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     Lunch with the Chief

    November 2, 2023

    The Marco Police Foundation held their "Lunch with the Chief"
    today at the Hideaway Beach Club with Guest speakers covering
    the disturbing topic of Human Trafficking. My wife Laura and I
    joined with my fellow Directors and guests for an instructional
    afternoon and opportunity to socialize.


     People Magazine: Secrets of a Serial Killer


    Vernon J. Geberth participated in People Magazine's
     coverage of the Cottingham case. This recording was
     in their ID Discovery People Magazine Investigates.

    There was also a two-page print article where Vernon J.
     Geberth was quoted.

     Presentation at San Marco Church

    March 22, 2023

    In connection with the Lenten Observance, I presented my "Forensic Inquiry and
    Medicolegal Analysis of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ" at the Parish Hall at San
    Marco Church, depicting the medicolegal and forensic aspects of the Crucifixion.
    Pastor Timothy Navin presented the pastoral aspects explaining the scriptures of
    Mark, Luke and John and how Jesus humbled himself before the Roman Empire
    as the Chief Priests and scribes accused him of treason.

     A&E Cineflix Productions:  The Torso Killer Confessions

    March 9, 2023

    Private premier of the Cineflix production "The Torso Killer Confessions",
    a documentary of how the confessions of serial killer, Richard Cottingham,
    were obtained by Chief (Ret.) Rob Anzilotti of Bergen County Prosecutor's office.

     Vernon Geberth honored as the outgoing President of the Marco Police Foundation

    February 16, 2023

    Coming to Netflix
on December 29, 2021

    Crime Scene: The Times Square Killer -  Official Trailer

Netflix Series Shows the Dark Side of '70s New York in the Hunt for the Times Square Killer.

Netflix's true-crime series Crime Scene will return in December with an investigation into the Times Square Killer, also known as the Torso Killer, Richard Cottingham. The season begins with a gruesome discovery at a Times Square motel in 1979, which was set aflame to hide a much worse crime. Cottingham - who was notorious for dismembering his victims - was arrested in 1980, but has since that time has confessed to still more crimes. Oscar-nominated filmmaker Joe Berlinger returns to direct and executive-produce the three-part series, which focuses on the serial killer who largely preyed on sex workers in both New York and New Jersey.

One of the journalists interviewed for this program stated: "I had covered crime, but I had never covered crime as salacious and as evil and as brutal."

New York Post article on Netflix show: Porn & prostitutes: New doc reveals true depravity of 'Times Square Killer'
By Kirsten Fleming, December 29, 2021

Vernon J. Geberth received this plaque from The Grapevine Police and The Grapevine Citizens Police Academy Alumni in February of 2021

In appreciation for your years of dedication to the law enforcement community.  

We further thank you for the training you provided at your Grapevine Seminars, where more than 1000 law enforcement professionals have been trained. 

We especially thank you for helping us to remember

Vernon J. Geberth elected President of the Marco Island Police Foundation

Vernon J. Geberth was elected President of the Marco Island Police Foundation effective January 2021.

Geberth said; As a former Commander in the NYPD with over 50 years of law enforcement experience, I am thrilled to have been selected to serve as President of the Marco Island Police Foundation, which has proudly and steadfastly served The Marco Island Police Department since 2001.

Admittedly, I "Bleed Blue" and represent three generations of law enforcement service. Two of my sons served in the NYPD and New York State Police and I have two grandsons presently serving in the NYPD.

Currently, we witness many major cities in turmoil due to radical and anti-police rhetoric. We do not want that in our community here on Marco Island. I think that it is important that we recognize the contributions, service and dedication of our police officers who "Protect and Serve."

Geberth presided over the ceremony for Officer of the Year which was awarded to Detective Lorenzo Smith:

Officer of The Year Awarded - Coastal Breeze News, February 4, 2021

Smith Named Officer of the Year -
Marco Eagle, February 8, 2021

Serial Psyche
A documentary produced by Rob Kirk on serial murder

Sexual Sadists are the most common breed serial killers. These murderers are addicted to the thrill of inflicting pain before killing their victims. This Episode contrasts the twisted psyches of two of history's most heartless serial murderers, David Parker Ray, the Toy Box Killer and Dennis Rader, the BTK Strangler.
June 2020

Associates in Forensic Science, LLC

Licensed Legal Investigators & Expert Consultants, October 2019

Book Review:   RESISTANCE (AT ALL COSTS) - By Kimberley Strassell, Associates in Forensic Science, LLC
Book review by Vernon J. Geberth, M.S., M.P.S., October 21, 2019

Book Review:   American Predator: The Hunt for the Most Meticulous Serial Killer of the 21st Century - By Maureen Callahan
Book review by Vernon J. Geberth, M.S., M.P.S., July 22, 2019

Book Review:   Homicide: The View from Inside the Yellow Tape By Cloyd Steiger
Book review by Vernon J. Geberth, M.S., M.P.S., Jul 17, 2019

Geberth: Chicago Detective was Good Man, Good Cop, Good Friend
Article by Vernon Geberth, Forensic Magazine,, May 20, 2019

Pastor of San Marco Church and Vernon Geberth conducted a Passion presentation for over 100 parishioners
Mr. Vernon J. Geberth, M.S., M.P.S. is a retired Lieutenant Commander of the NYC Police Department and Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. He is an author, Educator, Consultant and Expert Witness on the subject of Homicide and Forensic Investigations. Father Timothy Navin is the Pastor of San Marco Church.

