Forensic Dental Evidence: An Investigators Handbook highlights the discussion regarding unjust convictions caused by inaccurate bitemark opinions. The book focuses on cases that use forensic techniques, emphasizing modern methods and protocols. Through this book, the latest information available is offered to the forensic community. This book demonstrates expertise in forensic dentistry by presenting chapters on human identification in domestic and international situations; investigations on missing person and violent crimes against persons; mass-disaster planning and disaster response; and new threats from terrorist attacks on urban centers. Furthermore, it discusses topics regarding bitemark evidence, such as forensic photography, analysis and legal issues. The book also presents two chapters on new scientific topics: The Next Level in Victim Identification: Materials Properties as an Aid in Victim Identification; and DNA for First Responders: Recognizing, Collecting, and Analyzing Biological Evidence Related to Dentistry (chapters 3 and 8, respectively). This book is suited to anyone seeking knowledge on forensic dentistry; it will be of great value to investigators, lawyers, medical examiners, nurses, and dentists with an interest in forensic dental cases.

Key Features

  • Contributions by internationally recognized and experienced forensic experts cover missing persons cases and mass disaster cases from around the world
  • Contains over 200 full-color photographs of crime scene evidence, human identification cases and bitemark details
  • Includes many new exoneration cases derived from the Editor's work with the Innocence Project


Forensic professionals (odontologists, medical examiners, researchers and practitioners), law enforcement professionals (police, investigators, police academies / training), dentists preparing to be an expert witness, legal professionals and forensic science post-graduate students

Table of Contents

Contributors Photo Credits Foreword Preface to Second Edition Preface to First Edition Acknowledgments Introduction 1. Historical Dental Investigations     Overview     The Forensic Examination of Herakleides     The Aging of Herakleides     The Odontological Identification of Adolf Hitler, Using Cinematographic Documents          Introduction          A Short Biography of Adolf Hitler          Hitler's Death          Remains and X-Rays          High and Moderate Degrees of Concordance          Conclusions     Dental Forensic Identifications: The Beginnings to the Nineteenth  Century          Hesi-Ré: The First Dentist          Lollia Paulina: The First Record of Forensic Dental Identification          Dr. Joseph Warren: The First Forensic Dental Identification in the United States          Edinburgh 1814: The First Use of Dental Evidence in a Court Case          Tooth Eruption Patterns as an Age Determinant          Parkman/Webster Murder Trial, Boston 1850: The First Court Case Largely Built on Dental Evidence          John Wilkes Booth: Identification of the Infamous Assassin          The “Bazar de la Charité” Disaster Results in the World’s First Forensic Odontology Text 2. Dental Detectives     Who Is a Qualified Forensic Dentist? Advice: Use the Best     What Dentists Do     What to Do When “a Skull with Some Teeth” Has Been Discovered     The Use of Teeth by Forensic Science     Factors that Change the Appearance of Teeth Over a Lifetime     The Language of Dental Identification     Tooth Names and Quantity of Teeth in Adults and Children     Human Tooth Morphology     The Dental Investigator's Role in Forensic Case Work     Collecting and Preserving Useful Evidence     Scientific Dental Investigations     The Most Famous Bitemark Case of the 20th Century     Woman’s Identity Confirmed by a Missing Tooth 3. The Next Level in Victim Identification: Materials Properties as an Aid in Victim Identification     Introductio


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"This book, really more impressively a treatise, leaves no (dental) stone unturned in explicating the history, the savoir faire, the investigative potential, the litigation and the research firmly establishing the foundations of dental identifications in the firmament of the forensic sciences." - James E Starrs, Professor Emeritus of Law & Forensic Sciences, The George Washington University 

"Forensic Dental Evidence: An Investigator's Handbook is a must-read for all participants in the criminal justice system--judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, investigators and police, to name a few--as well as all forensic odontologists. C. Michael Bowers, one of the world's most renowned forensic dental experts, draws upon a wealth of his expertise and that of others to put forth in a highly accessible book information and guidance that will surely prevent misidentifications and wrongful convictions." - Maurice Possley, Northern California Innocence Project at Santa Clara University Law School, Santa Clara, CA; Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist

"...this book comprehensively covers concepts and protocols necessary for criminal investigation involving dental evidence and will be of educational value and interest to many categories of reader. It is practical, up to date, informative, well-illustrated and appropriately cautionary."-- Judith A Hinchliffe, Independent Forensic Odontologist, New Zealand in Journal of Forensic Odonto-Stomatology (2011)