Tri-Tech Forensics Announces New CEO

Bringing with him many years of experience in the forensics world, Jim Seidel has joined Tri-Tech Forensics, Inc (TTF) as its Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. Seidel will have oversight of all company operations and drive the strategic direction and expansion of the business in the global forensics market.  For over thirty years, TTF has set the standard for customer service and customized solutions, meeting the needs of crime labs and crime scene investigators worldwide.  “We are very excited that Jim has joined our team,” said James Cesare, TTF’s Chairman.  “He shares our customer-centric approach to business, and he has shown himself to be an extraordinary leader throughout his career.  He has a proven track record in our industry, and we look forward to his impact in taking TTF to the next level.”

“I am profoundly honored to join TTF and very much look forward to working with the TTF team to further enrich our customers’ experience.” said Mr. Seidel.  “I have always admired the quality and innovation of TTF products and its stellar reputation with its customers, and I look forward to helping contribute to the company’s continued success and leadership.”

Mr. Seidel joins TTF with significant industry experience, such as spearheading ATK’s acquisitive growth strategy into tactical accessories as the Vice President of Accessories.  Prior to ATK, TTF’s new CEO was the Vice President of Forensics at Armor Holdings.

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Ritualistic Crimes and Terrorism

Ritualistic Crimes and Terrorism Related Courses

by Phil Sanfilippo, Director, TRITECHFORENSICS Training

(Updated 1/7/14: Read Dawn Perlmutter’s latest article -
Benghazi – The Signs of Al Qaeda.  Links updated below.)

Dr. Dawn Perlmutter

Dr. Dawn Perlmutter

You never know who you’ll meet at the International Association for Identification (IAI) Annual Educational Conference.  When I attended the IAI conference that was being held in my hometown of Miami in 2001, I met a young lady named Dawn Perlmutter.  At that time, Dr. Perlmutter was a professor in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.  Her area of expertise was and continues to be religions, religious beliefs, and rituals.  Dr. Perlmutter was at the conference to present lectures on Ritualistic Crimes.  I quickly learned that I was not alone in my interest of this topic; she has consistently lectured to standing-room-only crowds at the conferences where she appears.

If you attended courses at the Miami-Dade Police Department in the past, you might recall that Dr. Perlmutter instructed the Ritualistic Crimes courses and led the students on the accompanying “Magical Mystery Tours,” where we toured Santeria, Palo Myombe, Voodoo botanicas, and Wicca and fetish shops.  Interesting material indeed!

Dr. Perlmutter continues her research into ritualistic
crimes and violent extremist Dawn Perlmutterreligious groups.  She has also established a clearinghouse for symbols used by these groups, and she continues to write books and articles that outline these groups’ beliefs, methods, and symbols.  Her most recent articles are useful to those interested in learning if these groups are engaged in activity in their localities.

In addition to her research and writings, Dr. Perlmutter continues to offer stand-alone courses of instruction on ritualistic crimes and terrorism.  I’m happy to announce that through a special agreement with Dr. Perlmutter, her lectures and courses are now available through

For more information about Dr. Dawn Perlmutter and her courses, please visit the TFT Instructors and TFT Courses pages of this site.

In addition, here are links to some of Dr. Perlmutter’s recent articles:

NEW ARTICLE!  Benghazi – The Signs of Al Qaeda, Front Page Magazine, January 2, 2014:

Jihadist Murder M.O., Front Page Magazine, December 6, 2013:

Jihadist Ritual Murder and Mutilation at the Mall, Front Page Magazine, October 1, 2013:

Prelude to the Boston Bombings, The Middle East Quarterly, Fall 2013,Volume XX, Number 4:

The articles linked below were written ten or more years ago but have not lost their relevance for those interested in the investigation of individuals who practice occult ideologies.

The Sacrificial Aesthetic: Blood Rituals from Art to Murder, Anthropoetics 5, Number 2, Fall 1999 / Winter 2000:

The Forensics of Sacrifice: A Symbolic Analysis of Ritualistic Crime, Anthropoetics 9, Number 2, Fall 2003 / Winter 2004:

This article was written in 1999 but again has not lost its relevance.  As a matter of fact, with the seemingly unending reports of violence at schools, one might say this article is timely.

