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Practical Crime Scene Analysis and Reconstruction

1st Edition

By Ross M. Gardner, Tom Bevel

CRC Press

302 pages | 230 Color Illus.

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Description

Crime scene reconstruction (CSR) is today’s hot topic. The immense proliferation of television, print, and electronic media directed at this area has generated significant public interest, albeit occasionally encouraging inaccurate perceptions. Practical Crime Scene Analysis and Reconstruction bridges the gap between perception and reality, helping readers understand the nature of the scientific method and teaching the proper application of its components.

A proven methodology

The book begins by recounting the history of crime scene analysis and exploring fundamental principles. Then the authors introduce their proven methodology, known as Event Analysis. This technique defines specific actions, discusses the order of those actions, and offers significant insight into determining what did or did not happen in the course of the incident under investigation. Using case studies and more than 200 color photos, the book demonstrates this method and how it can be used to explain clues that would otherwise be puzzling or ambiguous.

Practical advice from the crime scene to the courtroom

The authors show how to resolve significant questions that arise in the course of CSR through the use of an event analysis worksheet. The book also discusses crime scene protocol, bloodstain pattern analysis, gunshot investigation, and forensic pathology and the human body. The final chapters provide instruction on writing crime scene reports, discuss ethical issues, and give advice on courtroom presentation.

Includes color photos demonstrating the science of CSR on:

  • Superposition
  • Timing and sequence
  • Bloodstain analysis
  • Ballistics
  • Wound patterns

Reviews

From the Foreword:

"Each author possesses a unique ability to distill complex issues into easily understood concepts. This book presents a clear and precise methodology … serious practitioners cannot afford to abstain from studying the information provided here."

—Thomas W. Adair, President, Association for Crime Scene Reconstruction

Table of Contents

An Introduction and History of Crime Scene Analysis

Distinguishing Crime Scene Analysis from Crime Scene Processing

Pioneers in Crime Scene Analysis: A History of the Discipline

The Future

Theoretical and Practical Considerations for Implementing Crime Scene Analysis

Who Qualifies as a Crime Scene Analyst?

Fundamental Beliefs for Crime Scene Analysis

When Is Crime Scene Analysis Employed?

Event Analysis: A Practical Methodology for Crime Scene Reconstruction

The Event Analysis Process

Resolving Significant Investigative Questions in CSR

Using the Event Analysis Worksheet

Event Analysis Worksheet Explained

Statement Analysis Using the Worksheets

Understanding Crime Scene Protocols and Their Effect

on Reconstruction

The Importance of the Crime Scene Investigator

Role of the Initial Responding Officer

Incorporating the Basic Crime Scene Activities into a Crime Scene Protocol

Applying Bloodstain Pattern Analysis to Crime Scene

Reconstruction

A Background of Bloodstain Pattern Analysis

Impact Angle and Directionality

Bloodstain Classification

Area of Origin Evaluations

Shooting Scene Processing and Reconstruction

Mathew Noedel

Understanding Ammunition

Understanding Firearms

Reconstruction Potential Associated with Firearms

Accidental versus Unintentional Discharge

Handling Firearms at a Scene

Recording Impacts and Ricochets

Gunshot Residue Examination

Processing Shooting Scenes

The Forensic Pathologist, the Body, and Crime Scene

Reconstruction

Scott A Wagner, MD

Theory and Approach to Death Scene Investigation

The Body and the Death Scene

Writing Crime Scene Reconstruction Reports

Essential Report Elements

Arguments and Ethics

Deductive and Inductive Arguments

The Role of Logic in Crime Scene Analysis

An Ethical Approach to Crime Scene Analysis

Developing and Using Demonstrative Exhibits in Support of the Crime Scene Analysis

Iris Dalley

Collection of Data

Analysis of Data

Index

About the Authors/Editor

Ross M. Gardner is an active instructor and consultant throughout the United States in crime scene analysis, bloodstain pattern analysis, and crime scene investigation; teaching to a variety of groups ranging from police and investigative organizations to trial counsel professional development groups. Tom Bevel is president of Bevel, Gardner and Associates, Inc., a forensic education and consulting company. He is also an associate professor in the Masters of Forensic Science program at the University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond.

About the Series

Practical Aspects of Criminal and Forensic Investigations

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW041000
LAW / Forensic Science
MED067000
MEDICAL / Pathology