Laura Pettler

  • From Crime Scene to Courtroom: The Murder Room

    by Laura Pettler 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 education, training, and…

  • CONFLICT > RESOLUTION > BENEFIT THEORY OF INTIMICIDE AND IDENTIFYING STAGING IN INTIMICIDE 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…