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NCJ Number: 73846 Find in a Library
Title: Techniques of Crime Scene Investigation, Third Edition
Author(s): A Svensson; O Wendel; B A J Fisher
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 503
Sponsoring Agency: Elsevier North-Holland, Inc
New York, NY 10017
Sale Source: Elsevier North-Holland, Inc
52 Vanderbilt Avenue
New York, NY 10017
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: For the student and for the experienced investigator, this reference work presents a compendium of information on crime scene investigation and the effective utilization of physical evidence.
Abstract: The text begins with an introduction to the identification and individualization of physical evidence and its collection and preservation. It describes the responsibilities of the first officer at the crime scene, including procedures for entering and protecting the scene, handling the injured or dead, managing the firearms and ammunition, and dealing with suspects. The duties of specialized support personnel assisting a crime scene investigation are delineated, including those of identification officers, forensic surveyors, photographers, criminalists, forensic pathologists, hospital emergency room personnel, and district attorneys. Procedures are specified for investigations of rape and other sexual assaults, burglaries, and offenses involving motor vehicles (e.g., homicide in a vehicle, hit-and-run crimes), illicit drugs and toxicology, firearms, arson, and explosives. Investigations of possible homicides, suicides, or accidental deaths are elaborated; instructions are given for examinations of the dead body and the crime scene, estimating the time of death, conducting the autopsy, and determining injuries from external mechanical violence. Also included are discussions of trace evidence and miscellaneous material found at the crime scene, blood and other biological evidence of use in the investigation, and impression evidence (footprints, tooth marks, tool marks, and typed documents). A section on establishing identity includes commentaries on the use of fingerprints, palm prints, and glove prints and on the examination of handwriting and identification in catastrophes. Guidance is also given on sketching and photographing the crime scene. Numerous photographs illustrate the evidence collected and equipment used. Chapter references, an index, and a list of equipment for crime scene investigations are included.
Index Term(s): Autopsy; Bullet hole identification; Crime laboratories; Crime laboratory equipment; Crime Scene Investigation; Criminal investigation; Dental analysis; Document analysis; Drug analysis; Evidence collection; Evidence preservation; Fingerprints; Firearms identification; Hair and fiber analysis; Poisons and poison analysis; Suspect identification; Time of death determination; Tissue analysis; Toolmark identification; Trace evidence; Vehicle identification; Victim identification
Note: Elsevier Series in Forensic and Police Science
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