Criminalistics: An Introduction to Forensic Science / Edition 8

Criminalistics: An Introduction to Forensic Science / Edition 8

by Richard Saferstein
     
 

In this new edition of Criminalistics, the noted forensic scientist Richard Saferstein brings the reader into the crime lab for a first hand look at the role of science in the criminal justice system. The application of science to criminal investigation is described in a style that is easily comprehensible to a reader who has no background skills in science. Through… See more details below

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In this new edition of Criminalistics, the noted forensic scientist Richard Saferstein brings the reader into the crime lab for a first hand look at the role of science in the criminal justice system. The application of science to criminal investigation is described in a style that is easily comprehensible to a reader who has no background skills in science. Through actual case histories and with the aid of over 200 illustrations, the reader will explore the impact forensic science has had on the "crimes of the century" - The Lindbergh kidnapping and O.J. Simpson criminal investigation - as well as other noted criminal cases. Criminalistics focuses its attention on the up-to-date technologies police rely on to apprehend criminal perpetrators and to link them through trace evidence to crime scenes. This new edition emphasizes the latest DNA typing procedures, new advances in crime scene investigation, the digital imaging enhancement of fingerprints, computerized ballistic examination, drug and alcohol analyses, as well as arson and explosion detection technologies. A major portion of the text is devoted to how common items of physical evidence are located at crime scenes and how they are processed in the crime lab.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780131118522
Publisher:
Prentice Hall
Publication date:
06/18/2003
Edition description:
Eight Edition, Book & CD-ROM
Pages:
587
Product dimensions:
8.26(w) x 10.26(h) x 1.15(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1Introduction1
Ch. 2The Crime Scene36
Ch. 3Physical Evidence66
Ch. 4Physical Properties: Glass and Soil97
Ch. 5Organic Analysis129
Ch. 6Inorganic Analysis164
Ch. 7The Microscope183
Ch. 8Hairs, Fibers, and Paint211
Ch. 9Drugs253
Ch. 10Forensic Toxicology289
Ch. 11Forensic Aspects of Arson and Explosion Investigations326
Ch. 12Forensic Serology361
Ch. 13DNA: A New Forensic Science Tool402
Ch. 14Fingerprints437
Ch. 15Firearms, Tool Marks, and Other Impressions466
Ch. 16Document and Voice Examination502
Ch. 17Forensic Science on the Internet527
Ch. 18The Future542
Case Readings550
Glossary588
App. IGuides to the Collection of Physical Evidence598
App. IIInstructions for Collecting Gunshot Residue (GSR)612
App. IIIFBI Policy for Submitting DNA Evidence614
App. IVChromatographic and Spectrophotometric Parameters for Figures Contained Within the Text615
App. VChemical Formulas for Latent Fingerprint Development616
App. VIChemical Formulas for Development of Footwear Impressions in Blood621
Answers624
Index629

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