Practical Crime Scene Analysis and Reconstruction

Ross M. Gardner, Tom Bevel

June 26, 2009 by CRC Press
Reference - 302 Pages - 230 Color Illustrations
ISBN 9781420065510 - CAT# 65513
Series: Practical Aspects of Criminal and Forensic Investigations

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Features

  • Outlines the methodology of crime scene analysis
  • Demonstrates proper crime scene protocol
  • Provides practical guidelines for writing reports
  • Offers advice on courtroom presentation
  • Includes more than 200 color photographs

Summary

Crime scene reconstruction (CSR) is today’s hot topic. The immense proliferation of television, print, and electronic media directed at this area has generated significant public interest, albeit occasionally encouraging inaccurate perceptions. Practical Crime Scene Analysis and Reconstruction bridges the gap between perception and reality, helping readers understand the nature of the scientific method and teaching the proper application of its components.

A proven methodology

The book begins by recounting the history of crime scene analysis and exploring fundamental principles. Then the authors introduce their proven methodology, known as Event Analysis. This technique defines specific actions, discusses the order of those actions, and offers significant insight into determining what did or did not happen in the course of the incident under investigation. Using case studies and more than 200 color photos, the book demonstrates this method and how it can be used to explain clues that would otherwise be puzzling or ambiguous.

Practical advice from the crime scene to the courtroom

The authors show how to resolve significant questions that arise in the course of CSR through the use of an event analysis worksheet. The book also discusses crime scene protocol, bloodstain pattern analysis, gunshot investigation, and forensic pathology and the human body. The final chapters provide instruction on writing crime scene reports, discuss ethical issues, and give advice on courtroom presentation.

 Includes color photos demonstrating the science of CSR on:

  • Superposition
  • Timing and sequence
  • Bloodstain analysis
  • Ballistics
  • Wound patterns