6 Mistakes to Avoid at a Crime Scene Straight From a Cold Case Detective

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My friend and cold case detective Joe Giacalone is a great resource for writers and cops. I wanted to repost this great guest article on what to avoid at a crime scene.

Originally posted on Author Jennifer Chase:

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Crime scenes aren’t as cut and dry as one might think.  There are many variables and each one should be carefully identified, searched, documented, and processed correctly.  The process doesn’t flow like the television shows or movies would like us to think.

Here’s a great article I wanted to share on “6 Mistakes to Avoid at Crime Scene” from a retired NYPD police detective and cold case expert, Joe Giacalone.  It doesn’t get any better than learning it straight from the source.

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6 Mistakes to Avoid at a Crime Scene

Crime Scene Mishaps:

By: Joseph L. Giacalone

You don’t get a chance to scream, “Do over!” like we did in the playground when it comes to criminal investigation. You only get one chance at it, so you have to do it right. Sometimes, doing something right is about learning what not to do. Crime scenes…

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Infant Abducted from Home Following Shooting Found Dead

policetapeThe community was already stunned when the news reported that three people in Long Beach had been shot inside their home. This anger and fear turned to horror when it was revealed that a three-week-old infant was now missing from the home and assumed abducted.

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All attention turned to bringing baby girl Eliza Delacruz back safely. Sadly, we now have learned that this innocent child was not spared as her body was discovered in a dumpster in the San Diego area. Her killer, who is assumed to be the same man who shot her parents and uncle, is still at large. Two of the adult victims remain in the hospital in critical condition while the third has been released. Even if all three make a full recovery from their injuries, this crime has altered their lives forever.

No one wants to start a new year with such tragedy, when we hope that . . . somehow . . . this year can be different. But cases such as this one, and the resolve that the investigators in Long Beach have shown in bringing this cowardly killer to justice, remind me of the amazing respect I have for the men and women who face these situations every day and work tirelessly to remove predators from our communities. It’s cases like this that weighs heaviest on me the most.

While the surviving family members have provided some clues, the circumstances still seem murky with many more questions than answers. So the search will move forward and I am confident that this criminal will be found. He cannot be allowed to continue to roam free on the streets. It will not matter how many years I study the criminal mind, the thought process involved in harming and discarding a child like a piece of trash is not one I believe I ever will understand.  My thoughts go out to the family and friends of the victims.

I would love to hear from you — what should we expect for this year and how do you feel about cases like this. I can’t help but think how my fictional heroine would handle this case.

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Happy New Year!

2015 Happy New Year Greeting Card With Sparking Spot LighI want to wish all my friends, family, and readers a fabulous New Year! I am so lucky to have you ALL in my life.  2014 was a bit of a challenging year for me, but I feel truly blessed for the wonderful and positive aspects in my life.

Thank you to all of my followers, readers, and those who were so kind to share my books and articles through social media. 2015 is going to be full of new possibilities and new books!  I wish everyone health, happiness, laughter, and endless opportunities.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Brazilian Man Confesses to Killing More Than Forty

serialkillersThere can be an argument made that time spent within the prison system can serve the purpose of rehabilitation. Perhaps someone robbed a convenience store or drove while intoxicated and during his sentence he gets an education and learns a job skill or attends therapy sessions to cope with an addiction issue. In such instances, a criminal offender can return to freedom in his community and hopefully make better choices. But there are psychological factors at play with some violent acts for which no intervention will make a difference.

blogpost1Sailson Jose das Gracas was arrested in Brazil last week on suspicion of murdering a woman in the Rio de Janeiro area. It did not take long before he confessed to killing a total of thirty-nine victims over the course of ten years, with each of those claims now being investigated by authorities. If his assertions hold true, das Gracas will prove one of the worst serial killers in that nation’s history.

