Detective P.E. Jones
Detective P.E. Jones, a 36-year-veteran of the Dallas Police Department, has spent the past 16 years in the homicide department. He says, “I've always gotten a lot of enjoyment out of working homicide investigations. I enjoy talking to people. Everyone's got a story, good or bad, right or wrong or indifferent, they've got a story to tell. It’s just a matter of getting that story out.”
He adds, “I think human nature is to give your own slant to whatever incident or occurrence has happened. I think everyone gives their own slant to the facts and of course it's our job to decipher those stories and try to determine what is fact and what is fiction. If you rely strictly on what they told you and not what your evidence is, then you find yourself with a messed up story.”
Jones thinks of his work as “representing” the victim, no matter what their life choices were. He says, “One thing about homicide cases is you'll remember cases ten years later. And some of the cases that you don't solve that you wish you had solved, those cases stay with you.”
Det. P.E. Jones has retired from the Dallas Police Department.
Det. Jones has been married for 38 years. He and his wife have three children. “My oldest daughter is married and she's got two sets of twins so I’ve got four grandkids. My son, the middle child is on the police department. We really haven't hooked up on anything big yet, but we have crossed paths. My youngest daughter got married in 2006. We've got six dogs right now. We run cattle and horses, but right now we've just got dogs.”
Detective Randy Loboda
“I came from a real small, small town in upstate New York, Vernon Center, with a population of about a thousand people,” Det. Randy Loboda explains. “I was very quiet in high school, very introverted. Probably the last thing anyone ever expected was that I would turn out to be a homicide detective working in Dallas, Texas.” Det. Loboda has been with the DPD for twenty-four years, and has spent the last twelve of those years in the Homicide Department.
Loboda thinks that questioning a suspect is one of the most important parts of his job. He says, “The interrogation is an opportunity to get the suspect’s side of the story. If you commit a murder, the first thing I would want to know, and what someone on jury probably wants to know is, ‘Does this person have remorse? Does this person have a soul?’ A lot of these people are sorry for what they have done. What they’ve done probably happened within the span of maybe five or fifteen seconds but once it’s done they can’t take it back. People and juries want to know, ‘If you had the chance to do it over again, would you?’”
Loboda is a proud father and grandfather. His wife Jackie is also a homicide detective. Loboda also recently returned to college. He explains, “It’s a personal thing. I just want to get it done so I can say I got my four-year degree.”
Detective Dale Lundberg
Det. Dale Lundberg has been with the DPD since 1985, and moved to homicide in 2004. He says, "What really separates us in homicide is that we've accepted the responsibility to investigate crimes of this magnitude, to come in on our days off, to work those long 24-hour shifts if we have to, to miss more family time than we really want to in order to get the job done. People have to be willing to make the sacrifice. Now it's my time to make that sacrifice and do a very difficult job." He adds, "I don't think that when we arrest someone for committing a murder we are just grabbing somebody and putting them up for punishment. I truly believe in many incidences we're actually preventing more murders from being committed."
Like others in his department, Lundberg has his own way of dealing with the harsh realities of his job. He says, "When I'm out at a crime scene and I'm looking at a dead body, I'm really not thinking of it as a person right then, because to me they're no longer a person. The soul is gone and it's just a body now. It's not pleasant to look at sometimes, but I'm looking at a shell that is now basically evidence to me."
Lundberg spends his free time assisting his wife, Laurie, who coaches a Special Olympics team. "I also enjoy studying history. I'm fascinated by the Civil War. I enjoy playing chess on the Internet; I think I've lost at least one game to a person on every continent in the world. I enjoy playing chess. I just wish I was better at it."
Lundberg and Laurie have two sons and an adopted German Shepherd named Lexi.
Detective Dan Lusty
Det. Dan Lusty knew he wanted to be a police officer early in life. He explains, “When I was 12, I had an uncle that was a deputy sheriff. He had a farm up in Michigan. When I’d go up to visit, he’d tell me and my cousin to go sit in his car and listen to calls on the radio. You’d hear the radio traffic and hear people talking. I knew there was something really neat out there that I wanted to get into. I still think about that day, the first time I sat in that squad car and that radio was busy and I’d just listen and listen and listen.” He has spent the past thirty-three years with the Dallas Police Department and the past seventeen in the homicide department.
Lusty further credits his family in the character necessary to be a detective. He says, “I guess I’m a service-oriented type. My mom was a registered nurse for forty years. Like her, I just enjoy helping people and getting issues resolved for them.”
Lusty and his wife have been married for thirty years. They have three children. He says, “I’ve got a daughter that’s working in physical therapy now, and I’ve got my two sons in college. I’ve got my lab Dusty and the dog my son rescued named Dixie.”
Detective Eddie Lopez
Thirteen-year DPD veteran Det. Eddie Lopez, has spent the past two years in homicide. He remembers his first case vividly. “I had been in the division two days and the first thing I notice was this huge puddle of blood leading off to an alley with the body lying out there. I thought to myself ‘There’s no way I’m going to solve this.’ But in twenty hours we had developed a suspect and in forty-eight hours it was solved. Rookie luck. They’re not all that way.”
In his spare time, Det. Lopez enjoys riding his Electro Glide Standard Harley. For him, there is a special meaning to it. He explains, “When my second kid, Jake, was 9-years-old we found out that he had cancer and ended up spending a lot of time in the hospital. He and I would sit in the hospital and watch ‘Lonesome Dove,’ this movie about a bunch of cowboys driving cattle up to Montana and starting a ranch. I would tell him, ‘When you get well I’m going to take you to Montana and we’re going to do ride out there on my Harley.’ He survived the cancer and he said, ‘Remember when you said we would go to Montana?’ So we went, rode on my Harley. That was one the best trips of my life.”
Det. Lopez is divorced. He has four sons. He says, “Those four boys are the best things in my life. When I’m not at work I try to spend as much time with my kids as I can. It’s great just having dinner with them or to spend a couple hours just listening to them.”
Detective Joe McNulty
On the job for more than 25 years, Detective Joe McNulty has seen it all. "You know, we're all sleep deprived at times and we work a lot of crazy hours but if you have the right attitude and the love for this job ... it all works out. This is a great job."
"An old instructor said to me once in the police academy, 'boys and girls, you just bought yourself a ringside seat to the biggest circus in town' ... and he was right," McNulty says.
McNulty explains that it's demanding being a homicide detective and being a husband and a father: "I don't take anything home with me. ... I try to make a big effort at leaving everything at the office." But being married "going on 19 years," his wife and children know what it takes for him to be a homicide detective and he feels lucky because "I get 100 percent support from my family."