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Illustrated Guide to Crlme Scene Investigation

1st Edition

By Nicholas Petraco, Hal Sherman

CRC Press

488 pages | 400 B/W Illus.

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You are the first to arrive at the scene. You secure the area, and record what the human eye can see so far. You begin your search. You come across what appears to be physical evidence, and proceed to carefully document, package, and transport it to the lab. You fill out the routine paperwork, and feel secure in the knowledge that you have done everything possible to uncover every piece of crucial evidence - but have you?

Co-authored by two seasoned forensic professionals, the Illustrated Guide to Crime Scene Investigation is an essential reference that explains the protocols used in successful crime scene investigation. It presents straightforward and scientifically supported procedures in a vivid pictorial format that explain how to accurately and efficiently document what has been left behind at the scene of a crime.

This comprehensive resource presents the concept of SCRIPT: the Searching for and Collection of, Recording, Initializing, Packaging, and Transporting of physical evidence from the scene of a forensic inquiry to a forensic laboratory. It outlines this methodology by providing step-by-step instructions, over 400 photographs, other illustrations, and short narrative segments that guide you through crime scene investigations involving burglary, homicide, robbery, sex crime, and arson or explosion.

If you want to be confident that you have uncovered and carefully processed every bit of potential physical evidence on the scene, then the Illustrated Guide to Crime Scene Investigation is the one reference to have with you every time.


ad>Includes 400 photographs, making this the must-have resource for mastering crime scene investigation

Table of Contents


Processing the Scene of a Burglary

Processing the Scene of a Homicide

Processing a Robbery Scene

Processing of a Sexual Assault Scene

Processing Scenes of Arson or Explosion

Investigation of Leaving the Scene

of an Auto Accident

Appendix A: Essential Crime Scene Equipment

Appendix B: Photographic Review of Evidence Collection

and Packaging Techniques

Appendix C: Photographing a Crime Scene

Appendix D: Photographic Review of Recognition

and Documentation of Physical Evidence

Appendix E: Crime Scene Forms and Diagrams

Commonly Used

Appendix F: Avoiding Potential Mistakes While Processing

A Crime Scene

Appendix G: WMD Crime Scene Processing




Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Forensic Science