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Lieutenant Steven Spingola, Milwaukee Police Department (ret.) spent 25 years with the department.  He is the author of Best of the Spingola Files, Vol. I, Predators on the Parkway: A Former Homicide Detective Explores the Colonial Parkway Murders and The Killer in Our Midst: The Case of Milwaukee's North Side Strangler.

According to the book description of Best of the Spingola Files, Vol. I, “The very emphasis of the commandment: Thou shalt not kill,” Sigmund Freud noted, “makes it certain that we are descended from an endlessly long chain of generations of murderers, whose love of murder was in their blood as it is perhaps also in ours.” During a career that spanned parts of four decades, homicide detective Steve Spingola spent 15-years chasing down the killers Freud described. Yet, in Milwaukee alone, hundreds of murders remain unsolved—their files collecting dust in a windowless storage room.

In the fall of 2009, a few of Spingola’s students thought it odd that several high-profile organizations, such as the Innocence Project, sought to exonerate the convicted, while only a handful of groups advocated for the victims of unsolved slayings. In response, their instructor created the Spingola Files—a Web site that explores death investigations, organized crime, and other matters of criminal justice import.  Whether it is the strangulation murders of over a dozen women; a bicyclist who went for an afternoon ride but never returned home; the unsolved homicides near Wisconsin state colleges; or the suspicious drowning deaths of men in the hard-drinking city of La Crosse, Best of the Spingola Files profiles cases that trouble the investigator known amongst his colleagues as ‘the sleuth with the proof.”

According to the book description of The Killer in Our Midst: The Case of Milwaukee's North Side Strangler, “During his 25-year career with the Milwaukee Police Department, Steven Spingola investigated hundreds of homicides. In the corridors of the Police Administration Building and throughout southeastern Wisconsin, his reputation as a tenacious and thorough detective is legendary. Yet, on occasion, even preeminent sleuths catch cases that, for a variety of reasons, remain unsolved. Recent advances in DNA technologies, however, are filling in the gaps left by unwilling witnesses, faulty memories, a lack of adequate resources, and father time.

This same scenario unfolded during a two-month period in 1995 when two north side Milwaukee women were strangled to death within a six block radius of each other. Homicide detectives carefully sifted through both crime scenes, but were unable to develop sufficient evidence to affect an arrest. Fourteen years later, DNA evidence collected from these two murders, as well as five others, has linked one unidentified serial killer, dubbed by one Milwaukee television station as “the north side strangler.”

As the detective who investigated the 1995 homicides of Florence McCormick and Shelia Farrior, Steven Spingola revisits the crimes scenes, identifies the strategies employed by the perpetrator, and provides a profile of the suspect. "The Killer in Our Midst" is a e-magazine expose that enables the public to walk-a-mile in the worn soles of a busy homicide detective.”

According to the book description of Predators on the Parkway: A Former Homicide Detective Explores the Colonial Parkway Murders, “When it comes to cold homicides, sometimes the best thing to do is bring in someone from the outside—a fresh set of eyes. That is exactly what the families of Colonial Parkway murder victims did in early June 2010. They called upon Steven Spingola, a former homicide detective with the Milwaukee Police Department.

Known amongst his colleagues as ‘the sleuth with the proof,’ Spingola spent 15 years chasing down cold-blooded killers. But the slayings of three couples and the disappearance of another near Yorktown, Virginia from 1986 to 1989 required the savvy investigator and his Spingola Files staff to visit and reconstruct decades-old crime scenes that have puzzled law enforcement for over a generation.

Predators on the Parkway: a Former Homicide Detective Explores the Colonial Parkway Murders is a 29-page magazine expose that provides a thoughtful analysis of each crime scene based on the physical evidence, and interviews with tipsters, the victims’ families and law enforcement veterans.  For the first time, Steven Spingola takes the opportunity to share new information that may very well result in the development of a named person of interest in one of the Colonial Parkway murders.”

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