Murder 101: Homicide and Its Investigation

Murder 101: Homicide and Its Investigation

Murder 101: Homicide and Its Investigation

Murder 101: Homicide and Its Investigation

Synopsis

"In this book, Robert L. Snow takes us on a tour of murder, its investigation, and its prosecution from the perspective of a seasoned homicide detective. From the commission of the crime to the collection of evidence, examination of the crime scene, roundup of suspects, interrogation, and resolution, he leads readers from the scene to the courtroom, stopping along the way to consider all the elements that go into a murder investigation. He considers the culprits, the motives, the victims and their families, and offers readers a glimpse into the actual techniques and methods used to solve real crimes. This volume will fascinate and inform anyone interested in knowing the truth behind the scene of the crime of murder. Through the use of real-life cases of actual murders, Snow captures the intricacies of solving murders of all sorts. From domestic or intimate partner murders to cold cases and sexually based murders, police must approach homicide cases very carefully so that successful prosecution can eventually take place. Snow shows that there is much that can be learned from the crime scene, the body, the evidence, and the witnesses in terms of identifying suspects and motives for murder." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Excerpt

On the morning of February 8, 2000, Indianapolis Police Department homicide detectives responded to a call from an apartment complex on the West Side of Indianapolis. At 8:30 a.m., a tenant of the apartments had gone out to the Dumpster with a bag of trash and discovered a woman's body inside.

As the captain in charge of the Indianapolis Police Department's Homicide Branch, I responded to the scene with my detectives, and indeed we found the body of a young black female, wearing only slacks and a bra, bound with duct tape and tossed into the Dumpster. As a part of his investigation, the lead detective assigned to the case, Ken Martinez, first began attempting to ascertain the identity of the victim, since the body had no identification on it. Within a few hours of the news media announcing the discovery of the body, the anxious parents of twentyyear-old Tahnesia Towner called the homicide office. Their daughter had been missing since the previous day, and they feared the woman in the Dumpster might be her. Unfortunately for them, the body did turn out to be their daughter's.

Once the family had positively identified the body as that of Towner, Detective Martinez began a check of Towner's background. While we often find that homicide victims have lifestyles that make them more susceptible to murder than non-homicide victims, that wasn't the case here.

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