Inside the Mind of the Genesee River Killer
This presentation will outline the activities of serial killer Arthur Shawcross, also known as the Genesee River Killer, in the city of Rochester, NY. It explores his past, his killing spree in Rochester and lessons that the Rochester Police Department learned during the investigation. The presentation includes actual crime scene photographs and a timeline of events.

October 1-Las Vegas Massacre Course Description

This course will cover information on LVMPD Special Events section information as well as specifically the Route 91 event and all details involved. The specific incident will be looked at as well as crowd reaction and investigation documentation. The instruction will delve into lessons learned from the event as well as what law enforcement found to yield a successful outcome for the investigation and event. 

Vehicle Forensics: The Road Forward

More and more connected cars are finding their way on to the streets and highways of our nation. In 2013, there were approximately 23 million connected cars on the world’s roadways. That number will rise to over 152 million by 2020. Today’s investigations tend to focus on a suspect’s computer and cell phone. With the proliferation of the connected car, vehicles are likely to be added to that short list of potentially rich sources of digital evidence. The computer systems inside of these connected cars can create and store an extensive number of potentially relevant artifacts. This workshop will examine the basics of connected cars, potential artifacts found in vehicles, artifact persistence, the acquisition process, the forensic challenges with this type of evidence, and a glimpse into the future.

Double Infant Homicide Lindsey Lowe Case Study

The object of the Infant Death Case Study is to present some of the details of the Lindsey Lowe investigation. This case study will be presented by the Lead Investigator, Det. Steve Malach, Assistant Attorney General Ron Blanton, and former Lt. (LEC) Jim Vaughn.

The topics discussed will be the logistics of the investigation, obstacles that were confronted and the legal issues that were involved in the prosecution of the individual

Forensic Genealogy and Homicide DNA Investigations

Forensic genealogy, the practice of finding a perpetrator’s relatives by matching crime scene DNA against genetic ancestry databases, rapidly changed unsolved investigations in 2018 when investigators were able to identify the “Golden State Killer” through a distant relative. This presentation will look at forensic genealogy and the impact that it is making in law enforcement.  The research and analysis of specific case studies and how DNA and genealogy has helped or hindered these investigations will be looked at.  While this new discovery of the usage of DNA still has much to perfect and learn, it has sparked a new hope for many unsolved and cold cases.

Behind Criminal Minds

A teenaged girl has been brutally raped and strangled to death in the cold night as she walked to a friend’s home. Investigators turned to criminal profiler Kenneth Morris for a look into the personality of their mystery killer...” your victim was not targeted. The crime appears to be an impulsive act with the offender reacting immediately upon his urges. “this was an unplanned attack and there was no scheme present for providing a successful outcome or a concern for eradicating evidence. Thus, your offender likely is lacking in intellect and maturity, and has a low intelligence. He was a poor student in school who did not excel in his studies and dropped out of high school. And he lives close by…”

Criminal Profiling is an investigative technique in which crime scene behavior is deciphered to reveal the characteristics of an unknown offender. This presentation will delve into what constitutes behavior and what that behavior might mean to investigators. Examples of organized and disorganized activity present in crime Scenes will be discussed with actual homicide cases included as examples.

Opioid Overdose Death: Homicide Vs Overdose

Standardized recommendations for investigation of drug related deaths will be discussed.  These types of investigations will be looked at through case presentations and discussions, the importance of scene investigation, autopsy, and toxicology is emphasized.  The legal standard of “but-for cause of death” for medical death investigations is presented. 

 Cottonwood Walmart Brawl: Officer Involved Shooting and Handling Media Frenzy

Cottonwood Police Department in Cottonwood, AZ was thrust into the harsh glare of the media spotlight when what should have been a simple public disturbance call at a local grocery store escalated into a twelve-person parking lot brawl leaving two suspects shot, one killed, and one officer shot with multiple officers injured. Chief Fanning provides compelling behind-the-line detail of the events of March 21, 2015 and his subsequent FBINAA-recognized response to the media frenzy.

 Forensic Mental Evaluations in Violent Crimes

This presentation will cover an overview of abnormal psychology and what law enforcement may encounter in association with mental illness and its correlation to violent crimes as well as how psychology as a whole plays a part in the criminal justice field.  Taking a particular look into the court related competency and insanity and what the threshold/requirements of being incompetent to withstand trial and guilty by reason of insanity.  This block will provide any tactics law enforcement could potentially use during the investigation or questioning that could negate or head off insanity as a defense.  Taking a deeper step into what the courtroom may present, this block will also cover a basic understanding of certain “dos and donts” of expert witness testimony.  In terms of application and case study, the Mary Winkler case will be exemplified.