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Criminal Investigative Failures

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THE BASICS Introduction, D. KIM ROSSMO Cognitive Biases: Perception, Intuition, and Tunnel Vision, D. KIM ROSSMO Organizational Traps: Groupthink, Rumor, and Ego, D. KIM ROSSMO Errors in Probability: Chance and Randomness in Forensics and Profiling, D. KIM ROSSMO COGNITIVE BIASES Cognitive Biases in Human Perception, Judgment, and Decision Making: Bridging Theory and the Real World, ITIEL E. DROR AND PETER A. F. FRASER-MACKENZIE Bounded Rationality and Criminal Investigations: Has Tunnel Vision Been Wrongfully Convicted? BRENT SNOOK AND RICHARD M. CULLEN On the Horns of a Narrative: Judgment, Heuristics, and Biases in Criminal Investigation, DAVID STUBBINS AND NELSON STUBBINS CASE STUDIES Who Killed Stephanie Crowe? GREGG O. MCCRARY Milgaard v. The Queen: Understanding a Wrongful Conviction for Sexual Homicide, NEIL BOYD AND D. KIM ROSSMO A False Confession to Murder in Washington, D.C., JAMES TRAINUM AND DIANA M. HAVLIN What Happened to Theresa Allore? JOHN ALLORE AND PATRICIA PEARSON Wrongful Innocence Claims: Roger Coleman and Benjamin LaGuer, D. KIM ROSSMO RECOMMENDATIONS How Police Departments Can Reduce the Risk of Wrongful Convictions, DOUG A. LEPARD AND ELIZABETH CAMPBELL Reducing Investigative Failures through Effective Major Case Leadership, JOHN C. HOUSE, JOSEPH EASTWOOD, AND BRENT SNOOK Necropsies and the Cold Case, JASON ROACH AND KEN PEASE Recommendations and Conclusion, D. KIM ROSSMO Bibliography


This book is absolutely required reading for any professional in the law enforcement, emergency services, forensic medicine, or forensic psychology field who has to make complex decisions. --Daniel Clark, Editor of International Journal of Emergency Mental Health, Vol. 11, No. 4, 2009 This topic is vitally important for not only understanding the causes and prevention of failures, but for understanding and measuring success. --John Eck, University of Cincinnati, Department of Criminal Justice The concepts and strategies outlined in this book are invaluable for helping to accomplish an investigator's primary objective: 'find the truth.' For those of us who care deeply about investigative excellence and justice, particularly police investigators, this book is a 'must read.' --Doug A. LePard, Deputy Chief Commanding Investigation Division, Vancouver Police Department, Canada, From the Preface

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