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In this course, a multifaceted approach will be discussed to establish an investigative framework from which a homicide investigator can conduct an all-encompassing investigation into the killing of a human being. To accomplish this, multiple areas of a homicide investigation will be discussed that are foundational to identifying, understanding, and prosecuting persons criminally responsible for the death of another. 

From the initial response, understanding and managing the scene, interpreting wound evidence, applying behavioral and forensic examinations at the crime scene, prioritizing investigative measures, interview strategies, and necessary case management. This course will also provide an understanding of forensic pathology for investigators and how your investigation adds to or undermines autopsy findings. 

Additionally, the course will engage the participants in an interactive classroom where actual cases are reviewed and analyzed to augment the lecture and teaching points. 

Topics Include:

  • Scene and Case Management for the lead investigator 
  • Creating a case that will stand for 50 years 
  • The most common mistakes made at a homicide scene 
  • Scene Assessment What looks right, what looks wrong 
  • Principles and components of a homicide Investigation
  • Area Canvassing What it really is and how to do it
  • How a multi-disciplinary approach is better No room for rogue detectives 
  • Suicide v. Autoerotic v. Homicide 
  • Staged Scenes and Alterations
  • Cold case considerations 
  • What blood patterns can tell us in 10 minutes 
  • Fatal Fire Considerations 
  • Postmortem Scene level Examinations 
  • What evidence is on the body at the scene but not at Autopsy
  • Wound assessment at the scene level 
  • Forensic pathology for investigators 
  • Interrogation Considerations and Question Formulation
  • Sexual Homicide Investigations 
  • Common murders common causes. 

Who Should Attend This Course

  • Law Enforcement Patrol and Supervisors
  • Lead Detectives and Criminal Investigators
  • Coroner and Medical Examiner Investigators


Darren Dake D-ABMDI, CI, CCI

Darren Dake is a law enforcement professional with over 35 years experience in criminal and medicolegal death investigation. Darren has worked in both the law enforcement realm of investigations as well as in the role of senior investigator with the Coroner’s office for over 24 years. This combined investigative experience has uniquely established Darren as an expert in investigations which allows him to consult and teach internationally on investigation practices and procedures.

Rodger Windle Investigator

Rodger is a criminal investigator with over 44 years’ experience in criminal and fire investigations. Rodger is a certified instructor with the State of Missouri and is considered an expert in fire scene investigation and fire deaths. During his long career in criminal investigation Rodger has developed many cold case investigations and has work on hundreds of death investigations covering all manners of death. Rodger currently works in the cold case unit, oversees fire investigations, as well as reviewing major cases within the CID unit.

Karen Ross M.D Forensic Pathologist

Doctor Karen Ross is a board-certified forensic pathologist who has been working in the discipline of forensic pathology since 1993 where she began her career as a Medical Examiner in Dallas at SWIFS. She returned to Louisiana in 2000 and joined LSUMC as an Assistant Professor in Clinical Pathology in January of 2001. In July 2002, Dr. Ross joined the staff of the Jefferson Parish Coroner’s Office as a Forensic Pathologist and Assistant Coroner and was employed there until May 2011, when she returned to the New Orleans Forensic Center as a Forensic Pathologist.


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Contact the organizer of this event at [email protected] 

Can I pay by check or purchase order?

Yes - If your agency or government body wishes to register and pay by check or purchase order, choose the pay by invoice option when registering. 

What's the refund policy?

A full refund will be given up to 30 days before the event; if less than 30 days before the start of the event, a credit will be given toward this - or another course in the future with one year; or may be used toward any of our online training courses.

Disclaimer: The instructors, authors, and DITA make no warranty, expressed or implied, to the students attending this training and accept no responsibility for its use or application. The student assumes sole responsibility for determining the appropriateness of any suggested methodology, calculation, or investigative application, for any conclusions drawn from the results of its use, and for any actions taken or not taken as a result of analysis performed using this investigative training.

Location Information

  • Pearl River County Sheriff's Department
  • 171 Savannah Millard Road, Poplarville, MS, 39470 US


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