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Abuse / Nursing Home Investigations:
Investigating Crimes Against the Disabled
by Karen Kirby-Hall, RN
Discusses how to investigate rising reports of abuse, neglect and exploitation of the disabled in institutional and community settings. Specific pointers are given on investigating physical abuse, over sedation, improper use of restraints, neglect and exploitation/financial fraud. Issue 65, Jan/Feb 03

A MOLESTER’S MEMENTOS By Dan S. Willis
A child molester’s mementos of his victim sealed his conviction 27 years after the crime.Issue 77, Jan/Feb 05

Associations:
Association News
Current association news found in every issue of PI Magazine.

Association Acronyms

Includes 69 acronyms for names of state, regional, national and international associations. Issue 63, Sept/Oct 02

The History of NICOSIA
by John M Healy, President, NHLI and NICOSIA
Discusses the history of the New England Council of State Investigative Associations, a regional “association of associations.” Issue 64, Nov/Dec 02

OASIS Assists in Advancing PI Education by Jim Silvania and Joyce Gilliland. Issue 67, May/June 03

OUR PROFESSION’S SHAME By Francis D. “Frank” Ritter, CLI, CII
A look at the growing problem of small attendance at investigator conferences and seminars and how it reflects on the profession. Issue 79, May/June 05

Protecting Consumers from Unlicensed Investigators by Deborah Aylward
How the Virginia association (PIAVA) took action in regard to non-licensed PIs advertising in the Yellow Pages. Issue 67, May/June 03


Automotive Investigations:
Investigating Automotive Product Liability Claims
by Warren J. Sonne, CLI
A comprehensive look at automotive "product liability," cases where the manufacturer may be at fault. This article explores what the investigators role is and isn't and how to go about them. Issue 70 Nov/Dec 03

VEHICLE DATA RECORDERS: A REVOLUTIONARY TOOL FOR ACCIDENT INVESTIGATORS
by James W. Habert, CLI, FCI, Certified Crash Data Retrieval Technican, and Richard White
How to use the “black box” found in most car models made in 2000 and after to give you the vital information needed to reconstruct a crash. Issue 70 Nov/Dec 03


Investigating the “Suspicious” Auto Accident Claim
By Robert Weltz
A step-by-step look at the critical elements involved in developing a successful investigation plan for auto accident claims.
Issue 86, July/Aug 06


Badges:
To Badge or Not … a State by State Survey
by John Savage
Laws on badge usage by private investigators for each state are listed. Issue 64, Nov/Dec 02


Background Searches:
New York State: Expands Criminal Record Search
by William Peeler
New ways of uncovering criminal activity in NY. Issue 69, Sept/Oct 03

VERIFIYING MILITARY SERVICE by Debra Johnson Knox
Tips on how to gain information on past and present military personnel. Issue 70 Nov/Dec 03

GETTING A CREDIT REPORT ON A JUDGMENT DEBTOR By Bill Fason
How to legally obtain a credit report on a judgment debtor. Issue 75, Sept/Oct 04

THE FEDERAL “PRIVACY ACT” AND “FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT” AS INVESTIGATIVE TOOLS
By Larry Zillox
How to request information from the government on the government agency itself, about persons, companies or organizations, using the Freedom of Information Act. Issue 76, Nov/Dec 04

ACCESSING THE ARCHIVES: How to Use Newspaper and Other Archives in an Investigation
By Jane Cracraft, Associate Editor, PI Magazine
Archives like newspapers, magazines, press releases, news wires, trade journals and broadcast transcripts hold valuable information which enable or enhance the investigation of many different types of cases. Issue 80, July/Aug 05



Book Reviews:
Code of Professional Conduct: Standards and Ethics for the Investigative Profession written by Kitty Hailey, CLI

reviewed by Thomas Baird A review of this clear guide for the ethical practice of the investigative profession that includes thirty-three rules in four major categories: maintaining the integrity of the profession, investigator-client relations, investigator-investor relations and transactions with other persons. Issue 64, Nov/Dec 02

Corporate Investigations compiled by Reginald J. Montgomery and William J. Majeski, reviewed by Jimmie Mesis
A review of this indispensable investigative resource with selections by thirty of the most talented and recognized professionals on their areas of expertise, including FCRA, profiling, surveillance, electronic eavesdropping and counterespionage, voice identification, computer forensics, investigating internal theft in a business, employer crime claims, product diversion, due diligence and much more. Issue 65, Jan/Feb 03

“Crewseing” Through Setting Up a Business by Grace E. Castle CLI Editor
A brief review of two new books – The Business of Private Investigations and Professional Investigative Report Writing, Contracts and Forms – by certified fraud examiner and experienced businessman, Douglas Crewse, that show you the way start and develop a successful private investigation business. Issue 66, Mar/April 03

Successful Personal Injury Investigation written by Francis D. Ritter, CLI, CI, reviewed by Grace E. Castle CLI Editor A review of this step-by-step guide on how to investigate over one hundred types of accident and injury situations published by Diverse Publications of Torrance, California. Issue 66, Mar/April 03

Murderous Minds on Trial by Stanley Semrau, MD and Judy Gale
reviewed by Sharon Queano. Issue 67, May/June 03

An Overlooked Source? by Grace Elting Castle, CLI, Editor, PI MagazineA look at “the bible of civil investigations,” Advanced Forensic Civil Investigations. Issue 68, July/Aug 03

THE CASE FILE™ by Eugene Nielsen
A review of the comprehensive, in-the-field case management system.Issue 70 Nov/Dec 03

Investigator’s Handbook for Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Investigations

by Grace Elting Castle, CLI®
Grace reviews a new book on the growing field of investigating nursing home abuse cases. Issue 71, Jan/Feb 04

The National Directory of College and University Student Records
Don C. Johnson, Editor, PI Magazine
Don reviews a new resource directory that contains a wealth of information on accredited post secondary educational institutions. Issue 72, Mar/April 04

Uncovering Reasonable Doubt: The Component Method
Reviewed by Glenn R. Swift
A review of Brandon Perron’s landmark work, that lays down a set of specific standards in a scientifically-based systematic approach for criminal investigation. Issue 74, July/Aug 04

Practical Homicide Investigation, Third Edition
Reviewed By Michael J. Koryta
A review of a new edition that guides the investigator through forensic techniques and fundamental procedures of a homicide investigation. Issue 75, Sept/Oct 04

THE SOURCEBOOK 6th Edition
By Don C. Johnson, Editor, PI Magazine Issue 77, Jan/Feb 05

Successful Personal Injury Investigation By Jane Cracraft, CLI®, CCDI
A review of Successful Personal Injury Investigation, written by Francis D. Ritter, CLI, CII Issue 78, March/April 05

BEST OF THE BEST: Books for Professional Investigators
By Melanie Paek
The top books, written by investigators for investigators, that every PI should have. Issue 80, July/Aug 05

Book Review: Find it Online 4th edition
A review of Find it Online 4th edition written by Alan M. Schlein. Issue 83, Jan/Feb 06

Bounty Hunters:
BOUNTY HUNTERS IN AFGHANISTAN GET BUSTED, NOT BIN LADEN

Why three bounty hunters are being held in an Afghanistan prison months after being lured by a bounty of $25 million. Issue 75, Sept/Oct 04

Business / Agency Website:
IS YOUR WEB SITE IN LINGO LIMBO
by Barbara E. Cohen
How to prevent careless word choices on your web site from blocking international readers from understanding your business message. Issue 74, July/August 04

20 Tips to Invite Visitors to Your Website by Edie Elting
Effective steps to promote your site at every possible opportunity, including getting on the search engines. Issue 66, Mar/April 03

TOP DOG: How To Find The Back Door To A Top Ten Status on the Search Engines by Joe Dysart
Free and cost-effective ways to help promote your web site and bring in more business. Issue 73, May/June 04

How to Select a Website Designer By Jimmie Mesis, PI Magazine Editor-in-Chief?
How to select a designer to cbsite designreate your company website. Issue 83, Jan/Feb 06

Business for Investigators: (related topic - Marketing)
Stimulating the Economy of Every Investigator
by Mark E. Battersby
How PIs can reap the maximum benefits of the economic stimulus package, known as the “Job Creation and Worker Assistance Act of 2002” (H.R. 3090). Discusses how to take advantage of the depreciation bonus and retroactive rule changes that can provide tax refunds. Issue 62, July/Aug 02

Ethics, Investigations, Clients … Just What Do They All Have in Common? by William H. Malpass, CLI Ò , LCI, MCI
Provides recommendations on ethical practices for PIs in regard to advertising, contracts, retainers, informing the client, reimbursements, confidentiality, working the case and court testimony. Issue 62, July/Aug 02

A Look Through the Looking Glass – at Us! by Deborah Aylward
Demographic results of a Job Task Analysis (JTA) commissioned by the Virginia Depart of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), Private Security Section (PSS) reveal stunning facts about Virginia private investigators and license investigative businesses. The survey involved a five-page list of knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA) deemed necessary for entry-level private investigator's successful execution of basic investigations. Issue 65, Jan/Feb 03

Are They Really Independent Contractors? by Grace Elting Castle, CLI
An interview with attorney Nancy K. Cary, a partner at the Eugene, Oregon law firm of Hershner, Hunter, Andrews, Neill & Smith, LLP, a recognized expert on the issue. Provides legal definitions, the twenty common law factors set forth by the IRS to determine whether workers are employees or independent contractors, and steps the professional investigator/business owner can take to protect him or herself from accusations of violation of the regulations. Issue 66, Mar/April 03

2002 Tax Bonuses by Mark Battersby
Advice on how to take advantage of tax breaks under the Job Creation and Worker Assistance Act of 2002 (JCWA) through business tax planning to reduce federal and state tax liability. Details how to use the JCWA depreciation “bonus” and the net operating losses (NOL) provisions. Issue 66, Mar/April 03

Should I Accept Credit Cards? by John D. Waller
Reviewing the benefits of increased market potential through accepting this form of payment, including faster turn-around on payment, increased sales and ability to turn partial service requests into full service requests. Issue 66, Mar/April 03

Nine Tips for Handling a Fee Scam by Roger H. Schmedlen, CPP, CFE, CII, MIPI
How to identify and deal with some of the most common and classic fee scam. Issue 67, May/June 03

The One-Person 401(k): a Good Choice for Today's Self-employed by Robert Burton
Taking advantage of new tax and pension legislation. Issue 68, July/Aug 03

