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22nd Annual Markle Symposium Focuses on Management and Investigation of Shooting Incidents

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9/20/2013 9:00 AM

Sept. 19, 2013

Henry C. Lee, features Dr. Henry C. Lee

WEST HAVEN, CONN.  The 22nd annual Arnold Markle Symposium, sponsored by the Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science at the University of New Haven, will take place on Oct. 14 and 15 and will focus on the management and investigation of shooting incidents.

The two-day symposium, named for the late state’s attorney of New Haven County, is open to the public. It takes place at University Theater in Dodds Hall on the main UNH campus, 300 Boston Post Road.  The program will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

This year, the symposium is especially designed not only for law enforcement, safety personnel, prosecutors, defense attorneys and behavioral scientists but also workers in emergency services, education and forensic sciences, as well as students.

“Unfortunately, this topic is very relevant today,” said Henry C. Lee, chaired professor and founder of the Lee Institute.  “Although we have had far too many of them, we have learned a lot about how best to manage and investigate these incidents, and we are learning about ways to prevent them, too. This symposium will feature many outstanding speakers who have a lot of knowledge to share with participants,” Lee said.

This year’s speakers will include noted international and national behavioral profilers, who have researched and published on the topic, and law enforcement experts in shooting incident response.

The symposium is named for Markle because of his efforts to organize affordable training programs for police.  Markle believed that better training of police would lead to more successful investigations and prosecutions.

This year’s speakers include:

  • Lee, who will speak on “Shooting Investigation Evidence and Management.”  Lee joined the forensic science program at UNH in 1974 and has assisted in the investigations of more than 8,000 criminal cases, including the O.J. Simpson case, the review of the John F. Kennedy assassination and the death of Jon Benet Ramsey. He has lectured throughout the world and has authored hundreds of articles in professional journals.  He is the co-author of more than 25 textbooks on topics such as DNA analysis, fingerprints, trace evidence, forensic anthropology, crime scene investigation and crime scene reconstruction. He will address the management and investigation at the scene as well as evidence and shooting reconstruction.
  • Michael M. Baden, who will talk about the medical examiner’s perspective on shooting incidents. He is a board certified forensic pathologist and former New York City chief medical examiner.  He is the co-director of the New York State Police Medico-Legal Investigation Unit. Baden was chairman of the forensic pathology panel of the U.S. Congress Select Committee on Assassinations that investigated the deaths of President John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. He is the author of “Unnatural Death, Confessions of a Medical Examiner” and “Dead Reckoning: The New Science of Catching Killers.”  He and his wife, Linda, are co-authors of “Remains Silent,” a popular forensic novel, and “Skeleton Justice.” In addition, Baden has been the subject of 10 HBO specials.
  • Mary Ellen O’Toole, who will speak on “The School Shooter: Pre-Incident Indication and Profile.”  O’Toole was a profiler for the FBI for 30 years, headquartered in Quantico, Va.  She interviewed the Unabomber, worked on the Polly Klaas abduction, the Red Lake school shooting and the investigation of David Parker Ray, the so-called Toy-Box Killer who tortured women in a high-tech homemade dungeon.  She was an author of the law enforcement manual, “The School Shooter: A Threat Assessment Perspective,”  and recently authored “Dangerous Instincts.”
  • Bruce Tully, who will speak on securing the environment, is a retired senior foreign service officer and special agent in charge of the U.S. Department of State, Diplomatic Security Service.  Tully has experience in training U.S. personnel and securing U.S. embassies abroad against threats. He is an international security consultant in the areas of personal security, anti-crime and counter terrorism.
  • Raymond Hamden, who will speak on “Profiling the Offender: Prevention and Interview of the Alleged Offender.” Hamden, a licensed psychologist, practiced in Washington, D.C.   In 1990, he established a professional psychology practice in the United Arab Emirates. He is a life member of the Association of Psychological Sciences and is a member of the International Society of Political Psychology, International Council of Psychologists, and American College of Forensic Examiners International.
  • Pete Gagliardi, who will speak on “Transnational Firearms Crimes.  Gagliardi is an expert on ballistics evidence and firearms. He has authored “The 13 Critical Tasks, An Inside-Out Approach to Solving More Gun Crime.”  Gagliardi is a retired special agent who was in charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. He is senior vice president of Forensic Technology, Inc. of Montreal.

The cost of the two day symposium is $150 per person, although there are discounts for groups of five or more.  UNH students may attend at a cost of $75. To register, go to the institute website,  Questions may be addressed to the institute at 203-932-7460. 

The University of New Haven is a private, top-tier comprehensive institution recognized as a national leader in experiential education. Founded in 1920 on the campus of Yale University in cooperation with Northeastern University, UNH moved to its current West Haven campus in 1960. The University operates a satellite campus in Tuscany, Italy, and offers programs at several locations throughout Connecticut and in New Mexico and California. UNH provides its students with a unique combination of a solid liberal arts education and real-world, hands-on career and research opportunities. The University enrolls approximately 6,400 students, including nearly 1,800 graduate students and more than 4,600 undergraduates – the majority of whom reside in University housing. Through its College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, Tagliatela College of Engineering, and College of Lifelong & eLearning, UNH offers 75 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. UNH students have access to more than 50 study abroad programs worldwide and its student-athletes compete in 16 varsity sports in the NCAA Division II’s highly competitive Northeast-10 Conference.