Pastor Timothy Navin will present the Passion of Christ, according to the scriptures of Mark, Luke and John, and will explain and describe the psychological and physical torture of Jesus and how he humbled himself before The Roman Empire as the Chief Priests and scribes accused Him of treason.

Pastor Navin will then continue to present the words of the Lord from scripture during the crucifixion.

Commander Geberth will present the Crucifixion in relation to the areas of forensic pathology, medicine, cardiology, anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, biophysics, computer science, inorganic and organic chemistry and botany, which will be the medicolegal analysis.
San Marco Church, March 13, 2019

Lunch with the Chief
Article by Lance Shearer, Marco Eagle,, February 14, 2019

Greenwich suitcase murder: Did the killer intentionally confuse cops?
Article by Jordan Fenster,, February 11, 2019

Getting away with murder: The majority of U.S. crimes go unsolved, including 4 out of 10 homicides and two-thirds of rapes, FBI data shows
Article by Valerie Bauman,, September 25, 2018

Rosario: Shuck the 'grandmother' thing in hunt for suspect in killings
Article by Ruben Rosario, Twin Cities Pioneer Press, April 18, 2018

The LBA News Magazine: The official publication of the Lieutenant's Benevolent Association
LBA News, Volume XXV11, No. 4, October-December, 2017

Marco Resident Awarded by Vidocq Society
Coastal Breeze News, October 27, 2017

The Case of the Cannibal School Teacher
"A murder like that doesn't just happen on the spur of the moment, according to veteran homicide investigator, educator and consultant Vernon Geberth. It builds, over time, moving toward reality in stages. The script that the offender had written was like "foreplay." Then there is a triggering episode - In Fentress's case a very specific trigger and suddenly the foreplay isn't enough."

~Vernon Geberth

Part 2: The typical serial killer: How preconceived ideas let murderers go free
Interview with Vernon Geberth,, August, 2017

Vidocq Lifetime Achievement Award
Vernon J. Geberth selected to be the recipient of the Vidocq Society's "Halbert E. Fillinger Lifetime Achievement Award." Ceremony to take place October, 2017.

The typical serial killer: How preconceived ideas let murderers go free
Interview with Mike Aamodt and Vernon Geberth,, August, 2017

In Minneapolis, Unusual Police Killing Raises an Old Outcry: Why?
Article by John Eligon, Vivian Yee and Matt Furber, The New York Times, July 22, 2017

First Digital version of the LBA News
LBA Magazine Online, July 14, 2017

The First Digital version of the LBA News was published this July and I was honored to have my article on DNA Technology published in this newsletter. As an Active Retiree of the NYPD Lieutenant's Benevolent Association, I was pleased to contribute to this publication and proud of my affiliation with the LBA.

-Vernon J. Geberth

Inside the mind of sexual serial killers: Crime Scene newsletter, July, 2017

Vernon J. Geberth was featured in Chapter 3 on the subject of Detecting as one of a group of select experts in a book Forensic Investigations: Method from Experts by Katherine Ramsland, Ph D.

Book Review on Amazon

Presentation of "30 Years of DNA Technology" at the "Lunch with the Chief"

Coastal Breeze News, May 4, 2017

Custom woodwork by Detective/Sergeant Eric "Roc" Schroeder, Michigan State Police Telephone (517) 803-9994.

30 Years of DNA Technology
Article by Vernon J. Geberth, M.S., M.P.S., Forensic Magazine Digital Edition, March 13, 2017

Familial Searching, Used in 10 States and Counting, Solves the Unsolvable
Article by Seth Augenstein, Senior Science Writer for Forensic Magazine Digital Edition December 8, 2016

Vernon Geberth proposes that all state agencies should avail themselves with this modern crime fighting tool and not be swayed by certain civil rights groups who complain that it's an intrusion of privacy. "Science is science," "It doesn't have an agenda and should be allowed to identify violent and dangerous offenders."

Staged Crime Scenes: Suicide, Murder or Disappearance?
Article by Seth Augenstein, Senior Science Writer for Forensic Magazine Digital Edition December 8, 2016

Vernon Geberth disputes an academic author's theory that there is an epidemic of staged Crime Scenes. "We've always had staged crime scenes. We have more cases now where people are trying to mislead cops," he said. "But it is not an epidemic."

