Criminal Investigation / Edition 3 available in Paperback
Criminal Investigation, Fourth Edition, offers a comprehensive and engaging examination of criminal investigation and the vital role criminal evidence plays in the process. The text focuses on the five critical areas essential to understanding criminal investigations: background and contextual issues, criminal evidence, legal procedures, evidence collection procedures, and forensic science. In this new edition, esteemed author Steven G. Brandl goes beyond a simple how-to on investigative procedures and analyzes modern research and actual investigative cases to demonstrate their importance in the real world of criminal justice.
New to the Fourth Edition:
- New and updated statistical information, research findings, investigative procedures, and legal cases ensure you are learning about the most current research in the field.
- Several new “From the Case File” chapter introductions and 25 new in-chapter “Case-in-Point” investigative case examples make it easier for you to connect the content to the real world.
- More than 75 new photos, most of which are case photos from actual investigations, illustrate key concepts to help keep you engaged with the content.
- New material on documenting evidence via reports provides examples of well-written police reports to help you build better writing skills.
- New material on social media and evidence from electronic digital devices discusses how to use new technology as a source of information.
- A stronger focus on terrorism and the use of technology in investigations encourages you to discuss and critically analyze the future of criminal investigations.
- New sections titled “Mental Mistakes in Criminal Investigations,” “Perspectives on the Criminal Investigation Process,” and “Qualities and Characteristics of Investigators” offer you tips and advice for conducting successful investigations.
- New material on touch DNA helps you see the benefits and limitations of scientific evidence gathered from a crime scene.
|Edition description:||Third Edition|
|Product dimensions:||8.40(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Steven G. Brandl (Ph.D., Michigan State University, 1991) is a professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. Professor Brandl teaches numerous graduate and undergraduate courses including Criminal Investigation, Police Management, and Issues in Police Practice and Policy, among others. His research interests include police use of force, the hazards of police work, and criminal investigation.
He has conducted research projects and consulted with numerous major metropolitan police departments, including the Milwaukee Police Department and the Chicago Police Department, as well as many suburban police departments. Besides this textbook, he is the author of Police in America (Sage, 2018), numerous articles in professional journals, co-editor of The Police in America: Classic and Contemporary Readings and Voices From the Field, and a frequent presenter professional conferences.
Table of Contents
PrefaceAcknowledgmentsAbout the AuthorChapter 1: The Investigation of Crime Objectives From the Case File: The Investigation of the Washington, D.C., Beltway Snipers Criminal Investigation, Evidence, and Forensic Science Defined Types of Criminal Investigations Perspectives on the Criminal Investigation Process The Role of Chance, Accident, and Discovery in Criminal Investigations Mental Mistakes in Criminal Investigations Qualities and Characteristics of Investigations Criminal Investigation and the Criminal Justice System Main Points Important Terms Questions for Discussion and ReviewChapter 2: The History of Criminal Investigation Objectives From the Case File: The Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping The Importance of History in Understanding the Present and the Future The Evolution of the Investigative Task: English Developments The Evolution of the Investigative Task: American Developments Main Points Important Terms Questions for Discussion and ReviewChapter 3: The Role and Documentation of Evidence in Criminal Investigations Objectives From the Case File: The Murder of Stanley Van Wagner The Basics of Criminal Evidence Types of Evidence Testimonial, Real, Demonstrative, and Documentary Evidence The Functions of Evidence Documenting Evidence: The Value and Importance of Investigative Reports Main Points Important Terms Questions for Discussion and ReviewChapter 4: The Law and Criminal Investigations Objectives From the Case File: Ernesto Miranda’s Confession Basic Legal Terminology The Rules and Admissibility of Evidence Constitutional Requirements for the Collection of Evidence Important Terms Questions for Discussion and ReviewChapter 5: Physical Evidence and the Crime Scene Objectives From the Case File: The Murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman The Role of Physical Evidence in Criminal Investigations The Crime Scene and