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An Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation, 2nd Edition

  • Aric W. Dutelle
  • ISBN-10: 1284020657
  • ISBN-13: 9781284020656
  • 0 Pages | Paperback
  • COPYRIGHT: 2014 Published
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About the Product

In a world profoundly influenced by popular media programs, the real-life duties and complexities involved in crime scene investigation are often misrepresented and misunderstood. The revised and updated second edition of An Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation serves to eliminate warped impressions and to clearly identify and accurately explain the crime scene investigative process, components, methods, and procedures. This comprehensive introductory text exposes readers to the day-to-day aspects of crime scene processing, and describes in detail the crime scene investigator responsibilities. The history related to crime scene investigation, theory, ethics, social impact, training, and educational issues are thoroughly explored as well.


  • Presents straightforward and scientifically supported procedures that explain how to accurately and efficiently document what has been left behind at the scene of a crime.

  • Provides an in-depth look at the CSI world through over 100 photographs, illustrations, and short narrative segments that will guide the reader through investigations.

  • Effectively covers a variety of investigations such as burglary, homicide, sex crimes, drug cases, hazardous materials situations, arson, and more.

Table of Contents

Part One: CSI
Chapter 1: An Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation
Chapter 2: The “CSI Effect”
Chapter 3: Ethics in Crime Scene Investigation
Chapter 4: The Duties of First Responders to the Crime Scene
Chapter 5: Specialized Personnel and Safety Considerations
Chapter 6: Methodological Approach to Processing the Crime Scene
Chapter 7: The Forensic Laboratory

Part Two: Physical Evidence
Chapter 8: Fingerprints
Chapter 9: Trace Evidence and Miscellaneous Material
Chapter 10: Blood and Biological Evidence
Chapter 11: Blood Pattern Analysis
Chapter 12: Impression Evidence
Chapter 13: Firearms and Ballistic Evidence
Chapter 14: Drug Evidence
Chapter 15: Digital Evidence

Part Three: Specialized Investigations
Chapter 16: Death Investigation
Chapter 17: Arson and Explosive Investigation
Chapter 18: Special Scene Considerations

Appendix A Crime Scene Investigation Historical Timeline
Appendix B Professional Forensic Databases
Appendix C Recommended Crime Scene Equipment
Appendix D Evidence Collection Kit Suggestions
Appendix E Processing the Scene of Mass Fatality Incidents

New to this edition

  • New full-color design enhances the photos and illustrations, creating a more visually engaging experience for students!
  • Provides increased coverage of ethics to offer students a well-rounded introduction to the subject.