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Practical Crime Scene Processing and Investigation Second Edition Ross M. Gardner U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (Retired), Georgia, USA

"I am convinced it is essential that all officers and investigative personnel have a solid understanding of professionally accepted crime scene protocols in order that their agency can take full advantage of today's sophisticated laboratory techniques and technologies. This book can play a significant role in helping responsible, concerned individuals realize that objective." —Eugene R. Cromartie, Deputy Executive Director/Chief of Staff, International Association of Chiefs of Police Major General (Ret.), United States Army Criminal Investigation Command

All too often, the weakest link in the chain of criminal justice is the crime scene investigation. Improper collection of evidence blocks the finding of truth. Now in its second edition, Practical Crime Scene Processing and Investigation presents practical, proven methods to be used at any crime scene to ensure that evidence is admissible and persuasive. Accompanied by more than 300 color photographs, topics discussed include: • Understanding the nature of physical evidence, including fingerprint, biological, trace, hair and fiber, and other forms of evidence • Actions of the responding officer, from documenting and securing the initial information to providing emergency care • Assessing the scene, including search considerations and dealing with chemical and bioterror hazards • Crime scene photography, sketching, mapping, and notes and reports • Light technology and preserving fingerprint and impression evidence • Shooting scene documentation and reconstruction • Bloodstain pattern analysis and the body as a crime scene • Special scene considerations, including fire, buried bodies, and entomological evidence • The role of crime scene analysis and reconstruction, with step-by-step procedures

Two appendices provide additional information on crime scene equipment and risk management, and each chapter is enhanced by a succinct summary, suggested readings, and a series of questions to test assimilation of the material. Using this book in your investigations will help you find out what happened and who is responsible. A complete range of ancillaries, including PowerPoint® lecture slides and test bank are available upon qualifying course adoption.

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Crime Scene Processing and Investigation Workbook Christine R. Ramirez Texas Forensic Science Academy, College Station, USA

Casie L. Parish-Fisher St. Edwards University, Austin, Texas, USA

The work of a crime scene investigator requires stellar organizational skills and razor-sharp attention to detail. This manual takes students from the classroom to the field and into the lab to explore a range of scenarios they will likely encounter on the job. Exercises presented include assessing the scene, photography and mapping, fingerprint evidence, documentation, impression-casting, bloodstain pattern recognition, and advanced techniques for scene processing. The book also examines the actions of the initial responding officer, highlights special scene considerations, and describes the role of crime scene analysis and reconstruction. The book is designed to complement Gardner’s Practical Crime Scene Processing and Investigation. Catalog no. K12253, November 2011, 226 pp. Soft Cover, ISBN: 978-1-4398-4970-5 $39.95 / £25.99 Also available as eBook

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Crime Scene Forensics A Scientific Method Approach Robert C. Shaler Pennsylvania State University, University Park, USA

Bridging the gap between practical crime scene investigation and scientific theory, Crime Scene Forensics: A Scientific Method Approach maintains that crime scene investigations are intensely intellectual exercises that marry scientific and investigative processes. Success in this field requires experience, creative thinking, logic, and the correct application of the science and the scientific method. Emphasizing the necessary thought processes for applying science to the investigation, this text covers: • The general scene investigation process, including definitions and philosophy as well as hands-on considerations • Archiving the crime scene through photography, sketching, and video • Managing the crime scene investigation—the glue that holds the investigation together • Searching the crime scene—the logical byproduct of archiving and management • Impression/pattern evidence, including fingerprints, bloodstains, footwear impressions, and tire track impressions • The biological crime scene and recognizing, collecting, and preserving biological evidence, including forensic entomology and evidence found at bioweapon scenes • The fundamental principles of evidence as expressed by the Principle of Divisible Matter and the Locard Exchange Principle: every touch leaves a trace • Trace evidence, including glass, paint, and soil • Shooting incident scenes, with discussion of bullet paths and gunshot residue The final section examines fire scenes, quality assurance issues, and methods for collecting and preserving various evidence types not covered in other chapters. The delicate balance among logic, science, and investigative activity must be understood in order to successfully work a crime scene. Enhanced by more than 200 color images, this volume provides investigators and students with the tools to grasp these critical concepts, paving an expeditious path to the truth.


Selected Contents: The Philosophy and Essentials of Crime Scene Forensics Crime Scene Forensics: Philosophy, Practice, and Teaching The Scientific Method, Bias, and Reasoning Management Basics: The Investigative Glue The Fundamental Principles of Evidence Searching the Scene: Logic in Action Forensic Archiving: Today’s Eye for the Future The Principles of Forensic Photography The Paper Trail: Case Files, Worksheets, Notes, and Sketches Videography: The Forensic Documentary Impression Evidence: Patterns of Identity Fingerprints: The Intellectual Ingredients Fingerprints II: On-Scene Considerations Pattern Evidence I: Footwear Impressions Pattern Evidence II: Vehicle-Involved Scenes The Biological Crime Scene The Biological Crime Scene: It’s Not Just About DN A Introduction to Bloodstain Pattern Analysis: The Basics Mass Fatality Events, Bioweapons, and Microbial Forensics Forensic Entomology: Bugs and the Postmortem Interval Microscenes and Trace Evidence Microscenes: Hair and Fibers Glass: A Multitasking Class of Evidence Soil and Paint as Evidence Bang! It’s a Shooting Incident Scene Introducing Shooting Scene Investigations Vehicles as Shooting Incident Crime Scenes Miscellaneous Considerations and Specialized Scenes Fire Scenes: A Scientific Method Investigation Quality at the Crime Scene Collection and Preservation of Evidence... Catalog no. K12738, December 2011, 644 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4398-5995-7, $89.95 / £57.99 Also available as eBook

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Death Scene Investigation

Scientific Foundations of Crime Scene Reconstruction

Procedural Guide Michael S. Maloney, MFS Bevel, Gardner & Associates, Brunswick, Georgia, USA

Those tasked with investigating death scenes come from a variety of backgrounds and varying levels of experience. Death Scene Investigation: Procedural Guide gives the less experienced investigator the procedures for almost any death scene imaginable while providing the seasoned investigator a ready reference for deaths occurring even under the most unusual of circumstances. It details the precise steps that need to be taken when processing and analyzing a death scene to ensure vital evidence is not lost and “red flags” are not missed. Topics discussed include: • Initial response and scene evaluation. This section includes a death investigation decision tree to lead investigators to a preliminary cause of death. • Recovery of human remains from open field, aquatic, and buried sites. This section also discusses estimating the time of death. • Wound dynamics and mechanisms of injury. Manners of death include asphyxiation; sharp force, blunt force, and chopping injuries; handgun, rifle, and shotgun wounds; and explosive, thermal, and electrical injuries. • Special death scene investigations. Discussions include child and infant death, sex-related death, and death scenes with multiple victims. • Death scene management. This section covers documentation, sketching, photography and videography, special observations, and search procedures. • Death scene evidence processing. Topics include bloodstain patterns; shooting scenes; entomological, biological, trace, friction ridge, and impression evidence. An appendix contains precautions for handling bloodborne pathogens and the book includes a CD-ROM with 15 innovative worksheets for use in the field. Catalog no. K12052, February 2012, 366 pp. Soft Cover, ISBN: 978-1-4398-4590-5 $59.95 / £38.99 Also available as eBook

Introducing Method to Mayhem Jon J. Nordby, Ph.D. Final Analysis Forensics, University Place, Washington, USA

Scientific Foundations of Crime Scene Reconstruction: Introducing Method to Mayhem demonstrates how to explain crime scene events by reproducing them in a controlled environment. The book moves systematically from case to case, illustrating the need for proper experiment, alternative experimental designs, and the execution and interpretation of experimental results. It uses the concepts of critical experiment to assess alternative and competing interpretations of crime scene data. Each chapter explores different avenues for integrating experimental results with analytical results derived from actual crime scenes. The text also demonstrates a final analysis presentation that combines the explanations of applied science with the results of critical experiments. Features: • Provides scientific support for crime scene events • Shows forensic investigators how to conduct their own experiments • Presents real case studies on which experiments were based • Discuses interpretation and reporting of analyses • Includes hundreds of color photos to enhance comprehension Contents: Shootings Three Strikes and Out Misplaced Method Room With a View Simon Says See No Evil A Christmas Story Hold Me Closer Tiny Dancer Native American Massacre Non-Shootings A Flash in the Pan Party Girl The Candid Camera Smile. ... Catalog no. 51687, April 2012, c. 500 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4200-5168-1, $149.95 / £95.00 Also available as eBook

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Techniques of Crime Scene Investigation Eighth Edition Barry A. J. Fisher Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California, USA

David R. Fisher New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner, USA

New practitioners and students of crime scene investigations must be made aware of the increased scrutiny that they will face in the judicial system. Judges are taking a more involved role than ever before as far as the types of evidence and testimony that they allow into their courtrooms. Techniques of Crime Scene Investigation, Eighth Edition is about the proper and effective use of science and technology in support of justice. Examining concepts, field-tested techniques and procedures, and technical information concerning crime scene investigation, the book is written in an easy-to-read style and offers up-to-date technical expertise that Barry Fischer has developed over many years in law enforcement. The book includes checklists, case studies, and nearly 400 illustrations. Also included is an appendix on equipment for crime scene investigations, and a companion CD-ROM for training purposes is also available. New topics in this edition include: • A discussion on professional ethics • Challenges facing forensic science laboratories and suggestions for addressing them • Expert witness testimony • CSI in HAZMAT environments • Low copy number DNA/touch DNA • CODIS databases and familial searching • Forensic science and acts of terrorism • The National Academy of Sciences report on Forensic Science Widely adopted by police academies, community colleges, and universities, this volume is also recommended for preparation for certification exams.

Contents: Introduction The First Officer at the Crime Scene The Crime Scene Investigator Specialized Personnel at the Crime Scene Processing the Crime Scene Establishing Identity Trace Evidence Blood, Forensic Biology, and DNA Impression Evidence Firearms Examination Arson and Explosives Illicit Drugs and Toxicology Investigating Sexual Assault Burglary Investigation Motor Vehicle Investigation Homicide Investigation Digital Evidence Appendix A: Equipment for Crime Scene Investigations Appendix B: Forensic Science-Related Websites Catalog no. K10500, June 2012, c. 504 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4398-1005-7, $99.95 / £52.99 Also available as eBook

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Fisher’s Techniques of Crime Scene Investigation First International Edition William Tilstone, Michael Hastrup, Camilla Hald, and Barry J. Fisher This new edition of a classic volume is now oriented specifically to an international audience. Filled with color photos, the book is divided into three parts. The first section, entirely new, explores forensic process, principles, and practice. The second section examines forms of evidence, identification, and recovery. The final section presents chapters on scene investigation, identification of human remains, trace evidence, firearms, illicit drugs, sexual assault, and homicide investigations. Appendices provide supplemental material on digital evidence. Catalog no. K10881, August 2012, c. 528 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4398-1704-9, $99.95 / £63.99


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Cold Case Homicide Practical Check List and Field Guide Richard H. Walton District Attorney Investigator (Retired)

Written by an experienced cold case investigator and consultant, Cold Case Homicide: Practical Checklist and Field Guide follows the successful format of Vernon Geberth’s Practical Homicide Investigation: Checklist and Field Guide. Using techniques perfected during the author’s many years as an investigator, it features simple, step-by-step instructions for investigating cold homicides. The field guide is designed for use by investigators in any agency, large or small. The author presents a specific investigation matrix, offers investigation steps in a bulleted format for rapid reference, and includes a multitude of critical tips. Contents: Investigation What are Cold Cases? Case File Review Learning the Case Investigation Internet and Other Information Sources Legal and Prosecution Considerations Databases FBI: NCIC and CJIS Interviewing Senior Citizens. ... Technology Friction Skin Impressions Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems (AFIS/IAFIS) Serology and DNA Mitochondrial DNA and Hairs Combined DNA Identification System (CODIS) National Integrated Ballistic Information. ... Investigative Tools Forensic Anthropology Forensic Dentistry Forensic Exhumation Criminal Investigative Analysis Wiretaps Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Luminol and Blood Enhancement Forensic Document Examination. ... Catalog no. K12679, September 2012, c. 192 pp. Soft Cover, ISBN: 978-1-4398-5701-4 $49.95 / £31.99 Also available as eBook

Cold Case Research Resources for Unidentified, Missing, and Cold Homicide Cases Silvia Pettem Author of Someone's Daughter: In Search of Justice for Jane Doe

“Revolutionary. Reads like a page-turner yet will educate even the most experienced investigator— cold case or otherwise.” —Richard H. Walton, Ed.D, Author of Cold Case Homicides: Practical Investigative Techniques

Cases in which all investigative leads appear to be exhausted are frustrating for both investigators and victims’ families. Cold cases can range from those only a few months old to others that go back for decades. Presenting profiles and actual case histories, Cold Case Research: Resources for Unidentified, Missing and Cold Homicide Cases illustrates how investigators can successfully apply resources that will enable them to reopen and solve cases gathering dust in the file room. This volume weaves together the nearly forgotten skill sets of traditional historical researchers with the latest online tools, including TLO (a premier investigative system) and NamUs, the revolutionary dual databases for missing persons and unidentified remains. Along with practical applications, it gives investigators the tools they need to save time and money and to jump-start their cold cases, while keeping others from going cold in the future. Topics discussed include: • • • • • • • • • •

Implementing cold case units People searches and working with databases Overlooked DNA in PKU cards The plight of the missing and unknown Applying historical and geographical context Online and off-line newspaper research Public and published records The use of volunteers Contact with co-victims Cold-case review teams and informationsharing resources • Taking advantage of the media Catalog no. K12852, July 2012, c. 288 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4398-6169-1, $89.95 / £57.99 Also available as an eBook

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The Long-Awaited New Edition of a Classic Reference


Lee and Gaensslen's Advances in Fingerprint Technology Third Edition Edited by

Robert Ramotowski Communications Center (FSD), Springfield, Virginia, USA

Major concerns in the fingerprint field center around the implications of the recommendations outlined in the 2009 report by the National Research Council of the National Academies, Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States – A Path Forward. This report highlighted perceived deficiencies throughout the various forensic sciences, particularly with respect to friction ridge analysis. A broad recommendation of the NRC Report was that there was a strong need for additional research in many areas of the forensic sciences, including pattern recognition disciplines like friction ridge analysis.

