Wednesday, November 24, 2010

My Interview With DefrostingColdCases.com

I had the pleasure of doing an interview with an excellent site devoted to Investigating Cold Cases, DefrostingColdCases.com.  Here is my interview with Defrosting Cold Cases .

I strongly encourage my readers to support Defrosting Cold Cases, they do excellent work.  

21 comments:

  1. So you really didn't want to become a police officer just at that last moment you took the police exam and gotten into that field. Although i think that if you were a firefighter you would still have similar experiences. Just like in the law enforcement field someone's life is in your hands but in a different way. Its great that you haven't given up on trying to find the killers of the two young boys that were brutally murdered. It shows that you have an appreciation for your job, and no matter what your not giving up on what you came to do once you gotten into your field of work. Which is helping others, and probably bringing closer to the two victims love ones.

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  2. I feel like most of the time I hear about people wanting to grow up and become firefighter or any kind of specific career and if by some reason they aren't able to do it and they go into another job they always appreciate the job they got "stuck" with. I had no idea about all the stuff you have accomplished in your career. I wish more teachers told students about there work outside school because then we at least know where these teachers are coming from with the comments or lessons. One thing I assume is that cold case squad is both very rewarding and continually stressful and frustrating. My reasonign for thinking that is because all the leads are "cold" and people forget information, move away which makes it harder to communicate with them and evidence gets lost throughout time and all those factors are working against you. But just like any other kind of murder investigation it must feel rewarding to overcome those obstacles and bring some solace to the victims relatives and friends. In this situation the internet by using blogs and other internet resources it may help uncover some of the mysteries of those cases. One thing that bothers me is the missing people aspect it must be one of the hardest things to overcome. Accoding to the U.S DOJ about, 797,500 children (younger than 18) were reported missing in a one-year period of time studied resulting in an average of 2,185 children being reported missing each day. Not being able to find kids and having families constantly worry has to be a upsetting feeling but the fact that officers don't give up is a great thing because after all hope is one of the most important emotions humans have, hope for the kids, hope for a safer world and hope for one day seeing our loved ones once again.

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  3. If the case of the double homicide with the two young boys were to happen in today's technology world, would you think that it would have made a difference ?

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  4. I think the cold case squad is a great idea, and also believe it might help gather some information about some of the cases. Alot of people go on the internet and you never know they can visit the blog and read about the cases they might know something about. It is really interesting to read about the cases as a student it helps us understand how the law works and about different things that could happen.

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  5. I can't imagine you as a firefighter at all so I definitely agree you ended up in the right field. The suspect you had with the two boys found by the compactor room definitely sucks that you couldn't get any hard evidence on him. But what i'm wondering is what was his alibi like though and what you thought was his possible motives were.

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  6. Professor when you were younger did you ever consider any other careers besides a firefighter or a police officer. It's interesting to know that because there was an employment freeze on firefighters you became a police officer. That's a surprising !!!. Your interview was very entertaining and interesting especially the part about the lady sitting next to you on the airplane.I was not aware you are writing a book.

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  7. Great interview with great answers. It was also great to hear you became a police officer without regrets. You're also doing a great job with your blog as it is entertaining to read

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  8. In my opinion,i think some of cases are very sad, but i think that is part of the police officers job to go through that kind of situation and to face or deal with it as part of their responsibility which is very depressed especially the ones about missing children. professor it your book will be base on some similar cases or experiences you went through when you was police officer? Did you helped solved a missing child case?

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    I can actually hear your voice as I read this interview. Reading the witty responses and being able to clearly say that the person interviewed was you, I would say that things I've learned in your class will help me make choices later in life. I think it's great that you became a professor here. Having a professor that has had hands on-experience, I believe will further expand the potential of the students they teach and also provide first hand replies because of their experience. Specifically, I've learned things of the Police that I'm sure the textbook's dont have words for.

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  10. The interview was very interesting professor. I am actually curious about that double murder you spoke about. Maybe during class you can give more detail about it. It was pretty funny how you described your vacation with you wife. Goes to show you, staying home is way better.

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  11. As I read through the interview, it automatically highlights who you are. Having you as a professor for two semester, Ive learned you are a very determined individual, which it does not suprise me to know that you have not given up on the murder of the two young boys. Regarding the lady on the plane, Im suprised you let her get that far in the conversation, knowing that you can be sarcastic at times and you know that as well. By you putting together the cold case website, I find it to be very interesting and it can also benefit a case, due to someone out there may have a little bit of info on any of the cases posted.

