Qualifications - Members can be Sworn or Non-Sworn, degree and/or Certification or no degree, BS/BA, MS/MA, PhD/PsyD whose education, training, and experience is centered on criminal justice, policing, police administration, patrol, homicide investigation, narcotics, sex crimes, special victims, gangs, property crime, polygraph, etc. who may have con-ed courses in specialized area(s), published research of limited scope (i.e., case studies, etc.), but not research-design-based research.
George Cronin, PhD. Chair
Dr. Cronin is currently a member of the teaching faculty at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing, Forensic Science Program. Dr. Cronin retired from the Pennsylvania State Police after 30 years of service. Dr. Cronin spent most of his career in field operations specializing homicide investigation, equivocal death investigations, and missing persons investigations. While many homicides cases were cleared quickly, several of these homicide investigations were protracted and active for many years before being cleared by arrest. Dr. Cronin has received specialized training and has extensive professional experience in death and violent crime investigation, criminal investigation assessment (defined as the study of violent offenders and their behavior as reflected in their criminal acts), crime scene assessment, and victimology. In 2008 Dr. Cronin was awarded a PhD from Temple University. Dr. Cronin’s research topic for his dissertation was rural homicide. His dissertation earned a prestigious national award for homicide research excellence. Dr. Cronin is actively pursuing research in the areas of homicide offenses, offenders, and victims, as well as the mentally ill involved with the criminal justice system. Dr. Cronin is a member of many organizations and fraternal groups that provide training and continuing education to include but not limited to: The Organization of Scientific Area Committees, The American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the VIDOCQ society, the Homicide Research Working Group.
John Baeza - John Baeza a retired NYPD Detective. He worked on patrol in Harlem's 32nd Precinct and then was transferred to Manhattan North Narcotics where he worked as an undercover police officer/Detective. He then worked in the Manhattan North Narcotics Major Case Unit as both an investigator and undercover. John was then transferred to the Detective Bureau where I worked in the Manhattan Special Victims Squad. There he was involved in the investigation of thousands of sex crimes, rapes, serial rapes, sexual homicide, child abuse, false reports, other felony crimes, cold cases, and crime scenes. He was temporarily assigned to the Manhattan North Homicide Squad for six months.
Gloria Coppola - Investigator Gloria Coppola is a retired 35-year veteran of law enforcement. She started her career with the Niskayuna Police Department in Schenectady County, NY, and ended her career in June 2015 as a Major Crimes Investigator in New York State Police’s (NYSP) Bureau of Criminal Investigation. She worked all levels of police work from uniform patrol to her specialty, which included homicides, cold cases, long term missing persons and unidentified bodies investigations. During her career with the NYSP, Gloria was a Crisis Negotiator, coordinator for the Troop G Polygraph Unit, and a NYS VICAP (Violent Criminal Apprehension program) analyst & field representative. She also specialized in False Allegation investigations. Gloria was a member of the 1994 Lewis Lent (child serial killer) Task Force with the FBI, Massachusetts State Police, New York State Police, and Pittsfield (MA) PD. She still continues to consult pro-bono with Massachusetts State Police regarding Lent. Throughout her career, Gloria has instructed over 1000 new officers and supervisors at the New York State Police Academy, Zone 5 Training Academy, and NYS Division of Criminal Justice (DCJS). She currently provides training pro-bono to the Zone 5 Training Academy regarding managing cold case investigations, and biases in missing person investigations. She was also the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) case manager in the Major Crimes Unit. Gloria has received numerous commendations throughout her law enforcement career. Victim groups and organizations including the Center for Hope and Parents of Murdered Children have also recognized her. Gloria holds a Master of Arts degree in Social Policy. Her thesis was titled “Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy: Serial Killing or Psychiatric Disorder?” She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology/Criminology and an Associates degree in Applied Science in Criminal Justice. Gloria’s motto is, and always will be “It’s never too late to do the right thing.”
Angela M. Curran, BA – Angela joined the Virginia Beach, VA Police Department in 2004 and is currently the lead detective of the department’s Cold Case Homicide Unit. This unit also has the responsibility for investigating Cold Case Rapes and Long-term Missing Persons cases. Angela developed her department’s current protocols for reviewing, evaluating, and investigating cold case homicides, cold case rapes, and long-term missing persons. She established her department’s Long-term Missing Persons Unit via interfacing with the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs). After completion of the NamUs Academy, Angela became her department’s NamUs Case Manager. She has had substantive successes in clearing cold case homicides and rapes. For example, during the timeframe where rapes were committed between the years of 1980-1989, a total of 40 cold cases were investigated and 15 of those were cleared through re-submission of DNA. Angela is a current member of the Virginia Homicide Investigators Association (VHIA), American Investigative Society of Cold Cases (AISOCC), and the Mid-Atlantic Cold Case Homicide Investigators Association (MACCHIA). Angela is a graduate of Saint Leo University.
