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    1. Criminal Investigation (with CD-ROM
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    2. Forensic Pathology, Second Edition
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    3. Color Atlas of the Autopsy
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    4. The Forensic Science of C.S.I
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    5. Teasing Secrets from the Dead
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    6. Forensics For Dummies
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    7. Handbook of Fingerprint Recognition
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    8. Encyclopedia of Forensic Sciences
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    9. Opportunities in Forensic Science
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    10. Principles of Kinesic Interview
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    11. The Official Forensic Files Casebook
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    12. Cracking More Cases: The Forensic
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    13. Advances in Forensic Taphonomy:
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    14. Techniques of Crime Scene Investigation,
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    15. Introduction to Forensic Anthropology:
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    1. Criminal Investigation (with CD-ROM and InfoTrac)
    by Wayne W. Bennett, Kären M. Hess
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    Asin: 0534615244
    Catlog: Book (2003-08-04)
    Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
    Sales Rank: 212569
    Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    This text stresses the practical procedures, techniques, and applications of private and public investigations to provide students with a solid foundation in criminal investigation. The Seventh Edition emphasizes professionalism and integrates coverage of modern investigation tools as it presents established investigation policies, procedures, and techniques for the law enforcement officer. Recent court cases; coverage of the latest investigative techniques and technology; and new material on topics such as terrorism, stalking, and child abuse enhance the text's practical and applied approach. In addition, a new 8-page, full color crime scenes photos insert uses current, real-life cases to illustrate chapter topics, and a new interactive Crime and Evidence in Action CD-ROM comes packaged with each student edition. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Criminal Investigators this is a must have in your library!
    This book is a must have for those interested in criminal investigations. It is up with the current technological advances and guides you through various information essential to criminal investigations. This book can be used by both public and private sector. As a police officer for the City of Philadelphia it is a must-read for those aspiring to be a detective in regard to the promotional exams. I did like the free InfoTrac College edition and hope that they can be included in subsequent editions, I found it very helpful in terms of research material. The book even covered many-real life examples and Terrorist-related challenges that all involved in law enforecement should be knowledgeable of. I would recommend this book to other officers, and even to lawyers. There is a study guide, ISBN # 0-534-61525-2, order them both today.

    4-0 out of 5 stars This is The Study Guide Only - Not the Text!
    If you're thinking of buying, Make sure you get the 6th Edition hard cover text that goes with it. I was badly fooled after looking at several books with the same title.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Reads with ease. Topical. Relevant. Comprehensive.
    I read this book as part of a university level criminal investigations class for criminal justice professionals, the book being the personal choice of my professor whom himself had over 25 years federal and local law enforcement experience as an investigator. The book read absolutely seemlessly. Chapters were brimming with topical, relevant facts. And the chapters went into sufficient detail for the book to serve as either a solid basis for the criminal justice novice or as a reference for the more advanced professional who may not have the on-the-job exposure to all aspects of criminal investigation. While covering strictly forensic topics it did not cross the line from providing information relevant to an on-scene investigator to that which would only be relevant to a forensic technician, always keeping the material and topics relevant to patrol and investigative law enforcement officers, not forensic technicians. This is not a forensics textbook. This is an investigations handbook. Total hands on. Makes you think. Aids in planning. If anything, the book was brimming from cover to cover to the point that it could very well have gone on in volume after volume. A good starting point. ... Read more


    2. Forensic Pathology, Second Edition
    by Vincent J. M. Di Maio, Dominick Dimaio
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    Asin: 084930072X
    Catlog: Book (2001-06-28)
    Publisher: CRC Press
    Sales Rank: 191206
    Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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    Medicolegal investigation of death is the most crucial and significant function of the medical examiner within the criminal justice system. The medical examiner is primarily concerned with violent, sudden, unexpected, and suspicious deaths and is responsible for determining the cause and manner of death, identifying the deceased, determining the approximate time of death and injury, collecting evidence from the body, issuing the death certificate, and documenting these events through an official autopsy report. The basis of the medicolegal investigation is forensic pathology.Written for both medical and investigative professionals, Forensic Pathology, Second Edition presents an overview of medicolegal investigative systems. Completely updated, the book examines investigative techniques and procedures that lead to obtaining accurate conclusions of death by homicide, accident, or suicide. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent sourcebook for readers
    This book, originally loaned to me by a police professional, is an excellent resource for a variety of readers who are involved with criminal investigations but don't really have all the tools and training of a full-time medical examiner. In my case, as a crime author, the text was an invaluable reference, putting some highly technical material into easily digested context. The collection of photographs, while occasionally grisly, provides an excellent visual reference. Recommended for laymen of all kinds who need a good reference work on forensic pathology.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Textbook Style Book
    This book didn't beat around the bush at all. It took you right into the morbid details of death. Every subject I can think of regarding death was explained in this book. The pictures were mostly black and white but the detail in them was still enough to stir my stomach.

    This book went from babies to burns, from rapes to stabbings, from gunshots to suffocation. It told you how things were done and why evidence was placed the way that it was.

    This book was in textbook form and I believe that it is actually used for students to learn with. In saying that, you can not only learn with this book but you can also keep yourself interested with having some death questions answered.

    Overall, a wonderful book for someone looking to get into the forensic field, or for someone just interested in death and how some things happen.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Reference Book
    One cannot help comparing this book with "Spitz and Fisher's Medicolegal Investigation of Death", which is in the same price range.

    This book is smaller and thinner, but it covers more exotic cases in the field, such as crucifixion and an asphyxiation by python. It also contains more data from academic research.

