Hardcore Investigative News! The Official Newsletter Of The National Association Of Investigative Specialists
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Editor- Ralph Thomas

August 10th, 2008 Edition


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Investigative Articles

F.L.I.P. Mysteries: Women on the Case
They are a team of women who band together online to track clues and solve cases across the country. They call themselves FLIP, which stands for Female Legal & Investigative Professionals.

The Criminal Records Guide
This is a guide to criminal records published online by Search Sysytems well worth your reading.

Crime Searches.com goes online
While it is not completely fullproof and inclusive, Crime Searches is a good start to free criminal records searches.

Local investigators never doubted Ramseys
Nearly 12 years after their daughter's death, new DNA evidence has cleared John and Patsy Ramsey.

Bringing Professionalism to A Case of the Wrongfully Convicted
Should the defense investigator be concerned with the guilt or innocence of a defendant? By Grace Elting Castle, CLI from CluesOnline.com

Pretexting! Is it legal?
Before you read the article below, I would like you to understand that the general consensus is that law is not black and white but contains many shades of gray. Laws are open to interpretation by the judge and sometimes the jury, but who really wants to be the test case.

New Technology-Scanner knows you in seconds
A police car leaves the department and returns 15 minutes later. The officer tells his superior "I checked 359 plates for violations and got six hits for unregistered vehicles...no stolen, no warrants though." Impossible says the superior; nobody could possibly do that.

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eBay Private "Posse" Does What Cops Refuse to Do
Private collectors noticed the lack of police involvement when bogus items touted by internet auction house AuctionDepotLA appeared too good to be true, eBay prices notwithstanding. Bidding on such bogus items such as, a dagger from "Gone with the Wind" which sold for over $700. Also bids were taken on what was presumed to be a birdhouse from "Lord of the Rings", which turned out to be a fake purchased from a Big Lots store, as well as other items from Hollywood history.

Developing an Interview Strategy
Some interviews are free-flowing and spontaneous. Often, these interviews are conducted in an uncontrolled environment such as a street corner, an employee’s office or over the telephone. Because the person being interviewed in these situations is generally telling the truth, the investigator does not have to carefully structure an interview strategy. However, when interviewing a person who is motivated to lie to the investigator, the interview should not be haphazard or spontaneous. It should be carefully planned out and structured to achieve the desired goals.

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High-tech tools, low-tech tactics help gumshoes get the job done,

Forensic accountant digs into suspicious numbers
Mike Smigocki has just accomplished a previously unheard of feat: He makes accounting sound interesting.

Mortgage fraud making an impact - KPMG
According to KPMG Forensic’s fraud barometer, there were nine cases of mortgage fraud coming to court in the first half of 2008, worth over £20m.

Texas Ranger makes art of identifying bodies
SAN ANTONIO -- Dumped in a ravine about 10 miles southeast of downtown Lubbock, the skeletal remains went undetected for eight months.

Forensic Analysis, it's not just for catching killers anymore!
Before I do get into the meat of the topic, I would like to point out that all the information I'm presenting here is public knowledge and could easily be found with a few google searches.



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News Stories

Man with toy gun shot 12 times, report says
EL PASO, Texas — A man shot and killed by a police officer after brandishing a toy gun was struck 12 times, including seven times in the back, according to an El Paso Medical Examiner and Forensic Laboratory autopsy report.

Four to face trial charged with PI's murder
A former Metropolitan Police detective is one of five men who will stand trial in April in connection with the murder of a Croydon private investigator 21 years ago.

Sex, lies, but no tape in LA wiretapping trial
A real-life Hollywood drama featuring sex, lies and tons of money, is missing one essential: a tape. Alleged wiretaps of a billionaire's ex-wife that led to criminal charges against prominent lawyer Terry Christensen and notorious private eye Anthony Pellicano are nowhere to be found.

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JonBenet Ramsey Murder Case Open Again
Three Men Close to the Case Have Different Theories of the Crime

Now that Colorado authorities have ruled out the Ramsey family as suspects in the murder of their 6-year-old daughter JonBenet, investigators are focusing on two other possibilities -- either a random intruder or someone connected to the family killed JonBenet.

Lawyer suspended 15 months for offering kick-backs to undercover PI
WHEN lawyer Rayney Wong handed a referral fee to a private investigator posing as a property agent at a meeting four years ago, it was apparently not the first time he had done so. By Carolyn Quek

Former constable denied private investigator’s license
King of Prussia Courier - King of Prussia,PA,USA
By Carl Hessler Jr. A former Lower Merion deputy constable lacks the experience required under state law to be a private investigator, a Montgomery County

Texas Law Probably Does Not Require PI License To Fix Spyware-Infested Computers
We're not sure if the law was just badly written or written on purpose at the urging of the state's private investigator lobby (which Janssens suggests), but it certainly seems like a bad idea.

Did Steve Fossett fake his own death?
ROUND-THE-WORLD flying ace Steve Fossett may have FAKED his own death in the mystery plane crash that left NO WRECKAGE and NO BODY. This is the sensational theory of a US air force officer on the month-long search for Fossett AND crack insurance investigators who are convinced this legend of the skies may still be ALIVE.

Beaumont Investigator Rides Out Hurricane in South Texas
A private investigator from Beaumont was in the middle of Hurricane Dolly when the storm hit South Texas.


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