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Baltimore Mayor Releases Crime Plan

By | August 9th, 2017|Categories: Crime, Crime Stoppers, Criminals, Gangs|Tags: , , , , , |

Courtesy of Anthony Pugliesi Yes, you read that headline correctly. After 212 homicides in Baltimore, Mayor Catherine Pugh unveiled her crime reduction plan. What has taken so long? It's not as if this [...]

Social Media is a Game-Changer for Law Enforcement

By | July 10th, 2017|Categories: Joe in the News, Social Media, TV News|Tags: , , , , |

Social Media is a Game-Changer Social media has become so pervasive in our daily lives that we hardly even realize it. It's everywhere. On our television, on billboards, in magazines and well, everywhere. There is a [...]

Police Body Cams Helping Cops in the Courtroom?

By | June 28th, 2017|Categories: TV News|Tags: , , , , , |

Police Body Cams Helping Cops in the Courtroom? My father used to tell me all the time when I was growing up, “Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.” Well, that [...]

Technology Changing Policing for the Better

By | June 19th, 2017|Categories: Technology, TV News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Technology Changing Policing for the Better I am a huge fan of technology and how it can improve policing in America. Police departments are often slow to react and adopt new technologies. A new interactive [...]

The Miranda Decision Turns 51

By | June 13th, 2017|Categories: Supreme Court|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Carroll Cooley and Joe Giacalone The Miranda Decision Turns 51 June 13, 2017, marks the 51st Anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in  Miranda v. Arizona. Much has changed in American Policing [...]

Stabbings and Slashings Up in NYC Subways

By | June 11th, 2017|Categories: Expert Witness, Joe in the News, Statistics, TV News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Stabbings and Slashings Up in NYC Subways Stabbings and slashings are up in New York City Subways in 2017, but is there something to be concerned about? Retired NYPD Sergeant Joseph Giacalone spoke to CBS [...]

“Dying Declaration” on ID Channel

By | May 29th, 2017|Categories: Crime Stoppers, Death Investigation, Investigation Discovery Channel, TV Drama|Tags: , , , |

"Dying Declaration" - Reasonable Doubt (S1, Ep.5) I made my return to the Investigation Discovery Channel this past week in their new show, Reasonable Doubt. The premise behind Reasonable Doubt is to re-examine the evidence, [...]

Reasonable Doubt on the ID Channel

By | May 21st, 2017|Categories: Crime Stoppers, criminal investigation, Death Investigation, TV Drama|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Scan the QR Code for more info Reasonable Doubt on the ID Channel On Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at 10 PM EST, I make my return to the Investigation Discovery Channel. This past [...]

Compromised Security Cameras?

By | May 13th, 2017|Categories: Joe in the News, Surveillance System, TV News|Tags: , , , , |

  Comprised Security Cameras? What could possibly be next? I don't want to make you paranoid, but maybe you should be. Anything that is connected to the Internet has the potential of being hacked into. [...]

Congressman Peter King Live in the AM

By | May 1st, 2017|Categories: Crime Stoppers, Crime Talk Radio, criminal investigation, Death Investigation, Gangs, Homicide, LI News Radio|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Congressman Peter King Live in the AM Congressman Peter King was live on air with me and host Jay Oliver on WRCN 103.9 FM to discuss the growing MS 13 gang problem on Long Island. [...]

John Ray Gilbert Family Attorney

By | April 24th, 2017|Categories: Advocate, Autopsy, Baden, Cold Case, Crime Talk Radio, Death Investigation, Homicide, Human Remains, LI News Radio, Manner of Death, NamUs, Serial Killers, Unidentified, Unsolved|Tags: , , , , , |

John Ray Gilbert Family Attorney On April 26, 2017, from 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM ET, John Ray, the Gilbert Family Attorney will join me and host Jay Oliver live from the WRCN 103.9FM Slomin’s Studio [...]

NamUs: Overview of Missing Persons

By | March 18th, 2017|Categories: Advocate, LI News Radio, Missing Persons, NamUs|Tags: , , |

NamUs: Overview of Missing Persons There are over 800,000 missing persons reports entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) every year. At any given time, there are over 80,000 active cases in the system. [...]

