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Crime Scene Investigation Case Studies

Step by Step from the Crime Scene to the Courtroom, 1st Edition

By Jacqueline T. Fish, Jonathon Fish


248 pages

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This text offers an innovative approach to learning about crime scene investigation, taking the reader from the first response on the crime scene to documenting crime scene evidence and preparing evidence for courtroom presentation. It includes topics not normally covered in other texts, such as forensic anthropology and pathology, arson and explosives, and the electronic crime scene. Numerous photographs and illustrations complement text material. A chapter-by-chapter fictional narrative also provides the reader with a qualitative dimension of the crime scene experience. Crime Scene Investigation is further enhanced by the contributions of such recognized forensic scholars as William Bass and Arthur Bohannon.


"Each chapter begins with an overview of the felony investigated in the case study and highlights a key area of crime scene investigation. You will then use the case studies to walk through the investigative process and learn by example to create accurate case files."-- The Journal, Fall/Winter 2013 "This practical guide to crime scene investigation was created with the help of 18 graduate students, and thus is a work ‘by students for students.’ Frequent case studies appear, coupled with regular student assignments that walk them through the process of creating complete and accurate case files. Each chapter begins with key terms and ends with discussion questions."— Reference & Research Book News, December 2013

"I found the read interesting and enjoyable and is a refreshing approach for anyone looking to develop their knowledge in the area."— Gemma Lloyd, MCSFS, Scenes of Crime Officer, Bedfordshire Police

Table of Contents

Foreword by Edward W. Wallace, Director of Forensic Training at the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner Preface Introduction: From the Scene to the Crime to the Desk of the Prosecutor Burglary and Kidnapping Criminal Sexual Misconduct and Kidnapping Vehicular Homicide A Serial Arsonist? Homicide or Suicide? Your Turn Appendix: Blank Forms

About the Authors

Jacqueline T. Fish is the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Charleston Southern University. A former crime scene investigator and Lieutenant in the Knox County, Tennessee, Sherriff's Department, Dr. Fish was also project manager of the National Forensic Academy and worked with the Louisiana State University's National Center for Biomedical Research and Training to develop Advanced Forensics Investigations for Hazardous Environments. Jonathon Fish teaches in the Department of Criminal Justice at The Citadel: The Military University of South Carolina.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Evidence
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology