New Books

Listening to a verbal description of a person’s face and then translating that into a visual representation is an art in itself—but an attainable goal if the artist follows the specific guidelines provided in Forensic Art Essentials by Lois Gibson. The book offers instructions on how an artist must work with witnesses to create an accurate image that may assist investigators in apprehending violent offenders. To learn more, you can go to:

Current Protocols: Essential Laboratory Techniques carefully walks the novice scientist through the basic steps and procedures used in most life-science laboratories around the world. Topics covered include solution chemistry and preparation; basic laboratory safety; care and use of common laboratory equipment; and management of information such as laboratory notebooks, images, and literature references. To learn more, go to:

This interactive, multimedia e-book—Crime Scene Processing—contains 23 lessons that cover every aspect of crime-scene investigation. The e-book includes more than 120 instructional videos; more than 700 color photographs; a full equipment list; a 70-page crime-scene checklist; and more than 600 test questions to help you review what you have learned. To order a copy of this interactive DVD, go to this website address:

  July-August 2008 (Volume 6, Number 4)
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Digital-Image Management at Mass Gravesites

SKELETONIZED REMAINS that were carefully unearthed from the desert sands of Iraq tell their own story: the bones of an adult, still dressed in a woman’s apparel, lie supine. The skull is perforated by a bullet hole. Tucked in the space between the ribs and the left humerus is a much smaller skeleton, bones in the skull un-fused, and the fully clothed body partially swaddled in a blanket.