2016 FBI’s UCR Table for Clearance Rates Homicide Clearance Rates Continue to Fall in the U.S. The FBI just recently released the 2016 Uniform Crime Report statistics and it shows the Homicide Clearance rate continues to fall. In 2016, [...]
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This past week, The Danbury Connecticut Police sponsored a five (5) day Homicide and Death Investigations Course at police headquarters. Ten (10) police departments from all over Connecticut came to listen and learn from experts in the field of homicide and [...]
There are many questions that must be answered during a homicide investigation, but there are six (6) fundamental ones that an investigator must keep at the forefront of every case: 1. Who was the victim? 2. How were they murdered? 3. [...]
Not Taking Enough Crime Scene Photographs By: Joseph Giacalone It is often said that a picture paints a thousand words and crime scene photography is no different. Crime crime scene photos tell the story of the horrific events that transpired [...]
Marrying Your Theory By: Joseph Giacalone There is an old maxim, “Be careful who you date, you might end up marrying them.” The same line of thinking has a lot to do with theory building in homicide investigations. A theory [...]
Not Controlling the Crime Scene By: Joseph L. Giacalone During any homicide investigation there are many things that can go wrong. You don’t get a second chance to do it right. This isn’t the playground where you can scream “Do over!” [...]
This past week, the Greenwich Police Department sponsored a Five (5) Day Homicide and Death Investigations Course at their police headquarters. Joe Giacalone and other practitioners in the field, including the new Chief Medical Examiner of Connecticut, Dr. James Gill, taught [...]
Did the Amber Alert System Criteria Fail? Coram, NY. Every parent’s worst nightmare came true this week on Long Island. A fire, a missing firearm and, an abducted child and a homicide/suicide in the span of a few hours. Suffolk County [...]
Thomas Hargrove and Joe Giacalone Serial Killers Living Next Door Do you have a serial killer living next door to you? You probably haven't given it much thought lately, but maybe you should. The Murder Accountability Project (MAP) has [...]
Courtesy of Anthony Pugliesi Yes, you read that headline correctly. After 212 homicides in Baltimore, Mayor Catherine Pugh unveiled her crime reduction plan. What has taken so long? It's not as if this problem just sprung up. In 2015, [...]