Translators can Help Build your Business by Leisa Hazard
How to take advantage of an inexpensive and quick service that can help make your case. Issue 69, Sept/Oct 03

FRANCHISING: The Newest Investigative Trend by Jimmie Mesis, LPI, Editor-in-Chief, PI Magazine
A look at what many successful PIs are doing. The pros, cons and an overview of buying into a franchise. Issue 70 Nov/Dec 03

THE FALLACY OF A DISCOUNT: by Roy Miller, MM, MCRM, CRJ
Reasons why private investigators should not put themselves on “sale”. Issue 71, Jan/Feb 04

YOUR FIRST AND MOST IMPORTANT INVESTIGATION by Gary H. Kuty
The common mistakes made by those who start their own agency and how a little preliminary research could make you successful. Issue 71, Jan/Feb 04

BUSINESS TIPS: IRS SCHEDULE C EXPENSE by Barbara E. Cohen
The expenses from operating your business that can be subtracted to save big on your taxes. Issue 72, Mar/April 04

HOW DO YOUR CLIENTS HEAR YOU? by Robert A. Dudash
A look at the importance of how other individuals perceive you and how to be conscientious of how we present ourselves to others in the way we talk. Issue 73, May/June 04

TANGIBLE AND LEGAL TAX BREAKS FOR INTANGIBLES by Mark E. Battersby
Ways to use those complex and confusing tax rules to benefit from the intangible assets of your investigative business. Issue 74, July/Aug 04


OUTSOURCING PAYROLL: A NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION THAT MAY BE RIGHT FOR YOU! By Michael Alter
Eliminate your payroll pains! Whether you process payroll manually or use a service, the outsourcing options available to small businesses are better than ever. Issue 77, Jan/Feb 05

TAX DEDUCTIONS FOR THE EDUCATED By Mark E. Battersby
Whether you are a self-employed investigator or an employee, there are educational tax deductions and unique write-offs in the pages of our tax laws and regulations for anyone willing to look for them. Issue 77, Jan/Feb 05

PROVIDING INVESTIGATIVE SERVICES TO INSURANCE COMPANIES Communication is Key to Avoiding Customer Service Failures
By Daniel W. Draz, CFE
How to avoid negative customer service which could damage long-term client relationships and cause the client to look elsewhere for investigative assistance. Issue 78, March/April 05

ACHIEVING THE FINANCIAL GOALS OF YOUR FIRM By Greg George
The philosophy and disciplines that every private investigative agency should utilize to develop their business. Issue 78, March/April 05

THE NEGATIVE REPORT
By Jane Cracraft, Associate Editor, PI Magazine
What to do when you come up empty on a case and how to turn the negative report into a positive one. Issue 80, July/Aug 05

BUSINESS METRICS: You Can’t Manage it if You Can’t Measure it By Michael Alter
By monitoring a few key business metrics, you can quickly get a handle on your business and start on the path to improving your profitability. Issue 81, Sept/Oct 05

HOW TO AVOID BILLING HASSLES By Jane Cracraft, Associate Editor
PI Magazine asks well-established investigators to share what they have learned about avoiding billing hassles. Issue 82, Nov/Dec 05

GETTING PAID ON TIME By Marco Terry
Tips and tricks to get paid on time by your commercial clients. Issue 82, Nov/Dec 05

ASSESSMENT TESTING: Tools for More Informed Hiring By Michael Alter
A valuable hiring technique that can provide you with insight into an applicant’s skills, personality, and potential as an employee. Issue 82, Nov/Dec 05

Credit Lines for PIs: Revolving funding when you need it
By Mark E. Battersby
How an international banking accord could have an effect on your line-of-credit or revolving loan at your local bank. Issue 83, Jan/Feb 06

Working Smarter, Not Harder By Scott Smith
By using a virtual office, you can save from the high cost of maintaining an office you’re seldom in. Issue 83, Jan/Feb 06

Caught, Audited: Home Free, Maybe By Mark E. Battersby
How to prepare your agency for the noticeably increasing risk of being audited by the IRS and the best ways to handle it. Issue 84, March/April 06

Get a Grip on Time By Clay Renick
Effective methods and tools investigators use to get the clock off their back. Issue 84, March/April 06

Running a PI Business: The Race of Life By Tim O’Rourke
Some pitfalls to avoid while developing and maintaining a successful PI firm. Issue 85, May/June 06

“Good Employees are Good for Business” ...and bad employees cost you money By Lynn H. Levy
Your employees represent you and your company; some do’s and don’ts when hiring. Issue 86, July/Aug 06

Communicating with your Clients By Susie Wright and Ed Hodges
In many cases, company outsourcing and the Internet have removed the “service” aspect from “customer service.” Issue 87, Sept/Oct 06

The Business of Investigation and Security By Gary H. Kuty
Whether you operate a business in the security sector or work as a private investigator – the key to success begins with marketing. Issue 87, Sept/Oct 06

The IRS Wants All Its Due: New Estimated Tax Payment Rules By Mark E. Battersby
Newly proposed regulations and how they apply to the investigative business. Issue 87, Sept/Oct 06


Case Management: (Also see Report Writing)
Case Management 201
by Paul Purcell
How to integrate software and office procedures to correct common case management problems, including recommendations on software-based case management systems, detailed office procedural systems and how to make sure these procedures include backups and cross-checks. Provides sample client data sheet and clerical activity checklist. Issue 66, Mar/April 03

7 Steps to the Magic Solution for Report Preparation by Grace E. Castle CLI Editor
Investigating transcription “outsourcing” through phone-in dictation service as a report preparation solution. Includes tips on how to choose a company and negotiate the best deal. Issue 66, Mar/April 03

Using a Voice to Text Program by Barry A. Kintner
A review of programs for voice dictation to produce reports and documents. Issue 68, July/Aug 03

WHEN FAST ISN’T FAST ENOUGH? By Rosemarie T. Mesis, Publisher, PI Magazine
Affordable web-based case management systems, that offer clients instant access to investigative results. Issue 77, Jan/Feb 05


Computer / Internet Related Issues:
House Cleaning Your Computer
by Edie Elting
Defines the most often neglected but critical tasks to maintain your computer, including how to avoid and “fix” computer viruses, disk defragmentation, scanning for disk errors, software updates and file backups. Issue 62, July/Aug 02

Simple CD Technology vs. the Internet: the Results are Surprising
by Alexander Monday
A comparison of the merits and disadvantages of paying for access to databases and consumer business information on the internet, and the use of regularly updated computer CDs for data searches and archiving. Issue 65, Jan/Feb 03

New Homeland Security Info Center Website
Announces a new central site for the National Technical Information Service (NTIS), an agency under the technology administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce, that posts important documents and multi-media resources in regard to health and medicine, emergency preparedness and response, biology and chemical warfare, and food and agricultural safety and safety training packages. Includes a variety of anti-terrorism information. Issue 65, Jan/Feb 03

Buying or Upgrading a Computer by Kevin J. Ripa
Pointers on all the main pieces of a computer box. Issue 68, July/Aug 03

Swallowing Alphabet Soup: Checking Out Credentials by Cynthia Hetherington, MLS
Methods of verifying the credentials of individuals. Exposing incredible intellects-or exaggerators. Issue 69, Sept/Oct 03

FIRSTGOV SEARCH ENGINE: www.firstgov.gov
by Cynthia Hetherington MLS, MSM
Utilizing the government sites to do background checks on the world wide web. Issue 70 Nov/Dec 03

USING THE WWW AND THE INTERNET TO GET THE FACTS by William Lowrance
How the internet took investigators from trenchcoats to PCs. Learn what sites will help you the most in the field. Issue 71, Jan/Feb 04

ELIYON: Resumes on the Web by Cynthia Hetherington, MLS, MSM
Proven places on the web to find the resume of your subject leading you to their current contact information. Issue 73, May/June 04

WHERE ARE THE ANTI-HACKER SQUADS? By Francis Kielb
Legislation addressing electronic crimes has lagged behind the technology. The world is a much more connected place, but the difference between a crime and a prank can be vague. Investigators with the requisite skills could find this niche to be very profitable. Issue 76, Nov/Dec 04

GOOGLE™: ONE, LIBRARIAN: ZERO, A PROFESSIONALLY TRAINED LIBRARIAN MEETS HER MATCH WITH GOOGLE'S RANKING SYSTEM By Cynthia Hetherington
How your agency’s site can rank higher on the web search engines such as Google™ and Yahoo™. Issue 77, Jan/Feb 05

ALL ABOARD THE ICEROCKET.COM By Cynthia Hetherington
A look at the advantages and advanced search features of a new search engine from an “investigators” point of view. Issue 81, Sept/Oct 05

INVESTIGATING AND SEARCHING ON THE DEEP WEB By Richard Heinz
Search the area of the internet that is not typically indexed by the major search engines and includes information that is not readily available from standard search engine queries. Issue 82, Nov/Dec 05

From Pedophile to Internet Predator: Protecting Our Children from Online Evil By Bruno Pavlicek
A look at ways parents can protect their children from pedophiles and predators on the Internet. Issue 85, May/June 06

Password Management: Easy-to-Follow Guidelines to Protect Against Theft By Bill Carey
Passwords protect information; here some tips are offered to protect those passwords. Issue 86, July/Aug 06


Computer Security:

Who's Peeking? and How to Avoid Them by Richard White
How to ensure your electronic data complies with confidentiality laws. Issue 68, July/Aug 03

COMPUTER SPYWARE AND THE DIGITAL DETECTIVE By Robert Pac
An education on what spyware is, its legality, how to spot it and everything else you should know about the electronic communications monitoring software. Issue 75, Sept/Oct 04


COMPUTER SECURITY: Achieving a Balance By Drew Robb
Twenty simple steps to help investigators maintain a correct level or security and minimize risk of sensitive material falling into the wrong hands or getting damaged. Issue 80, July/Aug 05

E-MAIL PROTOCOLS AND SECURITY by Leroy Cook and Steve Silva
Tips from the experts on improving e-mail etiquette and security. Issue 72, Mar/April 04

E-MAIL TRACING: Open mail relays...Spammer Havens!
How spammers get your email and the steps you can take to trace an email. Issue 70 Nov/Dec 03