Infamous Gliniewicz Investigation Ultimately Cost More Than $1M
Statement from Vernon Geberth on Chicago NBC 5 News, September 2016

Law Enforcement Officers as Offenders
PI Magazine, September/October 2016

Crime staging by offenders with law enforcement experience are problematic for investigators because the actual presentation and position of the body in the scene as well as the crime scene itself will imitate what an actual burglary, rape, robbery, accident or suicide scene should look like based on their experience with police procedures and prior events. The author illustrates this phenomenon with practical applications of procedures and techniques from his textbook and a case review of two national news stories which covered these events.

PI Magazine's World Investigators Conference, August 2016

Presented by PI Magazine and Texas Association of Licensed Investigators at La Torretta Reort in Montgomery, Texas
Keynote Speaker: Vernon Geberth

Crime Scene Staging: A Mysterious Police Death
By Vernon Geberth, Forensic Magazine Digital Edition, June 2016

On September 1st, 2015 began one of highest profile investigations the Lake County Illinois community had ever witnessed.

The death of Fox Lake Lt. Glinewicz was investigated as a homicide. His cause of death resulted from a gunshot wound to his chest piercing his main pulmonary artery. The angle of the shot indicated that this was not an accidental shooting, but a deliberate act to kill a person. When first responding officers arrived on the scene there first reaction was to search for three potential suspects that Gliniewicz had radioed in. However as the investigation progressed there were indicators that Glinewicz had wanted investigators to think he was killed by others by staging his own death. Investigators continued their investigation to a broader death investigation exploring all possibilities.

The Aftermath of "Soaked in Bleach" - Part I

By Silvia K.
Knows Not What It Means, June 2016

The documentary "Soaked in Bleach" gave the impression that Kurt Cobain had been murdered. I was one of the experts interviewed during this documentary and was not happy that the producers made it appear that I agreed with their "homicide" theory. I had made it quite clear that I believed that Kurt Cobain took his own life and backed up my opinion with the facts that I had obtained from the Seattle Police Department's Homicide Division coupled with my own experience with suicide cases.
~ Vernon Geberth

The Mayor of Murdertown

Interview with Vernon Geberth by Alex Zdan, Chasing News, April 19, 2016


I would like to thank Lou Turco, President of the Lieutenant's Benevolent Association and Lieutenant Bill Larney who edited the information on the release of my Fifth Edition textbook, Practical Homicide Investigation: Tactics, Procedures, and Forensic Techniques in the October-December LBA News Letter.

Lieutenant-Commander (Ret.) Vernon J. Geberth, January 2016




Serial killer still on the loose on 5th anniversary of Gilgo Beach case    [Click here for video]
Article by Mary Murphy, PIX 11 Investigates, December 10, 2015

Emotional service for pregnant woman killed for unborn child
Article by Larry Celona, Tom Wilson, Philip Messing and Chris Perez, NY Post, November 22, 2015


'Bible of Homicide Investigation' Author Vernon Geberth on the Extensive 5th Edition

Article by Seth Augenstein
Forensic News Daily Magazine
August 27, 2015

BBC Newshour Interview with Vernon J. Geberth

Interview with Vernon J. Geberth on
Racial Animosity Between the Police with the Black Community
BBC Newshour
August 10, 2015

Police Academy Grad Joins the (longtime) Family Business
Article by Gillian Kleiman and Philip Messing, New York Post, July 3, 2015

All Things Murder: "Murder Cop" updates impressive investigation book
Article by Katherine Ramsland, PhD., Psychology Today, June 20, 2015

Open Cases: Why One-Third of all Murders in America Go Unresolved
Article by Martin Kaste, NPR, March 30, 2015

Interview with Justice Judge Jeanine
Fox Interview Jeanine Pirro with Vernon J. Geberth. April, 2015


BBC Newshour Interview on police shooting in South Carolina

BBC Interview with Vernon J. Geberth. April, 2015

Paul W. Kehres Award
Fellow Vernon J. Geberth received the prestigious Paul W. Kehres Meritorious Service Award at the AAFS 67th Annual Scientific Meeting, February 18, 2015.
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SNN: Homicide-solving Expert Shares Skills on Suncoast
Interview with Vernon J. Geberth, Suncoast News Network, January 19, 2015

Retired NYPD Cop: Blame Obama, Others for Officers' Slayings  
Article by Bill Hoffman, Newsmax, December 22, 2014

Email circulated among cops: 2 cars respond to every call
Article by Jamie Schram, Kirstan Conley, Ben Feuerherd, New York Post, December 21, 2014

Police turn their back on de Blasio  
Article by Shawn Cohen, Kirstan Conley, Amber Jamieson, New York Post, December 20, 2014

The Hunt for a Serial Killer: Revisiting the Gilgo Beach Murders  
Article by Mary Murphy,, August 5, 2014

City Medical Examiner will fingerprint all bodies it examines
Article by Susan Edelman, New York Post, May 25, 2014

