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The Official Newsletter Of The National Association Of Investigative Specialists
October 20th, 2004 Edition

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Investigative Articles

Domestic Affairs And Infidelity
Julia Hartley Moore, a private investigator in Sydney and author of Infidelity: Exploding the Myths (HarperCollins), calls them repeat offenders. ...

Tracing Lost or Missing Persons
This article provides information about how to search for missing persons, including runaways and abducted children, birth parents, servicemen and women, refugees, former classmates, persons in the criminal justice system or relatives from whom one has become estranged or who live overseas. 
A Resource Guide in a FAQ presentation .Prepared by staff of the Dallas Public Library.

Can't Hide Your Lying ... Face?
In search of the ultimate lie detector, researchers turn to thermal facial scans, brain wiring and eyeball tracking. But deception still, well, deceives. By Randy Dotinga- A WiredNews Article.

How To Tell If A Spouse Is Cheating
Cheating spouses provide much of the work and income of most private investigators, and every PI has developed his list of "tell tale signs of a cheating spouse." Here is the best of the best.

Cyber Sleuthing
Internet to gather revealing information on people and to skip trace, that is, to track someone down. If you’ve [...] candor and probe a litigant’s background and resources. This article suggests ways to get started, at little or no cost. A PDF download article.

The Digital Side of Electronic Discovery
(Acquiring, Processing and Leveraging Magnetic Evidence)
A Detailed article dealing with digital media as evidence. By B. Bruce Barton

Missing and Abducted Children
A Guide to Case Investigation and Program Management

Authored by a team of 38 professionals from local, state, and federal agencies, this guide outlines a standard of practice for law-enforcement officers handling missing-child cases whether runaways, thrownaways, family/nonfamily abductions, or when the circumstances of the disappearance are unknown. It describes — step-by-step with definitive checklists — the investigative process required for each of these types of cases and offers a wealth of resources to assist an investigator. Free 224 page downloadable manual from the National Center For Missing And Exploited Children.

Get A Clue! Digging Up Dirt
Today's private eyes have evolved beyond using the rumor mill as an intelligence source and getting important leads from matchbook covers. They're taking full advantage of the information age to help businesses hire wisely, choose reliable clients and monitor employees who may have poor definitions of "profit sharing" and "flex time."

Understanding How Identity Theft Works
The idea that someone can "steal" your identity is very, very unsettling, but it happens every day. A lot of damage can be done in this situation. Learn all about identity theft and what steps you can take to avoid it.

Profile Jane Turner The Making Of A Whistle Blower
When Jane Turner left the building on her last day of active duty at the FBI--November 21, 2002--several of her colleagues turned out for the occasion. It was the end of a distinguished 24-year career in which Turner went places that few, if any, women in the Bureau had gone before her: criminal psych profiler, New York organized crime squad member, senior resident agent in Indian country. Some fellow agents were on hand for her big day, she recalls, along with members of the clerical staff.


Offshore Investment Scams And Fraud
Tim Harper has written several excellent articles on Prime Bank schemes and offshore investment scams.  He has graciously consented to have a few of them reproduced here.

Surviving Stalking
Stalking has a devastating effect on people's lives and as many as 900,000 people in Britain fall victim every year, say researchers. In a major new study launched today, victims are invited to give their own first-hand experiences online.

Questions and Answers about Memories of Childhood Abuse
The questions and answers will help you better understand how repressed, recovered, or suggested memories may occur and what you can do if you or a family member is concerned about a childhood memory.

The Forensic Artist And The Statute of Limitations
After completing and drawing of a sexual battery subject, I told the lead detective that I enjoyed aging wanted subjects. I told her that I liked to find subjects that have been wanted for more than 10 years. Although a forensic artist, I'm still a detective and I sometimes locate wanted subjects using the department's many computer data bases. After arresting these fugitives, I compare my drawings to their actual appearance to test my aging accuracy. by Det. Charles E. Holt Jr.-Miami-Dade Police Department Forensic Artist Unit

Understanding The Use Of The Amber Alert System
The AMBER alert system led to the rescue of three kidnapped girls on Thursday, when a motorist spotted the kidnapper's car and notified the police. Learn how the AMBER Alert began and see what it entails.

On The Cutting Edge: A Pocket-Sized Gun Could Pose Life-Sized Tactical Threat
A Minneapolis gun shop has just debuted a new, affordable and easily concealed gun that has the potential to pose a serious tactical threat to officers.

Understanding How Anti-shoplifting Devices Work
A fascinating article that examines the variety of anti-shoplifting devices being used by retail businesses and how these systems and devices work!

Who's Googling You?
If you surf, then most likely you've used the Google search engine. And if you Google, chances are you've used it to look up old friends and acquaintances, long-lost classmates, or people who owe you money and have skipped town so they won't have to pay you. Come, on, admit it, we're all friends here.

