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Joseph Niehaus is a lieutenant with the Kettering Police Department (Ohio).  He has authored five books.  Two of Lieutenant Joseph Niehaus’ books concern hypnosis; and, one, Investigative Forensic Hypnosis, looks at the use of hypnosis in law enforcement.  He is also the author two novels, Beware the Whale’s Wake and Fade Out. 

According to the book description of Investigative Forensic Hypnosis, “Historically viewed as a vehicle for entertainment or the occult, hypnosis has slowly gained recognition as an effective tool in the medical arts, sports programs, and stress seminars. Gradually law enforcement specialists also have used hypnosis - specifically forensic hypnosis - as a powerful tool when collecting information from the witness. Hypnosis serves police and prosecutors by enabling the witness to recall minute details that they had previously forgotten due to momentary excitement or fear. Investigative Forensic Hypnosis presents the practical application and scientific side of this subject, explaining forensic hypnosis in an understandable way, answering many common questions, and identifying its practical use in the courtroom. The author, with 22 years of experience in law enforcement and 14 years experience in forensic hypnosis, brings his outstanding law enforcement background and valued expertise to this important, informative handbook, dissolving misconceptions or doubts and illuminating forensic hypnosis as a valuable advantage in any case. Two parts divide the discussion: The Essence of Hypnosis - covers the origins of hypnosis to its current uses o explains hypnosis from a scientific approach o clarifies misleading information o provides a logical approach to this unusual phenomenon o illustrates its potential in law enforcement Investigative Forensic Hypnosis - arms its reader with a clear understanding of hypnosis o discusses applications to the criminal justice system o outlines essential guidelines for correctly using forensic hypnosis o identifies specific procedures for determining the facts of a case The information presented assists: the hypnotist performing this investigative technique the investigator considering hypnosis lawyers and judges determining the appropriate application of hypnosis in a case. This book provides the framework for hypnosis as a successful and dependable tool to assist in investigations - not to solve crimes by magic but to provide useful, indispensable clues and details. This technique improves information gained from that most important asset in a case - the witness. Understanding the proper guidelines provided in Investigative Forensic Hypnosis can make a good witness a great witness.”

According to the book description of Beware the Whale's Wake, “Someone is stalking the crew of a fishing ship in the small town of Bear Creek, Washington. Whoever it is, is killing them, one by one in the most grisly ways imaginable and only one man stands in the way. Detective Josh Epstein must unravel the riddle of the sea to identify the serial murderer. He finds his resources taxed as he must face the power of a Japanese cosmetics company, the doomed ship's owner and his own ghost riddled past. Can history repeat itself as Epstein finds himself up against a relentless killer, much like the one he failed to stop in his hometown of Cincinnati. Time begins to run out as the killer prepares his own timetable of death and Epstein must race against the odds to stop the final slaughter.”

One reader of Beware the Whale's Wake said, “I've read this book many times and have developed a real affection for it. As a high school English teacher, I have students read it as a class novel. Since it's a mystery, it's ideal for them to predict and infer, and as most of us do, they love action. The plot is internally consistent, and even though very few guess the killer until Niehaus is ready, it all makes sense in the end. Epstein, the main character, is appealingly human, and we find ourselves wanting him to succeed, both in his daunting challenges as a detective and in his "damaged" love life. Niehaus does especially good work in setting up a parallel between Epstein's haunting past and the developing situation in a wave of serial killings. The author turns up the controls on the suspense meter by bringing to bear tension from multiple directions. I appreciate the fact that more than one villain complicates the plot. In fact, once the identity of the serial killer is revealed, the reader can't help but feel genuine sympathy for him/her. Niehaus's experiences in law enforcement no doubt contribute to his characterization of the killer, and reflect his frustrations with the abuses and injustice in our legal and enforcement systems.

Sure, there are a number of clichés, and some of Epstein's exploits seem a bit out of range for "an overweight, burned out wreck." Too, the book's original publishers needed to copyedit a lot better. But those things acknowledged, the book overcomes them all. I look forward to rereading the novel every year. I'm delighted that it's once again in print. I'm starting to run out of copies for my students, and my own is falling apart. I recommend Whale's Wake. It's a fast, easy read and holds you all the way through. The ending leaves just the barest crack available for a possible sequel. I hope Mr. Niehaus someday finds the time and inclination to write it.”

One reader of Fade Out said, “A timely murder mystery taken from the pages of modern science. In an age where scientists are unlocking the secrets of the human genome, Joe Niehaus weaves a fantastic tale of ambition and suspense. How far will man go to create the perfect mind/body and at what cost?

Fade out once again reminds us how the powerful and ambitious will justify any means, particularly at the expense of the weak, to achieve their ends. Should anyone become an unwilling or unwitting laboratory experiment? Joe paints such vivid mental pictures that when you've finished reading the book, you will feel like you watched the movie. Can man improve on nature... on God? Read and find out!”


Investigative Forensic Hypnosis
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Fade Out
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Beware the Whale's Wake
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The Sixth Sense: Practical Tips for Everyday Safety
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Hypnosis unveiled
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According to the book description of Fade Out, “What begins as a simple arrest soon propels Detective Rick Dietz into a bizarre case involving recombinant DNA, the altering of a man's mind, personality and murder. Dietz is introduced by his girlfriend, attorney Beth Hamilton, to Professor Ken Gormund. The sparks fly as the two find they are competitors not only for Beth but also at opposite sides of the law. Gormund is the director of a research facility in Cincinnati and his research has led him from altering ordinary dogs and cats into faultless animals to kidnapping a young thief named Nat Jiminson. Gormund changes his DNA using himself as the perfect model. All seems to be going well until the virus mutates. Jiminson develops violent episodes which become too much of a risk for Gormund, who decides to kill Jiminson. But he escapes and in the process takes Beth as a hostage. Dietz, who was working on the missing person case tracks him to the research facility. What he finds is Gormund's dead assistant and a deadly threat left by Jiminson. Now Dietz and Gormund must join forces to save Beth, but can they outwit a man who has the IQ of Gormund and the street smarts of a thief?”

About the Kettering Police Department

The Kettering Police Department is a full-service law enforcement agency located in Ohio.  It is organized into three divisions: Operations Division; Community Relations; and, Support Services.

According to the Kettering Police Department, it “is responsible for police patrol, criminal investigations, crime prevention/community relations and animal control. The department is comprised of 83 sworn officers and 26 civilian employees, and enjoys strong support from the community. In 1991, the police department became the only small department in the nation to receive dual accreditation from both the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies and the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections.

The Operations Division consists of the Patrol Section, Criminal Investigation Section and Animal Control.  The Operations Division handles calls for service from citizens, traffic issues, evidence collection, animal complaints, warrants and investigations. The responsibility of the Operations Division is the orderly management and conduct of all field operations and police investigations.

The Patrol Section is organized into three Patrol Watches. Each Patrol Watch is commanded by a Lieutenant, and consists of two platoons of officers, each supervised by a Sergeant.  The Kettering Police Department employs a Community Policing philosophy, and the Patrol Section is where this philosophy is most visible. The City is divided into six geographic beat areas. A Community Policing Team has been created for each geographic area. Each COP Team consists of a supervisor (sergeant), and two officers from each of the three Patrol Watches that are regularly assigned to work that particular geographic beat area. In addition, the school officer, a neighborhood watch/crime prevention officer, and a detective, are assigned to each COP team.

The Kettering Police Department Special Response Team was formed in 1978 in response to a growing need for specialized skills to deal with extraordinary situations like barricade suspects, high risk warrant service, dignitary protection, hostage rescue, and active shooter situations, among others.”

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