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Practical Homicide Investigation®
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Click here for Book info Practical Homicide Investigation: Tactics, Procedures,
and Forensic Techniques, 5th Edition

Author: Vernon J. Geberth, M.S., M.P.S., B.B.A., FBINA
Fellow, American Academy of Forensic Sciences
Lieutenant Commander (Retired), New York City Police Department

Click here for Book info Sex-Related Homicide and Death Investigation: Practical and Clinical Perspectives

Author: Vernon J. Geberth, M.S., M.P.S., B.B.A., FBINA
Lieutenant Commander (Retired), New York City Police Department
Click here for Book info Autoerotic Deaths: Practical Forensic and Investigative Perspectives

Authors: Anny Sauvageau, Vernon J. Geberth
Click here for Field Guide info *NEW* Practical Homicide Investigation Checklist and Field Guide, 2nd Edition
How to investigate a death scene when you can't afford to wait...

Author: Vernon J. Geberth, M.S., M.P.S., B.B.A., FBINA
Lieutenant Commander (Retired), New York City Police Department

A Volume in the Practical Aspects of Criminal and Forensic Investigations Series, Edited by Vernon J. Geberth


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Analyzing 911 Homicide Calls
Authors Tracy Harpster and Susan H. Adams


This book provides police investigators and homicide detectives with a practical method of analyzing 911 homicide calls to uncover the truth. A structured analysis of 911 homicide calls can directly aid in developing investigative leads, planning interviews and solving cases. Case examples present proven, reliable methods as to when a caller is telling the truth or not. This book lays out a framework to analyze the call to determine truth from fiction. Every member of the investigative team, from call-taker to first responder, investigator, coroner’s investigators, and prosecutor, can contribute to the success of investigations through their knowledge of 911 call analysis.


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Practical Aspects of Rape Investigation
Authors Robert R. Hazelwood and Ann Wolbert Burgess


This latest edition addresses rape and sexual assaults from all clinical, pathological, medical, and legal aspects. The book focuses on the victim and covers contemporary issues in sexual violence, investigative aspects of rape and sexual assault, offender fantasy, the personality of the offender, collection of evidence, medical examinations, and treatment, as well as trial preparation issues. Special topics include pedophiles, female and juvenile offenders, drug-facilitated rape, sexual sadism, elder abuse, and sexual assault within the military.


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Gunshot Wounds
Author Vincent J. M. Dimaio


Written by the nation's foremost authority on gunshot wounds and forensic techniques as they relate to firearm injuries, this third edition of a bestseller provides critical updates to information on gunshot wounds and the weapons and ammunition used to inflict them. The book describes practical aspects of ballistics, wound ballistics, and the classification of various wounds caused by handguns, rifles, and shotguns. It also explains autopsy techniques and procedures and laboratory analyses relating to weapons and gunshot evidence. A much-needed update after nearly 20 years, the third edition of Gunshot Wounds provides the latest and most thorough information on firearms and best practices for examining firearm-related wounds.

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Practical Crime Scene Analysis and Reconstruction
Authors Ross Gardner and Tom Bevel


This book bridges the gap between perception and reality. It is designed to help the reader understand the nature of the scientific method and teaches the proper application of its components. Using case studies and more than 200 color photos, the book demonstrates this Event Analysis methodology and how it can be applied to the crime scene investigation.

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Tire Tread and Tire Track Evidence: Recovery and Forensic Examination
Author Bill Bodziak


This book is designed assist the investigator in linking vehicles to crimes through the impressions and treads those vehicles leave at the crime scene.

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Handbook of Forensic Toxicology for Medical Examiners
Author D.K. Molina, M. D.


Forensic professionals, often working through heavy caseloads, require quick and easy access to reliable sources of information to help interpret toxicology results. This concise handbook references the most common toxic substances and their levels of toxicity, making it ideal for quick confirmation in the field or the lab.

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COLD CASE HOMICIDES: Practical Investigative Techniques
Author Richard H. Walton


Written by a seasoned professional with over 30 years of experience in law enforcement, Cold Case Homicides, this guide defines the characteristics of a cold case homicide; details various investigative methods used by law enforcement agencies; explores the actual experiences of detectives in re-opening case files; and presents current technologies such as ViCAP, HITS, and TracKRS used in the identification of cases related to the re-opened case, or its perpetrator. It also highlights technological changes that contribute greatly to law enforcement's abilities to solve cold case homicides such as computerized print technology, the specificity of DNA, and the expanding data banks that enable the linkage of previously unknown suspects to the crimes they committed.

