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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
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
Posted November 3, 2007
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.