2nd Edition

Crime Scene Processing and Investigation Workbook, Second Edition

    288 Pages
    by CRC Press

    288 Pages
    by CRC Press

    Crime Scene Processing and Investigation Workbook, Second Edition is the only workbook which directly supports and cross-references methodology and terminology presented in Ross Gardner and Donna Krouskup’s perennial best-seller Practical Crime Scene Processing and Investigations, Third Edition. The workbook serves as supporting material offering hands-on activities to supplement theories and methodologies within the text as well as updated activities to support the new material presented in the Third Edition.

    As the number of forensic academic programs within the United States continue to grow—and the textbook continues to be a go-to standard in the field—the workbook remains an invaluable reference for academics, forensic training providers, and law enforcement training programs. The detailed Instructor’s Manual (IM) lends itself not only to experts who have utilized these procedures before but also to the novice and student who may be introduced to these topics in a classroom setting for the first time. The workbook conducts over 30 activities with detailed instructions, concept overviews, and reflective post-lab questions. Crime Scene Processing and Investigation Workbook, Second Edition, continues to stand as the best workbook on the market, addressing foundational principles in a hands-on manner while directly correlating to the concepts addressed in the Gardner and Krouskup textbook.

    Chapter 1 Introduction

    1.1 Evaluating the Interpretive Value of Evidence

    1.2 CSI Effect

    1.3 Crime Scene Examination: Methodology and Integrity Issues

    Chapter 2 The Nature of Physical Evidence

    2.1 Identifying Characteristics of Evidence

    2.2 Evidence Processing

    2.3 Mechanical Fit through Evidence Reconstruction

    2.4 Evidence Collection and Packaging

    2.5 Chain of Custody

    Chapter 3 Actions of the Initial Responding Officer

    3.1 Creating a Crime Scene Control Log

    Chapter 4 Processing Methodology

    4.1 Utilizing a Descriptive Set in Evidence Documentation

    Chapter 5 Assessing the Scene

    5.1 Establishing Crime Scene Perimeters

    5.2 Conducting Crime Scene Searches

    Chapter 6 Crime Scene Photography

    6.1 Photography in Manual Mode

    6.2 Capturing Range Photographs

    6.3 Documenting a Crime Scene

    Chapter 7 Crime Scene Sketching and Mapping

    7.1 Measuring with English and Metric Rulers

    7.2 Creating an Indoor Sketch

    7.3 Creating an Outdoor Sketch

    7.4 Sketching a Crime Scene

    Chapter 8 Narrative Descriptions: Crime Scene Notes

    and Reports

    8.1 Creating a Field Note Document Template

    Chapter 9 Light Technology in Crime Scene Processing

    9.1 Scene Processing with an ALS

    9.2 Photographing Fluorescent Evidence

    Chapter 10 Basic Skills for Scene Processing:

    Fingerprint Evidence

    10.1 Capturing Examination-Quality Fingerprints

    10.2 Fingerprint Pattern Examination

    10.3 Cyanoacrylate Ester Fuming and Fingerprint Powder

    10.4 Fluorescent Powder Processing

    10.5 Post CA Fuming: Fluorescent Dye Stain Processing (Basic Yellow 40)

    10.6 Fingerprint Development on Adhesive Tape: Crystal Violet

    Post Lab Questions

    10.7 Fingerprint Development on Adhesive Tape: Sticky Side Powder

    10.8 Fingerprint Development on Absorbent Substrates: Iodine

    10.9 Fingerprint Development on Absorbent Surfaces: Ninhydrin

    10.10 Print Development with Small Particle Reagent

    10.11 Recovering Fingerprints from Burned Items

    Chapter 11 Basic Skills for Scene Processing:

    Impression Evidence11.1 Impression Casting: Dental Stone

    11.2 Impression Casting: Mikrosil

    11.3 Print Lifting: Gelatin Lifter

    11.4 Collecting Known Standards: Footwear Standards

    Chapter 12 Shooting Scenes: Evidence and Documentation

    12.1 Application of Firearms and Ballistics Terminology

    12.2 Who Gets the Assignment?

    12.3 Wound Identification

    Chapter 13 Applying Bloodstain Pattern Analysis

    at the Crime Scene

    13.1 Determining Directionality of Bloodstains

    13.2 Determining Angle of Impact

    13.3 Creation and Analysis of Impact Angles

    13.4 False-Positive Exercise

    13.5 Presumptive Tests

    Chapter 14 Special Scene Considerations

    14.1 The Scientific Method in Fire Investigation by Kenneth Wilson, Fire

    Marshal, Azle, Texas

    14.2 The Value of Fire Patterns and Fire Signs by Kenneth Wilson, Fire

    Marshal, Azle, Texas

    14.3 Burial Recovery

    Chapter 15 The Body as a Crime Scene

    15.1 The Body by Marissa Valencia, Deputy Chief Investigator, Travis

    County Medical Examiner’s Office, Austin, Texas

    15.2 Entomology

    Chapter 16 The Role of Crime Scene Analysis and


    16.1 Journal Article Review

    16.2 The Scientific Method

    16.3 Flowcharting Event Segments


    Christine R. Ramirez is the coordinator of the Texas Forensic Science Academy within the Texas A&M University System’s Texas Engineering Extension Service in College Station, Texas. She is an active instructor of crime scene investigation, evidence processing, friction ridge development, and bloodstain pattern analysis. She has developed forensic science courses and served as a subject matter expert for forensic science training manuals. Ms. Ramirez served as the senior crime scene investigator in the crime laboratory of one of the largest sheriff’s offices in Texas. She currently holds a Master Peace Officer license from the state of Texas, with seventeen years of investigative experience. She is a Certified Senior Crime Scene Analyst by the International Association for Identification and is a court-qualified expert in bloodstain pattern analysis and latent print examination. She graduated from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. Ms. Ramirez is a member of the International Association for Identification, Texas Division of the International Association for Identification, and International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts.

    Casie L. Parish-Fisher is currently assistant professor of forensic science in the Bachelor of Science Degree Program at St. Edward’s University, Austin, Texas. She graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Science degree in forensic science. She completed her Master’s of Science degree in DNA profiling at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston, England, and is currently matriculating on her PhD in research topics relating to DNA analysis. She is coeditor of a sui generis anthology titled Pioneering Research in Forensic Science (Lewiston-Queenston-Lampeter: Edwin Mellen Press, 2009) with colleagues from St. Edward’s University, Dr. David M. Horton and instructor Michelle Y. Richter. She is a member of the International Association for Identification and the Texas Division of the International Association for Identification where she is a member of the board of directors and serves on the program committee, the host committee, and as chair of the student membership committee.