Forensic Issues at Fire Death Scenes (8 hours)
This class will introduce investigators, crime lab techs and csi experts to the unique issues and challenges found at fire death scenes. The fire death scene has two major areas of interest to investigators: 1. the area where the body is located, or the body itself; and, 2. the area where the fire originated. Occasionally in suicides and some murder scenarios those two areas are in the same spot. This class will show various fire death scenarios from real life cases, and inform the students on the best way to approach, document, identify, and collect the critical evidence in these scenes without destroying or altering it. The cases that will be examined included body dump arsons in both vehicles and outdoor locations, arson murders, suicides, and staged suicides by fire. Special sections will discuss ignition and incendiary devices and the unique forensics found on these items. Lastly, the identification, documentation, and collection of accelerant evidence will be discussed. In this class you will learn from one of the most successful and decorated arson investigators in the world. The instructor has arrested hundreds of persons for arson, and has been involved in thousands of cases as an investigator, profiler, courtroom expert, and cold case detective. He has testified in dozens of jury trials including numerous arson murders and several death penalty cases. He currently assists prosecutors, coroners, and police/fire agencies as a consultant.
Ed Nordskog is a retired Detective and Profiler with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Dept, with 29 years of investigative experience, and 21 years as an Arson/Bomb Investigator. He has conducted 2,100 arson investigations, and has arrested, interviewed, and prosecuted in excess of 340 persons for Arson, or Fraud related to arson. He has testified in these matters in both Criminal and Civil courts on nearly 100 occasions.
Nordskog has authored 6 books on Arsonists, Serial Arsonists, Fire Death, and Arson Profiling. He is a longtime instructor in these subjects. He currently works on Cold Case Arson Murders, and as a Profiler in the private sector. He is a former IAAI Investigator of the Year, two time recipient of IAAI’s Accomplishment of the Year, and also was named Law Enforcement Officer of the Year all for his work on Serial Arson and Arson Murder cases. He has been a subject matter expert in numerous books by other authors, podcasts, and investigative reporting shows. More than a dozen of his major cases have been developed into television episodes.