- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (October 15, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0471254665
- ISBN-13: 978-0471254669
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,226,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Beyond the Crime Lab: The New Science of Investigation 1st Edition
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A fascinating look at the scientific and technical aspects of modern criminal investigation--packed with case histories taken from police and FBI files. Written in a fast-paced, hard-news style by a seasoned reporter formerly with The New York Times. Discussed here are a wide variety of novel techniques including genetic fingerprinting, the criminal profiling of serial killers and rapists, new techniques of surveillance and the use of artificial intelligence in the investigation of organized crime. Includes thoughtful discussion of the ethical controversies and constitutional issues of law raised by these modern tools of criminal investigation. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Beyond the Crime Lab Revised Edition Today's headlines are filled with tales of investigative scientists using inventive new techniques to unravel the most baffling criminal mysteries, whether combing through the tons of wreckage in Oklahoma City to find the tiny piece of evidence that sealed the case against Timothy McVeigh, or matching the bite marks on a murder victim to the dental records of serial killer Ted Bundy. Thanks to Court TV, millions of us are also familiar with the role forensic science played in the trials of O.J. Simpson and the Unabomber, as well as in the positive identification of the remains of Josef Mengele and the Romanovs. But few people-including police, attorneys, and judges-truly understand the complexity of forensic investigative techniques. Even as these technologies hold great promise for a safer world, they also have the potential, if misused, to infringe on basic civil rights and altogether redefine our notions of privacy in a free society. Completely updated, this new edition of Beyond the Crime Lab offers a fascinating and unflinching look at cutting-edge forensic research techniques. Drawing on FBI and police files of the most notorious cases of recent years, Jon Zonderman offers a concise yet complete and up-to-date overview of the field of forensic science. The book begins by explaining how the science works, from gathering evidence at the crime scene to basic biochemical analysis-fiber, firearms, toxicology, drug testing, and more. Zonderman also covers the history of the evolution of the techniques and considers how each might be misused to restrict personal liberty rather than protect it. New in this revised edition is coverage of the Unabomber and Oklahoma City bombing trials, the TWA Flight 800 mystery, the FBI Crime Lab Scandal, and, of course, the fascinating evidence that made the O. J. Simpson trial so compelling and controversial. You'll also learn how psychological profiling was used to nab George Metesky, the "Mad Bomber" of New York; how DNA "fingerprinting" techniques were used to trap a rapist in Narborough, England; and how Wayne Williams-the notorious serial killer of young men in Atlanta-was convicted on the basis of a few stray carpet fibers. You'll discover how international databases, computer-aided design, serology and toxicology, satellite imaging, and a host of other supersophisticated scientific procedures are being used by law enforcers worldwide. And you'll find out about amazing new methods of criminal enforcement and punishment such as "electronic parole" and the use of drugs and behavior modification. Timely and thought-provoking, Beyond the Crime Lab also grapples with some of the most controversial moral and ethical issues of our time-from Megan's Law to 24-hour community surveillance cameras to biochemical corrections. An enlightening and chilling look at crime, punishment, privacy, and science, it is essential reading for true-crime buffs, law enforcement officials, journalists, and concerned citizens alike.
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Top Customer Reviews
He provides 10 chapters, the first 5 of which are devoted to the crime scene and trace evidence. In this they are adequate but be wont to dispute the book's title as misleading since this is straight-forward criminalistics or forensics - but the style is not particularly notable for exposition or grammatical clarity. Chapter 6, "The Mind and Brain of the Violent Criminal" is poorly documented, fragmented and leaves some posed construals unanswered. Chapters 7-10 appears to be more in focus with the writer's expertise but carry a cautionary askance if not candidly apprehensive warnings on criminology and the justice system whilst discussing data collection, electronic surveillance, controlling of criminals, computers, and "Liberty, Justice and Science" in Chapter 10. In many ways these personal trepidations of the author may be true. This reader, however, believes this is not the proper forum in which to express personal views and it detracts from its use as a viable reference textbook. Chapter 7, "Electronic Surveillance..." is well-written; well-encompasses the subject, and was especially informative.
The author is to be commended for his concluding "Author's Note" indicating his book has been used as "supplemental reading...(forensic science) mostly at the high school level," and this is in keeping with the forward by the well-known Henry C. Lee who wrote it "bridges a gap between the basic and the advanced...." It makes make for easy reading and for that reason alone can be recommended as an introduction to forensics with commentary.