Crime Reconstruction


  • W. Jerry Chisum, Retired, past President of California Association of Criminalists and American Society of Crime Lab Directors, Elk Grove, CA, USA
  • Brent Turvey, Forensic Solutions LLC, Sitka, AK, USA

Crime Reconstruction, Second Edition is a working guide to the interpretation of physical evidence, designed for forensic generalists 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. This new edition expands on the collaboration of forensic expertise brought together in the first edition with six all-new chapters and three new appendices. In addition, an Instructor’s Manual and other teaching materials are also available when adopted as a course text. This volume will once again serve as a valuable resource for forensic science practitioners, instructors and students alike.
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Forensic examiners, forensic scientists (fingerprint, ballistics and trace evidence experts), crime lab personnel, and special victim and criminal investigators. Police officers, forensic nurses, and pathologists, and criminal lawyers. Advanced forensic science students.


Book information

  • Published: June 2011
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-386460-4


"In this update of the 2006 edition, forensic scientists/consultants discuss reconstructionist approaches to crimes and courtroom presentation of, and testimony on, the physical evidence. This text for advanced students includes case examples with photographs, guidelines for evidence identification and wound analysis, experiments (e.g., to assess bloodstain patterns), an evidence dynamics protocol, review questions, a glossary, companion website, and web references to a report on sharp force homicide, a bloodstain pattern case study, and staged crime scene analysis. The authors also consider the impact of future technologies on interpreting forensic evidence, and educational reforms in the field."-SciTech Book News (2011)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Forensic Science
W. Jerry Chisum and Brent E. TurveyChapter 2 A History of Crime Reconstruction
W. Jerry Chisum and Brent E. TurveyChapter 3 Crime Reconstruction: Ethos and Ethics
John I. ThorntonChapter 4 Observer Effects and Examiner Bias: Psychological Influences on the Forensic Examiner
Craig Cooley and Brent E. TurveyChapter 5 Practice Standards for the Reconstruction of Crime
W. Jerry Chisum and Brent E. TurveySECTION 2: THE CRIME SCENE
Chapter 6 Evidence Dynamics
W. Jerry Chisum and Brent E. TurveyChapter 7 Crime Scene Investigation
W. Jerry Chisum, Brent E. Turvey, and Jodi FreemanChapter 8 Methods of Crime Reconstruction
W. Jerry Chisum and Brent E. TurveyChapter 9 Staged Crime Scenes
Brent E. Turvey and W. Jerry ChisumSECTION 3: THE PHYSICAL EVIDENCE
Chapter 10 Trace Evidence in Crime Reconstruction
Meagan B. Gallagher and John I. ThorntonChapter 11 Wound Pattern Analysis
Brent E. TurveyChapter 12 Reconstruction Using Bloodstain Evidence
W. Jerry Chisum Chapter 13 Shooting Incident Reconstruction, Part I
Bruce R. MoranChapter 14 Shooting Incident Reconstruction, Part II
Bruce R. MoranChapter 15 Fire Scene Reconstruction
John D. DeHaanChapter 16 Sexual Assault: Issues in Evidence Examination and Interpretation
Brent E. Turvey and Charla JamersonChapter 17 Reconstructing Digital Evidence
Chapter 18 Crime Reconstruction: Expert Testimony and the Law
Craig M. CooleyChapter 19 Forensic Examination Reports
W. Jerry Chisum, Brent E. Turvey and Jodi FreemanChapter 20 Reconstruction Court Presentation and Testimony
W. Jerry Chisum and Brent E. Turvey, and Jodi FreemanAppendix I: Crime Reconstruction Report - Sharp Force Homicide - Brent E. Turvey
Appendix II: Bloodstain Pattern Case Study - W. Jerry Chisum
Appendix III: Staged Crime Scene Analysis - Brent E. Turvey