• How to handle latent print recovery and decontamination at scenes contaminated with chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive materials • A model for quantitatively interpreting and assessing minutiae in a print • Methods for digital and chemical imaging of latent prints Contents: Overview of Development Techniques

Reflecting the growth in research in this area, Lee and Gaensslen’s Advances in Fingerprint Technology, Third Edition has been completely updated with new material and nearly double the references contained in the previous edition. Divided into two sections, the first section provides a detailed review of current, widely used development techniques, as well as some older, historical methods. The second section describes more recent advances as well as novel, emerging technologies that have just begun to reach maturity. Highlights in this edition include:

Amino Acid Reagents

• Comprehensive details about work performed by the UK Home Office regarding the use of powders and brushes

Vacuum Metal Deposition

• Advances in the area of blood reagents, and the transition from previously carcinogenic peroxidase reagents to new and safer protein staining methods


• The vacuum metal deposition technique

Metal Deposition Methods Lipid Reagents Vapor/Fuming Methods Blood Reagents Miscellaneous Methods and Challenging Surfaces Part II: Recent Advances in Development Techniques Powders Blood Reagents Cyanoacrylate Fuming Ninhydrin Analogs Print Recovery at CBRNE Scenes Statistics and Probabilities as a Means to Support Fingerprint Examination Imaging

• The cyanoacrylate fuming process • An update on ninhydrin analogs • Emerging trends in print development using nanotechnology


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Practical Bomb Scene Investigation Second Edition James T. Thurman Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, USA

“We all owe Tom Thurman a debt of gratitude…” —From the Foreword, written by Louis J. Freeh, former FBI Director from 1993–2001

“There is no finer volume for operators who handle bombs and investigate criminal use of explosives.” —Jeffrey H. Norwitz, NCIS (Retired), Federal Law Enforcement Training Center

“We have used Practical Bomb Scene Investigation as a reference for our Australian National Bomb Scene Course, and I am currently updating our course material, to bring it into closer alignment with the book.” —John Kelleher, Team Leader, Fire and Explosion Unit, Victoria Police Forensic Services Centre, Australia

Practical Bomb Scene Investigation, Second Edition 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 investigators to find the evidence and then make sense of what is found. The book is not only a roadmap of knowledge on how to find and collect evidence, but also an instructional guide on how to safely and effectively assess the scene. New in this Edition:

Forensic Investigation of Explosions Second Edition Edited by

Alexander Beveridge Forensic Consultant, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Now in its second edition, Forensic Investigation of Explosions draws on the editor’s 30 years of explosives casework experience. Dr. Alexander Beveridge provides a broad, multidisciplinary approach, assembling the contributions of internationally recognized experts who present the definitive reference work on the subject. Topics discussed include: • The physics and chemistry of explosives and explosions • The detection of hidden explosives • The effect of explosions on structures and persons • Aircraft sabotage investigations • Explosion scene investigations • Casework management • The role of forensic scientists • Analysis of explosives and their residues • Forensic pathology as it relates to explosives • Presentation of expert testimony With nearly 40 percent more material, this new edition contains revised chapters and several new topics, including: • A profile of casework management in the UK Forensic Explosives Laboratory, one of the world’s top labs

• Information on detonation pressure and its effects on the body • Instructions on how to collect additional information from the scene in order to provide an estimate of the explosives weight of the IED • A glossary for a more in-depth understanding of the terms associated with explosives and the investigation processes • A greatly expanded IED component identification chapter • A chapter on how to expeditiously investigate a post-blast scene in a hostile environment • Information on how to prepare an Investigative Report

• Properties and analysis of improvised explosives

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• An examination of the Bali bombings and the use of mobile analytical techniques and mobile laboratories • The collection, analysis, and presentation of evidence in vehicle-borne improvised explosive device cases This volume offers valuable information to all members of prevention and post-blast teams. Each chapter was written by an expert or experts in a specific field and provides well-referenced information underlying best practices that can be used in the field, laboratory, conference room, classroom, or courtroom.

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CSI for the First Responder

Practical Methods and Forensic Applications

A Concise Guide

Erica J. Armstrong Office of the Cuyahoga County Coroner, Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Jan LeMay Eaton, Colorado, USA

Critical to the successful apprehension and prosecution of criminals, the job of collecting evidence at a crime scene requires knowledge, technical skills, patience, and perseverance. Often this task falls on just one individual—the officer on routine patrol duties who is the first to arrive at the scene of a crime. Written by an expert with seventeen years experience in law enforcement, CSI for the First Responder is a succinct guide on how to secure, search, identify, document, collect, and preserve physical evidence essential for solving a case and making the evidence stand up in court. A practical, hands-on resource to all aspects of crime scene investigation, this book covers: • • • • • • • •

The approach to the scene Securing the scene Searching for and identifying evidence Documenting the evidence through notes and reports Photography and videotape Sketches and diagrams Collection and preservation The investigative value of different types of evidence

• Testimony and presenting evidence in court Enhanced with real-life examples, the book presents case studies implementing the described techniques. The case studies include examples of successful scene security and documentation as well as cautionary tales of erroneous practices with lessons learned. Also included with this book is a Quick Reference Guide on CD-ROM, which can be downloaded to patrol car laptops or printed and kept in a pocket for easy access. Spanning the entire scope of a case from initial discovery of evidence to courtroom presentation, this one-stop resource enables law enforcement to nail down the evidence they need to prove the crime and get the conviction. Catalog no. K11015, December 2010, 168 pp. Soft Cover, ISBN: 978-1-4398-1922-7 $59.95 / £38.99 Also available as eBook


Kevin L. Erskine Cleveland Lakefront State Park Police, Ohio, USA

All too often, police called to the scene of a water-related death may consider it an accidental drowning before they even arrive. But the investigation of these types of deaths requires the same careful and thorough documentation as in other potentially non-natural deaths, and these efforts must be carried through all stages of investigation. Water-Related Death Investigation: Practical Methods and Forensic Applications merges the essentials of field investigation with the best practices involved in evidence collection, autopsy performance, and laboratory testing on the deceased involved in a water-related death. Tracking the case process from the scene to the autopsy to the courtroom, this volume examines: • The physiology of drowning • Investigative duties of those called to the scene, including securing the scene, searching for evidence, evidence recovery, and body assessment • Investigative characteristics of various selected scenes, including submerged vehicles, scuba fatalities, pool drownings, erotic drownings, and boating accidents • How to obtain decedent, witness, suspect, and first responder information • Pre-trial preparation for the field investigator, including exhibits, testimony, and video and audio recording • The medicolegal autopsy • The forensic pathological and toxicological aspects of deaths due to drowning and bodies recovered from fluid environments. Water-related death investigation involves a continuum of activities performed by a number of trained professionals. This volume demonstrates how the best collective efforts of all individuals involved in the investigation of a water-related death may help to illuminate the truth of the circumstances and unearth any criminality. Catalog no. K10841, October 2010, 388 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4398-1636-3, $99.95 / £63.99 Also available as eBook

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Practical Forensic Digital Imaging Applications and Techniques

Advanced Crime Scene Photography

Patrick Jones

Christopher D. Duncan

Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA

Well-documented scenes can prove to be invaluable pieces of evidence at trial. Therefore, the ability to take compelling photographs is a critical skill for forensic scientists and investigators. Practical Forensic Digital Imaging: Applications and Techniques is an up-to-date and thorough treatment of digital imaging in the forensic sciences. Balancing practical considerations with scientific and standards-based requirements, the book’s clear, concise presentation illustrates the essentials of digital imaging required by professionals in the field. Enhanced with crisp color photos, the book covers a host of critical topics, including: • The fundamentals of photographing crime scenes • The history of photography and the transition to digital imaging • Digital camera hardware and photographic techniques • Light, filters, and macro/micro imaging • Lay, professional, and expert witnesses, and the implications of Frye and Daubert • Enhancement of images and digital panoramic camera scanning • Storage of digital media • Ultraviolet and infrared imaging • Digital photo imaging microscopes Covering the full range of scenarios that forensic professionals encounter, the author includes special sections dedicated to photography involving footwear and tire impressions, vehicles, death and morgue scenes, and taphonomic and entomological imaging, as well as fingerprints, burglaries, fire and arson, sex offenses, blood, and trace evidence and microscopy. The techniques in this volume enable photographers to capture the images that will not only tell the story, but will also stand up in court. Catalog no. 60120, February 2011, 402 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4200-6012-6, $99.95 / £63.99 Also available as eBook

Crime Scene Investigator, Houston, Texas, USA

“... a well-written, comprehensive, and excellently detailed book on the practicalities of crime scene photography.” —Max M. Houck, Ph.D., in Journal of Forensic Sciences

The first pieces of evidence viewed by jurors are oftentimes the photographs recorded by the crime scene investigator. Professional and accurate photographic documentation is critical for creating lasting first impressions in the minds of a jury. Solving a range of photographic challenges, Advanced Crime Scene Photography assists investigators in creating photographic evidence that is engaging, interesting, and informative, giving them greater credibility when testifying in court. Beginning with a review of basic photography principles, the book seamlessly integrates this information with corresponding applications in crime scene photography. Mindful of cost-saving concerns in most law enforcement agencies, it provides useful tips on creating compelling photographic presentations on a limited budget using everyday items in lieu of expensive equipment. Enhanced with more than 100 photographs, it explores a range of topics in crime scene photography, including: • Fingerprint, footwear, and tirewear impressions • Tool and bite marks • Bloodstain patterns • Nighttime and low-light photography • Flash photography • Painting with light techniques • Luminol reactions • Laser trajectories • Ultraviolet and infrared light photography Thinking outside of the box, analyzing photographic challenges, and determining the best way to record a particular composition are all keys to the successful capture of photographic images that will leave a lasting impression with the viewer. Catalog no. 87894, February 2010, 339 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4200-8789-5, $89.95 / £57.99 Also available as eBook

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Practical Crime Scene Analysis and Reconstruction

Practical Homicide Investigation

U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (Retired), Georgia, USA

Tactics, Procedures, and Forensic Techniques, Fourth Edition

Tom Bevel

Vernon J. Geberth

Ross M. Gardner

Oklahoma City Police Department (Retired), USA

This book addresses every aspect of the analysis and reconstruction of the events surrounding a crime. Beginning with established protocols for crime scene processing, the authors outline their unique methodology for event analysis, defining specific actions and explaining the order of those actions. Using case studies and more than 200 color photos, the book demonstrates how the method can be used to explain clues that would otherwise be puzzling or ambiguous. Catalog no. 65513, June 2009, 302 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4200-6551-0, $96.95 / £61.99 Also available as eBook

Tactical Crime Analysis Research and Investigation Derek J. Paulsen Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, USA

Sean Bair and Dan Helms Bair Software, Inc., Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA

Research has shown that the majority of crimes are committed by persistent or serial offenders, with as little as seven percent of offenders accounting for approximately 60 percent of all crimes. This volume provides a comprehensive discussion on the theoretical and practical aspects of crime series analysis, offering a critical resource for those engaged in crime prevention and investigation. It explores all types of serial offenses, includes detailed case studies to explain theoretical and investigative elements of the discussion, and provides an accompanying website with supplemental material. Catalog no. 86979, August 2009, 230 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4200-8697-3, $107.95 / £69.99


Practical Homicide Investigation, Inc., New York, USA

“THE recognized guide for every police officer and should be on the top shelf of every attorney, prosecutor or defense.” —Edwin T. Dreher, Deputy Chief (Retired), Office of the Chief of Detectives, New York City Police Department

“It is, like the earlier volumes, the seminal work on this topic. There is not a better one on the market.” —Frank Horvath, Ph.D., in Journal of Forensic Science

Practical Homicide Investigation: Tactics, Procedures and Forensic Techniques, Fourth Edition is the recognized protocol used by investigative divisions of major police departments throughout the world and is also the text used in most police academies, including the prestigious FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. It emphasizes essential procedures, combines detailed techniques with instructive case studies, and outlines the foundation on which to build a solid, prosecutable case. The fundamental criminal investigative techniques stressed in the fourth edition are crucial for effective inquiry into sudden and violent death. Eminent author, lecturer, consultant, and expert witness Vernon J. Geberth begins the book with a comprehensive discussion of homicide crime scenes. The book evolves chronologically from initial police notification, the correct police response that follows, and the subsequent steps necessary to conduct an intelligent investigation. It then delves into more technical aspects of homicide investigation. The book contains 675 photos and illustrations, including those that incorporate depictions of wound structures and procedures that portray exactly what to do and how to do it. All illustrations are presented in color, including medicallegal drawings for instruction and courtroom testimony. Catalog no. 3303, February 2006, 1072 pp. ISBN: 978-0-8493-3303-3, $115.95 / £73.99

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Bloodstain Pattern Analysis with an Introduction to Crime Scene Reconstruction

Principles of Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Theory and Practice Stuart H. James

Third Edition

James and Associates, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA

Tom Bevel

Paul E. Kish

Oklahoma City Police Department (Retired), USA

Ross M. Gardner U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (Retired), Georgia, USA

“… the most complete and comprehensive handbook to date from the perspective of the criminal investigator and forensic scientist on the subject of bloodstain spatter analysis … an eloquent and practical guide … .” —(from the Foreword) Vernon J. Geberth, M.S., M.P.S., Author of Practical Homicide Investigation

" … a wise choice for a student of bloodstain pattern analysis." —Tom Mavin, Sgt., Forensic Identification Branch, Waterloo Regional Police Service, Cambridge, Ontario, in Canadian Society of Forensic Science Journal

"Mr. Bevel and Mr. Gardner have expanded on the earlier editions of this book and although bloodstain pattern analysis can be a complicated and highly technical subject, this book, although comprehensive, is written in a manner that is easy to understand." —Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology

This third edition of a bestseller features additional chapters enhancing its usefulness. It details a true taxonomic classification system with a supporting Decision Map to aid analysts in the field; offers a specific and detailed taxonomy of bloodstain pattern characteristics; presents experiments to support bloodstain pattern analysis; and describes the theory, principles, and methodology for crime scene reconstruction. The book emphasizes observable and reproducible results to mitigate accusations of subjectivity in evidence and testimony. This edition provides more than twice the number of color photos contained in the previous edition. Catalog no. 52683, April 2008, 440 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4200-5268-8, $145.95 / £93.00 Also available as eBook

Forensic Consultant & Associates, Corning, New York, USA

T. Paulette Sutton University of Tennessee, Memphis, USA

“As a professional crime scene analyst and bloodstain pattern analyst, I have read and perused many of the books on this subject. This book is far and away superior in content and form to any of the others. I was stunned by the number of superb images and the depth of coverage. The authors are well known and respected in the forensic science community and their knowledge and experience further enhances the book's value." —Alex Jason, SCSA, CFPH

Catalog no. 2014, May 2005, 576 pp. ISBN: 978-0-8493-2014-9, $165.95 / £105.00 Also available as eBook

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Forensic Anthropology An Introduction Edited by

MariaTeresa A. Tersigni-Tarrant Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Suwanee, Georgia, USA

Natalie R. Shirley University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA

This introductory textbook provides a detailed history of forensic anthropology. Comprehensive, user-friendly, and with more than 300 color photographs, the book presents an explanation of the methodology, includes up-to-date analytical techniques, and offers examples of these applications in typical case work. Topics covered include new developments in the field, trauma analysis, identification of biological profiles, and taphonomic processes. The appendix features numerous references and recommended readings to facilitate further study. Catalog no. K10846, July 2012, c. 448 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4398-1646-2, $99.95 / £63.99 Also available as eBook

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Advances in Forensic Human Identification Xanth Mallett University of Dundee, UK

Edited by

Christian Crowder Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, New York, USA

Samuel Stout

Teri Blythe Missing People, Sheffield, UK

An important update to the current body of work, Advances in Forensic Human Identification includes more than 15 techniques in human identification not previously covered. A selected review of new identification methods as well as a historical record of recent cases demonstrating their use, this valuable resource divides techniques into biometric evidence, identification from soft and hard tissues, identification of the unknown, and identity theft. Each chapter provides an overview of the method, brief details of the history and development of the science, new applications and developments, and case examples. Features: • Provides cutting edge techniques, including vein pattern analysis and isotopic analysis • Includes efforts by experts in renown institutions such as the Centre for Anatomy & Human Identification • Presents the latest in disaster victim identification • Explains how to conduct missing persons inquiries Selected Contents: Identification from Biometric Evidence. Geometric Morphometrics & Shape Analysis. Vein Pattern Analysis & Case Review. Hand Geometry & Case Review. Retinal Patterning. Iris Patterning. Voice Pattern Recognition. ... Fingerprints & Case Review. Identification from Soft & Hard Tissues. Facial Anthropology & Case Review. Facial Anthropology & Case Review. Individuating Commingled & Burnt Human Remains. Differentiating Between Human and Non-Human Remains. TBC. Ageing Living Individuals: Immigration & Asylum Issues & Case Review. CBRN Incidents. Identity Theft. Cyber Crime. Legal Identity Fraud & Theft. Identifying the Unknown. Developments in Forensic Facial Composites. Missing Persons' Inquiries & Case Review. ... Catalog no. K11196, November 2012, c. 320 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4398-2514-3, $139.95 / £89.00 Also available as eBook


