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2nd Edition

Death Scene Investigation
Procedural Guide, Second Edition

ISBN 9781498759243
Published November 27, 2017 by CRC Press
570 Pages 168 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Those tasked with investigating death scenes come from a variety of backgrounds and varying levels of experience. Whether a homicide detective, crime scene investigator, medico-legal death investigator, coroner or medical examiner, Death Scene Investigation: Procedural Guide, Second Edition provides the investigator best-practice techniques and procedures for almost any death scene imaginable, including for deaths occurring even under the most unusual of circumstances.

This Second Edition is fully updated to include new coverage on shallow graves, human remains at crime scenes, poisonings, expanded coverage of projectile weapons, videography, touch DNA, death notifications, and a newly added chapter dedicated to sexual deaths. In addition, the book serves as an on-scene ready reference which includes instructions on procedure including the initial notification of a death, processing the scene and body, the investigator's role at autopsy, and analyzing the scene indicators to place evidence into context.

Topics discussed include:

  • Initial response and scene evaluation
  • Death scene management including documentation, sketching, photography, videography, observations, and search procedures
  • A special death investigation matrix that walks the investigator though a decision tree to help in ambiguous deaths
  • Contains discussion of all manners of death, including accident, suicide, natural and homicide
  • Coverage of recovery of human remains from open field, aquatic, and buried sites including estimating the time of death.
  • Wound dynamics and mechanisms of injury that covers asphyxiation, sharp and blunt force trauma, chopping injuries; handgun, rifle, and shotgun wounds, electrical injuries, and more

The bulleted format and spiral binding allows for easy use and reference in the field with sections that are self-contained and cross-referenced for quick searches. With its thorough and detailed approach, Death Scene Investigation, Second Edition will be a must-have addition to any crime scene and death investigator’s tool kit.

Table of Contents

Section 1: Death Scene Investigation 

1. Death Scene Response 

2. Natural Deaths 

3. Accidental Deaths 

4. Suicidal Deaths 

5. Homicidal Deaths 

Section 2: The Medicolegal Death Investigation 

6. The Role of the Medicolegal Death Investigator 

7. The Role of the Coroner 

8. The Role of the Medical Examiner 

9. Autopsy Protocol and the Investigator’s Role 

Section 3: Recovery of Human Remains 

10. Searching for Human Remains 

11. Surface Recovery of Human Remains 

12. Recovery of Buried Human Remains 

13. Aquatic Recovery of Human Remains 

14. Post Mortem Changes 

Section 4: Wound Dynamics and Mechanisms of Injury 

15. Asphyxiation 

16. Sharp Force Injuries 

17. Blunt Force Injuries 

18. Chopping Injuries 

19. Firearm Injuries – Rifle and Pistol 

20. Firearm Injuries – Shotgun 

21. Explosive Injuries 

22. Thermal Injuries 

23. Electrical Injuries 

24. Poisoning 

25. Drug Related Deaths 

Section 5: Special Death Investigations 

26. Infant Death 

27. Child Deaths 

28. Child Sexual Abduction and Murder 

29. Sexual Activities Resulting in Death 

30. Rape and Sexual Assault Resulting in Death 

31. Multiple Victim Death Scenes 

Section 6: Death Scene Management, Tasks and Responsibilities 

32. Death Scene Management 

33. Death Scene Sketching 

34. Death Scene Photography 

35. Death Scene Videography 

36. Death Scene Notes and Observation 

Section 7: Death Scene Evidence Processing 

37. Documenting and Processing Bloodstain Patterns at the Scene 

38. Documenting and Processing the Shooting Scene 

39. Documenting and Processing the Post Blast Scene 

40. Entomological Evidence 

41. Biological Evidence 

42. Trace Evidence 

43. Friction Ridge Evidence 

44. Impression Evidence 

Section 8: Death Investigation Checklist 

Appendix A: Bloodborne Pathogens 

Appendix B: Bloodstain Pattern Decision Matrix 

Appendix C: Druggust Fold

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Michael Maloney is an Independent Forensic Consultant, Trainer and Author. He holds a Master of Forensic Science Degree from George Washington University with a Fellowship in Forensic Medicine the Office of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology. He has 20 years experience as a Special Agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) and Senior Instructor-Federal Law Enforcement Training Center for Death Investigations and Sex Crimes. He is the author of Death Scene Investigation: Procedural Guide and Crime Scene Investigation: Procedural Guide from CRC Press.