I interviewed the foremost murder detective in America this past week. I wrote a story about his expanded “bible” for homicide investigators.

His name is Vernon Geberth, his book is Practical Homicide Investigation, and my profile was in Forensic Magazine.

As I have mentioned in my story and elsewhere, there’s a literary quality mixed within the grisly crime scene photos on nearly every page. It’s clear that humans do terrible things to one another because they can – and because they like to do so. It’s up to the detective to plumb a kind of order in the aftermath of mortal chaos. This is accomplished through professionalism and an attention to detail.

I recommend the book highly – though it is not for the faint-hearted.

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