We are proud, and honored, to announce our own Karen Beers has been named by NCISS as their new Executive Director. We also give a very heartfelt Thank YOU to Carol Ward, who has retired - but not left us - after over 15 years as Executive Director.
See the full announcement at - www.DeathCaseReview.com/afi-llc-blog/karen-beers-selected-executive-director-of-nciss
Heirs and Relatives Due Diligence Investigations
Based in Colorado - Available Nationwide to County Administrators and Probate Attorneys
This is not a contingency fee service and is for court appointed County Administrators or attorneys of record in estate probate matters.
It is our pleasure to formally introduce you to our team here at Associates in Forensic Investigations, LLC – a licensed, bonded and insured Rocky Mountain West agency. We have been brought in to probate cases to conduct research and investigations into cases in which the decedent had no known or identified relatives or history. These are an extension of our passion to bring answers and closures to families. Our goal for Heirs and Relatives Due Diligence Investigations is to unite unknown families and decedents, while providing required information for the distribution of any estate assets. These services are not for commission or contingency based services – we are not ‘heir hunters’ and do not accept commissions.
Visit www.DeathCaseReview.com/afi-llc-blog/heirs-and-relatives-due-diligence-investigations for details
We have recently updated information on our primary agency website for services, forms, and CVs.
-- About Us - www.DeathCaseReview.com/about-us.html
-- Our Services - www.DeathCaseReview.com/our-services.html
-- Dean's CV - http://dab-cv.DeathCaseReview.com
-- Karen's CV - http://ksb-cv.DeathCaseReview.com
-- Karen Beers selected Executive Director of NCISS
-- New Commentary - Probate / Estate Due Diligence Division - Heirs and Relatives Due Diligence Investigations
-- Updates to Agency Information and Principal CVs
-- Commentary from the blog archives of AFI-LLC
- September is Suicide Prevention Month
- Importance of Photography in Equivocal Death Investigations
- Elevating Investigations Using Daubert and Frye Standards
- Dean and Karen invited to join the Inner Circle of Investigators
-- Expert Affiliations - and NEW Expert Affiliations in Forensics
-- Book Available – ‘Death and Serious Bodily Injury Investigation for the Professional Investigator’
-- Case Studies from AFI-LLC
- Criminal Defense - Homicide and Injury Causation (Expert Consultation)
- Criminal Defense - Homicide and Injury Causation (Expert Consultation)
-- Time is money!
-- Global Investigators Media Group (GIMG.tv) Facts & Forensics
-- Expert Affiliations
-- Tidbits From Our Profession – Association Conferences and Events
-- Associations and News
-- News From Our Profession
- A case of law and disorder
- Criminal Defense Investigation Training Council
- CDITC Training in CFI-FTER and at NDIA conference
-- Legislative News You Can Use... from NCISS
- New issue of Your Advocate digital magazine
- Legislative Updates
-- The Quint-Essential Qualities of a Professional Investigator
-- IN CLOSING...
Rocky Mountain West Agency owned by Dean A. Beers, CLI CCDI CFI-FTER and Karen S. Beers, BSW CCDI CFI-FTER.
We provide Expert Consultations and Legal Investigations of Personal Injury, Negligence & Death in Civil, Criminal and Probate litigation. We are Subject Matter Experts in Equivocal Death Investigation and Analysis, Medicolegal Investigations of Death and Serious Bodily Injury.
Based in the Rocky Mountain West, we provide expert consultations nationally. Learn details at www.DeathCaseReview.com
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.
September is Suicide Prevention Month (08/14/2014)
For those suffering from issues leading to suicidal ideation, and their loved ones, suicide prevention is every day. Just hours before learning a celebrity’s death, Dean posed this question on a social networking site – “If you were alerted that someone were actively expressing suicidal ideations - and acting on them - would you consider it an urgent matter or perhaps it could wait a couple weeks? If they were having altered mental status would that be a concern?”
