AISOCC Members' Literature

Below are links to purchase AISOCC members published books and other literature. These professionals are the best in the business at what they do and will share their vast knowledge with you. To achieve greatness, never stop learning... 

Review Board Member Dr. Werner Spitz: MEDICOLEGAL INVESTIGATION OF DEATH, known as the "bible" of forensic pathology to pathologists around the world, has withstood the test of time, recently celebrating its twentieth year of publication. Totally rewritten and updated throughout, the text is oriented to forensic pathologists, criminal investigators, and attorneys. It embraces all aspects of the pathology of trauma as it is witnessed daily by law enforcement officers, interpreted by pathologists of varying experience and expertise in forensic pathology, and used by lawyers involved in the prosecution and defense in criminal cases as well as those engaged in civil litigation. This authoritative and complete textbook is written by some of the most respected experts in the United States. The book continues to use a simple and practical approach in keeping with the tradition established by the previous editions. It avoids technical terminology, where possible, in compliance with the aim of addressing not only physicians but all parties with an interest in the study of injury patterns and the practice of pathology as it relates to the law. A large amount of new information and abundant material not previously covered are included in this volume. The many new illustrations, diagrams and sketches showing patterns and mechanisms of injury as well as an inclusive index render this book unique.

Joe Kenda’s book I Will Find You: Are you horrified yet fascinated by abhorrent murders? Do you crave to know the gory details of these crimes, and do you seek comfort in the solving of the most gruesome? In I WILL FIND YOU, the star of Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda shares his deepest, darkest, and never-before-revealed case files from his two decades as a homicide detective and reminds us that crimes like these are very real and can happen even in our own backyards. Gruesome, macabre, and complex cases. Joe Kenda investigated 387 murder cases during his 23 years with the Colorado Springs Police Department and solved almost all of them. And he is ready to detail the cases that are too gruesome to air on television, cases that still haunt him, and the few cases where the killer got away. These cases are horrifyingly real, and the detail is so mesmerizing you won't be able to look away. The tales in I WILL FIND YOU will shock you like the best horror stories-divulging insights into the actions, motivations, and proclivities of nature's most dangerous species. 

Founder and President Kenneth L. Mains shares his passion for Cold Cases in Unsolved No More: A Cold Case Detectives Fight for Justice. As a law enforcement officer for more than fifteen years, Detective Kenneth L. Mains has investigated thousands of crimes, including working undercover with the FBI, solving cold case homicides, investigating the Mafia, and leading one of the greatest cold case organizations ever assembled. This is his story and that of the victims for whom he speaks. UNSOLVED NO MORE will take readers on a journey with a struggling kid who barely graduated high school to a teenager who joined the Marine Corps and finally a man who put himself through college to accomplish his lifelong goal of becoming a police detective. Mains, who is routinely sought out by law enforcement and victims’ families to help solve cold cases, writes about his own investigations to show readers how he goes about solving crimes others had given up on.

