Crime Scene Investigation provides an innovative approach to learning about crime scene investigation. The users will find a comprehensive introduction to the field of investigation. The book walks the reader through steps of the crime scene investigation from the first response to the documentation. The text also emphasizes the importance of a careful scientific investigation by exploring the different components of a crime scene, such as location of fingerprints and palm prints, trace evidence, firearms, tool marks, and document evidence. The book has 15 chapters, which describe the scientific approach of crime scene investigation: first response, documenting the crime scene, fingerprints ad palm prints, evidence such as trace and impression, body fluid, blood spatter, firearms and toolmarks, and arson and explosives. The text also illustrates and discusses investigation of electronic and vehicular crime scenes, death, forensic anthropology, odontology and entomology, and the methods of documenting the actions of the CSI. The book also features photographs and graphics that complement the text material, as well as fictional narrative to provide a qualitative dimension of the crime scene experience to the readers. The book is written for students, beginners, non-experts, and professionals in the criminal justice field.

Table of Contents

Foreword Contributors to Crime Scene Investigation 1 Introduction     The Role of the Crime Scene Investigator in Forensic Science          Jobs and Descriptions          Certification and Professional Development          Expert Witnesses          Ethics and Professionalism          Challenges to Forensic Science     Physical Evidence and the Crime Scene          Associative Evidence          Class versus Individual Characteristics          Natural Variation     Legal Issues and the Crime Scene          Search Warrants          Admissibility of Evidence          Frye v. United States          Federal Rules of Evidence          Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, Inc.          Chain of Custody          Documentation     Scientific Issues in Crime Scene Investigation          Controls          Standards          Overlapping Roles     Discussion Questions 2 The First Response     The FBI’s 12-Step Process     Determining the Scope of the Crime Scene          Boundaries          Multiple Scenes          CSI Personal Safety Concerns          Restricting Access     Interacting with Detectives     Initial Walkthrough/Preliminary Assessment of the Crime Scene     Identifying Other Resources          What’s There and What’s Not There          Family Members          Witnesses          Suspects at the Scene     Final Steps     Discussion Questions 3 Documenting the Crime Scene     Photography          Cameras          Lenses and Filters          Postprocessing of Evidence Photographs     Sketches          Title Block and Legends     Measurements          Technological Advances in Measurement     Searching the Scene          Search Patterns          Vehicle Searches     Reconstruction     Discussion Questions 4 Fingerprints and Palmprints     Principles of Fingerprints and Palmprints     Fingerprints as Physical Evidence     Inked Impressions          Elimination Prints   


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About the author

Michael Braswell

Dr. Michael C. Braswell is Professor Emeritus of Criminal Justice and Criminology at East Tennessee State University (ETSU). Braswell received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Mercer University in 1969, a Master of Arts in Psychology from West Georgia College in 1970, his Ed.S. in Rehabilitation/Correctional Counseling from the University of Georgia in 1973, and his Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi. A former prison psychologist, he taught ethics and human relations courses for more than 30 years at East Tennessee State University. He has published books on ethics, peacemaking, and correctional counseling as well as two novels and a short story collection.

Affiliations and Expertise

East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, USA