The Science of Crime Scenes,
Edition 2
By Max M. Houck, Frank Crispino and Terry McAdam

Publication Date: 12 Jul 2017

The Science of Crime Scenes, Second Edition offers a science-based approach to crime scenes, emphasizing that understanding is more important than simply knowing. Without sacrificing technical details, the book adds significantly to the philosophy and theory of crime scene science. This new edition addresses the science behind the scenes and demonstrates the latest methods and technologies with updated figures and images. It covers the philosophy of the crime scene, the personnel involved at a scene (including the media), the detection of criminal traces and their reconstruction, and special crime scenes, such as mass disasters and terroristic events.

Written by an international trio of authors with decades of crime scene experience, this book is the next generation of crime scene textbooks. This volume will serve both as a textbook for forensic programs, and as an excellent reference for forensic practitioners and crime scene technicians with science backgrounds.

Key Features

  • Includes in-depth coverage of disasters and mass murder, terror crime scenes and CBRN (Chemical, biological, radioactive and nuclear) – topics not covered in any other text
  • Includes an instructor site with lecture slides, images and links to resources for teaching and training
About the author
By Max M. Houck, Vice President, Forensic and Intelligence Services, LLC, Virginia, USA; Frank Crispino, Chemistry-Biology Department, University of Quebec in Trois-Rivieres, Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada and Terry McAdam, Laboratory Manager, Washington State Patrol Crime Laboratory, Seattle, Washington, USA
Table of Contents

SECTION 1: THE SCIENCE OF CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATIONChapter 1.0: The “Forensic Mindset¿Chapter 1.1: From Scene to Laboratory to CourtChapter 2.0: What Is a Crime Scene?Chapter 2.1: Crime Scene Intelligence: Connecting People, Places, and Things

SECTION 2: PERSONNEL AND PROCEDURESChapter 3.0: PersonnelChapter 3.1: First Responder on the SceneChapter 3.2: The Investigator in ChargeChapter 3.3: The Forensic Team: Officers, Scientists, and SpecialistsChapter 3.4: Nonforensic Personnel: Superiors, Officials, and the MediaChapter 4.0: General Crime Scene ProcedureChapter 4.1: “Freezing¿ the Scene and the Three R’s (Recognize, Recover, and Record)Chapter 4.2: The Chain of CustodyChapter 4.3: Recording the Scene: Sketching, Photography, and Video

SECTION 3: DETECTION AND RECONSTRUCTIONChapter 5.0: Searching for Evidence: RecoveryChapter 5.1: DetectingChapter 5.2: CollectionChapter 5.3: Preserving Chapter 5.4: Submitting Evidence to the LaboratoryChapter 6.0: Evidence Types and EnhancementChapter 6.1: Chemical EvidenceChapter 6.2: Biological EvidenceChapter 6.3: Impression EvidenceChapter 6.4: Other Types of EvidenceChapter 7.0: Crime Scene ReconstructionChapter 7.1: An Archaeological Approach Of Artifacts and EvidenceChapter 7.2: Bloodstain Pattern AnalysisChapter 7.3: Photogrammetry and 3D Reconstruction

SECTION 4: SPECIAL CRIME SCENESChapter 8.0: Special Crime ScenesChapter 8.1: Disaster and Mass FatalitiesChapter 8.2: Terrorist Crime ScenesChapter 8.3: CBRN Crime ScenesChapter 8.4: Underwater and Underground Crime Scenes

Book details
ISBN: 9780128498781
Page Count: 460
Retail Price : £72.99
  • Houck and Siegel, Fundamentals of Forensic Science 3e, Aug 2015, 9780128000373, $99.95
  • Robinson, Crime Scene Photography 2e, Feb 2010, 9780123757289, $116.00
  • Christensen et al, Forensic Anthropology, Jan 2014, 9780124186712, $89.95

Forensic program students, forensic practitioners and crime scene technicians with science backgrounds, and those interested in the science of crime scenes (sibling forensic science programs, such as anthropology and digital evidence)