Review Board Member Dr. Henry Lee: Henry Lee's Crime Scene Handbook outlines proven methods to help you collect and process physical evidence correctly, analyze it thoroughly, and understand its relevance to the case involved. It evaluates the newest chemical and instrumental techniques, and covers new areas such as forensic analysis of computers and advanced shooting scene reconstruction methods. This "must-have" guide is enhanced with dozens of color photographs, logic trees, check lists, worksheets, case studies, lists of suppliers, and more.  Henry Lee has consulted on thousands of criminal cases around the world and is highly sought after to help solve difficult cases. Now he and his co-authors share more than 50 years of combined experience in this systematic approach to crime scene processing. It provides the information you need for initial training, to take with you in the field, and to refer to again and again during the course of each investigation. Shocking Cases from Dr. Henry Lee's Forensic Files: The Phil Spector Case / the Priest's Ritual Murder of a Nun / the Brown's Chicken Massacre and More! Dr. In this new book, Dr. Lee and critically acclaimed mystery writer Jerry Labriola, MD, team up again to present another true-crime page-turner on five notorious incidents: • The Phil Spector case: Legendary music mogul Phil Spector was charged with murder in the death of actress Lana Clarkson, found slain in his mansion. But has Dr. Lee produced forensic evidence suggesting her death was a suicide? • The Brown’s Chicken massacre: The savage murder of helpless employees of a restaurant in Palatine, Illinois, was left unsolved for over a decade until the painstaking forensic skills of Task Force and Dr. Lee eventually identified the killers. • Murder in the Sacristy: The brutal murder of a nun in a Toledo, Ohio, church had bizarre ritualistic overtones and remained unsolved until a priest was prosecuted twenty-six years later—the same priest who had conducted the nun’s funeral service! Dr. Lee testified at the trial of the priest and here he demonstrates how the perseverance of law enforcement officials and forensic scientists eventually solved the crime. • The shooting of a Connecticut state trooper and the shooting death of a fourteen-year-old young man: Dr. Lee discusses the dual hazards of police work—being killed or injured in the line of duty and the accidental killing of innocent victims or suspects. In Hartford, while racial tensions threatened to spin out of control, Dr. Lee reconstructed the shooting of a young African American by a police officer. His diligent work defused hostilities that nearly led to a riot.

Former FBI Criminal Profiler Jim Clemente’s book Without Consent. Tony Dante is on a winning streak. His perfect conviction rate has earned him a reputation as a talented young prosecutor on the rise in New York's crime-ridden Bronx County. But a dark secret he's hiding may destroy it all when Dante takes on a disturbing case with a link to his troubled past. To tackle the toughest case of his life he'll have to first conquer his greatest fears.

Academia Consulting member Silvia Pettem has the following published book:
Someone's Daughter: In Search of Justice for Jane Doe, Note: Kindle edition includes the Epilogue, with breaking news, but this first edition of the hardcover does not. If purchasing the hardcover, please read and print out the Epilogue hereCold Case Research: Resources for Unidentified, Missing,and Cold Homicide Cases

Review Board Member Dr. John Liebert has published the following books:
Wounded Minds: Understanding and Solving the Growing Menace of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Suicidal Mass Murderers: A Criminological Study of Why They Kill Wounded Minds  Hearts of Darkness - These books are about rampage and mass murders with suicidal intent; there is an epidemic of such murders, even though the homicide rate has been on the decline.  All of the cases covered from our research were preventable, as they presented at criminal justice or clinical sites with red flags that could have legally enabled detention for evaluation, observation and investigation.  His next book is Psychiatric Criminology, which takes the world as it is - rather than as it was or should be.  Serious Mental Illness has been criminalized; prevention of such incidents are the responsibility of law enforcement, corrections and college security personnel, as public psych systems and preventive detention for psychosis with dangerousness have been all but eliminated by the courts along with state and federal government.

Investigative Journalist Dawna Kaufmann has co-authored three books with Review Board Member  Dr. Cyril H. Wecht:

A Question of Murder, from 2009, which includes chapters on the deaths of Anna Nicole Smith and her son Daniel; the murders of Stephanie Crowe and Danielle van Dam, and the trials of Richard Raymond Tuite and David Westerfield; and the "involuntary euthanasia" of dozens of victims in a New Orleans hospital during Hurricane Katrina. In 2011, they released From Crime Scene to Courtroom, which includes chapters about the deaths of Michael Jackson, Caylee Anthony, Rolling Stones founder Brian Jones, and the wife of former Chicago SWAT team member Drew Peterson, along with other cases. Both were published by Prometheus Books and are available online. Best-selling true crime author Ann Rule wrote the foreword for the first book, and television news legend Geraldo Rivera wrote the foreword for the second book. Their latest book, Ann Rules Presents---Final Exams: True Crime Cases from Cyril Wecht, details four "twisty mysteries" with medico-legal bombshells. They include the inside details surrounding the death of Jessica Lunsford, a Florida child who was snatched by a predator; a wealthy New Yorker who asked a stranger to kill him for insurance money; and two mind-bending Pennsylvania deaths: a state trooper who thought he was smarter than everyone else, and a sociopathic doctor whose jealousy knew no bounds. The book can be ordered at Currently, Wecht and Kaufmann are finishing 50 Years of Lies: The Truth Behind the JFK Assassination, for Planet Ann Rule books. It reflects Dr. Wecht's decades of work on this case as one of the primary critics of the Warren Commission findings and it will be released later this year to celebrate the 50th year of the release of the commission's report. As "unsolved cases" go, this one should be at the top of every American's list.