Indiana Teens Found Murdered

By | March 3rd, 2017|Categories: Cause of Death, Death Investigation, Homicide, Joe in the News, TV News|Tags: , , , , |

Joe Giacalone on Inside Edition Indiana Teens Found Murdered Delphi, Indiana Stories don't get too much worse than this. Two friends, Abigail Williams and Liberty German, went for a day out in the Delphi [...]

Dr. Priya Banerjee – Forensic Pathologist

By | February 20th, 2017|Categories: Cause of Death, Death Investigation, Forensics, Homicide, Human Remains, LI News Radio, Manner of Death, ME Coroner, Serial Killers|Tags: , , , , , |

Dr. Priya Banerjee - Forensic Pathologist Dr. Priya Banerjee joined us on WRCN 103.9 FM, LI News Radio, to discuss aspects of death investigation related to the Long Island Serial Killer case. Dr.  Banerjee is a [...]

Murder Accountability Project

By | February 13th, 2017|Categories: Clearance Rates, Crime Talk Radio, Homicide, LI News Radio, Statistics|Tags: , , , , , |

Murder Accountability Project Thomas Hargrove, the founder, and CEO of the Murder Accountability Project (MAP) spoke with me on WRCN 103.9FM. The Murder Accountability Project is based in Washington D.C. and collects data from all [...]

Karina Vetrano Case Solved

By | February 5th, 2017|Categories: CODIS, criminal investigation, DNA, Homicide, Joe in the News, Sexual Assault|Tags: , , , , |

Karina Verna Case Solved It was a heinous crime. Karina Vetrano left her Howard Beach, Queens home on a late afternoon in early August 2016 for a jog. Surveillance video from a residential camera showed [...]

The Criminal Investigative Function: A Guide for New Investigators – 3rd Ed.

By | January 30th, 2017|Categories: CIF Book, Death Investigation|Tags: , , , , |

The Criminal Investigative Function: A Guide for New Investigators – Third Edition The Criminal Investigative Function: A Guide for New Investigators, the Amazon Best Seller in the categories of Law Enforcement and Forensics is back [...]

Families of Missing Persons: Submit DNA

By | January 23rd, 2017|Categories: LI News Radio, Missing Persons, NamUs, Unidentified|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) The Director of Case Management from the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, or NamUs for short, joined me and host Jay Oliver live on WRCN 103.9 [...]

Director of NamUs Joins Me Live on LI News Radio

By | January 17th, 2017|Categories: LI News Radio, Missing Persons, NamUs, Unidentified|Tags: , , , , , |

Director of Case Management Todd Matthews Todd Matthews, the Director of Case Management for The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) will join me and host Jay Oliver, on LI News Radio. Mr. Matthews [...]

Long Island Serial Killer Show Rundown – Part 1

By | January 9th, 2017|Categories: Death Investigation, Homicide, Human Remains, LI News Radio, Manner of Death, NamUs, Serial Killers, TV Drama|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

  What we know The Long Island Serial Killer show, Part 1, on WRCN 103.9FM with morning show host, Jay Oliver and me, had some interesting takeaways, developments, and surprise guests. It has now been over [...]

Season Premiere of Pandora’s Box: Unleashing Evil

By | January 6th, 2017|Categories: Homicide, TV Drama|Tags: , , , |

Season Premiere of Pandora's Box: Unleashing Evil - Death Wish Season 1, Episode 5 On January 5, 2016, retired NYPD Sergeant Joe Giacalone made an appearance on the season premiere of Investigation Discovery Channel show, [...]

Keith Lamont Scott Shooting Investigation

By | December 26th, 2016|Categories: Joe in the News, Officer Involved Shooting|Tags: , , , , , |

On November 30, 2016, the locals District Attorney announced the decision publicly to not charge the officer involved in shooting Keith Lamont Scott in North Carolina. A civil lawsuit against the police department and the officer [...]

