Cold Case Conference Comes to Muhlenberg

Criminal investigators are coming together at a local college to talk about cracking cold cases.

Criminal investigators from Lehigh, Berks, Northampton, Carbon, Lycoming and Monroe counties will be attending a weeklong Cold Case Conference featuring lectures by members of the Vidocq Society - experts in analyzing evidence in long-unsolved murders and other major crimes.

Lehigh County District Attorney James B. Martin will host the conference June 18-22 at Muhlenberg College in Allentown.

Participants will learn investigative techniques and have the opportunity to present their cases to society members. The conference is co-hosted by Berks County District Attorney John T. Adams, Carbon County District Attorney Gary F. Dobias and Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli.

Topics will include:

  • Maintaining the integrity of a crime scene
  • Interviewing and interrogation
  • DNA analysis
  • Toxicology
  • Blood spatter analysis
  • Mexican drug gangs
  • Ritual killings
  • Polygraph examination
  • Criminal profiles
  • Child abductions

The Vidocq Society was founded in 1990 by Richard Walter; William Fleisher, a former Philadelphia police officer and FBI special agent who later became the assistant special agent in charge of the U.S. Customs Service in Philadelphia, and the late Frank Bender, a forensic sculptor from Philadelphia.

The society is made up of more than 150 members from diverse backgrounds.

The Vidocq credo is Veritas Veritatum – the Truth of Truths.

Eugene Francois Vidocq was a fugitive from French justice in the 18th century who offered his services as a police spy and informer. Vidocq’s success at catching criminals became legendary, and he eventually directed a force of 28 detectives who were also former criminals.


Frediano June 19, 2012 at 07:06 PM
This conference desperately needs a new topic: "What to do when a high profile cold case potentially points uncomfortably at involvement by confidential drug informants and their sloppy handlers, and nobody wants to risk their brave, new model of entrepreneurial law enforcement."


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