Bodies of Evidence

Bodies of Evidence : How Forensic Science Solves Crimes

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Criminal investigators have learned how to interpret vital testimony that is written in the language of fingerprints and flakes of skin, gradients of teeth and bone, splashes of blood, flecks of paint and traces of chemicals, a splinter of glass, or a uniquely striated bullet.
Bodies of Evidence is packed with intriguing case histories involving an astonishing variety of forensic evidence, and includes various cases from around the world, including O.J. Simpson, Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, 'The Mad Bomber' George Metesky, Tommie Lee Andrews, 'The Night Stalker' Richard Ramirez, Jack Unterweger, Lee Harvey Oswald, 'The Boston Strangler' Albert DeSalvo, Jeffrey MacDonald, the Lockerbie bombing, 'The Unabomber' Theodore Kaczynski, and many more.
Bodies of Evidence also chronicles and evaluates the role of those who had made the most significant contributions in the varied fields of toxicology, serology, fingerprinting, facial reconstruction, forensic ballistics, psychological profiling and DNA fingerprinting.
The text is illustrated throughout with 200 photographs, some of which have rarely been seen before.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 201 x 252 x 22mm | 1,050g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Updated
  • 200 artworks and photos; 200 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1838861564
  • 9781838861568

Table of contents


Gathering the Evidence

Suicide or Murder?

Mark of Death

With Poison Deadly

Skull and Bones

Breath of Life

Worm in the Flesh

Finger of Suspicion

Written in Blood

DNA Fingerprinting

Hanging by a Hair

The Speeding Bullet

Fire and Destruction

Fragments of Evidence

Speaking Likeness

The Guilty Party

The Forensic Hardware


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About Brian Innes

Brian Innes trained as a scientist and worked as a biochemical researcher before turning to writing. He published a large number of articles and books on forensic science. He died in 2014. Lucy Doncaster is the editor and author of numerous history and popular science books, with topics ranging from greatest mysteries of the unexplained, Churchill's army and the history of the world to DNA, big data, and deep space.
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