Long Island Serial Killer Show on WRCN 103.9 FM

By | December 19th, 2016|Categories: Death Investigation, Homicide, Human Remains, LI News Radio, Manner of Death, Serial Killers, TV Drama, Unsolved|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

I have a great show planned this Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 8AM with the following guests to discuss the latest developments in the Long Island Serial Killer case: Josh Zeman and Rachel Mills of [...]

Overdose Deaths Exceed Vehicle Accidents

By | December 16th, 2016|Categories: Opioid Deaths|Tags: , , , , , |

For the second year in a row, overdose deaths have exceeded that of vehicle accidents and firearms-related fatalities. The evidence of the heroin pandemic has been mounting for the past two years as police departments [...]

Josh Zeman and Rachel Mills from A&E’s The Killing Season

By | December 7th, 2016|Categories: Cold Case, Death Investigation, Human Remains, LI News Radio, Serial Killers|Tags: , , , , , , |

On Wednesday, December 21, 2016, from 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM, hosts Jay Oliver of WRCN 103.9FM, Long Island News Radio and Joseph Giacalone will welcome Josh Zeman and Rachel Mills from A&E's hit new show, [...]

Tim Pino: Retired K9 Commander

By | December 7th, 2016|Categories: Death Investigation, Human Remains, LI News Radio, Missing Persons, Serial Killers|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Retired K9 Commander, Tim Pino, will be on The Crime Report, Wednesday, December 21, 2016. December 11, 2016, will mark the six (6) year anniversary that four (4) sets of human remains were discovered off [...]

Robert Kolker: Lost Girls An Unsolved American Mystery

By | December 6th, 2016|Categories: Advocate, Author, Cold Case, Serial Killers, Unsolved|Tags: , , , |

Bob Kolker will be my guest on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 8:40AM on WRCN 103.9FM. December 10, 2010 was a cold and windy day. The Suffolk County County Police Department stumbled upon a set of [...]

The Textbook

By | November 16th, 2016|Categories: CIF Book, Crime Scene, Death Investigation, Education, Evidence, Home Page, Training|Tags: , |

The 3rd Edition has been completely revised with new investigative techniques, law updates, additional questions and new forensic photographs! The Criminal Investigative Function: A Guide for New Investigators, is a candid, real-world look at [...]

Welcome to the new home site of Joe Giacalone !!

By | November 5th, 2016|Categories: Advocate, Education, Forensics, Maps, Missing Persons, NamUs, Training, Uncategorized|

My team and I will be building a new site over the next couple weeks with so many new features and departments to serve you. I am sure you will be pleased with the new content. [...]

4 Keys That Led to the Capture of Ahmad Khan Rahami

By | September 20th, 2016|Categories: Cell Phone, Mobile Phone, Surveillance System|Tags: , , , , , , , |

On Saturday, September 17, 2016, Ahmad Khan Rahami, unleashed a wave of terror in Seaside New Jersey at a Marine Corp 5K run, which culminated at night with two pressure cooker bombs in Chelase, New [...]

IACP Release New Guide on Handling Officer Involved Shootings

By | August 12th, 2016|Categories: Officer Involved Shooting|Tags: , , , , , , , |

At the moment, every police executive should be concerned about handling officer-involved shootings (OIS). The International Chiefs of Police (IACP) released a new guide for police executives, administrators, and investigators on how to handle officer-involved [...]

NY State Passes Law Requiring Medical Examiners to Use NamUs

By | July 26th, 2016|Categories: Human Remains, Missing Persons, NamUs, Unidentified|Tags: , , , |

  New York State Governor, Andrew Cuomo, signed a bill into law requiring all medical examiners and coroners in the state to input unidentified human remains exemplars into the National Missing and Unidentified System, or [...]

Forensic Entomologist Dr. Jason Byrd on Crime Talk (S1, E12)

By | May 28th, 2016|Categories: Author, Autopsy, Crime Scene, Crime Stoppers, Crime Talk Radio, Death Investigation, Evidence, Expert Witness, Forensics, Human Remains, Laboratory, LI News Radio, Trace Evidence, Unsolved|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

  Tonight at 5:35PM EST, on Crime Talk, WRCN 103.9FM, I will have University of Florida Board Certified Forensic Entomologist, Dr. Jason Byrd. We will be discussing the role that insects play in aiding [...]

