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Real-World Crime Scene Investigation

A Step-by-Step Procedure Manual, 1st Edition

By Gabriele Suboch

CRC Press

396 pages | 25 Color Illus. | 197 B/W Illus.

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Real-World Crime Scene Investigation: A Step-by-Step Procedure Manual is designed as a field guide providing instruction on how to document a crime scene, including sketching, mapping, searching, collecting, and preserving physical evidence. It also addresses how to document a crime scene using photography and videography. It introduces modern forensic equipment, processing procedures, techniques, and methods. Interspersed throughout the book, hints and cautions provide tips on how to efficiently accomplish specific tasks or to warn crime scene personnel about commonly made errors.

In using this book, readers will understand the specifics of various types of crime scenes in regard to documentation and gathering evidence. Its step-by-step approach allows quick learning of how to approach each crime scene to ensure a full investigation is conducted.

Real-World Crime Scene Investigation looks at the entire process of crime scene investigation—from securing the crime scene and collecting evidence to how the evidence, once analyzed, can help investigators recreate events. Author Gabrielle Suboch draws upon her more than 25 years of hands-on crime scene investigation, and her years teaching at several colleges, to provide a comprehensive and highly readable resource on crime scene investigation.


"The book is laid out well in that it’s very easy to read and … each chapter provides good clear pictures. Overall the book is a wealth of knowledge with lots of good advice, lots of procedures." –Gary Howard for CSEye, February 2018 (a publication of The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences)

Table of Contents

Tools of the Trade


Forensic Tools to Document the Crime Scene

Evidence Collection

Tools to Develop Evidence

Additional Tools for Evidence Recovery



Forensic Photography

Camera Equipment

Photography Basics

Specialized Photography on Scene and in the Laboratory

Crime Scene Photography

The Expert Witness

Legal Challenges of Forensic Photography

Checklist for Crime Scene Photography



Impression Pattern Evidence


Shoe and Tire Impressions

Tool Mark Impressions


Arriving at the Crime Scene


Documenting the Scene

Searching for Additional Evidence

Managing Crime Scene Searches

Developing, Analyzing, and Reconstructing the Scene of a Crime

Evidence Collection, Packaging, and Preservation

Motor Vehicles Involved in a Crime

Final Walk-Through


Excavation, Bones, Bugs, and Botany


Identification of the Remains through Forensic Anthropology

Facial Reconstruction

Identification of the Victim through Forensic Odontology




Crime Scene Reconstruction

What Is Bloodstain Pattern Analysis?

Firearms and Shooting Reconstruction

Glass Fracture Match


Death Investigation

What Is a Death Investigation?


Death Investigations


Mixed Cases

Multi-Agency Investigations

Appendix A: Forensic Databases

Appendix B: Violent Crimes and Homicide Field Notes

About the Author

Gabriele Suboch, PhD, is a professor in criminal justice studies, after retiring from a career in law enforcement. Her experience includes over 25 years of experience in law enforcement with the Bavarian State Police in Germany, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office in Fort Myers, Florida, and is currently volunteering as an Auxiliary Deputy with Hendry County Sheriff’s Office in Labelle, Florida. She has testified as an expert witness in fingerprint technology, crime scene investigation, crime scene photography, and bloodstain pattern analysis. She was the lead crime scene investigator on, and has testified in such high profile cases as, the Gateway double murder, Juan Mendez double murder in Lehigh Acres, Florida, and the murder of Mrs. Lame, which had been broadcast live on Court TV and on the Internet.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Criminal Law / General
LAW / Forensic Science