Jennifer Chase's Blog – May 2011 Archive (21)

Search Dogs Helping Find Victims in Joplin

The stories that have been coming out of Joplin, Missouri over the past week have been heartbreaking, inspiring, and terrifying.  As everyone knows, the city was struck by the deadliest tornado in United States history on May 22.  As of the writing of this post, the death…

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Added by Jennifer Chase on May 31, 2011 at 4:16am — No Comments

Has Crime Gone to the Dogs?

In researching my latest novel Silent Partner, I found myself immersed in the police K9 training world.  I wanted to create a main “cop” character that was also a K9 unit.  This was a challenge, but I felt that it…

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Added by Jennifer Chase on May 29, 2011 at 2:14am — No Comments

Psychopaths Hide Behind a Mask of Normalcy

“Mankind has a natural predator, the psychopath, and this predator is invisible because there are no easily discernible markings that set him apart.”  The Trick of the Psychopath’s Trade: Make Us Believe that Evil Comes from Others.   

 

When we hear the word “psychopath” we envision a creepy, murdering monster, but…

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Added by Jennifer Chase on May 28, 2011 at 3:55am — No Comments

Behavioral Patterns of Homicide and Writing Crime Fiction

Criminal homicide is divided by statute: murder in the first degree, murder in the second degree, and manslaughter.  The corpus delicti  (the objective proof that a crime has been committed) of homicide must include these three elements:  an evidentiary showing the death of a human being, showing of a criminal agency (perpetrator), and that the criminal agency was the…

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Added by Jennifer Chase on May 27, 2011 at 2:03am — 4 Comments

Accused Serial Killer Who Distrusts Government Set to Represent Himself

We’ve all seen an episode of our favorite television crime drama during which the accused criminal becomes frustrated with his attorney and decides to represent himself in court.  Perhaps to add to the theatrics of the small screen, sometimes the villain reveals a surprising grasp of the law and courtroom procedures.  However, the reality is that choosing to act as your…

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Added by Jennifer Chase on May 26, 2011 at 2:56am — 1 Comment

Psychological Impact of the “Broken Windows” Theory

My academic background has helped me to explore and understand some of the complicated aspects of the criminal justice system when addressing crime, criminals, profiling, and crime scene investigation.  This is one of main reasons that I chose this field because of its diversity and challenges.  I find this field fascinating and thought-provoking on so many…

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Added by Jennifer Chase on May 25, 2011 at 3:08am — 3 Comments

Innovator of Crime Fiction

While growing up, I loved to read mysteries with great detective characters that solved the most difficult murders – and still do.  It didn’t take me long to find some of the Sherlock Holmes novels after I read the Nancy Drew mystery series, and books by Agatha Christie and Ellery Queen just to name a few.  The adventures of Sherlock Holmes just seemed like the next…

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Added by Jennifer Chase on May 24, 2011 at 8:49am — No Comments

Exploring the Psychological Autopsy

One of the most interesting aspects of studying criminal behavior and criminology is finding out why and how criminals commit a specific crime.  It’s really the complicated task of finding out what makes an individual tick and hopefully learning more about their criminal…

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Added by Jennifer Chase on May 21, 2011 at 4:09am — 1 Comment

Studying the Darker Side of Humanity

There are literally tons of books written about serial killers.  You can get somewhat of a hideous picture in your mind of these dark, disturbed individuals written about in books (fiction/nonfiction) and in the movies.  We shudder to think about a serial killer that is out there right now stalking, hunting for their next victim.  Make no mistake, they are out there…

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Added by Jennifer Chase on May 20, 2011 at 10:33am — No Comments

Here’s What Readers are Saying… about My Latest Thriller Silent Partner



I’ve been ecstatic about the “thumbs up” I’ve been receiving from dog handlers and K9 officers about Silent Partner.  Thank you!  It means a lot to me because I wanted to do the K9 units justice by portraying them in a one of my stories. 