 Review Board Member Dr. Mary Ellen O'Toole has published the following books:

Dangerous Instincts How Gut Feelings Betray Us  

Dangerous Instincts: Use an FBI Profiler's Tactics to Avoid Unsafe Situations

Fear can't help you in a dangerous situation. A former FBI profiler shows you what can. As one of the world's top experts on psychopathy and criminal behavior, Mary Ellen O'Toole has seen repeatedly how relying on the sense of fear alone often fails to protect us from danger. Whether you are opening the door to a stranger or meeting a date you connected with online, you need to know how to protect yourself from harm-physical, financial, legal, and professional. Using the SMART method, which O'Toole developed and used at the FBI, we can confidently know how to: Respond to a threat in any situation, Hire someone who will work inside your home like a contractor or housekeeper, Figure out whether a prospective employee is a safe bet, Know whom you can trust with your children. An especially useful book for women living alone, parents who are concerned about their children's safety, and employers worried about employees who might go postal, Dangerous Instincts gives us the tools used by professionals to navigate potentially hazardous waters. Like The Gift of Fear and The Sociopath Next Door, it will appeal to anyone looking to make the right call in an ever threatening world.

Review Board Member Dr. Robert Keppel:

The Riverman: Ted Bundy and I Hunt for the Green River Killer After a search of over twenty years, one of America's most elusive serial killers was finally apprehended. Now, read the true story of one man's attempt to get inside the mind of the Green River Killer. July 15, 1982: 3 woman's strangled body was filed, caught on the pilings of Washington state's Green River. Before long, the "Green River Killer" would be suspected in at least forty-nine more homicides, with no end in sight. Then the authorities received an unbelievable letter from the infamous serial killer Ted Bundy -- then on Florida's death row -- offering to help catch the Green River Killer. But he would only talk to one man: Robert Keppel, the former homicide detective who had helped track Bundy's cross-county killing spree. Now these conversations are revealed, in which Bundy speculates about the motive and methods of the Green River Killer -- and reveals his own twisted secrets as well. Now, as never before, we look into the face of evil...and into the heart of a killer. Signature Killers: In a real-life scenario straight out of The Silence of the Lambs, Robert Keppel went one-on-one with the notorious serial killer Ted Bundy, who advised Keppel on the detective's highly publicized search for the elusive Green River Killer. Bundy's chilling revelations were chronicled in The Riverman, "a page-turner" (Ted Montgomery, Detroit News) praised by Ann Rule as "the definitive book on serials." But Ted Bundy wasn't the first killer of his kind -- or the last. They leave telltale identifiers, their gruesome "calling cards," at the scenes of their crimes. They are driven by a primitive motivation to act out the same brutality over and over. With brilliant detection, high-tech analysis -- and a little luck -- they can be caught. But what does the signature killer seek from victim to victim? The answers are hidden among the grisly evidence, the common threads that link each devastating act. Sparked by a growing concern over the steady rise of signature murders, Robert Keppel explores in unflinching detail the monstrous patterns, sadistic compulsions, and depraved motives of this breed of killer. From the Lonely Hearts Killer who hunted the most desperate of women in 1950s America, to the savage Midtown Torso Murders that stunned the NYPD, to such infamous symbols of evil as Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy, and John Gacy, these are the cases -- horrifying, graphic and unforgettable -- that Keppel ingeniously taps to shed light on the darkest corners of the pathological mind. The Psychology of Serial Killer Investigations: The Grisly Business Unit
Serial killers like Seattle's Ted Bundy, Maryland's Beltway Sniper, Atlanta's Wayne Williams, or England's Peter Sutcliffe usually outsmart the task forces on their trail for long periods of time. Keppel and Birnes take readers inside the operations of serial killer task forces to learn why. What is the underlying psychology of a serial killer and why this defeats task force investigations? This is the first book of its kind that combines state-of-the-art psychological assessment experience with the expertise of a homicide investigator who has tracked some of this country's most notorious serial killers. The author also brings to the book hands-on best practices gleaned from the experience of other task forces.Readers, both professionals and students, will benefit from the comprehensive and critical case reviews, the analysis of what went wrong, what went right, and the after-action recommendations of evaluators in the US, UK, and Canada.

