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Philip Anderson Shelton

Philip Anderson Shelton, American criminal investigator, writer. Certified criminal investigator, California; licensed private investigator, California. Recipient Honor for Bravery World Secret Service Organization, 1960; grantee California Cattlemen's Association, 1956, Federal Defender Program, Washington, 1978.


  • Shelton, Philip Anderson was born on July 3, 1938 in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, United States. Son of Philip Anderson and Mildred Evelyn (Wendt) Shelton.

  • Education

    • Student, Chico (California) State College, 1957. Student, University California, Davis, 1962. Student, Sacramento State University, 1975.

      Bachelor of Science in Criminology, University Alabama, 1996. Postgraduate in Writing, Norwich University, since 1996.


    • Fraud investigator Philip A. Shelton Professional Investigations, Sacramento, 1960-1964, owner, operator, 1964-1977. Chief investigator Yolo County Conflict Defense, Woodland, California, 1966-1969. Investigator Federal Public Defender, Sacramento, 1975, chief investigator Fresno, 1977-1978, Santa Barbara (California) County Public Defender, 1978-1996.

      Director California Death Penalty Review and Re-investigation, Santa Barbara, since 1996.

    Major achievements

    • Certified criminal investigator, California. Licensed private investigator, California.


    • Author short stories and novella.


    Board directors Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1980-1984. Founding member Gifted And Talented Education School Program, Santa Barbara, 1980-1985. Member, group leader City/County Disaster Services, Santa Barbara, 1980-1989.

    Member World Association Detectives, Association British Detectives, Council International Investigators, California Association License Investigators (co-founder 1966, Service award 1969), Institute Personal Injury Investigators (director, co-founder since 1966), Defense Investigators Association.



    Printing, designing, amateur radio, lecturing, acting.


    • 1 child, Thane Kevit.
    • father: Philip Anderson Shelton
    • mother: Mildred Evelyn (Wendt) Shelton
    • child: Thane Kevit Shelton
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    • 1957
      Chico (California) State College
    • 1962
      University California
    • 1975
      Sacramento State University
    • 1996
      University Alabama
    • 1960 - 1964
      Fraud investigator Philip A. Shelton Professional Investigations
      Sacramento, California, United States
    • 1964 - 1977
      Fraud investigator Philip A. Shelton Professional Investigations
    • 1966 - 1969
      chief investigator Yolo County Conflict Defense
      Woodland, California, United States
    • 1975
      investigator Federal Public Defender
      Sacramento, California, United States
    • 1977 - 1978
      investigator Federal Public Defender
    • 1978 - 1996
      investigator Federal Public Defender
    • 1996
      director, California Death Penalty Review and Re-investigation
      Santa Barbara, Honduras
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