Crime Scene Investigation and Reconstruction

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9780131119093: Crime Scene Investigation and Reconstruction

For first- and second-year Crime Scene Investigation, and Criminal Investigation courses in criminal justice. This book provides clear guidelines for superior crime scene investigation, giving concrete methodologies for effective and efficient investigation of crime scenes. The text focuses on clear concept explanation and provides reference work with regard to adequate and appropriate crime scene investigations. It includes coverage of documentation protocols, fundamental collection and preservation techniques, and laboratory analytical strategies.

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Crime Scene Investigation and Reconstruction is a comprehensive textbook for courses offered in crime scene investigation and reconstruction. It is suited for students enrolled in all levels of law enforcement training. The textbook is a necessary supplement to courses in criminal investigation, criminalistics, and a wide range of other forensic science courses. Law enforcement agencies will also find this book to be a valuable reference manual. The reader is introduced to crime scene reconstruction, which is one of the primary goals of crime scene investigation, and an important tool in criminal investigations and prosecutions. Actual cases are presented throughout the text, which illustrate how the collection of physical evidence is so valuable in helping to solve crimes and eventually bringing the offenders to justice.

The following features of this book are of exceptional interest:

  • Introduction to the crucial concepts of physical evidence, as they apply to its collection and its forensic laboratory examination and interpretation by the forensic scientist
  • Comprehensive procedures methodologies for crime scene searches, photography, sketching, and collection of all major physical evidence categories
  • Chapters on the primary types of physical evidence, including their laboratory examinations and interpretation
  • Extensive chapter on sexual assault investigations, including physical evidence collected from the crime scene, the victim, and from the suspect
  • Comprehensive chapter on homicide scene investigations, including the procedures essential to the forensic autopsy
  • Crime scene reconstruction chapter, incorporating the various types of physical evidence used in reconstructions

About the Author:

Robert Ogle attended the University of California in Berkeley, California, earning a Bachelor's degree in Letters and Science, with a major in Zoology. He attended several California State Universities as a graduate student in Biology and in Criminology. Mr. Ogle is the author of Crime Scene Investigation and Physical Evidence Manual (a widely accepted text in crime scene investigation); 0. J. Simpson: Not Guilty by Reason of Inanity; and (with coauthor Michelle J. Fox) Atlas of Human Hair Microscopic Characteristics. He was a Criminalist with the Contra Costa County, California, Sheriff-Coroner and was a Criminalist and Managing Criminalist with the California Department of Justice before entering private practice as a forensic consultant. Also, he has served as a forensic consultant for defense counsel in a number of homicide cases, including the People v. Randy Kraft (the largest serial murder case tried in the United States). He was a guest instructor in crime scene investigation courses in California Community Colleges and Law Enforcement Training Centers. Mr. Ogle has given many papers to forensic meetings and has published many articles in forensic journals and law enforcement publications. Currently retired from active teaching and consulting, he restricts his professional activities to writing in the field of forensic science.

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