Dan L. Vogel
is a retired FBI Special Agent with a Masters Degree in Administration of Justice and 27 years experience in Federal Law Enforcement
. During his FBI career, he worked white collar crime, international terrorism, violent crime, applicant processing, and media matters. During his last 15 years with the FBI, he served as Oklahoma City Coordinator for the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime. In this capacity, he worked on all types of violent crimes from throughout the United States and Canada.
Since retirement, Mr. Vogel has worked as a Forensic Consultant/Expert Witness on premises liability cases, murder, rape, abduction, crime statistics, FBI applicant matters, wrongful death, search and seizure, FBI policies and procedures, and excessive force. He has testified as an expert in Federal and state cases.
In December 2009, Mr. Vogel volunteered to assist in locating a child who was abducted in Oklahoma in 1968. The investigation located him in 2011 and DNA confirmed his identity. Mother and son have been re-united after 44 years.
In June 2013, Mr. Vogel was added to the Consulting Committee for The American Investigative Society of Cold Cases.
Areas of Expertise
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- Criminal Investigative Analysis
- Crime Scene Analysis
- Victim Assessment
- Equivocal Death
- Wrongful Death
- Crime Risk
- False Allegations
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Homicide cases in which the victim cannot be identified are difficult to solve and profile. This article will discuss the importance of victimology in a homicide investigation.
Violent Crime has increased dramatically in the United States in the past 50 years. Many of these crimes involve serial homicide and rape which are especially challenging for investigators and experts since the perpetrators are usually experienced at what they do and don't leave many clues at the crime scene (if it can even be found). Plus, these crimes have a tendency to gain a lot of notoriety from the news media and public which results in intense pressure on the police department or investigating agency to solve these crimes quickly.
Many times investigators and experts are confronted with cases which are equivocal: uncertain or questionable. For example, a death appears to be suicide but may actually be murder staged to appear to be a suicide. There are also cases which appear to be suicide but are actually accidental deaths. This article will provide a questionnaire for investigators and experts when confronted with these types of cases. The questionnaire is provided to attempt to determine the mental state of the victim just prior to his or her death and whether or not the victim was suicidal.
John Delorean was a very successful executive at General Motors and was known for developing the Pontiac GTO, the Pontiac Firebird, Pontiac Grand Prix, Chevrolet Vega, and the DeLorean DMC-12 sports car, which was later featured in the 1985 film Back to the Future. In 1982 Delorean was arrested by the FBI for drug trafficking. "The alleged drug trafficking was supposedly an attempt to raise funds for his struggling company, which declared bankruptcy that same year. He successfully defended himself against the drug trafficking charges, showing that his alleged involvement was a result of entrapment by federal agents". Delorean was found not guilty on August 16, 1984.
This article will focus on how to research FBI policies and procedures for the operation of informants. These documents are available to the public through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIPA). Researching FBI records can be very difficult and frustrating since many of the records are not searchable once you find the record you desire. Lawyers who need help researching these records may find that it is more cost effective to hire an expert to find the information they need.
Many young people make bad decisions which may follow them the rest of their lives and close doors to great opportunities as they progress through the work force. The bad decisions which seem like a "fling" at the time now have disastrous consequences when the young person has an interest in a job that requires a security clearance with a background investigation and polygraph.
Violent Crime has increased dramatically in the United States in the past 50 years. Many premises liability cases involve violent crimes that could have been prevented if the landowner had taken the appropriate precautions based on industry standards. Foreseeability is important in determining whether violent crime could have been predicted based on past violent events. This information is easily obtained due to advances in computer technology. The public can now access this information in most locations throughout the United States.
False allegations are seen in several types of cases and are very problematic for police since extensive investigation must be conducted to corroborate the victim's allegations. A great deal of resources can be wasted in these investigations since the alleged crime never took place. One study indicated that false rape allegations constituted 41% of all forcible rape cases in one police department. There are indicators of false allegations that may help police and experts determine whether a crime took place.
Your personal security is based on your life style, and personal decisions. The Risk Continuum will assist you in determining your risk for becoming the victim of a violent crime. Minor changes in your life style may have a major impact on whether or not you will become a violent crime victim. There are many risk factors that you should consider when trying to reduce your level of risk.
Victimology is defined as an assessment of everything that can be known about the victim of a crime, and is a critical tool for the investigator and experts which can lead to the quick solution of a criminal case or the resolution of a premises liability matter involving a violent crime.
Offenders will sometimes stage a violent crime because they know that they need to re-direct the investigation. The problem for some of them is that they are unfamiliar with crime scene investigation procedures and may make themselves more obvious as a suspect.
Defendant was observed driving a vehicle with a cracked windshield and a broken driver's side rear tail lens. He was stopped by the police for equipment violations and was asked various questions which indicated that he might be transporting money from an illegal drug transaction. Police asked if they could search the car and the defendant refused.
The assessment of victim risk by an expert witness in a premises liability case may become critical to the successful outcome of the case. This article provides a Daubert style methodology for determining whether the victim was at low, moderate, or high risk for a crime of violence.