February 29, 2012

Gentle reader,

This is a small note to update you on LAVA’s occasional forensic science events in the Cal State Los Angeles crime lab, hosted by Visionary Professor Donald Johnson.

Just announced is the June 3 crime lab seminar, an exploration of two eerily similar Southern California murder cases, which unfolded forty years apart. To learn more about THE KILLER BEHIND THE CAMERA, or to reserve your seat, visit the link below.


The next event on the LAVA crime lab calendar is INSIDE THE MIND OF THE ARSONIST, a new program that debuts this coming Sunday, March 4. We do still have a few seats left for this seminar, and if you’d like to join us we suggest that you buy your ticket very soon. You can get more info or reserve your ticket at the link below.


This is an afternoon focusing on the forensic science and profiling behind the investigation of fire-based crimes. Below is a link to a story in the L.A. Times about our presenter Ed Nordskog and his work on as co-lead investigator on the recent Hollywood arson spree.


The program features an introduction to the six main motives behind the crime of arson, an overview of Ed Nordskog’s investigative specialty, a modification of the standard arson investigation in which he “profiles” the arson scene in order to determine a “motive” for the crime. Also included will be select cases studies of convicted serial arsonists, including nationally known crimes and adjudicated cases on which Ed Nordskog worked personally. Following his presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to purchase copies of his new book ”’Torchered’ Minds: Case Histories of Notorious Serial Arsonists.”

We hope to see you at the event on March 4, but you’re most welcome to check out LAVA’s other interesting events. This month we launch a quarterly series of literary Salon dinners at The Musso & Frank Grill, the oldest restaurant in Hollywood.

Please visit the LAVA website, Twitter or Facebook page (links below), or sign up for the main LAVA Flows email newsletter at the LAVA site for regular updates on events outside the crime lab.

Kim & Richard
LAVA – The Los Angeles Visionaries Association