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NCJ Number: 229612 Find in a Library
Title: Probing Into Cold Cases: A Guide for Investigators
Author(s): Ronald L. Mendell, M.S., CISSP, CLI
Date Published: 2010
Page Count: 322
Sponsoring Agency: Charles C. Thomas
Springfield, IL 62704
Publication Number: ISBN 978-0-398-07903-1
Sale Source: Charles C. Thomas
2600 South First Street
Springfield, IL 62704
United States of America
Type: Overview Text
Format: Book (Hardbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book offers investigators a new approach in examining cold cases and suggests new ways of seeing and looking for evidence; the techniques suggested offer a systematic reexamination of the available evidence.
Abstract: Cold cases raise serious challenges for both civil and criminal investigators. The common understanding of what constitutes a cold case usually is a reopened homicide investigation. The main challenge to the cold case investigator is not a lack of insight, but the passage of time may require the investigator to probe more layers of information than those faced by the original case investigator. This book begins with a discussion explaining the nature of cold cases and the major problems associated with these investigations. A cold case investigation progresses from the internal (the case’s center), proximal (contact evidence), distal (immediate vicinity) to the limbic (the world at large) realms of information. The importance of gathering basic identifiers about the victim, suspect, product, or object that constitutes the ‘center’ of the case is stressed. Fifteen keys exist that act as collection points for evidence. These keys are discussed, including the role they play in the evolution of an investigation. The book features the following topics: identifying the differences between physical evidence, traceable evidence, and information resources; the differences between the goals in criminal cases and in civil investigations; working with the medical examiner; the importance of visiting the locus or crime scene even after a considerable period of time has elapsed; the basics of computer forensics and tips on cyber-profiling; technical assistance and how to locate expert help; tools for uncovering witnesses; locating hidden information archives relevant to a particular case; financial evidence; managing a case; and response when using a combination of traditional and forensic techniques, constituting a modern synthesis of investigative methods. This book offers cold case investigators a new approach to examine what happened in the past. Tables, figures, appendix, glossary, bibliography, and index
Main Term(s): Investigative techniques
Index Term(s): Criminal investigation; Homicide investigations; Police casework; Police crime analysis training; Police criminal investigation training
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