ABSTRACT

Because the investigation of cold cases is usually an arduous and time-consuming task, most law enforcement agencies in the United States are not able to dedicate the resources necessary to support the cold case investigation process. However, when those cases are fully pursued and prosecuted, they often result in convictions and lengthy prison terms. Cold Cases: Evaluation Models with Follow-up Strategies for Investigators, Second Edition saves law enforcement time by providing detailed guidelines for determining if a cold case is solvable, and if so, how to organize, manage, and evaluate the investigation. It also provides techniques for developing investigative strategies to complement the evaluation process and resolve the crime.

This second edition features a new revised model and methodology for investigating cold cases suitable for all police and public safety agencies—large or small, domestic or international. This new model is more expeditious and convenient for departments that have less manpower and experience in dealing with cold cases. It emphasizes the prioritization of cold cases based on the availability of physical evidence and the chances of deriving matches from said evidence and an identified person of interest.

Additional topics covered in the second edition include:

  • How cases go cold
  • Strategies for creating a cold case unit
  • Cold case investigations in a Dutch educational environment—a chapter written by members of the Dutch Police Academy
  • New forensic science technologies, including DNA, CODIS, and AFIS
  • Case studies demonstrating advances in suspectology
  • Strategies for effective investigative interviewing
  • Challenges posed by staged crime scenes in cold cases
  • How to craft a cold case evaluation report

The expert authors of this book maintain The Center for the Resolution of Unresolved Crimes and conduct training and consulting worldwide. Their practical book is designed to help law enforcement agencies resurrect long-forgotten cases, bringing closure to victims and holding accountable those who are responsible.

This book is part of the Advances in Police Theory and Practice series

chapter 1|10 pages

What Is a Cold Case and How Did We Get Here?

ByJAMES M. ADCOCK, SARAH L. STEIN

chapter 2|14 pages

Understanding the Process of Homicide and Those Who Kill

ByJAMES M. ADCOCK, SARAH L. STEIN

chapter 3|14 pages

Creating a Cold Case Squad (Concepts for Initialization)

ByJAMES M. ADCOCK, SARAH L. STEIN

chapter 4|6 pages

Introduction to Evaluation Models and Procedures

ByJAMES M. ADCOCK, SARAH L. STEIN

chapter 5|40 pages

A Comprehensive Cold Case Evaluation Model

ByJAMES M. ADCOCK, SARAH L. STEIN

chapter 6|12 pages

An Alternative Model for Evaluating Cold Cases

ByJAMES M. ADCOCK, SARAH L. STEIN

chapter 7|6 pages

Cold Case Evaluation Model III: Missing Persons

ByJAMES M. ADCOCK, SARAH L. STEIN

chapter 9|18 pages

Applying Science and Technology to Cold Cases

ByALBERT B. HARPER

chapter 10|26 pages

Suspectology: The Development of Suspects Using Pre-, Peri-, and Post- Offense Behaviors

ByRICHARD WALTER, SARAH L. STEIN, JAMES M. ADCOCK

chapter 11|18 pages

Investigative Interviewing: Issues and Concerns Relating to Cold Cases

ByJAMES M. ADCOCK, SARAH L. STEIN

chapter 12|20 pages

Cold Cases and Staged Crime Scenes: Crime Scene Clues to Suspect Misdirection of the

ByInvestigation ARTHUR S. CHANCELLOR AND GRANT D. GRAHAM, SR.

chapter 13|16 pages

Evaluation Reports and Legal Considerations

ByJAMES M. ADCOCK, SARAH L. STEIN

chapter 14|4 pages

Conclusion

ByJAMES M. ADCOCK, SARAH L. STEIN