    While "Spitz and Fisher" is generally considered the required textbook for students and the ultimate authority in courtrooms, this one by Messrs. Di Maio (father and son) should be the required reference book for students in the field. ... Read more


    3. Color Atlas of the Autopsy
    by Scott Wagner, Scott A. Wagner
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    Asin: 0849315204
    Catlog: Book (2003-12-01)
    Publisher: CRC Press
    Sales Rank: 637934
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    Standing over the autopsy table gives you an unparalleled perspective on every element of the autopsy procedure. Remarkable details of disease and injury appear right before your eyes, presenting a complete picture that leads you in the direction of death. Now, those striking images have been taken from the table to the text in the only full-color guide to all aspects of the autopsy.Forensic pathology is a visual discipline, making images essential to properly explaining the critical process. Featuring over 500 full-color photographs, Color Atlas of the Autopsy provides unadulterated access to every probe of the autopsy procedure. As the only atlas to focus on autopsy protocol, the book introduces the process and principles of the procedure to uninitiated professionals who interact with the pathologist before, during, and after the autopsy. This incomparable guide presents an astonishing visual experience that goes beyond a demonstration to demystify the autopsy. ... Read more


    4. The Forensic Science of C.S.I
    by Katherine M. Ramsland
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    Asin: 0425183599
    Catlog: Book (2001-08-01)
    Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
    Sales Rank: 5665
    Average Customer Review: 3.62 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    The CBS television show, "C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation," has captured audiences - and ratings - with its unflinchingly realistic details of forensic science, tools, and technology. This fascinating new book - written by an acclaimed biographer with a master's degree in forensic psychology - goes behind the crime-solving techniques dramatized on the TV show to examine the reality of these cutting-edge procedures.

    From DNA typing and ballistics, to bitemark and blood pattern analysis, here are detailed accounts of the actual techniques used in today's crime investigations. Prominent experts in the field offer rare glimpses into cases ranging from missing persons to murder.

    For fans of the television show, as well as true crime buffs and science readers - this is the real thing.

    "With the mind of a true investigator, Katherine Ramsland demystifies the world of forensics with authentic and vivid detail." (John Douglas)

    "Fascinating...this book is a must for anyone who wonders how the real crime-solvers do it." (Michael Palmer, New York Times bestselling author of The Patient.)
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    3-0 out of 5 stars not bad at all
    If you are a serious fan of CSI or if you are fascinated by forensic science then this book might belong in your collection. The author actually has a degree in the subject so she really knows what she's talking about. The good points about the book are: You get a quick overview of how crimes are really solved. It's not by the flashy cop like in the movies it's by the CSI person in the lab. The author liberally sprinkles examples real life crimes and how use or misuse of evidence affected the outcome. For instance she shows how the JonBenet Ramsey crime scene was ruined and why the coroner will never be able to get an approximate time of death. She also mentions the O.J. Simpson case. Poor handling of physical evidence turned the tide there. The only objections I have to the book are the design problems. The brittle paper feels horrible... your visible fingerprints will be left on it... frankly for the cost of this book I think the publisher could've made a better looking product.

    4-0 out of 5 stars interesting, but gruesome, in some places, type of book.
    This book, part series guide; part primer on forensic science, gives some of the scientific background to C.S.I.. (Crime Scene Investigation) and now, also, C.S.I. Miami, as well as other movies and shows; where science and criminology meet. Gives fairly good explanations, although some are left out, maybe because anyone who watches these shows has heard terms, for example, "bindle" [a piece of paper or some small envelope, used for evidence collection]. Some of the "real life" cases, as contrasted to some of the episodes, are pretty gruesome and not recommended for everyone. Great for fans of the shows [like me] or anyone moderately curious about how some crimes are solved.

    5-0 out of 5 stars this book is a 10!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    this book tells you everything you need to know about forensics. It is the best science text i have ever read. from the scene to the autopsy table, it has it all. if you like the show CSI and the CSI books by Max Allen Collins, you'll love this! it gives you real life examples, lists , and explanations on every page. it also has an awesome glossary and reference. LOVE IT!!!!!!

    2-0 out of 5 stars Might be good to get your teen into reading science
    I found this book to be marginal at best. That may have something to do with my education and the amount of reading I have done in real forensics books. It would be a good read for teens interested in a possible career in this field, or for adults whose primary exposure is through the TV series. I'm sure that the writer knows much more than is in this book, and I would like to see a more in-depth coverage written for those who aren't in medicine or law enforcement but who have a genuine interest in the science. If your teen likes the show, it might be an excellent way to get them interested in reading science outside of that dull text from high school.

    5-0 out of 5 stars forensic science of csi
    this book is interestin and educational, especialy to kids who watch the show, csi or want to be a forensic scientist when they get older. ... Read more


    5. Teasing Secrets from the Dead : My Investigations at America's Most Infamous Crime Scenes
    by Emily Craig
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    Asin: 1400049229
    Catlog: Book (2004-08-31)
    Publisher: Crown
    Sales Rank: 8338
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    6. Forensics For Dummies
    by Douglas P. Lyle
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    Asin: 0764555804
    Catlog: Book (2004-04-19)
    Publisher: For Dummies
    Sales Rank: 6899
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    A plain-English primer on crime scene investigation that's a must for fans of CSI or Patricia Cornwell
    Since the O. J. Simpson case, popular interest in forensic science has exploded: CBS's CSI has 16 to 26 million viewers every week, and Patricia Cornwell's novels featuring a medical examiner sleuth routinely top bestseller lists, to cite just a few examples. Now, everyone can get the lowdown on the science behind crime scene investigations. Using lots of fascinating case studies, forensics expert Dr. D. P. Lyle clues people in on everything from determining cause and time of death to fingerprints, fibers, blood, ballistics, forensic computing, and forensic psychology. With its clear, entertaining explanations of forensic procedures and techniques, this book will be an indispensable reference for mystery fans and true crime aficionados everywhere-and even includes advice for people interested in forensic science careers.
    D. P. Lyle, MD (Laguna Hills, CA), is a practicing cardiologist who is also a forensics expert and mystery writer. He runs a Web site that answers writers' questions about forensics, dplylemd.com, and is the author of Murder and Mayhem: A Doctor Answers Medical and Forensic Questions for Writers, as well as several mystery novels. John Pless, MD, is Professor Emeritus of Pathology at Indiana University School of Medicine and former President of the National Association of Medical Examiners.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars All you need to know
    Any "for Dummies" book is a helpful tool for the subject you are interested in; so when I reached the end of this one, it came as no surprise the feeling of satisfaction and excitement that I had about this particular purchase. Being a current student of forensic science myself, any basic information and knowledge that I received from this book will help with my future plans in this field. ... Read more


    7. Handbook of Fingerprint Recognition
    by Davide Maltoni, Dario Maio, Anil K. Jain, Salil Prabhakar
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    Asin: 0387954317
    Catlog: Book (2003-05-01)
    Publisher: Springer-Verlag
    Sales Rank: 135463
    Average Customer Review: 4.83 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    With their proven individuality and stability over time, fingerprints continue to be the most widely used physiological characteristic in systems that automatically recognize a person's identity.

