Cold Case

New Guide for Child Forensic Interviewing

Child Forensic Interviewing is certainly not a new topic, but one that causes a lot of stress. The hardest job for criminal investigators are dealing with the most vulnerable in society: the very young and the very old. Investigators must have [...]

“Blame it on all on Brownsville, Brooklyn” Murder Incorporated

In Brownsville, Brooklyn, at the corner of Livonia and Saratoga Avenues, stood a small twenty-four hour candy store named Midnight Rose’s. This wasn’t any ordinary candy store. It housed some of the most lethal for-hire Jewish and Italian contract killers [...]

Tabloid on Investigation Discovery Channel – 2nd Appearance

This Thursday, February 20 at 10 PM EST, I will be making my second appearance on Investigation Discovery Channel’s new show called Tabloid with host, Jerry Springer. If you have been watching the show, you already know that cases are ripped [...]

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+00:00January 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+00:00November 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+00:00October 1st, 2012|Autopsy, Cold Case, Death Investigation, DNA, Forensics, ME Coroner, NamUs, Unsolved|