Investigating Staged Crime Scenes

"Excellent instructors! Very knowledgeable and presented material in a thorough manner. I would love to see our patrol and other detectives attend your course."

Leslie McCauley, Sgt, Montgomery County, TX Sheriff's Office

"I found Grant and Steve to be very experienced in their fields and came armed with a plethora of great case studies. The CRIME SCENE STAGING CLASS WAS EXCELLENT. I would recommend this for Detectives and Crime Scene Technicians."

Lt. Tad Donne, Hudson, NH Police Department

This book is a must have! I have been a police officer/detective for 12 years and this book has definitely opened my eyes to why some people do what they do. I've attended the training that the authors put on for Law Enforcement and it was awesome too. The case studies used at both the training and in the book compliment each other and are presented in a manner that enhance learning.

Det John Benazzi, Fayetteville Police Department

“COINCIDENCES HAPPEN, BUT YOU SHOULD NEVER BELIEVE THEM”

 
Investigating Staged Crime Scenes (1 Day/8 Hour Course)

In the course of their careers most detectives have come into contact with staged crime scenes; that is, a scene or evidence intentionally altered by the offender for some reason. The concept of staged scenes is a well known event to experienced detectives and understood to occur in a multitude of different types of crimes. However, much of the contemporary police professional literature tends to focus upon limited areas such as the purposeful staging or posing of a sexual homicide victim within a crime scene. Another type of scene encountered, but not well publicized, is "where the perpetrator changes elements of the scene to make a death appear to be a suicide or accidental in order to cover up a murder.” 

Although the sexual stylized positioning of a body and changing a murder scene to resemble an accident or suicide are certainly examples of staged crime scenes, these few examples do not adequately explain or define the full continuum of the staged crime scenes. To better understand the dynamics of these events, this course discuss the nature of “staging” and additional definitions of these events. Students will learn the three distinct categories of staged scenes and how to recognized them. The intent of this course is to provide the crime scene and criminal investigator with a greater understanding and additional data concerning the act of crime scene staging as applied to the investigative equation, “Why + How = Who.” 

Course Instruction Topics:

THE CONCEPT OF STAGING

  • What is Staging?

  • How Many Staged Scenes

MOTIVES AND TYPES OF STAGING

  • Motives

  • False Statments

  • Categorizing Staged Scenes

PRIMARY STAGING

  • Ad Hoc Primary Staged Scenes

  • Premeditated Primary Staged Scenes

SECONDARY STAGING

  • Modus Operandi (MO)

  • Personation

  • Depersonalization

  • Undoing

  • Body Posing

  • Ritualistic of Symbolic

TERTIARY STAGING OR INCIDENTAL SCENE ALTERATIONS

VICTIMOLOGY

  • Risk Factors

  • Investigative Uses of Victimology

  • Offender Risk

INVESTIGATING STAGED SCENES

  • Red Flags

  • Overall Nature of the Report

  • Timing of Events

  • Coincidences

  • "Victim" Reactions to the Event

  • Forensic Findings

  • Offender Behaviors

  • Proprietary Interest

INTERRUPTED BURGLARIES AND HOME INVASTIONS

HOMICIDE STAGED AS SUICIDE

  • Suicide Risk Factors

  • Investigative Considerations

STAGED SEX CRIMES AND FALSE COMPLAINTS

  • Staged Sexual Homicides

  • False Rape Complaints

  • Motives for False Rape Complaints

COURSE SUMMARY

Course Length:

1 Day/ (8) Hours.

Price:

$150.00

 
Investigating Staged Crime Scenes (2 Day/16 Hour Course)

This course expands on the one day course subject matter and includes additional detail on other types of staged crimes to include property crimes; robbery, kidnapping and personal injury; and accidental death. 

 

The concept of staged scenes is a well known event to experienced detectives and understood to occur in a multitude of different types of crimes. However, much of the contemporary police professional literature tends to focus upon a limited areas such as the purposeful staging or posing of a sexual homicide victim within a crime scene. Such as, “where the perpetrator changes elements of the scene to make a death appear to be a suicide or accidental in order to cover up a murder; thereby, altering the scene and often providing false statements in support of the alterations to purposefully misdirect the police investigation. 

