Death by Drinking?

By Darren Dake, D-ABMDI, CI, CCI Water intoxication, also known as water poisoning, hyperhydration, overhydration, or water toxemia is a potentially fatal disturbance in brain functions that results when the normal balance of electrolytes in the body is pushed outside safe limits by excessive water intake. Under normal circumstances, accidentally consuming too much water is exceptionally rare. Nearly all deaths related to water intoxication in healthy individuals have resulted either from water drinking contests, in which individuals attempt to consume large amounts of water or from long bouts of exercise during which excessive amounts of fluid were consumed. In addition, water cure, a method of torture in which the

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Is Your Job Destroying Your Family?

By Darren Dake, D-ADMDI, CI, CCI Police work and in particular, death investigation, is one of the most stressful jobs in this country. Day after day, investigators see the worst of humanity, absorb the world’s negativity, and come home to families who love them. How can you not expect this to have an effect on your mind, body, and soul? Not to mention the effect is has on your family. So, ask yourself this question; is your job destroying your family? We need to recognize the warning signs of stress and how it can affect our lives and the lives of our family.

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Interviewing Family Members

An investigator’s approach to family members must be one of total respect and understanding. Your approach and attitude must be above normal standards in these types of interviews.  Your attitude and demeanor upon the first contact will set the tone for the rest of the conversation. This includes the officers that arrived on the scene first.  If you have to talk with family or even witnesses, hours or days later, you can be sure the attitude of the officers on the scene during the initial call will be a factor in the cooperation you will get today. Find your empathetic

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Putting a Name to a Face: The Art of the Unidentified

by Michael W. Streed Each year in the United States, coroner and medical examiner’s offices intake approximately 4,400 unidentified bodies. Of those, approximately 1,000—or roughly 25% of them—remain unidentified after the first year1. If you multiply that number over a period of several years, you begin to see the enormous challenge facing death investigators at home and abroad! The journey for many unidentified deceased persons begins when a friend or relative reports them missing to law enforcement. Others are the result of a homicide or death investigation. As part of their follow up, local law enforcement investigators routinely collect dental

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10 Tips for Building a Professional Image

If you want to be seen and respected as a professional, might I say you need to act like a professional first.  In this post, I  talk about what I believe are the ten most important areas you should guard and improve if you want to build a professional image.   These are not in any particular order and the list is in no way all-inclusive. Rather, these ten areas are what I feel are the most important. 10 tips for building a professional image 1.Keep your personal life personal Keep your opinions to yourself or within your tightest-closets friends.

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Autoerotic Fatalities – What they are and what they are not.

Autoerotic deaths are accidental deaths that occur during solitary sexual activity in which some type of apparatus that was used to enhance the sexual stimulation of the deceased caused the unintentional death. These deaths are accidental, they are not suicides as some have thought. The practitioner does not intend to die as a result of this activity, but instead, dies as a result of an overdose of asphyxiation or a failure in the mechanism of pleasure induced by the victim. Autoerotic deaths come in many forms and are not just from an asphyxial hanging, although asphyxia is the most common.

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