It began 10/15/1991 when Dean's roommate (John) went for a quick ride to his mom's gift shop in LaPorte, and Dean joined. There, Dean saw a striking woman talking to John's mom. They were introduced with some small talk.
Later that evening, while at a friend's, Dean was paged by his roommate to see if there was any interest in Karen; of course! Karen was asked the same by John's mom. From there, it all started.
The next day, before their first date, Dean was hit on his motorcycle and in the recuperation they spent time getting to know each other.
A few weeks later, Dean would meet Jeberly (then 10) and Winter (then 8). Nine years later we would marry on the date we met. Our lives saw many ups, and some downs. So many wonderful stories to tell and share, so much love we have had and continue as we grow together on this highway our lives have found and follow to our future.
Our daughters have grown, have wonderful careers and families. We have four grandchildren - Jeberly is mom to Jacee (10) and Lincoln (3), and Winter is mom to identical twins Gage and Cash (10 - six months younger than Jacee)!
On October 1st 1987, Dean filed his business registration with Colorado as simply - Investigative Services - and still maintains the registration now 32 years later.
It has been a long, great ride with so much history. In 1996 Karen joined part-time, and later full-time. Since 2008 Team Beers (because two Beers are better than one) has focused on death and serious bodily injury investigations and expert consultations nationwide. Today Karen primarily assists with family cases, and as Administrative Manager of WAD, and Executive Director of NCISS.
We give a special thanks to all our family, friends and colleagues who have been with us for the ride in support and friendship. Of course, our clients - some from the first days 32 years ago, hold a special place and thanks! - Dean and Karen
Read our story and history at www.DeathCaseReview.com/afi-llc-blog/celebrating-32-years-1987-2019
INDIANAPOLIS — A fatal crash over the weekend is now a homicide after an autopsy uncovered a gunshot wound to the victim's head.
Indiana State Police first responded to the two-vehicle crash on I-70 near the 96 mile marker around 7:23 p.m. Saturday. The victim was found unresponsive inside one of the vehicles and pronounced dead at the scene. The injuries were believed to have been from the collision, until the autopsy.
This is why motor vehicle are investigated and autopsied beyond an accident... a scenario Dean uses often as an example recently to CDITC Academy students (including a self-inflicted gunshot wound while exiting an interstate near Pueblo CO in the early 2000s).
Current information on our primary agency website for services, forms, and CVs.
-- At Your Service - www.DeathCaseReview.com/Legal-Investigations
-- Your Investigators - www.DeathCaseReview.com/Principals-Bios
-- Dean's CV - http://dab-cv.DeathCaseReview.com
-- Karen's CV - http://ksb-cv.DeathCaseReview.com
Karen provides Subject Matter Expertise on all Equivocal Deaths, and Dean has provided expert consultations nationwide since 2010. He has been recognized by Colorado courts in Forensic and Medicolegal Death Investigations generally in "the totality of the circumstances of the fatal or non-fatal event and the competency of the official investigation, with respect to death investigation protocol and standards."
Specific non-medical testimony has included as an expert in the areas of:
- Injury, wound before morphology, how wounds are created, mechanics of single edged instruments, bilateral edged instruments, and mechanics of puncture wounds.
- Expert in criminal and forensic investigations, including death investigation and protocol standards as well as related death investigation and injury causation; and Bloodstain Pattern Analysis.
- Patterned Injury Analysis
- Private Investigation Protocols
- Background Records and Investigations
-- This month we celebrate 28 years together and 20 years married!
-- This month we celebrate 32 years in business!
-- This is why motor vehicle are investigated and autopsied beyond an accident
-- Agency Information and Principals' CVs
-- Time is Money!
-- Book Available – "Professional Locate Investigations - Individual Locates, Backgrounds, and Assets & Liabilities
-- Tidbits From Our Profession – Updates from the NCISS Mid-Term Board Meeting
-- Commentary from the blog archives of AFI-LLC
- Scene Investigations - Conducting vs. Completing the Investigative Process
- What circumstances of death would benefit from an equivocal death investigation?
