Crime Reconstruction, Second Edition is an updated guide to the interpretation of physical evidence, written for the advanced student of forensic science, the practicing forensic generalist and those with multiple forensic specialists. It is designed to assist reconstructionists with understanding their role in the justice system; the development and refinement of case theory’ and the limits of physical evidence interpretation. Chisum and Turvey begin with chapters on the history and ethics of crime reconstruction and then shift to the more applied subjects of reconstruction methodology and practice standards. The volume concludes with chapters on courtroom conduct and evidence admissibility to prepare forensic reconstructionists for what awaits them when they take the witness stand.
Crime Reconstruction, Second Edition, remains an unparalleled watershed collaborative effort by internationally known, qualified, and respected forensic science practitioner holding generations of case experience among them. Forensic pioneer such as W. Jerry Chisum, John D. DeHaan, John I. Thorton, and Brent E. Turvey contribute chapters on crime scene investigation, arson reconstruction, trace evidence interpretation, advanced bloodstain interpretation, and ethics. Other chapters cover the subjects of shooting incident reconstruction, interpreting digital evidence, staged crime scenes, and examiner bias. Rarely have so many forensic giants collaborated, and never before have the natural limits of physical evidence been made so clear.

Key Features

  • Updates to the majority of chapters, to comply with the NAS Report.
  • New chapters on forensic science, crime scene investigation, wound pattern analysis, sexual assault reconstruction, and report writing.
  • Updated with key terms, chapter summaries, discussion questions, and a comprehensive glossary; ideal for those teaching forensic science and crime reconstruction subjects at the college level.
  • Provides clear practice standards and ethical guidelines for the practicing forensic scientist.


Forensic examiners, forensic scientists (fingerprint, ballistics and trace evidence experts), crime lab personnel, and special victim and criminal investigators. Police officers, forensic nurses, and pathologists, and criminal lawyers. Advanced forensic science students.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Forensic Science
W. Jerry Chisum and Brent E. Turvey

Chapter 2 A History of Crime Reconstruction
W. Jerry Chisum and Brent E. Turvey

Chapter 3 Crime Reconstruction: Ethos and Ethics
John I. Thornton

Chapter 4 Observer Effects and Examiner Bias: Psychological Influences on the Forensic Examiner
Craig Cooley and Brent E. Turvey

Chapter 5 Practice Standards for the Reconstruction of Crime
W. Jerry Chisum and Brent E. Turvey

Chapter 6 Evidence Dynamics
W. Jerry Chisum and Brent E. Turvey

Chapter 7 Crime Scene Investigation
W. Jerry Chisum, Brent E. Turvey, and Jodi Freeman

Chapter 8 Methods of Crime Reconstruction
W. Jerry Chisum and Brent E. Turvey

Chapter 9 Staged Crime Scenes
Brent E. Turvey and W. Jerry Chisum

Chapter 10 Trace Evidence in Crime Reconstruction
Meagan B. Gallagher and John I. Thornton

Chapter 11 Wound Pattern Analysis
Brent E. Turvey

Chapter 12 Reconstruction Using Bloodstain Evidence
W. Jerry Chisum

Chapter 13 Shooting Incident Reconstruction, Part I
Bruce R. Moran

Chapter 14 Shooting Incident Reconstruction, Part II
Bruce R. Moran

Chapter 15 Fire Scene Reconstruction
John D. DeHaan

Chapter 16 Sexual Assault: Issues in Evidence Examination and Interpretation
Brent E. Turvey and Charla Jamerson

Chapter 17 Reconstructing Digital Evidence
Eoghan Casey

Chapter 18 Crime Reconstruction: Expert Testimony and the Law
Craig M. Cooley

Chapter 19 Forensic Examination Reports
W. Jerry Chisum, Brent E. Turvey and Jodi Freeman

Chapter 20 Reconstruction Court Presentation and Testimony
W. Jerry Chisum and Brent E. Turvey, and Jodi Freeman

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"In this update of the 2006 edition, forensic scientists/consultants discuss reconstructionist approaches to crimes and courtroom presentation of, and testimony on, the physical evidence. This text for advanced students includes case examples with photographs, guidelines for evidence identification and wound analysis, experiments (e.g., to assess bloodstain patterns), an evidence dynamics protocol, review questions, a glossary, companion website, and web references to a report on sharp force homicide, a bloodstain pattern case study, and staged crime scene analysis. The authors also consider the impact of future technologies on interpreting forensic evidence, and educational reforms in the field."-SciTech Book News (2011)