Cat killer could be capable of worse, experts say
The Journal News
, May 2, 2014

Yonkers cat killer could be capable of worse, experts say
The Journal News
, May 2, 2014

Investigators learn the finer points of murder
Centre Daily Times
, April 10, 2014

Unlike snowbird murders, most female killers know their victims, experts say  
Sun Sentinel, January 10, 2014

25-Year-Old Mount Vernon Murder Mystery: Who is Jane Doe?  
The Journal News, December 15, 2013

A Death in St. Augustine's  
A Frontline Presentation, November 26, 2013

Two Gunshots on a Summer Night: A Deputy's Pistol, a Dead Girlfriend and a Flawed Investigation  
Article by Walt Bogdanich and Glenn Silber, The New York Times, November 24, 2013

Before Carnage, Frantic Warnings of Relative's Odd Behavior  
Article by J. David Goodman, The New York Times, October 28, 2013

Ronald Turco, M.D. reviews Autoerotic Deaths - Practical and Forensic Investigative Perspectives by Anny Savageau and Vernon J, Geberth  
Book Review by Ronald Turco, M.D., Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences, 2013


Vernon J. Geberth reviews Mark A. Bingaman's book "Vanished in Broad Daylight"  
August 2013

Police officers gather in Lawrence, Kansas to hear homicide expert's advice  
July 2013

Geberth is awarded Lifetime Membership to Washington Homicide Investigator's Association  
March 2013

Step-by-Step Instructions for Crime-Solving in the City  
Article by Joseph Goldstein, The New York Times, February 19, 2013

Homicide cops told: Don't overlook little details  
Article by Michael Goot, The Daily Gazette News, January 28, 2013

NYPD homicide expert visits Terrell  
Article by Gary E. Lindsley, The Terrell Tribune, November 15, 2012

Homicide Seminar a success!  
Fayetteville Police Foundation Newsletter, October 2012
Quarterly publication's review of Vernon J. Geberth's seminar Sex-Related Homicide and Death Investigation: Practical and Clinical Perspectives

"48 Hours" September 29, 2012 Premier: "My Dad’s Killer"  [Click here for sneak peek online]
Article from "48 Hours", September 26, 2012
A daughter knows who killed her father and his fiancee - can she prove it? After five years on the story, "48 Hours" is there for the arrest and trial of a woman whose children take the stand against their own mother.

Inside the Criminal Mind  [Right-click and "Save" to download file]
Video from Fox News, Justice with Jeanine: The Colorado Shooter, July 22, 2012
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James Holmes made a conscious and deliberate decision months ago act out his evil fantasy in the persona of The Joker. Holmes went to that theater dressed in character with Red dyed hair and an arsenal of weapons to unleash his premeditated evil fantasy on these innocent victims, who to him were simply props in this bizarre and sadistic attempt to replicate an evil comic book genius who kills people while hysterically laughing. In his mind, Holmes is now “The Joker.” He is enjoying the notoriety and attention being focused on him and the case. Holmes went from an unknown nerd to an internationally known Evil Super-Villain.

The Mind of the Murderer  [Right-click and "Save" to download file]
Video from Fox News, Justice with Jeanine: The Colorado Shooter, July 21, 2012
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There was quite a bit of planning on the part of James Holmes, who first amassed the weapons, selected the site of attack featuring the "The Dark Knight Rises," he purchased a ticket entered the theater and then propped open an exit door so he could re-enter with his arsenal. He then launched his attack to coincide with the gunfire in the movie first throwing a gas canister and then methodically shooting the movie goers as the fled in panic. It is my opinion that Holmes was acting out a sadistic and twisted fantasy, where he took on the persona of The Joker. I believe that Holmes engaged in this murderous act in some sort of bizarre attempt to become infamous.

No evidence that confessed 'killer' murdered Etan Patz: source
Article by Laura Italiano and Jamie Sshram, The New York Post, September 25, 2012

In Patz Investigation, a Confession Is Not the Final Word
Article by Michael Wilson, The New York Times, May 25, 2012

Practical Homicide Investigation, author Vernon J. Geberth (CRC Press)
CRC Press Authors Speak, Interview from May 7, 2012

Sex-Related Homicide and Death Investigation, author Vernon Geberth (CRC Press)
CRC Press Authors Speak, Interview from May 7, 2012

First Official WHIA Sponsored Training Event a Success
April 27, 2012

The Science of the Search for the Boy on the Milk Carton
Article by Michael Wilson, The NY Times, April 20, 2012

Cornered by Attacker in Elevator, Fire Victim, 73, Had No Way Out
Article by Patrick McGeehan, The New York Times, December 19, 2011

48 Hours | Mystery: Long Island Serial Killer
CBS News Program 48 Hours, December 17, 2011

Gilgo, 1 year later: Pain Remains for victims' kin
Article by Bart Jones and Tania Lopez,, December 11, 2011

