Western University Cold Case Society

Matching emerging experts to unsolved crimes, and vice versa...


Founded in 2011, the Cold Case Society (CCS) at Western uses students and faculty from across multiple disciplines to analyze unsolved crimes and other failed investigations with fresh eyes, doing so through the lens of new technology and emerging investigative methodologies. The CCS has always epitomized applied forensic research in the public interest, and we are now officially partnered with the Murder Accountability Project in Metropolitan Washington DC, a consortium of subject matter experts from across North America and a leading nonprofit think tank where I serve as co-director. Boasting the most sophisticated homicide database in the world, we are now using the Murder Accountability Project's serial offender algorithm to identify and crowdsource new cases while matching students to investigative leads in over 200,000 unsolved murders still on the books.

Corporate Cold Case Training Program


In addition to my think tank at Western, I've now also partnered with industry leading and community focused Ellipsis Digital to offer a corporate workshop version of my groundbreaking Cold Case Society - one geared to both private and public sector innovators. The training, interactive team building and problem solving, as well as the development of transferrable hard and soft skills for new and experienced employees alike are all second to none. The cases and the results of the participants' efforts are also very real.

I am currently looking to mine the best and brightest minds from the technology, corporate, hospitality, and civil service sectors for both customized retreats, as well ongoing weekly sessions offered in ten week intervals.

If you want to learn more, or to enrol as an individual or corporation, please review the full description and list of conditions HERE.

Books & TV

Books & Publications

I've published over a dozen books and counting on true crime, criminology, and criminal investigation that range from textbooks and rigorous academic monographs to popular trade press titles for the typical non-fiction reader and true crime fan. I've also written and published over 30 articles in peer reviewed journals, anthologies, encyclopedias, and edited volumes. If you're looking to submit a book idea or formal proposal for my criminal humanities collection with Peter Lang Publishing, please click here.

Social Media & Mental Health - Available Summer 2018

Television Work

I am currently developing several new television crime series with respect to both scripted and unscripted projects. My true crime/unsolved series, To Catch a Killer, is currently in international syndication. Contact my office regarding development, writing, or production inquires.

Media Interviews & Press Requests

Please use the contact link at the bottom of this page for all correspondence related to media, public speaking, or interview requests. Alternatively, reach out to the
communications team at Western University for more time-sensitive news stories. Below is a sampling of outlets where I've recently been featured as a guest expert, interviewee, or panelist.

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Consulting Work

Third Party Subject Matter Expertise for Private & Public Sector Organizations


I've been retained to consult on-site for a wide range of clients across multiple sectors, including media outlets such as the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), government and NGO entities from the Province of Ontario to healh care organizations, as well as industry leaders in risk detection like CarProof Vehicle History Reports. I also provide investigative training, interviewing strategies, and statement analysis for some of the leading corporate investigation firms in North America. Please use the Contact section for a full list of services and/or a case assessment.

Current & Recent Course Offerings

The following courses reflect current or historical offerings through my innovative criminal humanities curriculum at Western University, now also the basis for an international academic book series.


Contact us to request a course syllabus for any of the following courses.
Literary Criminology & the Fiction of Detection

Currently offered

Crime Writing

Currently offered


Forensic Writing

Currently offered


Directed Study in the Criminal Humanities

Currently offered

The Serial Killer in the Media

Previously offered


The Police in the Media

Previously offered


Forensic Investigation

Previously offered


Multiple Murder

Previously offered


Murder in the Long 19th Century

Forthcoming


Contact Us

Please complete the following form and we will respond as soon as possible. Please be as specific as possible regarding the nature of your media or speaking request, case tip, or question.

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