Joe Nickell,John F.Fischer

Crime Science

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This comprehensive guide to forensic investigation “delivers the goods for the educated layperson . . . readers will be hard-pressed to put it down” (USA Today).
Forensic experts Joe Nickell and John Fischer introduce readers to the work of firearms experts, document examiners, fingerprint technicians, medical examiners, and forensic anthropologists. These topics are explained in clear terms without technical jargon.
Nickell and Fisher describe fingerprint classification and autopsies, explain how fibers link victims to their killers, and examine the science underlying DNA profiling and toxicological analysis. From weapons analysis to handwriting samples to shoe and tire impressions, Crime Science outlines the indispensable tools and techniques that investigators use to make sense of a crime scene.
Each chapter closes with a study of an infamous case to demonstrate how the principles of forensic science work in practice. Case studies including the O.J. Simpson trial, the Lindbergh kidnapping, the death of Marilyn Monroe, the World Trade Center bombing, the assassination of the Romanovs, and the Atlanta child murders.
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    Indoor scenes will quite naturally be searched on a room-by-room basis, with each room subdivided as necessary into squares or sectors and, where desirable, each sector further subdivided. This is called the zone method
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    Crime-scene investigation consists of certain preliminanes, followed by documentation, then the collection and preservation of the evidence. Only then may crime reconstruction be possible. Finally, certain legal considerations must be followed
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    When Charles E. O’Hara states in his Fundamentals of Criminal Investigation that “there is not only the effect of the criminal on the scene to be considered, but also the manner in which the scene may have imparted traces to the criminal,”

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