The National Law Enforcement Museum (S1, E11)

By | May 21st, 2016|Categories: Advocate, Creative, Crime Scene, Crime Stoppers, Crime Talk Radio, Criminals, Design, Forensics, Mob, Photographs, Social Media, Statistics, Training, Unsolved|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Tonight at 5:35PM EST, on Crime Talk, I will speak with Rebecca Looney, the Senior Director of Exhibits and Programs for the future National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington D.C. set to open in 2018. [...]

What is a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner? (S1, E10)

By | May 14th, 2016|Categories: Advocate, Blood Evidence, Crime Scene, Crime Talk Radio, Evidence, Expert Witness, Forensics, Photographs, SANE, Sexual Assault, Trace Evidence, Training, Wounds|Tags: , , , , |

Tonight on Crime Talk, 5:35PM EST, I will speak with Nurse Practitioner Michelle Tepper, a certified Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, or SANE for short. We will discuss the critical role that forensic nurses play in [...]

9 Myths about Stop, Question and Frisk Debunked

By | May 14th, 2016|Categories: Civil Rights, Interview Interrogation, SCOTUS, Warrants|Tags: , , , , , |

The police use of Stop, Question and Frisk, has begun a national debate. Is it being used properly and within the bounds of the U.S. Supreme Court decision of Terry v. Ohio? 1. Stop, Question [...]

Michelle Feldman of the Innocence Project Discusses Wrongful Convictions on Crime Talk (S1, E8)

By | April 30th, 2016|Categories: Advocate, Crime Talk Radio, Innocence Project|

Tonight on Crime Talk at 5:35 PM EST on WRCN 103.9 FM Suffolk County N.Y., I welcome Michelle Feldman of the Innocence Project. Michelle and I will discuss the two largest  contributors for wrongful convictions [...]

Lauri Stevens: Social Media in Law Enforcement on Crime Talk

By | April 23rd, 2016|Categories: Author, Crime Talk Radio, Social Media, Training|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Social media is not only changing our personal lives, but how law enforcement does outreach, community policing and more importantly, how they investigate crimes. Social media in law enforcement is playing a role on how [...]

Tonight’s Guest on Crime Talk Radio: Barry A. J. Fisher (S1, E6)

By | April 16th, 2016|Categories: Author, Blood Evidence, Cold Case, Crime Scene, Crime Talk Radio, Death Investigation, DNA, Evidence, Expert Witness, Fingerprints, Forensics, Gun Evidence, Homicide, Laboratory, Trace Evidence, Training|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Tonight at 5:35PM EST on WRCN 103.9 FM will be Barry A. J. Fisher, the former Forensic Chief of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Crime Lab, former President of American Academy of Forensic Sciences, [...]

J. Todd Matthews: Director of Case Management for NamUs on Crime Talk

By | April 11th, 2016|Categories: Advocate, Crime Talk Radio, LI News Radio, NamUs|Tags: , , , , , , , |

On Saturday, April 9, 2016, J. Todd Matthews, the Director of Case Management for the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) was on Crime Talk, WRCN 103.9 FM. Todd spoke to the host of [...]

Crime and Consequences: Police Body Cams

By | March 7th, 2016|Categories: Cell Phone, Evidence, Mistakes, Mobile Phone, Social Media, Surveillance System, Training, Witnesses|Tags: , , , , , , |

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” [...]

Joseph Giacalone to host Crime Talk on 103.9 FM Suffolk County

By | February 29th, 2016|Categories: Crime Talk Radio, Radio News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

  Welcome to Crime Talk, a new radio show on WRCN 103.9 FM! Joseph Giacalone will make his radio host debut with Crime Talk on Saturday, March 12, on 103.9 FM, Suffolk County, New [...]

Questions Arise About Antonin Scalia’s Death

By | February 22nd, 2016|Categories: Autopsy, Celebrity, Court, Crime Scene, Death Investigation, Evidence, Forensics, ME Coroner, Mistakes, Scalia, SCOTUS|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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 [...]

