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Scene of the crime : a writer's guide to crime-scene investigations  Cover Image Book Book

Scene of the crime : a writer's guide to crime-scene investigations

Wingate, Anne. (Author).

Summary: Provides details of criminal investigations and police work on how evidence is identified, handled, and analyzed.

Item details

  • ISBN: 0898795184
  • ISBN: 9780898795189
  • Physical Description: print
    231 p. : ill ; 23 cm.
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Publisher: Cincinnati, Ohio : Writer's Digest Books, c1992.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. [226]-227) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: 1. Working the Crime Scene. Arriving at the Scene. Preserving the Scene. Capturing the Scene: Notes, Photographs, Sketches and Measurements. Dividing the Work -- Table 1: Who Does What When? -- 2. Crime-Scene Search. Searching With a Warrant. Collecting Evidence. Preserving Evidence -- Table 2: Processing the Crime Scene -- 3. Firearms. Types of Firearms. Types of Ammunition. Collecting and Assessing Firearms and Ammunition at the Crime Scene. Firearm and Trace Metal Residue Tests -- Table 3: Some Characteristics of Handguns -- 4. Working With Fingerprints. What Surfaces Hold Fingerprints and For How long? Dusting for Prints. Finding and Collecting Latent Prints. Testing and Fuming. Using Lasers and X-Rays to Find Prints. Latent Prints From Human Skin. Where to Look -- Table 4: The Latent Fingerprint -- 5. More about Fingerprints. A Brief History of Fingerprinting. The Automated Fingerprint Identification System. Types of Fingerprints. Identification by Fingerprints. Using AFIS -- Table 5: How You Can Use Experts -- 6. Identifying Human Remains. Identifying the Body. Unusual Coloration. Defense and Hesitation Wounds and Other Visible Marks. Spontaneous Human Combustion. Postmortem Lividity. Rigor Mortis. The Processes After Death. Bodies Under Water. Identifying the Remains. Ear-Print Identification -- Table 6: Finding Reference Sources -- 7. More on Identifying Human Remains. Forensic Dentistry. Sieving. Long-Bone X Rays. Dealing With Skeletal Remains. Reconstructing the Face From the Skull. Strange Identifications. Corpus Delicti. DNA Fingerprinting -- Table 7: Cost and Value of Different Means of Identification -- 8. The Autopsy and After. The Importance of the Autopsy. Determining the Cause of Death. Difficulties in Proving Disguised Murder. Tools of the Investigative Trade. Murder or Suicide? -- Table 8: The Person Who Finds the Body -- 9. Inside the Crime Lab. Bombings. Bloodstain Evidence. Other Types of Evidence. Documents -- Table 9: Sex-Crimes Evidence Collection -- 10. The Unoffcial Investigator. I Know Who Did It But I Can't Prove It. Why Is a Innocent Person on Trial? -- Table 10: What Is That Thing?
Subject: Criminal investigation Handbooks, manuals, etc
Criminal investigation United States Handbooks, manuals, etc

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