Cold Case Homicides : Practical Investigative Techniques, Second Edition book cover
2nd Edition

Cold Case Homicides
Practical Investigative Techniques, Second Edition

ISBN 9780367778378
Published March 31, 2021 by CRC Press
658 Pages

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Book Description

This book, now in its second edition, is the first and most exhaustive text covering the still growing popularity of cold case investigations which locate perpetrators and free the innocent. The new edition adds approximately 80 pages of content, including material on clandestine graves and investigating cold gang cases. The book merges theory with practice through the use of case histories, photographs, illustrations and checklists that convey essential, fundamental concepts while providing a strong, practical basis for the investigative process.

Table of Contents





Chapter One: The Cold Case Problem

R.H. Walton

Chapter Two: Case File Review

R.H. Walton

Chapter Three: Read the Book: Learn the Case

R.H. Walton

Chapter Four: Investigation

R.H. Walton

Chapter Five: Long Term Missing Persons and No-Body Homicides

R.H. Walton

Chapter Six: Prosecution of Cold Cases

Ann Marie Schubert

Chapter Seven: Vicap, Hits, and TracKRS

R.H. Walton

Chapter Eight: Criminal Justice Information Services and NCIC

R.H. Walton

Chapter Nine: Interviewing Senior Citizens

R.H. Walton

Chapter Ten: Death Certificate, Obituary and Coroner’s Inquest

R.H. Walton

Chapter Eleven: Cold Case Investigation Units

R.H. Walton

Chapter Twelve: Media in Cold Case Investigation

R.H. Walton

Chapter Thirteen: Friction Skin Impressions

Edward Palma

Chapter Fourteen: Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems

Peter Komarinski

Chapter Fifteen: From Serology to DNA in Cold Case Investigations

Mike Grubb

Chapter Sixteen: Trace Evidence in Cold Case Investigations

Jay Henry

Chapter Seventeen: National Missing and Unidentified Persons Database

Thomas Dibase and R.H. Walton

Chapter Eighteen: Combined DNA Index System (CODIS)

Connie Milton

Chapter Ninteen: National Integrated Ballistic Information Network

Katharine Dyer

Chapter Twenty: Forensic Anthropology in Cold Cases

Madeline Hinkes

Chapter Twenty-One: Forensic Dentistry in Cold Cases

Norman Sperber and Anthony R. Cardoza

Chapter Twenty-Two: Forensic Exhumation

R. H. Walton

Chapter Twenty-Three: Criminal Investigative Analysis in Cold Case Investigations

Sharon Pagaling Hagan

Chapter Twenty-Four: Warming Up with Wiretaps

Robert P. Hickey

Chapter Twenty-Five: Bloodstain Pattern Analysis in Homicide Cold Case Investigations

Tom Bevel

Chapter Twenty-Six: Blood Enhancement

Rod Englert

Chapter Twenty-Seven: Forensic Document Examination


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R.H. Walton is Associate Professor in the Criminal Justice Program at Utah State University Eastern.