Scientific Foundations of Crime Scene Reconstruction: Introducing Method to Mayhem

1st Edition

Jon J. Nordby, Ph.D.

CRC Press
Published December 17, 2012
Reference - 681 Pages - 863 Color Illustrations
ISBN 9781420051681 - CAT# 51687

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Philosophers of science have long used reconstructive reasoning to develop historical explanations covering the origins of natural phenomenon. The application of the scientific method is a powerful tool for solving crimes through reconstruction of the events. Scientific Foundations of Crime Scene Reconstruction: Introducing Method to Mayhem demonstrates how to use the scientific method and exercise the critical thinking that is essential for the development of sound data and the construction of reliable explanations.

  • Provides a clear yet rigorous account of the scientific method accessible to non-philosophers
  • Supplies examples showing the application of scientific methods to the reconstruction of events that leave physical evidence at crime scenes
  • Presents self-contained chapters—each with specific points about how a scene reconstruction is built upon the analysis of specific physical evidence
  • Discusses the scope and limitations of physical evidence and the resulting analyses that they support in crafting scientific crime scene reconstructions
  • Includes case studies of crime scene reconstructions from Dr. Nordby’s experience, complete with color photographs and laboratory notes

Moving systematically from case to case, this volume is an essential reference for forensic and law enforcement professionals who need to step into new or unfamiliar areas to understand how science can help them do their jobs. It enables forensic scientists to apply the natural sciences to casework in shooting and nonshooting cases. It also educates attorneys who need to understand scientific evidence and the process of crime scene reconstruction from the scientific point of view.


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