GROWTH IN INSTANT MESSAGING CREATES SECURITY CONCERNS by Drew Robb
The rise of consumer-grade instant messaging in the corporate world has led to significant security problems. This article looks at the variety of IM choices out there for enterprise class systems. Issue 73, May/June 04

Come on Into My Computer and Help Yourself...Spyware makes it easy for people to snoop on computers By Drew Robb
Malicious software could right this minute be using your machine for nefarious purposes. Learn the types, how they get in, and the actions needed to prevent and stop it. Issue 83, Jan/Feb 06

Data Integrity: Protecting Confidential Information By Robert Pac
What investigators need to do to protect customer data stored on their computers to avoid possible fines and lawsuits if breached. Issue 84, March/April 06

Rootkits: Spyware on Steroids, Why Anti-Spyware and Anti-Virus Software is No Longer Enough By Drew Robb
With developers focused on virus protection software that combats spyware, a new threat has emerged in computing. Issue 87, Sept/Oct 06

Computer Forensics:
Computer Forensics: Essentials for the 21st Century Private Investigators
by Steve Abrams
Understanding the benefits of becoming or using a computer forensics expert. Issue 69, Sept/Oct 03

Recognizing Steganography by Kevin W. Black
Finding a computer file inside another. Issue 69, Sept/Oct 03

EVIDENCE ON COMPUTERS: GETTING RID OF IT, GETTING IT BACK By Drew Robb
A look at some of the many forensic techniques used to recover files that have been deleted or overwritten and methods used to permanently erase the files. Issue 75, Sept/Oct 04

Countermeasures / TSCM:
Counterespionage Consulting Services … Untapped Secrets for Boosting Your Business
by Kevin D. Murray, CPP, CFE, BCFE
Describes how to generate substantial income by partnering with specialists to offer a security team-approach package with an average fee share from countermeasures specialists from five to twenty percent of the fee for services. Gives tips on how to find specialists for joint ventures, pricing, and how to present the benefits of eavesdropping detection and counterespionage consulting to your clients. Issue 65, Jan/Feb 03


Criminal Profile:
Gypsies, Travelers & Thieves by Don C. Johnson, CLI, CII
Describes the history and role of the mysterious itinerant “gypsy” clans known as Irish Travelers as well as the Romani gypsy mafia in scams and con artist activity in the U.S. Issue 65, Jan/Feb 03

Gypsies Travelers & Thieves: a follow up by Jan B. Tucker
An update on investigating a gypsy. Issue 69, Sept/Oct 03


Criminal Records:
NOT ALL CRIMINAL RECORD CHECKS ARE CREATED EQUAL
By Lynn Peterson
A review of the four kinds of criminal records, their uses and how to access them. Issue 80, July/Aug 05

Land of The Free: Justice At Large By Jimmie Mesis, PI Magazine Editor-in-Chief
The launch of the first commercially available “Wants & Warrants” database allowing non-law enforcment the ability to search warrants from all 50 states. This new database is roughly twice the size of the National Crime Information Center’s “Wanted Person File.”
Issue 84, March/April 06

Databases:
Evaluating Public Record Databases
by Cynthia Hetherington, MLS
An evaluation and analysis of the major services or sources that provide access to public, as well as private, record information for people, products and corporations based on a survey send to vendors. Includes reviews of SuperiorInfo PLUS, Open Online, LocatePlus, Merlindata.com, Flatrate Info, Lexis-Nexis Public Records, Peoplefinder, IRBSearch, Knowx.com, Autotrackxp, Choicepoint Online and Choicepoint. Issue 65, Jan/Feb 03

IRBSEARCH Still Growing, Not Selling
Clearing up circulating reports that suggest Lexis Nexis purchased IRBsearch and how it all got started. Issue 75, Sept/Oct 04


THE CHOICEPOINT HEIST
The unfolding story of how criminals were able to steal data and personal information on over 100,000 consumers around the country. Issue 79, May/June 05

NO WAITING FOR MAGIC: Merlin Fights Back After Data Breach By Michael Koryta
The security upgrades that one of the leading information brokers is taking after a data breach in April. Issue 80, July/Aug 05

Merlin and IRBsearch to Merge
By Jimmie Mesis, PI Magazine Editor-In-Cheif
What the intended merger of two of the largest Internet data providers means for professional investigators. Issue 86, July/Aug 06


Death Investigations:
The Medicolegal Death Investigation
by Bruce Delphia, NREMT-P, MAEd Guidelines and tips for investigating a death. Issue 67, May/June 03

Defense /Legal Investigations:
Mothers Who Kill … Ten Vital Signs for Their Investigators
by Jane M Cracraft, CLI , CCDI
What investigators must know to assist defense attorneys in representing mothers with postpartum psychosis or severe postpartum depression. Includes ten vital steps for investigators. Issue 64, Nov/Dec 02

Police & Prosecutorial Misconduct Can Equal
Wrongful Conviction by Paul J. Ciolino, CFE Pointers to follow when investigating for the defense. Issue 67, May/June 03

New Directions in Legal Investigations
by James W. Harbert, CLI, FCI
Describes the technical skills and modern techniques that define the work of the new breed of legal investigator. Issue 68, July/Aug 03

Ten Quick Tips for the Criminal Defense Investigator

Condensed from Advanced Criminal Defense Investigations by Paul J. Ciolino and Grace Elting Castle. Issue 68, July/Aug 03

Saving the Profession
by Grace Elting Castle, CLI, Editor, PI Magazine
How criminal defense investigators can avoid wrongful convictions. Issue 68, July/Aug 03

Investigating DUI Charges
by Randy Bennet
How to investigate DUI charges and prepare for your clients defense. Issue 69, Sept/Oct 03

LAST CHANCE INVESTIGATIONS: Post Conviction Criminal Investigations

by Kitty Hailey, CLI, CFE
Ways to gather and apply evidence for those on deathrow wrongly accused. Issue 70 Nov/Dec 03

THE ART OF WAR: An Application for the Investigative Process

By Brandon A. Perron, Board Certified Criminal Defense Investigator
Applying the teachings of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War to common situations in the investigating profession. Issue 70 Nov/Dec 03

TIPS FOR THE MITIGATION INVESTIGATOR by Suzanne Serdahely
The importance of mitigation for capital cases. Trying to understand why one’s life went in the wrong dircetion. Issue 70 Nov/Dec 03

FALSE SWEARING: An Insurance Defense on Fraudulent Claims By Barry Zalma
Important defense tools investigators and insurers should not avoid using when they suspect that an insured person has sworn falsely under oath. Issue 76, Nov/Dec 04

KING FOR THE DEFENSE By Michael J. Koryta
Cleveland-based private investigator Keith King sat second chair at a recent successful criminal defense case. He showed how good investigators are under utilized, and can be valuable sitting second chair in any trial case. Issue 76, Nov/Dec 04

WHO ARE THE LEGAL INVESTIGATORS? By Jane Cracraft, CLI®, CCDI
A look at the various job descriptions of the modern legal investigator. Issue 78, March/April 05

THE LEGAL INVESTIGATORS OF NALI
The National Association of Legal Investigators, an association that provides its members exceptional benefits, including educational opportunities. Issue 78, March/April 05

Investigating Wrongful Convictions By John Nardizzi
Issues and tactics for investigators to consider when evaluating whether to take a wrongful conviction case. Issue 84, March/April 06

Seven Rules for the Care and Feeding of Attorneys
By Jane Cracraft
Guidelines to assist professional investigators in building a good working relationship with their attorney clients.Issue 86, July/Aug 06

North Carolina Establishes Innocence Inquiry Commission
A look at NC's bold initiative to investigative wrongful conviction claims. Issue 87, Sept/Oct 06

Dumpster Diving / Trash Searches:
PRIVATE TRASH:
A New Hampshire Supreme Perspective

by Jordan G. Ulery
NH Supreme Court has created yet another law that investigators who “Dumpster Dive,” should be aware of. Issue 73, May/June 04

DUMPSTER DIVING BACKFIRES: Unlicensed “Private Investigator” Is Scorned By Court
by Eddy McClain
Judge in a high profile case decides documents could not be proven to be legitimate and that the unlicensed PI was trespassing, thus stealing. Issue 73, May/June 04

THE VARYING LEGALITIES OF GARBOLOGY
By Ed Thompson
A search of one’s garbage at the curb without a warrant is not a Fourth Amendment violation. However, individual states interpret their own constitutions differently. Find out where this leaves private investigators in your state.
Issue 77, Jan/Feb 05

Expert Witness:
You as an Expert Witness by Frank J. MacHovec Ph.D.
How to prepare to represent your profession on the witness stand. Details the legal process, tactics to prepare for the worst and how to deflect tactics that can be used against expert witnesses. Issue 66, Mar/April 03

ON COMMON GROUND Forensic Psychologists and Professional Investigators
By Linda M. Grounds, Ph.D.
This article discusses the various roles forensic mental health experts fill, the kinds of questions they address and how they do their work. Also discussed is how valuable investigators can be to the work of the expert, and some of the potential problems that can arise in the process of a forensic mental health examination. Issue 80, July/Aug 05

Evaluating Your Expert Witnesses and Witnessing Their Value
By James E. Shaw, Ph.D.
How to thoroughly interview and evaluate an expert witness so your attorney can determine his or her value in court. Issue 83, Jan/Feb 06

Executive Protection / Bodyguard:
EXECUTIVE PROTECTION: Training for PIs: Use it or Lose it
By Nathan T. Harrison
PI skills such as surveillance tactics, civil and criminal liability and risk management can be transferred to the growing market of executive protection. Issue 80, July/Aug 05

Effective Executive Protection By Goran Lozo
A look at the high-paying, complex, demanding and risky job of a bodyguard. Issue 83, Jan/Feb 06

Top Ten Mistakes Made By Business Owners and Executives When Traveling,By Michael McCann
Common sense travel tips that will keep security in mind when traveling. Issue 86, July/Aug 06

Forensics:
Biometrics: a New Investigative Tool
by Gayle Trent
Discusses the implications of use of biometrics for PIs. Biometrics is the science of identifying people based upon unique physical characteristics and/or personal traits, including fingerprints, hand geometry, facial structure, scent, thermal image, and iris or retina pattern, voice pattern handwriting or acoustic signature. Issue 62, July/Aug 02

Dr. Henry C. Lee: “You have to want to find the facts!” by Grace Elting Castle, CLI, Editor, PI Magazine
An interview with the man who has advanced forensic science from unknown field to standard investigative tool. Issue 67, May/June 03

