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Current Methods in Forensic Gunshot Residue Analysis

1st Edition

By A. J. Schwoeble, David L. Exline

CRC Press

192 pages

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With the ever-spreading problem of violent crime in today's society, techniques to assist forensic scientists and other law enforcement personnel have come to the forefront. With improvement in collection methods and analytical tools to conduct more thorough analyses, gunshot residue examination has made a dramatic impact as an area of trace evidence that is essential in the investigation and prosecution of violent crime.

Current Methods in Forensic Gunshot Residue Analysis deals with major areas of gunshot residue analysis such as current and future methods of analysis, collection techniques, interpretation of evidence as well as expert testimony and report writing.

This text is a necessity for any forensic scientist conducting this type of analysis and all other law enforcement personnel, academia, and lawyers involved in the investigation and prosecution of violent crimes involving firearms.

Reviews

… a useful reference for forensic specialists in this field … a relatively easy-to-read educational tool for law enforcement personnel and members of the justice system. …an excellent book which delivers a great deal of useful information in the area of gunshot residue analysis.

—Bruce Kramarchuk, I/C Firearms Section, RCMP Forensic Laboratory, Regina, in Canadian Society of Forensic Science Journal

Excellent value for its money. This book should prove very useful to forensic scientists involved in GSR analysis. It should also be useful for undergraduate and postgraduate students of forensic science and forensic medicine, and to law enforcement personnel in general. Fully recommended.

Anil Aggrawal's Internet Journal of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Volume 3, Number 1, January - June 2002

Table of Contents

GUNSHOT RESIDUE (GSR) AS FORENSIC EVIDENCE

Introduction

Value of GSR as Trace Evidence

Degradation of GSR

Transfer of GSR

Specific Areas of GSR Deposition

Collection of GSR Evidence

General Crime Scene Considerations

Examination of GSR

EXPLANATION OF GUNSHOT RESIDUE

Particle Formation

Classification of GSR Particles

Uniqueness of Composition

Terminology

Environmental Considerations in GSR Examination

METHODS OF EXAMINATION OF GUNSHOT RESIDUE

Principal Techniques

Scanning Electron Microscopy/Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy

Automated SEM Analysis

Variable Pressure SEM

Other Methods of Analysis

A STUDY OF PLUME CONCENTRATIONS

The Plume Study

Summary of Results

Particle Fallout

Conclusions

AMMUNITION

Firearms

Rifles

Shotguns

Pistols

Cartridges

Bullet

Powder Charges

Primer

Head Stamps

.22 Caliber Ammunition Composition

Ammunition Composition Studies

GSR Studies: U.S. Manufacture Pistol Primers

General Observations from Test Firings

Revolvers vs. Semi-Automatics

DOCUMENTATION OF EVEIDENCE AND TESTIMONY

Note Taking

Report Writing

Chain of Custody

Expert Testimony

GLOSSARY

BIBLIOGRAPHY

INDEX

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW026000
LAW / Criminal Law / General
LAW041000
LAW / Forensic Science