Death Investigation

Questions Arise About Antonin Scalia’s Death

Let’s put this out here first: I don’t suspect any foul play in the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. What I do suspect is a terrible job by law enforcement and a lack of foresight to conduct a proper [...]

How Cold is the Long Island Serial Killer Case?

What classifies someone as a serial killer? The FBI defines a serial killer as a person that kills three or more people with a cooling off period – that is what makes them different than a mass or spree murderer. Some [...]

Dr. Henry C. Lee: Forensic Rockstar #3

It’s not everyday that you get a chance to sit down and speak with a Forensic Rockstar like Dr. Henry C. Lee about death investigations, but I did. I will be teaching for Dr. Lee in an upcoming Death and Homicide [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 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. [...]

Exhuming a Body for Suspect DNA Worth It?

What is the efficacy of exhuming a body in an attempt to obtain a suspect’s DNA? I have received a few inquiries on this topic from both crime writers and family members asking, “We want to see if there is DNA [...]

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. [...]