Forensic Psychology: An Under Used Resource by Susan O'Brien
Defines how forensic psychologists can provide valuable advice to investigators by applying psychology to the intricacies of the legal system. Discusses use of PI's use of forensic psychologists in background investigations, corporate security assessments, interviews and interrogation, hypnosis, profiling and defense work. Issue 64, Nov/Dec 02

Vacuum Metal Deposition, a Newly Available Fingerprinting Technique by Gayle Trent
Describes a technology similar to that used in the semi-conductor industry that develops fingerprints by evaporating gold and zinc while in a vacuum environment. VMC can develop fingerprints on years' old evidence as well as newly acquired evidence. Issue 66, Mar/April 03

A LOOK INSIDE TODAY’S CRIME LAB by James O. Pex, MS
The role change of crime labs in the last twenty years can help investigators get better results. Issue 71, Jan/Feb 04

BLOOD SPATTER Interpretaion at Crime and Accident Scenes
by Louis L. Akin, LPI
Learn the principles and procedures of blood spatter interpretation and be able to converse intelligently with the attorneys, medical examiners and other experts. Issue 74, July/August 04

A PRIMER ON PRINTS By Louis L. Akin, LPI
A cursory look at the anatomy of a fingerprint pattern and of the processes used for collecting, comparing, and classifying prints that may help defense lawyers and investigators who need to be able to successfully challenge fingerprint identification. Issue 79, May/June 05

FORENSIC METEOROLOGY: Answering the Weather Question By Jane Cracraft, Associate Editor
How investigators can research and examine the weather-related component of an accident or crime on their own and how to turn to forensic meteorologists for more specific answers. Issue 81, Sept/Oct 05

DNA for Investigators By Bob Wick
Tips to detect, collect and transport DNA evidence – perhaps the most reliable source of supporting evidence.
Issue 87, Sept/Oct 06Forensic Identifications Now Available for Eyeglass Fragments
New technology could lend support in body identification for the forensic community.

Forensic Identifications Now Available for Eyeglass Fragments
New technology could lend support in body identification for the forensic community. Issue 87, Sept/Oct 06

Fire and Arson Investigations:
An Introduction to Fire and Arson Investigation
by James W. Harbert, CLI and Phil Foster
Provides the basic knowledge necessary to document a fire scene. Issue 67, May/June 03

Fraud:
The Secret to Proving
Insurance Fraud by Kellie Snider
Using hospital trace reports to prove insurance fraud.Issue 67, May/June 03

Real Estate Fraud
by Michael J. Koryta
The lack of fraud prevention by many federal mortgage providers has created a steady stream of revenue for investigators, provided they have the background knowledge and expertise to handle it. Issue 72, Mar/April 04

THE RED FLAGS OF INSURANCE FRAUD:

by Jack Murray, CFE, CLI, CCDI
Insurance fraud is a fast growing field for PIs. Read about the various types and what you need to know in order to spot it. Issue 72, Mar/April 04

NABBING THE BEAN COUNTERS GONE BAD by Beverly D. Vickers
For years she exploited companies for thousands using loopholes in billing and inventory systems. Now she’shelping protect business from fraud. Issue 72, Mar/April 04

INVESTIGATING REAL ESTATE FRAUD
by Michael J. Koryta
How to go about investigating real estate fraud. Issue 72, Mar/April 04

SWISS BANKING, MONEY LAUNDERING AND SIR ISAAC NEWTON
by Joe Dickerson, CPP, CFE, CFI
The Swiss put new money laundering ordinance in place, but it is not all good news for financial investigators. Issue 72, Mar/April 04

THE SARBANES-OXLEY ACT: A Potential Source of Clients for Private Investigators
By Rory J. McMahon, CLI
Financial crime continues to grow, as well as the need for qualified investigators to assist public and private companies in the compliance and enforcement of the far reaching provisions of the 2002 Act.
Issue 75, Sept/Oct 04

INSURANCE FRAUD: A GUIDE TO GETTING CASES PROSECUTED By Daniel W. Draz, CFE
Private investigators can play an important role in proving material misrepresentation and material omission in fraud cases. Investigators should understand the process and requirements in order to get their cases prosecuted quickly and effectively. Issue 76, Nov/Dec 04

SOMETHING IS AMIS IN COMMON INTEREST DEVELOPMENTS By Randall Frost
Investigators are needed to assist homeowner associations due to the increase of embezzlement. Issue 77, Jan/Feb 05

ELUSIVE TARGETS: Investigating Elder Fraud
By Clay Renick
Experts in elder fraud and abuse investigation share their experience and knowledge on the subjects. Learn who is taking advantage of the elderly and the steps to take when investigating these scams and abuses. Issue 80, July/Aug 05

HIRING A FORENSIC ACCOUNTANT: What Every Private Investigator Ought to Know By Stanley I. Foodman
What the professional investigator needs to know about forensic accountants, when to hire one, what to skills to look for. Issue 80, July/Aug 05

INSURANCE FRAUD AND THE FEDS: Cases Often Cross State Lines
By Daniel W. Draz, CFE
Complex criminal schemes, along with the potential number of victims, often cross into different jurisdictions requiring multi-agency (federal and state) law enforcement cooperation. Learn about the federal government’s involvement in investigating insurance fraud and some of the critical issues associated with these types of cases. Issue 82, Nov/Dec 05

Fugitive Apprehension:
SECRETS OF SUCCESSFUL FUGITIVE APPREHENSION

By Zachary Becker
The financially rewarding steps and precautions to take when apprehending a fugitive. Including how to approach the situation in a safe and professional manner. Issue 75, Sept/Aug 04

Guns:
NON-RESIDENT CONCEALED FIREARM PERMITS
by William Desy, CFE
With permits from only two states, you can now legally carry a concealed firearm in 24 states. Issue 71, Jan/Feb 04

CONCEALED CARRY UP-CLOSE:
The Steve Young-Law Enforcement Officer’s Safety Act of 2004 By Warren J. Sonne, Law Enforcement Associate Editor
A clarification of the recent bill signed into law allowing active and retired law enforcement to carry concealed weapons has many rules and restrictions that should be known and understood by all those that apply. Issue 76, Nov/Dec 04

HISTORY OF A GUN BILL
By Warren J. Sonne, Associate Editor, PI Magazine
An up-close look at 12 year struggle to pass the bill into law. Issue 76, Nov/Dec 04

Handwritting / Document Analysis:
WORKING WITH A DOCUMENT EXAMINER TO SOLVE A CASE
by Emily J. Will
Documents play a significant role in many legal cases and investigations. Learn what document examiners can do and how they can help you solve your case. Issue 74, July/August 04

Handwriting Analysis: The Professional Investigator’s Secret Weapon
By Sheila Lowe, B.S. Psy., C.G.
What can be uncovered by analyzing handwriting samples. Issue 84, March/April 06

Homicide Investigations:
Hanging Chad Forever: Investigating Autoerotic Asphyxia in a Suspicious Suicide
by Don C. Johnson, CLI, CII
A case of suspicious suicide should raise questions for the investigator. Provides criteria for determining death during dangerous autoerotic practice. Issue 64, Nov/Dec 02

A VERY OLD COLD CASE: The Boy in the Box By Kitty Hailey
Fifty years later the search continues for the identity of a toddler and his killer. Issue 71, Jan/Feb 04

MAPPING MAYHEM: The Geography of a Crime by Gordon Young
New technology allows investigators to almost pinpoint the location of a serial criminal. Issue 71, Jan/Feb 04

Professional Homicide Investigation
By Vernon J. Geberth
An investigator’s search for the truth consists of balancing the mechanical evidence with the intangibles. Issue 85, May/June 06

Metal Detectors at the Crime Scene: A Vital Tool For Effective Crime Scene Management By Eugene Nielsen
The use of metal detectors by private investigators and police detectives compliments investigations – including crime scene processing.
Issue 87, Sept/Oct 06


Identity Theft:
The Privacy Rights of Dead Giraffes
by Don C. Johnson
Explores the issue of strong privacy laws that can come at the expense of public record access policies as it affects the private investigator. Issue 62, July/Aug 02

IDENTITY THEFT AND SLIT RINGS: An Unrecognized Cancer on Society
By Bruno Pavlicek
An analysis of what investigators need to know about the source of identity theft, a silent and almost perfect crime run by domestic organized crime clusters which must be reckoned with. This article profiles the roles within the SLIT ring division of labor from the street level identity thieves to the ring leader. Issue 81, Sept/Oct 05

“WHO AM I” Investigating Identity Theft By Don C. Johnson, Editor, PI Magazine
A look at the FTC’s to fight against identity theft, investigators’ role and NCISS’ fraud summit. Issue 81, Sept/Oct 05

ID Theft Losses Increase, Number of Victims Decrease
New findings from surveys and studies on identity theft. Issue 84, March/April 06

A Day in the Life of an Identity Thief
By Bruno Pavlicek
An in-depth look at a former identity thief that explores the mindset of the criminal as well as the activities associated with this type of fraud. Issue 86, July/Aug 06

Informants:
Pigeons of a Different Feather
by Francie Koehler, CCDI Explains the history of the term “stool pigeon.” Issue 67, May/June 03

WANTED INFORMATION By Jane Cracraft, Associate Editor, PI Magazine
Criminal defense investigators are now finding success by utilizing creative and inexpensive new methods to gather information on informants. There are those who believe the use of the new “wanted” poster is too unorthodox, unethical and may intimidate or harass. Issue 76, Nov/Dec 04

Developing & Managing Informants:
An art that needs to be mastered By Eugene Nielsen
It is essential for every investigator to develop informants. Understand their motivation, the proper way to handle them and the security measures that need to be taken. Issue 83, Jan/Feb 06


International Investigations:
International News
Current international PI related news found in every issue of PI Magazine.

