The Science of Crime Scenes

Other | December 17, 2012

byMax M. Houck, Max M. Houck, Frank Crispino...

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The recent National Research Council's report on forensic science calls for more fundamental education and training in the science behind the discipline. Nowhere is this need greater than in crime scene investigations. Long seen as merely "bagging and tagging," crime scene investigation and processing is now a complex process, involving numerous sciences and methods.The Science of Crime Scenesaddresses the science behind the scenes and demonstrates the latest methods and technologies in depth.

TheScience of Crime Scenescovers the philosophy of crime scenes as historical events, the personnel involved at a scene (including the media), the detection of criminal traces and their reconstruction, and special crime scenes, such as mass disasters and terroristic events. Written by an international trio of authors with decades of crime scene experience,The Science of Crime Scenesis the next generation of crime scene textbooks.



  • Offers a science-based approach to crime scene investigation
  • Includes in-depth coverage of disasters and mass murder, terror crime scenes, and CBRN (chemical, biological, radioactive and nuclear) - not covered in any other text
  • Written by an international trio of authors with decades of crime scene experience
  • Instructor website with lecture slides, test bank, outlines, definitions, and activities, and a student companion site with an image collection

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The recent National Research Council's report on forensic science calls for more fundamental education and training in the science behind the discipline. Nowhere is this need greater than in crime scene investigations. Long seen as merely "bagging and tagging," crime scene investigation and processing is now a complex process, involvin...

Mr. McAdam has 26 years of experience in the field of forensic investigations. He is currentlyemployed as the Supervisory Agent In Charge of the Washington State Patrol Crime Laboratoryin Tacoma, Washington. He is also a proud graduate of the University of Ulster, NorthernIreland, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemist...

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Format:OtherDimensions:400 pages, 1 × 1 × 1 inPublished:December 17, 2012Publisher:Academic PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0123864658

ISBN - 13:9780123864659

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Table of Contents

SECTION 1: THE SCIENCE OF CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION1.0 The "forensic mindset" 1.1 From scene to laboratory to court 2.0 What is a crime scene? 2.1 Crime scene intelligence: Connecting people, places, and things

SECTION 2: PERSONNEL AND PROCEDURES3.0 Personnel 3.1 First responder on the scene 3.2 The investigator in charge 3.3 The forensic team: Officers, scientists and specialists 3.4 Non-forensic personnel: Superiors, officials, and the media 4.0 General crime scene procedure 4.1 "Freezing" the scene and the 3R's (Recognize, Record and Recover) 4.2 The chain of custody 4.3 Recording the scene: Sketching, photography, and video

SECTION 3: DETECTION AND RECONSTRUCTION5.0 Searching for evidence: Recovery 5.1 Detecting 5.2 Collection 5.3 Preserving 5.4 Submitting evidence to the laboratory 6.0 Evidence types and enhancement 6.1 Chemical evidence 6.2 Biological evidence 6.3 Impression evidence 6.4 Other evidence types 7.0 Crime scene reconstruction 7.1 An archaeological approach 7.2 Bloodstain pattern analysis 7.3 Photogrammetry and 3D reconstruction

SECTION 4: SPECIAL CRIME SCENES8.0 Special crime scenes 8.1 Disaster and mass fatalities 8.2 Terrorist crime scenes 8.3 CBRN crime scenes 8.4 Underwater and underground crime scenes