Dr. Michael Baden: Forensic Rockstar #4

By | February 15th, 2016|Categories: Autopsy, Baden, Blood Evidence, Cold Case, Court, Crime Talk Radio, DNA, Evidence, Expert Witness, Forensics, Gun Evidence, Henry Lee, Homicide, Human Remains, Laboratory, LI News Radio, ME Coroner, Missing Persons, NamUs|Tags: , , , |

I had the chance of a lifetime to sit down and speak with Dr. Michael Baden for over an hour about death investigations, the future of DNA and other forensic technologies. Dr. Baden is probably [...]

How Cold is the Long Island Serial Killer Case?

By | February 8th, 2016|Categories: Autopsy, Cell Phone, Cold Case, Crime Scene, Death Investigation, DNA, Evidence, Forensics, Human Remains, Missing Persons, NamUs, Serial Killers, Sexual Assault, Social Media, Trace Evidence, Unsolved|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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 [...]

FBI Releases Preliminary Crime Stats for First Half of 2015

By | January 29th, 2016|Categories: Criminals, ME Coroner, Statistics, UCR, Unsolved|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Many people like to cite crime statistics from a variety of places, however the best source is from the FBI report: Crime in the United States or the Uniform Crime Report or the UCR, just [...]

Dr. Henry C. Lee: Forensic Rockstar #3

By | January 15th, 2016|Categories: Autopsy, Blood Evidence, Cold Case, Court, Crime Scene, Death Investigation, DNA, Evidence, Expert Witness, Eyewitness, Fingerprints, Forensics, Gun Evidence, Homicide, Human Remains, Laboratory, ME Coroner, Serial Killers, Sexual Assault, Trace Evidence, Training, TV Drama, TV News, Unsolved, Witnesses|Tags: , , , , |

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 [...]

New Guide for Child Forensic Interviewing

By | October 22nd, 2015|Categories: Child Abuse, Cold Case, Court, Death Investigation, Eyewitness, Homicide, Interview Interrogation, Juveniles, Missing Persons, NamUs, Sexual Assault, Social Media, Unsolved, Witnesses|Tags: , , , |

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 [...]

Obama Administration to Release 6K Federal Drug Offenders Early

By | October 15th, 2015|Categories: Criminals|Tags: , , , |

President Obama has decided to release 6,000 Federal prisoners early this year as part of his Criminal Justice Reform as per the Washington Post, but does that make it a good idea? There are only two [...]

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

By | February 20th, 2015|Categories: Celebrity, Cold Case, Criminals, Evidence, Eyewitness, Fingerprints, Forensics, Gun Evidence, Homicide, ME Coroner, Missing Persons, Mob, Unsolved, Witnesses|Tags: , , , , |

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 [...]

Tainting Juries and Witnesses One Tweet at a Time

By | December 2nd, 2014|Categories: Cell Phone, Court, Evidence, Eyewitness, Juries, Mobile Phone, Social Media, Witnesses|Tags: , , , , |

Social Media Poses a Challenge for Courtrooms By: Joseph Giacalone For an investigator, avoiding contamination of your witnesses and victims was a task that was hard enough. Now, that task has become Herculean with our [...]

U.S. Supreme Court to Law Enforcement: Get a Warrant to Search a Cell phone!

By | July 1st, 2014|Categories: Cell Phone, Crime Scene, Evidence, Eyewitness, Fingerprints, Forensics, Laptop, Mobile Phone, Photographs, SCOTUS, Social Media, Surveillance System, Videos, Warrants, Witnesses|Tags: , , , , , , |

Riley v. California and U.S. v. Wurie By: Joseph Giacalone Attention Law Enforcement: The U.S. Supreme Court says you need to get a warrant to search cellphones. There are no shortcuts when it comes [...]

