How red tape allows people to get away with actual murder


Las Vegas cab driver Keith Goldberg vanished in summer 2012, sparking a massive search-and-rescue operation in the Nevada desert.

'This issue itself is, I think, a general indictment of government bureaucracy at its best.'

After a few days, the search was called off and he was presumed dead. As time passed, his family received information he had been murdered and his remains were dumped in the Lake Mead Recreation Area desert, land controlled by the National Park Service.

A private group, Red Rock Search and Rescue, offered its services to Goldberg's family, but wasn't allowed to enter the parkland and find the body.

What came next was a year-long process of navigating government bureaucracy, applying for a permit and raising money to buy a $1 million insurance policy for the searchers.