An Anthropological Perspective

Ohio State University, Columbus, USA

Bone Histology: An Anthropological Perspective brings together authors with extensive experience and expertise in various aspects of hard tissue histology to provide a comprehensive discussion of the application of methods, current theories, and future directions in hard tissue research related to anthropological questions. Topics discussed include: • The biology underlying skeletal growth and development leading to adult skeletal morphology • Current research in understanding in bone modeling • Histological features of dental hard tissues and their utility in biological anthropology • Histological analysis as a means to differentiate human from nonhuman bone and for the purpose of age estimation • The biomechanics of cortical bone • Histotaphonomy and how postmortem microstructural change can be used for taphonomic inquiry • The application of light microscopy in paleopathology to classify pathological conditions • The histological study of bone tissue of archaeological origin • Researchers’ access to collections of bone samples with known demographic information • Technological aspects of hard tissue histology, including laboratory requirements and high-resolution imaging In most cases, the physical remains of humans available to bioarchaeologists, paleopathologists, and paleontologists are limited to skeletal material. Fortunately, these hard tissues are a storehouse of information about biological processes experienced during the life of an individual. This volume provides an overview of the current state of research and potential applications in anthropology and other fields that employ a histological approach to the study of hard tissues. Catalog no. K13001, September 2011, 417 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4398-6691-7, $139.95 / £89.00 Also available as eBook

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Forensic Anthropology 2000 to 2010 Edited by

Sue Black and Eilidh Ferguson University of Dundee, UK

“ … this is an extremely useful edited reference text, written largely by students, for students, who need up-to-date information for their studies in Forensic Anthropology.” — Louise Scheuer, Forensic Anthropologist and Honorary Chair, University of Dundee

Advances in our ability to analyze information from skeletal remains and subsequent developments in the field of forensic anthropology make it possible to identify more victims of homicides, mass-fatality disasters, and genocide. Summarizing the vast collection of international literature that has developed over the past decade, Forensic Anthropology: 2000 to 2010 explores critical themes fundamental to this evolving topic. A superior supplemental text for any physical anthropology or archaeology class, this volume provides an ideal starting point for advanced exploration and more detailed analysis of select areas. Each chapter presents an overview of the theme under discussion, identifies present trends in research, and suggests areas in which future research could be developed. Topics discussed include: • Age determination in juveniles and adults • Sex, race, and ancestry determination • Stature determination • Dental and facial identification • Skeletal trauma and bone pathology • Taphonomy and comparative osteology • Identification from soft tissues Heavily referenced, each chapter contains extensive bibliographies that facilitate further study. The scope of the book’s coverage and the careful presentation of meticulous research make it an essential resource for those seeking deeper exploration of this growing field. Catalog no. K12051, February 2011, 427 pp. Soft Cover, ISBN: 978-1-4398-4588-2 $99.95 / £25.99 Also available as eBook

Forensic Entomology The Utility of Arthropods in Legal Investigations, Second Edition Edited by

Jason H. Byrd University of Florida, Gainesville, USA

James L. Castner Pittsburg State University, Kansas, USA

”…extraordinarily useful for law enforcement personnel, medical examiners, and coroners, and for trial testimony and deposition.” —William F. Hamilton, M.D., Medical Examiner, District 8, State of Florida

The first edition of this volume broke ground on all levels, from the caliber of information provided to the inclusion of hundreds of photographs. With over 100 additional photos, an expanded reference appendix, and updated information, the second edition has raised the bar for resources in this field. It elucidates the basics on insects of forensic importance and the principles of using insects to assist in criminal and legal investigations. Updates to the Second Edition: • A chapter on insect identification that presents dichotomous keys • Updates on DNA molecular techniques and genetic markers • Coverage of new standardization in forensic entomological analysis • Chapters on climatology and thermoregulation in insects Many books, movies, and television shows have made forensic entomology popular, but this book makes it real. Going beyond dramatics to the nitty gritty of actual practice, it covers what to search for when recovering entomological evidence, how to handle items found at the crime scene, and how to prepare and successfully use this information in the courtroom. Catalog no. 9215, September 2009, 705 pp. ISBN: 978-0-8493-9215-3, $159.95 / £99.00 Also available as eBook

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Human and Nonhuman Bone Identification

Tosha L. Dupras, John J. Schultz, Sandra M. Wheeler, and Lana J Williams

A Color Atlas

University of Central Florida, Orlando, USA

This volume is a practical comparative guide to the differences among species for nearly all bones in the body. It features high quality photographs that illustrate shape and structural distinctions by showing similar bones from various angles and highlighting the contrast between human bones and those of other species. To identify commonly confused bones, sections are organized by types of bone as well as by groups of species. This book is also available on DVD.

Diane L. France Colorado State University, Fort Collins, USA

Processing a crime scene where human remains are found presents unique challenges and requires specialized techniques not generally learned in standard crime scene and law enforcement training. Without proper guidance, scenes can be improperly processed and vital evidence lost. Forensic Recovery of Human Remains: Archaeological Approaches, Second Edition is an updated, comprehensive reference pertaining to the search, recovery, documentation, and excavation of human remains and associated evidence from forensic contexts.

Catalog no. 62867, December 2008, 584 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4200-6286-1, $309.95 / £197.00 Also available as eBook

Highlights in the Second Edition include: • New chapters on understanding the forensic context and writing the final report • Information on locating experts in forensic archaeology and forensic anthropology • Necessary terminology, equipment, and methods for search, recovery, and excavation • Geophysical technologies for searches involving metallic evidence, graves, and submerged bodies • Surveying and mapping techniques • Instruction on excavation of buried evidence • Advice on recognizing and collecting associated botanical and entomological evidence • Guidelines for distinguishing between human and nonhuman skeletal remains This edition presents a greater emphasis on classroom use and instruction and includes case studies, key terms, discussion questions, and suggested readings to facilitate further study. An essential reference for forensic experts and non-experts alike, this volume provides the tools necessary to ensure that every piece of potential evidence at the scene is uncovered and properly processed. Catalog no. K12288, October 2011, 398 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4398-5030-5, $99.95 / £63.99 Also available as eBook


Human and Nonhuman Bone Identification A Concise Field Guide Diane L. France Colorado State University, Fort Collins, USA

Conveniently designed for field use, this volume is a compact version of the bestselling Human and Nonhuman Bone Identification: A Color Atlas. Focusing on the bones most often discovered in field scenarios, the book is divided into two major sections: General Osteology and Major Bones of the Bodies of Different Animals. Filled with more than 1200 annotated, crisp photographs, this handy guide gives law enforcement, medicolegal death investigators, forensic anthropologists, and others in the field and in the lab ready access to the information needed to help solve the mystery of discovered bones. Catalog no. K11077, November 2010, 295 pp. Soft Cover, ISBN: 978-1-4398-2039-1 $69.95 / £44.99 Also available as eBook

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Scientific Protocols for Fire Investigation

Firearms, the Law, and Forensic Ballistics

Second Edition

Third Edition

John J. Lentini

Tom Warlow

Scientific Fire Analysis, LLC, Big Pine Key, Florida, USA

Firearms Consultative Committee, London, UK

Praise for the First Edition “... Lentini has witnessed fire investigation and laboratory analysis move from art to science … What makes this book particularly readable is Lentini's easy, conversational style … the illustrations definitely enhance the value of the book to the reader … well worth the cost.” —Mark Sandercock, Ph.D., Canadian Society of Forensic Science

“Every fire investigator, fire analyst, consulting expert, and civil and criminal fire litigation attorney should read this book ... . Lentini's text highlights and holds up to scrutiny the frequent errors in fire investigation science, technology, and methodology rampant in fire investigation today and in the past.” —Patrick M. Kennedy, Chairman, National Association of Fire Investigators

Providing the critical information necessary to conduct an effective fire investigation, this new edition of a best-selling text includes four new cases and new and expanded discussion of power strips and surge suppressors, space heater fires, source identification, and changes in NFPA 921. Integrating historical, theoretical, and practical aspects in a scientific context—specifically chemistry, physics, and fluid dynamics— Scientific Protocols for Fire Investigation: Second Edition explains the latest lab techniques, ethics codes, mathematical prediction, and forensic reports. Highlights in this edition include: • The use and misuse of mathematical calculations in fire investigations • The impact of the NAS forensic report on fire investigation • New graphics showing predicted versus measured phenomena • Discussion of on-line training tools Catalog no. K13531, August 2012, c. 584 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4398-7598-8, $149.95 / £95.00 Also available as eBook

“There is a vast amount of information packed into this book and there is something of value for anyone connected with the investigation of crimes involving firearms.” —Science and Justice

While gun design has undergone only minimal change over the centuries, investigative tools surrounding firearm use have grown significantly in sophistication. Now in its third edition, Firearms, the Law, and Forensic Ballistics has been updated to reflect recently published research and new technology developed since the last volume. Beginning with a discussion of the development of arms and ammunition from the fourteenth century to the present day, this book examines: • Firearms laws around the world, including legal challenges raised in the U.S. by the Daubert decision • Internal, external, and terminal (wound) ballistics • The nature, composition, and analytical detection of discharge residue left on a suspect • The role of the ballistics expert at all stages of a case, ranging from the scene of the shooting incident, the post mortem examinations, the examination and testing of exhibits at the laboratory, and the presentation of evidence in court • Recently introduced computer search techniques applied to captured and digitally stored images of marks left on fired bullets and spent cartridge cases • Manual microscopic comparison work and computer-based searches on digital images of bullet and cartridge case marks to determine if a particular weapon has been fired in previous cases Written by an expert with more than 50 years of experience using and handling firearms, this text is enhanced with nearly 250 illustrations, making it a premier guide to the fundamentals of firearms and related evidentiary considerations. Catalog no. K10959, November 2011, 518 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4398-1827-5, $99.95 / £63.99 Also available as eBook

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Mechanics of Impression Evidence

Robert N. Stout

David S. Pierce

Jacqueline T. Fish

Sarnia Police Service, Ontario, Canada

Lynchburg, Virginia, USA

Edward Wallace Staten Island, New York, USA

The work of Crime Scene Investigators (CSIs) is made more complicated when the scene is contaminated by either Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives (CBRNEs) or Toxic Industrial Chemicals (TICs). Special considerations must be observed when working at such scenes, whether they are the result of acts of terrorism, accidents, or natural disasters. Practical Crime Scene Investigations for Hot Zones contains guidelines and best practices for keeping CSIs safe and conducting a thorough crime scene investigation in these deadly environments. A compilation of professional experiences and observations from CSIs who have encountered these challenges in the field, the book offers strategies for dealing with a host of scenarios. The expert contributors discuss practices and procedures validated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the FBI’s Hazardous Materials Response Unit and Laboratory. Topics discussed include: • Chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threats encountered by CSIs and other personnel • Laws, regulations, and standards that apply to working in a hazardous environment • Equipment for personal protection and evidence recovery • Roles and responsibilities of personnel on the scene • Collecting, processing, and documenting evidence • Decontamination of the scene High consequence events (HCEs) have increased in recent years as terrorism and natural disasters have dominated the headlines. Enhanced with nearly 300 color photos, this one-stop reference supplies practical information to keep CSIs, first responders, HAZMAT technicians, incident commanders, and military and intelligence officials safe from the hazards they may encounter on the job. Catalog no. K11085, December 2010, 372 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4398-2052-0, $99.95 / £63.99 Also available as eBook


As forensic technology becomes more sophisticated, courts are demanding more scientific content and juries are expecting meticulous confirmation of facts alleged. Greater attention is now paid to increasingly finer details and improved methods of describing every form of evidence. Applying physics, chemistry, and engineering to the process of analysis and interpretation, Mechanics of Impression Evidence reflects the shift to these heightened standards and offers a starting point for significant change in the way that impression evidence is considered, utilized, and presented. Concepts discussed in this groundbreaking text include: • The three-dimensional nature of the human fingerprint and a shift toward a more holistic image of the surface of friction skin • Dimensional stability and striation mark issues, which can change the way footwear outsoles are evaluated and compared • The research and development of electrostatic scans that could possibly save lives and locate or describe evidence as never before • The growing availability of new measurement techniques that can improve evidence testimony • The use of personal experimentation to support conclusions or confirm that which is otherwise considered fact Making use of logic and science to question our approach to impression evidence, this volume begins with simple ideas and basic notions and uses these building blocks to suggest and consider potentially controversial changes in the way evidence is located, interpreted, compared, and presented. Catalog no. K10706, February 2011, 241 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4398-1370-6, $79.95 / £49.99 Also available as eBook

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Forensic Applications of High Performance Liquid Chromatography

Edited by

Shirley Bayne

Danielle Sapse and Lawrence Kobilinsky John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, New York, USA

Over the past decade, many achievements have been made in forensic science and there have been great advances in the technology available to crime scene personnel and laboratory analysts. Many of the newer methods employed by criminalists are based on sound scientific research and have extraordinary sensitivity and specificity. Forensic Science Advances and Their Application in the Judiciary System describes such methods and provides insight into their impact on forensic science and criminal justice. Topics discussed in this forward-thinking volume include: • Scientific evidence in criminal cases where the outcome has been largely decided based on forensic evidence analysis • Legal and chemical aspects in the detection and analysis of methamphetamines • New methods used for the analysis of DNA obtained from botanical evidence and insects • New applications of chemical methods to forensic science, including quantum chemistry calculations as applied to systems of forensic interest • Legal aspects of the utilization of DNA in the analysis of biological evidence, including cases where DNA analysis has been used to convict a criminal or exonerate an innocent person • NMR methods and their application to physical evidence analysis in forensic science • Virtual autopsy methods, with special emphasis on cross-sectional imaging • DNA studies of ancient remains, such as Egyptian mummies • Postmortem chemical changes that take place upon death • Forensic and legal issues related to animal cruelty and its correlation to the abuse of women and children Catalog no. K11455, August 2011, 295 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4398-2959-2, $139.95 / £89.00 Also available as eBook

Teesside University, Middlesbrough, UK

Michelle Carlin University of Northumbria, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

“ … easy to read and lively enough to engage students and keep their interest.” —C. F. Poole, Wayne State University, in Chromatographia

Chromatography has many roles in forensic science, ranging from toxicology to environmental analysis. In particular, high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) is a primary method of analysis in many types of laboratories. Maintaining a balance between practical solutions and the theoretical considerations involved in HPLC analysis, Forensic Applications of High Performance Liquid Chromatography uses real-life examples likely to be found within a forensic science laboratory to explain HPLC from a forensic perspective. Focusing chiefly on the reverse phase HPLC mode of separation, this volume examines: • The history of HPLC and the theory behind the separation process • The requirements for successful analysis and best practice tips • The modes of separation and detection most appropriate for forensic science applications • HPLC method development and evaluation • The quality aspects of laboratory operation • Troubleshooting HPLC systems and analyses • Applications of HPLC within the field of forensic science The book presents key point summaries and questions to enhance learning and test comprehension, provides a complete glossary of terms, and includes references at the end of each chapter to facilitate further study. An invaluable guide for those in the early stages of their forensic analysis careers, this volume is also suitable as a textbook for university students studying analytical chemistry, applied chemistry, forensic chemistry, or other courses with an element of HPLC within the course curriculum. Catalog no. 91913, January 2010, 272 pp. Soft Cover, ISBN: 978-1-4200-9191-5 $62.95 / £39.99 Also available as eBook

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Forensic Science An Introduction to Scientific and Investigative Techniques, Third Edition

Third Edition Thomas Kubic and Nicholas Petraco

Edited by

Stuart H. James

John Jay College, New York, USA

James & Associates Forensic Consultants, Inc., Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA

Jon J. Nordby Final Analysis Forensics, University Place, Washington, USA

“… As a former crime scene investigator and current adjunct instructor, I believe this book to be a noteworthy addition to any private or agency library. Accordingly, it could easily fulfill the curriculum mandate for a general forensic science class … .” —Craig C. Moore, Constable, Niagara Regional Police Service, Ontario, Canada, in Canadian Society of Forensic Science Journal

