Trace Evidence Analysis: More Cases in Forensic Microscopy and Mute Witnesses

Trace Evidence Analysis: More Cases in Forensic Microscopy and Mute Witnesses

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By (author) Max M. Houck

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  • Publisher: Academic Press Inc
  • Format: Hardback | 300 pages
  • Dimensions: 192mm x 248mm x 18mm | 798g
  • Publication date: 2 January 2004
  • Publication City/Country: San Diego
  • ISBN 10: 0123567610
  • ISBN 13: 9780123567611
  • Sales rank: 1,153,199

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Trace Evidence Analysis continues and builds upon the tradition of its successful companion title Mute Witnesses (2000). Written by some of the top practicing forensic scientists, each chapter explains in detail the detective and analytic work that goes into solving complex cases. The book contains nine entirely new cases, each self-contained in its own chapter, covering everything from homicides to accident reconstruction. Leading experts from around the world provide detailed accounts of the process of collection, classification, and analysis of microscopic evidence to draw definitive conclusions that solved actual cases. The cases not only fascinate but provide students and expert forensic scientists alike with an invaluable tool to examine the roles of trace evidence and microscopy in forensic investigation. Contains contributions from some of the premier forensic scientists in the field Discusses the role of evidence in solving cases and explores the legal and ethical responsibility of the forensic scientist Explores real-world application of scientific methods and analytic principles including evidence gathering, instrumentation, sampling methods, analysis, and interpretation Includes over 160 full-color figures that illustrate the relevant case evidence

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Dr. Max M. Houck is an internationally-recognized forensic expert who has worked federal and local laboratories, the private sector, and academia. His casework includes the Branch Davidian Investigation, the September 11 attacks on the Pentagon, the D.B. Cooper case, and the West Memphis Three case, among hundreds of others. He serves on a variety of committees, including for Interpol. Dr. Houck has published widely and is a founding Editor of the journal Forensic Science Policy and Management and has also co-authored numerous books. Dr. Houck is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Table of contents

Introduction 1: The Specificity of Animal Hairs 2: Fiber-Plastic Fusions in Car Accident Reconstructions 3: Inclusions and Exclusions Using Trace Evidence 4: Soil as Trace Evidence 5: The Importance of Trace Evidence 6: Cereal Murder in Spokane 7: Using 1:1 Taping to Reconstruct a Source 8: Who Do You Believe? 9: My Roommate is Using the Refrigerator