When Cops Go Bad: Behavior Linked To Power, Greed (Police Hiring Bad People / Ret. Bx Homicide C.O. Lt. Vernon Geberth Offers Expert Opinion)
Article by Fred Connors, The Intelligencer, Wheeling News-Register, December 11, 2011

Homicide Investigator Weighs In On Gilgo Case
Interview, MYFOX.COM, December, 2011

Chandler: Block murder expert's evaluation
Article by Steve Fry,, November 1, 2011

Renowned investigator, author visits city
Article by Amber Tomlinson, Rensselaer Replublican, October 26, 2011

The Ronda Reynolds Case Homicide
Prosecutor: No charges in 1998 homicide of state trooper, October 27, 2011
Trooper's death ruled homicide, husband and stepson named suspects, October 19, 2011
Homicide experts split on Ronda Reynolds' cause of death, October 13, 2011

Complications of Groping Inquiry Underscore Diverse Nature of Serial Molesters
The New York Times, October 14, 2011

Geberth Speaks at Purdue University
Purdue Univeristy, September 19, 2011

Expert offers homicide-case tips, July 15, 2011

The Long Island Serial Killer
48 Hours MYSTERY, July 14, 2011

Experts say remains found on Long Island beach likely the work of one killer, not two
Daily News, May 11, 2011

Solving Gilgo killings grows more complex
Long Island Newsday, May 10, 2011

Hunt for a Serial Killer
People Magazine, May 9, 2011

Homicide expert shares opinion on Gilgo Beach murders
News 12, Long Island, April 18, 2011

Hunting a Serial Killer on Long Island, Part 1
Justice with Judge Jeanine, April 17, 2011

Hunting a Serial Killer on Long Island, Part 2
Justice with Judge Jeanine, April 17, 2011

Before Serial Murder Probe, LI Already had . . . unsolved mysteries of Dumped Bodies, April 17, 2011

Profiler: Gilgo serial killer a charmer?, April 13, 2011

Bodies of man, tot found at Long Island beach add twist to call girl serial-murder case
Daily News, April 13, 2011

Long Island Serial Killer: Will He Strike Again?, April 12, 2011

With Shovels and Shears, Police Plod Through a Hiding Place for Bodies
Article by Manny Fernandez, The New York Times, April 9, 2011

Why So Many Serial Killers on Long Island?
The New York Times, April 9, 2011

Next steps for cops in Gilgo case, April 9, 2011

Retired NYC detective presents seminar to police
Amherst Bee, April , 2011

Homicide expert spoke in Amherst
WBFO 88.7, March, 2011

Animal Abuse Case Raises Red Flags; Expert Says Alleged Criminal Behavior Linked to Traits of Serial Killers
The Intelligencer Wheeling News-Register, March 20, 2011

Attack on BMW Seller Shows Hazards of E-Commerce, Police Say
The New York Times, January 28, 2011

Suspect in Yonkers serial killings flew under the radar
The Journal News, December 19, 2010

Fox 5 News Interview: Homicide Investigator: 'Definitely A Local, Serial Killer'
MYFOXNY.COM, December 17, 2010

Hunt Is On for Serial Killer in Long Island Deaths
Article by Al Baker, The New York Times, December 16, 2010

Sickos in Sick Visits
Articles in The New York Post and Daily News, December 16, 2010

Nationally Known Homicide Expert Headlines Symposium
Article by Angie Koehle,, November 2010

Special presentation at Mt. Aloysius in Pennsylvania
Article by Greg Bock,, October 28, 2010

Local cops get training from renowned investigator
Article from, October 2010

Police detectives from near and far are in Fayetteville to learn from a master investigator
Article from, September 15, 2010

Oregon Homicide Investigators Association
Contribution to Major Crimes Conference, September 2010

This Job is Murder: NYPD solved 59% of 2009 slayings
Article by Reuven Blau and Brad Hamilton, New York Post,  April 25, 2010

Inside a CSI Murder
Article by Matthew Malone, Cosmopolitan,  March 2010

Experts: Releasing goggles in Bochicchio murders a good move
Article by Jerome Burdi, South Florida, January, 2010

Special Report: The Death of Ronda Reynolds KOMO Homicide or Suicide?
Article from KOMO News, January 2010

Not all voyeurs are rapists, but all rapists have been voyeurs
Article from SEMPER COP, October 19, 2009

Media Reports Reveal Grisly Details in Anadarko Pastor's Murder
Article from News9, August 30, 2009.

Crime Expert Analyzes Clues From Anadarko Pastor's Murder
Article by Lori Fullbright, The News On 6, August 28, 2009.

Los Angeles police under scrutiny in Jackson death
Article from Associated Press, July 2009.

Getting Away with Murder: Why Do 30% of NYC Killings Go Unsolved?
Article from The New York Post, July 5, 2009.