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  12. Let me start off by saying Fireman!!! I believe you made the right decision on taking the NYPD exam instead. You are the perfect fit for the NYPD. This is my own Personal Opinion . Sometimes in life things happen for a reason and in your case not taking the fireman's test happened for a reason because the NYPD was your calling.
    It is easily seen that you are very dedicated to you work. Not only being dedicated you are organized, which can be seen in class with your slideshow of notes.
    From you stories of being in the NYPD I can say you were very successful. Starting off in the Academy then moving to a foot post AKA ( Walking the Beat) as a Rookie, to taking the Sergeant Exam , Passing, becoming a Sergeant, then moving up to the Top Ranked Sergeant of the Detective Squad.
    Your personality can be considered as one of a kind, "either you like me or you don't" . There is no sugar coating with Professor Joe, he will tell you how it is no matter what. This is what makes him a great person and someone to learn from.
    The case which still haunts you today is a very serious case. The thing that caught my eye the most out that whole paragraph in which you answered is " But, I haven’t given up yet!" . Knowing that you have so much going on with work, blogging, and of course teaching, you will not give up on this case. That is the person you are and made you a perfect fit for the NYPD .
    I would have to say we have ALOT in common, but you have so much more experience then me . If anyone wants to have an educated conversation with someone and learn allot in just minutes this is the person you might want to consider talking to , taking as a professor, or even blogging on Cold Case Squad on Face book , Twitter, or even his own website. The cases which are posted are great to read and learn from I encourage all to start reading them and learn what is going on in the world today.

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  13. I found the interview to be very truthful. You are very determined which is why it does not suprise me that you have not given up on the murder of the two young boys. If possible to tell what are you currently doing to help solve that case. As for the lady on the plane Im suprised you let her get that far in the conversation. The cold case squad website, I find very interesting and useful. I like to actually read these cases and hear about the cases. Also I believe in what you said in which it may help finding closure in the case with someone out there may know something about the case.

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    I found some of your stories that had to do with your answers funny such as the woman talking on the plane and your unfortunate experience on your vacation with your wife because when you explain them it sounds even funnier because your sense of humor is always apparant in class. And I had no idea you wanted to be a firefighter before a cop because it usually sounds like you bash them or make fun of them alot in class so I found that interesting along with the whole interview.

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  15. A FIRE FIGHTER !!! ???
    Hey that's a weird fact professor Giacalone,
    I'm impress , this interview sound very funny in all aspect , P.S it was sad the part of the young boys who got stave to death ...

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  16. I knew before even reading certain questions that YOUR responses would be hilarious. I could imagine your facial expressions when that lady on the plane told you about the fungus on her big toe. I respect all of the hard work you take part in. I thought you had wanted to become a police officer all of your life and not a fire fighter. I would have liked to know more info on the progress of the double murder of the two young boys. I really hope you end up finding the right suspect for that case and your new book is a success.

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  17. I found the interview very entertaining, the worst vacation story was my favorite. Was the vacation in the winter is that why heated was needed? If you were a firefighter would you have helped with the evacuation even though you were on vacation? Also when the boiler explode did you hear the explosion and see the damage?

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  18. Jo Sa PSC 201 the interview about your personal life was interesting and funny. Recently i had the same experience as you on an plain. the lady wouldnt stop talking so when i read your interview i was laughing because i know the way you are and by just imagining your face makes me laugh. I also foung very interesting your law enforcement carrer. i did not know you were a " Commanding Officer of a Cold Case Squad that has investigated hundreds of homicide and missing person cases." Currently i am a commanding officer in the class assignment and i sure hope to be a real one in the future. I wonder how you manage to live a normal life after seen so many horrible crime scenes such as the double murder of the young boys. One of my greatest fears as a law enforcement agent is how to manage to be involved in homicides and not let it affect my personality or take things personal or like get me deppresed or angry. Also i did not know the reason why you created the coldcasesquad.com but now i understand that you want to help people and lawenforcement to solve crimes and that reveals another part of you. congratulations for the page and for achieving all that you have achieved in life. I am proud to have a professor like you because i have learned not only from what you teach in class but also from your personality. thank you Jo Sa

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  19. Is it a face to face interview?? If it is, then I could imagine your face when you are doing the interview. It is a great interview, I love the way you talk. You are so smart! You can always make ordinary things funny, thats why all the students like you. I remember you talked about firefighter in class before, but I didn't know that you wanted to become a firefighter! I hope you can talk about the double murder of the two young boys, I'm sure there are many students would like to know more info about it. Thank You Prof. G. YOU ARE AMAZING! Me Po PSC 201.

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  20. You are the most interesting professor that I ever had.You are funny, you keep it real, and you stay true to yourself.Has anyone ever told you, you should do stand up? You are hilarious!!!!! You could sell out the garden....Jay Z ain't got nothing on you!!!!!lol

    D. Williams

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