Social Media for High Profile Investigations

Social media continues to have more impact on the lives of citizens in all age groups and all socio-economic levels every day. Often times, the victims met and interacted with the perpetrator via social media….and left clues and evidence on both their social media accounts and electronic devices. This presentation will provide an overview of the scope and scale of social media platforms in society today as well as the currently popular apps that are being used. We will discuss the potential evidence that can be obtained from those apps and the possible problems investigators may face when trying to collect this evidence. This presentation will be a fact-filled overview that will provide the attendees with real tools and valuable contact information for gathering evidence from social media platforms in criminal investigations.  

Psychological Autopsy

The presentation will look at the role of the psychological/ behavioral science in law enforcement. The various forms of equivocal deaths will be discussed and described as well as an overview of suicide will be provided, which is one of the main focal points of psychological autopsies. An overview/ discussion of psychological autopsies, including the history of the procedure, its purposes-goals, and the manner in which it is conducted, and the sources of information needed to conduct the procedure. As well as discussion on some “target groups” of people (e.g. law enforcement personnel suicides) and their relativity to psychological autopsies. Legal and ethical considerations pertaining to the procedure will also be examined. Applicable case studies will be provided of well-known deaths or historical psychological autopsies that were performed in the past.


Heroin and Opiate Related Death Investigations

This presentation provides an overview of Heroin and Opiate Related Death Investigations. Specific topics include basic uniform standards and best practices for conducting drug related death investigations, Strict Liability drug induced deaths as they apply to the manufacture, sale and distribution of controlled dangerous substances, prescription fraud Investigation, development and application of intelligence information, the need for inter-agency deconfliction in a multi-jurisdictional environment, applying the task force approach, prosecution issues, the use of Narcan by trained first responders and overall community impact.

Eliminating Reasonable Doubt

“Eliminating Reasonable Doubt” focuses on elevating the homicide investigation to a level of proof beyond a reasonable doubt, thereby enabling a righteous conviction. It is designed to demonstrate to detectives how to obtain the quality of evidence that a prosecutor needs to successfully try a case. It contains examples of how to obtain that evidence, including interview and interrogation techniques that will result in truthful and accurate statements obtained in a manner that will be persuasive to a judge and jury. Various types of evidence collection are presented, including jail calls, photo lineups, fingerprints, and DNA. The extensive possibilities for solving cases and presenting compelling evidence from smart phones is explored. This course is designed not only to increase success solving cases, but to increase success presenting cases in court.

Pulse Night Club

On June 12, 2016 at approximately 2:00 A.M., a self-radicalized Homegrown Violent Extremist (H.V.E.) entered the Pulse Night Club in Orlando, FL and carried out a terror attack that killed 49 innocent victims. The incident quickly transitioned from an active shooter event to a barricaded hostage taker. During the incident, the suspect professed his allegiance to ISIS and stated he had enough explosives to level “several blocks.” This presentation will provide an in-depth overview of the Pulse Nightclub terror attack. Details will be shared regarding response, challenges faced and operational decisions made during the incident, including victim extraction. The presenter will also share lessons learned from the event to assist first responders to better prepare for critical incidents involving active shooters and mass casualty incidents.

House of Horrors

The Gosnell case started out with a pill mill investigation involving several undercover and informant oxycodone purchases. A worker at the clinic revealed disturbing information to Police relating to the death of a woman, untrained staff administering medication to patients, unsanitary conditions and abortion procedures where Dr. Gosnell and other employees would murder the babies. Search warrants were obtained, 47 fetuses and severed feet were found in the office. A grand Jury indicted Gosnell and nine associates for several counts of murder. All were convicted. Gosnell was given 3 life sentences. He also pleaded guilty to the drug charges. A book and movie were made based on this case. This presentation will cover the basics used to discover this scene as well as the investigative and interview tactics utilized to provide sufficient evidence to prove guilt.