- What are Equivocal Death Investigations and Equivocal Death Analysis?
- The Question of Suicide in Equivocal Death Investigations
-- Case Studies from AFI-LLC
- Domestic Relations Settlement Offer Reduced
- Suspicious Death - Suicide or Homicide
-- Time is Money!
-- Expert Affiliations
-- Learn Death and Serious Bodily Injury Investigations
-- Associations and News
-- News From Our Profession
- This Company Built a Private Surveillance Network
- Experts Say Law Should Change to Stop DMVs From Selling Your Personal Data
- The DMV is selling driver data and Eve Maler weighs in
- Long-Time Private Investigator Sentenced for Practice of Making Pretextual Phone Calls
-- Legislative News You Can Use... from NCISS
- Now available - The Your Advocate (Summer 2019)
- Lobbyit Update – In Congress and Inside the Beltway
- NCISS 2019 Privacy Special Report
- Now available - 3rd Quarter NCISS Member Directory and Member Guide
-- The Quint-Essential Qualities of a Professional Investigator
-- IN CLOSING...
Learn how we efficiently multi-task using these tools. Visit this article on our blog at www.DeathCaseReview.com/afi-llc-blog/time-is-money-multi-tasking-is-time-recovered!
- DropBox - http://DropBox.PrivateInvestigations.org
- Right Inbox for Gmail - www.RightInBox.com
- Desktop Texting - www.MySMS.com
- Ring Central Faxing - http://Fax.PrivateInvestigations.org
- Ring Central VOIP - http://RingCentral.PrivateInvestigations.org
- Toll-Free Numbers - http://Kall8.PrivateInvestigations.org (PIs - contact our office for more uses)
- Split View - www.SplitView.com
Be sure and also look for this article on this topic in The Legal Investigator, official journal of the National Association of Legal Investigators http://www.bluetoad.com/publication/?i=495442!
Individual Locates, Backgrounds and Assets & Liabilities
by Dean A. Beers, CLI, CCDI and Karen S. Beers, BSW, CCDI
You will learn basic and new skills and techniques to increase your success and profits (including Bonus Articles), and even lower your cost-per-case.
- New skills in locate and background resources
- New skills in locating records from those resources
- New skills in locating information from those records
- New skills in conducting locate investigations, and background checks &investigations
For book and ordering details visit - www.ProfessionalLocateInvestigations.com
Tidbits From Our Profession
Do you have news of your associations and members to share? Please let us know!
The NCISS Mid-Term Board Meeting was hosted by the Michigan Council of Professional Investigations (MCPI), and followed by their excellent training conference.
"I just wanted to send a big Thank You to all of you for doing such an awesome job with this meeting/conference/venue!
The Inn at St. Johns was a Beautiful place.
From the rooms, the food choices to the speakers - this was an awesome event.
Thank You all for your help in making this a success!"
- Karen Beers, NCISS Executive Director
Utah (Tina Thomas, Regional Director):
Utah Rep. Marie Poulson introduced House Bill 0223 “Unlawful Installation of a Tracking Device.” earlier this year. Licensed private investigators in Utah was faced with proposed legislation which would have made it illegal for licensed private investigators in the state to use GPS in the normal scope of a legitimate investigation. The state association, PIAU worked with NCISS and other interests including prosecutors and law enforcement to allow private investigators to use GPS for a legitimate business purposes.
California (Kelly Cory, Regional Director):
Assembly Bill 5 legislation that was proposed to change the way subcontractors were classified with regards to worker status. The new ABC approach would pretty much prevent investigators from subcontracting to other investigators by the definition of the way it was written. With legislative action from CALI and NCISS, licensed private investigators were exempted from the new law.
Additional concerns are noted below, under NCISS Legislative News
Keep up with the current events of our agency and profession through our blog. Dating back to the fall of 2011, there are dozens of articles, tips and resources for professional investigators.
Scene Investigations - Conducting vs. Completing the Investigative Process (02/20/2013)
As investigators we get the opportunity to investigate all aspects of a case. Sometimes a case may require some scene work.