The third edition of Forensic Science: An Introduction to Scientific and Investigative Techniques reaches beyond the scope of other introductory texts to provide a powerful reference for professionals and students. The latest edition of this bestseller covers a range of fundamental topics essential to modern forensic investigation and includes the technical detail needed to understand the breadth of the science. Featuring contributions from top experts in the field discussing their own cases, this volume delves into all aspects of investigation, both out in the field and in the lab, providing vocabulary, investigation protocols, and laboratory procedures, while also explaining the roles of forensic scientists and pathologists. It covers firearm examination, forensic DNA, footwear and tire track evidence, and bloodstain patterns, as well as vehicular accident reconstruction, forensic engineering, and cybercrime. More than 400 photographs, most in color, provide significant insight while still being appropriate for students. Highlights in the Third Edition include: • Additional material on forensic photography, crime scenes, and forensic pathology, including a chapter on Forensic Digital Photo Imaging • Simplified, easy-to-understand chapters on computer forensics and DNA analysis • Revised content in each chapter to reflect cutting-edge advances since the last edition Catalog no. 64932, February 2009, 800 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4200-6493-3, $92.95 / £37.99 Also available as eBook


Forensic Science Laboratory Manual and Workbook

A laboratory companion to Forensic Science: An Introduction to Scientific and Investigative Techniques and other undergraduate texts, this volume provides many basic, hands-on experiments that can be completed with inexpensive and accessible instrumentation. This revised edition provides numerous new experiments in odontology, anthropology, archeology, chemistry, and trace evidence. Experiments involving impression evidence, such as fingerprints, bite marks, footwear, and firearms are presented, and the uses of digital and traditional photography and basic microscopy are also featured. Catalog no. 87193, April 2009, 336 pp. Soft Cover, ISBN: 978-1-4200-8719-2 $41.95 / £27.99 Also available as eBook

Crime Scene Processing and Laboratory Workbook Patrick Jones and Ralph E. Williams Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA

Building on prior knowledge and facilitating hands-on experience, this laboratory manual allows students to practice the methods, procedures, and techniques associated with forensic science, crime scene investigation, documentation, and evidence handling. The text presents over 20 separate exercises that alternate between investigating physical evidence specific to the crime scene and evidence specific to the laboratory. The book also provides useful forms, including the laboratory submission request, which duplicate real-world experience and demonstrate how to properly collect, record, and submit evidence. Catalog no. 85425, February 2009, 240 pp. Soft Cover, ISBN: 978-1-4200-8542-6 $39.95 / £24.99 Also available as eBook

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Essential Forensic Pathology

Implementing Quality in Laboratory Policies and Processes

Gilbert Corrigan

Using Templates, Project Management, and Six Sigma

St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Edited by

Core Studies and Exercises

A myriad of different scenarios await those entering the field of forensic pathology, ranging from gunshot wounds to asphyxiation to explosives to death from addiction. Essential Forensic Pathology: Core Studies and Exercises helps prepare pathologists in training by establishing what they must know about the most common death scenes they will encounter. The book begins by discussing the coaching objectives in medical education and follows with a description of the 15 different rotations of the forensic pathology resident. Using a consistent and concise format, the book describes the facility where the rotation takes place, the necessary skills, the laboratory equipment, and other components of the rotation. The main portion of the book presents forensic pathology essentials in the form of learning objectives—each delineated with a code: “M” for items students must know, and “S” for those they must do. This section begins by discussing the government’s role, describes medical examiner and coroner systems, and analyzes the academic discipline of forensic pathology. Next, the book focuses on hands-on elements of forensic pathology, with chapters on scene investigation, identification, and postmortem changes (signs of death). Objectives are also presented for various causes of death, including gunshot wounds, stab wounds, asphyxiation, sex-related death, and death from addiction. Additional chapters cover bombs and explosive devices, mental disease, epidemics, and issues related to forensic entomology. Each chapter contains a list of pertinent vocabulary and references for further study. By mastering the objectives contained in each chapter of this manual, forensic pathology students will be ready to pass certification exams and work confidently in the field. Catalog no. K13562, February 2012, 248 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4398-7666-4, $99.95 / £63.99 Also available as an eBook

Donnell R. Christian, Jr. and Stephanie Drilling Professional Business Solutions, O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

In order to gain accreditation, every laboratory must have a superior quality assurance program. The keys to a successful program are the operational and technical manuals and associated documents which define the program and its various components. Written by experts with global experience in setting up laboratories, Implementing Quality in Laboratory Policies and Processes: Using Templates, Project Management, and Six Sigma provides templates for the various policies, procedures, and forms that should be contained in the quality assurance, operational, and technical manuals of a laboratory seeking accreditation. The book begins with a general introduction and overview of quality assurance and then moves on to cover implementation strategies. It contains best practices and templates for the project management of the design and implementation of the laboratory operational and technical manuals required to establish a quality assurance program. The templates span the entire project life cycle, from initiation, to planning, to execution, to monitoring, and finally, to closure. The book also examines how Six Sigma concepts can be used to optimize laboratories, and contains templates that cover administrative issues, quality assurance, sample control, and health and safety issues. In addition, there is a section of criteria files that relate the individual document templates to specific accreditation criterion. The results of any laboratory examination have the potential to be presented in court and can ultimately affect the life and liberty of the parties involved. Therefore, a stringent quality assurance program, including well-documented policies and a procedure manual, is essential. Ensuring that laboratories meet the standards of ISO 17025, this volume is a critical component of any laboratory’s accreditation process. Catalog no. 73044, November 2009, 1432 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4200-7304-1, $850.00 / £541.00 Also available as eBook

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Death, Decomposition, and Detector Dogs


Case Studies in Drowning Forensics

From Science to Scene

Kevin M. Gannon

Susan M. Stejskal

D. Lee Gilbertson

Recover K9 Search and Rescue, Inc., Vicksburg, Michigan, USA

Death, Decomposition, and Detector Dogs: From Science to Scene is designed to help police investigators and Human Remains Detection K9 handlers understand the basics of forensic taphonomy (decomposition) and how to most effectively use a human remains detection (HRD) K9 as a locating tool. The book covers basic anatomy and the physiology of canine olfaction along with some of the unique characteristics that allow a dog to work. Using concise and understandable explanations along with numerous photographs, the book covers the stages of decomposition and how they are affected by the environment; what is currently understood about the chemical profile of odor from human remains; how weather, topography, ground cover and terrain can affect odor dispersion; and different types of mapping and weather data that can be used before and during deployment of the HRD K9. The final chapter ties it all together by providing case reports about decedents who have been found in different locations in a variety of environmental conditions. By learning how these variables can affect how and what is found, handlers and investigators will be better prepared to meet the challenges of their jobs. Contents: Know the Nose Forensic Taphonomy… Breaking Down is Hard to Do Bugs, Bodies and Beyond Making Sense Out of Scent – The A, B, C, D, E’s Earth, Wind, and Odor Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks: Using New Technology A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words Beginning of the End

Sergeant (Retired), NYPD, USA Saint Cloud State University, Minnesota, USA

Because there are so many accidental deaths from drowning, water deaths are frequently not investigated as thoroughly as other death scenes. But only proper interpretation of forensic evidence within the context of drowning can establish whether a drowning death is accidental, homicidal, or undetermined. Written to help investigators learn how to establish reliable findings, Case Studies in Drowning Forensics presents 16 actual drowning cases and examines and explains their associated forensic evidence. The authors give readers a general understanding of forensic evidence and take an interdisciplinary approach, linking evidence not only to the scene. But to other kinds of evidence. The book profiles the Smiley Face Killers, one of the most controversial murder investigations in recent history. Features: • Demonstrates that interpreting forensic evidence involves common sense, scientific principles, and great attention to detail • Explains how individual items of forensic evidence is interrelated with other items of evidence • Provides a critical examination of the discipline of criminal justice • Challenges the assertions and findings of law enforcement agencies and medical examiners, and contradicts the beliefs and claims of skeptics • Proposes nationwide protocols to be specifically used in drowning cases Catalog no. K13561, November 2012, c. 440 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4398-7664-0, $139.95 / £89.00 Also available as eBook

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Child Abuse and Its Mimics in Skin and Bone

Karch's Pathology of Drug Abuse

B.G. Brogdon

Steven B. Karch

University of South Alabama Medical Center, Mobile, USA

Tor Shwayder Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Michigan, USA

Jamie Elifritz Mobile, Alabama, USA

Fifth Edition M.D., FFFLM Consultant and Cardiac Pathologist and Toxicologist, Berkeley, California, USA

Olaf Drummer Monash University, Southbank, Victoria, Australia

Of all children reported to child protective services for suspected maltreatment in any form, the percentage of substantiated cases of physical abuse actually is quite small. There are a number of dermatological and radiologically demonstrable musculoskeletal lesions that have been, or could be mistaken for, intentional physical abuse by the inexperienced or under-educated observer. Child Abuse and Its Mimics in Skin and Bone illustrates the classic manifestations of physical abuse by dermatological and radiological examination as a standard against which the mimickers of physical abuse can be compared. In each case study, where appropriate, the authors provide pertinent historical, physical and laboratory information in support of the diagnosis.

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Written in the same format as its previous editions, Karch’s Pathology of Drug Abuse, Fifth Edition focuses on the investigation of drug-related deaths and practical approaches to the detection of drug abuse. New topics covered include the functional and molecular pharmacology of cocaine and other stimulants; emerging new designer drugs including Piperazine derivatives, synthetic cannabonoids, and methylone; the substantial increase of deaths related to prescription medications; and the toxicology and pathology of chronic pain patients. The book also presents the latest information on anabolic steroids and provides useful reference charts. New in the Fifth Edition:

• Brings together top experts in both radiology and dermatology • Shows examples of actual abuse and the conditions that can mimic it • Includes a chapter on the history of the conceptualization of child abuse • Provides descriptions, 200 illustrations, and references for use in a clinical setting Selected Contents: History of the Conceptualization of Child Abuse Biblical and Ancient Times Ambroise Tardieu Industrial Revolution ... Dermatological Signs of Physical Abuse Indications Bruises, Lacerations, Abrasions Bite Marks ... Dermatological Mimickers of Abuse Radiological Manifestations of Physical Abuse Metaphysieal Lesions Fractures ... Catalog no. K12580, August 2012, c. 192 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4398-5535-5, $129.95 / £82.00 Also available as eBook

“… the best and most readable book I have seen on the subject … .” —Jason Payne-James in the Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine.

“… truly comprehensive and useful ... .” —Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

“… the best work ever written on drug abuse.” —Charles L. Winek, Toxicology Editor, Forensic Science International

“This book should be very useful to forensic toxicologists, forensic pathologists, medical examiners and law enforcement officers.” —Anil Aggrawal's Internet Journal of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology

• Adds 100 pages and new illustrations to the text • Offers an extensive revision of material on biomarkers • Includes new material on the cardio-toxicity and neurotoxicity of MDMA • Provides a table on normal organ weights Catalog no. K12841, September 2012, c. 528 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4398-6146-2, $159.95 / £99.00 Also available as eBook

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Forensic Neuropathology Second Edition Jan E. Leestma, M.D., M.M. Brainworks, LLC, Chicago, Illinois, USA

“… an authoritative and comprehensive text which covers the relevant neuropathology in considerable detail. … the broad principles will stand anyone who finds themselves acting as an expert witness in good stead. … There is a consistency in style, which is sometimes lacking from multiauthor texts.” —Mark Walker, Wiley Online Library

Over the past 30 years, as both forensic pathology and neuropathology have grown in sophistication, the two specialties have forged a heightened level of interaction. Reflecting the vast increase in knowledge and scientific progress in the past two decades, Forensic Neuropathology, Second Edition examines the developments that have arisen since the publication of the first volume. This updated text comprehensively reviews all aspects of neuropathology that may have forensic or medical-legal import. It maintains the breadth and depth of the benchmark first edition while replacing outdated information with the newest developments in these complex areas.

Highlights in the Second Edition include: • Expanded information on biomechanics of neurotrauma • The latest findings on child abuse, impact injuries to the head and spine, and intracranial pressure effects • Greater focus on the effects of new Supreme Court rulings on the admissibility of evidence • Nearly 300 high-quality color photographs

Dr. Jan E. Leestma is a world-renowned forensic neuropathologist and is the author of more than a hundred professional publications. He has given expert testimony in more than thirty states, Canada, and the United Kingdom. This highly detailed work, which includes the contributions of experts in the fields of biomechanics, neurology, pathology, and the law, is sure to complement the growing literature in this fast-developing area. Catalog no. 9167, October 2008, 768 pp., ISBN: 978-0-8493-9167-5, $165.95 / £105.00 Also available as eBook

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Forensic Pathology of Fractures and Mechanisms of Injury

Pathology of the Heart and Sudden Death in Forensic Medicine

Postmortem CT Scanning

Vittorio Fineschi

Michael P. Burke

Giorgio Baroldi

Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine, Australia

Istituto di Fisiologia Clinica, Milano, Italy

Practitioners of forensic medicine have various tools at their disposal to determine cause of death, and today’s computed tomography (CT) can provide valuable clues if images are interpreted properly. Forensic Pathology of Fractures and Mechanisms of Injury: Postmortem CT Scanning is a guide for the forensic pathologist who wants to use CT imaging to assist in determining the mechanism of injury that might have contributed to death. Drawn from the author’s work at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine, the book presents an overview of his experience with CT in routine casework, provides an appraisal of the literature with respect to fractures, and offers suggestions for the evaluation of CT images by pathologists. He then suggests what reasonable conclusions can be drawn from the images, the circumstances surrounding the death, and an external examination of the deceased. Enhanced with hundreds of CT images that clarify the text and case studies to put the material in context, the book begins by discussing classification of injuries and different types of fractures. It then explores the basics of CT. Next, the book gives a head-to-toe catalogue of various injuries and how they are represented on a CT scan. Finally, the book explores the use of CT in difficult forensic cases such as decomposed and burnt remains, falls, child abuse, and transportation incidents. While not intended to make a forensic pathologist an expert at CT image interpretation, the book enables these professionals to become familiar with the technology so they can competently use it in their practice, heightening the accuracy of their cause of death determinations. Catalog no. K13836, December 2011, 273 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4398-8148-4, $189.95 / £121.00 Also available as eBook

University of Foggia Medical School, Italy

Malcolm D. Silver University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada

"Fineschi, Baroldi, and Silver filled up a gap in the forensic literature with this book … it can be recommended without reserve as a reference work especially for forensic pathologists." —T. Fracasso in International Journal of Legal Medicine

“This book gives a profound insight into a multitude of cardiopathological aspects not only from a forensic perspective but also an overall perspective of death investigation. It is of practical relevance for all those involved in post mortem examinations and it may be of special interest to clinicians with a focus on cardiology.” —Judith Schröer, Specialist in Forensic Medicine, Germany

Addressing the pathology of the heart and cardiovascular system from a forensic perspective, Pathology of the Heart and Sudden Death in Forensic Investigations guides the pathologist toward the effective resolution of cases. It critically reviews pertinent facts by revisiting pathologic findings and comparing them to etiopathogenic hypotheses, proposing new ones substantiated by previously misinterpreted or ignored facts. It also presents recent findings on pediatric pathology. The book describes the basic functional anatomy of the heart, combining views on examination from clinical and pathological perspectives. It systematically examines patho-physiologic changes and specific heart diseases and emphasizes the benefits of communication between forensic specialists and clinicians in determining cause of death. The book also assists the forensic pathologist in the presentation and interpretation of the sequence of events in a court of law. Containing 150 color photographs that demonstrate forensic aspects of cardiopathology, the book offers a single source of pertinent information that is essential for every forensic pathologist to have when investigating a case. Catalog no. 7048, May 2006, 519 pp. ISBN: 978-0-8493-7048-9, $165.95 / £105.00 Also available as an eBook