The Changing Landscape of Social Media Investigations

By | April 29th, 2014|Categories: Celebrity, Evidence, Eyewitness, Forensics, Gun Evidence, Interview Interrogation, Missing Persons, Photographs, Serial Killers, Sexual Assault, Social Media, Unsolved, Witnesses|Tags: , , , |

Social Media is Changing the Way Cases are Investigated By: Joseph Giacalone When the German philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche said, “Better know nothing than half-know many things,” he may have been speaking to law enforcement regarding [...]

Tabloid: Headless Body Found in Topless Bar

By | March 4th, 2014|Categories: Celebrity, Eyewitness, Forensics, Homicide, Mistakes, Photographs, TV Drama, Witnesses|Tags: , , , , , |

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! [...]

Tabloid on Investigation Discovery Channel – 2nd Appearance

By | February 17th, 2014|Categories: Blood Evidence, Celebrity, Cold Case, Crime Scene, Death Investigation, DNA, Evidence, Forensics, Homicide, Interview Interrogation, ME Coroner, Photographs, Trace Evidence, TV Drama, Unsolved, Witnesses|Tags: , , |

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 [...]

Tabloid on Investigation Discovery Channel – 1st Appearance

By | February 3rd, 2014|Categories: Celebrity, TV Drama|Tags: , , , , , |

On February 6, 2014 at 10 PM EST, I will be appearing on The Investigation Discovery Channel’s new show called, Tabloid. This will be the first of three appearances for me on Tabloid where host Jerry [...]

The “Can’t ID” Problem for Law Enforcement

By | January 27th, 2014|Categories: Cold Case, Crime Scene, Evidence, Eyewitness, Interview Interrogation, Mistakes, Photographs, Warrants, Witnesses|Tags: , , |

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 [...]

Kicking Around the Cold Case Files

By | November 12th, 2013|Categories: Autopsy, Cold Case, Death Investigation, DNA, Evidence, Eyewitness, Forensics, Interview Interrogation, Missing Persons, NamUs, Photographs, Trace Evidence, Unsolved, Warrants, Witnesses|Tags: , , |

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 [...]

The Homicide and Death Investigations Course in Danbury, CT

By | October 1st, 2013|Categories: Cause of Death, Crime Scene, Death Investigation, Homicide, Manner of Death|Tags: , , , |

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 [...]

6 Fundamental Questions in Homicide Investigations

By | September 19th, 2013|Categories: Autopsy, Crime Scene, Death Investigation, Evidence, Forensics, Homicide, Mistakes, Trace Evidence, Warrants, Witnesses|Tags: , , , |

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? [...]

The Search Warrant Conundrum and Crime Scenes

By | August 28th, 2013|Categories: Evidence, Interview Interrogation, ME Coroner, Mistakes, SCOTUS, Warrants|Tags: , , , , , |

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 [...]

Exhuming a Body for Suspect DNA Worth It?

By | August 14th, 2013|Categories: Autopsy, Death Investigation, DNA, Evidence, Forensics, Human Remains, Trace Evidence, Unsolved, Wounds|Tags: , , , , |

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 [...]

There Are No Shortcuts in Death Investigations: Documenting the Body

By | July 24th, 2013|Categories: Autopsy, Blood Evidence, Crime Scene, Death Investigation, Evidence, Forensics, Mistakes, Photographs, Trace Evidence, Wounds|Tags: , , , , |

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, [...]

Fatal Mistakes in a Homicide Investigation #3

By | July 18th, 2013|Categories: Evidence, Forensics, Gun Evidence, Mistakes, Photographs|

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 [...]

Fatal Mistakes in a Homicide Investigation #2

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

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 [...]

Social Media Heating Up Cold Cases

By | June 27th, 2013|Categories: Evidence, Eyewitness, Forensics, Missing Persons, NamUs, Photographs, Social Media, Unsolved, Witnesses|Tags: , , |

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 [...]

Fatal Mistakes in a Homicide Investigation #1

By | June 12th, 2013|Categories: Crime Scene, Mistakes|Tags: , , , |

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 [...]

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

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

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 [...]

The Homicide and Death Investigations Course

By | May 29th, 2013|Categories: Cause of Death, Homicide, Manner of Death|Tags: , , , |

This past week, the Greenwich Police Department sponsored a Five (5) Day Homicide and Death Investigations Course at their police headquarters. Joe Giacalone and other practitioners in the field, including the new Chief Medical Examiner [...]

