New Books

Bloodstain Pattern Analysis

Most forensic disciplines attempt to determine the “who” of a crime. But bloodstain pattern analysis focuses on the “what happened” part of a crime. This book is the third edition of Blood-stain Pattern Analysis. The authors explore the topic in depth, explaining what it is, how it is used, and the practical methodologies that are employed to achieve defensible results. It offers practical, common-sense advice and tips for both novices and professionals.

Criminal Profiling

In Criminal Profiling, author Brent E. Turvey introduces the deductive profiling method that he developed. The method is known to forensic experts as “behavioral evidence analysis.” It focuses on criminal profiling as an investigative and forensic process, assuming that each criminal incident has its own set of behaviors and relationships. The book is regarded to be an ideal resource that can be used by students and professionals alike.

Facial Geometry

The main objective of this book is to present a series of practical indices that interrelate the key features of the human face. This is done to provide a foundation for almost any exercise in forensic art: from the composite sketch to the post-mortem drawing that “re-faces” cadaver. With 45 illustrations and two tables in this clear and comprehensive text, the book leaves little to the imagination. Go to the website and search on the title: Facial Geometry.

Ensuring Competent Performance in Forensic Practice

Many of the people who are involved in forensic science believe there is a deficiency in the promotion of standards of competency. The enactment of Daubert hearings shows how the court system is attempting to regulate a profession that should be self-regulating. This book—Ensuring Competent Perfor-mance in Forensic Practice—attempts to bring this issue to the attention of everyone, while providing guidelines on how to achieve competency.

Kidnapping: An Investigator’s Guide to Profiling

Kidnapping: An Investigator’s Guide to Profiling is a statistically based analy-sis of 100 randomly selected cases of kidnapping that managed to survive Supreme Court appeal. The cases are compared to each other using the four main case elements: victimology and offender characteristics; abduction site; modus operandi; and outcome. This should be an invaluable resource for any professional who investigates or encounters kidnapping cases.

Tire Tread and Tire Track Evidence

The collection and forensic evaluation of on-the-ground evidence that can give you a link to a vehicle that was at the crime scene is a valuable tool. This book—Tire Tread and Tire Track Evidence—begins with general information and then moves on to include virtually everything you would want to know about the topic: from photography and casting, to how to individualize the evidence through design, wear, and other characteristics. It even tells how to present the evidence in court.

  May-June 2008 (Volume 6, Number 3)
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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.