Laura Pettler

  • From Crime Scene to Courtroom: The Murder Room

    by Laura G. Pettler (N. I_MMXXI) Death investigation can be a very complicated process. Without the selection and implementation of a proven death investigation method, it is arguable that the risk of failure increased exponentially. And because selected investigatory system determines the investigatory outcome, the quality, the breadth and depth, and success of death investigations are a reflection of the…

  • Classifying Staging Behavior in Homicide Cases: An Investigatory Taxonomy

    by Laura G. Pettler (N. III_MMXXI) The story of Jacob and Joseph from Genesis 37 shows that people have been trying to get away with violent crimes against others since ancient times. However, though there are numerous empirical and anecdotal historical references about staging death scenes, they pale in comparison to the number of available references for other subjects in…

  • Conflict > Resolution > Benefit theoty of Intimicide and IIndentifying Staging in Intimide Cases

    by Laura G. Pettler (N. IV_MMXVI) The most dangerous phrase in homicide and crime scene investigation is “because we’ve always done it this way.” And nothing cripples a death investigation faster than failing to consider alternatives. Keeping an open mind, starting the investigation where the investigation actually starts, reaching out to others for ideas, partnership, and additional resources, many investigatory…