The Murder Scene

Greetings again kind readers to another one of my police experience missives. Please allow me to acquaint you with some background information so that you will be better equipped to have a “police perspective” of my story.

First, some basic concepts: Police academy subject, Crime Scene 101.  Processing.

You sometimes have to work the crime scenes backward in the example of cases that involved abductions that result in homicides.

All criminal investigations start at the initial crime scene in cases that you have a dead victim; sometimes you may have more than one crime scene to process that all involve the same major crime through a series of other crimes that occurred under one case investigation. You sometimes have to work the crime scenes backward in the example of cases that involved abductions that result in homicides. The initial location of the victim abduction; the vehicle where the victim was placed; the location of the assault; the location of the “body dump”.  All of these are distinct crime scenes that have to be processed for evidence.

Now you can picture working the crime scenes “ backward” starting with the location of the “body dump” and all of the way back to the scene of the abduction.

The “Sherlock Holmes” of France, one Edmond Locard established a very sound crime scene processing principle:  “Every contact by a criminal leaves a trace”. It has further flowered out to mean by modern day “gumshoes” to readily know that suspect/s bring as well as leave trace evidence at a crime scene. Physical evidence collected and examined will lead clues to further the investigation and ultimately lead to the suspect identification.

The very first thing the investigator does is to identify the victim.

Canvassing the immediate as well as the outside perimeters of the crime scene for witnesses (eye as well as ear) as well as static video locations all must be covered, interviewed and documented and/or recovered.

Okay, now you have the investigative tools for me to proceed.

The body where the victim was “dumped” was missing.  The location yielded the cloths that were used to wrap the body. The location was initially sealed and watched over by some of the murderers. The route taken by the victim prior to his torture and murder was well established by eyewitnesses and well documented. The scene of the victim’s abduction was corroborated by the victim’s associates as well as the abductors’ themselves. The location where the victim was agitated and physically tortured was located and well documented by eyewitnesses and by the suspects. The murder implements were recovered and later stored at various locations. It was further established by eyewitness and ear witness accounts that were documented that this victim knew of the conspiracy to have him killed and that he identified the suspects.

Now kind readers, some of you know of this victim and this planned murder.

Two weeks ago, I traveled to this crime scene.  I walked in the footsteps of this victim.  I saw what he saw.  I possibly touched what he touched.  I read the eyewitness accounts and even the victim’s dying words. The victim was my friend who died for me as well as for all who believed in him. He is Jesus Christ, my Lord, and my Savior.

I am humbled.  Case closed for this retired Gumshoe.


Danny Pitocco
Danny Pitocco
RETIRED (as a Detective with the Snohomish County Sherriff’s Department, Washington State), Danny has over forty years of law enforcement experience across city, county, state and federal levels of government, including service as a Special Agent for the DEA, US Department of Justice. He’s a decorated law enforcement veteran, and recipient of the "Detective of the Year" award for Snohomish County, Danny is a certified composite artist and has testified as an expert witness in the field of narcotics and modus operandi of particular crimes in state and federal courts in California, and has given testimony before federal grand juries. Danny served four years of active duty in the US Marine Corps and loves Jesus as his personal savior.

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