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Jumpstart the Cold Case Files

Jumpstart the Cold Case Files

By: Joseph Giacalone

Jumpstart the Cold Case files now! Homicide clearance rates continue to fall and violent crimes continues to rise in the United States. Now, more than ever, a focus on who is wanted for murder becomes an important task that may lead to a reduction in violence. Violence often begets violence as retaliation becomes common.

Every detective has one case that still haunts them. There were a number of cases that I wish we were able to solve during my tenure as the Commanding Officer of the Bronx Cold Case Squad. We had a person of interest in most, but lacked the physical evidence, forensic evidence, confession, or eyewitnesses. Continue reading “Jumpstart the Cold Case Files”

Recording the Time of Death

Caveats of Death Investigations:
Recording the Time of Death

By: Joseph Giacalone

Recording the time of death can often be a tricky situation for investigators. There are a number of things that are out of the investigator’s control, Time of Death (TOD) is only one of them. The golden rule for death investigations is to treat every one as if it is suspicious until evidence proves otherwise.

Investigators have to deal with many things at the beginning of a death investigation to enable the medical examiner (or coroner) to make the proper Manner of Death classification. First and foremost, make sure that the crime scene is secured. Death investigations require a team. This team consists of: investigator, medical examiner (or coroner) and/or a medicolegal investigator (MLI). One of the most important and often confusing caveat of investigations is the TOD.
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New Law Enforcement Blog Coming

Hello everyone,

My name is Joseph Giacalone and I am a retired Sergeant SDS from the NYC Police Department. I will be starting a new blog that will cover Cold Cases, Missing Persons, Historical U.S. Supreme Court decisions, and various topics relating to law enforcement.

In addition, I will discuss some of the stories from the Bronx Cold Case Squad. I am a firm believer that the Cold Case Squad plays one of the most important roles any police department can have. You, are the last liaison between the victim’s family and the department. A role my detectives and I took seriously.

If you’d like to know more about me, head over to the About Me page.