The Science of Crime Scenes by Max M. Houck

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The recent National Research Council's report on forensic science calls for more fundamental education and training in the science behind the discipline. Nowhere is this need greater than in crime scene investigations. Long seen as merely "bagging and tagging," crime scene investigation and processing is now a complex process, involving numerous sciences and methods. The Science of Crime Scenes addresses the science behind the scenes and demonstrates the latest methods and technologies in depth.

The Science of Crime Scenes covers the philosophy of crime scenes as historical events, the personnel involved at a scene (including the media), the detection of criminal traces and their reconstruction, and special crime scenes, such as mass disasters and terroristic events. Written by an international trio of authors with decades of crime scene experience, The Science of Crime Scenes is the next generation of crime scene textbooks.

* Offers a science-based approach to crime scene investigation
* Includes in-depth coverage of disasters and mass murder, terror crime scenes, and CBRN (chemical, biological, radioactive and nuclear) – not covered in any other text
* Written by an international trio of authors with decades of crime scene experience
* Instructor website with lecture slides, test bank, outlines, definitions, and activities, and a student companion site with an image collection

About Max M. Houck

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MAX M. HOUCK is the Director of the Forensic Science Initiative, a program that develops research and professional training for forensic scientists and professionals in related fields. He is a trace evidence expert and forensic anthropologist who was assigned to the Trace Evidence Unit at the FBI Laboratory from 1992 to 2001. Houck is also Director of Forensic Business Development at West Virginia University and serves as Chairman of the Forensic Science Educational Program Accreditation Commission. He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Forensic Sciences and the Journal of Forensic Identification. He is the author or editor of Fundamentals of Forensic Science, Mute Witnesses: Trace Evidence Analysis, and other books and articles.
Published December 17, 2012 by Academic Press. 400 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Professional & Technical, Law & Philosophy, Crime. Non-fiction

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