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The Center for Homicide Research’s principal researcher, Dallas Drake, is a frequent presenter, trainer or guest lecturer on various topics in law enforcement and the community. Drake is very willing to customize presentations and develop trainings to meet specific needs or to address specific issues of concern to the intended audience.

Some of the available topics include the following:

  • Community Homicide Presentation – (an overview of homicide and its prevention)
  • LGBT Homicide 101 – An Overview of the LGBT Community, Its History and Current Issues
  • Posed Body Homicide Cases: Identifying the Basic Types
  • Evaluating Signature in Homicide Incidents
  • Sexual Asphyxia and Equivocal Death
  • LGBT Semiotics (Symbology) – Recognizing and Understanding the Use of Images, Symbols, and Culture in the GLBT Community (this training is especially helpful for law enforcement who may not recognize a LGBT person as a victim or offender when analyzing a homicide scene)
  • Homicide Involving LGBT Victims and Offenders (includes overviews of weapons typology, victimology, offender profiles, and investigational recommendations)
  • Crime in the LGBT Community Homicide and Its Related Phenomena in the LGBT Community
  • Arson-Associated Homicide Weapon Usage – Differences
  • Literature Reviews and Resources on LGBT Homicide

To discuss scheduling a seminar or workshop, please contact Dallas Drake at dallas.drake@homicidecenter.org.


The Center for Homicide Research offers one of the finest internship programs in the United States. Distanced-based electronic internships begin in Fall of 2020. Qualifying students come from undergraduate, graduate and law schools.

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