Anthony Fiore, BS - Tony is currently the Deputy Inspector General for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, overseeing operations and investigations with the Office of Inspector General. His experience is drawn from several aspects of law enforcement and investigations. Tony has served ten years with a Pennsylvania municipal police department as patrol officer, K9 handler, and detective and eight years with the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General as a special agent, where he investigated narcotics trafficking, organized crime, and public corruption. He has been the lead investigator and affiant on many arrests involving violent felons. Tony is a decorated law enforcement officer and Certified Fraud Examiner who, more recently, has led complex, corruption-based criminal investigations involving the Pennsylvania legislature and Pennsylvania municipal government. Tony is a graduate of the University of Scranton.
Thomas C. Hall, BS - Tom is a founding member of the Cold Case Cowboys with Syd Boyle, Al Olson and Lee Tyler. They are all retired law enforcement officers and first came together as the cold case squad of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office in Roseburg, Oregon in December of 2002. They were the first all-volunteer retired law enforcement cold case squad in the country. Although they were volunteers, we were sworn officers of and tasked with investigating cold case homicides. They were "given" the name The Cold Case Cowboys, by local media after they solved thier first case; the 35 year old murder of Benny King. The name came primarily as the result of how they dressed: Wrangler jeans, western shirts and cowboy hats and boots. This was no doubt influenced in part by their collective backgrounds. They believe the name also fit because it reflects their love of the American Cowboy persona; good over evil, there is a right and wrong, love of God, family, community and country. As the Cold Case Cowboys they solved three cold cases within our first three years of working together. This brought them a lot of local attention, but then they hit the front page of the L.A. Times and caught on nationwide. Tom began his federal law enforcement career in 1973 after graduating on the Dean's honor list, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice, from California State University, Sacramento. He spent the next 26 ½ years as a U.S. Postal Inspector. For the first 13 years, in Los Angeles, CA, he investigated a variety of Postal related cases to include mail theft and mail fraud. Later, as a member of the major crimes team he investigated robbery, burglary, and homicide, but specialized in mail bombs. As a 20-year member of the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators (IABTI) he has over 600 hours of bomb training and has qualified to testify in federal court as a mail bomb expert. He transferred to Phoenix, AZ in 1986 where he spent the next 6+ years. Investigations included internal Postal theft in Arizona and New Mexico, as well as credit card and "identity theft." He also performed the collateral duties of public information officer and postal facility security specialist. Tom completed his career as a supervisor, team leader, for another 6+ years, in Sacramento, CA. He retired in December 1999. As a subject matter expert, (SME), Tom was an instructor for the Postal Inspection Service crime scene investigation, (CSI), and bomb scene investigation schools. He was also an instructor in threat management and violence in the workplace.
Steve Hodel - Steve Hodel was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He served four years as a medic in the U.S. Navy, and then joined the Los Angeles Police Department in 1963. After six years in uniform patrol, he transferred to Hollywood Division Detectives where he worked all of the "tables": Burglary, Robbery, Auto-Theft, Juvenile, Crimes against Persons and was then permanently assigned to the Homicide Detail.
During his career at Hollywood Homicide, Steve promoted to Detective II and in 1983 was the senior field homicide detective. During his years of service he received more than 75 commendations and handled over 300 separate murder investigations and had one of the departments highest "solve rates. " Steve promoted to Detective III (the highest attainable rank in detectives) and retired from LAPD in 1986.
HODEL INVESTIGATIONS was established in 1986. Steve has been a licensed California Private Investigator, conducting mainly criminal defense investigations, for the past 23-years. He worked over six-years as lead investigator on a high-profile international murder case which resulted in an innocent man (Yoshikuni Okubo) being released from prison in Tokyo, Japan and reunited with his family, after five years of detention.
Steve’s first book, Black Dahlia Avenger: A Genius for Murder published in 2003 with new updated investigative chapters added to the Harper Collins paperback edition in 2004 and 2006. Black Dahlia Avenger is a New York Times Bestseller, a NYT Most Notable Book and was nominated by the Mystery Writers of America for an Edgar Award in the Best Fact Crime category. Steve’s sequel, MOST EVIL: Avenger, Zodiac, The Further Serial Murders of Dr. George Hill Hodel, published by DUTTON – PENGUIN GROUP on September 21, 2009. His third book, Black Dahlia Avenger II, will publish in 2012 and provides his investigative updates from 2005-2012. Steve resides in his hometown of Los Angeles, California.
