by John O. Savino & Brent E. Turvey
© Elsevier, December 2004


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Rape Investigation Handbook
by John O. Savino & Brent E. Turvey
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published by Academic Press, an imprint of Elsevier, 2004
ISBN: 012072832X

About The Authors

Detective John J. Baeza, NYPD (ret.)
John Baeza started his career in law enforcement as a New York State Correction Officer working at the Sing-Sing and Otisville correctional facilities. He was employed by the New York City Police Department for nearly 12 years. He began his police career in Harlem’s 32nd Precinct as a patrol officer. He was then assigned to the Manhattan North Tactical Narcotics Team where he performed undercover work for three years. He was promoted to Detective during his Narcotics assignment. From 1994 to 2000, he was assigned to the Manhattan Special Victims Squad where he personally investigated more than 2000 sex crimes and child abuse cases.


Dr. John M. Butler
Dr. John M. Butler is Project Leader of the Human Identity Team within the Biotechnology Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, MD. He holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Virginia. While a graduate student working in the FBI Laboratory, he pioneered development of the techniques now widely used for short tandem repeat forensic DNA typing.

Dr. Butler serves on the FBI’s Scientific Working Group on DNA Analysis Methods (SWGDAM), and is author of Forensic DNA Typing: Biology and Technology behind STR Markers (2001). He is also widely published in the area of DNA technology, research, and application.


Terilynne W. Butler
Terilynne Butler holds a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Brigham Young University. She began her writing career in 1994 and has contributed to newspapers and magazines. A member of a long-standing writer’s group in California, she is currently preparing two self-help manuscripts. She has broad experience editing and enjoys trying to make her husband’s writing understandable to the general public. Working from home, she is the mother of four small children, all of which her husband has proven to be theirs through DNA testing. 


Linda E. Ledray, RN, SANE-A, Ph.D., FAAN 
Dr. Linda E. Ledray is the founder and director of the Minneapolis, Minnesota based Sexual Assault Resource Service (SARS), one of the first Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE-SART) programs, which she developed in 1977.  Dr. Ledray is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Minnesota.  She has taught nationally and internationally on the topic of victim assistance, SANE-SART program development, and program evaluation.  Dr. Ledray is a retired US Army Colonel.  She was stationed at the 2nd General Hospital in Landstuhl, Germany and was mobilized in support of Operation Desert Storm. Dr. Ledray is has published many articles and books including Recovering from Rape (1994) and the
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Development and Operation Guide (1999).


Michael McGrath, MD
Michael McGrath, MD, is a Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, NY. He is also Associate Chair for Ambulatory Services, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, at Unity Health System, in Rochester, NY.

Dr. McGrath divides his time between clinical, administrative, teaching and research activities. His areas of special expertise include forensic psychiatry and criminal profiling. He has lectured on three continents and is a founding member of the Academy of Behavioral Profiling.  


Stephen M. Pittel, PhD
Dr. Stephen M. Pittel holds a BA from Rutgers University in Newark, NJ, and a PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. He has been a Professor of Psychology at The Wright Institute since 1970, and a Director of Research at Center Point Programs since 1991.

Dr. Pittel has more than 30 years of experience in the field of substance abuse research and treatment. He is the author of more than 100 articles, monographs and reports on drug and alcohol abuse and treatment, and has qualified as an expert on the effects of drugs and alcohol in Superior Courts throughout California and in Federal District and Military courts.

He may be contacted through his private consulting firm, SMP Associates, in Berkeley, CA (office: 510-486-1888; email: drugshrink@comcast.net).


