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Case Studies in Drowning Forensics by Kevin Gannon

By Kevin Gannon

When a corpse is located in a physique of water, professionals commonly presume that the way of demise used to be both an twist of fate or a suicide. they don't deal with the restoration website as a possible crime scene or murder, such a lot of instances stay unsolved. Case stories in Drowning Forensics investigates the situations of thirteen our bodies recovered from water in comparable conditions and one survivor. The manufactured from in depth box research and archival learn, this can be the 1st e-book that provides and explains forensic post-mortem facts linked to the "Smiley Face" murders.

Each bankruptcy starts with history info at the sufferer within the case and discusses while and the place the sufferer used to be final obvious and the way the physique used to be recovered. this is often by way of in-depth research of the facts discovered and the peculiarities of every case. Gannon and Gilbertson problem professionals’ determinations concerning reason and demeanour of dying by way of severely reading post-mortem, toxicology, and legislation enforcement stories and images. additionally they show proof now not formerly made public—including seek efforts, mobile phone files, GPS info, and extra drug assessments. construction on each one successive case research, they clarify relationships between postmortem artifacts in a photo format.

Presenting the interior fact at the situations and the proof, the publication permits readers to figure out for themselves no matter if the deaths of those younger males have been injuries or homicides.

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Gannon was assigned to Pat McNeil’s case, since at the time he was a Detective Supervisor with the Missing Persons Squad, Special Investigations Division, NYPD Headquarters. However, the case became the responsibility of the Brooklyn precinct where Pat’s body was recovered and Gannon was taken off the case. He made a promise to the parents, Patrick (Pat) and Jacqueline (Jackie) McNeil, that he would find out what had happened to Pat and that he would try to bring in those who had done this to him.

He also walked north from 96th Street all the way up to the Willis Avenue Bridge, and south from 96th Street all the way down to 42nd Street along the shoreline, except for the area where the Franklin D. Roosevelt East River Drive is inaccessible on foot because it runs right along the river. He did not find any vomitus anywhere. When was Pat’s last meal and what was it? Did police attempt to discover this while interviewing witnesses? Were there any partially digested food particles in his small intestine or colon?

He constructed a spreadsheet, recorded some initial data, did some quick analysis, and concluded he might be correct. He then assigned the task of a deeper analysis to two graduate students in his “Spatio-Temporal Crime Analysis” (CJS 596) course. Guiding them with additional analytical modeling, he oversaw their work and the presentation of their findings in May 2006 to the Saint Cloud Police Department’s Chief of Police, Intelligence Crime Analyst, and a reporter from KMSP Fox 9 News in the Twin Cities.

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