In New York City, Fewer Murders on Rainy Days
Article from The New York Times, July 3, 2009.

News items on the Craigslist Killer Case
Articles from The Daily News, People Magazine. 2009.

Book Review Practical Homicide Investigation: Tactics, Procedures, and Forensic Techniques, 4th Ed.
Review by Frank Horvat, Ph. D., Emeritus Professor, Michigan State University,Forensic Sciences, May 2009

Murder investigation continues in lawyer's death
Article by Ben Finley and Matt Coughlin, The Intelligencer, February, 2009

TV Oversimplifies Criminal Investigations, Officials Say
Article by Austin L. Miller ,, February, 2009

Real-Life Trauma Meets TV
Article by Maxine Shen, NY Post, February, 2009

Local law enforcement brushes up investigation skills
Article by Austin L. Miller,, January 22, 2009

Kelly to Homicide Expert: You're Out!
Article by Leonard Levitt, NYPD Confidential, June 9, 2008

Coward Ray Kelly Bans Dean of Homicide Investigations Lt. Vernon Geberth
Posting from The Rant (, June 18, 2008

Justice or Mad Vengeance?
Article from People Magazine, October 6, 2008

Special PHI Contract in Alaska
PHI Program in Anchorage, Alaska, September 2008

Dressed for a Meeting, Ready for Mayhem
View the article online The New York Times, May 4, 2008 or click here for the print article

Murder, Mayhem and Spirituality
Breakfast Talk at St. Gregory Barbarigo Parish, April 5, 2008

Live by the Sword, Die by the Shank
Donna Pendergast's blog spot on Women in Crime Ink

Inmate fatally stabs murderous convict who shot 6 city cops in 1986
Article Tina Moore, The Daily News

Interrogation Tricks Under Scrutiny After Ruling
Article Thomas J. Lueck, The New York Times

The Stuff of Nightmares
Article Kevin F. McMurray, Court TV Crime Library

Renowned Homicide Expert Gives Seminar
Article by Jay King, Hometown News

Giving Evil the Eye Juries Don't Always Know Heinous Crimes When They See Them, But This Might Help
Welner Article from The Washington Post, July 23, 2007. The Depravity Scale - Defining "EVIL"

Murder Suspect Buys Time through Mistaken Identity, July 24, 2007

Lawrence police officers attend homicide seminar, July 12, 2007

I.H.I.A. Award
Vernon J. Geberth Receives Award from International Homicide Investigators Association

The Practical and Down to Earth Side of Homicide Investigations
An exclusive Evidence Technology Magazine interview with Vernon J. Geberth, Retired Lieutenant Commander of the New York City Police Department and President of P.H.I. Investigative Consultants, Inc.

Journal of Forensic Identification Review of the 4th Edition

John P. Black reviews Vernon Geberth's 4th Edition of Practical Homicide Investigation.

Iona College Library presents the Vernon J. Geberth Collection
The Practical Aspects of Criminal and Forensic Investigations series was donated by Lieutenant Commander (ret.), NYPD Vernon J. Geberth, an alumnus of Iona College (1967). Lt. Commander Geberth, who authored several books in this collection, is considered to be one of the foremost authorities on homicide investigation. His book Practical Homicide Investigation: Tactics, Procedures, and Forensic Techniques is known as the definitive source for homicide investigation and is widely used by police departments and police academies throughout the United States. Other books in this series discuss counterterrorism, drug enforcement, and forensic investigation. All books in this collection are kept on reserve at Ryan Library.

False Jodi Huisentruit Tip
Caroline Lowe, licensed Police Officer and Crime Reporter gives an inside perspective into the world of crime.

Stanley PD Hosts Practical Homicide Investigation® Seminar
View photos from the November 2006 Practical Homicide Seminar hosted by the Stanley Police Department in Stanley, North Carolina

The Gaston Gazette
Stanley Police plan to improve Lieutenant completes 400 hours of training

Vernon Geberth Recognized in Alumni Publication
Mount Saint Michael Academy recognizes Vernon Geberth's contributions

Vernon's Books listed on Police Writer Website
Trends, tactics and terrorism - Open Source Information for Law Enforcement

The Brian Lehrer Show: Profiles in Courage
Vernon J. Geberth  (Listen or download the Interview audio clip)
Former Commanding Officer of the Bronx Homicide Task Force, lecturer, and author, Practical Homicide Investigation: Tactics, Procedures, and Forensic Techniques, Fourth Edition (CRC, 2006). Profile on his work as a detective and as a trainer in homicide investigations
Court TV's Profile
Murder Cop: A Profile of VERNON J. GEBERTH.
By Katherine Ramsland
Clues emerge in grisly slayings
Article by Jacqueline L. Urgo and Joel Bewley, Inquirer at, November 23, 2006.

Body Found Near Montville Industrial Park
Article by Bill Swayze and Kristen Alloway, The Star-Ledger, October 13, 2006.

