Orleans Super Conference Huge Success
By Ralph Thomas
For Crimes: What Employers Can--And Can't--Find Out
About Job Applicants
by Lester S. Rosen, President of Employment Screening Resources
Origin of Legal Photography
For quite a long time, I have been interested in the early use of
photographic evidence in the courtroom, particularly in the United
By Andre A. Moenssens
Engines and Competitive Research
Search engines can tell you a lot about your competition, if you
know what to look for. A panel of experts offers tips on profiling
And Compromising Emanations Or What’s Being Displayed
On Your Computer Monitor Could Be Scanned
Risks In Eavesdropping Of Computer Displays. A University Of Cambridge
technical report in a PDF download- by Markus G/ Kuhn
Thoughts on Criminal Profiling
A look at recent advances and declination within criminal profiling.
Where should we go from here?,A look at recent advances and declination
within criminal profiling. Where should we go from here? By Michael
an Internal Fraudster
As internal auditors, we are obligated to be familiar with the characteristics
and warning signs of fraud. The main purpose of this article is
to examine some of the characteristics of those who commit fraud.
By Mark R. Simmons, CIA CFE
Impressions of a Man
An Objective Forensic Guideline to Profiling Violent Serial Sex
Offenders By Brent E. Turvey
Web Pages 24 Hours a Day
If you regularly
visit web pages looking for new or updated information, you'll save
countless hours by automating the process with software that tracks
changes for you -- even while you sleep.
A Statement From A Victim Or Complainant
Many investigations begin with an interview of a victim or complainant.
The success of the investigation, and subsequent prosecution of
a suspect, will often depend on the accuracy and credibility of
the victim's original statement. A John Reid Interviewing Article.
and Ethicity of Behavioral Lie Detection
An examination of the current debate regarding the significant applicability
and ethicity of behavioral investigative interviewing. By Michael
on the Internet
If cyberspace is a type of community, a giant neighborhood made
up of networked computer users around the world, then it seems natural
that many elements of a traditional society can be found taking
shape as bits and bytes. With electronic commerce comes electronic
merchants, plugged-in educators provide networked education, and
doctors meet with patients in offices on-line. It should come as
no surprise that there are also cybercriminals committing cybercrimes.
Allegations of Child Sexual Abuse
A widely reported finding in mental health journals and other media
sources is that allegations of child sexual abuse are increasing.
Due to their nature, these allegations require investigation in
order to distinguish bona fide accusations from those that are false.
By Daniel H. Swerdlow-Freed, Ph.D.
On Eugene E. Borghello
It has been nearly eight years since Eugene E. Borghello hung up
a shingle for his private investigator business. He's never been
in a shoot-out, never been in a high-speed chase with the bad guys
and never been roughed up by underworld thugs. Borghello, who heads
up Special Investigations Group, is quick to correct anyone who
A look at bomb detection technologies and how they are being used.
By Lawrence Mark Cohe- A Security Management Article.
Mistaken DNA Identification? What Does It Mean?
Various press reports released in early February make mention of
a British case wherein a local police department confessed to having
identified an innocent person as a criminal by a DNA test that was
said to be in error.
By Andre A. Moenssens
Reports And Pre-Employment Screening
by Lester S. Rosen, President of Employment Screening Resources
by Juries, Exonerated by Science
Convicted by Juries, Exonerated by Science, a research report commissioned
by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), reviews a number of
case studies in which convicted persons were released from prison
as a result of post trial DNA testing of evidence. In most of these
cases, eyewitness identification was a key element in obtaining
And Its Value During Interviews And Interrogations
What it is and how to use if effectively. A John Reid Interviewing
Slip and Fall Accidents
In twenty-five years of investigating slip and fall accidents here
is what I have learned. They don’t settle quickly and
they do need investigation. For those lawyers who think they
are small cases that will eventually pay out, forget it. You
are doing your client a disservice. In order to settle a slip
and fall the attorney must have witnesses, photographs and standards.
The witness can be an engineer, the photos can be after the fact
but they must illustrate the location and the hazard and the hazard
must be covered by a standard that requires that the hazard be identified
or eliminated. By James W. Harbert CLI, FCI
Can One Trust The Image On A Photograph?
The relative position of objects on a photograph can be altered
by using different lenses...