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Forensic Pathology, Second Edition
Authors: Vincent J. M. DiMaio and Dominick J DiMaio


Medicolegal investigation of death is the most crucial and significant function of the medical examiner within the criminal justice system. The medical examiner is primarily concerned with violent, sudden, unexpected, and suspicious deaths and is responsible for determining the cause and manner of death, identifying the deceased, determining the approximate time of death and injury, collecting evidence from the body, issuing the death certificate, and documenting these events through an official autopsy report. The basis of the medicolegal investigation is forensic pathology.

Written for both medical and investigative professionals, Forensic Pathology, Second Edition presents an overview of medicolegal investigative systems. Completely updated, the book examines investigative techniques and procedures that lead to obtaining accurate conclusions of death by homicide, accident, or suicide.

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Bloodstain Pattern Analysis: With an Introduction to Crime Scene Reconstruction, 3rd Edition
Authors: Tom Bevel and Ross M Gardner


Used properly, bloodstain pattern analysis helps establish events associated with violent crimes. As such, it is a critical bridge between forensics and the ultimate goal of forensics, defining an accurate crime reconstruction. The second edition of this bestselling book is thoroughly updated to employ the latest protocols, including the application of scientific method, the use of flow charts, and the inter-relationship of crime scene analysis to criminal profiling. It provides more illustrations, including color photographs, and explains the use of computer programs to create demonstrative evidence for court. Bloodstain Pattern Analysis aids forensic scientists, investigators, and attorneys in understanding violent crime scenes. It provides quick and accurate information to help the reader understand blood stain pattern information.

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The Counterterrorism Handbook: Tactics, Procedures, and Techniques, Second Edition
Authors: Frank Bolz, Jr., Kenneth J Dudonis and David P Schulz


The Counterterrorism Handbook: Tactics, Procedures, and Techniques lays out a comprehensive strategy of how to deal with an entire range of possible terrorist incidents in a language friendly to first responders, policymakers, and security personnel. It covers everything from bombings and hostage-taking, to nuclear terrorism and what needs to be done before, during, and after an event.

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Practical Criminal Investigations in Correctional Facilities
Author: William R Bell


- Targets a growing need for trained correctional investigators
- Provides more than 60 prison crime scene photos and over 50 case histories to increase interest and convey principles
- Focuses on most common crimes in prison systems
- Covers investigations by type of crime committed, such as drugs, escapes, sexual assault, theft, and homicide
- Addresses natural, accidental, and suicidal death investigation
- Includes start to finish procedures, from gaining intelligence through prosecution
- Details techniques peculiar to correctional institution venues when covering intelligence acquisition from informants and undercover operations
- Presents legal aspects such as warrants, court preparation, and testimony
- Provides an in-depth look at what a prosecuting attorney wants and needs for a successful prison prosecution.

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Practical Aspects of Interview and Interrogation, Second Edition
Authors: David E Zulawski and Douglas E Wicklander


Covering the entire sequence of events that occur during the interview and interrogation process, this book provides a realistic building block approach that allows you to move from a preliminary accusation to an ultimate confession by applying practical rules to the process. It gives you the flexibility to select a number of different paths to proceed in an interrogation of a suspect. Useful in both the law enforcement and private sectors, Practical Aspects of Interview and Interrogation, Second Edition allows you to deal effectively with the complex problems of interviewing and interrogating victims, witnesses, suspects, and even potential employees.

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Practical Aspects of Rape Investigation:
A Multidisciplinary Approach, Fourth Edition

Authors: Robert R Hazelwood and Ann Wolbert Burgess


Practical Aspects of Rape Investigation: A Multidisciplinary Approach, Fourth Edition presents several new chapters and expertly advances the state of knowledge for police, health professionals, rape crisis staffs, and other criminal justice professionals.

The book begins with a focus on the victim and reviews contemporary issues in the field of sexual violence, discusses the impact of sexual assault on the victim, and outlines victim care services. Then, from an investigative perspective, the book examines the relevance of fantasy, impulsive and ritualistic behavior, the personality of the offender, victim and offender interviews, geographic profiling, false allegations, and false confessions.

A discussion of forensics and the court includes topics on collection of evidence, medical examinations and treatment, and trial preparation issues. Lastly, the book examines special populations with sections on pedophiles, female and juvenile offenders, drug-facilitated rape, sexual sadism, abuse of the elderly, and the timely topic of educator misconduct.

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The Practical Methodology of Forensic Photography, Second Edition
Author: David R Redsicker


The Second Edition of this bestseller combines directions for the old tried and true methods of photographic documentation (cameras, films, lighting sources) with analyses of the latest methods used in the practice (video, thermography,digital imaging). Specifically, Redsicker discusses the "how-to" of basic photography, shows the essentials of videography, and offers the fundamentals of aerial, underwater, and surveillance photography as they relate to the presentation of evidence in court. Redsicker presents this information in a practical, step-by-step fashion that is bound to enable students and professionals alike to use any camera to produce their own documentations of forensic evidence.

