Crime Reconstruction

Crime Reconstruction

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Crime Reconstruction is a guide to the interpretation of physical evidence. It was developed to aid forensic reconstructionists with the formulation of hypotheses and conclusions that stay within the known limits of forensic evidence.

The book begins with chapters on the history and ethics of crime reconstruction, and then shifts to the more applied subjects of general reconstruction methods and practice standards. It concludes with chapters on courtroom conduct and evidence admissibility, to prepare forensic reconstructionists for what awaits them when they take the witness stand.

This book is a watershed collaborative effort by internationally known, qualified, and respected forensic science practitioners with generations of case experience. Forensic pioneers such as John D. DeHaan, John I. Thornton, and W. Jerry Chisum contribute chapters on arson reconstruction, trace evidence interpretation, advanced bloodstain interpretation, and reconstructionist ethics.

Other chapters cover the subjects of shooting incident reconstruction, interpreting digital evidence, staged crime scenes, and examiner bias. Rarely have so many forensic giants collaborated, and never before have the natural limits of physical evidence been made so clear.

This book is ideal for forensic examiners, forensic scientists, crime lab personnel, and special victim and criminal investigators. Others who will benefit from this book are law enforcement officials, forensic medical personnel, and criminal lawyers.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 616 pages
  • 188 x 246.4 x 30.5mm | 1,338.11g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • Approx. 150 illustrations
  • 0123693756
  • 9780123693754

Table of contents

Chapter 1
A History of Crime Reconstruction
By W. Jerry Chisum & Brent E. Turvey, MS

Chapter 2
Crime Reconstruction - Ethos and Ethics
By Dr. John I. Thornton, Napa County Sheriff's Department

Chapter 3
Observer Effects & Examiner Bias: Psychological Influences on the Forensic Examiner
By Craig M. Cooley, MS, JD & Brent E. Turvey, MS

Chapter 4
Practice Standards for the Reconstruction of Crime
By W. Jerry Chisum, BS & Brent E. Turvey, MS

Chapter 5
Methods of Crime Reconstruction
By W. Jerry Chisum, BS & Brent E. Turvey, MS

Chapter 6
Evidence Dynamics
By W. Jerry Chisum, B.S. & Brent E. Turvey, MS

Chapter 7
Trace Evidence in Crime Reconstruction
By John I. Thornton, Dcrim & Donna Kimmel-Lake

Chapter 8
Shooting Incident Reconstruction
By Bruce Moran, BS

Chapter 9
Reconstruction Using Bloodstain Evidence
By W. Jerry Chisum, BS

Chapter 10
Fire Scene Reconstruction
By Dr. John Dehaan

Chapter 11
Reconstructing Digital Evidence
By Eoghan Casey, MA

Chapter 12
Staged Crime Scenes
By W. Jerry Chisum, BS & Brent E. Turvey, MS

Chapter 13
Surviving and Thriving in the Courtroom
By Raymond J. Davis, MS

Chapter 14
Reconstructionists in a Post-Daubert and Post-DNA Courtroom
By Craig M. Cooley, MS, JD
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About Brent E. Turvey

William Jerry Chisum has been a criminalist since 1960. He studied under Dr. Paul L. Kirk at U.C. Berkeley, worked in San Bernardino, and set up the Kern County Laboratory in Bakersfield. After joining the California Dept. of Justice, he took a leave of absence (1971-73) to work at Stanford Research Institute. He has been President of the California Association of Criminalists three times, and has also served as President of the American Society of Crime Lab Directors. In October of 1998, he retired from 37 years of public service but continues working as a private consultant. An accomplished teacher and lecturer, he has also been published in many forensic science journals and books. Brent E. Turvey spent his first years in college on a pre-med track only to change his course of study once his true interests took hold. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Portland State University in Psychology, with an emphasis on Forensic Psychology, and an additional Bachelor of Science degree in History. He went on to receive his Masters of Science in Forensic Science after studying at the University of New Haven, in West Haven, Connecticut. Since graduating in 1996, Brent has consulted with many agencies, attorneys, and police departments in the United States, Australia, China, Canada, Barbados and Korea on a range of rapes, homicides, and serial/ multiple rape/ death cases, as a forensic scientist and criminal profiler. He has also been court qualified as an expert in the areas of criminal profiling, forensic science, victimology, and crime reconstruction. In August of 2002, he was invited by the Chinese People's Police Security University (CPPSU) in Beijing to lecture before groups of detectives at the Beijing, Wuhan, Hanzou, and Shanghai police bureaus. In 2005, he was invited back to China again, to lecture at the CPPSU, and to the police in Beijing and Xian - after the translation of the 2nd edition of his text into Chinese for the University. In 2007, he was invited to lecture at the 1st Behavioral Sciences Conference at the Home Team (Police) Academy in Singapore, where he also provided training to their Behavioral Science Unit. He is the author of Criminal Profiling: An Introduction to Behavioral Evidence Analysis, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Editions (1999, 2002, 2008); co- author of the Rape Investigation Handbook (2004), Crime Reconstruction (2006), and Forensic Victimology (2008) - all with Elsevier Science. He is currently a full partner, Forensic Scientist, Criminal Profiler, and Instructor with Forensic Solutions, LLC, and an Adjunct Professor of Justice Studies at Oklahoma City University. He can be contacted via email at:
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