1st Edition

Real-World Crime Scene Investigation
A Step-by-Step Procedure Manual

ISBN 9781498707442
Published June 16, 2016 by CRC Press
396 Pages - 25 Color & 197 B/W Illustrations

USD $67.95

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Book Description

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.

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

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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.


"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)