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The Encyclopedia of Crime Scene Investigation
  • Authored by: Michael Newton; Foreword by John L. French, Crime Scene Supervisor, Baltimore Police Crime Laboratory
  • Trim Size: 8-1/2 x 11
  • ISBN-10: 0816068143
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-6814-2
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $75.00
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 12/01/2007
  • Dewey Number: 363.25
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 352


Recent years have brought numerous developments in crime and crime fighting, such as DNA evidence, computer viruses, and online fraud and theft. As criminals get more sophisticated, police must develop new techniques to stop them.

The Encyclopedia of Crime Scene Investigation is a comprehensive, accessible reference to one of today's most fascinating topics. More than 300 clearly written entries cover all aspects of crime scene investigations, including ballistics, counterfeiting, forensic medicine, firearms, hijacking, identification, poisons, scandals, sex crimes, smuggling, tool marks, and trace evidence. This comprehensive reference also features many case studies that highlight facets of criminal investigation, as well as historical and biographical entries about key breakthroughs and pioneers in the field of forensic science.

Entries include:

  • Accident reconstruction
  • Arson investigation
  • DNA evidence
  • Explosives
  • Forensic anthropology
  • Forensic chemistry
  • Forgery
  • Identi-Kit
  • Medical examiners
  • Organic compound analysis
  • Spectroscopy
  • Victimology.


Black-and-white photographs. Index. Bibliography. Cross-references.

About the Author(s)

Michael Newton has published more than 200 books in the last 30 years. He has written primarily about crime, with a specialization in serial murder. His past books include The Encyclopedia of Serial Killers, The Encyclopedia of American Law Enforcement, The Encyclopedia of Kidnappings, and The Encyclopedia of Unsolved Crimes for Facts On File. He lives in Nashville, IN.

John L. French is a crime scene supervisor with the Baltimore Police Crime Laboratory.

Reviews and Awards

"Newton’s conversational tone and writing style are accessible to high school students, who may use the volume for research or to browse the case studies."
School Library Journal

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