Archive for May 2014

Homicides by Daniel Pastre, author of Justice and Closure

Many people have asked how many homicides I have investigated. Before answering this question, let me first define homicide. A homicide is an unattended death of a human being. This is defined in police terminology as any person who dies without being attended by medical personnel. Regardless of factors such as age, injury or illness, apparent suicide, SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome), or one who died in their sleep, a complete investigation is conducted including forensic evidence collection, photography, documentation, sketching the scene, and interviews.

Some cases were straight forward such as an elderly person with a medical condition dying in their sleep. As long as my investigation detected no foul play and the patient’s doctor signed the death certificate, no further investigation was warranted. Suicides required more intensive investigations for obvious reasons. By far, investigating SIDS was the most emotionally taxing for me. While having compassion for the grieving parents, a complete investigation including an autopsy still had to be conducted to rule out murder.

Although I have worked many homicides investigations, I chose not to keep count. However, memories of them resurface in my mind as I write.

Daniel Pastre, author of Justice and Closure

 

Daniel Pastre, author of Justice and Closure, police fiction

It is my opinion that books of police fiction should have a close connection with the reality of actual police work.  An author should conduct extensive research on police procedures and protocol, better yet spend some years in law enforcement. Experience provides first hand knowledge and an understanding of the profession. A writer should know the trauma associated with making an arrest for the suspect and the officer, interviewing witnesses and victims, and the stress of the job both from the streets and the administration. These are things that should be experienced before putting words to paper. My knowledge as a police detective was instrumental in writing Justice and Closure.

Daniel Pastre