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New & Bestselling Forensic Science Books from CRC Press Disaster Victim Identification

Bitemark Evidence

Experience and Practice

A Color Atlas and Text, Second Edition

Edited by

Edited by

S. Black, L. Hackman, and X. Mallett

Robert B. J. Dorion

University of Dundee, Nethergate, Scotland

G. Sunderland Cumbria Police Authority, Penrith, UK

Disaster management has become an increasingly global issue and victim identification is receiving greater attention. By raising awareness through past events and experiences, practitioners, policymakers, and students can learn what works, what doesn’t work, and how to avoid future mistakes. Disaster Victim Identification: Experience and Practice addresses a selection of key historical incidents and includes candid discussions of potential areas for improvement in preparedness and future deployment capabilities. Each chapter addresses a specific disaster and is divided into three sections. First, the senior officer for the force who led the relevant investigation contributes impressions about the disaster and the force’s response to it. Next, the book presents data such as the manpower available at the time of the disaster, the number of officers involved in the deployment, and other relevant factors. The next section provides the details of the disaster, including the response methods employed, the number of fatalities/casualties, and lessons learned. The book also explores the effect that the disaster had on the response team—short- and long-term. Finally, each chapter examines important aspects of the particular disaster, in terms of legislative, moral, practical, or other contribution to the field of mass disaster planning, preparation, and deployment on a wider scale. Viewing disaster management from a global perspective, this volume contains the combined input of academics, forensic specialists, trainers, and law enforcement professionals who focus on actual cases to honestly assess events and provide recommendations for improvement. Catalog no. 94122, May 2011, 272 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4200-9412-1, $129.95 / £82.00 Also available as eBook

Director of Forensic Dentistry, Laboratoire de Sciences Judiciaires et de Médecine Légale, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

“I salute Dr. Dorion and the many top-flight individuals involved in this effort for bringing together an awesome amount of information on an important subject in an organized fashion. The text Bitemark Evidence remains unchallenged in its field.” —Gerald L. Vale, DDS, MDS, MPH, JD, D-ABFO, Past President, American Board of Forensic Odontology; Distinguished Fellow, American Academy of Forensic Sciences

Experts in the field of bitemark evidence confront complexities ranging from the identification and collection of evidence, to microscopic analysis, to legal implications and courtroom admissibility. Now in its second edition, Bitemark Evidence reflects the knowledge, training, experience, opinions, and research of 27 authors from around the world to present an atlas with coverage from a range of disciplines. This comprehensive text details the protocols for photography, collection, preservation, and analysis of bitemarks and examines everything from the history of bitemark evidence, to diagnostic considerations, to expert witnesses and testimony. New in the Second Edition: • A historical perspective, beginning with the earliest known bitemark references from the Bible and the Kama Sutra, up to the modern development of forensic organizations around the world • An updated chapter on digital photography • Practical tips on forensic bitemark photography • Processing and analysis of digital images for evidentiary purposes • The rationale, use, materials, and methods employed for confocal laser microscopy (CLM) and the scanning electron microscope (SEM) • Current issues in bitemark analysis and research, emerging technologies, and recent developments Catalog no. K10984, March 2011, 674 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4398-1862-6, $199.95 / £127.00 Also available as eBook


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New & Bestselling Forensic Science Books from CRC Press Quality Assurance in the Pathology Laboratory Forensic, Technical, and Ethical Aspects

Scientific Protocols for Forensic Examination of Clothing Jane Moira Taupin

Edited by

Greensboro, Victoria, Australia

Maciej J. Bogusz

Chesterene Cwiklik

Consulting Toxicologist, Sinheim, Germany

Cwiklik and Associates, Seattle, Washington, USA

The continuous formulation of good practices and procedures across fields reflects the importance of the recognition and maintenance of “quality” for nearly every profession. The widespread introduction of point-of-care testing, centralization of activities in large core laboratories, and the increase in number and complexity of diagnostic testing worldwide has driven changes in the organization of laboratory diagnostics over the past decades. As such, it is vital to keep current with updated techniques and complex procedures and to stay vigilant about safety and good practices adjustments.

"The science is supported by excellent illustrations and case studies. Each chapter is well-referenced for further study … essential for the proper understanding and preparation of that special case."

Although widely defined and quantified, the concept of quality is an intrinsic feature of the human psyche and decision making. Written to improve laboratory work, Quality Assurance in the Pathology Laboratory examines:

—Law Society Journal

When a crime or other incident takes place, clothing items are often present or left behind, and can become directly involved in the case itself. Items of clothing are thus one of the most common types of exhibits examined in court. They can provide valuable information in cases of violent crimes, such as homicide or rape, as well as in burglary, robbery, arson, and vehicular accidents. The first of its kind, Scientific Protocols for Forensic Examination of Clothing discusses the forensic examination of clothing in criminal cases. Features:

• Quality assurance of quantifiable methods applied in laboratory medicine and toxicology

• Discusses the relevance, limitations, and repercussions of the forensic examination of clothing

• Quality aspects of emerging disciplines including personalized therapy and virtopsy

• Provides tools for organizing observations and selecting samples for testing

• Regulatory and logistic instrumentation that ensure quality in laboratory methods

• Highlights the ramifications of DNA profiling

• Professional education at the graduate and postgraduate levels Laboratory diagnostics substantially contributes to clinical decision making by providing valuable information for the screening, diagnosis, therapeutic monitoring, and follow-up of most—if not all—human disorders. Providing general insights into the quality assurance aspects of pathology and laboratory medicine, this book aids in improving laboratory work and, at the same time, shows the possibilities and limits of the logistic and legal tools related to quality issues. Catalog no. K10122, February 2011, 388 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4398-0234-2, $99.95 / £63.99 Also available as eBook

• Presents a novel discussion of clothing damage and its interactions with other evidence • Offers examples and case studies to clarify material • Includes more than 70 photographs Suitable for a wide range of readers, this book is designed for examiners trying to decide how to approach a clothing examination, those looking for more information on a specific topic, laboratory quality assurance officers in need of a reliable reference, as well as attorneys, investigators, archaeologists, and curators. Catalog no. 68210, November 2010, 251 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4200-6821-4, $129.95 / £82.00 Also available as eBook

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New & Bestselling Forensic Science Books from CRC Press Sudden Death in Epilepsy

Brogdon's Forensic Radiology Second Edition

Forensic and Clinical Issues

Edited by

Edited by

Michael J. Thali, M.D.

Claire M. Lathers, Paul L. Schraeder, Michael W. Bungo, and Jan E. Leestma

University of Zurich, Switzerland

Mark D. Viner Cranfield Forensic Institute, Wiltshire, UK

B.G. Brogdon University of South Alabama Medical Center, Mobile, USA

“The second edition of Brogdon’s Forensic Radiology is updated, timely, and extremely well organized. It should be considered the new reference standard for forensic imaging.” —American Journal of Roentgenology

The benchmark first edition of Forensic Radiology, published in 1998, was a milestone in the forensic community—a bestseller throughout the world and a standard reference for practitioners and educators. Like its predecessor, Brogdon’s Forensic Radiology, Second Edition covers the entire scope of radiological applications in the forensic sciences, profiling current and anticipated uses of new modalities and techniques. After an introduction to the field, the book presents chapters on forensic radiology as it applies to identification, gunshot wounds, abuse, and nonviolent crimes. It also explores the essentials of diagnostic imaging and issues related to courtroom presentation. Highlights in this Edition include:

“ … a skilled amalgam of neuroscience, cardiology, and pharmacology, along with numerous illustrative case examples, and it will become much thumbed-through as it takes a place of prominence on this forensic pathologist’s bookshelf.” —Gregory J. Davis, MD, FCAP, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, State Medical Examiner, Kentucky, in Et Cetera.

Expanding on the 1990 book Epilepsy and Sudden Death, edited by Lathers and Schraeder, Sudden Death in Epilepsy: Forensic and Clinical Issues reviews the basic science of epilepsy as it relates to SUDEP. Clinical chapters study the sophisticated simultaneous ambulatory EKG and EEG telemetry and respiratory function monitoring of patients at risk for sudden death that help to identify cardiac, respiratory, and epileptogenic interactions. Chapters on animal models evaluate new data from studies that build on previously used models and emphasize that multiple models are needed to investigate the pathophysiology of SUDEP, to hypothesize about effective treatments, to develop pilot studies in persons with epilepsy, and to conduct confirmatory large-scale clinical trials.

• The radiologist as an expert witness • Modern cross-sectional imaging in anthropology • Radiology in mass casualty situations • The use of virtual imaging and virtopsy— modalities developed and advanced since the publication of the last edition • Forensic and clinical usage of x-rays in body packing for drug smuggling • Imaging in the medical examiner’s facility and in the field • Radiology of special objects, antiquities, and mummies Enhanced by more than 1300 radiographic images and photographs, examples of courtroom testimony, and actual case studies of mass casualties, this practical text comprehensively demonstrates the vast possibilities that today’s radiology advancements can offer the forensic field.

Adopting a global, multidisciplinary focus to address the mystery of SUDEP, this important work provides clinicians, researchers, patients, and families with the knowledge to freely discuss the phenomenon and thereby discover the preventive treatment regimens that can help decrease its occurrence.

Catalog no. 75624, November 2010, 654 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4200-7562-5, $159.95 / £99.00 Also available as eBook

Catalog no. K10117, November 2010, 1047 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4398-0222-9, $189.95 / £120.00 Also available as eBook


Contributions discuss the interaction between the central and peripheral autonomic nervous systems and the cardiopulmonary systems; proposed mechanistic factors in SUDEP; risk categories of arrhythmogenic, respiratory, and hypoxia related cardiac death; psychological, emotional, and stress related factors; the role of alcohol and drugs in seizures; and the potential mitigating properties of antiepileptic medication.

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New & Bestselling Forensic Science Books from CRC Press Forensic Autopsy A Handbook and Atlas Edited by

Cristoforo Pomara and Vittorio Fineschi

Forensic Dentistry Second Edition Edited by

David R. Senn University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, USA

Paul G. Stimson

Department of Forensic Pathology University of Foggia, Italy

University of Texas Dental Branch, Houston, USA

Steven B. Karch

“A must for forensic dentists."

Private Consultant, Berkeley, California, USA

—Journal of the American Association of Forensic Dentists

All too often, forensic pathologists perform autopsies that are limited only to the body parts that are suspect, leading to biased and inaccurate results. A correct diagnosis for cause of death can only be reached by a strict and systematic examination of the whole body. Providing a step-by-step, photo-assisted guide to complete autopsy procedures, Forensic Autopsy: A Handbook and Atlas commands the field in offering the most advanced and complete resource of its kind. Packed with more color photos than any other leading autopsy reference, this volume explores: • • • • • • • • •

External cadaver examination Organ removal methods Laboratory procedures Microscopy applications New imaging techniques Pediatric and fetal autopsy Pre- and post-autopsy procedures Genetic disease and DNA diagnosis Autopsy protocol for the examination of the vertebral artery From macroscopic to microscopic approaches, this volume provides detailed guidelines for the performance of autopsy on every part of the human body. Using these standardized protocols and with the proper knowledge, training, and experience, pathologists can develop the skill needed to become experts in their field. Selected Contents: A Methodological Approach to the External Examination. The Autopsy. Pediatric and Fetal Autopsies. Laboratory Technologies and Methodologies. Beyond and Together with Autopsy Techniques: Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy in Forensic Medicine. Postmortem Radiology and Digital Imaging. ... Catalog no. K10054, February 2010, 161 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4398-0064-5, $199.95 / £127.00 Also available as eBook

The identification of unknown individuals and the estimation of age, race, and gender are among the chief functions of forensic dentistry. Other important applications include the investigation and analysis of bitemarks and oral injuries in abuse cases and evaluating, reporting, and testifying in civil litigation cases. More than a decade after the benchmark first edition of this book explored these topics, Forensic Dentistry, Second Edition offers a comprehensive update and revision of the material. Offering insight from many new contributors on the cutting edge of forensic science and odontology, this edition expands the book’s scope to include a broader historical and theoretical analysis, a thorough assessment of recent developments, and a far-reaching projection of future trends. Topics in the second edition include: • Forensic dental radiography • Age estimation • Jurisprudence and legal issues • History of forensic dentistry • Landmark cases, including September 11th and Hurricane Katrina In order for forensic odontology to continue to progress as a specialty of forensic science, there must be a consistent stream of new ideas and original and applied research. Heavily illustrated and enhanced with a 16-page color insert with additional photos, this volume captures the critical issues that confront today’s forensic dentist, explores the field’s limitations, and provides a window on the future of this crucial sector within the forensic identification science arena. Catalog no. 78364, January 2010, 470 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4200-7836-7, $135.95 / £87.00 Also available as eBook

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New & Bestselling Forensic Science Books from CRC Press Bestseller!

Second Edition

Color Atlas of Forensic Medicine and Pathology

Vincent J.M. DiMaio, M.D.

Edited by

Chief Medical Examiner, Bexar County, San Antonio, Texas, USA

Charles Catanese

Handbook of Forensic Pathology

Suzanna E. Dana, M.D. Austin, Texas, USA

Handbook of Forensic Pathology, Second Edition is a concise manual illustrating all core aspects of modern forensic pathology. The succinct outline format allows for quick access and rapid assimilation—critical requirements for the busy pathologist. Written in no-nonsense, easily understandable language, this precise and thorough resource contains extensively detailed entries from two of the nation’s foremost authorities on gunshot wounds and forensic pathology. With numerous instructional charts, diagrams, and color photographs, it organizes a wealth of instructional and immediately applicable information. Features: • Explains protocols for the collection and recovery of evidence and DNA analysis • Illustrates the effects of blunt force injuries as well as stab, incised, and chop wounds to various parts of the body • Differentiates between suffocation, strangulation, and chemical asphyxia • Evaluates gunshot wounds and wound patterns left by different caliber ammunition • Studies neo-naticide, infanticide, and chronic abuse patterns, as well as sexually related homicide • Presents specific information regarding deaths during surgery and while in police custody • Explores the phenomenon of unexplained nursing home death • Examines deaths due to drugs both illicit and prescribed, and offers methods of analysis including blood concentrations, gas and liquid chromatography, and mass spectrometry With meticulous detail and instant access to extensive information, this handbook is an indispensable tool for forensic pathologists, law enforcement, and legal personnel as well as pathologists in training. Catalog no. 9287, October 2006, 312 pp. Soft Cover, ISBN: 978-0-8493-9287-0 $59.95 / £38.99


Chief Medical Examiner, Orange County, New York, USA

“A dynamite book on forensic pathology. … A must for any modem forensic library.” —Journal of the American Association of Forensic Dentists

Drawing on his wealth of knowledge and experience in solving some of the most difficult cases a forensic examiner could encounter, Charles A. Catanese assembles hundreds of images from his own work experience to present the Color Atlas of Forensic Medicine and Pathology. Featuring twice the number of images as any other forensic pathology atlas, the book is filled with high-resolution photos that demonstrate postmortem changes of the human body and the different types of patterns produced in deaths caused by: • • • • • • • • • •

Natural causes Diagnostic or therapeutic procedures Substance abuse Poisoning Child abuse Firearms Blunt instruments Sharp instruments Burns Asphyxia

This easy-to-read atlas covers basic and advanced forensic concepts that relate to all manners of deaths. The carefully worded, unambiguous text describing each photo and the side-by-side comparisons of similar—yet different—pathologies make this remarkable atlas a powerful teaching tool for all those who must confront and solve the mystery of human demise. Catalog no. 4320X, October 2009, 424 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4200-4320-4, $205.95 / £131.00 Also available as an eBook

Fully searchable DVD: Catalog no. 43226, December 2009 ISBN: 978-1-4200-4322-8, $205.95 / £131.00

Book and DVD set: Catalog no. K11122, 2010 ISBN: 978-1-4398-2118-3, $309.95 / £197.00

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New & Bestselling Forensic Science Books from CRC Press Mathematical Methods for Accident Reconstruction

Pediatric Homicide Medical Investigation

A Forensic Engineering Perspective

Edited by

Karen Griest The Center for Medicolegal Research & Consultation, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

Harold Franck

“I would certainly recommend this book to doctors involved in pediatric medicolegal work, particularly forensic and pediatric pathologists, but also to clinicians working in pediatric medicine or surgery.”

