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Name = Francis Ferragonio

Phone = 412-491-2055

Email = fferragonio@verizon.net

 

25 yrs. Penn Hills Policemen - Retired

12 yrs. as a parol officer 

6 yrs. as a detective in the juvenile division

Degree - BA Administration of Justice (University of Pittsburgh)

           - BA Secondary Social Studies/Education (Point Park University)

Shane Mulhern's insight:

1. How does the average Detective start their day?

2. What would you consider as an average day for a detective? What can/should you expect to encounter throughout the day?

3. When/where does a homicide detectives jurisdiction end?

4. How fast can the police find out about a murder that has taken place? The average time in finding out about a crime?

5. Do you know if the media, or news crews, distort or change what actually happened during the crime? Are what they're telling us facts based by you, or are they rumors just for audience?

6. Do TV shows do a good job of accuately portraying crime scenes and detective work?

7. What is the best kind of evidence you can use to find or track down a murder? Is there even such thing as "best" kind?

8. Why do some cases get cold?

9. Everybody is human...have you or anyone you may know ever made a mistake that cost you all the whole entire case? Giving the criminal time to flee...

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Shane Mulhern's comment, March 18, 2013 10:03 PM
7. DNA evidence is the best kind of evidence. The more evidence you have, the better it is for the case. Witnesses are also another very good asset to use in solving a crime.
Shane Mulhern's comment, March 18, 2013 10:04 PM
8. Witnesses refuse to give evidence. Most crimes that are actually solved will have a witness.
Shane Mulhern's comment, March 18, 2013 10:05 PM
9. It does happen, sometimes you react really quickly and may make a mistake that may cost the case. ( I have story that actually happened to him that I will explain in my presentation)
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Shane Mulhern's comment, March 13, 2013 7:57 AM
Several social scientists claim that the media, when it comes to covering criminal acts, will distort, sensationalize the real world of crime, and over exaggerate what actually happens. They also believe that the news media should be providing decent, accurate information. The American people deserve to know what is going on in their community. It is pretty obvious that the news media is always going to be mentioning crimes in the area. Also realizing that there may be some restrictions to the media on what they can provide to the public about the case, sometimes it may be confidential.
Shane Mulhern's comment, March 13, 2013 8:07 AM
Current studies show that violent crime is overrepresented in news media. Obviously, people are going to be fairly interested in hearing about what has happened in their community and/or country. The news media will use crimes as attention grabbers so more viewers will watch, therefore, raising their ratings. They often inform us with information that may be false because they cannot always get all the information they need.
Shane Mulhern's comment, March 13, 2013 8:12 AM
Some commentators that crime in news media does not portray, furnish information or help the audience to learn in any reliable way about the nature of crime. People lack the knowledge of know the criminals behavior and/or crime trends. Crime talked about in the media is NOT the same as the crime that goes down on the streets. People are really mislead about this and do not know what might actually be happening...in their own backyard.
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Homicide - The Seattle Police Department

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Shane Mulhern's comment, March 14, 2013 7:50 AM
Cold cases are the worst case scenario for homicide detectives. They never really give up a case, they get to the farthest possible point and then eventually cannot go any further. This happens because they do not have enough evidence to continue. Case do not become "cold" until the officer on the case retires. They then have to assign the case to someone new.
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Media consumption and public attitudes toward crime and justice- JCJPC, Volume 10, Issue 2

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Shane Mulhern's comment, March 11, 2013 8:09 AM
The way people think of criminal cases can vary tremendously. Over all, it seems that it has a lot to do with where you live and your environment. People living on the streets of a major city may watch a TV show thats setting is in the city, see murder, theft, abuse and much more, and get scared because they think it's happening everywhere. People living in the suburbs, with a nice neighborly environment, do not seem to be a nervous when going out and about. Residents in high crime urban areas are more likely to believe what they see on TV, just because of their life style.
Shane Mulhern's comment, March 12, 2013 7:51 AM
Presentations of police are often over-dramatized and romanticized from television shows and also movies. People seem to get caught up with the "Life" of the actor playing the policeman. People do not seem to realize that most criminal cases are not solved with in 1 hour. Also that there's not always a happy ending in the cases. Sometimes the bad guy will get away, they call this a cold case.
Shane Mulhern's comment, March 12, 2013 7:56 AM
There are some beliefs that the police and news media have a symbiotic relationship that they use to help each other out. The police will ask them for any information they may have on a person. They might also ask they news to show an image of a criminal on their show, hoping that someone will give a tip of the whereabouts of the suspect. However, some researchers argue that the news media portrays police in a negative way, rather that positive.
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Tami Yaklich's comment, March 20, 2013 9:47 PM
Good info and sources discussing the misrepresentation of media
Tami Yaklich's comment, March 20, 2013 9:47 PM
Excellent interview source!
Tami Yaklich's comment, March 20, 2013 9:47 PM
Score: 30/30