Cold Case Homicide Prosecution
Article by By Nathan Peck,

Told You So
Article by By Ruben Rosario, Pioneer Press, August 29, 2006.

Ex-Cop still Teaching by the Book
Article by By John Marzulli, Daily News, August 7, 2006.

Veteran Detective has Killer Instinct
Article by By Ruben Rosario, Pioneer Press, June 26, 2006.

SELETS: Interviews with the Experts
Article by By LaShawn Howell, Lawrence County Advocate, June 7, 2006.

Book Review of Practical Homicide Investigation, 4th Edition
Article by Robert D. Keppel, PhD, PI Magazine, May/June 2006.

Clues to Sicko's Mind
Article by Adam Lisberg, Daily News, March 2, 2006.

Beast May Strike Again
Article by Allison Gendar and Adam Lisberg, Daily News, February 28, 2006.

AN EXPERT'S VIEW: Profiler: Savagery is Mark of Psychopath
Article by Maryanne George, Christy Arboscello and Shabina S. Khatri, Detroit Free Press, February 24, 2006.

Murder Trial Ends, but the Mystery Doesn't
Article by Michael Brick, The New York Times, February 4, 2006.

Vigil Honors Lives Lost in Camden
Article by Jason Nark, Courier Post Online, December 31, 2005.

BTK Letters Never Got Through
Article by Tina Susman,, August 21, 2005.

Three-day BTK Sentencing to Reveal More Details
Article by Tina Susman,, August 17, 2005.

UNKNOWING TARGETS: What sets off the mentally unstable?
Article by Scott Flander, Philadelphia Daily News, July 18, 2005.

The Crimes of a Serial Killer?
Article by Regina Medina, Philadelphia Daily News, July 23, 2005.

Book Review of Practical Homicide Investigation (3rd Edition)
Article by William P. Ryan, M.B.B.S., Journal of Forensic Sciences, May 2005, Vol. 50, No. 3. Published April 2005.

Meet Mr. Murder, An Interview with Vernon Geberth
Article by Warren Sonne, CLI, PI Magazine: Journal of Professional Investigators, March/April 2005.

Anatomy of Alleged BTK Killer's Capture
ABC News, March 2005.

Book Review of Practical Homicide Investigation, 3rd Ed.
Article by Michael J. Koryta, PI Magazine: Journal of Professional Investigators, October 2004.

Answers in Action: As Society Loses Moral Compass, Deviance Proliferates
Article inAnswers in Action. June 1, 2004.

SOLVING HOMICIDES: Lessons from a Master
Article by Joanne Tomarchio from the Coconut Grove Times, April, 2004.

Ex-Cop's Gloomy on Crime
Article by John Marzulli from the Daily News, October, 2003.

American Academy of Forensic Sciences Meeting - Chicago, February 2003
CRC Press introduces Vernon J. Geberth's newest textbook Sex-Related Homicide and Death Investigation: Practical and Clinical Perspectives

Officers Brush Up on Homicide Analysis 101:
Author of the investigation 'bible' imparts his wisdom to area police

Article from Daily Herald, June 24, 2001.

Homicide School Offers Killer Course:  Former New York cop
gives tips to Metro detectives on solving crimes

Article from Las Vegas Sun, May 23, 2000.

Value of Overt Surveillance?
Article from Cape Cod Times, July 1999.

DeSales University Forensic Forum
Cmdr. Vernon J. Geberth, Guest Lecturer: Wednesday September 27, 2006
Sponsor: Department of Social Sciences and Criminal Justice Program, 2755 Station Avenue, Center Vally, PA 18034-9568. Tel (610) 282-1100.
Contact: Albert Sproule. M.P.A. Chair, Social Sciences Department Director, Master of Arts in Criminal Justice and Dr. Katherine Ramsland, Ph D. Assistant Professor

This program was attended by over 150 people and was standing-room only.

Press Release
DeSales Forensic Forum to Feature Nationally Renowned Expert on Homicide Investigations, Wed., Sept. 27 Vernon Geberth, nationally renowned expert on homicide and death investigations and a retired lieutenant commander of the New York City Police Department, will be the guest speaker at the DeSales Forensic Forum on Wednesday, September 27. The program will be held at 7:00 p.m. in Kresge Lounge of Billera Hall and is open to the public free of charge. Please call 610-282-1100, ext. 1466, to reserve a space.

Geberth served as the commanding officer of the Bronx Homicide Task Force, which handled more than 400 murder investigations every year. He received more than 60 awards for bravery and exceptional police work, during a career that spans over 30 years. He has supervised, investigated, assessed, researched, and consulted on over 8,000 homicides. Also, nearly 4,000 law enforcement agencies in the United States have attended his seminars and lectures.
CBS 60 Minutes: "Suicide or Homicide?"
Wrongful death investigation of Captain Gordon Hess
The CID Investigation maintains that the death was a suicide. The AFIP maintains that their review indicates Suicide. However, there were various opinions and reviews and information which controverted the Army's CID Investigation's conclusion of suicide. All of the independent Investigators and Forensic Pathologists that reviewed this case were in agreement with the consultants hired by the family that the death of National Guard Captain Gordon Hess was more consistent with HOMICIDE then SUICIDE.

