, American Independence Day, means cookouts and fireworks, but it’s a day of mourning for two Indiana families. Precisely one year ago, a 15-year-old and a 57-year-old died from gun violence on opposite ends of town and Both cases remain unsolved till date.

Police say a chaotic gunfight involving dozens of shots at the West Lake apartment complex last year in the early morning hours of July 4, 2017, left a car riddled with bullets.  Two victims were hit by gunfire. One of the victims survived, but Abdul Cross, a football player from South Bend, died.

Just hours later, in an alley on the near east side, police were called after another man was found shot to death. Steven Smith and his wife made the gruesome discovery in the alley just a few feet behind their home. The 57-year-old victim was later identified as Leroy Ruffin. Smith has spent the last year wondering what led to the killing.

“I don’t think anybody wants to wake up and find a body in the alley next door to them.  It would be nice to have some kind of closure,” he said.

Cross, the 15-year-old football player, had just finished his freshman year and is buried under a headstone celebrating his love of the gridiron. In all, 2017 saw 22 homicides in Indianapolis involving victims 18 years and under.  Nine of those cases, including Cross’, remain unsolved.

Smith, who didn’t know any of those victims, says residents need to play a role speaking up to keep the city safe. “At some point people need to realize they need to help solve the situation.  If you see something, say something,” he said.


If you’re murdered in America, there’s a 1 in 3 odds that the police won’t identify your killer. The national “clearance rate” for homicide today is 64.1 percent. Fifty years ago, it was more than 90 percent. Criminologists estimate that at least 200,000 murders have gone unsolved since the 1960s, leaving family and friends to wait and wonder.

The year 2017 saw 22 homicides in Indianapolis involving victims 18 years and under.  Nine of those cases, including Cross’, remain unsolved. Since last year 10 families, including Cross and 57-year-old Leroy, are craving for justice and law enforcement authorities are facing an incredible challenge to solve the gun violence cold case.

With the current context in Indianapolis, law enforcement hasn’t found any adequate evidence to arrest any perpetrator. Authorities are constantly challenged to find an innovative way and discrete strategy in solving these cold cases. With the security technologies currently at law enforcement’s disposal, authorities are having problems in keeping up with the criminal parties, as their methods are tedious and money consuming and don’t always reveal enough proof to lead to further investigation or prosecution

So which technology is reliable, scientific, ultra-modern, cost-effective, system driven and easily learned to aid the Indianapolis authorities to find the real perpetrator of all cold cases swiftly?

Why iCognative

The answer to the above statement is iCognative by Brainwave Science. This pioneering security investigative tool provides accurate, reliable and scientific software by which a test can be conducted by investigators on any significant suspect and gather useful intelligence to arrest the involved person.

With the support of iCognative, Law Enforcement can have unlimited access to an individual brain which will provide valuable sources of missing information and links related to these unsolved gun violence cases. iCognative relies on brain information processing that detects a distinct change in electrical current, Event-Related Potential (ERP), when an individual brain responds to the sight of familiar stimuli.

In order to conduct a test on a suspect or any related individual, a test case needs to be built, with both known as well as confidential information (only known to the perpetrator and investigator), is input into a unique iCognative system. For example, in this case information such as dates of the crime- 4th July, location- alley on the near east side, Type of gun? This information, used as stimuli in the form of words, phrases or pictures, depending on its availability, will be flashed to the suspect on a digital monitor, in a pattern. iCognative system collects brain responses to each stimulus and all these brain responses are analyzed at end of the test by fully automated software and determine with 99.9% accuracy if the information is present or absent in the brain of the suspect.

With the aid of iCognative by Brainwave Science, Indianapolis law enforcement can easily gain critical information, arrest the perpetrator and provide justice to the victims and their family. With such a revolutionary, cost-effective and a highly accurate investigative technology like iCognative, it is an extraordinary time that law enforcement can provide safety and peace of every citizen throughout the globe.



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