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 sexual crimes. 

(A. Chancellor and G. Graham)

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

As a retired CSI commander and now in the private sector, I wish this book had been written years ago. A must have in your library if you have any role in a criminal investigation.

Melissa Fernandez


Death Investigations, The 2nd Edition

Many texts on criminal investigation present the same investigative process for every type of crime. However, each crime type requires a unique approach with distinct steps. An investigation involving a death is no different. All incidents of death should be processed as a homicide until they can be proven otherwise. In order to do so correctly, all investigative procedures specifically related to death investigation should be applied. Death Investigations – The 2nd Edition is a follow-up to the successful first edition published in 2013. This book brings to light many of the nuances that frequently confront death investigators and provides them with sound advice and guidelines of how to resolve these incidents.

(J. Adcock and A. Chancellor)

"Another great, concise, and meaningful reference book to guide all investigators, attorneys, college students, and forensic types. Great job by Dr. Adcock and Supervisory Special Agent Chancellor!!"

D. Pauly, Special Agent (Ret.), Associate Professor/Director Applied Forensic Science, Methodist University, Fayetteville


Investigating Sexual Assault Cases

Not all crimes are committed equally and therefore not all investigations can be conducted equally. Written for criminal investigation courses and specifically sex crime investigation courses, Investigating Sexual Assault Cases presents the basic responsibilities of first responders and highlights specific demands for investigators and prosecutors. Part of the Jones & Bartlett Learning Guides to Law Enforcement Investigation series, this comprehensive resource provides future law enforcement professionals with the information necessary to accurately investigate and analyze sexual assault crimes, improve clearance rates, increase rape and sexual assault reporting, and reduce the number of wrongful incarcerations.

(A. Chancellor)

"This book is an excellent resource and I learned literally dozens of new approaches and ideas that I had never thought of or been taught despite my extensive study on the subject."

Mass LEO/Amazon Book Review


Child Abuse Investigations: From Dispatch to Disposition

For investigators, the emphasis of traditional forensics (the science of the crime scene) has resulted in the loss of deductive reasoning skills. This book centers on the investigator's ability to interpret and identify non-traditional cues and clues, oftentimes seemingly 'innocent' actions, through the investigator's deductive reasoning skills. If the investigator can interpret these items and understand their evidentiary value and how this information becomes evidence of the crime itself, an investigation is more likely to have a positive outcome. The book includes chapter summaries and numerous actual case examples of some of the more well-known and high profile investigations.  The book will be an invaluable resource to law enforcement, child protective services, medical personnel, courts, and child advocates.

(D. Hayden)


Crime Scene Processing and Laboratory Manual and Workbook

Crime Scene Processing Laboratory Manual and Workbook serves as the laboratory course complement to Ross Gardner's Practical Crime Scene Processing and Investigation. Developed through Hayden's own course on crime scene investigation, it is designed to teach the basics of crime scene documentation, as well as evidence identification, preservation, and collection. Standing on its own, the workbook is also useful for self-instruction and as seminar curriculum.

This multi-purpose manual contains fifty exercises, including practical hands-on experiments such as evidence packaging, in addition to workbook exercises. Advice on report writing and suggestions for research papers are also provided. The manual includes a variety of documentary exercises not found in other resources such as mapping a crime scene, developing a crime scene response kit, preparing an evidence voucher, and sketching a crime scene. 

(D. Hayden)


Chapter 12: Cold Cases and Staged Crime Scenes written by,

  • Arthur S. Chancellor

  • Grant D. Graham Sr.

Cold Cases: An Evaluation Model with Follow-up Strategies for Investigators

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. 

(J. Adcock and S. Stein)

"This book is a goldmine of information for cold case homicide investigators. The authors provide several different frameworks under which cold case homicide investigations may be prioritized and organized. I highly recommend this book."

Mass LEO/Amazon Book Review

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