Even if at first it appears that the case does not require a visit to the scene, if you have the opportunity, it is always recommended to go back where the event first began. Whether the case involves a death, a motor vehicle accident, or some type of crime, take the extra time, go that extra mile and visit the scene. You might be surprised once you visit the scene to find out that something could not have occurred the way the witness, victim or police officer claims. It is best not to rely on others to do the work you need to do yourself. You are the investigator, and someone is depending on you to see, hear, and get an overall feel of what the scene was like.
-- continued at www.DeathCaseReview.com/afi-llc-blog/best-of-2012-scene-investigations
What circumstances of death would benefit from an equivocal death investigation? (02/25/2013)
The experts at AFI-LLC have experience in all of the following death and serious bodily injury cases. These may include civil, criminal and probate litigation or simply answers and closure for the family.
-- continued at www.DeathCaseReview.com/afi-llc-blog/what-circumstances-benefit-from-afi-llc-consultations
What are Equivocal Death Investigations and Equivocal Death Analysis? (02/26/2013)
What does it mean to conduct an Equivocal Death Investigation or Analysis (EDI, EDA)? We get asked this question time and time again. An Equivocal Death Investigation is an in depth investigation into a death that has lingering questions. Many families have come to us for help in understanding the circumstances surrounding a loved one’s death. The manners of death can be classified as any of the following: homicide, suicide, natural, accident or undetermined. Sometimes the family/loved one of the deceased individual does not agree with the final determination and have a yearning for more answers.
-- continued at www.DeathCaseReview.com/afi-llc-blog/what-are-equivocal-death-investigations-and-analysis
The Question of Suicide in Equivocal Death Investigations (03/18/2013)
From Voltaire, “To the living we owe respect. To the dead we owe only the truth.” That is the purpose of an Equivocal Death Analysis and Investigation (EDA or EDI); collectively referred to as equivocal death case review. One of the most common questions in death investigation is: "Was it a Suicide?" This question may often go unanswered due to lack of sufficient official investigation or attention to evidence. This leaves the possibility of closure for the families impossible, particularly if foul play is suspected, or even an accident. The wrong determination can also result in benefits, such as life insurance or workers’ compensation, underpaid - or worse, denied.
-- continued at www.DeathCaseReview.com/afi-llc-blog/new-afi-llc-article-posted-the-question-of-suicide
We believe that medicolegal investigation and consultation is a team effort. Stephen Cina MD and Harold Schueler PhD are our agency affiliated experts in our respective fields offering our clients comprehensive medicolegal services.
Dr. Cina, has returned to being based in Colorado, is the former Chief Medical Examiner of Cook County IL. and now provides contract and independent forensic autopsies and consultations. We trained under, and worked with Dr. Cina, since our positions as Deputy Coroners.
Dr. Schueler is now a profession at mid-Atlantic university, and is the former Chief Forensic Toxicologist of a large mid-Atlantic metropolitan area.
We are proud of our working relationship with Dr. Cina, since 2002 and Dr. Schueler since 2010. Contact our office to consult on medicolegal death and injury causation. The CVs of both Dr. Cina and Dr. Schueler are available by Contacting Us
Through our colleagues, we also offer direct referrals from our Affiliated Experts Referral Program - contact our office for more details and direct referrals!
We are often asked about the types of traumatic injury and death cases we review - from family equivocal deaths to civil and criminal cases for attorneys and investigators. Each month we will present two previous cases - of hundreds - with a variety of circumstances, evidence, and conclusions.
Domestic Relations Settlement Offer Reduced (by nearly 85%) - (Legal Investigation)
In a case that had elements of all the investigative techniques available, our agency was able to uncover material evidence that played a pivotal role in assisting our client in their domestic relations settlement. The opposing party began at $300,000 (which would have included liquidating real property and retirement assets). During the settlement conference the opposing party reached $185,000 and was countered at $50,000. Announcing they were unprepared to make any decisions, the opposing party discontinued discussions. During the course of the following two months, our agency uncovered several areas of discrepancy in the background of the opposing party. This included false disability claims (*again, Karen found video on a social media site of the opposing party dancing at a town festival, and statements of them being capable of walking over two miles without any mobility aids). Additional information included false information about their military background, financial background, unlawful transfer of assets (using our network of colleagues, one found the vehicle in a rural area based on social media information). Finally, the same efforts in the background found the the opposing party was able-bodied to work. These efforts resulted in a settlement equal to that in discussions two months prior and a preservation of assets.
