Description

DNA does not solve criminal cases—people do. Investigators must document every action, photograph every item of evidence, and create a complete case file that can be used to convict the guilty and exonerate the innocent. Each chapter begins with an overview of the felony investigated in the case study and highlights a key area of crime scene investigation. You will then use the case studies to walk through the investigative process and learn by example to create accurate case files.

Key Features

    • Learn crime scene investigation through original case studies that show you how to process and document a criminal investigation from first response to sending a report to the prosecutor’s office.
    • Get up to speed on the state-of-the-art investigative techniques employed in the cases.
    • Practice your investigative and report writing skills in the "Your Turn" chapter.
    • Develop your critical thinking skills with questions that explore the nature of the case, the conclusions drawn, and alternative outcomes.
    • Access video, photos, and forms on the website.

    Readership

    Undergraduate Criminal Justice programs with courses in crime scene investigation and criminal investigation. Police training academies.

    Table of Contents

    Foreword by Edward W. Wallace, Director of Forensic Training at the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner
    Preface

    1. Introduction: From the Scene o the Crime to the Desk of the Prosecutor
    2. Burglary and Kidnapping
    3. Criminal Sexual Misconduct and Kidnapping
    4. Vehicular Homicide
    5. A Serial Arsonist?
    6. Homicide or Suicide?
    7. Your Turn

    Appendix: Blank Forms

    Details

    No. of pages:
    262
    Language:
    English
    Copyright:
    © 2014
    Published:
    Imprint:
    Anderson
    eBook ISBN:
    9781455731336
    Print ISBN:
    9781455731237

    About the authors

    Jacqueline Fish

    Jacqueline T. Fish is the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Charleston Southern University. A former crime scene investigator and Lieutenant in the Knox County, Tennessee, Sherriff’s Department, Dr. Fish was also project manager of the National Forensic Academy and worked with the Louisiana State University’s National Center for Biomedical Research and Training to develop Advanced Forensics Investigations for Hazardous Environments.

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Charleston Southern University

    Jonathon Fish

    Jonathon Fish teaches in the Department of Criminal Justice at The Citadel: The Military University of South Carolina.

    Affiliations and Expertise

    teaches in the Department of Criminal Justice at The Citadel: The Military University of South Carolina.

    Reviews

    "Each chapter begins with an overview of the felony investigated in the case study and highlights a key area of crime scene investigation. You will then use the case studies to walk through the investigative process and learn by example to create accurate case files."--The Journal, Fall/Winter 2013
    "This practical guide to crime scene investigation was created with the help of 18 graduate students, and thus is a work ‘by students for students.’ Frequent case studies appear, coupled with regular student assignments that walk them through the process of creating complete and accurate case files. Each chapter begins with key terms and ends with discussion questions."--Reference & Research Book News, December 2013