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Tad DiBiase

The No Body Guy

How do you prove someone is guilty of murder if there is no body? This practical guide for police and prosecutors provides an expansive look at both the history of no-body murder cases and the best methods to solve them and present the case in court. The author takes readers step by step through the first days of the homicide investigation though the end of the trial. The book is an essential resource for all investigators and a roadmap to a conviction for prosecutors.


Thomas A. (Tad) DiBiase is a native New Yorker, born in Elmira and raised in Westchester County. He received a B.A. in Politics from Wake Forest University in 1987 and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 1991. Mr. DiBiase joined the Washington office of the Wall Street firm Shearman & Sterling where he practiced corporate litigation for nearly four years. After turning down a clerkship with a federal district court judge in Texas, Mr. DiBiase joined the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia in 1995. He began prosecuting homicides in 1998, and during his time there tried 20 homicide cases. Although he was a federal prosecutor, Mr. DiBiase spent most of his career in the far grittier world of D.C.’s Superior Court, one of the nation’s busy urban courthouses. Mr. DiBiase specialized in domestic violence and forensic homicide cases. His high profile homicide cases included including United States versus Harold Austin, the city’s second "no-body" murder case ever, and United States versus Sydney Smith, where the main piece of evidence against Smith, a Metro employee who murdered his wife, was a cigarette the defendant left behind at the scene. Other cases he successfully prosecuted include United States v. John Williamson, a murder-for-hire case, and United States v. James Stewart, an attempted murder case involving a man who fired an AK-47 rifle down a street filled with children.

At various times he served as the Deputy Chief of the Misdemeanor Section, Chief of the Third District Homicide/Major Crimes Section, Special Counsel to the U.S. Attorney for Professional Development and Training, and Deputy Chief of the Homicide Section. 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 over two dozen no-body murder cases. He has appeared on television numerous times and has been quoted widely in newspapers throughout the country.


    Wake Forest University, BA Politics, 1987; Brooklyn Law School, JD, 1991

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    "No-Body" Homicides
    Cold Case Homicides
    Missing Persons
    Investigating and Prosecuting Homicides

Personal Interests

    All things murderish.



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 Featured Title - No-Body Homicide Cases - 1st Edition book cover


The Washington Post

The Case of the Missing Corpses

Published: Jun 29, 2008 by The Washington Post
Authors: Thomas A. (Tad) DiBiase
Subjects: Forensics & Criminal Justice

Article on the recent increase in "no-body" murder prosecutions.