THE ULTIMATE READERS’ GUIDE TO THE ART OF FORENSICS!
An intrepid investigator crawls through miles of air conditioning ducts to capture the implicating fibers of a suspect’s wool jacket . . . A forensic entomologist discovers insects in the grill of a car and nails down a drug dealer’s precise geographical path . . . A gluttonous criminal’s fingerprints are lifted from a chocolate truffle. . . .
Filled with these and many other intriguing true stories, and packed with black and white illustrations and photographs, The Forensic Casebook draws on interviews with police personnel and forensic scientists—including animal examiners, botanists, zoologists, firearms specialists, and autoposists—to uncover the vast and detailed underworkings of criminal investigation. Encyclopedic in scope, this riveting, authoritative book leaves no aspect of forensic science untouched, covering such fascinating topics as:
• Securing a crime scene
• Identifying blood splatter patterns
• Collecting fingerprints— and feet, lip, and ear prints
• Interpreting the stages of a body’s decay
• Examining hair and fiber evidence
• Trace evidence from firearms and explosives
• “Lifting” DNA prints
• Computer crime and forensic photography
• Career paths in criminal science
Lucidly written and spiked with real crime stories, The Forensic Casebook exposes the nitty gritty that other books only touch upon. Here is a reference book as addictive as a page-turning novel of suspense.
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The Forensic Casebook
Chapter OneTHE SCENE OF THE CRIME
The Scene of the Crime Versus the Crime Scene
For novelists like Agatha Christie, the scene of the crime was obvious-a blood-splattered drawing room or the gaping wall safe in a society grand dame's bedroom. Modern law enforcement officers, criminalists, forensic scientists, and even the often maligned private investigators, however, have quite different definitions.
The "scene of the crime" might be a room, an entire building, a wharf and surrounding harbor, the three-mile path of a disintegrating airplane, or just the keypad and receiver of a public phone booth. However, the actual "crime scene," to use the language of forensic investigation, often bears little resemblance to the physical layout visible at the scene. And, surprisingly to most, the size of the scene often has little relation to the time required to work it. For example, a phone booth regularly used by a stalker in Kingston, Australia, required eight technicians working for three full days. The first crash scene David Kellerman of the Aeronautics Investigative Unit ever worked required dozens during the rescue phase, but the actual forensic investigation-due in large part to the first responder's swift creation of a single access path for rescuers, as well as to the presence of snow (which helped in locating loose debris some distance from the crash)-took a mere nine investigators less than two days to complete.
Of course, the physical size of the crime scene bears no relation whatsoever to the number of individuals, either suspects or witnesses involved, and, as collecting statements is as much a part of "working" the crime...