No-Body Homicide Cases: A Practical Guide to Investigating, Prosecuting, and Winning Cases When the Victim Is Missing, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

No-Body Homicide Cases

A Practical Guide to Investigating, Prosecuting, and Winning Cases When the Victim Is Missing, 1st Edition

By Thomas A.(Tad) DiBiase

CRC Press

338 pages | 7 B/W Illus.

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Description

How do you prove someone guilty of murder when the best piece of evidence—the victim’s body—is missing? Exclusively dedicated to the investigation and prosecution of no-body homicide cases, this book provides the author’s insight gained from investigating and trying a no-body case along with what he’s learned consulting on scores of others across the country. A practical guide for police and prosecutors, it takes an expansive look at both the history of no-body murder cases and the best methods to investigate, solve, and bring them to court.

Taking readers step by step from the first days of a homicide investigation through the trial, the book explores the history of confessions, the use of jailhouse snitches to get information, and CSI-style forensics utilized in solving a case. It delves into the psychological profile of the type of defendant who murders someone and then hides the body and reviews methods criminals have used to dispose of bodies. It also discloses the investigative techniques police must use to catch these devious killers.

Using real-life case studies, No-Body Homicide Cases: A Practical Guide to Investigating, Prosecuting, and Winning Cases When the Victim is Missing summarizes and analyzes the nearly 400 no-body murder trials in U.S. history, enabling readers to leverage the similarities in these cases with their own scenarios. The book is an essential resource for all investigators and a roadmap to a conviction for prosecutors.

Table of Contents

The Early Investigative Phase

Introduction

Searching for the Victim

Cell Phones

Social Media

Interviews

Search Warrants

Electronic Trail

Pressure Suspect

Motive

Think Creatively

Missing Children

Proving the Victim Is Dead

Eliminating Other Suspects

The Later Investigative Phase

Using the Media

Remember the Anniversaries

If You Have a Suspect

Jailhouse Informants: A Cautionary Tale

Cold Case

Trial

Pretrial Preparation

Voir Dire

Hearsay

Puzzle Argument

Rope vs. Chain Analogy

SODDI

Why Arguing the Victim Is Not Dead Is a Defendant’s Worst Enemy

No-Body Murder Case Statistics

Personality of a Murderer

Future

Indices

Keyword Index

State Index

Appendix A

Appendix B

About the Author

Thomas A. (Tad) DiBiase received a B.A. in politics from Wake Forest University in 1987 and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 1991. He is the nation’s leading expert on no-body homicide cases and has a website that tracks and discusses these cases at www.nobodymurdercases.com. He consults with police and prosecutors throughout the country on no-body murder cases and has formally consulted on more than two dozen no-body murder cases. He has appeared on television numerous times and has been quoted widely in newspapers throughout the country.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COM053000
COMPUTERS / Security / General
LAW026000
LAW / Criminal Law / General
LAW041000
LAW / Forensic Science