HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER: Homicides, Staged Scenes & Missed Opportunities

Hosted by:

Kelsey McKay, JD, President of RESPOND Against Violence and Former Prosecutor
Dawn Wilcox, Founder of Women Count USA: United States Femicide Database
Andrea Zaferes, Aquatic Expert & Death Investigator

Drowning, strangulation, and suffocation are leading causes of death across the lifespan. But without obvious signs of external trauma, homicides resulting from asphyxiation are often missed or mislabeled. Whether called a suicide, natural cause, or a tragic accident, intent can rarely be determined without a deeper investigation. This webinar introduces insight that the criminal justice system can use to catch a killer.

Resources:

Crimes Against Women Podcasts:

Podcast on Crimes Against Women: Episode 3 "Why Strangulation Matters" Hosted by Kelsey McKay and Respond Against Violence
https://www.buzzsprout.com/961615

Podcast on Crimes Against Women: Episode 4 "Aquatic Abuse Homicide" Hosted by Andrea Zaferes
https://www.buzzsprout.com/961615

Physiological Consequences of Strangulation Timeline
(See PDF Attachment)

Rough Sex Defence: Why Campaigners Want it Banned
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-51151182

'Rough Sex' Defence Will Be Banned, says Justice Minister
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-53064086

Cold Case: 'Valentine Jane Doe' Rape, Murder Solved Through DNA After 29 Years
https://www.boston25news.com/news/trending/valentine-jane-doe-rape-murder-solved-through-dna-after-29-years/RYE6KJSQTZFXFPBO64CQBQLCOM/

N.M. Office Who Told Suspect He Was Going to 'Choke You Out' Is Charged with Manslaughter
https://people.com/crime/n-m-officer-who-told-suspect-he-was-going-to-choke-you-out-is-charged-with-manslaughter/

Irvine Attorney Convicted in Ex-Wife's Cruise Ship Murder
https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/irvine-attorney-convicted-in-ex-wifes-cruise-ship-murder/2380568/

The Voice of Charles: The Death of Rose
https://www.mckaytrainingconsulting.com/charles-voice

Investigative Psychology Research Unit at John Jay
https://www.jjay.cuny.edu/ipru/home

NIJ Journal 250: Intimate Partner Homicide (Assessing Risk Factors for Intimate Partner Homicide)
https://www.fcadv.org/sites/default/files/Campbell%2020032.pdf

Resources from Dawn Wilcox, Founder of Women Count USA: United States Femicide Database

Women & Girls Lost to Male Violence in 2018 by Dawn Wilcox from Women Count USA

Jane Monckton Smith: 8 Stages of Homicide

Intimate Partner Homicide Timeline
https://janems.blog/

Murder Accountability Project: The Algorithm That Catches Serial Killers

Samuel Little's Biography
https://www.biography.com/crime-figure/samuel-little

Confessions of a Killer: FBI Seeking Assistance Connecting Victims to Samuel Little's Confessions
https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/samuel-little-most-prolific-serial-killer-in-us-history-100619

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) Report
http://www.uihi.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Missing-and-Murdered-Indigenous-Women-and-Girls-Report.pdf

Urban Indian Health Institute: Our Bodies, Our Stories
https://www.uihi.org/projects/our-bodies-our-stories/

International Commission Holds Historic Hearing on Violence Against Native Women in the U.S. – U.S. Officials and Native Advocates Agree Violence Must End
https://turtletalk.blog/2011/11/04/international-commission-holds-historic-hearing-on-violence-against-native-women-in-the-u-s-%e2%80%93-u-s-officials-and-native-advocates-agree-violence-must-end/

Hearing the Whispers
https://magazine.wsu.edu/2019/04/28/hearing-the-whispers/

CDC: Half Of All Female Homicide Victims Are Killed By Intimate Partners
https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/07/21/538518569/cdc-half-of-all-female-murder-victims-are-killed-by-intimate-partners

WHO: Understanding & Addressing Violence Against Women
(See PDF Attachment)

CDC: Racial and Ethnic Differences in Homicides of Adult Women and the Role of Intimate Partner Violence — United States, 2003–2014

“Homicide is one of the leading causes of death for women aged ≤44 years.* In 2015, homicide caused the death of 3,519 girls and women in the United States. Rates of female homicide vary by race/ethnicity (1), and nearly half of victims are killed by a current or former male intimate partner.”
https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/66/wr/mm6628a1.htm?s_cid=mm6628a1_w

The State of Homicide: Mapping America's Homicide Rates from 1999-2017
https://www.security.org/resources/american-homicides/

Eleven Murder-Suicides Occur Across America Each Week, Claiming More Than 1,300 Lives Annually, New VPC Study Finds
https://vpc.org/press/eleven-murder-suicides-occur-across-america-each-week-claiming-more-than-1300-lives-annually-new-vpc-study-finds/

Men Who Murder Their Families: What the Research Tells Us
https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/230412.pdf

Gendered Differences in Murder
https://www.heuni.fi/material/attachments/heuni/projects/wd2vDSKcZ/Homicide_and_Gender.pdf