-- continued at www.DeathcaseReview.com/afi-llc-blog/september-is-suicide-prevention-month
Importance of Photography in Equivocal Death Investigations (09/13/2014)
Our role as medicolegal death investigators includes reviewing cases for other professional investigators, attorneys and families. They may question the evidence or investigative protocol - they ultimately question the Manner of Death - Natural, Accident, Suicide, Homicide and Undetermined - most often suicide. They may question the Cause of Death - the specific actions, but not often.
-- continued at www.DeathcaseReview.com/afi-llc-blog/importance-of-photography-in-equivocal-death-investigations
Elevating Investigations Using Daubert and Frye Standards (09/22/2014)
As an alternating regular contributor, this issue has Dean's article 'Elevating Investigations using Daubert and Frye Standards' is included. BUT - this is probably one of the BEST issues to date. 110% of the articles are top-notch!
-- continued at www.DeathCaseReview.com/afi-llc-blog/elevating-investigations-using-daubert-and-frye-standards
Originally published in The Legal Investigator - official magazine of The National Association of Legal Investigators - http://www.bluetoad.com/publication?i=223758
Dean and Karen invited to join the Inner Circle of Investigators
There are now 37 members of ICI, with Dean and Karen being the only husband and wife members.
On September 26th we spoke to the group of Inner Circle Investigators by invitation. This annual conference was held at the Spence Law Firm in Jackson, WY (a/k/a Jackson Hole). On Saturday, along with fellow speaker Steve Gray (from AL), we were asked to stay for the members' only meeting and round table. The first order of business was to induct new members - surprised the three of us, a great honor.
-- continued at www.DeathCaseReview.com/afi-llc-blog/afi-llc-invited-to-join-the-inner-circle-of-investigators
Learn more about the Inner Circle of Investigators at www.InnerCircleofInvestigators.com
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, based in Colorado, is the former Chief Medical Examiner of Cook County IL. and now provides contract and independent forensic autopsies and consultations.
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! Each are available nationally.
- Forensic Nursing
- Forensic Photography
- Digital Forensics - Cell Phones
- Digital Forensics - Computers
- Digital Forensics - GPS / Vehicles
- Forensic Debugging / Technical Surveillance Countermeasures
FALI is offering, for a limited time, our latest - and very detailed book (over 200 pages) on Investigating Death & Serious Bodily Injuries for civil or criminal cases, "Death and Serious Bodily Injury Investigation for the Professional Investigator," by Dean & Karen Beers.
These are for a limited time! The guide is under revision and will be released Spring 2018 for $95 - save 1/3 off the price now at just $70, including shipping with 50% net proceeds going to FALI!
The manual is over 200 pages and begins with the core of the Beers's distance learning course manual. It includes over 20 additional forensic, death and serious bodily injury based articles.
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.
Criminal Defense - Homicide and Injury Causation (Expert Consultation)
Our agency was retained by counsel on behalf of the defendant in this capital murder case. Assignments included to review the official records, reports and photographs and provide an opinion as to the fatal injury causation. At question was the type of weapon used and if the injuries are as described by reporting witnesses and if the death occurred as reported; specifically, actions of the assailant. Provided for review were over one hundred photographs, and several dozen pages of reports, records, and statements.
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The decedent was in a night club and fatally stabbed multiple times. By report, two persons were witnessed to have been the assailants, one identified as the defendant. It was reported by witnesses that the co-assailant first pulled the decedent’s shirt over his head, and at that time the defendant stabbed him multiple times. The defendant was charged with pre-meditated first degree murder.
A physical altercation is dynamic and involves a series of movements of the body that may or may not correspond to the movement of the clothing, i.e. if the clothing is loose fitting or snug. As an example, pants and tucked in and/or buttoned shirts will more closely conform to the movements to the body; whereas unbuttoned or loose shirts will not. It was determined that the decedent’s shirt was not pulled over in the manner described and remained the same general proximity during the altercation, with slight movement right of midline to the decedent’s right (towards midline) and down; approximately 1” both directions.
The defendant was found guilty at jury trial of second degree murder.
