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Crime Science: Methods of Forensic Detection

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The O.J. Simpson trial. The Lindbergh kidnapping. The death of Marilyn Monroe. The assassination of the Romanovs. The Atlanta child murders. All controversial cases. All investigated with the latest techniques in forensic science. Nationally respected investigators Joe Nickell and John Fischer explain the science behind the criminal investigations that have captured the nation's attention. Crime Science is the only comprehensive guide to forensics. Without being overly technical or treating scientific techniques superficially, the authors introduce readers to the work of firearms experts, document examiners, fingerprint technicians, medical examiners, and forensic anthropologists. Each topic is treated in a separate chapter, in a clear and understandable style. 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 a well-known case, revealing how the principles of forensic science work in practice.

Synopsis:

A book such as this is long overdue in the field of forensic investigation. Most offerings are either highly technical or rather superficial — an odd situation today when millions of television viewers slaver over the details of crimes and trials.<P>Nationally respected authors Joe Nickell and John Fischer offer an introduction to the technical work of firearms experts, document examiners, fingerprint technicians, medical examiners, and forensic anthropologists. In doing so they avoid the oversimplified approach of most texts aimed at the lay reader, writing in prose clear and understandable to the nontechnical specialist.<P>Nickell and Fischer provide step-by-step descriptions of classifying a fingerprint and performing an autopsy, and describe the science underlying DNA profiling and toxicological analysis. Each chapter closes with a major case study, revealing how these concepts work in practice. Rounded out with brief histories of all the forensic sciences, Crime Science is likely to remain an indispensable addition to the bookshelf for years to come.

Table of Contents

Introduction — History — Crime-scene investigation — Collection and preservation — Crime reconstruction — Trace evidence — Hair and fibers — Firearms — Ballistics — Fingerprinting — Impression analysis — Shoe and tire impressions — Questioned documents — Handwriting — Serology — DNA testing — Chemistry — Drugs — Arson — Explosives — Pathology — Autopsy — Anthropology — Skeletal examination.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780813120911
Author:
Nickell, Joe
Author:
Fischer, John F.
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
Location:
Lexington :
Subject:
Criminology
Subject:
Technological innovations
Subject:
Forensic Science
Subject:
Forensic sciences
Subject:
Criminal investigation
Subject:
Criminal investigation -- Technological innovations.
Subject:
Crime-Criminology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Publication Date:
19981231
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
300
Dimensions:
9.30x6.24x1.05 in. 1.43 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , A book such as this is long overdue in the field of forensic investigation. Most offerings are either highly technical or rather superficial — an odd situation today when millions of television viewers slaver over the details of crimes and trials.<P>Nationally respected authors Joe Nickell and John Fischer offer an introduction to the technical work of firearms experts, document examiners, fingerprint technicians, medical examiners, and forensic anthropologists. In doing so they avoid the oversimplified approach of most texts aimed at the lay reader, writing in prose clear and understandable to the nontechnical specialist.<P>Nickell and Fischer provide step-by-step descriptions of classifying a fingerprint and performing an autopsy, and describe the science underlying DNA profiling and toxicological analysis. Each chapter closes with a major case study, revealing how these concepts work in practice. Rounded out with brief histories of all the forensic sciences, Crime Science is likely to remain an indispensable addition to the bookshelf for years to come.
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