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Cold Cases

Evaluation Models with Follow-up Strategies for Investigators, Second Edition, 2nd Edition

By James M. Adcock, Sarah L. Stein


337 pages

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Because the investigation of cold cases is usually an arduous and time-consuming task, most law enforcement agencies in the United States are not able to dedicate the resources necessary to support the cold case investigation process. However, when those cases are fully pursued and prosecuted, they often result in convictions and lengthy prison terms. Cold Cases: Evaluation Models with Follow-up Strategies for Investigators, Second Edition saves law enforcement time by providing detailed guidelines for determining if a cold case is solvable, and if so, how to organize, manage, and evaluate the investigation. It also provides techniques for developing investigative strategies to complement the evaluation process and resolve the crime.

This second edition featuresa new revised model and methodology for investigating cold cases suitable for all police and public safety agencies—large or small, domestic or international. This new model is more expeditious and convenient for departments that have less manpower and experience in dealing with cold cases. It emphasizes the prioritization of cold cases based on the availability of physical evidence and the chances of deriving matches from said evidence and an identified person of interest.

Additional topics covered in the second edition include:

  • How cases go cold

  • Strategies for creating a cold case unit

  • Cold case investigations in a Dutch educational environment—a chapter written by members of the Dutch Police Academy

  • New forensic science technologies, including DNA, CODIS, and AFIS

  • Case studies demonstrating advances in suspectology

  • Strategies for effective investigative interviewing

  • Challenges posed by staged crime scenes in cold cases

  • How to craft a cold case evaluation report

The expert authors of this book maintain The Center for the Resolution of Unresolved Crimes

Table of Contents

Getting Started: How Do We Prepare to Review and Conduct Cold Case Investigations? What Is a Cold Case and How Did We Get Here?Understanding the Process of Homicide and Those Who Kill.Creating a Cold Case Squad (Concepts for Initialization). The Evaluation Process. Introduction to Evaluation Models and Procedures.A Comprehensive Cold Case Evaluation Model. An Alternative Model for Evaluating Cold Cases.Cold Case Evaluation Model III: Missing Persons. Cold Case Investigation in an Educational Environment: The Dutch Experience. Follow-Up Investigative Strategies. Applying Science and Technology to Cold Cases. Suspectology: The Development of Suspects Using Pre-, Peri-, and Post-Offense Behaviors. Investigative Interviewing: Issues and Concerns Relating to Cold Cases.Cold Cases and Staged Crime Scenes: Crime Scene Clues to Suspect Misdirection of the Investigation. Evaluation Reports and Legal Considerations.Conclusion.Appendix A: Establishing a Police Gray Squad to Resolve Unsolved Homicide Cases. Appendix B: Dutch Victim Assessment Form—Victimology. Appendix C: Suspectology: Case Study 2. Appendix D: Sample Cold Case Evaluation Report. Appendix E: Cold Case Scholarly Sources—Annotated. Bibliography. Index.

About the Authors

James M. Adcock, Ph.D. was a visiting Professor at the Yale Law School.

Sarah L. Stein, Ph.D., was hired as a cold case analyst for 6 months by the Connecticut police department.

About the Series

Advances in Police Theory and Practice

Presenting volumes that focus on the nexus between research and practice, the Advances in Police Theory and Practice series is geared toward those practitioners and academics seeking to implement the latest innovations in policing from across the world. This series draws from an international community of experts who examine who the police are, what they do, and how they maintain order, administer laws, and serve their communities.

The series eeditor encourages the contribution of works coauthored by police practitioners and researchers. Proposals for contributions to the series may be submitted to the series editor Dilip Das at [email protected]

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COMPUTERS / Security / General
LAW / Criminal Law / General
LAW / Forensic Science
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology