Beating the Devil's Game: A History of Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation
by Katherine M. Ramsland
Today, the basic scientific precepts of criminal investigation-fingerprinting, DNA, ballistics, and more-are widely known among professionals and lay people alike. But behind each of these now-commonplace concepts is a compelling story of the evolution of science and law, spearheaded by innovative thinkers, many of whom risked their careers and reputations for the sake of justice. Dr. Katherine Ramsland traces that development from thirteenth-century Chinese studies of decomposition rates through the flowering of science during the Renaissance, up to the marvels of the present day and beyond.
Bodies of Evidence: Forensic Science and Crime
by Scott Christianson
From the crime scene to the courtroom, forensic science has revolutionized detective investigation over the past 70 years. Today, forensic science is an essential part of the prosecution process, with many convictions being secured solely on forensic evidence. "Bodies of Evidence" looks in detail at the development and evolution of forensic science and discusses it in relation to real CSIs (crime scene investigations), forensic laboratories, and the court of law.
Every Contact Leaves a Trace: Crime Scene Experts Talk About Their Work From Discovery Through Verdict
by Connie Fletcher
Real crime scene investigation is vastly more complicated, arduous, bizarre, and fascinating than TV's streamlined versions. Most people who work actual investigations will tell you that the science never lies -- but people can. They may also contaminate evidence, or not know what to look for in crime scenes that typically are far more chaotic and confusing, whether inside or outside, than on TV. Forensic experts will tell you that the most important person entering a scene is the very first responding officer - the chain of evidence starts with this officer and holds or breaks according to what gets stepped on, or over, collected or contaminated, looked past, or looked over, from every person who enters or interprets the scene, all the way through the crime lab and trial.
Forensic Science: An Encyclopedia of History, Methods, and Techniques
by William J. Tilstone
From dandruff to DNA, from ammunition to infrared spectrophotometry, forensic scientists employ the commonplace and the esoteric to get their man or woman. "Forensic Science" is the only comprehensive reference work accessible to nonexperts on this fast-changing and ever-fascinating field of criminological study. Readers will learn how the latest scientific breakthroughs and the well-honed instincts of forensics experts come together to provide the clues and amass the evidence to bring America's most notorious criminals to justice.
Irrefutable Evidence: Adventures in the History of Forensic Science
by Michael Kurland
The rise of scientific thinking in finding, catching, and convicting criminals--and, just as important, freeing the innocent--has transformed society's assault on crime. Before scientific detective work, early attempts to maintain public safety relied on the severity of punishment rather than any probability of apprehension. But with the rapid development of the sciences in the nineteenth century, some techniques began to spill over into more effective police work. Michael Kurland's engrossing history of forensic science recounts this remarkable progress, which continues to the present.
The Real World of a Forensic Scientist: Renowned Experts Reveal What It Takes to Solve Crimes
by Henry C. Lee
With the skyrocketing popularity of TV crime shows like CSI and CSI-Miami, interest in forensic science has reached unprecedented levels. However compelling these programs are as dramas, they spread many misconceptions about the real world of the forensic scientist. Students who wish to pursue a career in this field are often unaware of the many diverse career choices available or have superficial notions of the rigors involved. This in-depth insider's guide to this crucial area of criminal investigation provides a realistic picture of the education, skills, challenges, and rewards involved in the many specialties that encompass forensic science.
The Scientific Sherlock Holmes: Cracking the Case with Science and Forensics
by James F. O'Brien
One of the most popular and widely known characters in all of fiction, Sherlock Holmes has an enduring appeal based largely on his uncanny ability to make the most remarkable deductions from the most mundane facts. O'Brien provides an in-depth look at Holmes's use of science in his investigations. He reveals that Holmes was a pioneer of forensic science, making use of fingerprinting well before Scotland Yard itself had adopted the method, and discusses mathematics, physics, biology, astronomy, meteorology, and geology, always in the context of Holmes's exploits.