Episode No. 89: Forensic
Science in Homicide Investigations
Date: December 17, 2009
Notes: The development of forensic science particularly in homicide investigations.
Vernon Geberth is a retired lieutenant-commander of the New York Police Department.
As the commanding officer of the Bronx Homicide Task Force, his investigators handled more than four hundred murder
investigations every year. Geberth is recipient of over sixty awards for bravery and exceptional work during
twenty-three years of service. He has personally investigated, supervised, assessed, researched and consulted
on over eight thousand homicides.
Vernon J. Geberth has master's degrees in both psychology and professional studies,
is a graduate of the FBI's National Academy. Over the past twenty-five years, he has taught over 50,000
police officers his comprehensive course in Practical Homicide Investigation.
Geberth’s book, Practical
Homicide Investigation has been referred to as the "Bible of Homicide." His subsequent
works, The Practical Homicide Investigation Checklist and Field Guide and Sex-Related
Homicide and Death Investigation: Practical and Clinical Perspectives, demonstrate his professional ability
and subject matter expert command over homicide investigations. In addition to his own works Geberth has
been an editor in over forty other textbooks. He has devoted his life to the study of murder and was the first law enforcement
professional to devise standard guidelines and protocols for proficient death inquiries. Currently he is president of P.H.I.
Investigative Consultants, Inc., a New York-based corporation that provides state-of-the-art instruction and consultation
regarding homicide investigations to police officers.