Cold Case Homicides: Practical Investigative Techniques

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R.H. Walton
CRC Press, Jun 13, 2006 - Law - 672 pages
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Written by a seasoned professional with over 30 years of experience in law enforcement, Cold Case Homicides: Practical Investigative Techniques provides effective and accessible information to those responsible for investigating and resolving previously examined - but still unsolved - cold case homicides.

The book merges theory with practice through the use of case histories, photographs, illustrations, and checklists that convey essential, fundamental concepts while providing a strong, practical basis for the investigative process. It combines proven techniques from forensics, psychology, and criminal investigation, and focuses on technologies that may not have been available at the time of the crime.

This guide defines the characteristics of a cold case homicide; details various investigative methods used by law enforcement agencies; explores the actual experiences of detectives in re-opening case files; and presents current technologies such as ViCAP, HITS, and TracKRS used in the identification of cases related to the re-opened case, or its perpetrator. It also highlights technological changes that contribute greatly to law enforcement's abilities to solve cold case homicides such as computerized print technology, the specificity of DNA, and the expanding data banks that enable the linkage of previously unknown suspects to the crimes they committed.

Addressing methods particularly valuable to cold cases, Cold Case Homicides: Practical Investigative Techniques assists the investigator in being prepared, focused, objective - and successful in obtaining the truth.
 

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Contents

Investigation
I
1
II
27
III
63
IV
97
V
131
VI
145
VII
173
XIX
359
Investigative Tools
368
XX
369
XXI
385
XXII
399
XXIII
429
XXIV
447
XXV
463

VIII
195
IX
217
X
229
XI
235
XII
261
Technology
286
XIII
287
XIV
307
XV
317
XVI
335
XVII
345
XVIII
351
XXVI
477
XXVII
485
XXVIII
497
XXIX
529
XXX
537
XXXI
561
Other Resources
594
XXXII
595
Conclusion
615
Acronyms
617
Index
621
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