Mistakes

Crime and Consequences: Police Body Cams

Since when did police officers lose their citizenship and rights under the First Ten Amendments to the U.S. Constitution? I thought that everyone in the United States had the benefit of “Innocent until proven guilty” and Due Process? Every time I [...]

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 [...]

Tabloid: Headless Body Found in Topless Bar

On Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 10 PM EST, I will be making my third and fourth appearances in Investigation Discovery Channel’s new show, Tabloid. This episode will not disappoint what Tabloid fans already expect! “Headless Body in Topless Bar.” One [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

The Search Warrant Conundrum and Crime Scenes

Search Warrants and Crime Scenes By: Joseph Giacalone There is no such thing as a “Murder Scene Exception” to obtaining a search warrant. Just because the person is dead, does not always equate to a consent search. Initially, the police can [...]

By | 2016-12-14T14:22:28+00:00 August 28th, 2013|Evidence, Interview Interrogation, ME Coroner, Mistakes, SCOTUS, Warrants|

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 #3

Not Taking Enough Crime Scene Photographs By: Joseph Giacalone It is often said that a picture paints a thousand words and crime scene photography is no different. Crime crime scene photos tell the story of the horrific events that transpired [...]

By | 2016-12-05T09:52:40+00:00 July 18th, 2013|Evidence, Forensics, Gun Evidence, Mistakes, Photographs|

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 | 2016-12-05T09:53:25+00:00 July 10th, 2013|Crime Scene, Death Investigation, Evidence, Forensics, Homicide, Mistakes|

Fatal Mistakes in a Homicide Investigation #1

Not Controlling the Crime Scene By: Joseph L. Giacalone During any homicide investigation there are many things that can go wrong. You don’t get a second chance to do it right. This isn’t the playground where you can scream “Do over!” [...]

By | 2016-12-05T09:46:12+00:00 June 12th, 2013|Crime Scene, Mistakes|