1st Edition

Practical Cold Case Homicide Investigations Procedural Manual

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ISBN 9781439857014
Published December 23, 2013 by CRC Press
341 Pages 14 Color & 19 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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


The Cold Case Concept

Case Reactivation and Review

Reading the File

Legal Issues and Prosecution


Investigative Resources

ViCAP and Databases

FBI Resources

Death Certificate and Obituary

Coroners and Medical Examiners

Interviewing Senior Citizens

The Media in Cold Case Investigation

Cold Case Investigation Units


Friction-Ridge Impressions (Fingerprints)

Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems

Serology and DNA

Combined DNA Index System (CODIS)

Mitochondrial DNA Examination Of Cold Case Crime-Scene Hairs

National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN)

Investigative Tools

Forensic Anthropology

Forensic Odontology (Dentistry)

Forensic Exhumation

Criminal Investigative Analysis

Electronic Intercepts (Wiretaps)

Bloodstain Pattern Analysis in Homicide Cold Case Investigations


Questioned Documents

Cold Case Polygraph

Geographic Profiling in Cold Case Investigations

Forensic Art


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