Important Facts to Know about Investigations in France

by Marie-Francoise Hollinger, Federal Secretary of CNSP-ARP, Professional Chamber of French Detectives
This international section feature provides important facts to know about investigations in France where the “Private Security Law” divides the profession into categories, each of which have rights to undertake certain activities. Issue 65, Jan/Feb 03

Suspicious Wills and Contracts by Andrej Dvorsak
This international section feature by a member of the top board of Detective Chamber of Private Detectives of the Republic of Slovenia provides useful advice for investigators of document fraud in any country. Issue 65, Jan/Feb 03

Canada – Is Someone Watching You?
by Marjo Johne
This international feature describes the increasing use of professional investigators to conduct surveillance on present and potential employees in Canada and advises how to avoid allegations of employee rights violations. Also includes statistics on increased employee surveillance and use of background checks in the U.S. Issue 66, Mar/April 03

South Africa – Prevention of Corruption Bill

Reprinted with permission from Corporate Intelligence Review, this international feature describes the enormous implications for the way government and business would have to conduct themselves in and toward South Africa in the future, if the Prevention of Corruption Bill is passed by the South Africa Parliament. Issue 66, Mar/April 03

INVESTIGATING OUTSIDE THE USA IS NO ‘MIDNIGHT RUN’ by Jon Latorella
It can be tricky to investigate and track criminals in foreign countries. An understanding of a country’s laws are crucial, especially those surrounding individual privacy. Issue 74, July/Aug 04

PRIVATE INVESTIGATION IN RUSSIA
Moscow based investigators give first hand knowledge of the hardships and inner-workings of the P.I. industry in their country and how foreign investigators can utilize them. Issue 76, Nov/Dec 04

INTERNATIONAL INVESTIGATIONS: An Untapped Market By Jimmie Mesis, Editor-in Chief, PI Magazine
New services available to the private investigator that allow them to offer international reports to clients that can earn them substantial fees. Issue 78, March/April 05

Interpreter / Translator:

How’s Your: Spanish? Korean? Polish? Portuguese? By Jane Cracraft
With more and more cases having a foreign language component, investigators have an increasing need for translators and interpreters.
Issue 87, Sept/Oct 06

Interviewing / Interrogation and Statements:
Art of Asking Questions
by Frank MacHovec, PH.D
How to get the information you need from everyday people. Issue 69, Sept/Oct 03

EFFECTIVE INTERVIEWING & INTERROGATION SKILLS: In Fraud Investigations
by Michael J. Musto and Steven L. Kirby, CII, CFE
Reviews different approaches on how to get crucial infromation through the interview and interrogation process. Issue 70 Nov/Dec 03

ANALYTICAL LINGUISTICS:As an Investigative Tool
by Eugene Nielsen
How to reveal the truth by analyzining one’s statement. Issue 71, Jan/Feb 04

THE ART OF SUCCESSUFUL INTERVIEWING:
by Eugene Nielsen
Interviewing is an “art” that every investigator needs to develop to the fullest. Learn what planning is needed to make an interview successful. Issue 74, July/August 04

THE COGNITIVE INTERVIEW TECHNIQUE
by Eugene Nielsen
A technique employed when interviewing traumatized eye witnesses that may otherwise suppress critical information. Issue 74, July/August 04

WITNESS INTERVIEWS AND STATEMENTS The Heart and Soul of Criminal Defense Investigation
By John M. Lajoie
Interviewing witnesses and taking their statements are important functions of the criminal defense investigation. The author gives an in-depth explanation on how to prepare, conduct and what to watch out for when interviewing. Issue 75, Sept/Oct 04

INTERVIEWING ADOLESCENTS AND YOUNG ADULTS By Jean D. Erhardt and Linda M. Grounds, Ph.D.
Dealing with adolescents and young adults in the legal setting can be problematic. Two experts give their perspectives on how to listen more effectively when talking to the young. Issue 76, Nov/Dec 04

NINE WAYS: How to Get a Reluctant or Adversarial Witness to Talk
By Michael Stone
An experienced defense investigator teaches how to get witnesses with strong emotional or practical reasons for not talking to open up. Issue 78, March/April 05

LINGUISTIC STATEMENT ANALYSIS TECHNIQUE: Examining Verbal and Written Statements
By Bob Shaffer
Introduction to the linguistic statement analysis technique used to examine verbal and written statements to determine whether it is the product of a person’s memory or a fabrication.Issue 78, March/April 05

CLAIMANT INTERVIEWS: A Valuable Tool When Conducted Properly

When conducted properly, claimant interviews hold many advantages because insurance vendors are able to obtain current information, make personal observations, obtain photos for identification purposes, document evidence, and much more. Issue 79, May/June 05

10 Rules for Approaching Adverse Witnesses By Jane Cracraft, Associate Editor for Legal Investigations
Tips on how to contact key witnesses who may be hostile. Issue 83, Jan/Feb 06


Investigative Tips & Tools:
THE ART OF THE CANVASS
By Thomas R. Joyce
What investigators need to do to conduct a successful canvass to gain tips and information. Issue 82, Nov/Dec 05

Nine Steps to a Powerful Timeline
By Grace Elting Castle
How to correctly create a timeline, an extremely valuable investigative tool. Issue 84, March/April 06

Law Enforcement:
New Police Technology … What Does It Mean to You?
by Gayle Trent
A review of new software being used by police departments across the country. Issue 67, May/June 03

LEARNING FROM CRIME ANALYSIS IN LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT

by Deborah Osborne Loewen
Become more effective as a private investigator by taking advantage of the knowledge and databases of crime analysts. Issue 72, Mar/April 04

BIG BROTHER OR BIG IDEAS?

By Warren Sonne, Associate Editor, PI Magazine
An interview with the progressive police chief Clay Walker, of Manalapan, FL. Clay discusses how and why he has implemented a surveillance system that records every vehicle entering the small inter-coastal town. Issue 75, Sept/Oct 04

LAW ENFORCEMENT’S USE OF FORCE ADDRESSED During Live U.S. Department of Justice Webcast

A look back at a live webcast where a panel of experts gathered for an open and honest discussion on how law enforcement and local communities can work together to effectively address excessive use of force.
Issue 75, Sept/Oct 04

Jumping De-Fense Transitioning From Cop To PI: It’s All In The Mind Set By Stuart Baggerly
A look at why and how former law-enforcement make the jump to becoming private investigators. Issue 84, March/April 06

An FBI Eye on the PI World By Anayat Durrani
Stories of how FBI agents use their training and experience in the field of private investigations. Issue 84, March/April 06

Whose Face is It, Anyway? By Warren J. Sonne
New technology for composite drawings shows promise. Issue 85, May/June 06

Locates / Skiptracing:
A Case of Ethics: Finding Birth Relatives
by by Grace Elting Castle, CLI ®
Defines the secret “how-tos” to successful birth relative adoption searches, other birth parent searches or child location investigations. Lists helpful resources including websites. Issue 62, July/Aug 02

Locating People Online
by Shelly Daniel
Explains how to use internet search engines, software, newsgroups, assessors' sites, business licensing sites, military sites and more to find people. Includes recommended sites and tips on how to do searches – including “wild card” and “advanced” searches. Issue 63, Sept/Oct 02

An Army of Help
by Mary Tiritilli
Profiles the work of Major Ruth A. Miller, director of the Salvation Army Missing Persons Program, the first Salvation Army Officer to ever be licensed as a private investigator. The program locates approximately 350 missing people throughout the U.S. and internationally each year. Issue 63, Sept/Oct 02

Beyond the Begats –Working with Genealogists
by Megan Smolenyak
A professional genealogist discusses what her profession has to offer the professional investigator. Genealogists can be most helpful in cases involving adoption, missing or unknown heirs, or any situation that entails locating a living person that has been missing for a period of 20 years or more (e.g., military buddies, classmates, witnesses, and debtors). Issue 63, Sept/Oct 02

They Find the Lost When Everyone Else Has Given Up
by Leisa Hazard
Describes how professional investigators can participate in the work of the Doe Network, a volunteer organization that helps solve cold cases involving missing persons and unidentified murder victims. Issue 65, Jan/Feb 03

SKIPTRACING: An Easy Source Of Additional Revenue
For Investigators by Michael Dores
An easy way to increase your income that every PI should be taking advantage of. Issue 72, Mar/April 04

SKIP TRACING: A REFRESHER By Richard Heinz
Professional Investigators need to get back to the basics with the new federal, state, and local laws limiting access to public records. Learn new resources and techniques on skip tracing, internet searching, and professional networking skills. Issue 76, Nov/Dec 04

The Death of Landlines Continues By Robert Scott
The continuing increase in cell phone usage and what it means for investigators. Issue 83, Jan/Feb 06

Help! Where is 13640 WCR 64? Locating Those Hard to Find Addresses By Jane Cracraft
Innovations in technology and accessibility to databases help eliminate some of the guess work in address locates. Issue 86, July/Aug 06

Find It Fast
New technologies for locating and identifying stolen, missing or looted valuables. Issue 86, July/Aug 06


Legislation & Law:

NCISS Educating Capitol Hill by Jimmie Mesis, Publisher
Explains the role of the National Council of Investigation and Security Services (NCISS) in lobbying with state representatives and legislative aides to inform, educate, and recruit co-sponsors for pending legislation that will affect our profession. Discusses lobbying efforts in favor of HR1543, known as the “Civil Rights and Employee Investigation and Clarification Act” as a revision to the Fair Credit and Reporting Act. Issue 62, July/Aug 02

Townsend Heads IASIR Committee
Robert Townsend, current chair of the Legislative Public Awareness Committee of the National Association of Legal Investigators, Inc. (NALI) was named chair of the International Association of Security and Investigative Regulators' committee to develop a national licensing act. Issue 62, July/Aug 02

Natural Born Leader: Profile of Eddy McClain, Statesman of the Investigative Profession by Kitty Hailey, CLI, CFE
Profiles the selfless efforts of Eddy McClain whose twenty-five years of service on the board of the National Council of Investigative and Security Specialists (NCISS) have contributed so much to advancing the profession. Issue 62, July/Aug 02

To Deceive or Nor … Oregon's GATTI Case by Thia Bell
Discusses the implications of Oregon's Gatti Rule – the “anti-lying rule” that was interpreted to include prosecutors, so that no Oregon lawyer or his or her agent could engage in, encourage or sanction deceptive practice by police or other investigators. Issue 62, July/Aug 02

Private Security Industry Act, 2001: The United Kingdom's Licensing Law
by Tony Imossi, ABI President
This international section feature discusses the background of the Act and explains its current implications and licensing conditions. The Association of British Investigators (ABI) has devoted considerable time and effort to preparing and publishing an explanation of this Act. Issue 62, July/Aug 02

Fair Credit Reporting Act Still Bedevils U.S. Private Investigators by Steve L. Kirby, CFE, Associate Editor
Explains the implications of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FRCA) on investigative work and provides advice on how to stay in compliance. Issue 63, Sept/Oct 02

