Criminalistics: An Introduction to Forensic Science

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In this new edition of Criminalistics, the noted forensic scientist Richard Saferstein brings the reader into the crime lab for a first hand look at the role of science in the criminal justice system. The application of science to criminal investigation is described in a style that is easily comprehensible to a reader who has no background skills in science. Through actual case histories and with the aid of over 200 illustrations, the reader will explore the impact forensic science has had on the "crimes of the century" - The Lindbergh kidnapping and O.J. Simpson criminal investigation - as well as other noted criminal cases. Criminalistics focuses its attention on the up-to-date technologies police rely on to apprehend criminal perpetrators and to link them through trace evidence to crime scenes. This new edition emphasizes the latest DNA typing procedures, new advances in crime scene investigation, the digital imaging enhancement of fingerprints, computerized ballistic examination, drug and alcohol analyses, as well as arson and explosion detection technologies. A major portion of the text is devoted to how common items of physical evidence are located at crime scenes and how they are processed in the crime lab.

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Authoritative and up-to-date, this exploration of the applications of forensic science to criminal investigation explains the techniques, skills, and limitations of the modern crime laboratory -- for those new to the forensic sciences.

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Key Benefit: Authoritative and up-to-date, this book introduces forensic science to the non-scientist through its application to criminal investigations. Key Topics: Written with a minimum of scientific terminology, the book uses actual cases to illustrate the role of forensic science in criminal investigations. It emphasizes the nature of physical evidence, the items of physical evidence commonly encountered at crime scenes, and the proper collection and preservation of evidence. Also introduces technology used by forensic scientists, including DNA typing, automated firearms search systems, and digital imaging techniques for fingerprint analysis. The sixth edition of Criminalistics: An Introduction to Forensic Science has been revised to include a new chapter on the Internet; a discussion on reconstructing crime scene events; updated of DNA typing technology; and the latest cases, including the O.J Simpson murder investigation and the investigation into the crash of TWA Flight 800. Market: An essential reference book for non- scientists involved in criminal investigations, including lawyers and police officers.

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