Crime Scene Investigation Laboratory Manual


  • Marilyn Miller, Department of Forensic Science, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA

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


Book information

  • Published: January 2014
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-405197-3

Table of Contents

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