This new edition of the classic by America's leading forensic scientists gives you an insider's understanding of physical evidence at the crime scene.Written in an easy-to-understand format, this outstanding guide, by the nation's foremost forensic scientists, introduces you to the basics of crime scene evaluation. They teach you excellent ways to make your investigation solid and successful. This extensive resource is packed with valuable information about the details of collecting, storing, and analyzing all types of physical evidence. You'll learn how to connect the victim(s) and suspect(s) to the crime scene, and to the physical evidence left behind. They also instruct you on how to use this information to provide convincing testimony based on scientific facts.The book is divided into three parts plus appendices for easy access to the information you need. Part I offers an overview of forensic science and discusses the future path of forensic science and its applications in the courtroom and society. Part II gives you an exhaustive list of physical evidence typically left behind at crime scenes and explains the correct methods for processing this evidence. Part III discusses current issues in search and seizure, and how to effectively utilize it in court. The appendices discuss common blood screening test reagents and how to use the druggist's fold for sealing evidence in paper.This in-depth reference provides you with a wealth of details regarding many different topics including light, smoke, bullet identification, transient and pattern evidence, postmortem lividity marks and other special imprints and indentations, odors, wet versus dry blood samples, crime scene reconstruction techniques, and recognition and coordination of all elements of the crime scene during and after investigation.This new edition of a classic is a must have for all crime scene investigators, law enforcement agencies, trial lawyers, and others involved in the investigative process.
Dr. Henry C. Lee is one of the world's foremost forensic scientists. Dr. Lee's work has made him a landmark in modern day forensic sciences. He has been a prominent player in many of the most challenging cases of the last 50 years. Dr. Lee has worked with law enforcement agencies from 46 countries in helping to solve more than 8,000 cases. In recent years, his travels have taken him to the United Kingdom, Bosnia, China, Germany, Singapore, Croatia, Brunei, Thailand, the Middle East and other locations around the world. Dr. Lee's testimony figured prominently in the O. J. Simpson, Jason Williams, Peterson, and Kennedy Smith trials, and in convictions of the “Woodchipper” murderer as well as thousands of other murder cases. Dr. Lee has assisted local and state police in their investigations of other famous crimes, such as the murder of JonBenet Ramsey in Boulder, Colorado, the 1993 suicide of White House Counsel Vincent Foster, the kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart, the death of Chemdra Levy and the reinvestigation of the Kennedy assassination. Dr. Lee is currently the director of the Forensic Research and Training Center and Distinguished Professor in Forensic Science of the University of New Haven. He was the Chief Emeritus for Connecticut State Police from 2000 to 2010, the Commissioner of Public Safety for the State of Connecticut from 1998 to 2000, and served as that state's Chief Criminalist from 1978 to 2000. Dr. Lee was the driving force in establishing a modern state police communication system, community-based police services, a sex offender and DNA database, major crime investigation concepts and advanced forensic science services in Connecticut. In 1975, Dr. Lee joined the University of New Haven, where he created the school's Forensic Sciences program. He has also taught as a professor at more than a dozen universities, law schools, and medical schools. Though challenged with the demands on his schedule, Dr. Lee still lectures throughout the country and worldwide to police, universities and civic organizations. Dr. Lee has authored hundreds of articles in professional journals and has co-authored more than 40 books, covering such areas as: DNA, fingerprints, trace evidence, crime scene investigation and crime scene reconstruction. He is the author of multiple bestsellers, such as Famous Crime Revisited, Cracking Cases: The Science of Solving Crimes, Blood Evidence, and Cracking More Cases. In addition, his textbooks, including Forensic Science Today, Physical Evidence in Forensic Science and Henry Lee's Crime Scene Handbook have been widely adopted in the medical-legal and forensic professions. He has appeared on many TV shows and movies. His new television series, Trace Evidence—The Case Files of Dr. Henry Lee, has received high ratings and been showing around the world. Dr. Lee has been the recipient of numerous medals and awards, including the 1996 Medal of Justice from the Justice Foundation, and the 1998 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Science and Engineer Association. He has also been the recipient of the Distinguished Criminalist Award from the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the J. Donero Award from the International Association of Identification, and in 1992 was elected a distinguished Fellow of the AAFS. He has received the ACFE Lifetime Achievement Award, American College of Forensic Examiner, in 2000, Medal of Honor by Ellis Island Foundation in 2004, Congressional Recognition for Outstanding services by the U.S. Congress in 2004, Presidential Medal of Honor, by Croatia President in 2005, Medal of Service, Ministry of Interior, Taiwan, ROC, 2006, and Gusi Peace Award from the Philippines in 2008. Dr. Lee was born in China and grew up in Taiwan. Dr. Lee first worked for the Taipei Police Department, attaining the rank of Captain. With his wife, Margaret, Dr. Lee came to the United States in 1965, and he earned his B.S. in Forensic Science from John Jay College in 1972. Dr. Lee contin
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