Remember: Do it right the first time. You only get one chance.
—Vernon J. Geberth, M.S., M.P.S., 1980, Homicide and Forensic Consultant, Author of Practical Homicide Investigation®, and the Series Editor of Practical Aspects of Criminal and Forensic Investigations.
In Practical Homicide Investigation, renowned author and investigator Vernon J. Geberth provided thousands of law enforcement professionals with invaluable techniques for investigation of sudden and violent death. Now he shares his practical and clinical expertise related to the unique characteristics of sex-related homicide and death investigations.
Renowned for being THE definitive source on these types of cases, this volume has been revised and expanded to provide additional case histories to emphasize the essential procedures and techniques on which to build a solid, prosecutable case.
This comprehensive volume is an incredible compilation that exhausts the subject. Vern's remarkable experience and unmatched expertise have given him unparalleled insight into the investigation of sexually deviant crimes and the psyche of those who perpetrate violent sex related crimes.
—Michigan Assistant Attorney General Donna Pendergast
Sex-Related Homicide and Death Investigation is truly a chronicle of practical and clinical case studies, combined with invaluable investigative guidelines, that takes the reader to another level of knowledge in this unique field. It represents an accomplishment that no other author has yet achieved.
— Legendary criminal profiler Robert K. Ressler, commenting on the First Edition
In typical Vernon Geberth style, we do not merely read of sexual murder…We are thrust into the horror…transported to the crime scene. We live it, smell it, experience it and feel it.
—From the Foreword by Larry Welch, Retired Director of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation
What’s New in the Second Edition:
Vernon Geberth discusses the book in a video on the CRC Press YouTube channel.
Vernon Geberth was recently interviewed for an article entitled, The Hunt for a Serial Killer: Revisting the Gilgo Beach Murders.
Table of Contents
Human Sexuality and Sexual Deviance: Research and Reality
What Are the Goals/Objectives of the Human Brain?
Artificial Human Estrus
The Sociosexual Template
Human Sexual Arousal and Response System
Father of the Human Sexuality "Field"
Human Sociosexual Arousal and Response System
Appendix: Paraphilias Quick Reference
The Investigative Significance of Fantasy in Sex-Related Incidents
Human Sex Drive
Photographs and Magazine Pictures
Fantasy Drawings and Their Significance in Criminal Investigative Analysis
Fantasy Writings of Sexual Sadists
Consenting Partners Used to Reinforce the Fantasy
Fantasy and Linking Criminal Events
Prosecution Presentation of Psychosexual Evidence
Domestic Violence Lust Murder: A Clinical Perspective of Sadistic and Sexual Fantasies Integrated into Domestic Violence Dynamics
Fantasy and Search Warrants
Journal of a Serial Rapist: A Case Study
Investigative Analysis and Opinion
Sexual Asphyxia and Autoerotic Fatalities
Sex, Age, and Race
Atypical Autoerotic Deaths
Asphyxial Deaths: The Pathology of Autoerotic Death
Reality of Asphyxial Death: Videotaped Cases
Equivocal Death Investigations
Sexual Asphyxia: The Psychosexual Aspects of Autoerotic Activity
Female Victims of Autoerotic Fatality
Female Autoerotic Fatality Reported as a Homicide
Female Autoerotic Fatality Reported as a Suicide
Atypical Female Autoerotic Case
Equivocal Death Investigation
Notification and Advising the Surviving Family of the Mode of Death
A Case History
Determining the Involvement of Sexual Asphyxia: Autoerotic Checklist
The Crime Scene Investigation
Document the scene: photos, videotape, and diagrams
The Concept of Linkage
The Primary Crime Scene
Secure and Protect the Crime Scene and Area
Specific Duties of First Officers
Preliminary Investigation at the Scene
Preliminary Medical Examination at the Scene
Implementing Crime Scene Procedures
Direction of Uniform Personnel at the Scene
Formulating the Crime Scene Search
Release of the Scene
The Search Process
Sex-Related Crime Scene Checklist
Investigative Assessment: Criminal Personality Profiling.
