Murder 101: Homicide and Its Investigation

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Of all crimes, murder fascinates the public more than any other. While considered a detestable act, for which society reserves its severest punishments, homicide still captivates the American public. But the way homicide and its investigation are depicted in our media fail to capture just how murders get solved. Here, Snow takes us on a tour of murder, its investigation, and its prosecution from the perspective of a seasoned homicide detective. From the commission of the crime to the collection of evidence, ...

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Overview

Of all crimes, murder fascinates the public more than any other. While considered a detestable act, for which society reserves its severest punishments, homicide still captivates the American public. But the way homicide and its investigation are depicted in our media fail to capture just how murders get solved. Here, Snow takes us on a tour of murder, its investigation, and its prosecution from the perspective of a seasoned homicide detective. From the commission of the crime to the collection of evidence, examination of the crime scene, roundup of suspects, interrogation, and resolution, he leads readers from the scene to the courtroom, stopping along the way to consider all the elements that go into a murder investigation. He considers the culprits, the motives, the victims and their families, and offers readers a glimpse into the actual techniques and methods used to solve real crimes. This volume will fascinate and inform anyone interested in knowing the truth behind the scene of the crime of murder.

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"[D]escribes how real-life cases work, from the meticulous work necessary to process physical evidence to investigation and interrogation techniques, developing suspects, working cold cases, and preparing for and participating in trials. He also includes a very good review of helping secondary victims (members of the community and victims' families) cope with the crime and its emotional consequences, including the realization that for many, closure will never be a possibility."

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"[T]he absolute abundance of knowledge that this book contains relating to homicide investigation is excellent… This is a detailed, accurate and at the same time very human journey and insight of a homicide investigator which was both a privilege to read and review."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275984328
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,295,606
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 9.58 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

ROBERT L. SNOW has been a police officer with the Indianapolis Police for 34 years and is currently a captain and commander of the Homicide Branch. He is the author of The Militia Threat (1999), Looking for Carol Beckwith (1999), and Deadly Cults: The Crimes of True Believers (Praeger, 2003).

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Table of Contents

1 Murder in America 1
2 The crime scene 31
3 The body 57
4 Physical evidence of murder 73
5 Interview and interrogation 93
6 Developing suspects 119
7 Cold case investigation 135
8 The trial 149
9 Secondary victims of murder 165
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