    This comprehensive and authoritative reference, written by leading international researchers, covers all critical aspects of fingerprint security systems and technology.It provides in-depth coverage of the most recent advances and practices:sensing, feature extraction and matching, synthetic fingerprint image generation, indexing, and multimodal systems.The Handbook of Fingerprint Recognition is an absolutely essential resource for all biometric security professionals, researchers, practitioners, developers, and systems administrators.

    Features & Benefits:

    *Covers the latest research in fingerprint-based recognition algorithms and techniques

    *Provides introductory material on all components and modules of a fingerprint recognition system

    *Examines design of secure fingerprint systems

    *Contains helpful chapter overviews and summaries and consistent notation, for ease of use and accessibility

    *Includes a DVD containing both the FVC2002 and FVC2000 fingerprint databases (full versions) and a demo version of SFinGe software (for synthetic fingerprint image generation)

    *Integrates numerous supporting graphs, tables, charts, and performance data

    *Supplies an extensive annotated bibliography of citations and literature sources ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Truly Outstanding
    The applications of Biometrics technology range from federated identity management to digital rights management, time and attendance, background checking, and homeland security. None of the biometric characteristics has received more attention till date than fingerprints. Fingerprint recognition is the most cost effective and accurate biometrics, which is evident from its rapid deployment in the widest range of security applications.

    This book contains a plethora of information on every aspect of fingerprint recognition technology - introduction to biometrics and fingerprints, fingerprint sensing devices, feature extraction, matching, classification, synthetic fingerprint generation, multimodal systems, secure design, fingerprint individuality - you name it. The DVD accompanying this book will save you a lot of money and trouble of collecting your own data to test your algorithms.

    The authors of this book - Davide Maltoni, Dario Maio, Salil Prabhakar, and Anil K. Jain - are undoubtedly some of the most well known and respected experts in the world on the topic of fingerprint recognition. It is no surprise that such extraordinary researchers have produced such an exceptional masterpiece.

    Whether you are an inventor, developer, practitioner, forensic specialist, or system manager in this field looking for an excellent reference or just a novice looking for basic information on biometrics and fingerprint recognition technology, you must read this outstanding book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A "must" for all interested in Biometrics
    This book is a "must". Very useful for my research on Biometrics and Multibiometrics Systems. No wonder this book received the 2003 PSP Award (Computer Science) from the Association of American Publishers.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent state-of-the-art overview of methods
    This book first describes the different biometric systems that exist. It describes different methods of acquiring the fingerprints and the advantages and drawbacks from each method. Then it handles the different analysis methods for fingerprints in depth. The matching algorithms that are known with their evaluation is handled throughly with their indexing and classification methods. It discusses methods for fingerprint evaluation with the databases of NIST on DVD and the software sfinge for artificially making the fingerprints.

    The part that is really new is the multimodal biometric system and performance measures of these systems. It also handles the individuality of fingerprints themselves and finally it gives an overview of methods for attacking fingerprints systems (denial of service, fake fingers, trojan horses, replay but also the electronic storage systems behind them). If you are in biometrics and also in forensic science, you certainly should consider reading this book.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Well-written and useful!
    This book will take the fingerprint research community by storm! The Handbook of Fingerprint Recognition deals thoroughly with various aspects of an automatic fingerprint-based biometric system including image acquisition, feature extraction, fingerprint matching and fingerprint indexing. It also discusses the individuality of fingerprints and its implications in a biometric system. In a separate chapter the authors deal with issues related to securing a fingerprint system. There is also a chapter devoted to multimodal biometric systems in which various integration strategies as well as integration scenarios are presented.

    The elaborate bibliography is a testimony to the authors' comprehensive treatment of the subject. The illustrations and tables sprinkled throughout the book aid in the better understanding of the concepts being discussed.

    I would recommend this book for both researchers and practitioners alike. Happy reading!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A comprehensive reference
    This book will be very useful to researchers in the field, technical experts asked to assess the technology, and nontechnical people wanting to learn and make decisions about biometrics. The book begins with an introductory chapter that summarizes biometric features and system performance, as well as giving a history of fingerprint usage. The second chapter compares and contrasts a variety of fingerprint image acquisition approaches. The third chapter provides a description of a number of feature extraction techniques, with special emphasis on point features known as minutiae. Fingerprint matching is covered in the fourth chapter, with emphasis on minutiae matching and the well-known FingerCode technique. The fifth chapter addresses techniques to handle the scaling problem (matching one fingerprint against a database of 100 is hard; matching a print against a database of 100,000,000 prints is harder!), as well as performance and database management issues. The sixth chapter presents a clever technique to populate fingerprint databases for assessment; namely, the generation of synthetic fingerprints. The seventh chapter addresses fusion of multiple biometrics (e.g., fingerprint plus face) for improved performance. The eighth chapter is a rigorous treatment of fingerprint individuality and should be required reading for those in the justice system that either routinely question the reliability of fingerprints or routinely trust them to be unique. The final chapter of the book deals with the security of fingerprint systems and covers common and uncommon spoofs. A comprehensive bibliography caps off this book. Finally, a DVD-rom with several fingerprint databases and a trial version of the synthetic fingerprint generation software accompanies the book.

