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August 9, 2012 by msashtonwriter

Criminal Lines

Today, I welcome as my guest, veteran Detective Sergeant Joe Giacalone. He’s commanding officer of a cold case squad and the author of the book titled The Criminal Investigative Function: A Guide for New Investigators.

I want to start by saying that Joe was gracious enough to share his time, knowledge and experience in solving cold cases, during this two-part interview.

Q. Could you explain what a cold case investigator does?

A. I always viewed myself as an archeologist. We dig up the past to make conclusions for the future. The most important job of any cold case investigator is to provide closure for the victim’s families and friends. That is what the job is all about.

Q. What is a cold case?

A. A cold case is one where all of the investigative leads have been exhausted. It usually is that one piece of information that gives us…

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