Detective Steven Ladd
Det. Steven Ladd is originally from Louisville, KY. He joined the CMPD in 1999. Before coming a police officer, Det. Ladd was a Marine, a member of the Army Airborne and an EMT. Since he was a child, Det. Ladd has been drawn to exciting occupations. "My mom always said, 'If you're going to be a bear, be a Grizzly.'" He knew when he joined the PD that he wanted to be a homicide detective, that’s his "Grizzly." The dedication and sacrifice that his fellow detectives possess make Ladd proud to be an investigator. Death itself is not difficult for Det. Ladd, it's seeing the effects of death on the victim's family. Worse still is not being able to close a case for a family and give them that small peace of mind, "that's what's difficult about this job." When it does get to be too much, he vents to his wife, "his rock."
In his free time, Det. Ladd reads a lot and has probably seen all the latest "guy" movies. His children are nearly all grown, which give him and his wife of almost 20 years, time for each other. His wife is his best friend. They have two adult daughters and one nearly adult son, plus two grandchildren.
Detective Susan Manassah
Hailing from Cincinnati, Ohio, Detective Susan Manassah joined the CMPD in 1994. Prior to joining Homicide, she worked as a Robbery Detective. After spending four and a half years in homicide, she took a short break and worked as a Recruit Training Officer at the Academy. She recently rejoined the homicide team and couldn’t be happier.
Det. Manassah is drawn to homicide because of the intense nature of the work and the team atmosphere, which is unlike any other police work. She says homicide "fits my bulldog personality." Not only is she proud to be a police officer because of the amazing detectives she has worked with but because "the thin blue line is true dedication." For her, focusing on working for the victim, who no longer has a voice, and helping the family find closure is the most important part of the job.
When Manassah isn't working, she spends most of her time outside and being active. She enjoys cycling, competing in triathlons, camping and yardwork. She lives with her domestic partner of six years and her two dogs.
Detective Keith Martin
Det. Keith Martin moved to North Carolina from Virginia. He became a part of CMPD in 1999. Before becoming a homicide detective, Martin was a patrolman and in Street Drug Interdiction. Det. Martin has family ties to law enforcement. He specifically wanted to go to Homicide for the challenge it posed. His involvement with CMPD makes him feel like he's contributing to his community and making it a better place. Martin is a pillar of strength and isn’t affected negatively by his work.
"I look at what I do as a job and try not to take it personally. I treat everyone like I would want to be treated, if something were to happen to my friend or family member." Outside of work you can find the detective either with his family, fly-fishing or playing golf.
Detective Garry McFadden
Det. Garry McFadden is a veteran homicide detective with 20 years in the unit. McFadden, along with three college friends, decided to apply to the Charlotte Mecklenburg PD together. All of them were turned down, but McFadden didn't give up because of what was instilled in him by his teacher, Prentiss Moore. He fought for an answer and as a result he was later hired. Homicide has since become "a passion and love affair with the victim's families. It has provided me a large extended family." His high school principal, Mr. I.C. Joe, once told him "Go where you belong." The principal later explained that it meant to go where your passion and love is – Homicide is where Det. McFadden belongs. It took nearly twenty years to truly comprehend the daily stresses of homicide.
"I realize being truthful, honest and blunt with the families is the best solution to help me and them to cope... because of this approach families have thanked and supported me through the years." McFadden's number one hobby is fly-fishing. When he's not fly-fishing or grilling, the detective is speaking to the youth and men imprisoned for violent crimes – his passion is to help stop the violence. "I realized I'm sending young men to prison for murder, after sending their fathers to prison earlier in my career. The cycle will continue if no one cares." Det. McFadden is married with children.
Detective Norma McKee
Det. Norma McKee has been in CMPD since 1991. She served as a patrol officer and community coordinator before coming to Homicide. Initially it was the excitement that drew her to law enforcement, but then it was the challenge that attracted her to Homicide.
“The thought that what I do might have a positive impact on someone else’s life” is very rewarding for Det. McKee. When she’s not working, Det. McKee is training for her marathon, working around her house, traveling or spending time with her family.
Detective Bo McSwain
Det. Bo McSwain grew up 40 miles outside of Charlotte, NC and joined the Charlotte-Mecklenburg PD in 1999. Prior to becoming a homicide detective, McSwain worked as a patrolman and community coordinator. His father was a detective in the town where he grew up, so joining the police force was a natural path.
McSwain finds satisfaction when he and his team help a victim's family by making a murder arrest. To relieve stress he likes to exercise, play golf, watch movies and get out of town for a little rest. Outside of work he likes to spend time with his newly wedded wife and their miniature Schnauzer, Buddy.