Criminal Defense - Homicide and Injury Causation (Expert Consultation)
Our agency was retained by counsel on behalf of the defendant in this capital murder case. Assignments included to review the official records, reports and photographs and provide an opinion as to the circumstances of death. At question was if the injuries are as described by reporting witnesses and if the death occurred only as reported. Specifically, the number of weapons (reported to be one) and assailants, as well as assault activity. Provided for review were several hundred photographs, several thousand pages of reports, records, transcripts and statements, and several hours of interview audio.
The decedent was consensually picked up by a group from an outlaw motorcycle gang and went to the clubhouse to party. By report the decedent consumed alcohol and was disrespectful to members, resulting in physical assault and then transported to a remote location and left. It was variously reported that she unconscious and/or unresponsive when transported. She was found by passers-by in a decomposed state, clad in clothing last known to be seen in.
Independent investigation determined that both the official law enforcement investigation and death investigation were deficient in following standard protocols, from evidence collection to scene documentation. Witnesses provided different statements over the course of the investigation and multiple interviews. These statements were mixed and matched by law enforcement and prosecution to present one statement that purported to satisfy the theories of the crime and elements of the charges. However, multiple deficiencies were identified and presented.
In analyzing the decedent’s injuries and defects in the clothing, it was determined that multiple weapons were used, to include a stiletto style dual sharp-edged, single sharp-edged with a distinct blunt/flat opposite edge blade, and ingle sharp-edged with a smaller or narrow opposite edge blade. The primary witness for the prosecution provided information that one weapon was used among multiple assailants, including himself. There were distinct locations of use of specific weapons. He further described specific injuries that were inconsistent with the analysis. Investigation also determined that the decedent was likely alive, possibly unconscious, at the time of transport and deceased when left at the remote location.
During jury selection, the defendant was offered, and accepted a plea, from 1st degree / death penalty to second degree.
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!
Global Investigators Media Group (GIMG.tv)
Facts & Forensics
About every other month Dean host a podcast featuring topical information in the areas of legal investigations and forensic investigations. He is joined by his wife and business partner, Karen for 'Conversations with Karen' on special topics of interest. Dean closes each episode with a 'Special Guest' who is an expert in a forensic specialty. Tune in this, and every, month!
All shows are posted at http://gimg.tv - the latest podcast topics include:
Conversations with Karen
Updates on trends and current events from our agency and profession!
Special Guest with Dean
This month - around the 15th of this month, we will be having our good friend and expert consultant (photography and GPS), Roberty Wyman, tell us about his most current offering of Cell Phone Call and Tower Mapping!
* Obtaining the subscriber’s Call Detail Records via subpoena
* Contacting the cellular telephone companies (“carriers”)
* Extracting usable data from the Call Detail Records
* Mapping the cellular telephone towers which have hosted the calls with Google Earth or a mapping program
* Advanced mapping of each call’s directionality from a tower using a Computer Aided Drafting (CAD), mapping or diagramming program
* Tabulating the Call Detail Records for additional analysis in Excel, including sorting records to uncover common telephone numbers and subscriber relationships
* Preparing exhibits and illustrations of the call and tower analysis
* Testimony regarding the accuracy and precision of the mapping effort
Tidbits From Our Profession
Do you have news of your associations and members to share? Please let us know!
Texas Association of Licensed Investigators
August 22nd-25th - TALI 2018 Annual Conference in Lake Conroe TX.
Details at www.tali.org
Arizona Association of Licensed Private Investigators and Arizona Process Servers Association
September 07th-08th - Annual Conference in Mesa AZ
Details at www.aalpi.com/events/conference
Professional Private Investigators Association of Colorado
September 14th-15th - PPIAC 2018 Rocky Mountain Private Investigators Conference in Breckenridge, CO
Details at www.PPIAC.org
Minnesota Association of Private Investigators
September 26th-27th - Fall Conference in Morton MN
Details at www.MAPI.org
October 07th-09th - Osmosis Annual Conference in Las Vegas NV.
