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Criminal Investigation

A Method for Reconstructing the Past

This text presents the fundamentals of criminal investigation and provides a sound method for reconstructing a past event (i.e., a crime) based on three major sources of information - people, physical evidence and records. More than a simplistic introductory text, yet written in an easy-to-read, user-friendly format, it offers a broad approach to criminal investigation.


Students and beginning professionals in the criminal justice field.


Published: April 2010

Imprint: Anderson Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4224-6328-4


  • Section I: The Foundation and Principles of Criminal Investigation

    Part A: Sources and Uses of Information

    1 The Investigator: Responsibilities and Attributes: Origins and Trends

    2 Physical Evidence: Development, Interpretation, Investigative Value

    3 The Crime Scene: Discovery, Preservation, Collection, and Transmission of Evidence

    4 People as a Source of Information

    Part B: Seeking and Obtaining Information: People and Records

    5 Records and Files: Investigative Uses and Sources

    6 Interviews: Obtaining Information from Witnesses

    7 Informants: Cultivation and Motivation

    Part C: Follow-Up Measures: Reaping Information

    8 Surveillance: A Fact-finding Tool-Legality and Practice

    9 Eyewitness Identification: Guidelines and Procedures

    10 Interrogation: Purpose and Principles

    11 Interrogation of Suspects and Hostile Witnesses: Guidelines and Procedures

    Section II: Applying the Principles to Criminal Investigation

    12 Managing Criminal Investigations

    13 Reconstructing the Past: Methods, Evidence, Examples

    14 Crime and Constitutional Law: The Foundations of Criminal Investigation

    15 Evidence and Effective Testimony

    16 Homicide

    17 Robbery

    18 Rape and Other Sex Crimes

    19 Burglary

    20 Arson and Explosives

    Section III: Special Topics

    21 Increasing Threats and Emerging Crime

    22 Terrorism and Urban Disorder

    23 Computers and Technological Crime

    24 Enterprise Crime: Organized, Economic, and White-Collar Crime


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