The Encyclopedia of Crime Scene Investigation

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Gr 9 Up -An impressive number of fascinating case studies accompanies these 300 alphabetically arranged articles that describe and discuss crime-solving procedures and technologies. The entries provide a broad treatment of historical and scientific breakthroughs that have attempted to keep pace with criminal ingenuity, such as fingerprinting techniques, ballistics, biometrics, and DNA analysis. Biographies of noted bone detectives, toxicologists, police detectives, and others share equal treatment with criminals who have subtitled explanations indicating the reason for their inclusion (for instance, if they were convicted or exonerated by DNA evidence). Landmark cases, such as the Sacco-Vanzetti trial and the Charles Lindbergh baby kidnapping (both tagged "miscarriage of justice") are lengthier. The O.J. Simpson qualifier reads, "acquitted despite DNA evidence," and the text offers a detailed description of the forensic investigation. Not limited to murders and the like, the volume also addresses cybercrime, fraud, carjacking, theft, chemical and biological weapons, and child pornography, providing definitions, characteristics, examples, and crime-solving techniques. Captioned black-and-white photographs and illustrations are informative but not plentiful. Cross-references are common, and the author takes care to distinguish between terms that are often incorrectly interchanged, such as "forgery," "fraud," and "counterfeiting." A helpful glossary covers scientific and legal terms and acronyms, and there is an appendix of organic and inorganic compounds used in forensic testing. Newton's conversational tone and writing style are accessible to high school students, who may use thevolume for research or to browse the case studies.-Vicki Reutter, Cazenovia High School, NY

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816068159
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/15/2008
  • Series: Facts on File Crime Library
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,430,418
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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