Current Methods In Forensic Gunshot Residue Analysis / Edition 1

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Current Methods in Forensic Gunshot Residue Analysis will deal with ma jor areas of gunshot residue analysis such as current and future metho ds of analysis, collection techniques, interpretation of evidence as w ell as expert testimony and report writing. This text is a necessity for any forensic scientist conducting this type of analysis and all ot her law enforcement personnel, academia, and lawyers involved in the i nvestigation and prosecution of violent crimes involving firearms.

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Editorial Reviews

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... a useful reference for forensic specialists in this field ... a relatively easy-to-read educational tool for law enforcement personnel and members of the justice system. …an excellent book which delivers a great deal of useful information in the area of gunshot residue analysis.
—Bruce Kramarchuk, I/C Firearms Section, RCMP Forensic Laboratory, Regina, in Canadian Society of Forensic Science Journal

Excellent value for its money. This book should prove very useful to forensic scientists involved in GSR analysis. It should also be useful for undergraduate and postgraduate students of forensic science and forensic medicine, and to law enforcement personnel in general. Fully recommended.
Anil Aggrawal's Internet Journal of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Volume 3, Number 1, January - June 2002

Details methods of gunshot residue (GSR) analysis for professionals and general readers. Concentrates on areas most important to examiners in the law enforcement community and students of criminal justice and forensics, with chapters on the significance of GSR evidence, particle formation and classification, and scanning electron microscopy energy dispersive spectroscopy. Other subjects are plume concentrations, commonly used firearms and ammunitions, and guidelines for note taking, report making, and serving as an expert witness. Includes b&w photos. Schwoeble is manager of forensic science and special projects at RJ Lee Group. Exline is a forensic scientist with RJ Lee Group. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780849300295
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/27/2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Value of GSR as Trace Evidence
Degradation of GSR
Transfer of GSR
Specific Areas of GSR Deposition
Collection of GSR Evidence
General Crime Scene Considerations
Examination of GSR
Particle Formation
Classification of GSR Particles
Uniqueness of Composition
Environmental Considerations in GSR Examination
Principal Techniques
Scanning Electron Microscopy/Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy
Automated SEM Analysis
Variable Pressure SEM
Other Methods of Analysis
The Plume Study
Summary of Results
Particle Fallout
Powder Charges
Head Stamps
.22 Caliber Ammunition Composition
Ammunition Composition Studies
GSR Studies: U.S. Manufacture Pistol Primers
General Observations from Test Firings
Revolvers vs. Semi-Automatics
Note Taking
Report Writing
Chain of Custody
Expert Testimony

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