Forensics

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|

Social Media Heating Up Cold Cases

Social Media heating up cold casesBy: Joseph GiacaloneSocial media is heating up cold cases. The explosive growth of social media has been amazing to watch. As a former law enforcement officer I used social media during investigations to try and tap [...]

The U.S. Supreme Court OKs DNA Sample Upon Arrest in Maryland v. King

Does taking DNA upon arrest instead of based on a conviction equate to "going down the slippery slope?" In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court decided that taking a DNA sample upon arrest for a serious crime was no different [...]

By | June 4th, 2013|DNA, Fingerprints, Forensics, Photographs, SCOTUS|

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 [...]

Investigating Unidentified Human Remains

Investigating Unidentified Human Remains By: Joseph Giacalone The first thing to do in any death investigation is to determine who your victim is, but what happens when you have unidentified human remains? These cases are the toughest of all to [...]

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 [...]

Detectives and the Autopsy

Autopsy Protocol for Investigators Detectives play an important role at the autopsy By: Joseph L. Giacalone   How many autopsies have I attended? Enough or that I have witnessed my fair share should be a sufficient answer. The autopsy is one of [...]

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|

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 | 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 | September 17th, 2012|Celebrity, Cold Case, Forensics, Mob, Serial Killers, Unsolved|