Crime Scene

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 [...]

The Homicide and Death Investigations Course in Danbury, CT

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 [...]

6 Fundamental Questions in Homicide Investigations

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. [...]

There Are No Shortcuts in Death Investigations: Documenting the Body

Documenting the Body By: Joseph Giacalone I’ve said this many times, you don’t get a second chance to do it right the first time. Investigators have a tough enough job when investigating a death scene, so doing more is never popular. [...]

Fatal Mistakes in a Homicide Investigation #2

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 [...]

By | July 10th, 2013|Crime Scene, Death Investigation, Evidence, Forensics, Homicide, Mistakes|

A&E’sThe Killer Speaks – The Maksim Gelman Story

Joe Giacalone Makes TV Debut in A&E’s The Killer Speaks Show airs on April 18, 2013, 10 PM EST By: Joseph L. Giacalone On April 18, 2013, at 10 PM EST, I will be making my television debut on A&E’s new [...]

No Drug Sniffing Dogs Outside a Home Without Warrant

Florida v. Jardines and the 4th Amendment No Drug Sniffing Dogs Outside a Home Without Warrant By: Joseph L. Giacalone With all of the fanfare going on outside the U.S. Supreme Court about Proposition 8 and Gay Marriage, a decision was [...]

By | March 27th, 2013|Crime Scene, Evidence, SCOTUS, Warrants|

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 [...]

6 Mistakes to Avoid at a Crime Scene

Crime Scene Mistakes: 6 Mistakes to Avoid at a Crime Scene By: Joseph L. Giacalone Can you avoid making mistakes at a crime scene? Yes, you can as long as you are aware of them. This article was written so that [...]

By | October 26th, 2012|Crime Scene, Death Investigation, Forensics, Mistakes, Photographs, Witnesses|