Das Gracas said in a television interview, “When I didn’t kill, I would pace around the house, and then when I killed, it calmed me.” Can you imagine? Not to make light of the psychology but to try to put it in perspective, I calm my nerves by taking a long walk with my dog or sitting with a cup of tea. This man found such relief in taking the life of another human. Das Gracas further shared that he would kill again if given the freedom to do so, no matter how many years from now such a release from custody may occur. Without bars separating him from the rest of society, he will be compelled to continue his twisted acts.

I study criminal behavior and have for years, but continue to be struck by stories such as this one. The drive to kill and the psychological release that comes from draining life from another human is both terrifying and fascinating . . . I even titled my first Emily Stone novel Compulsion to highlight this pathology. We still have so much to learn about the criminal mind but I know members of our law enforcement do their best to keep all of us safe.

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Emily Stone Crime-Thriller Series

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Crime has a new nemesis and her name is Emily Stone. She will continue to hunt serial killers and child abductors as long as they are out there.

This is her life. Tag along with vigilante detective Emily Stone in a first time ever “live action” novel short film. Be sure to watch it full screen, turn up the volume, and enjoy.

Click here to watch Short Film Trailer

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with Film Actress Kim Poirier

KimPoirierI have a real treat for readers and blog followers today. I cannot convey how excited I am that actress Kim Poirier is here to answer a few questions. It has been a huge blessing for me to have this awesome and beautiful actress embrace my Emily Stone character. When I was first discussing the possibilities of a “live-action” book trailer about my fictional heroine Emily Stone with director Andy Palmer, I was very adamant about the type of actress I wanted. To be honest, I did not think we would find the right person to fit the role. Appearance, voice, and physical abilities were important to convey this character. I was ecstatic, to say the least, that Kim Poirier would even consider the part! She was perfect to play Emily Stone!

Enough of my rambling and on to the interview.

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JENNIFER CHASE: Please tell us a little bit about you and your background. What inspired you to film/television as a career?

KIM POIRIER: I started out (technically), in my mom’s stomach! She had a part in a film and I think that’s where I caught the “bug”. From that point forward, I started doing commercials growing up and lots of catalogue work. When I got out of high school, I pursued a career in acting full time. I trained privately in acting and in voice (so important), and worked in film and television moving forward. I’ve also had the pleasure of being a host for a few years. That was really fun!

JENNIFER CHASE: Wow, talk about having the film bug in your blood! What are some of the pros and cons working on a trailer as opposed to filming a full-length feature movie?

KIM POIRIER: I wish I had more days on set! I fell in love with the Emily Stone character and it really spoke to me. EmilyStone_Stills_006AI felt blessed and inspired to step in her shoes. I truly look forward to the project getting funded so we can all sink our teeth into this.

JENNIFER CHASE: I’m crossing my fingers for a feature film, but anything is possible in the movie industry. What was it like filming the Emily Stone Book Trailer and jumping in “hands on” for the action scenes?

KIM POIRIER: I worked with the director, Andy Palmer, before on another film and he called me asking if I’d like to be a part of this. I immediately jumped right in with both feet, read the book, EmilyStoneAgot a fight choreographer to map out the fight scene, trained with him pretty extensively, went shooting a few times so I could get used to a Glock (Emily’s gun of choice), and did drills running up and down the halls of my place.

JENNIFER CHASE: I’m so glad that you did! I LOVE it! Actually, that’s so Emily Stone!

KIM POIRIER: I wanted to genuinely and authentically feel it in my body and have that visceral level of understanding. I didn’t want to fake it. I also felt a responsibility after reading the novel to really bring my A Game. Emily3It rocked me to the core and I wasn’t going to be anything less than my best.

JENNIFER CHASE: It definitely shows in your performance. Were there any fun or memorable moments that you would like to share with us?

KIM POIRIER: A funny moment (well not so funny when I was in it), was when we were training for first time with the choreographer: I got thrown on my back and had the wind knocked out of me. It kind of shook me, but I realized that getting punched in the face or getting the wind knocked out of me (once you get over the fear of that “happening”), is really freeing. Once you aren’t afraid to get hit (because you know you can take the pain and it’s no longer a shock to your system), there’s a fearlessness that takes over you and empowers you.

