Practical Cold Case Homicide Investigations Procedural Manual, 1st Edition

  • Richard H. Walton
  • Published By: CRC Press
  • ISBN-10: 1439857024
  • ISBN-13: 9781439857021
  • DDC: 363.25
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 352 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released March 2016
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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Designed for use by investigators in any agency, large or small, Practical Cold Case Homicide Investigations Procedural Manual provides an overview of the means and methods by which previously reported and investigated—yet unresolved—homicides might be solved. Written by an experienced cold case investigator and consultant, this convenient handbook is drawn from the author's previous work, Cold Case Homicides: Practical Investigative Techniques and follows the successful format of Vernon Geberth's Practical Homicide Investigation: Checklist and Field Guide.

The book examines the basics of case identification and reactivation, providing insight into file retrieval and review. It discusses the legal aspects of cold case investigation and prosecution and explores how to take advantage of technology and forensics advances developed since the case went cold—including forensic and people-searching databases. Readers will learn how techniques used in current homicide investigations have an expanded role in cold case investigations. The convenient format features a summary and checklist template and includes simple, step-by-step instructions.

While cold cases are frustrating for investigators and victims' families, this book shows how modern cold case homicide investigation can best exploit the primary solvability factors of changes in technology and changes in relationships—turning the concept of time as an enemy into time as a friend.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Series Note.
About the Author.
Contributing Authors.
1: The Cold Case Concept.
2: Case Reactivation and Review.
3: Reading the File.
4: Legal Issues and Prosecution.
5: Investigation.
6: Investigative Resources.
7: ViCAP and Databases.
8: FBI.
9: Death Certificate and Obituary.
10: Coroners and Medical Examiners.
11: Interviewing Senior Citizens.
12: The Media in Cold Case Investigation.
13: Cold Case Investigation Units.
14: Friction-Ridge Impressions (Fingerprints).
15: Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems.
16: Serology and DNA.
17: Combined DNA Index System (CODIS).
18: Mitochondrial DNA Examination of Cold Case Crime-Scene Hairs.
19: National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN).
Investigative Tools.
20: Forensic Anthropology.
21: Forensic Odontology (Dentistry).
22: Forensic Exhumation.
23: Criminal Investigative Analysis.
24: Electronic Intercepts (Wiretaps).
25: Bloodstain Pattern Analysis.
26: Luminol.
27: Questioned Documents.
28: Cold Case Polygraph.
29: Geographic Profiling in Cold Case Investigations.
30: Forensic Art.