Forensic Fridays #10 The Disappearing Opals

Come join another exciting chapter of Forensic Fridays, a series brought to you exclusively by the International Association of Investigative Locksmiths (IAIL) in 2024. This week, we will delve deep into the intriguing case of the disappearing opals. A mystery that left everyone baffled until it was unraveled by one of the finest minds in the field, Thomas R. Demont.

About the Presenter

Thomas R. Demont is a highly decorated professional with numerous certifications under his belt. He holds the titles of AHC (Architectural Hardware Consultant), CFL (Certified Forensic Locksmith), CML (Certified Master Locksmith), CMST (Certified Master Safe Technician), CFDI (Certified Fire Door Inspector), and IFDI (International Fire Door Inspector). With such a vast knowledge and expertise, Thomas has made a significant contribution to the field of investigative locksmithing.

The Disappearing Opals: An Overview

Opals, known for their magnificent play-of-color, have been a subject of fascination for centuries. However, when these precious gemstones started disappearing from locked vaults without any trace of a break-in, it baffled everyone. The case rapidly gained notoriety as the "Disappearing Opals".

The Investigation

Our presenter, Thomas R. Demont, was at the forefront of this investigation. Join us on Friday, Feb 23, 2024, at 12 PM CST, as he takes us through the intricate details of the investigation. He will take us step by step, expounding on how he pieced together the evidence to crack this perplexing case.

Time and Registration

Mark your calendars, investigative locksmith enthusiasts! The webcast is scheduled for Friday, Feb 23, 2024, at 12 PM CST. Register now at

Please note that this event is exclusive to active IAIL members only. If you're not a member yet, join us now to gain access to this and many more intriguing cases.

This Forensic Friday promises to be a fascinating journey into the world of investigative locksmithing. Get ready to immerse yourself in a real-world mystery that showcases the art of locksmithing at its finest. Don't miss out on the opportunity to learn from one of the best in the field, Thomas R. Demont. See you at the webcast!

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What is the IAIL? The International Association of Investigative Locksmiths was established to follow the principles of forensic science in lock investigation. It was founded in 1999 by retired Lieutenant James Glazier of the Montgomery County, MD, Police Department and Don Shiles, chief instructor at the U.S. Army 902nd Military Intelligence School in Ft. Meade, MD.

Each member, by their acceptance of membership in the International Association of Investigative Locksmiths, shall subscribe to the following code of ethics:

  • To pursue their professional work in the spirit of fairness to their clients, with fidelity to security in conformance with appropriateness and with high ideals of personal honor.
  • To properly and impartially analyze and examine all material which is entrusted to their custody.
  • To conduct themselves in a dignified manner at all times; to avoid using any improper or questionable methods of soliciting professional work.
  • To refrain from associating themselves with or allowing the use of their name by any enterprise of questionable character, or in any manner countenancing misrepresentation.
  • To cooperate with other investigate locksmiths through the interchange of general information and experience.
  • To cooperate with local law enforcement officials and insurance investigators in all matters relating to the cases that they are working on and to diligently pursue the education of the consumer in relation to their security.
  • To encourage and promote loyalty for the investigative locksmith profession and interest themselves in public welfare, always ready to apply their special knowledge, skill and training to enhance the security of the public.
  • To consistently abide by all applicable licensing and business regulations. All members of IAIL must also follow and abide by the ALOA SPAI code of ethics.

The Certified Forensic Locksmith (CFL) exams have been rewritten and are now available to be taken by qualified personnel. You can hold multiple CFL certificates. What’s available now are CFL-General Forensics, CFL-Safes and Vaults, CFL-Automotive and CFL-Architectural Fire Door Assembly. There are two areas that attorneys look at for: expert witness credentials and certificates.

More is better! Complete your ALOA PRP credentials and start on your CFL credential today. Big news coming up in the next paragraph! Stand by for exciting news about the IAIL Forensics Conference in 2020. Read next month’s page for the exciting details. At our conference last November, we certified five new CFLs in two different categories. There were 23 attendees at the conference, and our forensic tool mark expert thrilled everyone with two days of tool mark examination and terminology. Thank you, Beta, for these exciting classes. That brings the total up to 52 IAIL members who have earned their CFL certificate. All must recertify every three years. I will be at SAFETECH in April in Tulsa, OK, teaching the two-day mandatory class for CFL-Safes and Vaults.

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