S848 Senate Hearings Important to Investigators by Eddy McClain
Describes the impact of the July 15, 2002 hearings before the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Social Security and Family Policy in Washington, D.C. on Senator Diane Feinstein's S848, a bill seeking to halt misuse of Social Security numbers. Highlights testimony by Norm Willox, Jr., Chief Officer for Privacy, Industry, and Regulatory Affairs for LexisNexis and member of the National Council of Investigation and Security Services (NCISS), as well as the Council of International Investigators (CII). Issue 63, Sept/Oct 02

Michigan Association Has Others Asking – How Did Your Do That? by Peter Psarouthakis
How the Michigan Council of Private Investigators (MCPI) battled the Michigan state legislature to stop a bill that, among other things, proposed a 1000 percent increase in licensing fees for PIs. They not only quashed components of SB929, but also played a major role in rewriting the bill to modernize and professionalize the Private Detective Act. Issue 63, Sept/Oct 02

Proposed Legislation would Close Massachusetts Records by Sharon Sergeant
Describes what would be the effects of Massachusetts House bill H5158 that would close access to Massachusetts vital records to all but a short list of “authorized” individuals. Issue 63, Sept/Oct 02

Legislative News from the Maryland Association
Details the proposed bill (H.B. 429) to change licensing requirements for private detectives and agencies. Also discusses the veto of H.B. 211/S.B. 427 that would have increased the privacy protections for MVA records. Issue 64, Nov/Dec 02

Washington Update by Larry Sabbath NCISS Washington RepresentativeBoth brief articles discuss lobbying efforts by the National Council of Investigation and Security Services (NCISS) to correct the consequences of the 1996 amendments to the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Issue 66, Mar/April 03

Analysis of the NH Boyer Decision by Jordan G. Ulery
How the February 18, 2003 New Hampshire U.S. District Court's opinions will impact PIs. Issue 67, May/June 03

FTC Announces Support of FCRA Fix
by Jimmie N. Mesis, Publisher, PI Magazine Issue 68, July/Aug 03

U.S.A. Patriot Act: Role of the investigator by Douglas O. Crewse, CLI
Understanding a new law and new opportunities for investigators. Issue 69, Sept/Oct 03

President Signs FCRA Bill!
by Don C. Johnson, Editor, PI Magazine
On December 4th President Bush signed the reauthorization of the Fair Credit Reporting Act. This culminates a nearly six year struggle by NCISS, on behalf of all professional investigators, and a coalition of business organizations to correct the unintended consequences of the 1996 Amendments to the FCRA. Issue 71, Jan/Feb 04

ANATOMY OF A LAW CHANGE by Eddy McClain, NCISS Legislative Committee
The process of changing a law and the importance of lobbyists for professional investigators.. Issue 71, Jan/Feb 04

CONGRESSMAN PETE SESSIONS: CIVIL RIGHTS and EMPLOYMENT INVESTIGATION CLARIFICATION ACT part of new FCRA Bill
Pete Sessions added legislation to the Fair Credit Reporting Act that allows employers to use licensed professionals to investigate their employees. Issue 71, Jan/Feb 04

THE FCRA CHANGES ARE IN EFFECT But Salvaging Credit Headers Is In Doubt by Eddy McClain
Employers no longer need to provide suspects with a investigative report, but other bills are still threatening the profession. Issue 73, May/June 04

NCISS SUPPORTS THE NATIONAL SEX OFFENDERS REGISTRY ACT
Find out why the National Council of Investigation and Security Services supports the Bill and why you should too. Issue 74, July/August 04


Marketing:
Being Your Own Publicist
by Scott E. Green
Basic tips on preparing and sending press releases to announce your business' opening. Includes tips on how to gain assistance and advice on writing. Issue 66, Mar/April 03

Tucker Pens Unique Marketing Tool
by Grace E. Castle CLI Editor
Using a self-promotional booklet as an effective way to market your business. Issue 66, Mar/April 03

PR FOR A PI by Joan Riley
How to recognize opportunities to advertise for free and the principles of press release writing. Issue 73, May/June 04

BAPTISM BY FIRE: Marketing Your Investigative Business and Yourself
By Mickey Veich, CLI
Ways to start getting assignments and your name out after you receive your PI license.
Issue 75, Sept/Aug 04

NETWORKING LIKE A PROFESSIONAL
By Jimmie Mesis, Editor-in Chief, PI Magazine
Tips on how to take advantage of one of the most valuable marketing tools for a professional investigator. Issue 77, Jan/Feb 05

How to Improve - Instantly - All of Your Marketing Materials
By Tony Rubleski
The various types of headlines and how to properly write the critical secret for advertising success. Issue 81, Sept/Oct 05

PI Marketing: Building Your Agency from Referrals By Jimmie Mesis, PI Magazine Editor-in-Chief
The easiest and cheapest way to build your clientele. Issue 83, Jan/Feb 06

Writing an Effective Press Release By Christy Whitehead
Maximize the effect of a press release by learning how to correctly write for the media. Issue 84, March/April 06

Voicemail Magic: How to get hard to reach prospects to return your phone calls — quickly!
By Tony Rubleski
Techniques that will greatly increase your odds on the number of call backs you receive. Issue 84, March/April 06

Marketing to Insurance Companies: Understanding Lines of Insurance is Often the Key to Success By Daniel W. Draz, MS, CFE
The key to generating business from insurance companies lies in understanding the two main insurance categories and the varying types of coverage within each. Issue 86, July/Aug 06

Marketing to Insurance Companies: Doing Your Homework is Paramount By Dan Draz
The final installment of this two part series covers many key aspects to consider before marketing to insurance companies. Issue 87, Sept/Oct 06

Media and the PI:

THE MEDIA AND THE PI by Becky Blanton
Making yourself and the profession look good by handling the media the right way. Issue 73, May/June 04

PIs AND REALITY TV by Logan Clarke
The dos and don'ts that anyone who is offered a shot at participating in a PI reality show should know. Issue 73, May/June 04

Doing Media the Right Way By Kyle Niederpruem
Tips for when you absolutely have to do a television, print or web interview. Issue 85, May/June 06

Missing Persons / Abductions:
PARENTAL ABDUCTIONS
by Ed Wunsch
With continual budget cuts and law enforcement downsizing, police departments are re-prioritizing their services creating a more active role for the private investigator in abduction cases. The author reviews what an investigator should do first and how to deal with the “left behind” parent as well as law enforcement. Also covered are several key issues you must consider when conducting a missing child investigation that may differ from a missing person case. Issue 74, July/August 04

STRANGER ABDUCTIONS: PRIVATE INVESTIGATORS CAN IMPACT PREDATORY KIDNAPPING CASES
by Don C. Johnson, Editor, PI Magazine
Marc Klaas experienced an abduction as a parent when there was not a national model to follow on investigation of predator kidnappings. These events led to a new mission in his life to inform families how to prevent an abduction and what steps to take when the worse does happen. Issue 74, July/August 04

WHERE ARE ALL THE MISSING CHILDREN? by Deborah Aylward
A look at HomeFires, an organization founded on the belief that private investigators can assist with the problem of family abducted children. Issue 74, July/August 04

Follow-Up to Our Series in the Last Issue on Missing Children
Bob Heales, who made national headlines helping solve the Dru Sjodin disappearance, is now working another high-profile case.
Issue 75, Sept/Oct 04

VANISHED: Using Reverse Geographical Profiling as an Investigative Tool for Locating Missing Persons
By Dr. Maurice Godwin
Geographic profiling is a tool used increasingly by many police departments to focus upon a serial offender’s most likely area of residence, work, social venues, and travel routes. It has been successfully used by Dr. Godwin and others to narrow the area of search for a victim. Issue 80, July/Aug 05

THE EYES HAVE IT! How One Man’s Vision Made a Difference By Warren J. Sonne, BCPI, CLI Associate Editor, Law Enforcement
One man’s idea, supported by a private foundation, combined with a technology company and a national missing persons group created a new national database that will contain the voluntary biometric identifiers of our nation’s children. Issue 82, Nov/Dec 05

Looking for Leads: Investigating Missing Person Cases By Dan S. Willis
Missing person cases leave little in evidence, but a lifetime of leads for investigators. Issue 85, May/June 06

Mystery Shopping / Loss Prevention:
Mystery Shopping: A Viable Sideline?
by Joan Riley
Describes advantages and disadvantages of this possible source of additional income, using the same skills that are second nature to professional investigators. Includes web sites at which one can register and comments from experienced mystery shoppers. Issue 66, Mar/April 03

Loss Prevention Investigations By Eric Nikita Maynes
The three principal areas of concern for investigators working in loss prevention. Issue 84, March/April 06


Personal Injury:
Bone Doctor Pioneers Courtroom Exhibits by James W. Harbert, CLI, FCI
Describes Dr. Mike Kerrigan's contributions to the practice of personal injury law; participating in some of the largest civil verdicts in the history of American jurisprudence with the use of exact multi-dimensional, operable models of victims' injuries involving bones. Provides tips for investigators who seek to better illustrate medical malpractice and personal injury cases. Issue 64, Nov/Dec 02

INVESTIGATING THE TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY CASES By Grace Elting Castle
What you need to know if you are going to investigate what has become a silent epidemic that needs well-trained investigators to assist in determining cause, damages, and malpractice issues. Issue 79, May/June 05

Pet / Animal Investigations:
PET DETECTIVES UNLEASHED: Missing pet cases are profitable for professional investigators By Barbara E. Cohen
Strategies that pet detectives use to increase their odds of reuniting owners with their pets and what investigators should know about this specialty. Issue 82, Nov/Dec 05

Horses and Cows and Emu Eggs...Creating an animal investigation specialty By Grace Elting Castle
If you love animals, or have a background related to animals or animal-related issues, you should consider adding the specialty of “animal case investigations” to your list of services.
Issue 83, Jan/Feb 06


Photography / Evidence Photography:
Digital Photography for Investigators
by James W. Harbert , CLI ®
Will film be obsolete in ten years? Discusses the advantages of use of digital photography for the professional investigator and provides pointers. Issue 63, Sept/Oct 02

Documenting Personal Injuries with Photos by Robert L. Parke, CL I, BCEP
Tips and tricks to get good quality evidence photos. Issue 68, July/Aug 03

Is Digital Really the Answer? by Francis D. “Frank” Ritter, CLI, CII
Describes problems with digital evidence photography. Issue 68, July/Aug 03


