Homicide Investigation Field Guide

Homicide Investigation Field Guide

1st Edition - May 25, 2013

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  • Author: D'Michelle P. DuPre
  • eBook ISBN: 9780124104402

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This practical field guide contains many of the checklists necessary to guide the first responder step-by-step through procedures, tactics, and forensic techniques used in sudden death and violent death investigations. Using these protocols, techniques and checklists will ensure that a proper and complete investigation is undertaken at the death scene.

Key Features

  • Covers basic investigation protocols as well as protocols for sexual assault
  • Contains diagrams on how to search the scene, how to sketch the scene, and physical evidence guidelines as well as a forensic photography primer
  • Includes a detailed checklist of who, what, where, when, why and how


Coroners, death investigators, law enforcement, new detectives, and students of forensics / crime scene investigations

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1. Introduction

    Chapter 2. Basic Investigation Protocols

    Assess and Secure the Scene

    Narrative Basic Requirements

    Search the Crime Scene

    Process and Analyze the Evidence

    Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How?

    Time of Death

    Remaining Steps


    Chapter 3. Physical Evidence

    Evidence Packaging Guide from the Handbook of Forensic Science (Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2008)

    Class and Individual Characteristics

    Impact of Physical Evidence

    Basic Bloodstain Patterns



    Chapter 4. Types of Death

    Key Points for Specific Causes of Death


    Chapter 5. Basic Protocols for Sexual Assault

    Crime Scene: Processing Areas

    Apprehending the Suspect

    Sexual Assault Kit

    Sexual Homicide Cases



    Chapter 6. Searching, Sketching, Plotting

    Searching the Scene

    Sketching the Scene

    Plotting Methods


    Chapter 7. Forensic Photography Primer

    Main Points of Photography

    Photography Key Points


    Photographic Methods of Enhancement

    Problematic Lighting Situations

    Scale or Ruler


    Focusing the Camera

    Photographing Evidence: Things to Remember


    Chapter 8. Court Testimony



Product details

  • No. of pages: 176
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2013
  • Published: May 25, 2013
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780124104402

About the Author

D'Michelle P. DuPre

Affiliations and Expertise

Police Science Instructor, Senior Consultant - Forensic Consulting Network, Columbia, SC, USA

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