Crime Reconstruction book cover

Crime Reconstruction

Crime Reconstruction is a working guide to the interpretation of physical evidence, designed for the forensic generalist and those with multiple forensic specialties. It was developed to aid these forensic reconstructionists with the formulation of hypotheses and conclusions that stay within the known limits of forensic evidence. Crime Reconstruction begins with chapters on the history and ethics of crime reconstruction, and then shifts to the more applied subjects of general reconstruction methods and practice standards. It concludes with chapters on courtroom conduct and evidence admissibility, to prepare forensic reconstructionists for what awaits them when they take the witness stand.Crime Reconstruction is a watershed collaborative effort by internationally known, qualified and respected forensic science practitioners with generations of case experience. Forensic pioneers such as John D. DeHaan, John I. Thornton, and W. Jerry Chisum contribute chapters on arson reconstruction, trace evidence interpretation, advanced bloodstain interpretation, and reconstructionist ethics. Other chapters cover the subjects of shooting incident reconstruction, interpreting digital evidence, staged crime scenes, and examiner bias. Rarely have so many forensic giants collaborated, and never before have the natural limits of physical evidence been made so clear.

Forensic examiners, forensic scientists (including fingerprint, ballistics and trace evidence experts), crime lab personnel, and special victim and criminal investigators. Law enforcement officials, forensic medical personnel (forensic nurses, pathologists, etc.), and criminal lawyers.


Published: October 2006

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-369375-4


  • Chapter 1A History of Crime ReconstructionBy W. Jerry Chisum & Brent E. Turvey, MSChapter 2Crime Reconstruction – Ethos and EthicsBy Dr. John I. Thornton, Napa County Sheriff’s DepartmentChapter 3Observer Effects & Examiner Bias: Psychological Influences on the Forensic ExaminerBy Craig M. Cooley, MS, JD & Brent E. Turvey, MSChapter 4Practice Standards for the Reconstruction of CrimeBy W. Jerry Chisum, BS & Brent E. Turvey, MSChapter 5Methods of Crime ReconstructionBy W. Jerry Chisum, BS & Brent E. Turvey, MSChapter 6Evidence DynamicsBy W. Jerry Chisum, B.S. & Brent E. Turvey, MSChapter 7Trace Evidence in Crime ReconstructionBy John I. Thornton, Dcrim & Donna Kimmel-LakeChapter 8Shooting Incident ReconstructionBy Bruce Moran, BSChapter 9Reconstruction Using Bloodstain EvidenceBy W. Jerry Chisum, BSChapter 10Fire Scene ReconstructionBy Dr. John DehaanChapter 11Reconstructing Digital EvidenceBy Eoghan Casey, MAChapter 12Staged Crime ScenesBy W. Jerry Chisum, BS & Brent E. Turvey, MSChapter 13Surviving and Thriving in the CourtroomBy Raymond J. Davis, MSChapter 14Reconstructionists in a Post-Daubert and Post-DNA CourtroomBy Craig M. Cooley, MS, JD


advert image