Connecticut is the Latest State to Change Eyewitness Identification Procedures

By | May 21st, 2013|Categories: Evidence, Eyewitness, Interview Interrogation, Photographs, Witnesses|Tags: , , , , , , |

As of May 1, 2013, all police departments in the state of Connecticut will be mandated to implement new eyewitness identification procedures that are designed to prevent mis-identification and subsequently wrongful convictions. In response [...]

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

By | April 13th, 2013|Categories: Crime Scene, Forensics, Missing Persons, NamUs, Psychopath, Serial Killers, TV Drama, Unsolved|Tags: , , , |

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 [...]

Investigating Unidentified Human Remains

By | April 11th, 2013|Categories: Autopsy, Death Investigation, DNA, Forensics, Human Remains, ME Coroner, Missing Persons, NamUs, Unsolved|

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 [...]

No Drug Sniffing Dogs Outside a Home Without Warrant

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

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 [...]

The Mob’s Greatest Unsolved Hits: Albert Anastasia

By | March 13th, 2013|Categories: Celebrity, Cold Case, Crime Scene, Death Investigation, Forensics, Gun Evidence, Mob, Serial Killers, Unsolved|Tags: , , , , , , |

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 [...]

The Baseline: The First Step in Lie Detection

By | March 11th, 2013|Categories: Interview Interrogation, Witnesses|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Baseline: A Key Indicator to Identifying Deception Establishing a baseline is one of the most important steps in lie detection By: Joseph L. Giacalone   Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire! Raise your hand [...]

Detectives and the Autopsy

By | March 3rd, 2013|Categories: Autopsy, Death Investigation, Forensics, ME Coroner, Trace Evidence, Unsolved, Wounds|Tags: , , , , |

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 [...]

DNA: Just One of Many Law Enforcement Tools – Guest Blog

By | January 21st, 2013|Categories: Cold Case, DNA, Unsolved|Tags: , , , |

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 [...]

A Law Enforcement Training Mission to Jordan and the Brotherhood of Cops

By | November 20th, 2012|Categories: Child Abuse, Sexual Assault, Training|Tags: , , , , , |

The Blue Brotherhood of Cops Cops are truly a family By: Joseph L. Giacalone I had the fortune to fall into the law enforcement training representative for a sanctioned mission to the country of Jordan. [...]

Prisoner Debriefings: The Answer to Solving Cold Cases

By | November 9th, 2012|Categories: Cold Case, Unsolved|Tags: , , , |

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 [...]

6 Mistakes to Avoid at a Crime Scene

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

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. [...]

911 Tapes: Cold Case Artifacts

By | October 1st, 2012|Categories: Autopsy, Cold Case, Death Investigation, DNA, Forensics, ME Coroner, NamUs, Unsolved|Tags: , |

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 Mob’s Greatest Unsolved Hits: Arnold Rothstein

By | September 17th, 2012|Categories: Celebrity, Cold Case, Forensics, Mob, Serial Killers, Unsolved|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

"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 [...]

Cause of Death vs. Manner of Death

By | September 14th, 2012|Categories: Autopsy, Death Investigation, ME Coroner|Tags: , , , , |

Cause of Death vs. Manner of Death An Integral Piece of Information in Death Investigations Is there a difference between the Cause and Manner of Death? Yes, there is a big difference. Investigators should appear [...]

The Mob’s Greatest Unsolved Hits: Kid Twist

By | September 4th, 2012|Categories: Celebrity, Cold Case, Forensics, Mob, Serial Killers|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Canary That Sung, But Couldn’t Fly By: Joseph Giacalone Abraham “Kid Twist” Reles (1907-1941)   Abraham Reles was born in a poverty stricken area of Brownsville, Brooklyn, New York, in 1907 to Jewish-Austrian [...]

