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Forensic Techniques
     

Forensic Techniques

by Rebecca Stefoff
 
Since Ancient Times, people have harnessed the power of science to solve crimes. The use of science in criminal investigation, known as forensics, is now one of the fastest-growing fields in law enforcement. Forensic Techniques guides readers through this fascinating field, from early landmarks to ongoing cases. Along the way, Forensic Techniques walks through the

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Since Ancient Times, people have harnessed the power of science to solve crimes. The use of science in criminal investigation, known as forensics, is now one of the fastest-growing fields in law enforcement. Forensic Techniques guides readers through this fascinating field, from early landmarks to ongoing cases. Along the way, Forensic Techniques walks through the stages of a crime scene investigation, highlights the importance of proper evidence handling, and goes inside the morgue where autopsies are performed. Key crime-solving tools such as fingerprinting and DNA testing are explained. Finally, a detailed case history shows how forensic science has brought a variety of tools to solving the mystery of an unknown murder victim found in the mountains of California.

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Children's Literature - Amy S. Hansen
Part of the "Forensic Science Investigated" series, this book begins by explaining how minutia such as a fleck of paint, trace chemicals, and the path of a bullet can clear up the mystery of "who-done-it." Stefoff explains the rather gruesome investigations in a straightforward, if not unfeeling way. Readers are walked through crime scene procedures. Next, they are introduced to the techniques used to determine the manner of death. Then, Stefoff explains how investigators use the whole body of evidence, the fingerprints, the ballistic report, the DNA, and so forth; all parts of the investigation are brought back together. In the last chapter, Stefoff reports on The Mystery Victim of Mammoth Lakes. "Of all the puzzles that detectives and crime scene investigators must try to solve, questions of identity are among the most challenging. When a case involves a mystery murder victim, or a suspect whose identity is unknown, criminalists use a variety of methods to discover the missing name." Stefoff walks the reader through an unsolved case of a body found by a hiker. Who was the woman? How did she die? Even being told the case is unsolved, does not stop the mystery from engaging the reader. Readers will want to know and will keep reading to find out as much as possible. Backmatter includes a glossary, lists of more resources, a bibliography, and an index. Reviewer: Amy S. Hansen

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761430834
Publisher:
Cavendish, Marshall Corporation
Publication date:
10/28/2008
Series:
Forensic Science Investigated Series
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
11 - 14 Years

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