Postmodern Iconoclasm: Violence in the Schoolyard, Colloquium On Violence & Religion 1999, Website:

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DNA Leads To Charge In Toddler Murder

In 1994, 2-year-old John Snyder, Jr. (pictured below), was murdered, his body found abandoned in a river.   His father stated at the time that he put his son to bed and found him missing the next morning.  Though his father was suspected of committing the crime, no charges were ever filed.


John Snyder, Jr.

In 2000, an investigator re-opened the case, hoping new technologies could pull samples of DNA from the child’s diaper and pajamas.  These new samples became the turning point in the case as, in 2012, Michael Jason Cisneros, 37, submitted DNA while serving time for OWI.  This DNA proved to be a match to the new samples from John Snyder, Jr’s, clothing, and, on July 15, 2013, 19 years after the boy’s murder, Cisneros was charged with murder.

Credit has been given to the detectives who worked the case in 1994.  One said he wished today’s technology had been available when they were working on the case.

The evidence collection in this case led to the possible conviction of a man who murdered a two-year-old.  Without the careful collection and preservation of John’s diaper and pajamas, Cisneros may have never been brought to justice.

Read more: Quad-City Times and Des Moines Register



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The New Catalog’s Here!

We are so excited about our new catalog!  Many of you have requested a printed catalog, and we are glad to be able to provide one, chock full of our great products, including over 450 new itemsCatalog-2013Browse the pages, learn about new methods and technologies, and investigate our exclusive products, like NuCAST Casting Material or Witness Presumptive Drug Testing Kits.  Request your copy here.

Can’t stand the wait?  Download our pdfs of each section here.

If you have any questions or need to talk to a customer service representative, give us a call @ 800-438-7884 (USA) or 910-457-6600 (Global).
We’d love to hear from you!

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CCBI Director Joins TTF Advisory Board

CCBI Director Sam J. Pennica Joins the TTF Advisory Board

We are proud to announce that Mr. Sam Pennica, Director of the City-County Bureau of Identification for the city of Raleigh and Wake County, North Carolina (“CCBI”) has joined the Advisory Board of TTF.  In addition to being the Director of the CCBI, Director Pennica is also currently the First Vice-President of the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (“FBI LEEDA”).

“We are extremely honored to have Sam Pennica join our Advisory Board,” said Mr. James Cesare, TTF’s Chairman.  “Sam brings over 40 years of law enforcement experience to TTF.  He will be a valuable resource for us in support of TTF’s development and introduction of new products for the forensic industry.”

“I am honored to serve on the TTF Advisory Board,” said Sam Pennica.  “I consider this a great opportunity to work with other professionals in contributing to the advancement of forensic science.”

Prior to his 8 years with the CCBI, Director Pennica served in the Bureau of Investigation for the State of North Carolina for 28 years.  Director Pennica is also an executive board member of the North Carolina International Association for Identification (“NCIAI”) and a member of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (“ASCLD”).

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TTDF Launches New Digital Forensics Only Website!

TRITECH Digital FORENSICS is pleased to announce that we have launched our new digital forensics only website. “We are so thrilled with the excitement coming from within the TRITECH DF Division as well as the overwhelming support from all of our new customers in our first year developing (ideas), engineering (efficiency), manufacturing (quality) and integration services (installation/training)”, said Troy Vasos, Vice
President of the Digital Forensics Division. “We would like to thank the entire DF community again for a successful division launch in 2012.  We are looking forward to building our custom equipment and kits for the digital acquisition and extraction industry. With this kind of response, it has made all 20+ years of serving the Public Safety and Digital Forensics community well worth it!!”

DF-UKX KitFocusing on efficacy, accuracy, and scalability, TRITECH Digital FORENSICS’ Velocity DF line of products are built with the best and latest technology platforms and components and offer the cost-effective means to build a state-of-the-art digital forensics lab. We are proud to partner with some of the biggest names in the DF arena, including Cellebrite, ADF Solutions, AccessData, CRU Dataport, WiebeTech, Tableau, and Guidance Software. Our Velocity Digital Forensics product line includes all-in-one Mobile Triage Kits that allow for capture and viewing of the suspect data at the scene on both
cell phones and USB computer devices, Workstations for examiners/investigators to utilize during discovery, Storage Towers for both long-term storage and secure live access to all cases, and our much talked about DataCenter Lab Solution that allows an agency to perform all of the tasking data processing in the lab on servers.  Additionally, we design and install Interview Management Solutions, including best-in-breed audio/visual equipment, and have developed a unique Mobile Interview Kit created to encourage children to feel more calm and free to share during difficult interviews.

