Homicide Detectives - Aspect 3
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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 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 18, 2013 8:46 PM
In terms of audience effects, fear of victimization will depend on who is viewing the crime stories. Research indicates that residents in high crime urban areas who watch a large amount of television are more likely to be afraid of crime. Another important factor is whether audience members have direct victim experience or share characteristics that make them crime vulnerable.
Shane Mulhern's comment, March 18, 2013 8:47 PM
Western society is fascinated with crime and justice. From films, books, newspapers, magazines, television broadcasts, to everyday conversations, we are constantly engaging in crime “talk”. The mass media play an important role in the construction of criminality and the criminal justice system. The public’s perception of victims, criminals, deviants, and law enforcement officials is largely determined by their portrayal in the mass media. Research indicates that the majority of public knowledge about crime and justice is derived from the media
Shane Mulhern's comment, March 18, 2013 8:50 PM
Presentations of police are often over-dramatized and romanticized by fictional television crime dramas while the news media portray the police as heroic, professional crime fighter. In television crime dramas, the majority of crimes are solved and criminal suspects are successfully apprehended. These tv dramas totally exaggerate what really goes on in an investigation.
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Shane Mulhern's comment, March 18, 2013 8:39 PM
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 18, 2013 8:42 PM
It is evident that most people believe what they see on TV. People are more likely to believe what happens on TV based on their environment. Whether they live in the ghetto or in the suburbs. If you are familiar with your surroundings, you will know what bad things may be going on.
Shane Mulhern's comment, March 18, 2013 8:47 PM
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.