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Forensic Analysis and DNA in Criminal Investigations: Including Solved Cold Cases Paperback – October 7, 2015
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"RJ Parker has written another winner! This book is the best of two worlds: it provides an introduction to DNA and its use in forensic science (for those new to the subject), but also includes specific case studies with analysis of its application. If you a true crime aficionado, you owe it to yourself to give this a read!"
"Very useful for both the lay interested party and for professionals in law enforcement and justice seeking a basic introduction to forensic sciences."
-- Steve Jackson, author of "No Stone Unturned: The True Story of the World's Premier Forensic Investigators."
"A first-class introduction and secular guide to the complexities and history of forensic science."
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This book explains DNA and its history in understandable terms. It shows how DNA is collected and tested as an investigative tool. It clears up some common misconceptions people have about DNA.
Forensic science is also traced to its roots and explored at various stages of its advancement and development. There are a few surprises along the way which influenced the acceptance and utilization of forensic science in criminal investigation.
Examples are given of people exonerated and cold cases solved with DNA and forensic science. All in all, this book is both interesting and informative.
Forensic Analysis and DNA in Criminal Investigations by R. J. Parker and Pete Vronsky is an examination of forensics, with extensive chapters on the ancient history of criminal investigation. Most of the book, though, focuses on the use of DNA to catch the guilty and free the innocent. The authors trace forensics from its ancient roots, looking at methods that were groundbreaking, and some that were tantamount to torture, moving to the current era and the use of DNA in crime scene forensics. In addition to pointing out its value, they also discuss failures.
Several sections are devoted to cold cases, some solved through analysis of DNA trace evidence. This is a fascinating book for anyone interested in studying criminal cases, or for understanding how criminal investigations are conducted. Technical terms are explained in laymen’s terms. I assure you that you’ll come away from reading this book with a better understanding of how crimes are investigated—and, it’s not like on TV.
Authors RJ Parker and Peter Vronsky help us understand more by teaching is the history of Forensic Analysis and DNA from its beginnings up to current times! They also tell us how some of these methods were used to solve cold cases!
Even though the "read time" on the Kindle said 3hours 51 minutes, and I normally read fairly quickly, this was by no means a short read! It was very well written and packed full of information! I also liked the end notes at the back of the book.