Crime Scene Investigation Laboratory Manual - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780128128459

Crime Scene Investigation Laboratory Manual

2nd Edition

Authors: Marilyn Miller
Paperback ISBN: 9780128128459
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st February 2018
Page Count: 300
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Description

Crime Scene Investigation Laboratory Manual, Second Edition, is written by a former crime scene investigator and forensic scientist who provides practical, straightforward, and immediately applicable best practices. Readers will learn the latest techniques and procedures, including deconstructing first responder contamination, the preliminary walk-through, utilizing associative evidence, enhancing trace, biological and chemical evidence, and reconstructing scenes through wound dynamics, glass fracture patterns, bloodstain patterns, ballistics, and more. This lab manual provides information and examples for all aspects of crime scene investigation.

In addition, included exercises teach the proper techniques for securing, documenting and searing a crime scene, how to visualize or enhance the evidence found, how to package and preserve the evidence, and how to reconstruct what happened at the crime scene. This manual is intended to accompany any crime scene investigation textbook.

Key Features

  • Designed to complement any text used in crime scene investigation courses
  • Contains over 20+ proven exercises and material from actual crime scenes, providing students with hands-on learning
  • Written by an experienced educator and former crime scene investigator/forensic scientist

Readership

Primary courses in crime scene investigation, taught in both forensic science and criminal justice programs, and law enforcement training programs

Table of Contents

SECTION I
Exercise A: Defining a Crime Scene
Laboratory Data Sheet
Discussion Questions
 
Exercise B: Physical Evidence at Crime Scenes
Laboratory Data Sheet
Discussion Questions
 
Exercise C: Locard Exchange Principle
Laboratory Data Sheet
Discussion Questions
 
SECTION II
Exercise D: First Responders at Crime Scenes
Laboratory Data Sheet
Discussion Questions
 
Exercise E: Crime Scene Security
Multilevel Crime Scene Security
Laboratory Data Sheet
Discussion Questions
 
Exercise F:Preliminary Scene Survey
Laboratory Data Sheet
Discussion Questions
 
SECTION III
Exercise G: Crime Scene Documentation: Notes
Laboratory Data Sheet
Discussion Questions
 
Exercise H: Crime Scene Documentation: Videography
Laboratory Data Sheet
Discussion Questions
 
Exercise I: Crime Scene Documentation: Photography
Laboratory Data Sheet
Discussion Questions
Special Topic: Laser Scanners at Crime Scenes
 
Exercise J: Crime Scene Documentation: Sketching
Laboratory Data Sheet
Discussion Questions
 
SECTION IV
Exercise K: Physical Searches
Objectives of a Crime Scene Search
General Concepts of Crime Scene Searches
Crime Scene Search Patterns
Laboratory Data Sheet
Discussion Questions
 
Exercise L: Visualization and Enhancement: Lighting Aids
Specific Evidence Applications
Photographic Methods
Laboratory Data Sheet
Discussion Questions
 
Exercise M: Visualization and Enhancement: Biological Evidence
Biological Evidence and Pattern Enhancement Reagents
Field Tests for Biological Evidence
Laboratory Data Sheet
Discussion Questions
 
Exercise N: Visualization and Enhancement: Chemical Evidence
Tests for Gunshot Residue (GSR)
Tests for Explosive Residues
Tests for Controlled Substances and Drugs
Laboratory Data Sheet
Discussion Questions
 
Exercise O: Visualization and Enhancement: Combination Methods
Impression Evidence
Laboratory Data Sheet
Discussion Questions
 
Exercise P: Packaging, Preservation, and Collection of Evidence
Laboratory Data Sheet
Discussion Questions
 
SECTION V
Exercise Q: Final Scene Survey
Laboratory Data Sheet
Discussion Questions
 
Exercise R: Crime Scene Reconstruction: Wound Dynamics
Wound Dynamics
Laboratory Data Sheet
Discussion Questions
 
Exercise S: Crime Scene Reconstruction: Glass Fracture Patterns
Laboratory Data Sheet
Discussion Questions
 
Exercise T: Crime Scene Reconstruction: Bloodstain Patterns I
Basic Bloodstain Patterns
Laboratory Data Sheet
Discussion Questions
 
Exercise U: Crime Scene Reconstruction: Bloodstain Patterns II
Impacted Bloodstain Spatters Pattern
Repetitive Dripping Patterns
Arterial Gushes (Projected Blood)
Point of Origin of Bloodshed Determinations
Laboratory Data Sheet
Discussion Questions
 
Exercise V: Crime Scene Reconstruction: Shooting Investigations
Muzzle-to-Target Distance Determinations
Methods for Trajectory Determinations
Experimentation of Trajectories
Projectiles and Casings
Laboratory Data Sheet
Discussion Questions
 
Exercise W: Crime Scene Reconstruction: Report Writing and Mock Scene Reconstruction
Laboratory Data Sheet
Discussion Questions
 
Answer Bank for Discussion Questions
Appendix I: Solutions and Reagents
Appendix II: Glossary of Terms
Index

Details

No. of pages:
300
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Academic Press 2018
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
Paperback ISBN:
9780128128459

About the Author

Marilyn Miller

Marilyn Miller is a graduate of Florida Southern College with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. She earned a master’s degree in forensic chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh and a Doctorate in Education from Johnson & Wales University in post-secondary educational leadership. Miller is a tenured, associate professor in the Department of Forensic Science at Virginia Commonwealth University. As a post-secondary educator for almost twenty years, she teaches a wide variety of forensic science and crime scene investigation classes to both forensic science and criminal justice majors at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She is a Fellow in the Criminalistics section of the American Academy of Forensic Science, the Southern Association of Forensic Scientists and the American Chemical Society. Miller is a former faculty member at the University of New Haven and the Henry Lee Institute of Forensic Science/ National Crime Scene Training Center. She has presented and taught as part of hundreds of forensic seminars across the United States and foreign countries. She is the author or co-author for several textbooks or chapters concerning crime scene investigation or reconstruction and forensic science. Before coming to VCU, she worked as a supervisor and forensic scientist for law enforcement agencies in North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Florida. She has testified over 400 times in county, state and federal courts of law as an expert witness in the field of forensic sciences and crime scene reconstruction. She has participated in hundreds of crime scene investigations, both as an active investigator. Currently, she also serves as a consultant for both prosecutors and defense attorneys. Miller designed, opened and operated crime scene units and forensic laboratories on the West Coast of Florida for over ten years.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Forensic Science, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, USA