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Issue 84 Topics: More Ways to Search SEC Filings, Know the law, Government Crime Databases:Beyond Sex Offender Registries, No cell phone directory. Issue 84, March/April 06

Issue 85 Topics: New York Times Online Expands Business Research Features and Adds Video, Free 50 State Legislation Keyword Tracking Tool, Handbook on Capital Punishment Law for Federal Courts Issue 85, May/June 06

Polygraph:
THE PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR, CRIMINAL DEFENSE INVESTIGATIONS AND FAIRY TAILS

A Polygraph Examination Can Be A Good Thing by Paul J. Ciolino
The biggest problem that a defense team faces is that their clients often lie to them. The polygraph is a valuable investigative tool that could help save time and money. Issue 74, July/Aug 04

TO TELL THE TRUTH
By Shaun Kaufman and Colleen Collins
An Interview with independent polygraph examiner Lawson Hagler. Issue 79, May/June 05

Pretext:
Straight Talk from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission
by Jimmie Mesis
An interview with Joel Winston, Associate Director, Division of Financial Practice at the FTC, who answers many of the questions and concerns professional investigators throughout the U.S. have voiced. He expresses the Commission's position on such topics as the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Gramm-Leach-Bliley, the Amy Boyer case in New Hampshire and other areas of concern, such as pretexting. Issue 66, Mar/April 03

THE FTC ON PRETEXTING: THE PI MAGAZINE INTERVIEW WITH JOEL WINSTON
By Jimmie Mesis, Editor-in Chief, PI Magazine
An interview with the Associate Director of the FTC, Division of Financial Practices, that clarifies the concerns and confusion surrounding the effective investigative practice of pretexting. Issue 77, Jan/Feb 05

USING PRETEXT IN INSURANCE INVESTIGATIONS: IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS FOR EFFECTIVE USE
By Daniel W. Draz, CFE
The proper use of a pretext to obtain non-financial information. Issue 77, Jan/Feb 05


Private Investigator Stories / Issues:

A Violation of Trust: California Investigator Jailed
by Grace Elting Castle, CLI ® and Francie Koehler
Mary “Francie” Koehler, well-known leader of the California Association of Licensed Investigators (CALI), who was jailed in April, 2002 on suspicion of transporting drugs into a California jail, tells the story of her ordeal. Issue 62, July/Aug 02

The Changing Face of Professional Investigations
You Can Be Sued for Doing Your Job—Ask Blue Moon Investigations! by Grace Elting Castle, CLI, Editor, PI Magazine
The real story of the PIs who videotaped Clara Harris as she ran over her husband in a Texas hotel parking lot. Issue 67, May/June 03

Fight PI Burnout! by Frank MacHovec, PhD
How to combat the effects of stress.Issue 68, July/Aug 03

Clients are People: Handle with Care by Skipp Porteous
Taking a new look at the people we serve. Issue 69, Sept/Oct 03

The Next Generation: by Grace Castle, CLI
Meet the future of PI's. Issue 69, Sept/Oct 03

WHOSE PERSPECTIVE ARE YOU USING? By Grace Elting Castle
How investigators can avoid being undermined by their own perspective when trying to gather the facts. Issue 76, Nov/Dec 04

RETURN TO SENDER By Warren J. Sonne, Associate Editor, PI Magazine
An attempt to answer the question, “is it illegal to peek into mailboxes during an investigation?” Discussing the questions of who owns a residential mailbox, when mail is considered delivered, what mail tampering consists of and the laws involved. Issue 77, Jan/Feb 05

ARE WE DOOMED TO EXTINCTION? By Jordan Ulery
Privacy legislation, closed government, national security, and general paranoia is killing off the private investigator. Issue 78, March/April 05

COURTHOUSE CRISIS: The Atlanta courthouse shootings focused attention on security problems in state courthouses
The ten new measures that need to be followed to improve courtroom safety.
Issue 79, May/June 05


KNOWING WHEN TO SAY NO By Robert A. Dudash, CFE, CII
Why private investigators need to practice due diligence in order to maintain the integrity of the profession and the trust of clients. Issue 80, July/Aug 05

FIRST TIMERS AT THE WIC By Jane Cracraft, Associate Editor for Legal Investigations
Accounts from new PIs on their experience at the World Investigators Conference. Issue 82, Nov/Dec 05

Walking with the Dead By Jesus R. Castillo
A defense investigator contacts the murder victim’s parents, with surprising results. Issue 83, Jan/Feb 06

No Mistaking It By Clay Renick
Stories of common mistakes made by investigators, and how those mistakes prove to be a valuable opportunity to learn. Issue 86, July/Aug 06

The Price of Privacy By Robert Scott
The contention between freedom of information and the right to privacy threatens to compromise how investigators do their work. Issue 86, July/Aug 06

Private Investigator History:
Harroll Shares his PI Museum
by Grace Elting Castle, CLI ® , Editor
Profiles San Diego PI Ben Harroll, of Gaslamp Quarter Investigations who has collected a treasure trove of photos, books, PI reports from the 1800s, and many other items related to the history of the profession over the last 25 years. He is seeking local PI volunteers to form their own “mini-museums” that can eventually be linked to the PI Museum. Includes a profile of the world's first PI, Eugene Francois Vidocq. Issue 63, Sept/Oct 02

KATE WARNE, PI: The First Female Private Investigator Had a Baltimore Connection
By Lynn H. Levy
A PI profile of Kate Warne, who had a part in stopping a plot to assassinate President-elect Abraham Lincoln. Issue 77, Jan/Feb 05

Process Serving:
Process Serving 101
by Joseph P. Butler
Discusses the advantages of adding professional service of process to the list of available services from your investigative agency. Provides pointers that define the difference between a “professional” process server and just another process server. Issue 62, July/Aug 02

Pro Bono Investigations:
TEAM ADAM: John Walsh Challenges PIs to Volunteer
By Jane Cracraft, Associate Editor for Legal Investigations
Walsh urges qualified PIs to get involved with a group who volunteer to help locate missing children and see that crimes against them are prosecuted. Issue 82, Nov/Dec 05

Pro Bono: Studying the Volunteer Efforts of Private Investigators By Jane Cracraft
Stories of investigators volunteering their time and resources across the country. Issue 85, May/June 06

Professional Investigator Profile:
Bombet's Secret to Success: Respect for Others!
by Kitty Hailey, CLI, CFE
A profile of internationally renown investigator Julius “Buddy” Bombet, the firebrand of the Louisiana investigative community who catapulted the profession into the next millennium by being a part of the original licensing board and formulating new laws, new requirements and continuing educational programs for licensed private investigators. Issue 64, Nov/Dec 02

Lifetime Achievement Award Presented to Jack H. Reed by John Lajoie
Profiles certified private investigator, lawyer and businessman, Jack Reed, who was presented with the Julius “Buddy” Bombet Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2002 Super Conference in New Orleans. Issue 64, Nov/Dec 02

Professionalism: The Kitty Hailey Hallmark
by Stacy Neuberger
A look at the life and career of one of the industry's female pioneers and newest best selling author. Issue 69, Sept/Oct 03

Nicholas Beltrante by Ralph Thomas
The long and amazing career of a D.C., private investigator. Issue 71, Jan/Feb 04

BRANDON PERRON: Investigator, Philosopher, Crusader for Truth by Glenn R. Swift
A genuine philosopher of the profession, Brandon has gained distinction overthe years as one of the nation’s top private investigators. Issue 74, July/Aug 04

WORD FOR WORD: A Profile of Don Foster, Forensic Linguist By Atticus Brady
Foster is widely considered a leading authority in the science of attaching names to anonymous, pseudonymous, or forged criminal documents, a field known as “forensic linguistics.” Issue 76, Nov/Dec 04

THE LIFE AND TIMES OF LEROY COOK By Jane Cracraft
The profile of a private investigator who promoted the use of technology in the field and the events of his life that led to where he is today. Issue 79, May/June 05

JIM CARINO: LIVING HIS LIFE’S WORK By Kitty Hailey
A profile of a PI who lives by his convictions and is founder of the International Intelligence Network, among many other association positions.Issue 82, Nov/Dec 05


Report Writing:
THE ART OF REPORT WRITING
By John Nardizzi, Esq.
What to do and what to avoid when writing reports, since clients appreciate an investigator who can succinctly
report all the facts. Issue 75, Sept/Oct 04

INSURANCE INVESTIGATION REPORT WRITING
Helpful Hints From the Case Files
Daniel W. Draz, CFE, Associate Editor
Hints on how to generate a quality report in a timely manner, distinguishing you from the rest of the pack. Issue 81, Sept/Oct 05

Schools, Education, Training for Investigators:
Certification Acronyms by Grace E. Castle CLI Editor
A partial list of certifications that may be available to the professional investigator in the U.S. Issue 65, Jan/Feb 03

INVESTIGATOR TRAINING COMES OF AGE: Creating the Professional, One Person at a Time
By Kitty Hailey, CLI, CFE
The next generation of investigative training is a uniquely well-organized college level program for the aspiring private investigator.Issue 81, Sept/Oct 05

Breaking into the PI Business: Only the Best and Brightest Succeed By Stephen Markley
A college student and part-time investigator discusses what it takes to break into the field of private investigation. Issue 85, May/June 06

Security:
Now's the Time to Become a Security Consultant!
By Kelly E. Riddle
How to provide a service in growing demand since Sept. 11, 2001. Provides tips for marketing these services to the corporate world, evaluating product security, insurance/risk management, terrorist threats, facility security, including sample security evaluation proposal format. Includes recommendations on report writing and oral presentation. Issue 66, Mar/April 03

The “Real” ID Act By Mark Sankey
New federal regulations creating tighter standards relating to the issuance of driver’s licenses and identification cards. Issue 84, March/April 06

Unity of Effort: Private Security, Private Investigative and Law Enforcement Partnerships By Vincent Boves
The whole is greater than the sum of its parts when investigators and agencies pool resources and share information.
Issue 87, Sept/Oct 06

Nation’s Top Security Directors Saw Increased Compensation
As security concerns around the world increase, so too does the price companies are willing to pay top security officers. Issue 87, Sept/Oct 06

Software for Investigators:
Software Review
-ChoicePoint CORE Suite
by Eugene Nielsen
A link analysis desktop application. Issue 68, July/Aug 03

