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Every contact leaves a trace; crime scene experts talk about their work from discovery through verdict.


Every contact leaves a trace; crime scene experts talk about their work from discovery through verdict.

Fletcher, Connie.

St. Martin's Press


386 pages




The tiny space between a knife's blade and handle is a perfect depository for evidence, as is the action for the gun's slide advancing the next round. Footprints are becoming more important than fingerprints in acquiring evidence. Along with these handy tips Fletcher (journalism, Loyola U.) works from interviews with over 80 US authorities ranging from crime lab personnel, medical examiners, and a range of technical experts to show how complex crime scenes actually are, and how much those scenes can affect practitioners. She and they describe crime scene processing and interpretation, both indoors and outdoors, the evidence the body itself gives investigators, trace evidence, DNA, crime lab techniques, cold cases, and criminal trials, dispelling the myths of television. They also describe how those myths have caused problems in preparing and presenting evidence.

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