Detective Alan Sandomir, NYPD 
Detective Alan Sandomir was born and raised in New York City. He attended Cortland College in upstate New York where he received a dual Bachelor’s Degree in both Anthropology and Political Science. After college, Detective Sandomir spent four years in the United States Army where he was involved in a classified intelligence collection operation in Eastern Europe during the height of the Cold War. After his military service, Detective Sandomir joined the ranks of the New York City Police Department in 1984 and began his career walking a beat in the housing projects along Manhattan’s Lower East Side. His stint as a Lower East Side cop included a four year assignment in a plainclothes street crime unit that targeted guns, shootings, robberies and burglaries in and around those housing projects. Following that, he began an assignment in an undercover narcotics unit that targeted lower Manhattan. His experiences there led him to a position in the highly acclaimed Organized Crime Control Bureau’s Manhattan North Tactical Narcotics Team (TNT) where he was involved in undercover investigations against the organized drug gangs that battled for upper Manhattan. By1992 he had been decorated nineteen times and was transferred to the Detective Bureau. Detective Sandomir was then  sent to the South Bronx where he investigated everything from harassment to homicide. In 1995 he requested a transfer to the Manhattan Special Victims Squad where he began specializing in investigating violent sex crimes. In 2001 he created and initiated a program that allowed him to specialize in and investigate the trickle of incoming DNA based cases that was correctly forecasted to soon turn into an avalanche. As the DNA databanks began to churn out DNA cases Detective Sandomir and his partner, Detective Edward Tacchi, became the first DNA Detectives in the NYPD where they led both New York City and New York State in DNA arrests and indictments while working out of their Manhattan office.

During his tenure at the Manhattan Special Victims Squad Detective Sandomir became immortalized as fictional Special Victims Squad Detective Al Vandomir in mystery writer Linda Fairstein’s ‘Alex Cooper’ murder/mystery series.  Detective Sandomir continued to hone his investigative, interrogation and interview skills while working on thousands of sex crime cases over the years and becoming an in-house lecturer and DNA consultant. He was soon promoted to the highly vaunted rank of Detective 2nd Grade where he continued to be involved in some of the most publicized, notorious and serious sex crime cases that the City of New York encountered.


Detective John O. Savino, NYPD 
John Savino has been a member of the New York City Police Department since 1982. His career has spanned all aspects of law enforcement, beginning with a short assignment as a uniformed police officer and quick advancement to the Narcotics Division. His investigative skills began developing while assigned to the Manhattan North Narcotics Division. This assignment also helped develop his ability to talk with people from all walks of life, as he worked in an “undercover” capacity buying narcotics in Manhattan.

For the last 15 years he has been assigned to the Manhattan Special Victims Squad, where he investigates reports of Child Abuse and any Sexual Assault occurring in the Borough of Manhattan. While assigned to the Special Victims Squad, he has risen to the prestigious rank of 1st Grade Detective. Detective Savino has been involved in thousands of investigations of rape and sexual assault, and has been the lead investigator in many successful serial rape and pattern investigations.


Laila Spina, PsyD
Dr. Spina completed her undergraduate studies in criminology and psychology at the University of South Africa and her doctoral degree in clinical psychology at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, California. She completed her clinical psychology internship at the University of Miami.  Dr. Spina has worked extensively as a crisis counselor for sexual assault survivors.

She is currently completing a post-doctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at the Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City.


Brent E. Turvey, MS
Brent E. Turvey spent his first years in college on a pre-med track studying biology and chemistry only to change his course of study when his true interests took hold. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Portland State University in Psychology, and an additional Bachelor of Science degree in History. He went on to receive his Masters of Science in Forensic Science after studying at the University of New Haven, in West Haven, Connecticut.

Since graduating in 1996, Brent has consulted with many agencies, attorneys, and police departments in the United States, Australia, China, Canada, and Korea on a range of rapes, homicides, and multiple death cases, as a forensic scientist and criminal profiler with Knowledge Solutions, LLC. He has consulted with law enforcement serial rape and serial homicide task forces in California and New York. He is the author of Criminal Profiling: An Introduction to Behavioral Evidence Analysis, currently in its 2nd Edition. In August of 2002, he was invited by the Chinese People's Police Security University in Beijing, ROC, to lecture there, and before groups of detectives at the Beijing, Wuhan, Hanjou, and Shanghai police bureaus. He is also a founding member of the Academy of Behavioral Profiling, where he currently serves as a board member. He has been qualified as an expert in the areas of criminal profiling, forensic science, staged crime scenes, and crime reconstruction in courts throughout the United States.

He can be reached through his website at: http://www.corpus-delicti.com (office: 907-747-5121; email at: bturvey@profiling.org

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Last update: 11/08/2004