JENNIFER CHASE: That’s so true, but I’m sorry that you had endure a bit of pain for this part. Do you have any special preparations or acting rituals that you go through before you get to set?

KIM POIRIER: I did a ton of research on the character so that I could really get into her head. I also worked on the physical aspect quite a bit too. Being a trained dancer growing up (Jazz, Tap, Ballet), getting the physical component down is the quickest way for me to understand a character, really live it and feel it and express it authentically. In terms of a ritual…I don’t really have any.   EmilyStone_EOther than making sure I am relaxed as possible. I do a lot of breath work, yoga, running and meditation. That keeps me limber and free in my mind and soul. It’s so important to be centered and present.

JENNIFER CHASE: That’s so insightful and a great way to live. What can we expect to see from you in the near future?

KIM POIRIER: I shot a film last summer called, “No Solicitors” with Eric Roberts. It’s about a very “Norman Rockwell-esque” family with a deep twisted underbelly. They definitely aren’t what they appear to be.

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JENNIFER CHASE: Thank you so much Kim Poirier for allowing us into your world today. I cannot thank you enough for your great performance of Emily Stone in the Thriller Book Trailer!

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The Criminal Mind in the Digital Age

blogpost1The advancement in technology just in the past eight to ten years, particularly in the areas of the internet and social media, has been astonishing. We now can know what our friends from high school are having for dinner every night or when their kids win a spelling bee, instead of just catching up on major life highlights every five years or so at a reunion in the old cafeteria. A few individuals can spark political movements that gain attention in every corner of the world. News is spread across the globe in seconds. Members of communities are better able to look out for one another when crime threats and suspicious behaviors are shared. I have the chance to reach you through this blog!

But with anything that is so intrinsic and influential in our lives every day, technology comes with a downside. Clinical psychologist Stanton Samenow was asked recently why a new edition of his book Inside the Criminal Mind was needed if, presumably, the criminal mind has remained the same. He answered that while the factors that motivate and excite criminals have not changed, the venues through which they can act out their twisted plans have expanded.

Samenow notes that criminals no longer have to steal a wallet and hope to find one or two credit cards when they instead can manipulate cyberspace and steal account information from millions. Sexual predators can assume a charming persona from behind the anonymity of a computer screen in order to lure the vulnerable. The mind may operate as it did 100 years ago, but it now has so much more fuel on which to run.

Have you thought much about how social media and other aspects of the digital age in which we live has carved new opportunities for criminals? Does it affect how you use such technology?

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Emily Stone Crime-Thriller Series

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Crime has a new nemesis and her name is Emily Stone. She will continue to hunt serial killers and child abductors as long as they are out there.

This is her life. Tag along with vigilante detective Emily Stone in a first time ever “live action” novel short film. Be sure to watch it full screen, turn up the volume, and enjoy.

Click here to watch Short Film Trailer

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Vigilante Detective Emily Stone and Knockout Author Roundup

EmilyStone_workoutIt’s been a fun blog hop to share these amazing ten authors and their books with you during the Emily Stone Tour.  Thank you ALL so much for participating with me, oh, and Emily Stone of course. When I first started writing Compulsion, I did not know any other authors. I’ve been so fortunate to have met so many other authors and to find many great books that I might not have discovered.

Here’s a recap of the excitement. You can click on any of the authors to find out more about them or the cover of their books to take you to Amazon.

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Caleb Pirtle SecretsOfThe-LowerPix

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Emily Stone Crime-Thriller Series

NOVEL FILM SHORT

Crime has a new nemesis and her name is Emily Stone. She will continue to hunt serial killers and child abductors as long as they are out there.

This is her life. Tag along with vigilante detective Emily Stone in a first time ever “live action” novel short film. Be sure to watch it full screen, turn up the volume, and enjoy.

Click here to watch Short Film Trailer

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