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Practical Crime Scene Analysis and Reconstruction

Practical Crime Scene Analysis and Reconstruction by Ross M. Gardner
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Crime scene reconstruction (CSR) is today’s hot topic. The immense proliferation of television, print, and electronic media directed at this area has generated significant public interest, albeit occasionally encouraging inaccurate perceptions. Practical Crime Scene Analysis and Reconstruction bridges the gap between perception and reality, helping readers understand the nature of the scientific method and teaching the proper application of its components.

A proven methodology

The book begins by recounting the history of crime scene analysis and exploring fundamental principles. Then the authors introduce their proven methodology, known as Event Analysis. This technique defines specific actions, discusses the order of those actions, and offers significant insight into determining what did or did not happen in the course of the incident under investigation. Using case studies and more than 200 color photos, the book demonstrates this method and how it can be used to explain clues that would otherwise be puzzling or ambiguous.

Practical advice from the crime scene to the courtroom

The authors show how to resolve significant questions that arise in the course of CSR through the use of an event analysis worksheet. The book also discusses crime scene protocol, bloodstain pattern analysis, gunshot investigation, and forensic pathology and the human body. The final chapters provide instruction on writing crime scene reports, discuss ethical issues, and give advice on courtroom presentation.

 Includes color photos demonstrating the science of CSR on:

  • Superposition
  • Timing and sequence
  • Bloodstain analysis
  • Ballistics
  • Wound patterns

CRC Press; June 2009
306 pages; ISBN 9781420065527
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Title: Practical Crime Scene Analysis and Reconstruction
Author: Ross M. Gardner; Tom Bevel
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