    The authors of this text are highly respected and important contributors to the science of computerized analysis of fingerprints. This book is likely to be an instant classic in a field of growing importance. ... Read more


    8. Encyclopedia of Forensic Sciences (3-Volume Set with Online Version)
    by Jay A. Siegel, Pekka J. Saukko, Geoffrey C. Knupfer
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    Asin: 0122272153
    Catlog: Book (2000-08)
    Publisher: Academic Press
    Sales Rank: 256122
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    Book Description

    The Encyclopedia of Forensic Sciences is the first resource to provide comprehensive coverage of the core theories, methods, techniques, and applications employed by forensic scientists. One of the more pressing concerns in forensic science is the collection of evidence from the crime scene and its relevance to the forensic analysis carried out in the laboratory. The Encyclopedia will serve to inform both the crime scene worker and the laboratory worker of their protocols, procedures, and limitations. The more than 200 articles contained in the Encyclopedia form a repository of core information that will be of use to instructors, students, and professionals in the criminology, legal, and law enforcement communities.

    Key Features
    * Contains more than 200 articles written by international experts in the field
    * Outlines the most effective methods and techniques used in evidence collection, analysis, and investigation
    * Includes Further Reading lists in each article to allow easy access to the primary literature
    * Makes information easy to find with extensive cross-referencing (hyper-links in the electronic version), a complete index, and other aids to the reader
    * Includes a comprehensive glossary that defines nearly 900 forensic science terms
    * Provides many detailed photographs, figures, and tables to illustrate the text, plus color plate sections in each volume
    * Includes initial access to the online version with purchase of the print edition;Ongoing access is maintained for a minimum annual fee
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    9. Opportunities in Forensic Science Careers
    by BlytheCamenson
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    Asin: 0658001027
    Catlog: Book (2001-03-31)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill
    Sales Rank: 17337
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Opportunities in Forensic Science Careers offers job seekers essential information about a variety of careers within the fascinating field of forensics. It includes training and education requirements, salary statistics, and professional and Internet resources.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Good summary for the USA
    Quite a short book, but it's not a huge topic. Oriented towards the forensic science arena in the USA, it doesn't offer any tips for internationalizing its summaries, so the international reader is left with little idea of the differences in the way the field is structured. That said, it does summarize the opportunities available for general criminalists, pathologists, toxicologists, crime scene managers and so on, and gives rough salary, training estimates, brief job descriptions, along with example job advertisements for each section.

    5-0 out of 5 stars For Potential Students
    This book is for any potential students who wish to explore careers in Forensic Science. I purschased this book out of plain curiosity, and this field of science is truly amazing to practically no end. Forensic Science is a fascinating career to discover, and if you are the type of student who needs constant stimulation then you should read this book. ... Read more


    10. Principles of Kinesic Interview and Interrogation, Second Edition
    by Stan B. Walters
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    Asin: 0849310717
    Catlog: Book (2002-09-17)
    Publisher: CRC Press
    Sales Rank: 29865
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    How do you interpret a person's behavior during their interview? Some people say it's an innate quality that can't be taught. But anyone who's read Stan Walters' Principles of Kinesic Interview and Interrogation knows that is FALSE. The overwhelming success of the first edition and the numerous success stories credited to the book prove that the art of kinesic interview, or behavioral analysis, is indeed learnable, and Walters shows you how to master it. ·50% MORE PHOTOGRAPHS·EXTENSIVE REFERENCES·MORE BACKGROUND INFORMATION·THREE NEW CHAPTERS!Why are some interviewers more successful than others? Why do certain techniques work only part of the time? Why did the subject confess? Why didn't he confess? With information based on firsthand observations from over 900 interviews and interrogations, Principles of Kinesic Interview and Interrogation, Second Edition provides even more insight than the bestselling first edition into how people behave during interviews, what their behaviors reveal, and why they exhibit those mannerisms. New in this edition:·Extensive references, including law enforcement magazines, peer reviewed scientific journals, articles, papers, and texts·50 percent more high quality photographs depicting various nonverbal symptoms described within the text·Coverage of the advances in the area of kinesic statement analysis, with more background information and representative examples·Discussion of the phenomenon of false confessions, including contributing factors and avoiding pitfalls·A new chapter addressing the basic concepts of interview and interrogation, making the book more rounded and suitable for beginners·A short section on schizophrenia, brain disease, clinical depression, and suicidal personalities and their behaviorsExplore the complex challenges of basic and advanced interview and interrogation techniques. Determine behavior from body language, speech, and written statements. Thousands of readers gained invaluable skills from the first edition. With the techniques presented in Principles of Kinesic Interview and Interrogation, Second Edition, you too can discover the key to successful interview and interrogation. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Principles Of Kinesic Interview and Interrogation
    Being a Stan Walters devotee I was pleased to find yet another rivetting publication by the guru of kinesics. Stans writing is refreshing and makes for interesting reading. The content itself is on the button. Excellent reference material for those in the business of detecting deception. I integrated the techniques described by Stan Walters with Statement Analysis techniques and find that I am now far more successful at what I do.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A must for any Criminal Investigator
    Principals of Kinesic Interview and Interrogation is a well written and well researched look into the physical and physcological traits of a deceptive person. As a criminal investigator with a large Department I have found it to be an invaluable resource. Stan Walters insights and experiences are related in understandable easy to read terms. An excellent book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Kinesics is the Key
    I have been a police officer for ten years, the last five as an Investigator. I came across this Stan Walters masterpiece in 1996 durring a search for Forensic Psychiatry books. The ability to recognize deception is extremely important in my field, and there are many manuals of instructions on the subject. Mr. Walter's, however, gives the reader/researcher the keys to EXTRACTING the verbal (speech) and non-verbal (Body) reactions the body has when stressed. It also covers what happens to the body and speech when a person is ready to confess. Everything is covered from how to approach a suspect initially to the personality types you may run across. Since my introduction to Mr. Walter's book (and subsequent Law Enforcement classes offered on this subject), my confession rate has sky rocketed! I obtain solid witness statements and when conducting Internal Investigations, officers come right out and "fess up" rather than be Interrogated. All my awards over the last three years including the 1998 Officer of the Year for my agency, I owe to this book. The only warning I can give is if you are a close minded cop who makes pre-judgements about people, you will waste your time with this book. Otherwise, for the benefit of your community, study hard! ... Read more


