Writing a Victimology Report

970 Words Jun 9th, 2014 4 Pages
Its never easy on anyone when the call is made that somebody has been murdered. For one, the family is mourning over the loss of a relative. But what not many people actually think about is the hard work and process of locating the suspect. An investigator's job is very difficult, trying to find individuals willing to cooperate and give important information and learning everything about the victim would have to be some of the toughest parts of the job. Even if there is a suspect that is captured, there is still work to be done. Some would assume that the presence or proof against a suspect about the crime would be sufficient to prosecute them for the crime, however this is usually wrong. The investigators job isn't done after acquiring …show more content…
Having witnesses that can explain in detail what happened is a huge advantage because if it wasn't for them, there is not even an idea of exactly happened. There is also a possibility that they can give a description of the offender. Upon acquiring the new information it can narrow down the list of suspects making it that much easier to put somebody behind bars.
After investigating the crime scene, the investigator should run the victims information through the police database to see if he/she had any previous convictions. Learning that the victim has been to prison before can open up a whole new list of suspects and motives. After concluding with the background search, the investigator should search for any close living relatives or acquaintances that can provides the victims family background, employment history, close friends, and if any, enemies. The victim's residence would also be processed after receiving a search warrant. Any and all calendars with appointments, phone messages, voicemail, and answering machines would be processed. Information from bank statements and other financial information located at the victim's residence would also be processed. This would be used to trace an individual's movement through the use of their credit cards. Where they were prior to the crime might be traced through the use of their credit cards. Interviews with the staff of
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