1st Edition

Scientific Protocols for Forensic Examination of Clothing

    252 Pages
    by CRC Press

    251 Pages 85 Color Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    When a crime or other incident takes place, clothing items are often present or left behind, and can become directly involved in the case itself. Items of clothing are thus one of the most common types of exhibit examined in court. They can provide valuable information in cases of violent crimes, such as homicide or rape, as well as in burglary, robbery, arson, and vehicular accidents.

    A unique reference in the forensic arena

    The first of its kind, Scientific Protocols for Forensic Examination of Clothing discusses the forensic examination of clothing in criminal cases. It examines the ramifications of DNA profiling and its effect on the screening approach to clothing examination. Coverage includes protocols and procedures, preliminary assessment, examination, testing and sampling, quality assurance and control, and the significance of results.

    Applicable to a myriad of readers

    Suitable for a wide range of readers, this book is designed for examiners trying to decide how to approach a clothing examination, those looking for more information on a specific topic, laboratory quality assurance officers in need of a reliable reference, as well as attorneys, investigators, archaeologists, and curators.

    Expert authors

    Author Jane Moira Taupin has testified as a forensic expert more than 130 times. Chesterene Cwiklik is a founder of the Pacific Coast Forensic Science Institute. Their expertise makes this a valuable resource for all those who examine clothing items and interpret subsequent findings.

    Protocols, Procedures, and Philosophy. Preliminary Inquiries. Preliminary Assessment. Stains and Deposits. Pattern Evidence. Damage. Human Biological Evidence. Traces and Debris. Results and Their Significance. Appendices. Index.


    Forensic scientists and technicians, attorneys, and judges.