    11. The Official Forensic Files Casebook
    by Paul Dowling, Vince Sherry
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    Asin: 0743479491
    Catlog: Book (2004-09-01)
    Publisher: I Books
    Sales Rank: 11580
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    12. Cracking More Cases: The Forensic Science of Solving Crimes : the Michael Skakel-Martha Moxley Case, the Jonbenet Ramsey Case and Many More!
    by Henry C., Dr. Lee, Thomas W. O'Neil, Henry C. Lee
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    Asin: 1591021995
    Catlog: Book (2004-08-01)
    Publisher: Prometheus Books
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    13. Advances in Forensic Taphonomy: Method, Theory, and Archaeological Perspectives
    by William D. Haglund, Marcella H. Sorg
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    Asin: 0849311896
    Catlog: Book (2001-07-30)
    Publisher: CRC Press
    Sales Rank: 478224
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    The taphonomic approach within paleontology, archaeology, and paleoanthropology continues to produce advances in understanding postmortem biochemical and morphological transformations. Conversely, advances in understanding the early and intermediate postmortem period generated in the forensic realm can and should be brought to the attention of scientists who study the historic and prehistoric past. Building on the success of Forensic Taphonomy: The Postmortem Fate of Human Remains, Advances in Forensic Taphonomy: Method, Theory, and Archaeological Perspectives presents new and updated techniques. It expands the taphonomic focus on biogeographic context and microenvironments and integrates further the theoretical and methodological links with archaeology and paleontology.Topics covered include:oMicroenvironmental variation and decomposition in different environmentsoTaphonomic interpretation of water deathsoMass graves, mass fatalities and war crimes, archaeological and forensic approachesoUpdates in geochemical and entomological analysisoInterpretation of burned human remainsoDiscrimination of trauma from postmortem changeoTaphonomic applications at the scene and in the labThis comprehensive text takes an interdisciplinary and international approach to understanding taphonomic modifications. Liberally illustrated with photographs, maps, and other images, Advances in Forensic Taphonomy: Method, Theory, and Archaeological Perspectives is a valuable source of information for postmortem death investigation. ... Read more


    14. Techniques of Crime Scene Investigation, Seventh Edition
    by Barry A. J. Fisher
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    Catlog: Book (2003-09-01)
    Publisher: CRC Press
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    Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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    This latest edition of Techniques of Crime Scene Investigation examines concepts, field-tested techniques and procedures, and technical information concerning crime scene investigation. It has been widely adopted by police academies, community colleges, and universities and is recommended for preparation for certification exams. Written in an easy-to-read style, this comprehensive text offers up-to-date technical expertise that the author has developed over many years in law enforcement. Includes check-off lists, case studies, and 16 pages of full-color illustrated photos. Also included is an appendix on equipment for crime scene investigations. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Techniques of Crime Scene Investigation
    This is another great book on Crime Scene Investigation. I like the way it explains how to lift evidence, especially blood from an object or person and prepare it for shippment to a crime lab.
    It has all the proceedures for investigating any crime scene.
    It is well written and explained. It has great photographs.

    5-0 out of 5 stars What a career and practice in forensics entails
    Now in a newly updated and expanded sixth edition, Techniques Of Crime Scene Investigation by Barry A. J. Fisher, who draws upon his many years of experience and expertise as the Crime Laboratory Director for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and who is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice, California State University, Los Angeles, California, is a comprehensive, detailed text on the applied science forensic medicine. Written at college level for serious students of this fundamental profession, the meticulous, thorough explanations of each chapter will prove fascinating for anyone with an interest in forensics, enhanced for the reader with graphic details highlighted with numerous black-and-white photographs to present a clear overall picture of what a career and practice in forensics entails. Techniques Of Crime Science Investigation is a highly recommended text for anyone studying or considering the study of this aspect of police science.

    4-0 out of 5 stars New to the field
    I was an officer in the field for 11 years, I could not velieve the things I missed over the years. I am starting a new career so I ordered the material and loved the book. I am currently working on my certification for CST and recommend this book even to the field officer.

    5-0 out of 5 stars If you really want to learn, this is the book for you!
    I teach crime scene techniques to police officers and this book is a mainstay for that instruction. This is the first text book a new CSI should read. If you are an old hand in crime scene you will still learn from Barry Fisher. This is not an old dry text book. Each chapter has real cases for reference. I found the book to be very interesting and it is required reading for all new CSIs in my agency (Tarrant Co. Sheriff's Office, Ft. Worth Texas). This is also one of the required reading texts for the level one crime scene certification examination of the International Association for Identification.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Dave's Serial Killer Home Page Book Review....
    This book is one of the most comprehensive and thoroughly written books of it's nature. An excellent clinical analysis of the crime scene investigation from start to finish. I HIGHLY recommend this book; the real life case studies (Night Stalker, Hillside Stranglers, to name a few) keep it above the rest in a class of it's own.... ... Read more


    15. Introduction to Forensic Anthropology: A Textbook
    by Steven N. Byers
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    Catlog: Book (2001-10-09)
    Publisher: Allyn & Bacon
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    This new book offers comprehensive coverage of all the major topics in the field of forensics with accuracy, intensity, and clarity.Readers will rejoice in the thoughtful pedagogy that leads them step by step through the most current and detailed forensic anthropology book to date! Following the protocol developed for the field by Clyde Snow in his 1982 article in the Annual Review of Anthropology, this cutting-edge book includes coverage of all areas in the field including sections on "time since death" and "the effects of trauma on the skeleton." Extensive illustrations and photos ensure the accessibility of the book.As one reviewer says, "There is no other source available that is so comprehensive in its coverage of the methods and issues in the current practice of forensic anthropology." For students or anyone interested in forensic anthropology. ... Read more


    16. Crime Scene Investigation: Crack The Case With Real-Life Experts
    by Cyril H., MD. Wecht, Joseph T. Dominick, Steven A., Ph.D. Koehler, Shaun, MD. Ladham
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    Asin: 0762105402
    Catlog: Book (2004-10-14)
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    "Concentrate on what cannot lie: the evidence" is sage advice from one of the many popular TV shows based on investigative skills-an audience that now averages 30 million viewers each week and growing. Viewers sit glued to their TVs to watch forensic experts peer through microscopes and dust for fingerprints. Now with this book you, too, can examine every clue, searching for that singular element that can prove invaluable in an investigation. ... Read more


