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Forensic Criminology

Forensic Criminology: the scientific study of crime and criminals for the purposes of addressing investigative and legal issues. It is a science, a behavioral science, and a forensic science. This text is intended to educate students in an applied fashion regarding the nature and extent of forensic casework that is supported by, dependent upon, and interactive with research, theory, and knowledge derived from criminology. It is also intended to act as a preliminary guide for practitioners working with and within related criminal justice professions. Particularly those involved with assisting investigations, administrative inquiries, legal proceedings or providing expert findings or testimony under oath. It is offered as an applied scientific sub-discipline within the domain of general criminology, as well as a roadmap to the forensic realm for the uninitiated.

Written by the authors of the best-selling Criminal Profiling, now in its third edition, and the groundbreaking Forensic Victimology, Forensic Criminology provides a bridge between the broad constructs of theoretical criminology and the forensic examination of individual cases. It serves as a textbook for college and university coursework, as a manual for practitioners, and as career guide for students.


Undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in forensic criminology in both sociology and criminal justice departments. Practicing forensic professionals.

Hardbound, 624 Pages

Published: August 2009

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-375071-6


  • Foreword by Daniel Kennedy, PhD
    Preface by Brent E. Turvey, MS and Wayne Petherick, PhD

    Part I – Forensic Criminology, the Forensic Criminologist, and the Law
    Chapter 1: An Introduction to Forensic Criminology - Brent E. Turvey and Wayne A. Petherick
    Chapter 2: Anatomy of the Courtroom: A Legal Perspective - Ben Ihle
    Chapter 3: Cognitive Ethos of the Forensic Examiner - Brent E. Turvey and Wayne A. Petherick

    Part II – Forensic Examinations
    Chapter 4: Forensic Criminological Assessments - Wayne A. Petherick and Brent E. Turvey
    Chapter 5: Criminal Profiling - Wayne A. Petherick and Claire E. Ferguson
    Chapter 6: Forensic Victimology - Claire E. Ferguson, Wayne A. Petherick and Brent E. Turvey
    Chapter 7: Premises Liability - Wayne A. Petherick and Brent E. Turvey
    Chapter 8: Forensic Criminology in Correctional Settings - Brent E. Turvey and Angela N. Torres
    Chapter 9: Miscarriages of Justice: Causes and Suggested Reforms - Craig M. Cooley

    Part III – Working with Investigators and Forensic Specialists
    Chapter 10: Law Enforcement Investigations: Essential Considerations - Stan Crowder
    Chapter 11: The Criminal Investigator - Terry Goldsworthy
    Chapter 12: Criminal Defense Investigations - Ronald J. Miller
    Chapter 13: Forensic Scientists - Brent E. Turvey
    Chapter 14: Understanding the Role of Forensic DNA: A Primer for Criminologists - Carole McCartney
    Chapter 15: Forensic Mental Health Experts - Michael McGrath and Angela N. Torres

    Part IV – Forensic Criminology in Practice
    Chapter 16: Writing Forensic Reports - Wayne A. Petherick and Brent E. Turvey
    Chapter 17: The Nature and Role of Expert Forensic Testimony - David Field
    Chapter 18: Ethics for the Forensic Criminologist - Wayne A. Petherick and Claire E. Ferguson


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