A 2001 graduate of the FBI National Academy, Spingola holds two masters degrees. He is also a death investigation’s expert, a police related shooting reconstruction specialist, and has formal training in criminal investigative analysis (profiling).
Prior to his retirement as a lieutenant of detectives with the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD), Spingola supervised all major categories of criminal investigations, including stints in the Homicide Unit, Vice Control Division, Sensitive Crimes Unit, and Violent Crimes Division. He further served as the lead investigator for the Critical Incident Unit, a group that probes police related shootings, use-of-force incidents, and other significant events. As a detective, Spingola spent several years conducting death investigations for a homicide unit with one of the highest clearance rates in the country.
Spingola’s role in academia is that of the coordinator of Criminal Justice Studies for Gateway Technical College and an adjunct professor of criminal justice and security management for Waukesha County Technical College and Marian University.
Over the course of two seasons, Spingola was an investigator for TNT’s Cold Justice. During a 2014 episode filmed in Vigo County, Indiana, Spingola and another investigator obtained a confession in a decades-old cold case. In the midst of an intense interrogation, Clint Mackey broke down and stated, “I went back, grabbed the knife and killed her.”
Steve is also the author of Best of the Spingola Files, Vol. I, and Predators on the Parkway: a Former Homicide Detective Explores the Colonial Parkway Murders. Check out these periodicals by visting www.badgerwordsmith.com/books.html
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