Criminal Investigation

Criminal Investigation : Basic Perspectives

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For an undergraduate Criminal Justice course that focuses on general investigative techniques.

Anecdotal in nature, this informative and clearly written text helps students discover the art and science of criminal investigation. It focuses on the legal significance of evidence in the field as it outlines the fundamentals of inquiry and then carefully details each element of investigation-from the preliminaries to case preparation for prosecutor review. Reflecting the most recent changes in techniques and their application to various crimes, it uses a case study method of instruction to facilitate learning and help students develop their ability to analyze, evaluate, and reason.
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  • Hardback | 436 pages
  • 25 x 243mm | 823g
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • 8th edition
  • 0130840408
  • 9780130840400

Table of contents


1. The Criminal Investigation Function of Police.

Case Study: Fair Trial.

2. Ethical Awareness.

Case Study: The Special Crime Squad.


3. The Crime-Scene Search.

Case Study: Burglary, The Crime Scene.

4. Recording the Crime Scene.

Case Study: The Lucky Market Case.

5. Collection and Preservation of Physical Evidence.

Case Study: Incredible Evidence.

6. Laboratory and Technical Services.

Case Study: FBI Forensic Lab.

7. Basic Investigative Leads.

Case Study: The Shugars and Smith Case.

8. Locating Witnesses.

Case Study: The Brown Case.

9. Interviewing Witnesses and Interrogating Suspects.

Case Study: Interrogation, Robbery Suspect.

10. Snitches and Other Informants.

Case Study: Death of Juvenile Snitch.

11. Discovering the Hidden and Unknown.

Case Study: Accident or Murder.

12. Arresting the Accused Person.

Case Study: Armed Robbery Arrest.

13. Case Preparation.

Case Study: Double Murder-Ms. Wylie and Hoffert.


14. Homicides and Assaults.

Case Study: Autopsy Surgeon.

15. Forcible Rape.

Case Study: Attempted Rape.

16. Abused, Sexually Exploited, and Missing Children.

Case Study: Mother Kills 4-Year Old Daughter.

17. Robbery.

Case Study: This Is a hold-up!

18. Arson and Bombings.

Case Study: Motive for Arson.

19. Terrorist Activity.

Case Study: Basic Lead in Langley/CIA Shooting.

20. Dangerous Drugs and Narcotics Cases.

Case Study: Roles and Story Lines.

21. Theft.

Case Study: The Year My Life Was Stolen.

22. Burglary.

Case Study: Breaking and Entering-Rape.

23. Fraud: From Bunco to White-Collar Crime.

Case Study: Delayed Discovery-Household Larceny.

24. Violent Crime and Kids with Guns.

Case Study: Shooting at School, Jonesboro.

25. Organized Crime.

Case Study: Sent For.

26. Threat Assessment.

Case Study: In the Line of Fire.

27. The Investigator's Role in Community-Oriented/Problem-Solving Policing.

Case Study: Citizens on Patrol.


A. Case Briefs.
B. Drugs.
C. U.S. Department of Justice Bibliographic Citations.
D. Street Terrorism and Prevention Act(STEP).
E. Identity Theft: What to Do If It Happens to You.
Selected Bibliography.
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