Missing Persons Checklist

By | August 27th, 2012|Categories: CIF Book, Cold Case, Missing Persons, NamUs, Trace Evidence|Tags: , , , |

Missing Persons Checklist for Family Members The Faster the Police are Notified, the Better By: Joseph Giacalone I hope that no family ever has to use this checklist, however, far too many people go [...]

Brenda Lee Harvey: A Mother Taken Too Soon

By | August 17th, 2012|Categories: Cold Case, DNA, Forensics, NamUs|Tags: , , , , |

Brenda Lee Harvey-Martinez A Daughter’s Quest for the Truth By: Stephanie Bellanca The weather in Flint, Michigan on the night of December 22, 1988, was cold and overcast. Little did I know that it [...]

The Zodiac Killer: The Ultimate Cold Case

By | August 10th, 2012|Categories: Celebrity, Cold Case, Serial Killers|Tags: , , , , |

Zodiac Killer Still Enthralls Crime Enthusiasts After 40 years By: Mariana Ashley   Some cold cases continue to arouse the curiosity of the public decades after the incidents that started it. These cases go [...]

Marilyn Monroe: Cold Case or Not?

By | August 5th, 2012|Categories: Celebrity, Death Investigation, Forensics|Tags: , , |

50 Year Anniversary of Her Death Questions Still Remain By: Joseph Giacalone On August 5, 1962, the world was stunned to find that actress and pin up girl, Marilyn Monroe was dead. 50 years [...]

The Murder of Innocence: Newborn “Fredericka Mary”

By | August 1st, 2012|Categories: Cold Case, Death Investigation, DNA, Missing Persons, NamUs|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

A News Team’s Quest for the Truth By: Joe McGinty, CCS Contributor In the early morning hours of Mother’s Day, May 11, 1986, a man in Needham, Massachusetts would make a disturbing discovery inside [...]

Dr. Sir Alec Jeffreys: Forensic Rock Star #2

By | July 6th, 2012|Categories: DNA, Forensics, Trace Evidence|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Sir Alec Jefferys DNA: The First Exoneration and Conviction By: Joseph Giacalone In my first Forensic Rock Star post, I highlighted the important contributions of Edmond Locard. Today’s post will continue with the Forensic Rock [...]

Edmond Locard: Forensic Rock Star

By | June 5th, 2012|Categories: Cold Case, Death Investigation, DNA, Fingerprints, Forensics, Trace Evidence|Tags: , , |

Edmond Locard: Forensic Rockstar by: Joseph L. Giacalone If you are a fan of the CSI TV series or similar criminal investigation shows, then why not learn about the real forensic rock stars. These [...]

Why the Long Island Serial Killer Holds Us Hostage

By | December 8th, 2011|Categories: Cold Case, LI News Radio, Missing Persons, NamUs, Serial Killers|Tags: , , , |

The Long Island Serial Killer By: Scott Bonn, Ph.D. Dating back to “Jack the Ripper,” who terrorized London, England, and the world in the 1880s, serial killers have captured our collective imagination while sending [...]

4 Tips for Identifying and Interviewing a Psychopath

By | November 14th, 2011|Categories: Cold Case, Psychopath, Serial Killers|Tags: , , , |

Interviewing a Psychopath By Jane Smith 1.      Familiarize yourself with the Hare Psychopathy Checklist: The Hare Psychopath Checklist is considered the standard criteria for identifying a psychopath. If you feel as though you are [...]

A Craigslist Serial Killer On Long Island? UPDATED 11/30/2011

By | January 24th, 2011|Categories: Cold Case, Missing Persons, NamUs, Serial Killers|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Photo Credit: Barcelo, NY Daily News Long Island, New York A Craigslist Killer on Long Island? Bodies Continue to be Uncovered in Gilgo Beach By: Joseph L. Giacalone A Craigslist Serial Killer / Long [...]

How to Request a Cold Case to be Reexamined

By | December 15th, 2010|Categories: Cold Case, Forensics, Missing Persons, NamUs|Tags: , , |

Homicide Cases are Never Closed By: Joseph L. Giacalone ©2010 Anyone can ask for a cold case to be reexamined. However, investigators would prefer that it came from a family member or someone that had [...]