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Overview

Crime Reconstruction, Second Edition is a working guide to the interpretation of physical evidence, designed for forensic generalists and those with multiple forensic specialties. It was developed to aid these forensic reconstructionists with the formulation of hypotheses and conclusions that stay within the known limits of forensic evidence. Crime Reconstruction begins with chapters on the history and ethics of crime reconstruction and then shifts to the more applied subjects of general reconstruction methods and practice standards. It concludes with chapters on courtroom conduct and evidence admissibility to prepare forensic reconstructionists for what awaits them when they take the witness stand. This new edition expands on the collaboration of forensic expertise brought together in the first edition with six all-new chapters and three new appendices. In addition, an Instructor’s Manual and other teaching materials are also available when adopted as a course text. This volume will once again serve as a valuable resource for forensic science practitioners, instructors and students alike.

• Updates to the majority of chapters, to comply with the NAS Report.
• Six new chapters on Forensic Science, Crime Scene Investigation, Wound Pattern Analysis, Forensic Report Writing, Sexual Assault Reconstruction, and Reconstruction Court Presentation and Testimony.
• Updated with key terms, chapter summaries, discussion questions, and a comprehensive glossary; ideal for those teaching forensic science and crime reconstruction subjects at the college level.
• Provides clear practice standards and ethical guidelines for the practicing forensic scientist.

Every crime that is investigated undergoes some form of reconstruction, whether it be an open-and-shut case, or a cold case from 20 years prior. Crime reconstruction is the determination of the actions and events surrounding the commission of a crime. It involves the use of witness, victim, and suspect statements, as well as the examination and interpretation of physical evidence. The most objective reconstructions come from the forensic evidence, and any statements that support the evidence are considered more reliable.

CRIME SCENE RECONSTRUCTION is a collaborative effort by leading minds in the forensic science community. A reference for professionals, the book will aid those involved in crime reconstruction with the formulation of forensic hypotheses and conclusions within the limits of forensic evidence. The book will begin with chapters on the history and philosophy of crime scene reconstruction and then will shift to the more scientific matters of trace evidence analysis (hair and fibers, glass, paint, etc.), shooting reconstruction, and arson reconstruction, among others. Its final chapters will be concerned with court testimony and ethics.

- The book defines best practices and procedures for this often-used, but little know investigative tool
- Contributors include some of the most high-profile and respected scientists in forensic science
- Characterizes the limits of physical evidence and what can and can't be reasonably inferred from i

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"In this update of the 2006 edition, forensic scientists/consultants discuss reconstructionist approaches to crimes and courtroom presentation of, and testimony on, the physical evidence. This text for advanced students includes case examples with photographs, guidelines for evidence identification and wound analysis, experiments (e.g., to assess bloodstain patterns), an evidence dynamics protocol, review questions, a glossary, companion website, and web references to a report on sharp force homicide, a bloodstain pattern case study, and staged crime scene analysis. The authors also consider the impact of future technologies on interpreting forensic evidence, and educational reforms in the field."-SciTech Book News (2011)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780123693754
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 10/30/2006
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 616
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

William Jerry Chisum has been a criminalist since 1960. He studied under Dr. Paul L. Kirk at U.C. Berkeley, worked in San Bernardino, and set up the Kern County Laboratory in Bakersfield. After joining the California Dept. of Justice, he took a leave of absence (1971-73) to work at Stanford Research Institute. He has been President of the California Association of Criminalists three times, and has also served as President of the American Society of Crime Lab Directors. In October of 1998, he retired from 37 years of public service but continues working as a private consultant. An accomplished teacher and lecturer, he has also been published in many forensic science journals and books.

Brent E. Turvey spent his first years in college on a pre-med track only to change his course of study once his true interests took hold. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Portland State University in Psychology, with an emphasis on Forensic Psychology, and an additional Bachelor of Science degree in History. He went on to receive his Masters of Science in Forensic Science after studying at the University of New Haven, in West Haven, Connecticut.

Since graduating in 1996, Brent has consulted with many agencies, attorneys, and police departments in the United States, Australia, China, Canada, Barbados and Korea on a range of rapes, homicides, and serial/ multiple rape/ death cases, as a forensic scientist and criminal profiler. He has also been court qualified as an expert in the areas of criminal profiling, forensic science, victimology, and crime reconstruction. In August of 2002, he was invited by the Chinese People's Police Security University (CPPSU) in Beijing to lecture before groups of detectives at the Beijing, Wuhan, Hanzou, and Shanghai police bureaus. In 2005, he was invited back to China again, to lecture at the CPPSU, and to the police in Beijing and Xian - after the translation of the 2nd edition of his text into Chinese for the University. In 2007, he was invited to lecture at the 1st Behavioral Sciences Conference at the Home Team (Police) Academy in Singapore, where he also provided training to their Behavioral Science Unit. In 2012 Brent completed his PhD in Criminology from Bond University in Gold Coast, Australia.

He is the author of Criminal Profiling: An Introduction to Behavioral Evidence Analysis, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Editions (1999, 2002, 2008, 2011); co- author of the Rape Investigation Handbook, 1st and 2nd Editions (2004, 2011), Crime Reconstruction 1st and 2nd Editions (2006, 2011), Forensic Victimology (2008) and Forensic Fraud (2013) - all with Elsevier Science. He is currently a full partner, Forensic Scientist, Criminal Profiler, and Instructor with Forensic Solutions, LLC, and an Adjunct Professor of Justice Studies at Oklahoma City University. He can be contacted via email at: bturvey@forensic-science.com.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: A History of Crime Reconstruction

Chapter 2: Crime Reconstruction – Ethos and Ethics

Chapter 3: Observer Effects & Examiner Bias: Psychological Influences on the Forensic Examiner

Chapter 4: Practice Standards for the Reconstruction of Crime

Chapter 5: Methods of Crime Reconstruction

Chapter 6: Evidence Dynamics

Chapter 7: Trace Evidence in Crime Reconstruction

Chapter 8: Shooting Incident Reconstruction

Chapter 9: Reconstruction Using Bloodstain Evidence

Chapter 10: Fire Scene Reconstruction

Chapter 11: Reconstructing Digital Evidence

Chapter 12: Staged Crime Scenes

Chapter 13: Surviving and Thriving in the Courtroom

Chapter 14: Reconstructionists in a Post-Daubert and Post-DNA Courtroom

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2007

    Not a great forensic science book

    I was looking forward to a good book on crime reconstruction but was disappointed with the book. Chapter 5, Methods of Crime Reconstruction gives exercises such as ¿Cut a pie into eight pieces using only three cuts.¿, and ¿Before the discovery of Mount Everest, what was the tallest mountain in the world?¿. In chapter 4, Practice Standards for the Reconstruction of Crime, fingerprint evidence is questioned because of the lack of statistical statements. However, chapter 6, Trace Evidence in Crime Reconstruction, indicates that fingerprints can establish with virtual certainty that a person was at a crime scene. In Chapter 8, Shooting Incident Reconstruction, the author doesn¿t cover basic rifling impressions which is fundamental in firearm identification. In Chapter 9, Reconstruction Using Bloodstain Evidence the impact angle of a bloodstain using the width and length of the stain is not clearly discussed. I feel like the authors compiled a good draft but failed to have it properly reviewed before publishing. I don¿t recommend this book.

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