    17. Forensic and Environmental Detection of Explosives
    by JehudaYinon
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    18. Crime Scene: The Ultimate Guide to Forensic Science
    by Richard Platt
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    Catlog: Book (2003-05-01)
    Publisher: DK Publishing Inc
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    Average Customer Review: 3.25 out of 5 stars
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    Revealing the very latest high-tech techniques of forensic detection, Crime Scene: The Ultimate Guide to Forensic Science is a truly absorbing book that uses case studies and amazing digital imagery to show how science helps uncover the truth about how crimes were committed and who carried them out. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Solid primer for the non-professional
    The ulimate guide to forensic science is well written , easy to understand informative for both individuals with a general interest in the topic and also for young people wishing to understand a career in forensic science. It is strictly a primer, as are most books in the colorful DK line. As such, it is a book that anyone can pick up to learn a general outline on many topics without being weighed down with too much technical information. A good basic book for the non-professional.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Crime Scene
    This was a fantastic book. It had lots of case studies and heaps of glossy, colour diagrams, which made the text very easy to understand. It was technical yet very easy to understand and it was very detailed. A must read for all those interested in forensi science.

    2-0 out of 5 stars The illustrated pamphlet on criminal investigations
    This book's target audience is the Hardy Boys mystery crowd. While every page is filled with colorful photographs and great looking illustrations, the depth of information conveyed is extremely thin. While the scope of the material is broad, covering crimes from homicide to cybercrime, you won't learn much about any real criminal investigation beyond what you'd learn from your average dime store crime novel series.

    As a reader-friendly overview, it's fine. If, for instance, you happen to be a casual citizen who wants to get a general idea about what police investigators do, or you're an 8th grader looking for material for a Middle School research assignment, this might be an ideal book on the subject. The writing is easy to understand and again, there are lots of great looking pictures and illustrations (though some of them are a tad graphic).

    However, if you are a member of the law enforcement community or some other kind of professional investigator, you aren't going to get much out of this title. Look elsewhere for a true reference book on Crime Scene work.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Very simplistic and not very informative
    I was really, really disappointed in this book. There is very little information in it, other than the broadest strokes of information about forensics. It is disjointed. Even the photographs are often totally wasted, such as models posed as victims without illustrating *anything* -- just photographs of some guy or girl in a pool of blood, or tied up.

    ake, for example, fingerprints. There is like one sentence that says, basically, sometimes iodine vapor is used but it turns things brown and is temporary. No photographs of how it is done, when it is necessary, what the chemical reaction is, etc. This book is written for an eighth grader. You will learn more interesting things about forensic science on CSI! ... Read more


    19. Dead Reckoning: The New Science of Catching Killers
    by Michael Baden, Marion Roach
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    Catlog: Book (2002-09-04)
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    For most people, the forensic sciences are something reported on the news when a crime is solved through DNA evidence, or used as a plot twist for television shows. But behind the crime-scene tape and the doors of the morgue is a world never seen by the public. Now famed pathologist and medical examiner Dr. Michael Baden and award-winning writer Marion Roach take readers into the laboratory, above the autopsy table, onto the witness stand and out in the field to show how advances in forensic science can solve crucial questions in a criminal case, often with startling accuracy.

    Baden and Roach reveal how a key clue to the killer of Nicole Brown Simpson was lost when her body was moved to the morgue, and why the JonBenet Ramsey case can never be solved. They show how no clue is too small to be analyzed and no case too old to be reopened. Full of behind-the-scenes drama and surprising revelations, Dead Reckoning is a fascinating look at how forensic science is changing the way we convict the guilty and free the innocent. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Stunning information, entertainingly delivered!
    This is what you get when you mix a brilliant and principled scientist with a passionately curious and witty writer. Dr. Baden and Ms. Roach educate and entertain the reader, yet never let you forget that these are the stories of real people, victims and their families who deserve justice. How science can serve up justice in many new and old cases and why it has failed, or been prevented from doing so in others, makes for some very good story-telling. I was fascinated to learn about "Blood School" in Corning, New York and the eccentric, fun-loving forensic entomologist who teaches the relationship between corpses and bugs on his farm in Indiana. There is new information on the Nicole Brown/Ronald Goldman and the Jon Benet Ramsey murder cases, as well as details about Princess Diana's death, but the writing is never exploitive or sensational, just an honest review of mistakes made and lessons learned. Anyone whose work brings them this close to deep and devastating tragedy on a daily basis could be forgiven if they exhibited a "scientific detachment" or even a degree of dark humor about the work. I was however impressed throughout with what I would describe as Dr. Baden's "scientific attachment" and non-waivering respect in handling and describing the remains of victims. There is welcome dark comic relief mixed into Ms. Roach's descriptions of the aformentioned Blood School, Bug School and the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences in Reno, Nevada which will let you in on a secret passion of Wayne Newton's that I promise will surprise and amuse. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, was educated by it and comforted by the dedication to justice of the authors and their colleagues in this fascinating profession.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Read How Dead Men Tell Tales
    "The new tools of forensic science are only as incisive as those who use them, which is why forensic pathology is in many ways as much an art as a science." Dr. Michael Baden was chief forensic pathologist for the investigation by the Congressional Select Committee on Assassinations into the deaths of President John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Herb MacDonnell teaches a course on bloodstain evidence. He wields a hatchet, casting off drops of blood in the direction of his thrust and backswing (p.37). He is the world's leading authority on blood pattern analysis. He tells his students to save their homework for future reference. They didn't read about it in a book, this is firsthand knowledge (p.56).

    Page 62 tells the story of a couple who went wandering into the woods; the girlfriend never returned. When a hand was found, the boyfriend was indicted and tried for murder. Fortunately for him, she showed up at the trial with both hands intact!

    Some people are born with large arteries, which gives an advantage in longevity over people with narrow ones. This does not correlate with physical height (p.107). There is no study to see if this size is hereditary, or is the result of chance.

    Since 90% of what we eat moves out of the stomach in 2 to 3 hours, time of death is estimated from the last meal (p.109).