Joseph D. Kennedy - Kennedy was a Special Agent with Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) for 25 years. He attended Executive Education at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Ha...rvard University, Cambridge, MA and received a Master of Policy Management degree from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Joe served in a variety of positions, including Special Agent Afloat USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67), Field Training Agent, Special Operations Team Leader, Staff Counterintelligence Officer for III Marine Expeditionary Forces – Okinawa, Japan, Desk Officer at NCIS Headquarters, Team Leader – Virgin Islands Homicide Task Force, Supervisory Special Agent, Resident Agent-In-Charge, Assistant Special Agent-In-Charge, Deputy Special Agent-In-Charge, and Special Agent-In-Charge. He served as a board member for the Department of Justice “Weed and Seed” Task Force and the North Carolina Homicide Investigator’s Association. He also participated as an Executive Board Member for the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force in the Caribbean and Crime Commission for the Governor of Puerto Rico. Joe was the Primary Architect and First Program Manager for the internationally acclaimed NCIS Cold Case Homicide Unit. He wrote the methodology and protocol for NCIS Cold Case investigations, which has been adopted by numerous police agencies around the globe. Joe has provided cold case homicide consultation and training to various law enforcement agencies throughout North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. He was recently profiled in “Delayed Justice – America’s Best Cold Case Investigators.” Joe has completed multiple deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Philippines. He twice served as the Resident Agent-In-Charge for NCIS Resident Agency Fallujah, Iraq. Most recently, Special Agent Kennedy served as the Director for the Department of Defense (DOD) Joint Counterintelligence Unit (JCIU), International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF), Kabul, Afghanistan. Prior to reporting to the NCIS Carolinas Field Office, he was responsible for the newly established NCIS Counter-Piracy and Counter Narco-Terrorism (CNT) initiative at the NCIS Middle East Field Office, where he collaborated with the International Police (INTERPOL) and NATO to develop proactive law enforcement strategies designed to combat Somali Piracy in the Indian Ocean and Gulf Region.
David Lambkin, MS - In 2007, Detective David Lambkin retired from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) with over 24 years as a detective specializing in sexual assault and homicide investigations. During his tenure, Lambkin investigated over 1,000 sexually motivated crimes and scores of homicides as a case-carrying detective; he also supervised and fulfilled investigative support roles in hundreds of additional homicide and sexual assault investigations as the Officer in Charge of the Hollywood Homicide and Sex Crime Units; a supervising detective in Robbery-Homicide Division’s Rape Special Section; and, the Officer-in-Charge of Robbery-Homicide Division’s Cold Case Homicide Unit (a unit conceived and implemented by Detective Lambkin in 2001). Since its inception, the Cold Case Homicide Unit has screened over 12,000 unsolved and unprosecuted homicides dating back to 1960 and has reopened hundreds of cold cases. To date, this unit has solved over 100 murders, identified and convicted multiple serial murderers, and has secured the release of a man who was erroneously convicted of murder.
Detective Lambkin holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science; a second Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice Administration; and a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice Administration. He was a State recognized subject-matter expert in the field of sexual assault and homicide investigations. As such, he served as an advisor on training, investigative, and victim advocacy issues for a multitude of entities including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the California Department of Justice and the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. Detective Lambkin also sat on numerous committees dealing with investigative and victim advocacy concerns and was an advisor to various victim service organizations.
For over two decades, Detective Lambkin served as an instructor for a variety of formal law enforcement training schools including the Los Angeles Police Department’s Basic and Advanced Detective Schools, Command Development School, Recruit Academy, and the State of California’s Robert Presley Institute of Criminal Investigation Homicide School. He also provided counselor and forensic nurse training for various community and hospital based responders.
Detective Lambkin has been a recipient of numerous awards and commendations including; The Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women Humanitarian of the Year Award; Hollywood Division’s Detective of the Quarter Award (three-time recipient); Hollywood Division’s Detective of the Year Award (two-time recipient); and the Los Angeles District Attorney’s DNA Awareness Lifetime Achievement Award.
Jim Markey, M.Ed - Jim is a 30-year veteran of law enforcement. Retiring in 2012, I was part of a multi-disciplinary team that investigated violent sexual crimes. During this time he responded to and led over 6,000 felony sexual assault investigations, including 80 serial rapists. There have been several Major Case Investigations and investigative task forces that he managed, led and successfully concluded. Most notable of these included the 10 month AM Rapist Task force, the Baseline Rapist/Killer, the Southside Vacant House Rapist.