Vehicle Lights and Their Use as Evidence
Were the lights switched on or not? Had you ever have to answer this question? It is possible to determine if the lights of a vehicle was working at the time of impact..

The Lie Detector, Where Do We Stand?
The term polygraph is increasingly heard in IR and HR circles. As with many concepts that are "new" and or "foreign," a lack of knowledge regarding everything surrounding it results in speculation...

Luminol -The Blood Stain Revealer
You know on crime shows when they spray some stuff on a "clean" carpet and suddenly -- blood stains! This crime scene tool actually exists. Find out how luminol reveals the blood.

Family Child Abductions
Produced in cooperation with the American Bar Association, this fifth edition, which was formerly titled Parental Kidnapping, contains step-by-step information for parents who have experienced a family abduction — whether domestic or international. The handbook guides parents through the civil- and criminal-justice systems, explains the laws that will help them, outlines prevention methods, and provides suggestions for aftercare following the abduction. In addition Family Abduction thoroughly details search and recovery strategies and contains valuable advice for attorneys, prosecutors, and family-court judges handling these difficult cases. Free 224 page downloadable PDF manual provided by The National centered For Missing And Exploited Children.

Guide on International Parental Kidnapping
This downloadable PDF guide provides practical, detailed advice about preventing international kidnapping and increasing the chances that children who have been kidnapped or otherwise wrongfully retained will be returned. The publication also offers descriptions and realistic assessments of the civil and criminal remedies available in international parental kidnapping cases, explains applicable laws and identifies both the public and private resources that may be called upon when an international abduction occurs or is threatened, and prepares parents for the legal and emotional difficulties they may experience. Provided by The National centered For Missing And Exploited Children.

Responses to Workplace Violence Post 9/11:
What Can Organizations Do?

Learn what actions employers can undertake to help minimize the psychological impact of terrorist violence.

Forensic Computer Composite Software Programs
I had the pleasure of testing several computer composite programs this past year and have finally selected the "best" software. Now, before I continue, I need to clarify that statement. Several of the programs were quite good, however for the criteria that I was using, I felt the CD-Fit software was the "best" for our needs..., at this time. I used the following criteria to select the composite software. By Hayden B. Baldwin,  Illinois State Police, Retired.

Controlling Anger -- Before It Controls You
We all know what anger is, and we've all felt it: whether as a fleeting annoyance or as full-fledged rage.

Shine With PowerPoint Design Templates
You've been working hard on your upcoming presentation. You've checked your facts, written the text and some punchy headlines — you even managed a joke or two. But here's the hard part — you still have to decide on layout, colors, and fonts. Fortunately, presentation design is easy when you use one of the knockout design templates included in Microsoft PowerPoint

 


Investigative News

Investigators Have Meeting With Senator Feinstein
Staff On Proposed Identity Theft Bill

On October 12th at the San Diego office of Senator Dianne Feinstein, seven fellow investigators and I had the opportunity to meet with James Peterson, the District Director for Senator Feinstein. The panel of investigators represented various associations, including but not limited to CALI, NCISS, PICA and NALI. By Jim Zinner, CPI

New Search Engine Challenges Google
Exalead announces the availability of a new Internet search engine that makes the content of a billion Web pages immediately accessible. Our tests provide it's GREAT!

Senate Wants Database Dragnet
Lawmakers may soon pass a bill that would set up a huge network of databases that law enforcement officials could tap to find terrorists. But that kind of unfettered access to data about Americans raises eyebrows. By Ryan Singel- A WiredNews story

Email Trace Leads To Arrest In Embassy Bombing in Paris
PARIS - Police investigating a bomb attack at the Indonesian Embassy have arrested a man at an Internet cafe from where an e-mail was sent claiming responsibility, judicial officials said.

New Technology!
Forensic Experts Track Printer Fingerprints

Researchers at Purdue University have developed image analysis techniques that may one day help tie counterfeit money and forged documents to the printers that produced them.

Virginia Is First In Nation To Consider Putting
RFIDs In State Driver Licenses

Almost everyone carries a driver’s license, and RFID chips allow people to be tracked," said Kent Willis, Executive Director of the ACLU of Virginia. "This proposal would allow anyone to set up an RFID reader to capture the identities and personal information of every person who comes within range," added Willis. "FBI agents, for example, could sweep up the identities of everyone at a political meeting, protest march, gun show, or Islamic prayer service.

Ashcroft Vows Piracy Assault
Move over, terrorism. Attorney General John Ashcroft pledges to make fighting piracy a top priority for the Justice Department. By Katie Dean. A WiredNews story

Private Investigator On The Laci Peterson Case
A private investigator charged with impersonating an officer while looking for leads in Laci Peterson's murder continues to work the case and has uncovered clues about a mysterious van and alternate crime scenes, the man's lawyer said Monday.

