March 2016
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The National Association of Legal Investigators (NALI) will host its annual conference in Atlanta, April 28-30 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Midtown. A pre-day seminar on "Cyber Intelligence" on April 27 is free to those who attend the conference. On Friday, April 29, the "Exponent Day" will feature sessions by the forensic engineers and scientists of this well known consulting and research firm. Continuing education credits have been granted for attorneys, paralegals and legal investigators from Georgia and surrounding states. Complete conference details can be found at Early registration rates end on April 7. Trace Investigations' owner, Don C. Johnson, CLI, is National Director of NALI. If you any questions, contact Don at


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In this edition, we discuss techniques for detecting deception, which can help someone facing a false allegation in a criminal or civil matter. We also discuss the unraveling of a suspicious will, a document which "lied." 

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art1 Bagging the Lie
You may have heard an older or retired detective use the phrase "bagging the lie." It means what it sounds like: You have the proof that someone is lying about something. It might be an innocuous white lie or it could be an outright fabrication relative to an ongoing criminal or civil investigation. As are most of us, police detectives and private investigators are on the receiving end of lies of varying degrees on a regular basis. You can learn how to spot one. Just as importantly, you also have to learn how to distinguish between a fabrication and a faulty memory. If you interview ten witnesses to a traffic accident or a gas station robbery you will most likely get ten different versions of the same incident. Our memories play tricks on us.
In her book, "Liespotting: Proven Techniques to Detect Deception," Pamela Meyer, MBA, CFE, links three disciplines designed to help us detect deception during our interactions with others; 1) facial recognition training, 2) interrogation training, and 3)... Read More

art2 A Probate Mystery: Where there's a will, I want to be in it.
This paraprosdokian 1 came to mind during the investigation of the former companion of a man who died, in testate, of sudden cardiac arrest at 45. But it was no joking matter, and there was no will. We were assisting the attorney retained by the decedent's father to handle the probate. Shortly after the probate filing a woman appeared, and said she was the ex-girlfriend with a copy of a will naming her as his only heir. The decedent's father, the executor of the estate, recalled the woman but said his son, "Bob," and "Carol" had dated only a short time and the relationship had ended at least four months before his passing. Bob, divorced for several years and with no children, had left behind a home and some investment accounts. The attorney who drafted the document and the witness to the signing were unknown to the father, who was familiar with all his son's business matters and knew his friends and acquaintances. To the father, the will made no sense.

A background investigation on Carol revealed... Read More

Recent Eventsevents
Trace Investigations founder and president, Don C. Johnson, was a speaker at a recent joint seminar of the Indiana Society of Professional Investigators (INspi) and the Indiana Association of Background Screeners (IABS). Johnson spoke on background investigations and pre-employment screening. Johnson is a founding member and past president of INspi. He is a charter member of IABS and presently serves as its treasurer. IABS is a non-profit association promoting best practices among Indiana's background screening businesses.

Pictured here, left to right, IABS President Mike McCarty, Safe Hiring Solutions, Danville; Jeff Thompson, Indiana House of Representatives; and Don C. Johnson, CLI. IABS presented Representative Thompson with its Legislator of the Year award.