- Paperback: 247 pages
- Publisher: CRC Press; 1 edition (August 29, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1439878374
- ISBN-13: 978-1439878378
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,300,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Death, Decomposition, and Detector Dogs: From Science to Scene 1st Edition
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About the Author
Susan Stejskal, LVT, PhD, DABT, is a board-certified toxicologist, licensed veterinary technician, and Special Deputy/Human Remains Detection (HRD) dog handler with the St. Joseph County (Michigan) Sheriff’s Department. With more than 25 years of educational and professional experience, she has for the past 10 years participated in land and water searches throughout Michigan and the central Midwest. Stejskal is founder and executive director of Recover K9, a nonprofit organization that provides support for much of her service and educational work. Dr. Stejskal’s work in toxicology and pathology and her experience as a dog handler led to the development of practical forensic science training for law enforcement dog handlers, detectives, and crime scene technicians. She provides this training for police agencies throughout the country.
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Dr. Susan Stejskal is a board certified toxicologist and it is evident in the quality of this book. This is by far one of the best books that I have read for HRD work and dogs. I cannot say enough positive about it. It is full of documented facts, written in a professional, scholarly manner yet is easy to understand. There are many good quality black and white photos and some color photos. The book covers the basics of decomposition, how it is affected by the environment including the chemical profile of odor from human remains.
Ms. Stejskal also explains how weather, topography, ground cover and terrain affect the way odor travels. This is essential information for the HRD dog handler to better understand and use their dog.
The final chapter reviews case reports about deceased persons and how the environmental variables came into play in finding the missing person. Aerial views of the discovery sites in color are included.
Again, this is one of the most detailed, professional books that I have read on the topic of HRD work. I applaud Dr. Susan Stejskal for her work and the writing of this very important up-to-date book on HRD. It is must for all SAR dog handlers, especially for those who work HRD or plan to.
List of Chapters: (Each chapter has numerous sub-sections)
Know the Nose
Forensic Taphonomy: Breaking Down Is Hard to Do
Bugs, Bodies and Beyond
Making Sense Out of Scent: The A,B,C,D’s
Earth, Wind, and Odor
Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks Using New Technology
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
Beginning of the End