Although the sexual stylized positioning of a body and changing a murder scene to resemble an accident or suicide are certainly examples of staged crime scenes, these few examples do not adequately explain or define the full continuum of the staged crime scenes. To better understand the dynamics of these events, this course explains the nature of “staging” and explains how to approach the incident  from a crime scene and  investigative perspective. Students will learn the three distinct categories of staged scenes and how to recognized them. The intent of this course is to provide the crime scene and criminal investigator with a greater understanding and additional data concerning the act of crime scene staging as applied to the investigative equation, “Why + How = Who.” 

Course Instruction Topics:

THE CONCEPT OF STAGING

  • What is Staging?

  • How Many Staged Scenes

MOTIVES AND TYPES OF STAGING

  • Motives

  • False Statments

  • Categorizing Staged Scenes

PRIMARY STAGING

  • Ad Hoc Primary Staged Scenes

  • Premeditated Primary Staged Scenes

SECONDARY STAGING

  • Modus Operandi (MO)

  • Personation

  • Depersonalization

  • Undoing

  • Body Posing

  • Ritualistic of Symbolic

TERTIARY STAGING OR INCIDENTAL SCENE ALTERATIONS

VICTIMOLOGY

  • Risk Factors

  • Factual Information

  • Subjective Criteria

  • Gathering Victimology Information

  • Investigative Uses of Victimology

  • Low, Medium and High Risk Victims

  • Offender Risk

INVESTIGATING STAGED SCENES

  • Red Flags

  • Overall Nature of the Report

  • Timing of Events

  • Coincidences

  • "Victim" Reactions to the Event

  • Method of Entry

  • Forensic Findings

  • Offender Behaviors

  • Proprietary Interest

  • How Prepared was the Offender to Commit the Crime?

STAGED PROPERTY CRIMES

  • Burglary

  • Point of Entry

  • The Search

  • Vehicles

  • Arson

 

ROBBERY, KIDNAPPING AND PERSONAL INJURY

INTERRUPTED BURGLARIES AND HOME INVASTIONS

HOMICIDE STAGED AS SUICIDE

  • Suicide Risk Factors

  • Investigative Considerations

  • Victim and Scene factors

  • Victim Antemortem Actions and Statements 

  • Suicide Notes

  • Preciptating Event

  • Suicides Staged to Resemble Homicides

STAGED SEX CRIMES AND FALSE COMPLAINTS

  • Staged Sexual Homicides

  • False Rape Complaints

  • Motives for False Rape Complaints

  • Cautions

WORKING WITH PROSECUTORS

  • Primary Staging

  • Admitting Primary Staging Into Court

  • Profiling Vs Crime Scene Reconstruction, Analysis

COURSE SUMMARY

Course Length:

2 Days/ (16) Hours.

Price:

$250.00

"Very engaging interesting instructors presented material in articulate and real world applicable way."

Ann Yereniuk, Massachusetts  Northwestern  District Attorney's Office

Very informative training. This is great training for not just crime scene investigators, but also for regular investigators.

Detective Brian O'Leary, Manchester, NH Police Dept

I've just completed the 2 day workshop in Investigating Staged Crime Scenes (which was totally worth travelling nearly 5000 miles because there is nothing like this available in the UK!)
 

What a totally fascinating, thought-provoking and vital course this is. It really opens your eyes just to how prevalent staged scenes can be, and how easy it is to miss the 'red flags' at scenes if you're not trained in recognising them. This workshop covers a vast amount of the subject matter; including identifying the red flags; the different categories of staging; victimology; offender behaviour; MO behaviour and specific staging within the different crime typologies.
 

The course leaders are extremely knowledgeable, professional and friendly; and their engaging high quality presentations were a combination of theory, case examples and videos. I was fully engrossed throughout the two days because it was simply so interesting and the course leaders were very easy to listen to. 
 

I highly recommend this workshop, especially for police officers, detectives, medicolegal death investigators and also those in academia studying forensics & criminology.

Stephanie Davies, Cheshire Constabulary, Senior Coroner's Officer, United Kingdom and PhD Student

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