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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 ...
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
About 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.
Introduction: The Origins of Forensic Science
Chapter 1: The Crime Files Opens
Chapter 2: Positive ID
Chapter 3: Pure Poison
Chapter 4: The Cut of a Knife; the Blow of a Hammer
Chapter 5: Starved of Air: Strangulation and Suffocation
Chapter 6: Fire and Water: Death by Burning and Drowning
Chapter 7: The Smoking Gun
Chapter 8: The Flames of Destruction: Fire and Explosives
Chapter 9: Unmasking the Criminals: Frauds and Forgeries
Chapter 10: Criminal Traces
Chapter 11: Written in Blood
Chapter 12: DNA: The Ultimate Identifier?
Chapter 13: The Future of Forensic Sciences
Bibliography and Picture Credits
Posted November 14, 2008
For those interested in how forensic science works, then POLICE LAB is a must-read. <BR/><BR/>Author David Owen presents a great beginning presentation into how forensic science works in regards to ballistics, DNA processing, fingerprint evidence, bite marks, tire imprints, and even handwriting analysis -- and how they can be used to figure out the person who has committed a crime. Using more than twenty true-life cases, from the death of INXS rocker Michal Hutchence to serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, Mr. Owen takes us inside the science that helped cracked the case. <BR/><BR/>Although there are other books that delve deeper into the actual workings of the science behind the science, this is a great starting point for teens interested in the forensic field. Be warned, though -- the book includes several full-color photographs of actual dead bodies, which might not be suitable for everyone. On the other hand, if you're planning on a career in the field of forensic science, you might do well to get used to such things now!
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Posted May 14, 2003
I am prety sure that 'Police Lab' is just a shorter version of 'Hidden Evidence'. I own them both. I've read 'Police Lab' and haven't read 'Hidden Evidence', but flipping through 'Hidden Evidence', it had the same pictures and crime files and 'Police Lab'...only more. SO, although 'Police Lab' was a great, interesting, informing book, I would recomend 'Hidden Evidence' - by the same author - instead. It's only $10 more and 10x's the size.
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Posted November 3, 2002