    After the Nicole Brown Simpson - Ron Goldman murders were discovered the medical examiner wasn't notified until ten hours later. By then critical evidence had vanished forever. Pages 150-153 discuss this topic. The low-velocity blood droplets on Nicole's back could have come from the killer, but were lost. A medical examiner doesn't know what he is looking for until he finds it.

    Certain bugs can tell us when and where someone was killed, and they do it with an accuracy that no man-made system will ever reproduce (p.162). Traffic deaths in NY resulting from people swatting at bees in their cars will disappear in winter and reappear in summer (p.163).

    Since the late 18th century when Paul Revere identified the body of Dr. Joseph Warren (killed on Bunker Hill), teeth have been used to identify bodies (p.212). Dental insurance has generated millions of X-rays and a database of identification for forensic odontologists. Pages 220-225 tell how faces are recreated from skulls, a technique that originated in 1960s Russia.

    English police are compiling the largest computer database of ear prints, and plan to use them like fingerprints in identification. This is a modernization of the Bertillon System, which measured specific parts of the body (p.224). Lip prints are also unique to each individual.

    Chapter Ten discusses the obverse side of this science. What if the forensic scientist cheats and lies about the evidence? Fingerprints can be created, a glove and blood evidence planted, etc. This shows the need for an assigned forensic scientist, like a Public Defender, for the indicted. Or an independent crime lab that can be trusted by both Prosecution and Defense. "Man prefers to believe what he wants to be true" said Francis Bacon. "Emotion in numerous, often imperceptible ways pervades and infects our understanding" (p.231). Forensic scientists, as humans, can be motivated by greed, stress, naivete, ambition, fear, money, or just following orders ("a team player"). Dr. Baden recommends using medical examiners in all counties of all states, who should all be forensic pathologists (p.235). This sounds true, but what if the low bidder chosen is like Fred Zain or Ralph Erdmann? All rules do not ensure equal results. Bad science can contaminate evidence by creating an assumption of guilt. The real perpetrator will escape, and prosecution will claim the accused was "let off on a technicality"! As Randall Dale Adams, who spent twelve years in prison for a murder he didn't commit. "Forensic Animation" is used to recreate an event for viewing by a jury; but it is only as reliable as its assumptions. It can be manipulated as easily as any other evidence (p.246).

    A 1996 DOJ report said DNA evidence excluded 25% of those charged in rape and rape-and-murder cases! And other crimes do not involce DNA evidence. Prosecutors conceal evidence of innocence, or present knowingly false evidence, in many cases.

    This is a very readable and educational book. The first sentence of the second paragraph on p.167 has a misspelled word.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Gruesome but informative
    Like sex and psychology, we all know something about death. As a forensic pathologist, Baden is an expert. He shares his expertise and fascination with cause and mode of death in this enthralling book. As a frequent expert-witness in his field, Baden has mastered the art of expressing his science in easy-to-understand terms, without patronising the reader. His passion for his subject spills onto the page like so many bodily fluids seeping inextricably into the text.

    Our authors revel in the gruesome and grotesque subspecialties of forensic pathology. The reader is invited to the Blood School where practising crime investigators go to learn about the ballistics of blood splatter. The course includes esoteric experiments where participants find themselves blowing mouthfuls of blood at each other to demonstrate what evidence may result. The squeamish among you may have your stomachs turned by a weekend trip to a leading forensic entomologist's ranch, where pigs are slaughtered and then, later, are re-examined for evidence of insect activity: this science helps to estimate the time since death of a corpse. As a source of many clues, heads warrant a chapter of their very own: the skull may be subject to facial reconstruction; dental histories can lead to identification of the deceased; DNA and evidence of drug use or poisoning can be extracted from hairs from the scalp.

    All of these stories are told with zeal, but also with an underlying gravity. Our authors take the scientific processes of collecting and preserving evidence seriously - experience tells them that any evidence may turn out to be essential in the examination an unnatural death. Vitally, it is truth that the investigator seeks here - regardless whether he has been employed by the prosecution or defence for a case.

    Baden and Roach take a potentially interesting subject and make it fascinating - and highly readable. The breadth of fields studied in the search of truth, and subsequently justice, is broad and continues to evolve. I wonder what form evidence will be found in next? Baden and Roach are surely qualified to tell us.

    5-0 out of 5 stars If you love a good book, You will love this one!
    Fasten your seatbelts. Get ready for the exciting trip into the world of a medical examiner, who is known for having a part in the investigation of some of the country's most recent and most publicized criminal cases. There is nothing better than reading an excellent book, capable of sending chills down your spine. In this informational, attention-grabbing paper-back, Dr. Michael Baden walks us science lovers through various crime scenes and popular crime cases, throwing us readers into a frenzy as we try to speculate the truth. With the help of Baden's colleagues, this book gives an amazingly interesting insight into crime scene investigation and "the new science of catching killers".

    As part of our human nature, there is some part of us that finds the death of a human somewhat intriguing. Especially me, a freshman in college, hoping to one day become a forensic pathologist myself, the readers' mind is almost over stimulated with the cracking open of this piece of work. I could barely wait to turn the page to absorb the interesting facts reiterating the importance of blood stain patterns and even bugs to the determination of time of death or even the solving of a crime case.

    I must admit, this grisly text is almost guaranteed to churn the stomachs of the weak and frighten away even the average medically-curious individual. Dr. Baden seamlessly depicts images of corpses and their appearance after the decomposition process has begun. He is not ashamed to throw at you the monstrous illustration of a single head apart from its being.

    Even for those readers that have no prior interest in forensics, this book is capable of quickly persuading the minds of the vulnerable. Things that one may have once found horrid and gruesome may now be the motivation to read on. This book is an open door that provides the reader an enormous opportunity to explore a completely new world in medicine.

    For those that are even slightly intrigued by the disgusting but amazingly tempting tone of this book, it is a must-read. But beware; the journey might be a rough one. Be sure you are wearing your seatbelts.

