Dr. Laura Pettler, Forensic Criminologist and Host of Intl. Academy of Web Television Awards Nominated Series "Notorious: True Crime Stories with Laura Pettler" 

Dr. Laura Pettler, Forensic Criminologist and Host of Intl. Academy of Web Television Awards Nominated Series "Notorious: True Crime Stories with Laura Pettler" 


Laura Pettler, BS, MS, PhD is a forensic criminologist and in October 2017, Laura became a North Carolina Licensed Private Investigator (Lic#5330). Laura is also certified by the International Association for Identification as a Senior Crime Scene Analyst (CSCSA). As a forensic criminologist, she analyzes the physical evidence in a crime scene in order to identify offender and victim characteristics like personality traits, emotionality, cognition, and behaviors. As a Private Investigator, Laura can now conduct a variety of investigations for LPA Clientele. Forensic criminology combines the physical evidence and the behavioral evidence into an interwoven pattern of which investigators can often use to help develop new leads for their cases. Laura is a former District Attorney's Investigator for North Carolina, was head of District 20A's Cold Case Task Force, the Director of North Carolina's first and only Crime Scene Reconstruction and Behavioral Analysis Program, and is now retained by Lancaster County South Carolina Coroner's Office as their Forensic Criminologist and previously served as a Deputy Coroner. 

Laura's area of expertise is staged crime scenes in domestic violence homicide cases, however, she is well versed in serial homicide, sexual homicide, bloodstain pattern and shooting reconstruction. Laura is the author of the first book in the world on crime scene staging entitled, Crime Scene Staging Dynamics in Homicide Cases. Laura is also the inventor of The Kaleidoscope System Shooting and Bloodstain Reconstruction System sold in more than 30 countries. Laura is a keynote speaker, symposium presenter, CEO and entrepreneur, Director of the LPA International Forensics Institute, Awards Nominated WebTV Show Host, and Producer. 


Laura Pettler was born in 1974. Laura grew up in Beaver, PA and participated in many learning activities as a child. Laura and daughter Alexis, moved to Waxhaw Horse Country, North Carolina in 1997. Laura and Alexis live on, Cavalleria Rusticana Baroque Equine Training & French Bulldogs, their farm dedicated to Classical Dressage, Baroque Equestrian Games, Foxhunting, and Mounted Archery on the equine side, in addition to breeding and showing Champion French Bulldogs on the canine side. In August 2017, Laura adopted her first Doberman Pinscher "Gia" and the pair are training for Gia's AKC Farm Dog Certification. Laura is the founder of the Carolina Warriors Mounted Archers recreational club based in the Piedmont of North Carolina. Laura enjoys showing her dogs in the AKC conformation circuit and looks forward to starting in performance classes, training her horses under Cavalleria's resident Classical Dressage and Baroque Equestrian Games Trainer, USDF Silver & Bronze Medalist Erika Fleury. Laura is an avid DIYer and typically builds everything at Cavalleria herself with others.

Laura is the living legacy of her father, Donald H. Pettler, who himself is an incredible success story. Donald Pettler passed away April 20, 2016 and remains Laura's hero. He was her favorite person. He invested his entire life investing in her life towards making her the individual she is today and told her "Sock it to'em!" at the end of most conversations for 41 years...Laura now has his words tattooed on her arm. His teachings shaped her as a child to love learning, pursue higher education, become an inventor like her grandfather Eugene Pettler, and and author like her aunt Dr. Florence Pettler. Laura comes from a long line of hard working Pettlers who lived right, helped others, and loved their families and friends. 


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