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Practical Aspects of Criminal and Forensic Investigations


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The Practical Aspects of Criminal and Forensic Investigations series was created by Vernon J. Geberth, a retired New York City Police Department lieutenant commander who is an author, educator, and consultant on homicide and forensic investigations. With books by authors who are nationally recognized experts in their respective fields, this series is designed to provide contemporary, comprehensive, and pragmatic information to the practitioner involved in criminal and forensic investigations.

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Practical Military Ordnance Identification, Second Edition

Practical Military Ordnance Identification, Second Edition

2nd Edition

Forthcoming

Thomas Gersbeck
May 07, 2019

The threat variables associated with military ordnance are enormous, requiring the application of a structured process to identify unknown munitions. The focus of Practical Military Ordnance Identification, Second Edition is the application of a practical deductive process to identify unknown...

Practical Crime Scene Processing and Investigation, Third Edition

Practical Crime Scene Processing and Investigation, Third Edition

3rd Edition

Ross M. Gardner, Donna Krouskup
November 02, 2018

Every action performed by a crime scene investigator has an underlying purpose: to both recover evidence and capture scene context. It is imperative that crime scene investigators must understand their mandate—not only as an essential function of their job but because they have the immense...

Handbook of Forensic Toxicology for Medical Examiners

Handbook of Forensic Toxicology for Medical Examiners

2nd Edition

D. K. Molina, M.D., Veronica Hargrove
August 23, 2018

Forensic professionals, particularly medical examiners—often working through heavy caseloads—require quick and easy access to reliable sources of information to help interpret toxicology results. While several in-depth resources are available, they are often large, cumbersome, and contain more...

Cold Case Homicides: Practical Investigative Techniques, Second Edition

Cold Case Homicides: Practical Investigative Techniques, Second Edition

2nd Edition

R.H. Walton
July 25, 2017

This book, now in its second edition, is the first and most exhaustive text covering the still growing popularity of cold case investigations which locate perpetrators and free the innocent. The new edition adds approximately 80 pages of content, including material on clandestine graves and...

Practical Bomb Scene Investigation

Practical Bomb Scene Investigation

3rd Edition

James T. Thurman
July 18, 2017

Now in its Third Edition, Practical Bomb Scene Investigation explores the investigative process that improvised explosive device (IED) specialists undertake at the scene of an explosion. Providing easy-to-understand, step-by-step procedures for managing and processing a bomb scene, it enables...

Analyzing 911 Homicide Calls: Practical Aspects and Applications

Analyzing 911 Homicide Calls: Practical Aspects and Applications

1st Edition

Tracy Harpster, Susan H. Adams
December 20, 2016

This book provides police investigators and homicide detectives with a practical method of analyzing 911 homicide calls to uncover the truth. A structured analysis of 911 homicide calls can directly aid in developing investigative leads, planning interviews and solving cases. Case examples present...

Practical Aspects of Rape Investigation: A Multidisciplinary Approach, Third Edition

Practical Aspects of Rape Investigation: A Multidisciplinary Approach, Third Edition

5th Edition

Robert R. Hazelwood, Ann Wolbert Burgess
November 14, 2016

This latest edition addresses rape and sexual assaults from all clinical, pathological, medical, and legal aspects. The book focuses on the victim and covers contemporary issues in sexual violence, investigative aspects of rape and sexual assault, offender fantasy, the personality of the offender,...

Munchausen by Proxy and Other Factitious Abuse: Practical and Forensic Investigative Techniques

Munchausen by Proxy and Other Factitious Abuse: Practical and Forensic Investigative Techniques

1st Edition

Kathryn Artingstall
September 02, 2016

This book covers Munchausen and Munchausen by Proxy (MBP) though the terms have recently changed. The 2013 DSM-V—the update to the American Psychiatric Association's (APA) diagnostic and classification tool—has classified both Munchausen and MBP as "Factitious Systematic Abuse." While thought to...

Forensic Footwear Evidence: Detection, Recovery and Examination, SECOND EDITION

Forensic Footwear Evidence: Detection, Recovery and Examination, SECOND EDITION

1st Edition

William J. Bodziak
July 26, 2016

The utilization of footwear impression evidence continues to evolve with new materials, equipment and techniques, providing an increased ability to detect, record, enhance, and examine this form of evidence. Recently developed technology now allows investigators to more efficiently or, in some...

Practical Analysis and Reconstruction of Shooting Incidents

Practical Analysis and Reconstruction of Shooting Incidents

2nd Edition

Edward E. Hueske
November 17, 2015

Practical Analysis and Reconstruction of Shooting Incidents, Second Edition presents a holistic approach to shooting incident analysis and reconstruction, covering the entire spectrum of related sub-disciplines of forensic science. The book reviews basic firearm design and function, ammunition...

Gunshot Wounds: Practical Aspects of Firearms, Ballistics, and Forensic Techniques, Third Edition

Gunshot Wounds: Practical Aspects of Firearms, Ballistics, and Forensic Techniques, Third Edition

3rd Edition

Vincent J.M. DiMaio, M.D.
October 21, 2015

Written by the nation's foremost authority on gunshot wounds and forensic techniques as they relate to firearm injuries, this third edition of a bestseller provides critical updates to information on gunshot wounds and the weapons and ammunition used to inflict them. The book describes practical...

Practical Homicide Investigation: Tactics, Procedures, and Forensic Techniques, Fifth Edition

Practical Homicide Investigation: Tactics, Procedures, and Forensic Techniques, Fifth Edition

5th Edition

Vernon J. Geberth
May 12, 2015

Renowned for being THE definitive resource for homicide investigators, Practical Homicide Investigation: Tactics, Procedures, and Forensic Techniques details the recognized protocols used by investigative divisions of major police departments throughout the world. The text is used in most police...

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