Introduction to Criminalistics covers the basics of Criminalistics in a textbook for a one or two semester course, with the intention of preparing the student for a future in forensic science.
The role of the Criminalist is to analyze, compare, identify, and interpret physical evidence in the crime lab. These crime labs, or forensic labs, have two primary functions: identifying evidence and linking the suspect, victim, and crime scene through physical evidence.
This new primer introduces the learner to the structure and organization of the crime lab and to the role of the Criminalist. It features real cases – recent and historic – to illustrate concepts. Colorful pedagogy clearly defines chapter elements and sets this text apart from next best. Topics covered include how to process a crime scene and preserve evidence, the basic principles of firearm examination, latent fingerprints, and rudimentary toxicology, or how to determine the presence or absence of drugs and poisons.
Well organized and methodical, this textbook has the potential to become the standard text for applying techniques of the physical and natural sciences to examining physical evidence.
- Uses real cases – recent and historic – to illustrate concepts
- Colorful pedagogy clearly defines chapter elements and sets this text apart from next best
- Presents the basics of forensic sciences in a one-semester or one-year course
- Offers excellent preparation for professional examinations
- Delivers the latest in laboratory technique while acknowledging the limits of technology
Students in Forensic Science programs, advanced college undergraduates enrolled in forensic science and graduate students entering forensic science degree programs.
Section I: Introduction, Field and Laboratory
Forensic Science – Scope and Perspective from Scene to Laboratory Barry Fisher
Section II: Pattern Evidence
Chapter 2 Introduction to Pattern Evidence - Tool Marks and Impressions
Catherine Woytowicz and Bill Tilstone
Chapter 3 Firearms Catherine Woytowicz and Bill Tilstone
Chapter 4 Fingerprints Catherine Woytowicz and Bill Tilstone
Chapter 5 Documents Catherine Woytowicz and Bill Tilstone
Chapter 6 Physical Evidence Catherine Woytowicz and Bill Tilstone
Chapter 7 Hair and Fiber Catherine Woytowicz and Bill Tilstone
Section III: Chemical and Instrumental Analytical Evidence
Chapter 8 Drugs and Pharmaceuticals Catherine Woytowicz and Bill Tilstone
Chapter 9 Arson and Explosives Catherine Woytowicz and Bill Tilstone
Chapter 10 Forensic Toxicology Bill Tilstone
Section IV: Biological Evidence
Chapter 11 Forensic Biology Bill Tilstone
Chapter 12 DNA Bill Tilstone
A. Personal Effects and Identification B. Digital Evidence C. Crime Reconstruction
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- 23rd January 2009
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Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Los Angeles, CA
William J. Tilstone has more than 35 years of experience in forensic science in academia, case work in biology and toxicology, executive management, and consultancy work in training and quality systems. Foundation Professorship in Forensic Science at the University of Strathclyde in Scotland. Director of Forensic Science Centre, South Australia. First Executive Director of the National Forensic Science Technology Center, Largo, FL.
William J. Tilstone, Executive Director (Retired), National Forensic Science Technology Center, Largo, FL Forensic Solutions International, Auchterarder, Scotland
Catherine Woytowicz teaches in the Department of Chemistry, the Honors Program, and the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University. She also teaches at Georgetown University in the School of Medicine.
Part-time Faculty, The George Washington University, Department of Chemistry, Washington, DC