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NCJ Number: 65242 Find in a Library
Title: ARSON INVESTIGATION
Author(s): J L GILMORE; A BROODO
Corporate Author: Gulf Publishing Co
United States of America
Date Published: 1979
Sponsoring Agency: Gulf Publishing Co
Houston, TX 77001
Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: Gulf Publishing Co
Box 2608
Houston, TX 77001
United States of America

Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THINGS TO LOOK FOR IN AN ARSON INVESTIGATION ARE DETAILED IN THIS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM WITH SLIDES, A SOUND TAPE, AND A SLIDE PROGRAM NARRATION MANUAL COVERING ARSON EVIDENCE AND LABORATORY WORK.
Abstract: ARSON CRIMES HAVE INCREASED 377 PERCENT SINCE 1964 AND PROPERTY LOSS IS ESTIMATED AT BETWEEN $500 MILLION TO OVER $1 BILLION YEARLY. PROBABLY BETWEEN 22 AND 50 PERCENT OF ALL FIRES ARE INTENTIONALLY SET, AND THESE INTENTIONALLY SET FIRES CAUSE MORE DEATHS EACH YEAR THAN ALL NATURAL DISASTERS COMBINED. THIS PROGRAM DESCRIBES THE MOTIVES FOR ARSON, RANGING FROM THE MOST FREQUENT--SPITE, REVENGE, OR JEALOUSY-- TO THE LESS FREQUENT SETTING OF ARSON FIRES BY PERSONS WITH MENTAL DISTURBANCES. THE PROGRAM OUTLINES ESSENTIAL STEPS IN ARSON INVESTIGATION, INCLUDING OBSERVATION OF THE FIRE SCENE FROM A DISTANCE FIRST; THE SEARCH FOR CHEMICAL, MECHANICAL, OR ELECTRICAL MEANS OF STARTING FIRES; AND THE DETECTION OF FACTORS SUGGESTING ARSON, SUCH AS FLAMABLE LIQUID ACCELERANTS, BURN TRAILS AND VERTICAL BURN HOLES, SPALLED CONCRETE, COLORED ASH, FLUORESCENCE, AND ACID BURNS. IN ADDITION, MISSING EVIDENCE, SUCH AS OBJECTS OF VALUE OR BUSINESS RECORDS, POINT TO POSSIBLE ARSON. STEPS IN ACQUIRING CIRCUMSTANTIAL EVIDENCE OF ARSON ARE ALSO OUTLINED, AND THE KINDS OF LABORATORY ANALYSIS--CHROMATOGRAPHY AND INFRARED SPECTROPHOTOMETRY--USED FOR ANALYZING EVIDENCE ARE DETAILED. LISTS DESCRIBE THE CONTENTS OF A FIRE INVESTIGATION TOOLKIT, A CHECKLIST FOR AN INITIAL INVESTIGATION, PROCEDURES FOR SECURING EVIDENCE FOR LABORATORY ANALYSIS, AND ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS FREQUENTLY ASKED ABOUT ARSON; A READER SURVEY QUESTIONNAIRE IS INCLUDED. (AOP)
Index Term(s): Arson; Arsonists; Chromatography; Crime laboratories; Crime laboratory equipment; Evidence identification; Fire detection; Incendiary devices; Pyrolysis
Note: *This document is currently unavailable from NCJRS. THE KIT CONTAINS 80 COLOR SLIDES, AN AUDIOCASSETTE, AND A 30 PAGE PROGRAM MANUAL. FIRE SCIENCE SERIES, PART 1.
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