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Police Lab: How Forensic Science Tracks Down and Convicts Criminals
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Police Lab: How Forensic Science Tracks Down and Convicts Criminals

by David Owen, Antonio J. Mendez (Foreword by)
 

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Is there such a thing as the perfect crime?

In 1979, US Army captain, Jeffrey MacDonald claimed that three "hippies" broke into his house and attacked him and stabbed his wife and daughters. Despite the Army Captain's careful attempts to conceal evidence, forensic scientists were able to prove that MacDonald himself was guilty. Police Lab shows how

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Is there such a thing as the perfect crime?

In 1979, US Army captain, Jeffrey MacDonald claimed that three "hippies" broke into his house and attacked him and stabbed his wife and daughters. Despite the Army Captain's careful attempts to conceal evidence, forensic scientists were able to prove that MacDonald himself was guilty. Police Lab shows how forensic scientists gather and analyze evidence, examine weapons and bodies and use DNA testing and other techniques to help solve crime. Twenty real-life case studies show forensic scientists in action and demonstrate the fascinating secrets of police labs.

Police Lab includes:

  • analyzing physical evidence and weapons
  • fraud and forgeries including handwriting analysis
  • DNA testing and the future of forensic science
  • "forensic facts" sidebars throughout the book explaining how even the smallest detail and shred of evidence can help solve crime
  • 20 real-life case studies including: The World Trade Center bombing, O.J. Simpson trial, assassination of John F. Kennedy and the conviction of serial killer Ted Bundy
  • more than 200 color photographs

Editorial Reviews

TeensReadToo.com - Jennifer Warden
For those interested in how forensic science works, then Police Lab is a must-read... This is a great starting point for teens interested in the forensic field.
Chicago Sun papers - Linda Plwowarczyk
Fascinating ... enough criminal horrors to be found in the 20 case studies to keep teens turning pages.
Science Books and Films - Robert R.J. Grispino
Owen has provided young readers with a very good introduction to the fascinating world of forensic science ... I recommend this entertaining, highly accessible text to all budding forensic-science buffs.
Library Media Connection - Patricia S. Brown
Compelling overview of forensic science ... Recommended.
Booklist - Roger Leslie
Fascinating ... Whether moved by morbid curiosity or by Owen's command of his topic, both middle- and high-school readers will find this book an exciting, enlightening read.
North Bay Nugget
While not for the faint of heart, this book provides a wealth of information in a fascinating and clearly written presentation.
School Library Journal
Gr 6-8-What with CSI one of the more popular shows around, forensic-science methods have made an entrance into many living rooms around the country, and there has been corresponding activity in the previously placid 363.25s. This addition to the genre discusses current methodology interspersed with actual forensic investigations into crimes as diverse as a brutal murder in 1889 to the causes of the gun turret explosion on the USS Iowa in 1989. Poison, strangulation, burning, drowning, shooting, and stabbing are some of the murderous methods explored in the readable text, as are such forensic tools as facial reconstruction, bite matching, ballistics, DNA screening, and the old standby, fingerprinting. Color photos abound, as do "Forensic Fact" and "Crime File" boxes. This title is on a comparable level with Andrea Campbell's more stolid Forensic Science (Chelsea, 1999) and Brian Lane's Crime & Detection (DK, 2000), and more difficult than Charlotte Foltz Jones's chattier Fingerprints and Talking Bones (Delacorte, 1997). Couple Owen's book with Mark P. Friedlander, Jr., and Terry M. Phillips's competent When Objects Talk (Lerner, 2001) and Donna M. Jackson's superb The Bone Detectives (Little, Brown, 1996) and put CSI on TiVo.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781552976197
Publisher:
Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date:
10/05/2002
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

David Owen is the author of Hidden Evidence and Hidden Secrets. He has written extensively on military deception, espionage, and written and produced television documentaries on computer crime and electronic intelligence.

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