This was a classic EQUIVOVAL DEATH INVESTIGATION in which either party could not with any degree of medical certainty determine the cause of death. This tragic death should have been classified as "Undetermined".

CBS 60 MINUTES Presentation with Steve Croft, November 28, 1999.
Serial Murderer
Raphael Resendez-Ramirez Case
Provided a psychological profile of the offender based on his "signature" activities at the crime scenes. However, I did not provide information to the press relative to his particular linkage identifying characteristics. Fox National News, June 25, 1999.
Special Contracts
Miami Beach and Miami Police Department
Contract to provide Practical Homicide Investigation® to Miami Beach and Miami Police Department's Homicide and Detective Division, May, 2004.
Miami Police Department
Contract to provide Practical Homicide Investigation® to Miami Police Department's Homicide and Detective Division, June, 2003.
Chicago Police Department's Detective Division
Contract to provide Practical Homicide Investigation® to Chicago Department's Homicide and Detective Division, May, 2002. This was the first time the Chicago Police Department invited an outside contractor to present Homicide School exclusively for the their detectives.
Texas Rangers
Special 3-Day Practical Homicide Investigation Seminar for TEXAS RANGERS at DPS in Austin, Texas March 13-17, 2000. 108 Texas Rangers.

Special 5-Day Advanced Practical Homicide Investigation for TEXAS RANGERS at DPS in Austin, Texas, February 26 through March 2, 2001 with Dr. Henry Lee, Ph. D., Detective First Grade Ray Pierce, and Dr. Richard Ovens, Psy. D.

This is the first time The Texas Rangers invited an outside contractor to present Homicide School exclusively for the Rangers.

Wrongful Death Consultation
Captain Gordon Hess was found with multiple stab wounds to his body. He had suffered 20 stab wounds to the chest. Two had penetrated his heart and four had penetrated his lungs. There were a total of 20 stab wounds to his chest, and six stab wounds to his neck. The U.S. Army declared the death of Captain Gordon Hess a suicide. The family of Gordon Hess requested an independent review and analysis of his death. Based on the preliminary review of the autopsy report and materials available for review, I find that the circumstances surrounding Captain Gordon Hess's death are higly suspicious and NOT consistent with the Military's finding of suicide. The consultant is collaborating with Dr. Dominick J. DiMaio, former Chief Medical Examiner for the City of New York as well as other colleagues in the field of forensic pathology and homicide investigation.

In my professional opinion, the death of Gordon Hess is more consistent with HOMICIDE than SUICIDE. However, I reserve the right to amend my opinions in the event additional evidentiary material becomes available.

Philadelphia Police Department
Contract to provide Practical Homicide Investigation® to Philadelphia Police Department's Homicide and Detective Division. August and November, 1998.

State of Hawaii
Department of Attorney General Advanced Practical Homicide Investigation® with Special Emphasis on Domestic Violence.
Town of Greenwich, CT Police Department
Assessed and Reviewed The Detective Division. November, 1997.

Governor's Commission on Domestic Violence Fatalities New York State
Ms. Jeanine Pirro, Westchester County District Attorney, Chairperson.
Served as a Commission Member, 1996 to 1997.
Media Consultant
Minnesota Serial Rapist Tony DeJuan Jackson
CBS affliate WCCO-TV Caroline Lowe and Julie Kramer's I-TEAM, Mineapolis, MN, February 1999.
Provided an analysis of their I-Team investigation in connection with possible evidence uncovered by cadaver dogs in Iowa.

Mason City T.V. Anchor Woman
CBS affliate WCCO-TV Caroline Lowe and Julie Kramer's I-TEAM, Mineapolis, MN, July 1998.
Provided professional opinion and assessment of threat analysis of convicted serial rapist Tony DeJuan Jackson.

Cunanan Case
Boston Globe, July 27, 1997
Dateline, July 25, 1997
Discovery News, July 25, 1997
MSNBC & CNBC, July 24, 1997
Sun Sentinel Miami, FL, July 18, 1997
Fox National News, July 18, 1997
Fox 5 News, New York City, July 18, 1997
MSNBC & CNBC, July 16, 1997
New York Daily News, May 13, 1997 and July 17, 1997
Star Tribune-Mineapolis, MN, May 11, 1997 & July 17, 1997

JonBenet Ramsey Case
New York Post, August, 1997
Victoria Jones Show, August 15, 1997
Maury Povich Show, February 20, 1997
New York Daily News, January 14, 1997
T.V. Presentations
Maury Povich Show "Stalked Like Prey"
Aired August 4, 1997.

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