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Crime Scene Investigation Laboratory Manual

Crime Scene Investigation Laboratory Manual provides information, examples, and exercises for all aspects of crime scene investigation. The exercises will teach the proper techniques for securing, documenting, and searching a crime scene, how to visualize or enhance the evidence found, how to package and preserve the evidence, and how to reconstruct what happened at the crime scene. This manual is intended to accompany any crime scene investigation textbook. Written by a former crime scene investigator and forensic scientist, the information is practical, straightforward, and will be immediately applicable. Learn all the latest techniques and procedures including deconstructing first responder contamination, the preliminary walk-through, utilizing associative evidence, enhancing trace, biological, and chemical evidence, and reconstructing scenes through wound dynamics, glass fracture patterns, bloodstain patterns, ballistics, and more.


Upper level undergraduate,  graduate level forensic science students, instructors, law enforcement training academies, crime scene units.

Spiral Bound, 288 Pages

Published: January 2014

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-405197-3


  • Section I: Crime Scene Investigation-Scientific Methodology and Physical Evidence
    Exercise A. Defining a Crime Scene
    Exercise B. Physical Evidence
    Exercise C. Locard Exchange Principle

    Section II: Initial Responsibilities and Beginning Scientific Crime Scene Investigation
    Exercise D. First Responders at Crime Scenes
    Exercise E. Crime Scene Security
    Exercise F. Preliminary Scene Survey

    Section III: Crime Scene Documentation
    Exercise G. Crime Scene Documentation - Notes
    Exercise H. Crime Scene Documentation - Videography
    Exercise I. Crime Scene Documentation - Photography
    Exercise J. Crime Scene Documentation - Sketching

    Section IV: Physical Evidence at Crime Scenes
    Exercise K. Physical Searches
    Exercise L. Visualization & Enhancement - Lighting Aids
    Exercise M. Visualization & Enhancement - Biological Evidence
    Exercise N. Visualization & Enhancement - Chemical Evidence
    Exercise O. Visualization & Enhancement - Combination Methods
    Exercise P. Packaging, Preservation, and Collection of Evidence

    Section V: Crime Scene Reconstruction
    Exercise Q. Final Scene Survey
    Exercise R. Crime Scene Reconstruction - Wound Dynamics
    Exercise S. Crime Scene Reconstruction - Fracture Patterns
    Exercise T. Crime Scene Reconstruction - Bloodstain Patterns I
    Exercise U. Crime Scene Reconstruction - Bloodstain Patterns II
    Exercise V. Crime Scene Reconstruction - Shooting Investigation
    Exercise W. Crime Scene Reconstruction - Mock Scene Reconstruction
    Exercise X. Crime Scene Reconstruction - Report Writing


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