In 2000, Jim developed and supervised a full time Cold Case Sexual Assault Team, which was recognized in 2002 by the Arizona Attorney General’s Innovation in Law Enforcement Award and in 2011 nationally recognized as a VAWA-STOP Grant success story by ALSO. A short film about the unit was awarded a 2012 TELLY.
He is a graduate from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and a graduate of Northern Arizona University with a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership.
Anita Muldoon, MS - Retired Sergeant Anita Muldoon landed her career as a police officer later in life, pursuing a long time interest. As a patrol officer in the St. Paul Police Department Anita began to work toward her goal of becoming a homicide investigator by furthering her education. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Law Enforcement at Metro State University and earned her Master’s Degree from Concordia University.
Anita worked in various areas on patrol including Officer Friendly, bike patrol and undercover in the Vice Unit. She took an extended vacation to fulfill another life dream and traveled through many states in Africa. While doing so, she studied for the Sergeant’s exam during the long days of over the road travel. The effort paid off, and she was promoted to Sergeant and assigned to investigations. The months of general investigations and the years of investigating sex crimes prepared her to reach her dream destination in homicide.
After receiving several calls from family members regarding old unsolved murders, Anita recognized the need to implement a unit that could handle the investigations of these cases outside of a regular caseload. Anita began to study the advancements in forensic sciences as they pertain to cold cases. When the department was awarded a Federal DNA grant to review cold cases, Anita jumped in head first and was selected to head up a Cold Case Unit and run the grant. She spent the next three years reading old cases, cataloging information, rummaging through old evidence and submitting it to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for analysis. Several of these submissions yielded positive results. All possible leads were followed, however, departmental budgets were constrained and without other resources, little more could be done. When the grant came to an end, she retired from the police force.
Anita had taken every opportunity to speak publicly about the importance of investigating cold cases. She has created an informative DNA power point presentation to continue her effort to bring public light to the value of these cases, and to restore hope to the families of the victims.
Lissa Redmond, BA - Detective Lissa Redmond has been with the Buffalo Police department since 1993. After making detective in 1998 she was assigned to the Sex Offense Squad where she investigated sex crimes, child abuse cases, missing persons and cases of elder abuse. After the homicide of Joan Diver by the Bike Path Killer in 2006 she was assigned to the task force that ultimately arrested serial killer Altemio Sanchez. His arrest led to the uncovering of DNA evidence that led to the release of Anthony Capozzi who had spect 22 years in prison after being convicted for several of Sanchez's crimes. She was assigned to their Cold Case Homicide unit in 2007. She has worked on several high profile cases and has had her cases featured on Dateline, The Nightmare next door, America's most wanted and Solved. She has a Bachelors degree from the University of Buffalo in Interdisciplinary Studies, with a concentration in Legal Studies.
Cloyd Steiger - Cloyd Steiger is the Chief Criminal Investigator for the Washington State Attorney General’s Office Homicide Investigation Tracking System. HITS is made up of retired homicide detectives, and maintains a database of all murders in the states of Washington and Oregon, attempting to link related murders across jurisdictional lines. It also assists agencies in active murder investigations, as well as reviewing and assisting with cold case murder investigation. As the Chief Criminal Investigator, he supervises all the investigators and analysts in the program, as well as actively assists in investigations. He retired in the spring of 2016 after thirty-six years with the Seattle Police Department, where he spent the last twenty-two years as a Homicide detective. Steiger worked on hundreds of homicide cases during that time, including serial murder, and mass murder cases, as well as other high profile homicides. He has also assisted with the successful investigation and resolution in cold case murders.
Sandy Wolter - Sally has been a member of the Michigan State Police for 30 years. She worked for Flint Township Police for 6 years prior to joining the State Police. After years of working patrol in Flint and Detroit area, two of the most dangerous cities in America, she was assigned to narcotics where she became an expert in Methamphetamine Clandestine Labs and Oxycontin abuse. For 16 years, she has been a D/Sgt. working high profile major cases, including sex crimes and homicide. In 2008, she was assigned as the Supervisor of the Kent Metro Cold Case Team in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The multi-jurisdictional team is tasked with solving cold case homicides. In addition to investigations, she is responsible for all administrative and operational supervision duties. Sally developed the team’s current protocols for reviewing, evaluating and investigating cold cases. Since 2008, she has written several grants securing federal funding for the team. Under her supervision, the KMCCT has solved 18 cold cases and continues to be one of the most successful multi-jurisdictional cold case teams. Sally lectures extensively and provides training on cold case homicide and multi-jurisdictional teams. She has received several accommodations, including three Meritorious Awards for her investigations. She holds an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice / Applied Science and is a member of the International Homicide Investigator’s Association (IHIA) and the California Homicide Investigator’s Association (CHIA).