Details at www.OsmosisCon.com
Indiana Society of Professional Investigators / Criminal Defense Investigators Training Council
October 26th-27th - Certification Training for Forensic Testimonial Evidence Recovery Method
Details at www.IndianaInvestigators.com
World Association of Detectives
September 27th-Oct 1st - WAD Annual Conference in Las Vegas
Details at www.WAD.net/conferences-events
National Council of Investigation & Security Services
Mid-Term Meeting will be held on November 08th, at the 2018 Investigators Superconference in NYC, NY
Details at www.NCISS.org
2018 Investigators Superconference
November 08th-11th in New York City, NY
Registration for the NYC SuperConference is LIVE at: www.2018investigators.com/shop/
27 Speakers' profiles are posted, and can be viewed at: www.2018investigators.com/speakers/
20 of the talks and panels are also described, at: www.2018investigators.com/schedule/
It is recommended to register early and save $100-$150
Is your association planning a conference we can share? Email us the details - associates@DeathCaseReview.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.
2018 Rocky Mountain Private Investigators Conference 09/13 to 09/16
Hosted by the Professional Private Investigators Association of Colorado
Go to https://ppiac.org/event-2664804 for event details and to register - Join next month - time is closing in!
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
Additional memberships include FALI, TALI and CALI state associations, as well as specialty specific national associations (see right sidebar). If your association has news, please send it to us for inclusion in our newsletter.
A case of law and disorder
(contributed by Bill Elliott, CLI, CCDI – Elliott & Associates – NM)
The 2016 murder, rape and mutilation of 10-year-old Victoria Martens was so horrific that it captured the attention of the entire state. The girl was strangled after being sexually assaulted. She was then dismembered, and her body was set on fire in the bathtub of the family’s Northwest Albuquerque apartment. Fast forward 22 months, and the murder cases against two of the three suspects originally charged have collapsed, with a forensic psychiatrist saying the interrogation of Victoria’s mother, on which the cases were based, was conducted improperly and yielded false admissions and contaminated statements. Indeed, District Attorney Raúl Torrez now says that much of what the public was told about the case is just plain wrong.
-- continued at www.abqjournal.com/1193938/a-case-of-law-and-disorder.html
Criminal Defense Investigation Training Council (CDITC)
The Criminal Defense Investigation Training Council demands the highest standards of ethical and investigative excellence. We maintain that the investigator is an objective and impartial advocate of the truth. Our mission is to promote a fact driven investigation in support of due process and in defense of the 6th Amendment right to a fair trial. Do you have what it takes to be a warrior and seek the national designation of Board Certified Criminal Defense Investigator (CCDI)? Join the ranks of the elite! www.DefenseInvestigator.com
>> The National Defender Investigator Association will be holding their 2018 Regional Conference. CDITC National Director Brandon A. Perron, CCDI, CFI-FTER will be a speaker covering multiple topics. The annual event will be held September 4-6, 2018, at the Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port Hotel, 1617 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316.
>> The Indiana Society of Professional Investigators is hosting training for forensic interviewing and
certification in the Forensic Testimonial Evidence Recovery Method. Participants who complete the
course successfully will earn the designation "CFI-FTER". The certification and test taking fee are
included in the cost of tuition to attend the two-day training course. INspi President, Brandy Lord
and Vice President, George Gergis have worked diligently to put together a great conference! The
course is not limited to criminal defense investigators, it targets anyone interested in becoming
certified in forensic interviewing and learning the methodology behind it. A discounted fee is
available for INspi members and public defenders. Visit www.indianainvestigators.com for details
and registration. For questions relating to training, contact (574) 288-5911.
Its been very quiet for the investigation and security professions in Congress and regulatory agencies. That's a good thing - for now. We must always be prepared. One way we do that is to personally visit our Senators and Representatives every year - and stay in contact with them throughout the year. We also stay in touch with our members.
PS - be sure and catch the latest NCISS Your Advocate digital magazine at www.nciss.org/your-advocate-august-2018
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.
Professional Investigators maintain communication with the attorney, client, witnesses, and other key persons in the investigation. Moreover, reports are the product of an organized investigation and should reflect the work product you expect.
Keyword - 'Professional'
Honesty, Integrity & Intelligence. These define Professional Investigators and gives you the confidence that your case is in competent and skilled hands.
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. Additional information at www.DeathCaseReview.com/general-services.html
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