Its Management Types of Physical Evidence Biological Evidence Other Types of Physical Evidence The Role of Crime Laboratories in Criminal Investigations Main Points Important Terms Questions for Discussion and ReviewChapter 6: Interviews and Eyewitness Identifications Objectives From the Case File: BP Gas Station Robbery Interviews Defined Types of Witnesses Types of Information Obtained From Witnesses Methods of Eyewitness Identification Value of Eyewitness Identifications in Establishing Proof The Memory Process and the Identification Task Guidelines for the Collection of Eyewitness Evidence Investigative Tools in Interviewing Main Points Important Terms Questions for Discussion and ReviewChapter 7: Interrogations and Confessions Objectives From the Case File: The “Secret” Interrogation of O. J. Simpson Interrogations Defined The Controversy of Interrogation Methods Prerequisites for a Productive Interrogation Approaches to Investigative Interrogations The Potential Problems With Police Deception in Interrogations Why Do Suspects Confess? The Issue of False Confessions Investigative Tools in Recognizing Deception Main Points Important Terms Questions for Discussion and ReviewChapter 8: Behavioral Evidence and Crime Analysis Objectives From the Case File: A Mutilation Murder Behavioral Analysis Defined Crime Scene Profiling Geographical Profiling Psycholinguistics Crime Analysis Empirical Crime Analysis Main Points Important Terms Questions for Discussion and ReviewChapter 9: Information From the Public, Social Media, Information Networks, Digital Devices, and Other Sources Objectives From the Case File: “Ain’t No Love in the Heart of the City” Information From the Public in Criminal Investigations Information From Social Media in Criminal Investigations Confidential Informants Gang Intelligence Information Networks Information From Electronic Devices and Digital Evidence Psychics Main Points Important Terms Questions for Discussion and ReviewChapter 10: Death Investigation Objectives From the Case File: He Hit Her Until She Fell . . . and That Was Just the Beginning Issues in the Investigation of Death: Manner of Death Patterns and Characteristics of Homicide Investigative Considerations With Death and Homicide Major Challenges in Homicide Investigations: Serial Homicide Major Challenges in Homicide Investigations: Cold Cases Main Points Important Terms Questions for Discussion and ReviewChapter 11: The Investigation of Sex Crimes, Assault, Child Abuse, and Related Offenses Objectives From the Case File: “Since You Don’t Have Any Money . . .” Varieties and Characteristics of Rape and Other Sexual Assaults Investigative Considerations With Rape and Other Sexual Assaults Other Sources of Evidence and Information in Sexual Assault Investigations False Allegations Varieties and Characteristics of Other Assaults Investigative Considerations With Other Assaults Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Main Points Important Terms Questions for Discussion and ReviewChapter 12: The Investigation of Robbery Objectives From the Case File: The Robber Who Lost His Tool Varieties and Characteristics of Robbery Investigative Considerations With Robbery Physical Evidence The Property Taken in the Robbery Interrogation Considerations Other Strategies and Sources of Information Main Points Important Terms Questions for Discussion and ReviewChapter 13: The Investigation of Burglary, Vehicle Theft, Arson, and Other Property Crimes Objectives From the Case File: Dad and Daughter Go to Work Varieties and Characteristics of Burglaries Investigative Considerations With Burglary Varieties and Characteristics of Vehicle Theft Investigative Considerations With Vehicle Theft Varieties and Characteristics of Arson Investigative Considerations With Arson Varieties and Characteristics of Larceny Investigative Considerations With Larceny Interrogation Considerations With Burglars, Arsonists, and Other Thieves Main Points Important Terms Questions for Discussion and ReviewChapter 14: The Investigation of Fraud and Other Computer-Related Crimes Objectives From the Case File: An Internet Chat With an Undercover Officer Fraud and Its Investigation Varieties of Computer-Facilitated Crime and Their Investigation Main Points Important Terms Questions for Discussion and ReviewChapter 15: The Presentation of Evidence Objectives From the Case File: A Tragedy and Then More The Adversarial Process Errors in Justice Outcomes The Value and Importance of Investigative Testimony Expert Testimony Testimony of Investigators Main Points Important Terms Questions for Discussion and ReviewChapter 16: Terrorism, Technology, and the Future of Criminal Investigation Objectives From the Case File: The Day the World Changed The Future of Criminal Investigation A New Approach to Criminal Investigations The New Technology of Crime Detection Main Points Important Terms Questions for Discussion and ReviewAppendix: Capstone CaseGlossaryNotesIndex