Criminal Poisoning

Criminal Poisoning : An Investigational Guide for Law Enforcement, Toxicologists, Forensic Scientists and Attorneys

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In Criminal Poisoning: Investigational Guide for Law Enforcement, Toxicologists, Forensic Scientists, and Attorneys, leading forensic scientist John Trestrail offers a pioneering survey of all that is known about the use of poison as a weapon in murder. Topics range from the use of poisons in history and literature to convicting the poisoner in court, and include a review of the different types of poisons, techniques for crime scene investigation, and the critical essentials of the forensic autopsy. The author also examines what is known about poisoners in general (psychological profile, types, and statistical analyses) and their victims (who gets poisoned, investigative considerations, and classic symptoms of poisoning). Two chapters probe the problems of proving poisoning and convicting the poisoner in court. Comprehensive and informative, Criminal Poisoning: Investigational Guide for Law Enforcement, Toxicologists, Forensic Scientists, and Attorneys offers forensic scientists, police and private investigators, forensic psychologists, and criminal prosecutors a unique one-volume summary of the knowledge and techniques needed to solve the near-invisible crime of poisoning and convict the perpetrator.show more

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  • Paperback | 184 pages
  • 161 x 231.1 x 13mm | 317.52g
  • Humana Press Inc.
  • Totowa, NJ, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 1588291332
  • 9781588291332
  • 2,392,133

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Criminal Poisoning represents a pioneering work dealing exclusively with toxicants in the hands of those with criminal intent. This is the first book having in-depth discussions of all aspects of murder by poisoning...The book is easy reading, succinct and the use of jargon is minimized... Dr. Trestrail emphasizes several keys points in his book. Poisons are a stealth weapon, meaning the victim and the crime scene often lacks overt evidence of violence. Maintaining the chain of custody for evidence is another point expounded. The author also argues that many poisoners do not get caught and urges that any sudden death case to be considered a poisoning until proven otherwise...Criminal Poisoning is an excellent resource for forensic toxicologists, coroners, medical examiners/forensic pathologists, special agents and consumer safety officers of the Food and Drug Administration, homicide detectives, private investigators, criminalists, and attorneys. Criminal Poisoning is essential reading for pharmacists engaging in work relating to forensic toxicology or death investigations...John Trestrail, III provides another great example of how pharmacists are involved in forensics and law enforcement. - Journal of Pharmacy Practice Trestrail has put together some- 160 pages of easily read and pleasantly understandable data on the use of poisons as murder weapons introduces beginning toxicologists to the exciting field of forensic toxicology with insights into the workings of the investigational process this new publication is an interesting comprehensive overview of criminal poisonings for scientists, law enforcement officers, attorneys, and very likely the vast majority of the reading public. - Veterinary and Human Toxicology an interesting, browsable, text on the overall criminology of poisoning. - Journal of Forensic Sciences The book deals with the personality of poisoners and their victims, the crime scene investigation, the forensic autopsy and the difficult problem of proving poisoning. It is well indexed and tabulated with good suggestions for further reading although no Internet addresses are given which apparently contain a mine of information on how to poison people. British Toxicology Society Newsletter ...John Trestail III provides investigators with a multidisciplinary guide fore he investigation of criminal poisoning...Criminal Poisoning is a useful staring point for those involved in criminal poisoning investigations. FBI Law Enforcement Bulletinshow more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 - Poisoners Throughout History. Poisons in Ancient Times. Introduction. The Sumerians. The Ancient Egyptians. The Hebrews. The Asian Indians. Nicander of Colophon. Philon of Tarsus. Mithridates. The Greeks. The Romans. The Italian School of Poisoners. The French School of Poisoners. Poisoners in the Modern Era. The Rugeley PoisonerThe Philandering PoisonerThe Slight-of-Hand PoisonerThe Lambeth PoisonerThe Scorned PoisonerThe Stockyards BluebeardThe Mild Mannered MurdererThe Poisoning MiserThe First Scientific MurdererThe Playboy PoisonerThe Case of the Man Who Wouldn"t DieThe Poisoning PastorThe Poisoning Bank RobberThe Poisonous NeighborThe Accidental Poisoner for SexThe Poisonous RomanticThe ToxicomaniacThe Halloween KillerThe Minister Who Went MadThe Umbrella AssassinationThe Tylenol TampererThe Camouflaged PoisonerThe Angel of DeathThe Eccentric GeniusConclusion. References. Suggested Readings. Chapter 2 - Types of Poisons. Definitions. Characteristics of Ideal Poisons. Contrasts Between Poisons and More Traditional WeaponsHow Do Poisons Kill? Central Nervous System (CNS) Effects. Other Categories of Poisons. Elements of Poisoning Investigations. Access Knowledge Sources References. Suggested Readings. Chapter 3 - Poisoners. Types. Type S (where a specific victim is targeted). Type R (where a random victim is targeted). Misconceptions About Poisoners. Poisoner Schematic. Poisoner Thought Process. Psychological Profile of Poisoners. Public Perceptions of Poisoners. The Toxicomaniac. Statistical Analysis of Homicidal Poisonings. Most Common Poison Used. Poisoner"s Background. Poisoner"s Gender. Number of Victims. Poisoner"s Motive. Offender"s Conviction Status. Multiple Offenders on Victim(s). Gender of the Offender vs Number of Victims. References. Suggested Reading. Chapter 4 - Victims. Who Gets Poisoned? Investigative Considerations. Distinctive Pathological Findings. Classic Symptoms of Poisoning. References. Suggested Readings. Chapter 5 - Crime Scene Investigation. Physical Evidence. Investigative Considerations. Search Warrants. Poisoning Deaths Compared with Other Types of Violent Deaths. Investigating a Criminal Poisoning. Physical Evidence. Product Tampering. Analytical Toxicology. Analysis of Cremated Remains. How Did the Poison Get in the Patient? References. Suggested Readings. Chapter 6 - The Forensic Autopsy. Chapter 7 - Proving Poisoning. Key Elements to Be Proven. Statistical Analysis of Poisonings in the United StatesReferences. Suggested Reading. Chapter 8 - Poisoners in Court. Battery by Poison. Standard Defense Arguments. Poisoning Not the Cause of Death. Poisoning Not Homicidal. No Homicidal Intent. Substance Not a Poison. Accused Had a Reason to Have the Poison in His/Her Possession. Problems Proving Intentional Poisoning. References. Suggested Reading. Chapter 9 - Poisoning in Fiction. Chapter 10 - Conclusion. AppendixCommon Homicidal Poisons. Arsenic. Botulinus Toxin. Cyanide. Sodium Fluoroacetate. Strychnine.Thallium. Bibliographies. Poisoners Throughout History. Poisoning in Fiction. Forensic Poisoning. Analytic Toxicology. Indexshow more

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