Lines And Blind Line Services For Skip Tracers
And Other Investigators
Trap lines have become a very effective investigative tool in skip
tracing and other types of investigations such as when you need
to find out where someone works.The idea behind using a trap line
is that if you capture the telephone number that the party is dialing
from, you have a fact that they were at this location at the time
of the call. This could be their home address. If you set it up
right and ask them to call at a certain time, they could be calling
from their work number. Of course, once you get the number they
call from, you need to turn the telephone number you captured into
an address. By Ralph Thomas
New Federal Weapon Against Insurance Fraud
Insurance fraud perpetrators in the USA now face long jail time.
By barry Zalma. From the Zemla.com
The Invisible: Tools For Preventing The Admission of "Recovered
Memory" Evidence At Trial
This article was adapted from an advocacy research project conducted
in a Seminar on Advanced Forensic Evidence at UMKC School of Law.
The paper written by the advocate for the opposing side has not
been made available for publication. Publication on this web page
of the paper is in the interest of wide dissemination of viewpoints
on forensic issues, and indicates neither agreement nor disagreement
with the author’s premises and arguments. By Paige A. Nichols
From the Police....Is It Sufficient for a "Stop"?
In a 5-4 decision decided in January, the United States Supreme
Court effectively dished up more power onto the plates of law enforcement
officers, giving them the authority to detain a person who flees
at the mere sight of a policeman. Unprovoked flight upon the sight
of police, said the Court, is the consummate act of evasion.
Wreck Or A Bundle Of Evidence?
Most of us do not always realize the importance of the wreck of
a vehicle after an accident. Is it really just a wreck or is it
a bundle of evidence?
for a Child Custody Evaluation
An integral aspect of divorce involves the determination of where
the children will live and what proportion of their time will be
spent with each parent. Even in the best of circumstances, this
decision is emotion laden and stimulates strong feelings in each
parent and in their children, by Daniel H. Swerdlow-Freed, Ph.D.
Road to Rage
Workplace violence grows out of escalating patterns of aggressive
behavior that managers must be trained to recognize and stop.
By Frank E. Rudewicz, CPP A Security Management Article
When someone dies under mysterious circumstances, what happens next?
Most states in the United States have laws that require certain
types of deaths be investigated. A HowStuffWorks Article.
A highly interesting set of FAQ on digital evidence with answers.
Prepared by Eoghan Casey
an FBI Profiler
A Man Who Gets Inside the Heads of Serial Killers
Protection for Special Collections
Collections of irreplaceable objects like the Rosetta Stone are
usually referred to as special collections, and they require unique
security measures. By Margaret Schröeder
Private Investigator Michael Corwin To
Run For US Congress House District 31
The state Democratic Party has picked a 41-year-old private investigator
to run for Albuquerque's House District 31.
Crimes They Are A-Changin'
Art thieves are scrapping stealth for brute force.
ID Spoofing Service To Launch
Slated for launch next week, Star38.com would offer subscribers
a simple Web interface to a Caller I.D. spoofing system that lets
them appear to be calling from any number they choose.
Private Eyes Have It
The private-eye business has changed from the 1940s and 1950s images
of covert figures sifting through trash bins, lurking in shadows
and using a magnifying glass to find clues.
Help Identify Forgery
Scientists have developed a new tool for fighting forgers. The hologram-based
technique produces a three-dimensional image of a handwriting sample
that can be used to compare two John Hancocks and determine if they
were both jotted by the same John.
Investigator Has Rural Clientele
Herb Compton is a private investigator who handles agricultural
related cases, many involving cattle. An army travels on it's stomach
but the cattle business travels on money, most of which is borrowed.
Normally at the end of a cattle deal the buyer goes home with a
load of cattle, the seller collects his money, and the lender gets
his money back with interest. There are situations when that system
fails and that is when Herb Compton and his company, Compton and
Associates gets a call.
Man Charged After Email Death Threats
Against Michael Jackson Traced To His Computer
A Kitchener, Ont., man was charged yesterday for allegedly e-mailing
a death threat against Michael Jackson to a California courthouse
on the day the singer was to appear in court this week.
Investigator's Efforts Discover Fugitive
Working For Federal Government
A wanted fugitive was arrested in Harrisburg on Monday. A woman
was arrested at the U.S. Department of Agriculture building after
being discovered by a private investigation,
Gets Booted, Restored
The site that helps people evade registration roadblocks on web
sites couldn't evade trouble itself. Its server host, perhaps bowing
to pressure, pulled the plug last week. But a new host is found
and BugMeNot is back up. By Rachel Metz- A Wired News Story.
Investigators And Corporate Fraud In India
New Delhi: Till not so long ago, desi versions of Holmes and Poirot
had to make do with the unglamorous task of keeping tabs on unfaithful
husbands drooling over secretaries while ostensibly clocking in
overtime at office.
