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The forensic casebook : the science of crime scene investigation / N.E. Genge.

  • Genge, Ngaire
  • Books

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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.


New York : Ballantine Books, [2002]

Physical description

ix, 319 pages : black and white illustrations ; 24 cm


First edition.

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references (pages 304-311) and index.


1. The scene of the crime -- The scene of the crime versus the crime scene -- Protecting the scene: the first responder -- Special locations -- The crime scene investigator -- 2. Working the scene: the evidence -- Friction ridges -- Impression evidence -- Blood spatter patterns -- Firearms and firearm evidence -- Forensic entomology -- Forensic botany and zoology -- 3. Working the scene of the human body -- Blood factors and the DNA fingerprint -- Forensic odontology -- Forensic anthropology -- The autopsy -- 4. Working the scene: different stages -- Bombs and explosives -- Computer crime -- 5. Working the scene: different skills -- Animal examiners -- Forensic photographers -- Afterword -- Appendix A: The many faces of forensic investigation -- Appendix B: A selection of institutions offering programs with forensic interest.


  • English

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