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FBI Handbook of Crime Scene Forensics Paperback – August 17, 2008

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation is the investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Justice. Founded in 1908, it is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (August 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602392048
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602392045
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 0.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #680,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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112 of 117 people found the following review helpful By A. Carson on December 15, 2009
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This "book" is a government publication that is free to download from the FBI's web site in PDF version. Save your money, download it from the FBI.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By P. Rogeri on April 3, 2010
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According to another customer, this book is available for free (pdf version). I wish I had paid attention to this before, but anyway... a book is always a book. And this is a very interesting one. Not great, just good.
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Wyborn Senna on October 13, 2008
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If you're a fiction writer and have crime scenes in your novel, get this book! In this book, you will find out details of crime scene investigation available nowhere else, and you can trust the FBI to tell it like it really is. This book is the actual procedural law enforcement agencies use to submit evidence to the FBI. If you want to know how impressions of footprints are taken in snow; that money from bank robberies can be tested not only for dye but tear gas residue; what evidence should be collected in paper versus plastic; how to set up a camera to photograph a crime scene; and the collection of tissue, bones, and teeth, those are just a few examples of the information this book is packed with. Even though my novel is a serial killer story with a humorous slant (a woman is murdering her online enemies for their Barbie doll collections), the plethora of details in this handbook will lend your writing authenticity and they will make your story come alive for the reader. Thank you, FBI, for publishing it. -- M.S. Bylenok (Bury Me With Barbie)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jim the fireman on May 31, 2013
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Not worth any price that is charged for this booklet. Teaches nothing in the way of forensics and so does not meet expectations.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Price on March 3, 2014
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But, just a printed list of what F.B.I. Lab will test and will not test, and how to send it.
No comments, suggestions, or anything else. If you are government lab tech, you may call and follow-up.
Anyone else is forbidden.
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The book is interesting. It gives plenty of instruction on how to collect and record evidence but not on what to do with it once you have it other than give you a number to call to have it analyzed. I was expecting a book on the examination of evidence and not just collecting. Also, it does not tell you how to do something just what needs to be done. For example,

"Questions concerning hair and fiber evidence should be directed to xxx-xxx-xxxx. Follow the evidence submission directions, including Requesting Evidence Examinations and Packaging and Shipping Evidence.
For known hair samples, collect at least 25 hairs from different parts of the head and/or pubic region. Comb and pull out the hairs. Submit hairs in clean paper or an envelope with sealed corners."

As I've said, it's an interesting book and gives you an idea of how and why they are walking around staring at things but not what they do with it afterwards.

The book is an instruction manual on submitting evidence to the FBI.
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This is a very in depth, detailed look at how forensic science is done in the FBI. This is not CSI kind of stuff, this is the actual "what to do" booklet on how to submit evidence to the FBI for review. I found this to be very interesting and appreciated getting to see how many different scenarios agents have to be mindful of when it comes to collecting and submitting evidence. Any normal person who just wants to read this because they think forensics is cool, probably won't enjoy this since it's an actual handbook/textbook. But, if you're interested in the true police procedural aspect of it then I would say give it a go! It's totally free and you can find it on the FBI's website or at the link I've provided below. I personally found the information regarding how bones, blood, teeth and tissue are submitted to the FBI for handling, to be the most interesting.

FOR A FREE PDF COPY FOR DOWNLOAD:

http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/lab/handbook-of-forensic-services-pdf/view?searchterm=forensics handbook
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By k~ on January 30, 2014
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As a writer, I enjoy digging into the characteristics that make people unique. As a reader who enjoys a good twist of murder and mayhem in the storyline, this book becomes a wonderful tool for researching what makes a crime scene realistic. If you are the curious sort, you might find this an interesting book too. It is a textbook though, not a story, you need to know that going into it.
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