 Here are some comments by readers…

John Walker

5 out of 5…

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Added by Jennifer Chase on May 20, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

Unabomber’s Personal Items to Be Put Up for Auction

 

I recently published a blog post about an upcoming auction of some of John Wayne Gacy’s paintings, with the proceeds from the sale being donated to charities intended to benefit the victims of his crimes.  Now, the U.S. Marshals will be auctioning off…

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Added by Jennifer Chase on May 18, 2011 at 1:14am — 3 Comments

What Exactly is a Death Investigator?

 

Death investigation is the most important aspect of a medical examiner, coroner, or death investigator’s basic professional duty.  Death investigators play a key role in all types of death scenes; they contribute to the successful death scene investigation along with, but not limited to police officers, emergency personnel, hospital personnel, police detectives, forensic pathologists, funeral directors, and family members. 

The death investigation team is…

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Added by Jennifer Chase on May 17, 2011 at 1:41am — No Comments

Serial Killer’s Paintings to Be Sold for Charity

Criminals who are waiting out their time on death row engage in a variety of activities to make the days pass.  Some read countless law books in hopes of finding a way to appeal their sentence.  Others take up writing or music in the limited ways that their circumstances will allow.  Serial killer John Wayne Gacy…

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Added by Jennifer Chase on May 15, 2011 at 1:48am — 3 Comments

How Important is Impression Evidence?

There is no branch of detective science that is so important and so much neglected as the art of tracing footsteps”, simply stated by the fictional…

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Added by Jennifer Chase on May 13, 2011 at 1:57am — 1 Comment

Top Forensic Books on my Bookshelf

Recently, a few people have asked me about non-fiction books that I would recommend for reading more about crime scene investigation and serial killers.  Here are some of the top books that I refer to often in my work and I also find them extremely interesting. 

Case Homicides: Practical Investigative…

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Added by Jennifer Chase on May 12, 2011 at 2:26am — 2 Comments

Religious Leaders Advocate for Georgia Man on Death Row



As our forensic scientists continue to develop new technology that will aid in accurately identifying the perpetrators of violent acts, we can hope that the guilty will face the day of justice that they deserve and the innocent will remain free.  However, even with…

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Added by Jennifer Chase on May 11, 2011 at 2:28am — 1 Comment

Criminal Profiling – An Important Investigative Tool



In my first crime fiction novel Compulsion, Emily Stone’s love interest Detective Rick Lopez uses a form of profiling called a “Threshold Assessment”.  He carefully weighs the evidence from the serial homicide crime scenes, criminal…

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Added by Jennifer Chase on May 10, 2011 at 1:24am — 3 Comments

DNA Links Murders from Thirty Years Ago to Serial Killer

The men and women who work in the field of forensic science are always discovering new ways to use available evidence and piece together clues that will bring criminals to justice.  What we are able to learn using DNA samples was unheard of a generation ago, and is allowing us to revisit some cases that have gone unsolved for decades.  This is certainly true with…

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Added by Jennifer Chase on May 7, 2011 at 2:15am — No Comments

Police Ride-Alongs Jump Started My Research for Writing Crime Fiction



One of the most exciting and rewarding experiences that I’ve had as a crime fiction writer was the opportunity to participate in a police ride-along.  I have observed patrol, K9, and detective investigative duties for various police agencies throughout the state of California.   

For those of you that aren’t familiar with a police ride-along, it’s a program through…

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Added by Jennifer Chase on May 6, 2011 at 1:20am — No Comments

Amazon Kindle Madness – Thrillers Compulsion & Dead Game Only 99 Cents!

I’ve joined many other authors who have dropped their Kindle prices to 99 cents.  I will be releasing a new book in a couple of months in the Emily Stone Series.  What better way to get caught up on Emily Stone first?

 2009 Evvy Award Nominee

Compulsion

(Emily Stone #1)…

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Added by Jennifer Chase on May 5, 2011 at 2:01am — No Comments

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