The Investigative Checklist
Collection and Preservation of Physical Evidence in Sex-Related Death Investigations
General Types of Evidence
Procedures for Collection of Evidence
Field Test Reagents
Tests for the Presence of Body Fluids
Collection of Specific Types of Evidence
Application of DNA Technology
Interpersonal Violence-Oriented Disputes and Assaults and Sex-Related Domestic Violence Murders
Rape- and Sodomy-Oriented Murders
Cold Case Homicide Linked through CODIS
Categories of Rapists
Typical Sexual Killer
Lust Murder and Deviant-Oriented Assaults
Anatomy of Lust Murder
Case Histories of Lust Murders
Homosexual Serial Killers
The Serial Killer Profile
A Clinical Perspective
Sex-Related Child Homicides and Child Abduction Cases
Homosexual Pedophile Murder
Missing Person Reports Involving Children
Introduction to Child Abduction
Standard Operating Procedures
Additional Investigative Considerations
Cause of Death
The Amber Alert Plan
Sex Slave Torture and Serial Murder Case
David Parker Ray
The BTK Investigation
The Original Btk Serial Murders
The Btk Killer Reemerges
Dennis Lynn Rader: The BTK Killer
Synopsis of the BTK Confessions
Search Warrant Evidence
Investigative Analysis: Criminal Personality Profiling and the Signature Aspect
Criminal Investigative Analysis
Crime Scene Forensics
Criminal Personality Profile
Investigative Assessment: The Profiling Process
Clinical Considerations and Descriptions of Behavior
Crime Scene and Profile: Characteristics of Organized and Disorganized Murderers
Criminal Personality Profiling: The Signature Aspect in Criminal
The Frequency and Characteristics of Sexual Posing in Homicides
Investigative Application of the "Signature" Aspect
Psychopathic Sexual Sadism: A Clinical Study
Historical Perspective and Definitions
Interview Statement of Serial Killer: A Sexual Sadist
A Psychology of Evil
Interview Strategies and Techniques
Case Documentation Of Psychopathic Sexual Sadism
Vernon J. Geberth, M.S., M.P.A., B.B.A., FBINA, is a former lieutenant commander of the New York City Police Department with over 40 years of law enforcement experience. He has personally investigated, supervised, assessed, researched, and consulted on over 8,000 death investigations. In addition, Commander Geberth has been the recipient of more than 60 awards for bravery and exceptional police work and is a member of the Honor Legion of the City of New York Police Department. He is also a Fellow in the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS). Commander Geberth is a nationally renowned lecturer, author, educator, consultant, and expert witness on the subject of death investigations.
As the definitive treatise on sex-related deaths, Sex-Related Homicide and Death Investigation: Practical and Clinical Perspectives, Second Edition belongs on the shelf of anyone from any discipline in the forensic sciences involved in the investigation and prosecution of these cases.
—Barbara C. Wolf, M.D., Chief Medical Examiner, District 5, Florida
Vernon Geberth has done it again with his definitive tome Sex-Related Homicide and Death Investigation: Practical and Clinical Perspectives, Second Edition, which addresses violent sexual assault investigations and has expanded this benchmark text to new levels. … Vern's remarkable experience and unmatched expertise have given him unparalleled insight into the investigation of sexually deviant crimes and the psyche of those who perpetrate violent sex-related crimes. This book is a must read for every prosecutor and investigator who hopes to gain some insight into the hows and whys of these horrific crimes as well as practical advice as to how to approach these investigations and prosecutions.
—Donna Pendergast, First Assistant Attorney General-Criminal Division, Michigan Department of Attorney General
Geberth, with his forty years of law enforcement experience, as a homicide commander and now as a nationwide homicide and forensic consultant, has well served the nation and indeed the world.
—Judith A. Reisman, Ph. D., author, scientist, researcher, educator, lecturer and expert witness on matters concerning human sexuality and human behavior
… far and away the most detailed and informative resource a homicide and sex crimes investigator could wish for. …If I can’t have Geberth himself standing next to me at a crime scene, at least I know that his works will never be more than an arm’s reach away.
—D/Sgt. Eric Schroeder, Michigan State Police, Violent Crimes Unit
… remains the ONLY source combining clinical evaluation with case studies, practical experience and a 21st century approach to dealing with such cases. … As a police officer eight years and a prosecuting attorney for the past 26 years, I have never come across a more insightful, job related book.