Suspicious Death - Suicide or Homicide (Independent Investigation)
Our agency was retained by next-of-kin to review the official records, reports, photographs and additional evidentiary information into the shooting death of a relative. The decedent was found inside his locked apartment, by co-workers after not reporting to work. He was lying supine with a semi-automatic handgun near his left leg, between a dining table and kitchen counter. There was no indication another person had been with him approximate to the time of his death. He resided alone and the front door was locked; however the sliding glass balcony door was unlocked (2nd level). Prior to his death he had experienced multiple life stressing experiences, including relationship breakups.
The law enforcement investigation revealed multiple investigative deficiencies, and the death was ruled a suicide. It was determined that these were mostly protocol that did not inhibit the investigation. The most significant discrepancy was failing to note or investigate the unlocked sliding door.
The evidence suggests and supports that the decedent was alone at the time of his death. Additionally, the decedent was not moved from another location or position within this location, including within the apartment. There were no indications of assault, mutual combat or defense. There is no evidence to suggest or support homicide, or that the scene and evidence were staged or altered.
This case was previously reviewed by multiple forensic experts, who concluded Undetermined as the appropriate Manner of Death. These reviewed reports did not take into account multiple key points of evidence (such as no ability for another person to have been present and positioned to act). Another example, was that perhaps the decedent mistook the handgun for his cell phone and was calling 911 (even intoxicated, as he was, the weight and manner of holding and completing a call are not the same as the operation of a semi-automatic handgun; and his cell phone was in his bedroom).
Our agency review of the empirical evidence and events concluded that the fatal shot could not have been from a person, other than the decedent, due to his location and furnishings, and final resting position. Consequential evidence, including body position and blood spatter, were consistent with the bullet trajectory (into the walls and ceiling).
Conclusively, this death was not as a consequence of homicide.
Learn the concepts and protocols of investigating injury causation and death, and protocols of the forensic autopsy and findings of the autopsy in the final report.
This distance learning course provides the insight necessary to understanding the importance of injury causation to the death investigation. This will transition into the reviewing and comprehending the autopsy findings presented in the final autopsy report.
If you are involved in legal investigations of civil, criminal or probate litigation, this is a valuable course - and we are available as your consulting experts.
Details at www.MedicolegalDeathInvestigations.com
We are dedicated ambassadors to our profession and work within several associations with others to continually protect and improve our profession and resources, as well as networking and continuing education opportunities.
Professional Private investigations Association of Colorado (www.PPIAC.org) Monthly meetings, including a training speaker, are the first Wednesday of each month, usually in the Denver metro area. PPIAC continues to hold specialized training sessions for new and veteran investigators, and also specific to the new licensing program.
We are excited to share this upcoming training program for all Rocky Mountain region investigators... DO NOT miss this opportunity!
Hosted by the Professional Private Investigators Association of Colorado, we are pleased to also participate in providing some of the seminars.
PPIAC annual conference has moved from the fall to early summer to honor Private Investigators Day on July 24th. The event will begin with a pre-conference full day of OSINT with Cynthia Hetherington (separate registration and fee) on 07/24, followed by two days of seminar speakers and topics attendees have come to expect and commend of PPIAC - 07/25 to 07/26. Block your calendars now. The venue will be in beautiful Colorado Springs - a destination to plan a couple extra days of vacation!
National Association of Legal Investigators (www.NALI.com)
NALI is the premier association for legal investigators for civil plaintiff and criminal defense, and oversees the prestigious Certified Legal Investigator (CLI) program. Experience is required to join and all members are subject to a background check.
