Beyond the Crime Lab: The New Science of Investigation

Beyond the Crime Lab: The New Science of Investigation

by Jon Zonderman
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I decided to read “Beyond the Crime Lab” because in my English class we are working on a Ethnography about the steps involved in Law Enforcement. This book truly did give me an inside look into the world of forensic science through real cases and helpful facts that I could use in my research. I really did like how in depth the author went when describing the forensic cases, getting every little detail. However there were some parts that really did seem to drag on and it did kind of bore me. The specific information seemed to be like it was “copy and pasted” and wasn’t necessarily meant to have every single word read, it was more of a skimming sections. Yeah yeah, that’s cool that the femur is that long, but tell me how that woman got chopped up and was mistaken for mulch! That is one other thing, you do have to kind of have a strong stomach for the detailed cases that the author explains.  The writing style seemed kind of choppy and sometimes never ending. One sentence would take up half of a page and seem to go on for a while. So if you are a person who learns better from facts, finds them interesting, and you really want to really jump into the world of forensic science, this book is for you. Each chapter explains how something is done like identifying a body and looking inside the mind of murderers and criminals. If you are working on a research project like I am this truly is a great book, but if you are just looking for a normal read this probably would not be a good idea. It’s almost textbook-like. 
Guest More than 1 year ago
Beyond the Crime Lab written by Jon Zonderman is a book that not only describes the uses of forensic science but also questions the use of science in our society. This book was somewhat of a disappointment. What I thought to be a book of forensic science turned out to be something else entirely. Although the first couple of chapters are enjoyable and descriptive of what really goes on at a crime scene the rest of the book was a let down. In this book you learn of criminals such as: Ted Bundy, Jack the Ripper, the Highway man, the Boston Nanny, as well as the Boston Strangler and many, many more. Zonderman is extremely knowledgeable not only of forensic science but also profiling, homicide, database gathering, as well as the justice society¿s use of science. Although science is to be neutral Zonderman believes that we cannot trust all of scientific evidence due to the fact it may be corrupted. Here is a thorough look at the latest developments of criminal investigation technology, and the use of science for the guilty and innocent. Zonderman gives a fascinating look into the science world but the book is not one for people who do not like science in general. This book goes into great detail of all the work put into science, so much so you do not feel the need to read it thoroughly. It is also confusing, mentioning part of a crime in one chapter and then contradicting it in another. The chapters themselves are chopped up into smaller sections that, although help organize the book, do not make the material any easier to understand for most readers. The few diagrams that are in this book do help to explain what Zonderman is talking about but only to some degree. Zonderman does sometimes seem to describe past cases more throughly then he describes the relevance to what there is to be learned in the book to these cases. This book is far to spread out and unorganized for those who are not determined to follow it to the end. Though the information found in this book is interesting it does take some digging to find anything that is purely fact for this book raises many more questions then it answers. Indeed, fellow readers, it is yet another interesting book gone bad.