Crime Scene Investigation: Crack the Case with Real-Life Experts

Crime Scene Investigation: Crack the Case with Real-Life Experts

by Cyril H. Wecht, Steven A. Koehler, Shaun Ladham
     
 

"Concentrate on what cannot lie: the evidence" is sage advice from one of the many popular TV shows based on investigative skills-an audience that now averages 30 million viewers each week and growing. Viewers sit glued to their TVs to watch forensic experts peer through microscopes and dust for fingerprints. Now with this book you, too, can examine every clue,… See more details below

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"Concentrate on what cannot lie: the evidence" is sage advice from one of the many popular TV shows based on investigative skills-an audience that now averages 30 million viewers each week and growing. Viewers sit glued to their TVs to watch forensic experts peer through microscopes and dust for fingerprints. Now with this book you, too, can examine every clue, searching for that singular element that can prove invaluable in an investigation.

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School Library Journal
Adult/High School-A compelling feature of this well-organized book is its measured, clinical depiction of professional procedures that underlie "medicolegal analysis" of a crime scene. Eight chapters address the sequential stages of an investigation, moving from the duties of first responders and forensic specialists to the mission of geographic or psychological profilers, addressing the roles of media and crime reporters, and focusing finally on painstaking preparations for going to trial. Twenty high-profile cases are excerpted in sidebars, with brief statements as to date/circumstances of the crime, followed by descriptions of how physical evidence was accumulated, what challenges were encountered, and summaries of trial outcomes. Brief, first-person "day in the life of" accounts were contributed by practitioners with substantial career experience in forensic specialties such as pathology, epidemiology, and toxicology, enriching the explanations of ballistics, DNA analysis, autopsy equipment, the dynamics of criminal interrogation, and more. Effective use is made of color photos and charts throughout. The current popularity of TV dramatizations such as CSI might lead students to pick up this book initially, but it is likely to be the appealing format, clear scientific explanations, and authenticity of the authors' career insights that keep them reading. Steering clear of sensationalism, this is a methodical presentation of complex homicide investigations in which integrated teamwork among disciplines is cast as a crucial element of success.-Lynn Nutwell, Fairfax City Regional Library, VA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9780762105403
Publisher:
Reader's Digest Association, Incorporated, The
Publication date:
10/20/2004
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
7.06(w) x 9.14(h) x 0.83(d)

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