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Footwear Impression Evidence: Detection, Recovery and Examination, Second Edition
Author: William J Bodziak


Reviewed and recognized as the most authoritative source in the field, this book describes the methods used worldwide to recover and identify footwear impressions from the scene of a crime.

In this new edition, everything has been clarified, updated and expanded. This edition includes updated and new information on recovery procedures and materials such as lifting, photography and casting; chemical enhancement; updated information about footwear manufacturing; footwear sizing; and known impression techniques and materials.

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Quantitative-Qualitative Friction Ridge Analysis: An Introduction to Basic and Advanced Ridgeology
Author: David R Ashbaugh


Quantitative-Qualitative Friction Ridge Analysis, a new book in the ongoing Practical Aspects of Criminal and Forensic Investigations series, examines the latest methods and techniques in the science of friction ridge identification, or ridgeology. David R. Ashbaugh examines every facet of the discipline, from the history of friction ridge identification and its earliest pioneers and researchers, to the scientific basis and the various steps of the identification process.

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Gunshot Wounds: Practical Aspects of Firearms, Ballistics, and Forensic Techniques, Second Edition
Author: Vincent J. M. DiMaio


Written by the nation's foremost authority on gunshot wounds and forensic techniques as they relate to firearm injuries, Gunshot Wounds: Practical Aspects of Firearms, Ballistics, and Forensic Techniques, Second Edition provides critical information on gunshot wounds and the weapons and ammunition used to inflict them. The book describes practical aspects of ballistics, wound ballistics, and the classification of various wounds caused by handguns, bang guns, rifles, and shotguns. The final chapters explain autopsy technique and procedure and laboratory analysis relating to weapons and gunshot evidence.


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Practical Aspects of Munchausen by Proxy and Munchausen Syndrome Investigation
Author: Kathryn Artingstall


Practical Aspects of Munchausen by Proxy and Munchausen Syndrome Investigation is the most comprehensive law enforcement handbook written on MBP, which is now considered an index factor in child abuse investigations and as a suspicion factor in the deaths of young children. This book offers detailed insight into the dynamics of MBP abuse and the Munchausen offender. The text chronicles real cases of MBP and Munchausen in the dominion of law enforcement and relates them to general principles of criminal investigations. With this practical guide, readers will be able to readily identify Munchausen-related behavior, apply that recognition in all types of investigations, improve the ability to detect covert or falsified crimes, have the basic knowledge to effectively combat MBP child victimization, or to successfully proscecute MBP cases.

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The Sexual Exploitation of Children: A Practical Guide to Assessment, Investigation, and Intervention, Second Edition
Author: Seth L Goldstein


The Sexual Exploitation of Children: A Practical Guide to Assessment, Investigation, and Intervention, Second Edition discusses the new and different developments in the manifestation of problems involved in investigation and assessment of sexual cases and offers advice on dealing with these issues. Although many of the difficulties involved in investigation and assessment of sexual abuse allegations have remained unchanged since the first edition of this book appeared in 1987, the manner in which investigations are conducted must adapt to these new and different developments.

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Practical Fire and Arson Investigation, Second Edition
Authors: David R Redsicker and John J O'Connor


Practical Fire and Arson Investigation, Second Edition is a significantly revised, updated, and expanded new edition of this best-selling book in the Practical Aspects of Criminal and Forensic Investigations series, edited by Vernon Geberth. As in the first edition, specific details on the basic principles are presented, and advanced applied techniques for conducting a thorough fire and arson investigation are detailed.

New topics covered in the Second Edition include:
- Extensively rewritten chapters on determining origin and cause, eliminating accidental fire causes, investigating fatal fires and vehicular fires, and documenting the fire/crime scene
- Fire scene photography using "painting with light"
- Importance of evidence preservation and analysis in civil litigation of liability and product defects

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Practical Crime Scene Processing and Investigation
Author: Ross M. Gardner


- Describes the six basic activities in crime scene processing and their order
- Provides numerous case studies, 226 full color photographs, and detailed figures to illustrate principles
- Demonstrates what the crime lab requires from the processor
- Focuses on practical aspects of crime scene processing, keeping theory to a minimum

No two crime scenes are the same, and each scene presents a unique set of obstacles to overcome. While there is no one "right" way to handle every situation, the goal of collecting evidence while preserving its integrity remains the constant motivation of the crime scene investigator.

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Serial Violence

Written by renowned experts this book focuses on analyzing crimes of violence looking at characteristics of that might prove useful in the identification, apprehension, and conviction of murderers. This book explains the the process of finding the nexus between one violent offender and another.

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