Arrested And Convicted In
U.S. Crackdown On Internet Crime
A summer-long effort targeting Internet crime has resulted in dozens
of arrests and convictions on charges including use of spam e-mail
to steal credit card numbers, computer hacking and online fraud,
Justice Department officials said.
Says Robert Blake Killed Wife To
Get Custody Of Baby
Blake was afraid his wife-to-be would expose their child to a life
of drugs and crime -- so he plotted a year before her murder to
gain custody, a private investigator testified.
Convicted Man Free After 40 Years Behind Bars
Lufkin , Texas -- A 76-year-old man who spent nearly every day of
the last four decades in prison walked free after a judge found
that deputies extracted his confession to a 1962 robbery by crushing
his fingers between cell bars.
Custody A Growing Issue In Divorce Cases
The custody agreement is comparatively simple. Mark gets Sara one
week, Michelle the next, give or take a day or two. If either party
leaves the county, Sara remains with the other.
Of Criminals To Be 'Targeted' and 'Tracked' In England
Children of criminals are to be "targeted" and "tracked"
from an early age by the Government to prevent them following their
parents into a life of crime, as part of a campaign to tackle the
next generation of offenders.
A Key To Skeleton's Identity
Forensic experts are on the case of a body found in a Phila. building.
Bones, a skull, a pair of coveralls. It might not sound like much
to go on. But if you're a forensic specialist - a person who uses
the body's own clues to determine the who, when and how of a mysterious
death - it can be plenty. By Julie Stoiber- Inquirer Staff Writer
Heading to Light Speed
If you want a faster internet, you need faster switches. A new
nanotechnology opens the door to optical switches and a much speedier
network. A Wired News story By John Gartner
As college students return to campus this month, they'll have their
pick of courses tied to homeland security. Options range from a
brief history of Islamic jihad to instruction in how to design buildings
that can withstand acts of terrorism. By Michael Myser- A Wired
Tech Passports About To Become Reality
One of the basic forms of personal identification, the passport,
is on the verge of taking on a new, high-tech identity.
Users Share Private Files with Their MP3s
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Private photographs, confidential financial
documents and even military secrets have joined the list of files
that computer users can download as they scour the Internet.
Cybersleuth Leads To Child Abuse Arrest In New Jersey
cooperation between a San Jose cybercop and New Jersey police led
to the arrest Monday of a 40-year-old man who allegedly tried to
lure the officer, posing online as a 12-year-old boy, to the Garden
State for sex.
Several new services add a modern twist to the ancient art of
rejection. People unable to say 'no' personally to unwanted advances
can now sign up for e-mails and phone messages that do the dirty
work for them. By Daniel Terdiman -- A Wired News Story
Supreme Court Restrains Punitive Damages
Putting a choke collar on punitive damages in the United States
the US Supreme Court, by a 6-3 vote in State Farm Mutual Automobile
Insurance Co. v. Campbell, No. 01-1289, overturned a $145 million
verdict against an insurer -- saying a punitive damages award of
$145 million, where full compensatory damages are $1 million, is
excessive and violates the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth
Amendment. From the
Barry Zelma Newsletter.
Executive Arrested For Espionage
A former Taiwan executive of the U.S.-based DOW Chemical has been
arrested for alleged involvement in what could be Taiwan's biggest
industrial espionage case.
Caught in Internet Sting Over Child Sex
A 16-year veteran of the New York Police Department, who supposedly
called himself a "boy hunter'' in an online profile, was arrested
on Monday after the Westchester district attorney, Jeanine Pirro,
said he tried to have a sexual rendezvous with an investigator from
her office who had posed on the Internet as a 14-year-old boy.
eye' Turned Out To Be A Thief
Omaha police are asking for help locating a man who misrepresented
himself as an investigator while stealing a large amount of cash
and concert tickets last month at the El Dorado Bar at 5134 S. 24th
Project May Reunite Adoptees, Parents
Sarasota, Fla. - Linda Hammer has helped thousands of adoptees find
birth families through her people-finding Web site, weekly radio
show and newspaper column. Now she wants to add another tool: a
database that would contain DNA evidence from thousands of people.
Fraud Ring Uncovered In Monterey County, CA.
An investigation by a multi-agency task force in Monterey County
has uncovered several cases of insurance fraud at tire and stereo
shops, the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office says.
The Monterey County Multi-Agency Detail for Commercial Auto Theft
uncovered insurance fraud at the stores after being contacted by
insurance companies and placing undercover deputies in the shops
in 2003 and this year.