9/24/2020 0 Comments
This week on the Writer's Detective Bureau, returning to old crime scenes, cell phone location tracking, investigating a child death, and police reform. I'm Adam Richardson. And this is the Writer's Detective Bureau. This is episode number 97 of the Writer's Detective Bureau, or just three episodes away from episode 100. The podcast dedicated to helping authors and screenwriters write professional quality crime related fiction. This week, I'm answering your questions about returning to old crime scenes. How police can track the cell phone of a missing person, investigating a child death, and my thoughts on police reform.
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his week's first question comes from Marcus Wilkes, who asked, "After a crime scene is closed and no longer guarded and the detective wants to revisit it, do they still have to log their entry into the crime scene log or do they just come and go as they please? Also, when is a crime scene such as a house release back to the owner for cleaning up?" Thanks for the question, Marcus. In episode 51, I briefly talked about this, but this is a great opportunity to delve a little deeper.
Reading into your question a bit, Marcus, I'm assuming we're talking about a murder that happens in a private residence. Like I talked about in episode 94 of the podcast, detectives would need to get a search warrant for the murder scene, which is called a Mincey Warrant. Definitely check out episode 94 to learn more about Mincey Warrants, but it's important to understand that search warrants, whether it's a Mincey Warrant for a homicide scene in a house, a regular old search warrant for a suspect's apartment, or even a search warrant you serve on a bank to get a suspect's financial records, a search warrant is a one-time search.
You can take as long as you reasonably need to complete the search. So, if we're talking about a serial killer that used his 10 acre property as his personal cemetery, it would be reasonable for the search to take weeks. But that one time search means the police must remain there the entire time. It could mean posting a uniformed officer at the scene overnight just to maintain the integrity of the crime scene, but the police can not leave and then come back. If they do, they need another search warrant. A search warrant is basically a judge saying you, the police, have the right to search this location for evidence and to seize the evidence you list in the warrant to help you prove whatever crime you're alleging... Continue reading...
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