About Steven Spingola

Steven Spingola is an investigator with a national reputation for excellence.

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 is currently the chair of Gateway Technical College’s Criminal Justice Studies program, and also serves as an adjunct professor of criminal justice and security management for Waukesha County Technical College.

Known to his colleagues as “the sleuth with the proof,” Spingola is as an investigator for Cold Justice, a popular Oxygen Channel true crime program. During a 2014 episode 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 has authored two books, Best of the Spingola Files, Volumes 1 & 2, and a soon-to-be released book on the strange deaths of college-age men in Wisconsin, which some attribute to the so-called “smiley face killer.” 

Spingola is prominently mentioned in two well regarded true crime books, namely You Gotta Be Dirty: The Outlaws Motorcycle Club In & Around Wisconsin and The Milwaukee Mafia: Mobsters in the Heartland Both of these books are available at Amazon.

To contact Steven Spingola, please visit Twitter (MilwSpinny) or e-mail MilwSpinny@gmail.com