At TRITECH Digital FORENSICS, we are continuously researching the latest methods and technology to provide you with the most up-to-date digital forensics products available.  For more information on our DF products, click here to go to

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For those who protect us…

This week holds two days during which we are encouraged to thank and remember those who protect us: Peace Officers Memorial Day and Armed Forces Day.

TRITECHFORENSICS would like to say thank you to the men and women who don a uniform and stand up to those who would harm us.  It is your service and sacrifices that allow us to live in safety. We appreciate all of the many duties, from clerical to clergy to combat, that you perform.  You are our heroes.

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Gaining Speed, Storage, Power

The RMP is the Army’s technical investigative organisation and has 15 high tech crime personnel within its Cyber Crime Centre. The body assists with digital investigations by the civilian police because of its advanced digital forensics technology, and handles between 100 to 150 cases a year.

Digital ForensicsEach case uses up to 3Tb of data, with a single arrest involving the seizure and investigation of smartphones, laptops, USB drives, TVs, tablets and gaming devices, with gigabytes of data stored on each.

Previously, RMP officers used a dedicated tower computer for each case, with individual workstations tied up for weeks by a single case. But the body implemented the AccessData LAB 18 months ago to allow multiple investigators to collaborate on early case assessment.

Read the article:
Learn how the new technology improved investigations on

TRITECH Digital FORENSICS was pleased to read this article regarding the advancement of digital forensics equipment.  It confirmed our Velocity DataCenter Laboratory Solution is on the right technology fast track to provide needed speed, storage, and power to Digital Forensics labs.  With our scalable DataCenter, it is possible to operate more efficiently and increase processing time.  Currently the DataCenter architecture is designed to run both the latest versions of Access Data FTK as well as Guidance Software EnCase, the most commonly used forensic software programs, and as these vendors release new software, TTF will work with both parties to ensure the DataCenter is capable of running the latest versions.  Our DataCenter will provide the needed speed, storage, and power to your agency, allowing investigators to focus on the investigation rather than the equipment.

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Great Evidence Photography Benefits Victims

Photographs are an integral part to
documenting any crime scene,   Victim of Sexual Assault
especially when … used as evidence in court.  Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey says, “Photo’s is (sic) what sells it to a jury.”

“Everything has to be perfect and that’s part of what the documentation piece is.  [It] is having really, really good photographic documentation,” says William Green, California Clinical Forensic Medical Training Center Medical Director.

Roughly 20 nurses from five north (California) state hospitals, gathered at the Chico Police and Fire Training Center Thursday for an extensive one-day forensic photography course. Oroville Hospital Nurse Deborah McIntyre says, “When you keep telling the same story over and over again, things change. You document it in a certain way and that way the story doesn’t change.”

The training, organized by the California Clinical Forensic Medical Training Center, helps these nurses expand their current medical exams of sexual assault victims by teaching them the proper way to document the evidence. “We want to collect the evidence that the DA’s office wants and the DOJ wants.  And we want to collect it in a way they want us to collect it, that they can use it,” McIntyre says.

Read the rest of this story and watch the video on

TRITECHFORENSICS offers a wide variety of photographic supplies to forensic professionals, including scales and scale tape, photo direction markers, a photo documentation kit, a photo marking kit, SceneVision Panorama software for creating panoramic photo images, and even Canon and Nikon cameras.  We also provide Sexual Assault Evidence Collection kits to agencies world-wide.  Need a special product?  Contact us for assistance in locating the items you need!  We can even create custom kits with your choice of forms, products, and containers.

Click here for evidence photography supplies and here for cameras.  Click the photo above to view our Sexual Assault Evidence Collection kits and supplies.

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Act Now to Win a Serial Number Restoration Kit!

Act Now To Win This Kit!

If you aren’t receiving our monthly newsletters, you may not be aware of our Thursday Giveaways.  This Thursday’s prize is worth heading over to our Facebook page and giving us the thumbs-up.  Valued at $139.15, our Serial Number Restoration Kit includes everything you need to recover serial numbers or other obliterated identifying markings on objects such as weapons, tools, cameras, electronic equipment, machinery, automotive engine blocks or frames.

Want more information on the kit?  Check out all of our serial number restoration products here.

Visit our Facebook page here. Click on the Thursday Giveaway button and enter from there.

Congratulations to our winner, Randy Horton, of the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office!  Be sure to check out our facebook page to enter the next Thursday Giveaway!

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