The utilization of footwear impression evidence continues to evolve with new materials, equipment and techniques, providing an increased ability to detect, record, enhance, and examine this form of evidence. Recently developed technology now allows investigators to more efficiently or, in some cases, instantly link multiple crime scenes where impressions have been produced by the same perpetrator.
Forensic Footwear Evidence covers a wide range of relevant topics, including historical references, general information about the formation and investigative use of footwear impressions, and the best practices and considerations that apply to the recovery, enhancement, and examination of this evidence. Drawing on the author’s 44 years of acquired knowledge and experience, it is the most comprehensive and authoritative text published to date on this topic. Highlighted topics covered within the book include
- Three chapters covering footwear manufacturing
- Shoe grading, sizing, and the forensic application of sizing information
- Examination and reporting procedures
- Casting impressions in snow
- Barefoot evidence
- Topics of interest for both prosecution and defense attorneys
The book includes more than 300 color photographs and illustrations throughout, as well as case examples that apply theoretical concepts to the real world. A single, complete reference on the subject, Forensic Footwear Evidence presents a wide range wealth of information that will serve as an invaluable reference to novice and experienced examiners, crime scene technicians, investigators, and prosecution and defense counselors alike.
Table of Contents
General Information about Footwear Evidence. Photographing Footwear Evidence. Casting Three-Dimensional Impressions. Recovering Impressions in Snow. Treatment and Lifting of Two-Dimensional Footwear Impressions. Blunt Force Pattern Injuries. Enhancement of Footwear Impression Evidence. Sizing Feet and Footwear. Manufacturing: Producing and Texturing Molds. Manufacturing: Molding Processes and Modification of Outsoles. Manufacturing: Cutting Outsoles from Sheet Stock. Outsole Design and Dimension. Evaluation of General Wear. Randomly Acquired Characteristics. Known Footwear and Known Impression Standards. Examination of Crime Scene Impressions with Known Footwear. Written Reports and Court Testimony. Impressions of the Foot. Some Case Examples. Topics Regarding The Prosecution and the Defense. Resources.
William J. Bodziak holds an MS in forensic science and has spent over 44 years in the field of footwear and tire evidence. He created the first technical conferences on footwear and tire evidence held in 1983 and 1984, taught the subsequent forensic footwear courses at the FBI Academy, and organized the first International Symposium on Footwear and Tire evidence at the FBI Academy in 1994. He has instructed classes in the forensic examination of footwear and tire evidence on over 150 occasions throughout the United States and in other countries and has provided testimony on over 500 occasions in the US, Canada, South Africa, Israel, Guam, Saipan, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. He has written three other books, several book chapters, and many journal articles. He has been an active member and participated in numerous professional organizations throughout his career.