The Criminalistics Laboratory Manual: The Basics of Forensic Investigation provides students with little to no prior knowledge of forensic science with a practical crime scene processing experience. The manual starts with an original crime scene narrative setting up the crime students are to solve. This narrative is picked up in each of the forensic science lab activities, tying each forensic discipline together to show the integrated workings of a real crime lab. After the completion of all of the exercises, the student will be able to solve the homicide based on forensic evidence.
"Criminalistics Laboratory Manual provides students who have little or no prior knowledge of forensic science with a practical crime scene processing experience. The manual starts with a crime scene narrative, setting up the crime the students are to solve. This narrative is picked up in each of the 17 forensic science lab activities, tying all forensic disciplines together to show the integrated workings of a real crime lab."-- The Journal, Fall/Winter 2013 "Erickson…offers a textbook for an online forensics course, substituting household products and office supplies for the chemicals and equipment used in conventional classroom and laboratory courses. She demonstrates each step of the process from the initial 911 call to the final questions used to qualify an expert witness at trial in 17 laboratory sessions pivoting on an extended fictional murder case."-- Reference & Research Book News, December 2013
Preface Introduction: The Crime Laboratory #1 – Crime Scene Laboratory #2 – Photography Laboratory #3 – Evidence Collection Laboratory #4 – Autopsy /Wound Documentation Laboratory #5 – Fingerprint Processing Laboratory #6 – Fingerprint 10-print Card Laboratory #7 – Questioned Documents Laboratory #8 – Footwear / Tire Impressions Laboratory #9 – Tool Marks Laboratory #10 – Odontology Laboratory #11 – Blood Typing Laboratory #12 – Blood Spatter Analysis Laboratory #13 – Glass Laboratory #14 – Hair and Fiber Laboratory #15 – Drugs and Toxicology Laboratory #16 – Digital Forensics Laboratory #17 – The Trial Glossary of Terms Appendix with Report Forms