Crime Scene Staging: Investigating Suspect Misdirection of the Crime Scene
This unique text has been written as a practical reference for detectives, crime scene investigators, and prosecutors on how to recognize a staged scene and how this offender behavior could be used as evidence in subsequent trials. The book is designed to help those actively engaged in conducting criminal investigations identify the red flags or those common findings at a crime scene that point to the scene being staged or altered and thereby assist the investigative process. The text is not only research based but also includes the authors’ 30-year experience and personal observations in conducting hundreds of different crime scene investigations ranging from homicide and death, burglary and other property crimes, to rape other and sexual crimes.
Prior to retiring from the Pennsylvania State Police, I served as the Supervisor of the Criminal Investigation Assessment Unit, as well as departmental representative as a subject matter expert in many areas, including Crime Scene Assessment and Crime Scene Staging….. I feel that this is a must read for all law enforcement and prosecutors and have added this book to my recommended reading list in all of my future training.
Patrick J. Zirpoli, Pennsylvania State Police, Ret./Investigative Sciences Journal/Volume 9/Number 1/March 2017
Death Investigations (The 2nd Edition)
D. Pauly, Special Agent (Ret.), Associate Professor/Director Applied Forensic Science, Methodist University, Fayetteville
Investigating Sexual Assault Cases (2nd Edition)
Mass LEO/Amazon Book Review
– Arthur S. Chancellor
– Grant D. Graham Sr.
Cold Cases: An Evaluation Model with Follow-up Strategies for Investigators
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.
Mass LEO/Amazon Book Review
Articles and Podcasts
Article: Crime Scene Staging, Crime Scene Clues to Suspect Misdirection of the Investigation
Article: “I’ve been shot!” Or maybe not.” Texas District & County Attorney’s Assoc., The Texas Prosecutor, Jan-Feb 2017, Vol. 47, Iss. 1
Article: Sandra Melgar guilty of killing husband, faking home invasion on Houston couple’s anniversary night.
Article: Investigating Sexual Assault Cases: Article from the Military Police Regimental Association Magazine (Winter 2018, Vol 28, No 3)
Article: Fayetteville Police Forensic Manager (Grant Graham) Co-Authors Crime Scene Staging Book
Forensic Files: Army of Evidence (Steve Chancellor is featured in a previously determined suicide case reinvestigated as a homicide)
Podcast: Inside the Badge (Grant Graham and Steve Chancellor speak about crime scene staging with Dr. Carlos Vazquez)
Podcast: Solving Cold Cases (Grant Graham talks with Dr. Jim Adcock about crime scene processing and cold case investigations) Aug 28, 2019
Podcast: Solving Cold Cases (Steve Chancellor speaks with Dr. Jim Adcock about crime scene staging and cold case investigations) Sep 4, 2019