Trace Evidence Analysis

More Cases in Forensic Microscopy and Mute Witnesses


  • Max Houck, Vice President, Forensic and Intelligence Services, LLC

Trace Evidence Analysis continues and builds upon the tradition of its successful companion title Mute Witnesses (2000). Written by some of the top practicing forensic scientists, each chapter explains in detail the detective and analytic work that goes into solving complex cases. The book contains nine entirely new cases, each self-contained in its own chapter, covering everything from homicides to accident reconstruction. Leading experts from around the world provide detailed accounts of the process of collection, classification, and analysis of microscopic evidence to draw definitive conclusions that solved actual cases.The cases not only fascinate but provide students and expert forensic scientists alike with an invaluable tool to examine the roles of trace evidence and microscopy in forensic investigation.
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Forensic microscopists and trace evidence analysts, crime laboratories, crime scene technicians, criminal investigators, forensic science professionals and students, and the legal community.


Book information

  • Published: December 2003
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-356761-1

Table of Contents

Introduction1: The Specificity of Animal Hairs2: Fiber-Plastic Fusions in Car Accident Reconstructions3: Inclusions and Exclusions Using Trace Evidence4: Soil as Trace Evidence5: The Importance of Trace Evidence6: Cereal Murder in Spokane7: Using 1:1 Taping to Reconstruct a Source8: Who Do You Believe?9: My Roommate is Using the Refrigerator