Beyond the crime lab : the new science of investigation /
Jon Zonderman.
Rev. ed.
New York : John Wiley, 1999.
xviii, 254 p. : ill.
0471254665 (cloth : alk. paper)
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New York : John Wiley, 1999.
0471254665 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Includes index.
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Beyond the Crime Lab Revised Edition Today's headlines are filled with tales of investigative scientists using inventive new techniques to unravel the most baffling criminal mysteries, whether combing through the tons of wreckage in Oklahoma City to find the tiny piece of evidence that sealed the case against Timothy McVeigh, or matching the bite marks on a murder victim to the dental records of serial killer Ted Bundy. Thanks to Court TV, millions of us are also familiar with the role forensic science played in the trials of O.J. Simpson and the Unabomber, as well as in the positive identification of the remains of Josef Mengele and the Romanovs. But few people-including police, attorneys, and judges-truly understand the complexity of forensic investigative techniques. Even as these technologies hold great promise for a safer world, they also have the potential, if misused, to infringe on basic civil rights and altogether redefine our notions of privacy in a free society. Completely updated, this new edition of Beyond the Crime Lab offers a fascinating and unflinching look at cutting-edge forensic research techniques. Drawing on FBI and police files of the most notorious cases of recent years, Jon Zonderman offers a concise yet complete and up-to-date overview of the field of forensic science. The book begins by explaining how the science works, from gathering evidence at the crime scene to basic biochemical analysis-fiber, firearms, toxicology, drug testing, and more. Zonderman also covers the history of the evolution of the techniques and considers how each might be misused to restrict personal liberty rather than protect it. New in this revised edition is coverage of the Unabomber and Oklahoma City bombing trials, the TWA Flight 800 mystery, the FBI Crime Lab Scandal, and, of course, the fascinating evidence that made the O. J. Simpson trial so compelling and controversial. You'll also learn how psychological profiling was used to nab George Metesky, the "Mad Bomber' of New York; how DNA 'fingerprinting' techniques were used to trap a rapist in Narborough, England; and how Wayne Williams-the notorious serial killer of young men in Atlanta-was convicted on the basis of a few stray carpet fibers. You'll discover how international databases, computer-aided design, serology and toxicology, satellite imaging, and a host of other supersophisticated scientific procedures are being used by law enforcers worldwide. And you'll find out about amazing new methods of criminal enforcement and punishment such as 'electronic parole' and the use of drugs and behavior modification. Timely and thought-provoking, Beyond the Crime Lab also grapples with some of the most controversial moral and ethical issues of our time-from Megan's Law to 24-hour community surveillance cameras to biochemical corrections. An enlightening and chilling look at crime, punishment, privacy, and science, it is essential reading for true-crime buffs, law enforcement officials, journalists, and concerned citizens alike.
Bowker Data Service Summary
Interest in forensic science is growing. This book describes how the techniques of forensic science are used by investigators to gather evidence and make convictions. It draws on FBI files covering famous cases and offers explanations of new methods.
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Behind today's most lurid headlines. A timely look at the fascinating realm of high-tech sleuthing Beyond the Crime Lab The New Science of Investigation Revised Edition The science of criminal investigation is evolving at an astonishing rate. Gone are the days of merely dusting for fingerprints and checking for lipstick traces. Today's forensics experts use DNA typing, computer and physical anthropologic reconstructions, and other highly sophisticated techniques-techniques that some critics believe have dire implications for every citizen's right to privacy and individual freedom. Completely updated to address the latest trends and developments in the field, this revised edition of Beyond the Crime Lab takes you on an entertaining and sometimes alarming journey through the incredible and perpetually advancing world of criminal investigation.
Table of Contents
The Scene of a Crime
Victims Without Identities, Murders Without Bodies
Inside the Lab: Chemistry + Probability = Crime
Fingerprints: Proof Positive
DNA Typing: A Genetic Fingerprint?
The Mind and Brain of Violent Criminals
Electronic Surveillance: Is Big Brother Watching and Listening?
Computers and Communications
Controlling Criminals: Science and Corrections
Liberty, Justice, and Science
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