The Murder Accountability Project: Police departments failed to report nearly 3,000 homicides in 2018, Founded by Thomas Hargrove
http://www.murderdata.org/2020/05/nearly-3000-murders-unreported-by-police.html

The Serial-Killer Detector
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/11/27/the-serial-killer-detector

Can You Use This Data Set to Find Serial Killers?
https://slate.com/technology/2017/12/the-data-behind-the-serial-killer-detector-has-some-small-issues.html

The Preppy Murder: Who’s on Trial?
https://www.villagevoice.com/2020/03/31/the-preppy-murder-whos-on-trial/

The Fatal, Hateful Rise of Choking During Sex
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jul/25/fatal-hateful-rise-of-choking-during-sex

Margate Man Acquitted in Murder Case After Oral-Sex Defense
https://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/fl-reg-gag-defense-murder-trial-closings-20170522-story.html

Medical Examiner: 'I don't think it's possible' Woman Choked to Death During Consensual Oral Sex
https://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/fl-reg-gag-defense-murder-trial-autopsy-20170518-story.html

So You're Into Choking: Coming to Grip with this Increasingly Popular Sex Act
https://www.playboy.com/read/so-youre-into-choking

The Startling Rise of Choking During Sex: A quarter of women in the U.S. report feeling scared during sex
https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2019/06/how-porn-affecting-choking-during-sex/592375/

U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs Bureau of Justice Statistics: Female Victims of Violence
https://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/fvv.pdf

CDC: National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey 2010
(See CDC PDF Report)

Engaging African American Males in Ending Gender-Based Violence
https://humaninterests.seattle.gov/2019/08/28/engaging-african-american-males-in-ending-gender-based-violence/

Armed and Misogynist: How Toxic Masculinity Fuels Mass Shootings
https://www.motherjones.com/crime-justice/2019/06/domestic-violence-misogyny-incels-mass-shootings/

The Mysterious Death of Rebecca Zahau: Sexually Motivated Murder?
https://filmdaily.co/news/rebecca-zahau-mystery/

Norfolk Judge Freed Man Accused of Choking His Girlfriend. Then, prosecutor says, he killed her.
https://www.pilotonline.com/news/crime/article_7053fdfc-dd29-11e8-b188-5f055d52ca92.html

APD: Suspect Kills Himself After Staging Girlfriend’s Murder to Look Like a Suicide
https://www.abqjournal.com/1158159/apd-suspect-kills-self-after-staging-girlfriends-murder-as-suicide.html

The Staged Crime Scene
http://www.practicalhomicide.com/articles/staging.htm

Pregnant McCracken Co. Teen Suffocated; Boyfriend Charged with Murder
https://www.wkyt.com/content/news/Pregnant-McCracken-Co-teen-suffocated-boyfriend-charged-with-murder-492615761.html

Woman's Killer Hid in Closet as She Slept Night Before Fatal Attack in Apopka home: Records
https://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/breaking-news/os-asgierr-ulfr-danielle-scarr-20180718-story.html

Man Accused of Killing Former Roommate Hid in Closet to Stage Home Invasion
https://www.clickorlando.com/news/2018/07/20/man-accused-of-killing-former-roommate-hid-in-closet-to-stage-home-invasion/

Danueal Drayton Had History Of Violence, Mental-Health Issues; Blew Off Probation Appointments
https://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-news-danueal-drayton-connecticut-record-20180803-story.html

Texas Man Charged with Killing 12 Women, Police Look at 750 Other Deaths for Possible Links
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/texas-man-who-allegedly-posed-maintenance-worker-charged-killing-seven-n1006436

Most Serial Killing Victims are Women, FBI reports
https://web.archive.org/web/20101205150030/http://www.gosanangelo.com/news/2010/nov/27/most-serial-killing-victims-are-women-fbi/

More Men are Killed than Women, So Why Focus on Violence Against Women?
https://globalnews.ca/news/6536184/gender-based-violence-men-women/

Murders by Intimate Partners Are on the Rise, Study Finds
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/12/us/domestic-violence-victims.html

Southwestern Missouri Man Convicted of Killing Former Lover
https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/missouri/articles/2018-11-16/southwestern-missouri-man-convicted-of-killing-former-lover

TED: The Urgency of Intersectionality

Domestic Violence Calls Proven to be Most Dangerous for Responding Law Enforcement Officers: U.S. DOJ report shows that 40% of officer deaths are related to domestic violence calls.
https://www.khou.com/article/news/local/domestic-violence-calls-proven-to-be-most-dangerous-for-responding-law-enforcement-officers/285-c7fef991-320d-4d4d-9449-2ede67c10829

What's Next:

PART 4. CONVINCING THE COURTS

PART 5. LET'S TALK ABOUT SEX

Previous Series' Resources:

PART 1. WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, WHY: THE DYNAMICS OF ASPHYXIATION

PART 2. BUILDING A CASE: IDENTIFICATION, INVESTIGATION & MEDICAL RESPONSE

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