Darren Franck

—Dr Matt Lyall, Specialist Registrar in Forensic Pathology, Royal Liverpool University Hospital, in The Bulletin of the Royal College of Pathologists

“I can heartily recommend this book to medical examiners, police personnel of all levels, child abuse investigators, and attorneys … an invaluable resource.” —Anil Aggrawal's Internet Journal of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology

Pediatric homicide investigations are clouded by a number of factors, not the least of which is a lack of straightforward resources. The cause of death in infants and children is often subtle and difficult to establish. Designed for quick access, Pediatric Homicide: Medical Investigation is an invaluable resource for medical examiners, police, child abuse investigators, and attorneys charged with either making or ruling out the diagnosis of homicide. Focusing on forensic pathology aspects, this book covers the causes of death that are most difficult to determine, including: • • • • • •

Head injury Asphyxiation Drowning Abdominal trauma Poisoning Starvation and dehydration

Advanced Engineering Associates, St. Petersburg, Florida, USA Advanced Engineering Associates, Charleston, West Virginia, USA

Over the past 25 years, Harold and Darren Franck have investigated hundreds of accidents involving vehicles of almost every shape, size, and type imaginable. In Mathematical Methods for Accident Reconstruction: A Forensic Engineering Perspective, these seasoned experts demonstrate the application of mathematics to modeling accident reconstructions involving a range of moving vehicles, including automobiles, small and large trucks, bicycles, motorcycles, allterrain vehicles, and construction equipment such as hoists and cranes. The book is anchored on basic principles of physics that may be applied to any of the abovenamed vehicles or equipment. Topics covered include: • • • • • • • • • • • •

Foundations of measurement Energy methods used in reconstruction Momentum methods Vehicle specifications Failure analysis Geometrical characteristics of highways Visibility, perception, and reaction Techniques such as photogrammetry and computer modeling Retrieval of data from crash data recorders Low speed impacts Staged collisions Standards and protocols for accident reconstruction

With contributions by a team of expert pathologists, the book provides a scientific foundation for diagnosing homicide, discusses methods to determine the timing of injuries and death, and reviews the legal requirements for presenting evidence in court. More than 100 photographs enhance the text and clarify the source of injury in these difficult cases.

Exploring a broad range of accident scenarios and also acknowledging the limits of applicability of the various physical methods employed, the breadth and depth of the book’s coverage makes it a critical reference for engineers and scientists who perform vehicular accident reconstructions.

Catalog no. 73001, September 2009, 232 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4200-7300-3, $107.95 / £69.99 Also available as eBook

Catalog no. 88971, September 2009, 328 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4200-8897-7, $129.95 / £82.99 Also available as eBook

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New & Bestselling Forensic Science Books from CRC Press The Virtopsy Approach Handbook of Forensic Toxicology for Medical Examiners D.K. Molina, M.D.

3D Optical and Radiological Scanning and Reconstruction in Forensic Medicine Edited by

Michael J. Thali University of Zurich, Switzerland

" … highly recommended to all forensic toxicologists and medical examiners.” —Anil Aggrawal's Internet Journal of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology

“The book is well organized and extremely easy to read … this text has become a permanent fixture on my desk.” —Simon P. Avis, Memorial University, in Canadian Science of Forensic Society Journal

Forensic professionals, 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 information than is needed. The Handbook of Forensic Toxicology for Medical Examiners is a concise handbook referencing the most common toxic substances and their levels of toxicity, making it an ideal text for quick confirmation in the field or in the lab. Features:

Richard Dirnhofer Institute of Forensic Medicine, University of Berne, Switzerland

Peter Vock Institute of Diagnostic, Interventional and Pediatric Radiology, University Hospital, Bern, Switzerland

Charred, badly decomposed, or mummified corpses, and restrictions found in conservative branches of some religions often make autopsies impossible to perform. In addition, backlogs at the coroner’s office can create situations where the personnel required to do the autopsies cannot keep up with the cases. The techniques shown in this color atlas use state-of-the-art imaging technologies for performing autopsies that are more efficient and minimally invasive. Approximately 600 photographs provide visual instruction that takes readers from external body documentation to internal investigation. Catalog no. 8178, May 2009, 536 pp. ISBN: 978-0-8493-8178-2, $219.95 / £140.00 Also available as eBook

• Explains the proper selection and submission of specimens for toxicological analysis • Explains methods of analysis, including gas chromatography, mass spectroscopy, immunoassay, and liquid chromatography • Provides hundreds of tables and data sets on substances causing toxicity that are commonly seen in forensic practice • Includes several appendices, including one on the latest issues in pharmacogenetics pertinent to forensic investigation The busy forensic professional needs a concise handbook that provides critical information quickly without the need to wade through extraneous and inconsequential material. This volume offers an easy-to-use format that allows quick access to the most pertinent information, saving time and increasing accuracy. Catalog no. 76418, July 2009, 384 pp. Soft Cover, ISBN: 978-1-4200-7641-7 $96.95 / £61.99 Also available as eBook


Dental Autopsy William E. Silver and Richard R. Souviron Miami-Dade Medical Examiner's Department, Florida, USA

Organized in a concise but thorough format, this volume offers complete procedures for performing autopsies on teeth and jaws and shows how to preserve evidence of dental interest. It also shows the importance of proper record taking, explaining the use of charts, radiographs, and photographs in making accurate identification. The scope of the book spans from crime scene intake to remains exhumation, and also covers work with fresh, decomposed, and skeletal remains. The book features more than 300 color photos. Catalog no. 70134, June 2009, 276 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4200-7013-2, $139.95 / £89.00 Also available as eBook

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New & Bestselling Forensic Science Books from CRC Press Sex-Related Homicide and Death Investigation Practical and Clinical Perspectives, Second Edition Vernon J. Geberth Practical Homicide Investigation, Inc., New York, USA

“ … the definitive treatise on sex-related deaths … belongs on the shelf of anyone from any discipline in the forensic sciences involved in the investigation and prosecution of these cases.” —Barbara C. Wolf, M.D., Chief Medical Examiner, District 5, Florida

“Vern's remarkable experience and unmatched expertise have given him unparalleled insight into the investigation of sexually deviant crimes and the psyche of those who perpetrate violent sex-related crimes.” —Donna Pendergast, First Assistant Attorney General-Criminal Division, Michigan Department of Attorney General

“Mr. Geberth is constantly researching, updating and charting new territories, when it comes to homicide investigations.” —Detective Mark J. Czworniak Chicago Police Department, Area 3 Three Homicide / Sex Crimes Unit

“Geberth has succeeded in the impossible, and has improved and updated the most outstanding and comprehensive treatise on the subject of sex-related homicide and death investigations.” —Philip G. Schnelwar, former Homicide Bureau Chief, Bronx County District Attorney's Office

Considered the definitive work on sex-related homicide, this second edition details the theoretical and psychological basis for sexual homicide and offers practical investigative checklists and directions for processing and interpreting the crime scene. A comprehensive discussion of sexual deviance, it analyzes the typology of offenders to determine their signature aspects. It introduces the latest information on DNA technology, includes a chapter on the infamous 30year BTK investigation, offers new research developed from the Working Group of Human Asphyxia (WGHA), and provides an in-depth exploration of criminal personality profiling and investigative analysis. This edition contains nearly 400 color photos. Catalog no. K11296, June 2010, 704 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4398-2655-3, $139.95 / £89.00


Practical Aspects of Rape Investigation A Multidisciplinary Approach, Fourth Edition Edited by

Robert R. Hazelwood and Ann Wolbert Burgess This classic bestseller continues to provide professionals across disciplines with a common resource for rape investigation. It brings into focus the five different principals involved: the police investigator, examining nurse, forensic scientist, crisis counselor, and prosecutor. With contributions from experts in each of these fields, the book demonstrates how professionals can work together to more effectively handle even the most complex sexual assault crime. This latest edition adds chapters on drug-facilitated sexual assault, geographic profiling, medical examination of sexually abused children, linkage analysis, modus operandi, and educator misconduct. Catalog no. 65041, June 2008, 592 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4200-6504-6, $115.95 / £73.99 Also available as eBook

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Practical Aspects of Interview and Interrogation Third Edition David E. Zulawski, Douglas E. Wicklander, Shane G. Sturman, and L. Wayne Hoover Techniques for interview and interrogation have become even more sophisticated and complex in recent years. The third edition of this bestselling book provides the latest information on establishing credibility as well as interpreting verbal and physical behavior, among other important topics. All of the existing chapters have been updated in this new edition to reflect the most cutting edge interrogation and interviewing techniques and the current state of the law regarding admissions and admissibility. The text includes two new chapters that address juvenile interrogations and profiling. Catalog no. K11475, October 2012, c. 450 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4398-3015-4, $89.95 / £57.99 Also available as eBook

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New & Bestselling Forensic Science Books from CRC Press New!


Criminal Major Case Management

Endangered Children

Persons of Interest Priority Assessment Tool (POIPAT) Larry Wilson Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

The Persons of Interest Priority Assessment Tool (POIPAT) provides an objective and consistent means of establishing a priority ranking of suspects or persons of interest in any investigation. Created and used correctly, the tool can determine if any suspect/POI should be considered a high, medium, or low investigative priority, saving time and resources and potentially saving additional victims. Criminal Major Case Management: Persons of Interest Priority Assessment Tool (POIPAT) describes how to set up a POIPAT system for any investigation where there are numerous POIs and limited resources. Using the unsolved Jack the Ripper mystery as a sample case study, it walks readers through the steps of creating and using the POIPAT system. The book begins by providing an overview of offender profiling and the basic considerations for developing elements for a POIPAT. It explains the Element Weighting Chart (EWC) and discusses how many points each element should be weighted based on its level of importance. The author describes how to determine what point totals constitute a high, medium, or low priority so that police managers can know how best to direct their resources. He also discusses tracking how POIs are eliminated through an elimination coding system. Finally, the book uses the POIPAT system to draw conclusions about some of the best-known suspects who were most likely to have been the real Jack the Ripper. Seeing how the technique is used in a real case, investigators will discover how to effectively create unique POIPATs for their own cases. The included CD-ROM contains a template that can be modified for any type of investigation and a number of additional tools and guides. Catalog no. K14316, March 2012, 280 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4398-9861-1, $129.95 / ÂŁ82.00 Also available as eBook


Homicide and Other Crimes, Second Edition Lita Linzer Schwartz and Natalie K. Isser Pennsylvania State University, USA

From infancy onward, children are in danger from many sources, including parental and sibling abuse, drug abuse and mental illness in the home, parental neglect, and poverty. Removing an at-risk child from a troubled environment brings on a host of new concerns and is not always a panacea. Endangered Children: Homicide, and Other Crimes, Second Edition focuses on the myriad threats facing children and provides insight into possible solutions. Beginning with a history of child abuse, the book explores this phenomenon as presented in literature and in other cultural references. It then provides sociobiological and cross-cultural perspectives on neonaticide. It examines motives for abuse and explores how shame and denial of pregnancy can lead to the killing of an infant within moments of its birth. The book examines legal ramifications to neonaticide in the U.S. and abroad, including psychological and psychiatric defenses. Additional chapters focus on shaken baby syndrome and Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, and the book includes a new chapter on postpartum depression. The authors include profiles of several notorious cases, including Susan Smith and Andrea Yates. They also discuss issues related to abortion and euthanasia, and conclude by suggesting preventive measures to child abuse and therapeutic rehabilitation. Exploring a social tragedy from psychological, sociological, and criminological perspectives, the authors attempt to answer the many questions that arise from these crimes against our most vulnerable, offering readers a thought-provoking resource that is sure to encourage further research and inquiry. Catalog no. K13540, December 2011, 287 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4398-7626-8, $79.95 / ÂŁ49.99 Also available as eBook

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Psychological Aspects of Crisis Negotiation Second Edition Thomas Strentz, PhD Forensic Behavioral Sciences Inc., Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA

While there are many books on crisis negotiation, most of the current literature focuses on the history and mechanics of this dynamic process, leaving out critical elements that are required for a successful encounter with a hostage-taker or other malfeasant. Psychological Aspects of Crisis Negotiation, Second Edition explores the methods and strategies for confronting the nine types of subjects typically encountered in hostage/suicide sieges by correctional staff and law enforcement crisis negotiators. Drawn from articles published by Thomas Strentz while serving at the FBI Academy* along with written versions of lectures developed and delivered since his retirement, the book highlights psychological dynamics of negotiations as they apply to the negotiator, the hostage, and the subject. It discusses the predictors of surrender versus the need for a tactical intervention and examines the phases of a hostage crisis and the changing focus as the crisis develops. Referencing historical events such as The Bay of Pigs invasion and the Challenger and Columbia incidents, the book demonstrates how faulty group decision-making can spell tragedy. Enhanced with case studies to put the material into context, this second edition also includes new chapters on the first responder, hostage survival, and the Islamic belief system and culture. Steeped in sage advice from a national expert, this volume arms those tasked with confronting dangerous offenders with the knowledge and tools they need to subvert disaster and ensure the preservation of human life. *Articles were reviewed by the Academy Editorial/Review Board and approved by the Bureau for publication.

