Henry Lee's Crime Scene Handbook


  • Henry Lee, Connecticut State Police Forensic Science Laboratory, New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.A.
  • Timothy Palmbach, Connecticut Department of Public Safety and Lecturer, University of New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.A.
  • Marilyn Miller, Department of Forensic Science, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA

Henry Lee's Crime Scene Handbook outlines proven methods to help you collect and process physical evidence correctly, analyze it thoroughly, and understand its relevance to the case involved. It evaluates the newest chemical and instrumental techniques, and covers new areas such as forensic analysis of computers and advanced shooting scene reconstruction methods. This "must-have" guide is enhanced with dozens of color photographs, logic trees, check lists, worksheets, case studies, lists of suppliers, and more. Henry Lee has consulted on thousands of criminal cases around the world and is highly sought after to help solve difficult cases. Now he and his co-authors share more than 50 years of combined experience in this systematic approach to crime scene processing. It provides the information you need for initial training, to take with you in the field, and to refer to again and again during the course of each investigation. KEY FEATURES:* Presents a unique, systematic approach to crime scene processing * Covers in detail how to manage a crime scene, collect information, search for, collect, and preserve physical evidence, conduct field tests, and reconstruct a sequence of events * Describes how to use the latest chemical and instrumental techniques for each kind of crime scene * Outlines common problems and provides clear recommendations for overcoming them * Includes logic trees, checklists, and worksheets that help investigators evaluate the evidence in specific types of crimes
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Crime scene specialists, police officers and investigators, forensic scientists, fire investigators, lawyers, students in related fields, crime reporters, and serious "crime buffs."


Book information

  • Published: June 2001
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-440830-2


...presents a unique systematic and logical approach to crime scene processing. - Law Enforcement Technology …one of the most well-compiled, easy to read and understand, thorough and beautifully written books that can go a long way in making one a better crime scene investigator. - Internet Journal of Forensic Medicine

Table of Contents

General Crime Scene ConsiderationsElements of Crime Scene ManagementGeneral Crime Scene ProceduresCrime Scene DocumentationSearching for Physical EvidenceCollection and Preservation of Physical EvidenceLogic TreesField Tests and Enhancement ReagentsSpecial Scene TechniquesCrime Scene ReconstructionAppendix I: Crime Scene Investigation Equipment InventoryAppendix II: Game Plan for ProcessingAppendix III: Resources and SuppliesAppendix IV: BibliographyCase Study 1: Partial ReconstructionCase Study 2: Complete ReconstructionCase Study 3: Limited ReconstructionIndex