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How to Catch a Killer

October 5, 2021 @ 9:00 AM - October 7, 2021 @ 6:00 PM EDT

How to Catch a Killer

Misdirection of Criminal Asphyxiation Deaths


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Homicidal asphyxiation often lacks obvious signs of external trauma, and deaths are often missed or misdiagnosed as suicides, accidents, overdoses, or natural deaths. This course will address asphyxiation crime scene staging, processing scenes, autopsy issues, investigator confirmation bias, and introduce lesser-known types of asphyxiation crimes such as aquatic sexual sadism, inert gas poisoning, staged erotic asphyxiation, and more. Through case studies and experience, these speakers cover it all! Whether missed entirely or lost in an “undetermined” ruling, these hidden homicides in child abuse, domestic violence, and sexually motivated homicides can finally be brought to justice. Attendees will better understand why these cases are so often missed and gain the insight needed to catch a killer.



This 3-day intensive homicide seminar is tailored for law enforcement, prosecutors, death investigators, and medical examiners.



President & Founder, RESPOND Against Violence

Kelsey McKay is a highly recognized national expert on the topic of criminal asphyxiation and interpersonal violence. She spent twelve years as a child abuse, sex crimes, domestic violence, and homicide prosecutor in Austin, Texas, and exclusively prosecuted strangulation-related crimes for half of that time. She now trains and consults nationally to implement sustainable protocols and help strengthen how communities identify, investigate, and prosecute strangulation in cases ranging from intimate partner violence, human trafficking, sexual assault, child abuse, and homicide. She is the President & Founder of RESPOND Against Violence and also serves on multiple faculties, advisory boards, and committees.


Andrea ZaferesANDREA ZAFARES, B.A.
Forensic Aquatic-Death Investigator & Expert Witness, Medicolegal Investigator, Homicidal Drowning Investigation, Team Lifeguard Systems, Inc.

With 30 years of working in the field of submerged body/evidence recovery and investigation with TeamLGS teaching fire, law enforcement, and military teams, Andrea is a noted innovator in aquatic pediatric and intimate partner violence abuse, death, and homicide investigation (AADHI). She is a medicolegal death investigator for Dutchess County Medical Examiner office, is the NYS DCJS Aquatic Death Investigation Instructor, is the same for California POST, has more than 100 publications, is an aquatic consultant for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, has presented at well over 250 forensic, aquatic and rescue conferences, has taught thousands of enforcement, death investigators, medical personnel, domestic violence workers, child advocacy practitioners, and members of jurisprudence in AADHI talks and multi-day programs, and serves as a body-found-in-water expert witness for criminal cases. She is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and assoc. member of the National Association of Medical Examiners. Andrea has received national and international awards such as the DAN-Rolex Dive of the Year and Beneath the Sea Diver of the Year.




ROCIC James T. Rogers Training Room
545 Marriott Drive, Nashville, TN 37214
8th Floor, Suite 820

ROCIC is in the second building on the left (labeled Building “Three”), 8th Floor.


Do not park under the garage OR in the 2-hour Visitor Parking. Above the garage and straight back is available for attendee parking.

Dress Code

Business Causal or Uniform.




October 5, 2021 @ 9:00 AM EDT
October 7, 2021 @ 6:00 PM EDT
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Regional Organized Crime Information Center
545 Marriott Drive, Suite #820
Nashville, TN 37214 United States
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