Catalog no. K13758, December 2011, 367 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4398-8005-0, $69.95 / £44.99 Also available as eBook


Equivocal Child Abuse Sandra B. McPherson and Farshid Afsarifard Beachwood, Ohio, USA

Child abuse cases with hard-to-prove allegations pose challenges for all those who seek to protect the welfare of children. Helping courts, evaluators, guardians, and lawyers understand and work with difficult cases, Equivocal Child Abuse brings together insights, experience, and guidance from multiple sources to minimize unnecessary harm done to children and families. Exploring all facets of case management, the book discusses: • Legal concepts and theory, the history of guardians ad litem, and the complexity of the processes involved in legal decision making • How different court systems operate, the path of a case, and the roles of participants in custody cases • The investigative process, the evaluation of report credibility, the use of videotape, perspectives of child custody evaluators, and sample investigations • The testimony of expert witnesses, evaluators, guardians ad litem, and treating professionals; and the rules of evidence • Hazards practitioners face in domestic relations and custody cases, including licensing issues, civil suit actions, and personal safety concerns • Intervention options, such as supervised visitation, therapy for children, and mediation • Mental health issues in case participants, including borderline personality disorder, narcissistic and related personality patterns, affective disorders, and substance abuse • A working model for the forensic evaluator, with instructions on conducting the evaluation and reportage Filled with case studies to elucidate concepts, the book also contains appendices with recommended guidelines for interviewing children in cases of alleged sexual abuse, a line-by-line expert critique of a child interview, and other tools, making this volume a critical resource for all those who contend with these complex cases. Catalog no. K12123, September 2011, 304 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4398-4776-3, $99.95 / £63.99 Also available as eBook

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New & Bestselling Forensic Science Books from CRC Press Suicidal Mass Murderers

Creating Cultural Monsters

A Criminological Study of Why They Kill

Serial Murder in America

John Liebert Banner Desert Hospital, Mesa, Arizona, USA

Julie B. Wiest High Point University, North Carolina, USA

William J. Birnes

Serial murderers generate an abundance of public interest, media coverage, and law enforcement attention, yet after decades of studies, serial murder researchers have been unable to answer the most important question: Why? Providing a unique and comprehensive exploration, Creating Cultural Monsters: Serial Murder in America explains connections between American culture and the incidence of serial murder, including reasons why most identified serial murderers are white, male Americans. It describes the omnipresence of serial murder in American media and investigates what it would take to decrease its occurrence. Presenting empirically supported arguments that have the potential to revolutionize how serial murder is understood, studied, and investigated, this volume: • Places the serial murder phenomenon in a cultural context, promoting qualitative understanding and the potential for reducing its frequency • Includes an illustrated model that explains how people utilize cultural values to construct lines of action according to their cultural competencies • Demonstrates how the American cultural milieu fosters serial murder and the creation of white male serial murderers • Provides a critique of the American mass media’s role in the development and notoriety of serial murder • Describes the framework on which the majority of definitions of serial murder are based Drawn from years of dedicated research of Dr. Julie B. Wiest, this volume presents a new approach to the study of U.S. serial murder, offers important implications for law enforcement and mass media, and forms a basis for future research on serial murder, murder, and violence in the U.S. and in other nations. Catalog no. K12360, June 2011, 243 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4398-5154-8, $69.95 / £44.99 Also available as eBook


Chairman of Sunrise Community Counseling Center, Los Angeles, California, USA

“ … the definitive book on mass murderers, written by the man who knows more about interviewing and profiling violent offenders than anyone else in his field. Dr. Liebert's work in forensic psychiatry is second to none.” —Robert D. Keppel, Ph.D., author of The Riverman and Serial Violence

On April 16, 2007, Cho Seung-Hui, a student at Virginia Tech with a history of mental illness, became the perpetrator of the most infamous school shooting in the history of the United States. In the aftermath of the killings and Cho’s subsequent suicide, one primary question emerged: Why? Suicidal Mass Murderers: A Criminological Study of Why They Kill explores the answer to this and related questions. Detailing Cho’s descent into madness that culminated in this tragic event, the book asks how we can: • Identify and red flag the potentially dangerous • Intervene early in their lives to prevent violence • Mitigate potential damage • Sequester, even involuntarily, the violent mentally ill • Treat the dangerously mentally ill to bring them back into meaningful lives • Do all of this while protecting the patient’s constitutional rights Exploring the concept of whether such violent acts can be predicted, the book reveals the potential warning signs to look for in suspect individuals. First responders, public health authorities, and clinicians must learn to detect these early indicators if there is any hope in preventing a catastrophe such as what occurred at Virginia Tech from ever happening again. Catalog no. 76787, February 2011, 335 pp. Soft Cover, ISBN: 978-1-4200-7678-3 $59.95 / £38.99 Also available as eBook

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New & Bestselling Forensic Science Books from CRC Press Investigative and Forensic Interviewing A Personality-focused Approach


Craig N. Ackley, Shannon M. Mack, Kristen Beyer, and Philip Erdberg

Anil Aggrawal

“ … a tasty, digestible, and nourishing broth of useful knowledge that can enhance the productivity of clinical and forensic investigations alike.” —Laurence Miller, PhD, in International Journal of Emergency Mental Health

Investigative and Forensic Interviewing: A Personality-Focused Approach looks at the personality styles most commonly encountered in the criminal justice system and demonstrates how to use this insight to plan and conduct a productive interview. The book includes chapters on narcissistic, antisocial, psychopathic, borderline, inadequate/immature, paranoid, and schizotypal personalities. Written by forensic psychologists and former FBI investigators, each chapter begins with a vignette that displays the personality of an interviewee investigators might encounter in a forensic setting and then covers: • Descriptions of how each personality style views him or herself and the world, and how these views lead to problematic behavior • Ways to indirectly assess a subject through interviews with associated others, and through review of records • Behaviors investigators are likely to encounter during the interview, and responses those behaviors may provoke • Clues garnered from nonverbal behavior, including eye contact, facial expressions, and posture • What type of questions to ask, and how to ask them Finally, each chapter applies all of this information to an actual interview based on the opening vignette. This book is not for diagnosing personality disorders, but rather exists to help forensic interviewers understand the core traits that influence people’s responsiveness. This personality-focused approach is helpful for professionals in a variety of areas including police, attorneys, parole officers, mental health workers, and others who interview witnesses, suspects, and offenders throughout the criminal justice system. Catalog no. 84259, December 2010, 196 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4200-8425-2, $72.95 / £45.99

Forensic and Medico-legal Aspects Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, India

“Dr. Aggrawal proceeds as a dispassionate scientist to unearth … both contemporary and historical cases that will amaze the reader, and also construct for the first time a classification of various kinds of necrophilia. … Along with his previous textbook, Forensic and Medicolegal Aspects of Sexual Crimes and Unusual Sexual Practices, Dr. Aggrawal has once again made a very important contribution to the criminal forensic literature. Necrophilia is extreme, it is rare, and it is inexplicable to most; but until now, it has also been devoid of a systematic, scientific, and investigative text … .” —From the Foreword by J. Reid Meloy, Ph.D. Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego

Necrophilia: Forensic and Medico-legal Aspects is the first text that explores the scientific aspects of necrophilia from a multidisciplinary point of view. Following an introduction that provides a general scientific, social, and historical perspective, this volume: • Explores causes and contributing factors, covering biological theories and genetics, as well as trauma, brain anomalies, and substance abuse • Offers an original approach to classification, creating ten levels of severity from role playing to homicidal necrophilia • Discusses necrophilia epidemiology, exploring offender characteristics and habits • Provides 20 case studies of infamous as well as less publicized cases • Details the forensics approach to necrophilia investigation • Examines current legislation and mores across the world • Explains the challenges involved with providing expert testimony Catalog no. 89129, December 2010, 268 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4200-8912-7, $135.95 / £87.00 Also available as eBook

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Criminal Investigation

Harold Franck Advanced Engineering Associates, St. Petersburg, Florida, USA

Fourth Edition Michael J. Palmiotto

Darren Franck

Wichita State University, Kansas, USA

Much has changed in criminal investigation since the previous edition of Criminal Investigation was published in 2004. Along with new technology, heightened focus has been placed on cybercrime, cyber bullying, date rape, and concepts such as virtual world and augmented reality. Long-known for its accessible, student-friendly quality, this volume returns in the fourth edition with its signature style that has made it a favorite among professors and students alike. Reflecting the new landscape of crime and criminal investigations, all chapters have been reviewed and updated where needed, with significant revisions made to the chapters on law and sex crimes. Additionally, the book includes two new chapters: Property Crime and Cyber Crime. Ancillary materials including a solutions manual and figure slides are available with qualifying course adoption. Contents: Historical Review of Criminal Investigation Current Investigative Practices Legal Issues Sources of Information Interviewing and Interrogation Informants Writing Reports and Note Taking Surveillance and Undercover Operations Crime Scene Investigation The Crime Laboratory Sex Offenses Death Through Violence Assault and Robbery Property Crimes Cybercrime Narcotics and Other Drugs Police/Prosecutor Relationship Investigative Trends Catalog no. K13879, June 2012, 280 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4398-8218-4, $79.95 / ÂŁ49.99 Also available as eBook


Forensic Engineering Fundamentals

Advanced Engineering Associates, Charleston, West Virginia, USA

Many forensic engineers specialize in a particular area such as structures, fires, or accident reconstruction. However, the nature of the work often requires broad knowledge in interrelated areas of physics, chemistry, biomechanics, and engineering. Covering cases as varied as assessment of workplace accidents to the investigation of Halliburton in the BP oil spill, Forensic Engineering Fundamentals is a comprehensive text, suitable for a two-semester course or as a reference for professionals entering the field. The text incorporates some of the most common disciplines encountered by the practicing forensic engineer. The authors have been in the consulting business for 25 years and dealt with hundreds of cases, offering readers real-world experience. Providing a broad range of current case studies, the book covers probability and uncertainty, details basic calculations, and emphasizes standards and codes. Pertinent problems are presented at the end of each chapter and a solutions manual is available with qualifying course adoption. Contents: Introduction Structural Distress Blasting and Earth Movement Mold and Environmental Problems Water Related Losses Appliance and Equipment Failures Slips and Falls - Injuries to Humans Industrial and Construction Accidents Accident Reconstruction Electrical Incidents and Lightning Electrocutions Fires Miscellaneous Losses Probability Sensitivity and Uncertainty Standards Appendices References Catalog no. K13659, December 2012, c. 640 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4398-7839-2, $129.95 / ÂŁ82.00

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Wildlife Forensics Principles and Practice John E. Cooper and Margaret E. Cooper Wildlife Health Services, UK

Wildlife forensics can be defined as the application of forensic science to the conservation and protection of non-domesticated animals, both in the wild and in captivity, together with that of plants and the environment. Providing an in-depth introduction to this rapidly evolving field, Wildlife Forensics: Principles and Practice chronicles the history of management, conservation and environmental protection, with an emphasis on their global importance in the 21st century. It explains and discusses the crucial role of wildlife forensic investigation with regard to live animals, dead animals and samples and covers national, regional and international legislation. The text particularly focuses on forensic science as it relates to wild animals but also includes mention of plants and habitats because of their relevance to conservation. The book discusses both animal welfare as well as the damage that can be inflicted on humans and property by wildlife. Features: • Explains the investigative process in wildlife forensics • Describes the personnel and agencies involved in wildlife investigation and the international, regional, and national legal considerations in such work • Discusses the investigation of live and dead animals and samples for laboratory investigation • Includes sections on welfare and animal-inflicted damage as well as more traditional aspects • Encompasses studies and methods from different parts of the world • Offers appendices for equipment, useful document templates, specimen forms and many other sources of information Catalog no. K10709, September 2012, c. 300 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4398-1374-4, $99.95 / £63.99 Also available as eBook

Contents: Introduction Types of Wildlife Investigation Legal Considerations: International, Regional and National Intelligence and Information Gathering The Application of Forensic Science to Wildlife Investigations The Wildlife Crime Scene Field Techniques Working with Live Animals Working with Dead Animals Dealing with Samples Special Considerations and Scenarios Collection and Submission of Evidence Report-writing and Appearing in Court Conclusions and the Way Forward References and Further Reading Appendices Index About the Authors: John and Margaret Cooper are a husband and wife team from the United Kingdom. John E. Cooper trained as a veterinary surgeon and is now a specialist pathologist with particular interests in wildlife and exotic species, tropical diseases and comparative medicine. He has served widely as a consultant expert witness and teaches pathology and wildlife health at different levels. Margaret E. Cooper is a lawyer who trained originally as a British solicitor and has made the study of animal and conservation law her special interest. The Coopers have travelled widely and lectured together in many countries. They have spent nearly ten years living in Africa, including a period in Rwanda working with the mountain gorillas. They continue to combine their medical and legal backgrounds in the promotion of an interdisciplinary approach to veterinary and biological education, wildlife conservation, and forensic science.

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Edited by

Forensic Intelligence

Michael Birzer

Robert Milne

Cliff Roberson

New Scotland Yard (Retired), Woborn Sands, UK

Academic Chair, Graduate Program in Criminal Justice, Kaplan University and Emeritus Professor of Criminal Justice, Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas, USA

Wichita State University, Kansas, USA

While many texts cover the basics of various techniques in forensic science, crime analysis, and criminal investigation, Forensic Intelligence is the first book giving practical advice on how to use all forensic recoveries in a modern, analysisdriven, intelligence-led policing environment. Offering a forensic intelligence resource for police services of all sizes and capabilities, the book takes the subject of forensics past evidence recovery and storage and describes how to use the evidence recovered at crime scenes for further analysis and the dissemination of new forensic intelligence. Instead of focusing on specific areas such as bloodstain patterns or personality profiling, this volume combines all the fields in an interdisciplinary and holistic approach.

Ideal for students taking a first course in the subject as well as professionals in need of a refresher, Introduction to Criminal Investigation uses an accessible format to convey concepts in practical, concrete terms. Topics discussed include: • The history of criminal investigation in Western society • Qualifications for becoming an investigator • Crime scene search techniques • Preparing effective field notes and investigative reports


• Interviewing and interrogating

• Shows the practical techniques applied to real case studies • Provides a model for mathematical scene linking in cases • Offers techniques to minimize the “CSI Effect” • Contains forensic coding libraries to enable readers to build their own systems

• Collecting, packaging, and preserving evidence

Selected Contents:

• Legal issues involved in criminal investigations and preparing a case for trial

Forensics in Intelligence Best Practice in Forensic Evidence Recovery and Recording Forensic Intelligence Methods Forensic Intelligence Sources and Data Sets Forensic Intelligence Applied to Crime Types and Crime Problems Forensic Intelligence the Way Ahead Appendices Catalog no. K12768, August 2012, c. 256 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4398-6038-0, $99.95 / £63.99 Also available as eBook


• The equipment used in crime labs • Investigative protocol for a range of crimes, including property crimes, auto theft, arson, financial crimes, homicide, assault, sex crimes, and robbery • Specialized investigations, including drug trafficking, cybercrime, and gang-related crime

Bringing together contributions from law enforcement personnel, academics, and attorneys, the book combines practical and theoretical elements to provide a comprehensive examination of today’s criminal investigative process. The accessible manner in which the information is conveyed makes this an ideal text for a wideranging audience. Catalog no. K11795, September 2011, 400 pp. Soft Cover, ISBN: 978-1-4398-3934-8 $89.95 / £57.99 Also available as eBook

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Ethics for the Public Service Professional Aric W. Dutelle, M. F. S.

Color Atlas of Forensic Toolmark Identification Nicholas Petraco

University of Wisconsin-Platteville, USA

John Jay College, New York, USA

". . . the moral and ethical concepts gleaned from reading this book are worthy of assimilation into one's professional activities, and indeed into one's personal life." —Scientific Sleuthing Review

Public service professionals—government officials, those in the legal system, first responders, and investigators—confront ethical issues every day. In an environment where each decision can mean the difference between life and death or freedom and imprisonment, deciding on an ethical course of action can pose challenges to even the most seasoned professional. Ethics for the Public Service Professional explores these issues as they relate to virtually all areas of public service. Examining the history of ethics, codes, and legislation relating to public service, this volume: • Provides timely coverage of current police and public service controversies • Discusses important new mechanisms of accountability, including comprehensive use-of-force reporting, citizen complaint procedures, early intervention systems, and police auditors • Presents real-life situations faced by those within public service, encouraging discussion and debate • Incorporates news stories throughout the text to demonstrate the diverse scope of ethical issues within the public service workplace • Includes a list of websites to facilitate further research Each chapter begins with learning objectives to emphasize active rather than passive learning, along with key terms for readers to assimilate. Many chapters contain Ripped from the Headlines current event examples that demonstrate actual scenarios involving the issues discussed within the chapter. Case studies and summations further assist readers in comprehending the material, along with sections offering insight from public servants specializing in a particular area. Review questions at the end of each chapter test comprehension. Catalog no. K11183, March 2011, 229 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4398-2490-0, $79.95 / £49.99 Also available as eBook

In this volume, a noted forensic expert helps move toolmark examination from an art to a science. The first part of the book contains an anthology of tried and true methods, procedures, and techniques used by practitioners of this discipline for over a century. It contains rationales and methodologies for casework and the application of various methods of statistical proof. The second section discusses commonly used hand tools and the marks they typically produce. Catalog no. 43927, September 2010, 177 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4200-4392-1, $159.95 / £99.00 Also available as eBook

Introduction to Data Analysis with R for Forensic Scientists James Michael Curran University of Auckland, New Zealand

Statistical methods provide a logical, coherent framework in which data from experimental science can be analyzed. Minimizing theory and mathematics, this volume includes a refresher on basic statistics and an introduction to R, techniques for the visual display of data through graphics, a comprehensive guide to the use of the linear model, an introduction to extensions to the linear model for commonly encountered scenarios, and instruction on how to plan and design experiments. Catalog no. 88262, July 2010, 331 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4200-8826-7, $104.95 / £66.99 Also available as eBook

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New & Bestselling Forensic Science Books from CRC Press Bestseller!

