Cold Case

The “Can’t ID” Problem for Law Enforcement

Does an initial "Can't ID" mean never? By: Joseph Giacalone When someone at the crime scene says that they, "Can't ID," does that mean they never will? The investigator has many jobs, but one that is often overlooked is that of [...]

Kicking Around the Cold Case Files

It's time to start kicking around the cold case files. Every detective has that one case that was never solved and to this day still “haunts” them. There are many such cases in my career that I wish we could have [...]

The Mob’s Greatest Unsolved Hits: Albert Anastasia

Death at the Park Sheraton Hotel By: Joseph Giacalone The United States had just entered World War One, when a young Italian teenager named Umberto Anastasio and his brother Anthony, snuck off a cargo ship at a Brooklyn dock.  It didn’t take the brothers [...]

DNA: Just One of Many Law Enforcement Tools – Guest Blog

DNA: One of Many Tools Used by Law Enforcement DNA has shaped the investigative world forver By: Evelyn Pence DNA Only One Tool Used by Cold Case Investigators to Solve Crimes Anyone who watches criminal investigation television shows is familiar with DNA as [...]

By | 2016-12-05T09:23:20+00:00 January 21st, 2013|Cold Case, DNA, Unsolved|

Prisoner Debriefings: The Answer to Solving Cold Cases

Prisoner Debriefings: Someone knows Something By: Joseph Giacalone  If you want to catch a fish would you climb a tree? Of course you wouldn’t. An often overlooked or under utilized tool of law enforcement that can help solve cold cases is [...]

By | 2016-12-05T09:14:49+00:00 November 9th, 2012|Cold Case, Unsolved|

911 Tapes: Cold Case Artifacts

Preserving Evidence in Cold Case Investigations A 911 Tape is the ‘Holy Grail’ for Investigators By: Joseph Giacalone 911 tapes are one of the most important elements of a cold case investigation. They often contain the names, phone numbers and other [...]

By | 2016-12-05T09:12:41+00:00 October 1st, 2012|Autopsy, Cold Case, Death Investigation, DNA, Forensics, ME Coroner, NamUs, Unsolved|

The Mob’s Greatest Unsolved Hits: Arnold Rothstein

"Mr. Big" Murdered at the Park Sheraton Hotel Poker Dispute Leads to Murder By: Joseph Giacalone Arnold Rothstein (January 17, 1882 – November 4, 1928) The name Arnold Rothstein and the words World Series have become synonymous with organized crime enthusiasts. [...]

By | 2016-12-05T09:08:55+00:00 September 17th, 2012|Celebrity, Cold Case, Forensics, Mob, Serial Killers, Unsolved|

The Mob’s Greatest Unsolved Hits: Kid Twist

The Canary That Sung, But Couldn’t Fly By: Joseph Giacalone Abraham “Kid Twist” Reles (1907-1941)   Abraham Reles was born in a poverty stricken area of Brownsville, Brooklyn, New York, in 1907 to Jewish-Austrian immigrants.  It wasn’t long before young Abe [...]

By | 2016-12-05T09:07:31+00:00 September 4th, 2012|Celebrity, Cold Case, Forensics, Mob, Serial Killers|

Missing Persons Checklist

Missing Persons Checklist for Family Members The Faster the Police are Notified, the Better By: Joseph Giacalone I hope that no family ever has to use this checklist, however, far too many people go missing in the United States and [...]

By | 2016-12-05T09:06:09+00:00 August 27th, 2012|CIF Book, Cold Case, Missing Persons, NamUs, Trace Evidence|