Legal Investigators working cases for civil plaintiff or criminal defense - join the National Association of Legal Investigators! (http://nalionline.org/become-a-member - please contact our office and use us as a reference on the application)
The current issue of NALI's official journal - The Legal Investigator - is now available online at www.nalionline.org/publications.htm
National Council of Investigation and Security Services (www.NCISS.org)
Each day we find an increasing number of problems confronting the orderly growth of our profession. These problems include, among others: overly restrictive legislation regarding training and standards, proliferation of legislation requiring local licensing, public misunderstanding and misinformation on the role and contribution of private investigators and security services, and an uninformed media. It is the role of NCISS to meet and solve these problems while seeking to uncover and recommend action on any hidden potential problems which may have an effect on our profession.
Karen is the NCISS Executive Director, and and oversees the day-to-day operations of the association and members, working closing with the Executive Committee and Board to advocate for the investigative and security professions.
The current issue of NCISS's official journal - Your Advocate - is available online at www.nciss.org/your-advocate
Special news and alerts are at www.nciss.org/important-nciss-news
World Association of Detectives (www.WAD.net)
W.A.D. is a global alliance of investigators and security professionals with origins dating back to 1921 and formalized in 1925. W.A.D. is the longest established and largest association of its kind in the world.
Karen is the W.A.D. Administrative Manager, and Dean is the Governor of the Americas (North, Central and South America). Together we work to further the mission of W.A.D. and provide resources to clients needing assistance in these regions.
The current issue of WAD's official newsletter - Beyond Global - is available online at www.wad.net/newsletters-beyond-global
Criminal Defense Investigation Training Council (www.CDITCtraining.com)
CDITC is a national training program and association of investigators devoted to criminal defense, and defense our Constitution - one case at at time, through the 'Component Method' by founder and National Director, Brandon Perron, CCCDI. Available training and certifications include the Certified Criminal Defense Investigator (CCDIs), Certified Forensic Interviewer - Forensic Testimonial Evidence Recovery (CFI-FTER), and the Certified Forensic Science Investigator (CFSI) programs.
Dean is a Faculty Board Advisor, and both Dean and Karen are CCDIs and CFI-FTERs, and are finalizing their examinations for the CFSI.
Additional memberships include FALI (FL), TALI (TX) and CALI (CA) state associations, National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME), Mensa, and other associations (see right sidebar).
If your association has news, please send it to us for inclusion in our newsletter.
Nicole Cusanelli - Nicole@PIMagazine.com
Jim Nanos - James@PIMagazine.com
This Company Built a Private Surveillance Network
(Ryan Johnston - Colorado Private Investigations)
Repo men are passively scanning and uploading the locations of every car they drive by into a
surveillance database of 9 billion license plate scans accessible by private investigators.
Experts Say Law Should Change to Stop DMVs From Selling Your Personal Data
(Robert Orozco - Advanced Professional Investigations - CO)
Motherboard found that DMVs across the country are selling personal data likely without drivers’ knowledge, including to private investigators.
The DMV is selling driver data and Eve Maler weighs in
(Ryan Johnston - Colorado Private Investigations)
The DMV is selling driver data and Eve Maler, co-creator of the XML language has a few things to say about how DMV's across the nation are making millions by selling driver data to a variety of companies, including insurance companies, tow companies, and more.
Long-Time Private Investigator Sentenced for Practice of Making Pretextual Phone Calls
Keven McCleve worked as a licensed private investigator for over 30 years. During this time period, he developed a practice of making phone calls to banks and other financial institutions and lying about his identity. He made pretextual calls in an attempt to obtain personal banking information about individuals he was investigating.
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Your NCISS Board and members recently returned from the Annual Meeting and Hit the Hill event - representing over 10 states and making over 110 appointments with Senators and Representatives. Here is what was shared at each appointment - www.nciss.org/Congress
NCISS Member magazine - Your Advocate - August 2019 Summer (includes The eAdvocate for July / August)
Now available to view and download online at www.nciss.org/Your-Advocate-August-2019
- From the President
- Member Benefits
- From the Vice Presidents
- Member Referral Program
- New Members
- NCISS 40 Years of Success
- Lobbyit Legislative Activity
- Elections, Awards, HTH Photos, and Experiences
- Mid-Term Meeting and MCPI Conference information
- Key Legislation & Regulations
- Membership News & Updates
- Who is NCISS - Member Directory Update
- Your NCISS Board
- Investigations & Data Value
- Member Savings!