Specialty Investigations:
Toxic Mold Investigations: There's a Fungus Among Us!
by Larry Troxel, CLI
Increasing litigation in regard to toxic mold claims has placed this specialized investigation area in growing demand. Issue 68, July/Aug 03

Pursuing the Counterfeitersby Paul Paradise
A field opening up to private investigation. Issue 68, July/Aug 03

Build a Niche Investigate Music Piracy by Glenn Eiden
A specialty that can be rewarding. Issue 68, July/Aug 03

Innovative Investigating by Denny Howley, Ph.D
Incorporate your hobby into your investigating. Issue 69, Sept/Oct 03

INVESTIGATING IN INDIAN COUNTRY Know what you are doing by Grace Elting Castle , CLI
An overview to assist you in understanding Indian law and culture for investigating the nearly six hundred sovereign nations in the United States. Issue 73, May/June 04

CARBON MONOXIDE ACCIDENTS: EVEN OUTDOORS By Jane Cracraft, Associate Editor, PI Magazine
Until recently, few investigators suspected carbon monoxide unless the death occurred in an enclosed place. In the late 1990s, researchers for the CDC began to study carbon monoxide as a factor in boating and swimming deaths. A new area of outdoor hazards has been identified. Issue 77, Jan/Feb 05

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE SURVEILLANCE SNACK?
The story of how Private Investigator Greg Schmauss went to a CALI meeting and, unexpectedly, became a spokesperson for the Quaker Oatmeal Company. Issue 77, Jan/Feb 05

FINDING FAKES AND FORGERIES: By Joe Devanney
The secrets of how fakers have gotten away making forgeries in the past and how new forensic tools are now aiding
investigators on forgery cases. Issue 77, Jan/Feb 05

DARKSIDE OF THE SEX TRADE By Clay Renick
The challenging and vital role of the private investigator in the international, multi-billion dollar industry of human trafficking. Issue 78, March/April 05

Stun Guns /Tasers:
EXPERTS DISCUSS STUN GUNS

A discussion with experts from medical, law enforcement, policy, academia, and industry on the latest issues associated with stun guns. Issue 79, May/June 05

TARGETING TASERS: Use of stun guns drawing lawsuits and big-money settlements By Michael Koryta
Professional investigators may soon be provided with new business opportunities, assisting trial attorneys in lawsuits against police departments that have used stun guns for non-lethal force. Issue 79, May/June 05


Surveillance:
Surviving Surveillance… Tips for Success
by Chuck McKenzie
Tips for successful surveillance operations, including how to select the vehicle, preparing the vehicle for duty, good uses of pretext, window tinting and interior lighting, creating scenarios for the surveillance vehicle, keeping seasonably cool or warm, on-the-road video taping, identifying the target vehicle and more. Issue 64, Nov/Dec 02

Surveillance and Trespassing by Ron R. Buretta
Discusses the changing constraints on professional investigators in regard to the key issues of trespassing and invasion of privacy in the wake of the 2002 settlement of a lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court of Southern Illinois. The court's ruling, allowing for punitive damages, changes the rules of what constitutes a reasonable expectation of privacy. The article advises professional investigators how to avoid such charges. Issue 65, Jan/Feb 03

TOP TEN RURAL SURVEILLANCE By Cynthia Potts
Tips that could help any investigator conducting surveillance in rural areas. Issue 79, May/June 05

SURVEILLANCE TIPS By Keith Norman
Tips from an experienced investigator that will help anyone conducting surveillance. Issue 81, Sept/Oct 05

Satellite Images for Investigators By Jimmie Mesis, PI Magazine Editor-in-Chief?
An investigation or surveillance tool that can be invaluable to a PI.Issue 83, Jan/Feb 06

Secrets of the Surveillance Superstars: Hints for Achieving Better Results By Daniel W. Draz
The difference between being a great investigator and being a superstar lies in preparation,intuition and a bit of “dazzle.”
Issue 85, May/June 06

Video Surveillance By Donald E. Kneece
The proper equipment, knowledge and considerations to get video in different situations. Issue 85, May/June 06

Difficulties of Rural Surveillance By Jennifer Tanner
Areas of concern when conducting surveillance in rural domains. Issue 85, May/June 06

Technology and Investigators:
Ground Penetrating Radar by Kelly Snider
As a result of a number of lab studies to determine what are the electrical properties of various components of the human body, ground penetrating radar technology can now be used effectively to locate a buried corpse or hidden evidence in cases where it is essential that the body, and the evidence with it, remain intact. Issue 63, Sept/Oct 02

Covert Tracking Goes High Tech by Eugene Nielsen
An explanation of the function and legal considerations in using the Global Positioning System. Issue 68, July/Aug 03

A LOOK AT NIGHT VISION by Kelly Riddle
A look at the most current night vision technology and a comparison of what is available. Issue 72, Mar/April 04

THE ORIGINAL RECORDING
By Mitch Davis
A look at why it is important to keep your original audio and video recordings. Issue 80, July/Aug 05

A CASE STUDY: “WHEN THE EVIDENCE SPEAKS” By Gregg Stutchman and Steve Buller
Lessons learned from a real-life case on the importance of correctly using technology as evidence at trial. Issue 81, Sept/Oct 05

UNMANNED REMOTE SURVEILLANCE: A Giant Leap Ahead in Surveillance Technology By Stephen Cassell
A new investigative technology available as an affordable option to many claim handlers to more effectively fight the war on fraud. Issue 82, Nov/Dec 05


Telephone Records:
Getting Local Called Telephone Records - Legally
by Michele Yontef
Explains how to use the civil subpoena process to identify the source of calls previously received as “blocked.” Also defines common “local call record” abbreviations and provides other phone number tracing tips, including how to identify sources of unpublished and unlisted numbers. Issue 63, Sept/Oct 02

Terrorism:
EXPOSING TERRORISTS IN THE ECONOMIC SYSTEM
By Dean C. Alexander
A look at the private investigator’s role in assisting to uncover U.S. based terror operatives and their assets. Issue 75, Sept/Aug 04


TACTICS FOR THE INTERROGATION OF ISLAMIC FUNDAMENTALIST TERRORISTS By Philip A. Mullenix
How a first responder, whether law enforcement officer or security professional, should approach the interrogation of an Islamic fundamentalist by analysis of the terrorist’s training, his commitment, and his vulnerability. Issue 79, May/June 05

STOPPING SUICIDE ATTACKS THROUGH TRAINING
A new training program for first responders in the event that a suicide bomber attacks inside the US using both predetonation and post-detonation responses. Issue 79, May/June 05

COUNTERFEITING OF GOODS: The Risks and Links to Terrorist Funding By Jeffrey A. Williiams, CPP
Terrorist groups are counterfeiting goods as the preferred method of a reliable, low key source of funding. Issue 81, Sept/Oct 05


Testify in Cout:
Coping Skills for Your Day in Court
by Frank J. MacHovec, Ph.D.
Advice on how to prepare to testify in court as well as preparing every report with the thought that it may go to court as part of your summons to personally appear there. Provides tips on how to defy tactics of verbal abuse commonly used against witnesses. Issue 65, Jan/Feb 03

Sharp Testimony: When Do You Need A Knife Expert? by Bernard Levine
An expert presents his areas of value to the professional investigator. He describes how he has been called in to testify in cases involving some mystery or ambiguity about the knife, or the brand name, involved. Issue 66, Mar/April 03

10 Rules for Testifying in Court by Eugene Nielsen
They do's and don't of taking the stand. Issue 69, Sept/Oct 03

GETTING READY FOR COURT By Michael Koryta
How to be prepared with a court-ready work product, whether it involves reports and statements or includes an afternoon on the witness stand. Issue 82, Nov/Dec 05

Threat Assessment / Stalking:
Threat Assessment: Case Management By Eugene Neilsen
Effective methods to help investigators assess attackers and the varying degrees of threats. Issue 85, May/June 06



Undercover Investigations:
BITING THE HAND THAT FEEDS YOU: An Undercover Investigation Gone Bad May Result in Evidentiary and Monetary Sanctions By Jennifer B. Bechet
How to conduct an investigation in order to avoid acrimonious proceedings, monetary sanction, and the loss of evidence acquired during an investigation. Issue 78, March/April 05

A HELPFUL HAND: Results While Undercover May Not be What you Expect By Steven W. Easley
Tips from an actual undercover case that illustrate what an investigator should focus on. Issue 78, March/April 05

Seven Essentials for Undercover Corporate Investigations By Steven W. Easley
Elements an operative should consider before undertaking a corporate undercover assignment. Issue 85, May/June 06

Voyeurism:
Investigating Video Voyeurism

By Jimmie Mesis, PI Magazine Editor-In-Cheif
As hidden cameras fall into the wrong hands, investigators who have been using this covert technology for years find themselves searching for the same types of devices. Issue 85, May/June 06

Workplace Investigations:
50 Honest Truths About Employee Dishonesty

by Steve Kirby, CFE Associate Editor, Fraud Section, PI Magazine Issue 69, Sept/Oct 03

UNDERSTANDING EMPLOYEE THEFT

by Robert “Jerry” DeFatta, CFE, CRT
A look at the reasons why employees steal from their companies and how they get away with it. Issue 71, Jan/Feb 04

WORKPLACE VIOLENCE

by Eugene F. Ferraro, CFE, CPP
An in depth look at why employees become aggressors, how to recognize those who have, and how to prevent the known aggressor from progressing to violent outbursts. Issue 72, Mar/April 04

THE PROGRESSIVE NATURE OF EMPLOYEE THEFT
by Robert DeFatta, CFE, CRT
An investigator’s insight into why good employees act out of character and commit thefts. Issue 73, May/June 04

MOUNTING AN UNDER-COVER INVESTIGATION IN THE WORKPLACE
An interview with Eugene F. Ferraro discussing when an investigation is the best option, and how to be successful. Issue 73, May/June 04

WORKPLACE DISCRIMINATION INVESTIGATIONS: A Careful Approach By Robert Boertien
A sensitive approach is needed when investigating a sexual harassment or other work-related discrimination claim. Issue 78, March/April 05

SEXUAL HARASSMENT INVESTIGATIONS: A wide and weaving world
By Jane Cracraft, Associate Editor for Legal Investigations
Learn what an investigator must know when investigating the broad field of sexual harassment cases where the facts of the case are rarely exactly as they first appear.
Issue 83, Jan/Feb 06



 
         
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