3rd Edition

Practical Bomb Scene Investigation





ISBN 9781498773089
Published July 18, 2017 by CRC Press
556 Pages

USD $160.00

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Book Description

Now in its Third Edition, Practical Bomb Scene Investigation explores the investigative process that improvised explosive device (IED) specialists undertake at the scene of an explosion. Providing easy-to-understand, step-by-step procedures for managing and processing a bomb scene, it enables investigators to find the evidence and then make sense of what is found. The book is not only a roadmap on how to find and collect evidence and assess the scene, but also provides instruction on identifying the bombmaker's signature through latent print, DNA, explosive residue, metallurgical, and toolmark examination and forensic analysis.

Table of Contents



Dedication





Acknowledgements





About the Author





Forward





Introduction



Chapter One: Explosion Theory and Dynamics





Chapter Two: Identification and Recognition of Commercial, Improvised, and Military Explosives





Chapter Three: Improvised Explosive Device Components: Pre- and Post-Blast Identification





Chapter Four: Investigation of the Explosion Scene and Collection of Evidence





Chapter Five: Bomb Scene Investigator and Weapons of Mass Destruction





Chapter Six: Introduction to the Identification of Military Ordnance





Chapter Seven: Capabilities of the Forensic Laboratory: Reading the Bomber’s Signature





Chapter Eight: Tactical Post-Blast Investigation





Appendix A: Chart of Explosive Products





Appendix B: United States and Foreign Names of Explosives, Part I and Part II





Appendix C: Access Control Log





Appendix D: Guidelines for the Prevention of Contamination of Explosives Evidence





Appendix E: Personnel Resources for the Bomb Scene Investigation





Appendix F: Supplies and Equipment for the Bomb Scene Investigation





Appendix G: Administrative Worksheet





Appendix H: Narrative Description





Appendix I: Evidence Recovery Log





Appendix J: Latent Print Lift Log





Appendix K: Photographic Log





Appendix L: Diagram Log





Appendix M: Explosive Residue Swabbing Instructions





Appendix N: Standard Military Ordnance Color Coding System





Appendix O: Bomb Threat Stand-Off Distances





Appendix P: Table of Bioterrorism Agent Properties





Appendix Q: Table of Chemical Agent Properties



Glossary



Index

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Biography



James T. Thurman has worked in the explosives field for more than 30 years, first as a U.S. Army bomb disposal technician and then as a special agent with the FBI. He continues to lecture and provide training on the methods of bomb scene investigation and explosives avoidance to domestic and international training schools and audiences. He is currently a professor at the Eastern Kentucky University, teaching a unique academic program on fire, arson, and explosion investigation. He holds a BA from Eastern Kentucky University and an MS Degree in Forensic Science from the George Washington University.