- NCISS Store
Lobbyit Update – In Congress and Inside the Beltway
As regular readers of The Advocate are aware, NCISS, through our DC representatives at Lobbyit, continue to track the content and development of the various measures proposed under the general rubric of “data privacy”. Spurred first by the European Union’s GDPR, then California’s CCPA, Congress continues to work on an overall legislative package which would regulate the collection of information generated via use of the internet, and provide consumers greater insight as to what was collected, enhanced control over what information is allowed to be collected, and more say over its eventual disposition.
- continued in the Your Advocate
NCISS 2019 Privacy Special Report
As an Investigator, Security Agency, Process Server, or related professional… have you benefited from:
- Having access to driving records and motor vehicle information from your state DMV and private data providers?
- Having access to databases with permissible purposes under the GLBA?
- Having access to Social Security Numbers, Birthdates, Address History and other important information, including credit reports?
- Carry a firearm in the course of your professional duties?
- Having the ability to use a pretext for undercover operations, shopping services and other permissible purposes?
- Used the National Sex Offender Registry (Dru’s Law) for background investigations?
- Used GPS, drones and other modern technology in your investigations and security services?
How? Download and share this important Special Report from NCISS at www.nciss.org/Special-Report!
If you wonder what NCISS does for you, view NCISS as your insurance policy. You don’t make claims every day. When the big claim comes, and the upcoming privacy fight is that “claim,” you will want NCISS protecting you at every turn.
Please share with your colleagues - 2019 is going to be a challenging year for all of us.
NOW PUBLISHED! 3RD QUARTER MEMBER DIRECTORY AND MEMBER GUIDE
The updated 3rd quarter digital Member Directory and Member Guide is now available!
In each Directory and Guide:
- Getting Started
- NCISS Website Navigation and Member Profile page
- Member Login, Member Profile Settings, Dues Renewal
- USA Members
- Alphabetical by Last Name with full contact information
- International Members
- Alphabetical by Last Name with full contact information
- USA Members
- By State and Last Name with Agency, City & State
- Supporting Associations
- Alphabetical by State
- NCISS Member Guide
- NCISS Member Benefits and Savings
- Investigations and Value of Data Access
- About NCISS
- History of NCISS
- NCISS Board Members
- NCISS Member Ethics and Mission
- NCISS Awards
- NCISS Successes
- NCISS Bylaws
This Diectory will be updated as of April 30th 2019, for the 2nd Quarter; and updated each quarter. This Directory is also interactive with active links for email and domain addresses, as well as graphics to their sites.
PS - be sure to check past issues of the Your Advocate digital magazine at www.nciss.org/Your-Advocate
To stay current, please visit www.nciss.org/Important-NCISS-News
Skills Appropriate for the Assignment
Law firms and medical offices specialize - Professional Investigators also specialize. Their casework and continuing education should also be in your specialized areas.
Experience and Knowledge
Professional Investigators strive to maintain and further these. All professions have requirements of continuing education. The CLI and CCDI programs both require extensive compliance with continuing education.
Responsible and Ethical Conduct
Every component of the investigation has evidentiary considerations. Professional Investigators hold themselves to a higher standard and leaves no question as to the admissibility of their evidence. Information without ethics is not evidence.
With 30+ years of experience, we deliver value our clients require and the results only this experience brings. We specializes in the Expert Consultations and Legal Investigations of Personal Injuries, Negligence and Death in Civil, Criminal and Probate litigation.
We provide investigations and consultations of any death or serious bodily injury case nationwide with the conveniences of modern technology and assistance of our local professional friends and colleagues.
In addition, we continue to provide Due Diligence Investigations of Individual Locates, Backgrounds and Assets & Liabilities, and Heirs / Relatives for your Civil, Criminal, Probate and Domestic Relations litigation.
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