Genes May Be To Blame For Infidelity All In The Genes?
Some people may be genetically programmed to be unfaithful to their partner, a scientist has claimed.

Helping Investigators Gather Crime Evidence From PDAs
Tech savvy criminals are just as likely as anyone else to use high-tech devices, such as personal digital assistants (PDAs), to help keep track of their activities.

May I Scan The Bar Code In Your Arm, Please?
Forget about temperature-taking and blood-pressure checking. In the bright, near future, the first step for people seeking medical care may be to have their bicep read by an electronic scanner seeking data stored on an implanted chip.

U.S. Spies on Chat Rooms
Could terrorists be plotting their next move online, obscured by the 'noise' of chat-room chatter? The U.S. government thinks that may be the case and is funding a yearlong study on chat-room surveillance. A WiredNews Story.

Bill O'Reilly Hit With Sex Harassment Suit
Hours after Bill O'Reilly accused her of a multimillion dollar shakedown attempt, a female Fox News producer fired back at the TV star today, filing a lawsuit claiming that he subjected her to repeated instances of sexual harassment and spoke often, and explicitly, to her about phone sex, vibrators, threesomes, masturbation, the loss of his virginity, and sexual fantasies.

I-Team Investigation Uncovers Voter
Registration Fraud In Colorado

DENVER - With just 21 days left until an election in which every vote will count, the 9News I-Team has uncovered voter registration fraud that could cause chaos on Election Day for hundreds, possibly thousands of Colorado voters.

Silence In Court: Forensic Science On Trial
New types of forensic evidence are being used to gain convictions. But much of it is suspect, defense lawyers say -- and judges agree.

Spyware Vs. Spyware!
Court Must Determine Table Turning Spyware Case

A would-be whistle blower working for the Alabama Department of Transportation spied on his boss in an attempt to prove that the supervisor wasted time and taxpayer dollars doing anything but work while on the clock. The systems administrator installed a spyware program on his supervisor's computer and, during seven months of surveillance, discovered the majority of captured images showed the supervisor playing Solitaire.

Yahoo Introduces Personal Search
Yahoo has enhanced its My Yahoo service with personalization features including search history, the ability to save pages to a 'personal web' and block URLs from appearing in search results.

Is Chatting Cheating?
Newburyport Mayor Mary Anne Clancy admitted this week she had an e-mail relationship with a male teacher that was "inappropriate for someone with a husband and family." She insists the relationship never led to adultery and it ended three months ago. Yet when her husband saw copies of the e-mails, he got so upset he went to the teacher's house and was arrested on assault charges. By Julie Kirkwood

Google Desktop Search Launched
Google released a new Google Desktop Search tool today that allows people to scan their computers for information in the same way they use Google to search the web. Its ease of use, plus how it enhances the Google search experience, make it a compelling product to use.

'Telephone Bugging' Detective Arrested In England
A man was arrested on suspicion of bugging telephones for a private detective agency in England.

More Private Detective Firms Opening Up In Major Indian Cities
These firms investigate the minutest detail, digging into the background and legalities of the personality, institution or business deal.

Now, for Your PC: Mac OS X
A Hawaiian company claims to have developed a $50 software emulator that allows a Windows PC to run Mac OS X. A legal expert says it's likely Apple will have some objections. By Leander Kahney- A WiredNews Story.

Judge: Online Users Entitled To Privacy
A federal court ruling last week nixing a post-September 11 law that allowed government agents to secretly obtain information from Internet service providers hasn't yet received much attention in the online marketing world .

Click Fraud Threatens Web
Someone could make the argument that watchdogs have better things to do. But click fraud -- endlessly clicking on ads to generate cash or hurt a competitor -- is a serious threat to the web business, and no one's doing much about it. Commentary by Adam L. Penenberg

Web Industry Still Flies Blind
The commercial web is 10 years old, yet the online publishing industry still hasn't figured out how to measure accurately the number of people visiting each site. What's at stake? More than $8 billion a year. Commentary by Adam L. Penenberg. A WiredNews Story

Spyware Bill Gets House Nod
Anti-spyware legislation sails through the House of Representatives, with the bill's sponsor pressing to have both houses approve a law to reign in invasive computer programs by the end of the year. By Michael Grebb. A WiredNews Story

Agencies Work To Track Abused Children
Davontae Williams' death at age 9 spurred children's advocates to seek a creative way to protect abused youngsters before it's too late.

Cops Nab Fake Gynecologist
Meet Thomas Remo. The 50-year-old Texas sleazeball is facing felony charges for posing as a doctor and offering unsuspecting patients free gynecological services. A SmokingGun Story.

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The Scott Peterson Trial
The Robert Blake Trial
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Michael Jackson Trial
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