Forensic Science The Basics, Second Edition

Computer-Aided Forensic Facial Comparison Edited by

Jay A. Siegel Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, USA

Kathy Mirakovits Portage Northern High School, Michigan, USA

As forensic science continues to play a wider role in the investigation of crimes and apprehension of criminals, those without crime scene or crime lab training must now become familiar with the techniques and language of the criminalist. Avoiding the complicated science and graphic violence typical of most forensic references, Forensic Science: The Basics, Second Edition is written specifically for those without forensic science experience. While it provides a professional reference for those not steeped in the details of forensic science, the wealth of instructor material available for teachers and its pedagogical approach also make this an ideal textbook for high school and introductory level courses. Including more than 250 color images, this forensic primer works well in conjunction with current CRC laboratory manuals.

Martin Paul Evison University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Richard W. Vorder Bruegge FBI, Quantico, Virginia, USA

Based on the quantification and analysis of more than 3000 facial images, this seminal work lays the foundation for future forensic facial comparison, computer applications development, and research in face shape variation and analysis. Using experimental and real case data, it demonstrates the influence of illumination, image resolution, perspective, and pose angle on landmark visibility. Two DVDs are included which contain the raw 3D landmark datasets for 3000 faces, additional datasets used in 2D analysis, and computer programs and spreadsheets used in analysis and in the development of prototypic applications software. Catalog no. K10567, March 2010, 209 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4398-1133-7, $169.95 / £108.00 Also available as eBook

Highlights of the Second Edition: • Adds the expertise of an additional editor with 20 years teaching experience

• New review questions

Ethics and the Practice of Forensic Science

• More figures, photographs, and case studies

Robin T. Bowen

• Hands-on laboratory activities now included in many chapters

• Mini-glossary of essential terminology and a list of acronyms • Directs readers to websites that include free videos and demonstrations Offering the forensic sciences at their most accessible, this volume is a valuable resource for detectives, journalists, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and other non-science professionals who need to understand, interpret, and report on the newest advances in crime scene investigation. It is also perfect for classroom use and includes a wealth of pedagogical tools. Catalog no. 89021, March 2010, 525 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4200-8902-8, $79.95 / £49.99 Also available as eBook


West Virginia University, Morgantown, USA

Filled with examples suitable for personal guidance or class discussion, this text provides a fresh approach to a critical issue of science, justice, and the courts. Topics discussed include expert witnessing, research issues, how forensic laboratories handle personal information and personal samples, and the conflicts that are inherent in the melding of law and science. The book includes definitions of key terms and concepts and offers review questions to test readers’ assimilation of the material. It also presents codes of conduct for national and regional forensic science associations. Catalog no. 88839, December 2009, 217 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4200-8893-9, $75.95 / £47.99 Also available as eBook

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Forensic Toxicology Medico-Legal Case Studies Kalipatnapu N. Rao University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pennsylvania, USA

Modern technology using state-of-the-art equipment can now identify almost any toxin relevant to a legal issue. Techniques include gas chromatography, mass spectrometry, high-pressure liquid chromatography, and the combination of these methods. Forensic Toxicology: Medicolegal Case Studies demonstrates how the science of forensic toxicology acts as a bridge between medicine and law. Tracking the progression of toxicology findings from the laboratory to the courtroom, it prepares practicing toxicologists to write reports and testify at depositions and in court. The book explains the organization of clinical laboratories and includes sections on accreditation, quality control, method validation, and other critical topics. It provides an overview of the U.S. legal system, describes the process of writing a toxicology report, and offers techniques for deposition and courtroom testimony. Covering a broad range of topics, the book offers detailed analysis of situations ranging from the rare and unusual to those that toxicologists most often confront, including: • Determining serum/blood ethanol levels • Ethylene glycol poisoning • Plant and animal toxins • Alcohol intoxication and breathalyzer tests • Synergistic effects of alcohol and drugs • Prescription drug overdose • Toxic torts • Workers’ compensation issues Written in an accessible and well-organized style, this volume is an essential guide for forensic toxicologists at all levels who need to understand how to best present the science of toxicology in the forensic arena. Catalog no. K12995, February 2012, 289 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4398-6681-8, $99.95 / £63.99 Also available as eBook

The Neuroscience of Handwriting Applications for Forensic Document Examination Michael P. Caligiuri University of California -San Diego, La Jolla, USA

Linton A. Mohammed Rile, Hicks, & Mohammed, San Bruno, California, USA

The Daubert trilogy of U.S. Supreme Court cases has established that scientific expert testimony must be based on science grounded in empirical research. As such, greater scrutiny is being placed on questioned document examination generally, and handwriting comparison in particular. Bridging the gap between theory and practice, The Neuroscience of Handwriting: Applications in Forensic Document Examination examines the essential neuroscientific principles underlying normal and pathological hand motor control and handwriting. Topics discussed include: • Fundamental principles in the neuroanatomy and neurochemistry of hand motor control and their application to research in handwriting • The epidemiology, pathophysiology, and motor characteristics of neurogenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, essential tremor, and motor neuron disease and their effects on handwriting • Psychotropic medications prescribed for depression, bipolar disorder, and psychosis; their mechanisms of action; and their effect on motor behavior and handwriting • The impact of substance abuse on handwriting • An overview of the aging process and its effects on motor control and handwriting • The kinematic approach and new findings on the kinematic analyses of genuine, disguised, and forged signatures • The authors’ laboratory research on authentic and forged signatures An essential resource for professionals and researchers in the forensic documentation examination and legal communities, this volume provides a window on the scientific process of signature and handwriting authentication, integrating the extensive research on neural processes and exploring how disease, medication, and advanced age alter these processes. Catalog no. K13270, March 2012, 269 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4398-7140-9, $139.95 / £89.00 Also available as eBook

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Feder's Succeeding as an Expert Witness

Effective Expert Witnessing

Fourth Edition

Fifth Edition Practices for the 21st Century

Harold A. Feder

Jack V. Matson

Glenwood Springs, Colorado, USA

Max M. Houck West Virginia University, Morgantown, USA

The Only Expert Witness Book Co-Written by a Scientist and a Lawyer This landmark handbook on expert testimony provides the crucial insider information that today’s testifying forensic experts want and need to not only survive, but thrive in deposition and court testimony. Offering useful career insights and trial-tested tips from lawyer/expert Harold A. Feder and forensic scientist Max M. Houck, Feder’s Succeeding as an Expert Witness, Fourth Edition: • Explores the most vital topics, including deposition and direct and cross-examination testimony of expert witnesses • Includes a new foreword by Peter Neufeld, DNA expert, lawyer, and co-founder of the Innocence Project • Introduces chapters that provide an overview of expert witnessing; explanations of methods, testing, and science; and examinations of each participant’s role in the process • Presents a revised and updated chapter on ethical issues, problems, and solutions, such as unethical conduct, junk science, and the abuse of and by experts • Offers Key Terms, Review Questions, and Discussion Questions in each chapter along with many new charts and illustrations • Provides a 50-page appendix covering the four major federal court decisions effecting expert testimony A strong emphasis on criminal law material makes this the perfect book for forensic science students heading to key positions in U.S. and international crime labs as well as a critical reference and resource for more experienced testifying experts in all disciplines. Catalog no. 51628, June 2008, 216 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4200-5162-9, $99.95 / £63.99 Also available as eBook


Matson & Associates, LLC, State College, Pennsylvania, USA

Praise for the Previous Edition: "Effective Expert Witnessing is a well-conceived and well-written book that organizes the often seemingly chaotic proceedings of litigation into a logical, structured, step-by-step process, one that individuals outside the legal community can readily understand. The numerous suggestions and analyses presented by the authors serve to bridge the gap between scientific expert witnesses and the legal community. The case studies highlight the impact and importance of the interrelationships of the fields of science, health care, and the law. This book is recommended for individuals possessing scientific knowledge and expertise who contemplate undertaking the role of a consulting or testifying expert witness. In addition, physicians who are summoned to testify in a court of law, and attorneys involved in various kinds of medical-legal litigation, will find this book an especially useful reference." —Journal of Legal Medicine

Since the last edition of Effective Expert Witnessing was published in 2004, many changes have taken place with regard to federal expert witness laws and admissibility. With extensive revisions and three completely new chapters, this timely update on expert witnessing emphasizes changes in the rules of procedures that have further defined the original Daubert guidelines for expert witness testimony. Highlights in the Fifth Edition include: • A new chapter detailing judicial interventions that impact experts • The effect of Federal Rules on expert reports and communications with attorneys • New data on how juries react to experts and how they actually decide cases • How changes in society need to be reflected in the ways experts operate, i.e. the CSI effect, social media, and the increasingly adversarial nature of the political culture • A new chapter on how to sue an attorney to get paid • Input from a jury consultant • An CD-ROM video on testifying in court Catalog no. K14054, August 2012 ISBN: 978-1-4398-8767-7, $99.95 / £63.99 Also available as eBook

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Forensic Science in Healthcare

Healthcare Crime

Caring for Patients, Preserving the Evidence

Investigating Abuse, Fraud, and Homicide by Caregivers

Connie Darnell

Kelly M. Pyrek

Jemez Springs, New Mexico, USA

Glendale, Arizona, USA

“The author has distilled the essentials for those who do not have the time to wade through a lot of peripheral nice to know information to find immediate answers … . If you can have only one quick reference manual, it should be this one!”

Crime perpetrated by healthcare professionals is increasingly pervasive in today’s hospitals and other healthcare settings. Patients, coworkers, and employers are vulnerable to exploitation, fraud, abuse, and even murder. Investigative journalist Kelly M. Pyrek interviews experts who provide accounts concerning the range of criminality lurking in the healthcare setting in Healthcare Crime: Investigating Abuse, Fraud, and Homicide by Caregivers.

—Janet Barber Duval, Forensic Nurse

“ … an excellent resource for all healthcare providers and right on target for our EMS colleagues.” —Philip J. Froman, MD, FACEP, EMS Medical Director

First responders confronted by forensic cases are forced to consider the competing concerns of administering proper medical treatment while at the same time safeguarding vital evidence. Forensic Science in Healthcare: Caring for Patients, Preserving the Evidence presents precise on-scene protocol designed to ensure that the actions of the response team provide the necessary care and yet maintain the integrity of the evidence for legal purposes. Following an introduction to forensics, the book explains how to recognize and identify patients with forensic issues, offers guidelines on proper documentation, and provides tips on forensic photography and capturing critical images. It reviews basic principles of evidence collection before moving into specific case scenarios, including domestic violence, sexual assault, child and elder abuse, youth violence, and death investigation. The book also examines occupational concerns for forensic personnel as well as legal issues such as testifying in depositions and in court. Enhanced with photographs, illustrations, templates for documentation, and case-specific recommendations, this one-stop reference provides first responders with practical understanding of the steps that should be followed to ensure not only patient protection but evidence preservation. Catalog no. K11993, February 2011, 373 pp. Soft Cover, ISBN: 978-1-4398-4490-8 $89.95 / £57.99 Also available as eBook

The book begins by offering perspectives on how the stressors inherent in the healthcare profession can contribute to aberrant behavior by medical practitioners. It then examines breaches of patient privacy, which can easily occur in today’s age of technology. Highlighting appalling cases of exploitation, the book also suggests guidelines to safeguard patient privacy. In a chapter on abuse and assault, the book cites psychological studies that explain the root causes of victimization. It highlights the patient populations most at risk: disabled, psychiatric, and elderly, and identifies the chief victimizers: physicians, psychiatrists, dentists, pediatricians, and nursing assistants and aides. The book also examines the types of financial fraud and theft that can be perpetrated against not only patients but also employers and government agencies, and provides expert insight on how to take preventative measures. Providing accounts of well-known healthcarerelated homicides and suspicious deaths, the book also presents insights from forensic and serial murder experts as to why these incidents occur, warning signs to watch out for, and how to conduct a proper investigation. The final chapter examines simple, straightforward strategies for improving the level of quality of care and safety provided by healthcare institutions. With greater accountability and oversight, patients can once again feel secure that their providers are embracing the maxim “Above all, do no harm.” Catalog no. K11074, January 2011, 332 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4398-2033-9, $79.95 / £49.99 Also available as eBook

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Investigation and Prevention of OfficerInvolved Deaths Cyril H. Wecht, JD, MD; Henry C. Lee, PhD; D.P. van Blaricom; and Mel Tucker Each year, too many law enforcement officers die in the line of duty and too many people are killed by the police. Can any of these deaths be avoided? To answer this, we must investigate the nature and causes of these deaths in an unbiased and objective manner to highlight and expose weaknesses in policy that can be amended through more rigorous, enlightened, and culture-sensitive training. Examining hypothetical cases drawn from the most prevalent and typical officer-involved deaths in recent years, Investigation and Prevention of Officer-Involved Deaths reviews the circumstances, relevant discussions, and critical issues for each case type. These include situations where law enforcement officers have had to respond outside of their usual and trained experience and where the final outcome was the death of the suspect, an innocent bystander, or the officer. With a focus on crime scene investigation and the collection and preservation of the relevant forensic evidence, the book outlines appropriate crime scene procedures for each situation and lists potential categories of forensic evidence to be searched for, collected, and submitted to the forensic laboratory for analysis. The authors discuss postmortem protocols, including autopsy reports, toxicological analyses, and other appropriate investigative findings. They then examine policy and training protocols, look at the use and potential benefit of less-lethal weapons, and pose the critical question: “What would you do if you were the police officer?” Through the study of each of the categories presented in this book, police officers and other groups of law enforcement officials can more fully comprehend and appreciate the societal significance of such cases. They can then use this information to prevent future officer-involved deaths. Catalog no. 6374X, December 2010, 229 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4200-6374-5, $83.95 / £53.99 Also available as eBook


Forensic Nursing A Concise Manual Edited by

Donna M. Garbacz Bader and L. Sue Gabriel Bryan LGH College of Health Sciences, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA

The forensic nurse has a powerful role in medical-legal investigations. Going beyond the nurse’s traditional role, forensic nurses are often at the forefront of evidence collection and preservation. They can maintain an evidentiary chain of custody, testify as an expert witness in a court of law, care for victims, assist victims’ families, and work with the community and law enforcement by providing educational programs. Forensic Nursing: A Concise Manual presents practical information directed at the range of activities that forensic nurses perform, offering guidelines for examining and correlating medical, psychological, ethical, and legal data specific to victims. The book begins with an introduction to the fields of forensic nursing and forensic science. It discusses crime scene and death investigation, evidence collection, autopsies, legal issues, and ethics. It examines the nursing process as an organizational tool for identifying both the medical needs of the victim and the legal aspects of crime scene investigation. The authors pinpoint the role of the forensic nurse in an array of incident scenarios, including nursing home death, excited delirium syndrome, blunt and sharp force injuries, gunshot wounds, asphyxia, child abuse, sexual assault, and intimate partner violence. They also explore human trafficking and the forensic nurse’s role in mass disasters. Lastly, the book provides emergency room recommendations, discusses profiling and forensic anthropology, and offers guidance on working with grieving family members. Using a succinct outline format, the text is complemented by illustrative flowcharts and references in each chapter for further study. Catalog no. 67303, October 2009, 461 pp. Soft Cover, ISBN: 978-1-4200-6730-9 $87.95 / £55.99 Also available as eBook

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Featuring works by esteemed criminologists and forensic practitioners, this unparalleled e-library boasts an ever-growing number of essential references in crisis management and negotiation methods, arson and homicide investigation, expert witnessing, and forensic pathology. This invaluable product is wellsuited to the needs of the smallest of sheriff’s departments to large governmental law enforcement agencies, such as the DEA, FBI, and Interpol. Subject Areas: • Arson & Fire Investigation • Computer Crime Investigation • Criminal Justice & Law • Forensic Pathology • Forensics • Law Enforcement • Security Management

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