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NCJ Number: 69584 Find in a Library
Title: Fire, Arson and Explosion Investigation
Author(s): J Kennedy
Date Published: 1977
Page Count: 1218
Sponsoring Agency: Investigations Institute
Chicago, IL 60604
Sale Source: Investigations Institute
53 West Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60604
United States of America
Type: Training (Handbook/Manual)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This textbook and reference guide provides information on all facets of fire, arson, and explosion investigation for professionals and students.
Abstract: It focuses on the varied aspects of the prevention of fires and explosions; the study of fire causes; the effects of fires; the investigation of fires, arson, and explosions; the law of arson; the collecting, preserving, and presenting of evidence; interviewing witnesses; and courtroom testimony. The material is presented in laymen's language, and photos, diagrams, and tables support the text. It also covers court decisions in cases involving fire, arson, and explosions. Special attention is given to circumstantial evidence; the use of photographs and diagrams in the courtroom; the testimony of lay witnessess as opposed to that of expert witnesses; motives; statements; confessions; the impeachment of witnesses; the admissibility of various kinds of evidence; and arrest, search, and seizure laws. Case highlights are presented, and pertinent points or lessons to be derived therefrom are reviewed. Reference tables and a glossary of terms are included.
Index Term(s): Arson; Course materials; Crime detection; Crime Scene Investigation; Criminal proceedings; Evidence collection; Evidence preservation; Explosives; Explosives tagging; Fire detection; Incendiary devices; Judicial decisions; Procedure manuals; Reference materials; Trial preparation; Trial procedures
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