    5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT INFORMATION
    I AM STUDYING TO BECOME A FORENSIC PATHOLOGIST AND I FOUND THIS BOOK FULL OF GREAT INFORMATION. I WAS NOT ABLE TO PUT IT DOWN ONCE I PICKED IT UP. I AM AMAZED STILL AT HOW THE SMALLEST THINGS CAN MAKE OR BREAK A CASE. MICHAEL BADEN IS ONE OF THE BEST FORENSIC PATHOLOGISTS AND IT SHOWS THAT IN HIS NEWEST BOOK. ... Read more


    20. Corpse: Nature, Forensics, and the Struggle to Pinpoint Time of Death
    by Jessica Snyder Sachs
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    How the hot new science of forensic ecology is cracking some of the world's toughest criminal cases.

    When detectives come upon a murder victim, there's one thing they want to know above all else: When did the victim die? The answer can narrow a group of suspects, make or break an alibi, even assign a name to an unidentified body. But outside the fictional world of murder mysteries, time-of-death determinations have remained infamously elusive, bedeviling criminal investigators throughout history. Armed with an array of high-tech devices and tests, the world's best forensic pathologists are doing their best to shift the balance, but as Jessica Snyder Sachs demonstrates so eloquently in Corpse, this is a case in which nature might just trump technology: Plants, chemicals, and insects found near the body are turning out to be the fiercest weapons in our crime-fighting arsenal. In this highly original book, Sachs accompanies an eccentric group of entomologists, anthropologists, biochemists, and botanists--a new kind of biological "Mod Squad"--on some of their grisliest, most intractable cases. She also takes us into the courtroom, where "post-O.J." forensic science as a whole is coming under fire and the new multidisciplinary art of forensic ecology is struggling to establish its credibility. Corpse is the fascinating story of the 2000year search to pinpoint time of death. It is also the terrible and beautiful story of what happens to our bodies when we die. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars "We know WHO killed Cock Robin..., but WHEN did he die?"
    "Corpse: Nature, Forensics, and the Struggle to Pinpoint Time of Death" by Jessica Snyder Sachs, ISBN 0-7382-0336-X (hardcover). Perseus Publishing 2001 is a 270 page discourse (including 10 page index) written by a seasoned freelance science journalist. Sachs provides us with the historical interest in and the subsequent development of a multitude of devises used to arrive at the best 'Time Of Death' (TOD = Ger. Death) that ofttimes may reveal the why, where, when, whom (and whom not) of an unexplained death.

    Sachs proffers physician Antistius of Rome as the first forensic 'pathologist' (mass murder plot on Julius Caesar in 44 B.C.), reviews the classic triad of rigor, algor, and livor mortis (reliability generally limited to 48 hours post death), and discusses ongoing search for those time markers which may critically span hours, days, weeks, months, years and decades using analyses of vitreous humor, cadaver impedance, and the singly and combined forensics of entomology, botany, and anthropology with a discussion of the "Bugs, Bones, and Botany" death-investigation workshops for cops and coroners devised by Byrd and Hall by the late 1990's.

    Sachs examines the more recent pursuits to pinpopint time of death by probing and quantifying specific insect (e.g. Diptera) and plant DNA profiles, cadaver soil leachates, aroma patterns, relative ratios of amino acids and degradation product assays (e.g. cadaverine, putrescine, GHB and GABA) of decomposed flesh. A shrewdly-written succint but highly informative must read inquiry for those professing to be informed on 'Time of Death'. The price is right and I'd suggest the hardcover edition.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Not For the Squeamish
    "Corpse" is nauseating on two counts. First, it includes grisly details of murders so heinous they will haunt your waking hours, if not your nightmares. Second, it describes step-by-step, many times, exactly what happens to a rotting corpse. If you are unaccustomed to reading or thinking about such things on a regular basis, it will turn your stomach.

    Despite my disgust for the subject matter, I found the book hard to put down. It was entertaining to read about how experts in various academic fields--entomology, anthropology, and botany--have been recruited for time-of-death determinations. Some of these engaging personalities became the first forensic ecologists. The book describes some of their research projects as well as the crimes they helped solve. Although "Corpse" gives center stage to the entomologists and anthropologists, the three chapters near the end about botany and chemistry show the reader that these lines of research are equally credible and promising.

    I didn't really know anything about this subject before reading the book, and now I know almost too much about it for my own peace of mind. I find myself remembering all the crime scenes I've ever read about or seen in movies, and critiquing them in light of what I've just read. In summary, "Corpse" is fascinating, memorable, and informative, but definitely not for the squeamish.

    4-0 out of 5 stars fabulous anthology of forensic ecology
    reading Corpse was a joy. having read books by nearly all of the scientists she discussed, i felt privy to a fascinating universe of emerging death science. for those with a genuine interest in death examination, i definately reccommend reading books such as bill bass's Death's Acre and m. lee goff's A Fly For the Prosecution to supplement your knowledge. for other who would much rather read a simple overview, Corpse will do just fine. well written and not sensationalist, Corpse is a great introduction to forensic ecology.

    5-0 out of 5 stars all we are is dust in the wind ...
    Corpse is grisly, graphic reading. As one reader remarked, it is certainly not for the squeamish, as Sachs describes week by week what happens to our bodies as we gradually decompose. The book is much more than a mere cataloguing of which insects devour us in which order, though. At the root of the book is the important question of determing time since death - critical in the correct prosection of murder crimes.

    I found the details fascinating of how forensic scientists (entomologists, anthropologists and even microbiologists) are learning more about the decompostion, dessication and eventual disintegration of human bodies. I was similarly riveted to the numerous stories of how the science was evolving and gradually coming into use in the courtroom.

    The book is certainly not for everyone, and be prepared for the odd sideways glances from those who see you reading it. But it is a guilty pleasure (pardon the pun) for those who have the guts (sorry, had to do it) to read it through. Highly recommended.

    5-0 out of 5 stars terrific read
    this amazing book is well written, holds your attention and teaches you the ugly reality of death investigation. brutally raw and descriptive - not for weak stomachs - a page turner to the end. so many lessons in this book - the post mortem clocks of livor, algor and rigor mortis, the introduction of natural forensics, the history of the medicocriminal entomologist - it's all in here. centuries of historical cases all leading up to today and the new advances that forensic science is making in determining the time of death. i highly, highly reccomend this book to anyone that wants a glimpse of what forensic science really is ... Read more


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