Criminal Investigation: Basic Perspectives / Edition 11

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This well-established text brings together the authors’ more than 50 years of investigation experience and focuses on the fundamentals of inquiry and each element of investigation. The text reflects the most recent investigative techniques and technology and features real-life case studies to help students develop their ability to analyze, evaluate, and reason. Its approach is concise and manageable and this edition includes a new chapter on rules of evidence, a new chapter on terrorism, new case studies and new review questions to reinforce each concept.
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Editorial Reviews

New edition of a standard textbook for undergraduate students. Updated to include current topics such as: date rape, crack, serial murders. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132447485
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 3/10/2008
  • Series: Pearson Criminal Justice Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 11
  • Pages: 456
  • Product dimensions: 7.98 (w) x 10.26 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Table of Contents


CHAPTER 1 — The Initial Investigation

CHAPTER 2 — Direct and Circumstantial Evidence

CHAPTER 3Rules of Evidence

CHAPTER 4 — Recording the Crime Scene

CHAPTER 5 — Laboratory and Technical Services

CHAPTER 6 — Basic Investigative Leads and Informants

CHAPTER 7 — Major Investigative Techniques

CHAPTER 8 — Interviewing and the Detection of Deception

CHAPTER 9 — Interrogation Process

CHAPTER 10 — Arresting the Accused Person


CHAPTER 11 — Crimes of Violence

CHAPTER 12 — Sexual assaults

CHAPTER 13 — Robbery

CHAPTER 14 — Arson, Bombing and Hate Crimes

CHAPTER 15 — Property Crimes

CHAPTER 16 — Dangerous Drugs

CHAPTER 17 — Special Investigations



Appendix A — Case Briefs

Appendix B — Federal Controlled Substances

Appendix C — Identity Theft: What to do if it happens to you

Appendix D — Answers to chapter review questions


Selected Bibliography


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The ninth edition of Criminal Investigation: Basic Perspectives has been reorganized to make it more adaptable for a semester-length college course. The previous edition of this text contained 27 chapters. In this edition, the material has been combined and condensed into a 17 chapter format. The first chapter is now Ethical Awareness. This is especially appropriate due to the recent disclosure of unethical conduct in two of the largest police agencies in the country. This unethical conduct effects all investigators, regardless of jurisdiction. Such egregious conduct places doubts in a juror's mind regarding the credibility of the investigators in the courtroom and even empowers juries to engage in jury nullification. We believe that a frank and honest discussion of unethical conduct is necessary in order to acknowledge that this behavior exists and to be able to take corrective and preventive action.

Therefore, we added one entirely new chapter as well as additional segments to eight existing chapters:

  • Media Relations (Chapter 2, "The Crime Scene")
  • Offender Registration (Chapter 5, "Basic Investigative Leads and Informants")
  • DNA Fingerprinting (Chapter 7,,"Laboratory and Technical Services")
  • Mass and Serial Murder (Chapter 10, "Physical Assaults")
  • Personality Profile: Serial Rapist (Chapter 11, "Sexual Assaults")
  • Vice and Gambling (Chapter 15, "A Trio of Crimes Without Victims, Dangerous Dugs, Vice and Gambling, and Organized Crime")
  • Computer Crime and Hit and Run (Chapter 16, "For Other Authorities")
  • The Investigator as a Witness (New Chapter 17)

Two new case studies, designed toenhance the learning process, have been added to this edition. The case study method of instruction facilitates learning by linking case content to textbook topics and by encouraging the exchange of opinions and viewpoints among students during discussion sessions. The case studies in this book are designed to contribute to this type of learning process. Each case provides factual information that is likely to promote analysis and discussion and thus aid in developing the student's ability to analyze, evaluate, and reason. The topic of discussion is focused on the facts of each case study, but only the range of student opinions and ideas limits the scope of the discussion.

Some cases are presented in straight narrative style, while others are written in dialogue form as the best means of joining the personalities and the situations of a case study. Each case presents a real-life situation or episode experienced some time in the past. There has been no "doctoring" to develop points, theories, or problems. However, names, dates, and locations have been altered in some instances to avoid embarrassing any persons or their families.

A note of thanks to the reviewers of the last edition: William E. Kelly, Auburn University, Auburn, AL; Richard Natoli, Massasoit Community College, Rockton, MA; and Len Larson, Eastfield College, Mesquite, TX. Their insights and suggestions have made this current edition a better book. A special note of thanks to Sue Lushbaugh. Without her computer expertise and patience this edition would not have been possible.

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