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Criminal Justice: A Collection of True-Crime Cases is a first-of-its-kind approach to blending theory with reality using compelling, newsworthy cases. Gripping and easy-to-digest, the handbook contains eight high profile cases that will hold readers’ interest–page after page. Cases coincide with Part I crimes and discuss crimes against persons and crimes against property. Each case follows a consistent format, providing definitions of crime, statistical data, analysis of crimes and investigative questions. Presents cases that discuss crimes against persons and crimes against property. Devotes separate coverage to murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft. Includes high profile cases such as The Winona Ryder Shoplifting Case, The Seaton Hall Fire, and The Andrew Cunanan Case. Reinforce knowledge of Part I crimes by discussing elements of the offenses, investigative procedures, modus operandi, and the motivation for criminals to commit these crimes. Because of the unique police-style manner in which the book has been written, it is recommended that this book be utilized in a supplemental capacity for a variety of police academy training classes to include: Introduction to Criminology; Introduction to Criminal Justice; Introduction to Policing/Law Enforcement Systems; Criminal Law; Constitutional Law; Criminal Investigation.

About the Author


Ron Grimming has an extensive, and impressive, 33-year background in law enforcement. His career in law enforcement began in 1970 as a Special Agent with the Illinois State Police. He served in various investigative assignments including: special task forces targeting criminal activities associated with subversive groups, political and police corruption, illegal drugs, and financial crimes. He was promoted numerous times during his career, and attained the rank of Deputy Director of the Illinois State Police, supervising more than 2,500 officers assigned to the investigative and patrol divisions of the department.


In 1993 Grimming was appointed Director of the Florida Highway Patrol, where he managed the activities of 1,740 sworn officers and 528 civilian personnel. Grimming focused the patrol’s mission on highway safety through traffic enforcement, accident investigation, prevention of highway violence, interdiction of illegal contraband, investigation of auto-theft, and the development of public safety education programs. Through Grimming’s leadership, the Florida Highway Patrol received the recognition of being nationally accredited, after having its policies and operational procedures scrutinized by a panel of nationally recognized law enforcement experts. Also under Grimming’s guidance, the patrol won the prestigious National Chief’s Challenge, designating it as having the best traffic safety program in the nation.


During his law enforcement career, Grimming has served as General Chairman of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), State and Provincial Police Division, which represents the nation’s state police and highway patrol organizations on the IACP Board of Directors. Grimming also served as Chairman of the IACP Organized Crime Committee, and President of the State Law Enforcement Chief’s Association. Grimming has an extensive law enforcement training background having served on Florida’s Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission. He currently serves as Director of Miami-Dade College’s School of Justice, which has responsibility for college criminal justice degree programs, as well as law enforcement, corrections, and security officer training for Miami-Dade County criminal justice agencies.



Debbie J. Goodman, M.S., is the Chairperson of the School of Justice at Miami-Dade College. She holds a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Florida International University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology from Florida State University. Ms. Goodman specializes in a wide range of Criminal Justice topics, including: report writing, ethics, communications, human behavior, juvenile justice, criminology, criminal justice, and leadership. She is the author of three national publications: Report It In Writing, Enforcing Ethics, and Florida Crime and Justice.


She is the originator and series editor of Prentice Hall’s PACTS: Police And Corrections Training Series. Debbie J. Goodman is an adjunct faculty member in the College of Public Affairs at Florida International University and was honored in 2002 and 2005 by Who’s Who Among America ’s Teachers as one of the nation’s most talented college instructors. She is committed to providing quality education and training to police and corrections officers, as well as criminal justice students and practitioners. She resides in South Florida with her husband and son.


Table of Contents

Preface       III

Dedication   V

Acknowledgments    VI

Introduction         VII

About the Authors X


Chapter 1            Murder: The Andrew Cunanan Case    1      


Chapter 2            Rape: Sex, Lies, Murder, and Rape     19


Chapter 3            Robbery: The Great Airline Robbery   29


Chapter 4             Aggravated Assault: Battery in the Tropics    45    


Chapter 5            Burglary: Hollywood Art Caper    55


Chapter 6            Larceny-Theft: The Winona Ryder Shoplifting Case   66


Chapter 7            Motor Vehicle Theft: Grand Theft Auto     78

  Chapter 8             Arson: The Seaton Hall Fire    91

Product Details

Grimming, Ron
Prentice Hall
Goodman, Debbie J.
Grimming, Ronald
Criminal investigation
General True Crime
Criminal investigation -- United States.
Crime -- United States.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Prentice Hall's Reality Reading Series
Publication Date:
June 2006
Grade Level:
9 x 5.92 x 0.28 in 181 gr

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