A classic in the field, Criminal Investigation: A Method for Reconstructing the Past, Eighth Edition, presents the fundamentals of criminal investigation and provides a sound method for reconstructing a crime based on three major sources of information: people, physical evidence, and records. By breaking information sources into these three major components, the book provides a logical approach that helps students remember and achieve mastery of these essentials. More than a simplistic introductory text, yet written in an easy-to-read, user-friendly format, it offers a broad treatment of criminal investigation.
Updated and streamlined since the prior edition, the text covers the foundations and principles of criminal investigation, analysis of specific crimes, and explores special topics including enterprise crime, arson and explosives, computers and technological crime, increasing threats and emerging crime, and terrorism and urban disorder. This discussion of contemporary and future criminal activity teaches students facts about the present as well as the skills to stay current in a rapidly changing field.
This book is indispensable for core courses in criminal investigation. Chapters include a variety of helpful charts, tables, and illustrations, as well as discussion questions that provide focus on the most important points. A glossary provides definitions for terms that have specialized meanings, and an online companion site offers an array of resources for both students and instructors.
SECTION I:The Foundation and Principles of Criminal Investigation
PART A: Introduction
1 The Role of the Investigator
2 Physical Evidence: Development, Interpretation, Investigative Value
3 The Crime Scene: Discovery, Preservation, Collection, and
Transmission of Evidence
4 Managing Criminal Investigations
PART B: The Investigative Function
5 Records and Files: Investigative Uses and Sources
6 Eyewitness Identification
7 Victims, Witnesses, and Human Resources
PART C: Follow-Up Measures: Reaping Information
8 Surveillance: A Fact-Finding Tool - Legality and Practice
9 Interrogation of Suspects and Hostile Witnesses
10 Reconstructing the Past: Methods, Evidence, Examples
PART D: Applying the Principles to Criminal Investigation
11 Crime and Constitutional Law: The Foundations of Criminal Investigation
12 Evidence and Effective Testimony
SECTION II: Analyses of Crime
15 Rape and Other Sex Crimes
SECTION III: Special Topics
17 Enterprise Crime: Organized, Economic, and White-Collar Crime
18 Arson and Explosives
19 Computers and Technological Crime
20 Increasing Threats and Emerging Crime
21 Terrorism and Urban Disorder
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