—Jim Yontz, Deputy District Attorney, 18th District Attorney’s Office, Centennial, Colorado
… Vernon’s willingness to share his unsurpassed expertise and experience have allowed him to provide the most complete, enlightening, contextual, and current work available (a classic upon the date of publication) that empowers every law enforcement officer, educator, investigator, consultant, attorney, and judge to Get it right the first time. We should all be grateful.
—Joseph A. Bobak IV, Professor of Criminology and Forensic Science, Mount Aloysius College
Vernon Geberth has written a definitive guide to aid investigators on these most difficult cases.
—Lt. Ken Landwehr, Commanding Officer, Wichita, Kansas Police Department, Commander of the BTK Task Force
Vernon combines his years of experience, analysis, and research then puts it between the cover of his textbooks affording the investigator the convenience of one-stop shopping for the most innovative investigative techniques available. His work saves the investigator hours, if not years, of independent research that would be necessary to gather this volume of information related to sex-related death investigations. As a homicide investigator, having this textbook as a resource when working sex-related death cases will ensure that you proceed with confidence as a murder cop appointed to the imperative mission of seeking and delivering justice for our victims. … As one of the BTK Task Force supervisors, I can assure you that Vernon’s consultation during our investigation that led to this serial killer’s arrest was invaluable.
—Larry Thomas, Assistant Director, Kansas Bureau of Investigation (Retired)
In this second edition of Sex-Related Homicide and Death Investigation [Vernon Geberth] repeated that which should be repeated, revised material requiring revision, and added considerable new material, including 126 new graphic photographs and many new case studies. Of particular interest to many in this colorful, heavy second edition … will be Geberth's new Chapter 13 and his excellent description therein of the serial murder saga of BTK in Kansas, 1974 to 2005, and the masterful direction of the BTK Task Force, March 2004-February 2005, that eventually brought the arrogant serial sexual killer Dennis Rader to justice.
—Larry Welch, Director, Retired, Kansas Bureau of Investigation
This book is an essential guide to understanding and solving sex-related homicides and death investigations … a book all law enforcement officers should read. We should all be grateful to Vernon Geberth, and the experts he acknowledges, for imparting their expertise and knowledge solely to assist us in seeking justice.
—Leslie D’Ambrosia, Special Agent, Criminal Profiler, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Miami, Florida
This newly released edition is not just a re-print or repackaging of outdated material. Mr. Geberth is constantly researching, updating and charting new territories, when it comes to homicide investigations. Sex Related Homicide and Death Investigation is a book every criminal investigator should read cover to cover, and refer to, from time to time, as an excellent source of investigative strategies. Mr. Geberth’s credentials continually establish him as a leading authority in death and homicide investigations, as well as sex related crimes.
—Detective Mark J. Czworniak Chicago Police Department, Area 3 Three Homicide / Sex Crimes Unit
Sex-Related Homicide and Death Investigation: Practical and Clinical Perspectives Second Edition is a must-read and is the best resource for anyone involved in sex-related death investigations: police, lawyers, judges, and mental health professionals. What they don’t know about the subject, they had better find out, and this book does just that for them. Geberth continues to learn, and thankfully he continues to share his experience and knowledge with us in his books.
—Marvin Skeen, Chief Criminal Investigator, Homicide Investigation Tracking System, Washington State Office of Attorney General
Geberth has succeeded in the impossible, and has improved and updated the most outstanding and comprehensive treatise on the subject of sex-related homicide and death investigations. Revised chapters and new case histories, including the infamous 30-year BTK investigation, make this a most valuable resource addition to those dedicated law enforcement professionals, with the profound duty and responsibility of investigating and prosecuting sex-related homicides.
—Philip G. Schnelwar, former Homicide Bureau Chief, Bronx County District Attorney's Office
Vernon Geberth has provided law enforcement and the forensic community with a complete comprehensive guide to the successful identification, evaluation and investigation of death and sex-related homicide. His methodical approach to all aspects of major case investigations is displayed in each chapter as the author meticulously details in depth case histories, procedural techniques and an extensive sex-related crime scene check list.
—Raymond Pierce, Detective First Grade (Ret.), Criminal Profiler, New York City Police Department’s Detective Division
… represents a significant advance in our knowledge of sexually violent offenders and the investigation of sex related homicides, which is supported by scientific research and factual evidence. … Sex-Related Homicide and Death Investigation: Practical and Clinical Perspectives, Second Edition is now an essential part of the armamentarium of professionals involved in the investigation of sex-related deaths.