General Member Kim Hansen contributed to the following book: HE KILLED OUR JANNY is a true crime/memoir and focuses on John's mother's unsolved case -- 1984 Janyce Hansen, Aurora, Colorado. Details about JANYCE HANSEN's unsolved case, including where to purchase the book, can be found on our : JK Hansen Studios.

Academia Consulting Chair Lee Mellor published the following books: Cold North Killers: Canadian Serial Murder - There are more than 60 serial murderers in Canadian history. For too long awareness of serial murder in Canada has been confined to West Coast Butcher Clifford Olson and the "Schoolgirl Murderers" Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka, along with the horrific acts of pig farmer Robert Pickton. Unlike our American neighbours, Canada has been viewed as a nation untouched by the shadow of multiple murder. Then came Colonel Russell Williams and his bizarre homicides and serial home invasions, which were sensational news worldwide on the Internet and television and in scores of newspapers and magazines. The reason for Canada's serial killer blackout is clear: until now such information has never been compiled and presented in a single concise work. Cold North Killers is a wake-up call. This detailed and haunting account of Canada's worst monsters analyzes their crimes, childhoods, and inevitable downfalls. It is an indispensable compendium for any true crime lover, criminologist, or law-enforcement officer. Rampage: Canadian Mass Murder and Spree Killing - a state of anger or agitation resulting in violent, reckless, and destructive behaviour. In 1989, Marc Lépine mercilessly executed 14 female students at Montreal's École Polytechnique to become Canada's most notorious mass murderer. The following year spree killer Peter John Peters roamed from London, Ontario, to Thunder Bay, leaving a trail of bloodied bodies, broken dreams, and stolen vehicles. Both men experienced the same devastating destiny -- they embarked on homicidal rampages that shook their nation to the core. Lee Mellor has gathered more than 25 of Canada's most lethal mass and spree killers into a single work. Rampage details their grisly crimes, delves into their twisted psyches, and dissects their motivations to answer the question every true crime lover yearns to know: why? If you think serial killers are dangerous, prepare for something deadlier ... Designed to serve as a complete reference guide for psychiatrists, social workers, those working in law enforcement, and students of forensic medicine and psychology Understanding Necrophilia: A Global Multidisciplinary Approach features the writing of experts from around the world who share professional, cultural, social, and legal insights on the subject. The book was a collaboration between Lee Mellor, Dr. Anil Aggrawal and Eric Hickey. Homicide: A Forensic Psychology Casebook guides readers through the practical aspects of homicide cases across the entire criminal justice system, from the investigative process to the criminal trial process, and beyond. Each chapter contains a description and analysis of selected cases and offenders, and provides a crime narrative and offender narrative to illustrate the underlying theory and practical considerations of homicide investigations. Criminal justice students and practitioners alike will benefit from the comprehensive scope of this text. In order to ensure fair and efficient criminal justice practices in the field of forensic investigation, there is still a need for conformity and standardization of sound protocols and approaches based on improved knowledge and education. This book is part of that effort to understand homicidal behavior and offenders better in order to prevent similar crimes.

Retired homicide detective Cloyd Steiger brings his experience and cases in In his true crime memoir, Homicide: The View from Inside the Yellow Tape, he describes some of the most interesting murders he's worked on. Sometimes shocking, often inane, and even funny, it's a view you won't see on the evening news. You'll feel like you're right alongside Steiger, working the cases, getting a peek inside the yellow tape, and inside the interrogation room, where you'll come face to face with pure evil and experience what it's like to investigate murder.