—Richard E. Ovens, Psy. D., Director, Employee Assistance Program, New York State Police
I have come to rely on Vernon's practical approach and the details that he provides in putting all the pieces of the puzzle together. I use his practical techniques when running a homicide investigation and expect the same of my team. Thank you, once again, for providing an outstanding textbook to give us the edge in our fight against those that prey on their fellow man.
—Michael R. Wagg, Chief Criminal Deputy, Douglas County Sheriff's Office
The book goes beyond mere description and is absorbing and intense. … a must for anyone involved in sex-related homicide investigation. It is also a valuable adjunct to any law enforcement officer who wishes to expand his repertoire of knowledge about criminal investigation and the motivation and behavior of people who commit sex abuse and murder.
—Ronald Turco, M.D., past president of The American Academy of Psychoanalysis and The Society of Psychoanalytic Physicians, former (Reserve) Police Homicide Detective – Beaverton, Oregon, current consultant to multiple police agencies including the Oregon State Police SWAT Team
I have known Vernon Geberth for over 35 years. He was my number one Homicide Commander in Bronx County, New York City. He always showed dedication, competency, and commitment to excellence. Guided by his principle, "Remember, we work for God", he broke the toughest cases with passion and fervor, along with his comprehensive knowledge and expertise on how to apply it.
Vernon never followed the crowd. He was a leader who made it his mission to know every state-of -the-art technique, and never hesitated to develop and apply new strategies when necessary. His enthusiasm and skill motivated his subordinates to reach for their highest potential.
New York City's teeming population with its accompanying epidemic of sex related crimes demands the level of expertise and practical skill that Commander Geberth provides. His book, focusing on both practical and clinical issues, brings into clear view the knowledge gleaned from his extensive and varied experience. This book also provides a vast compendium of sex related cases derived from his experience in leading workshops and seminars.
His spectrum of experience, brought into sharp relief in this work, should be seen as a prerequisite for all law enforcement professionals in this field.
—Edwin T. Dreher, Deputy Chief, NYPD
The case studies and pictures provide the student a realistic understanding of the true capacity of the offender … an endless source for theoretical application.
— Christina Lane, Ph.D, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Behavior & Law, College of St. Rose, Albany, NY
... the definitive academic source for learning the essentials of sexual homicide investigation. This text brings the practice of investigation to life in the classroom, and provides students with the closest thing possible to first hand field experience.
— Dr. Christopher Kunkle, Forensic Psychologist, Associate Professor, College of St. Rose, Albany, New York
Vernon Geberth has done it again! With over 40 years of law enforcement experience, and a series of acclaimed crime investigation treatise,s Geberth continues his role as the consummate crime analyst pulling together one of the best reference sources for law enforcement, prosecutors and forensic examiners.
In his 2nd edition of Sex Related Homicide and Death Investigation, he has added vital discussions on emerging trends and case histories that jump from pages replete with forensic analysis and graphic crime scene photography to illuminate uncharted waters for those who work daily to combat crime in their communities. There is no better source than Geberth for his cogent analysis of the mind of the criminal offender.
If you can’t have Vernon standing by to guide you each step of the way, put this "thriller" in your library without delay!
—District Attorney Nola Tedesco Foulston, 18th Judicial District of Kansas, Chief Prosecutor of Dennis Rader, the BTK serial killer
Read this book. Make Geberth the angel on your shoulder; you know, the one who tells you, even when she is not really there, to change course when you are wrong and to keep going when you are right. If you are a police investigator, this book belongs in your left hand ... the best practical guide to investigating sex-related deaths.
—Frank Horvath, Ph.D. in Journal of Forensic Sciences
"This second edition of Sex Related Homicide and Death Investigation by Vernon Geberth—pioneering criminal profiler and leading authority on crimes involving various paraphilias— is not just "a" noteworthy book on the subject of sex-related offenses. It is THE book on the subject ... A masterpiece from a master."—Dr. Gary Brucato, Ph.D., Externship Director, The Center of Prevention & Evaluation (COPE), Instructor in Clinical Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry), Columbia University of Psychiatry, New York, New York