Trace Evidence Analysis continues and builds upon the tradition of its successful companion title Mute Witnesses (2000).
The book contains nine entirely new cases, each self-contained in its own chapter, covering everything from homicides to accident reconstruction. It includes contributions from some of the premier forensic scientists in the field who provide detailed accounts of the process of collection, classification, and analysis of microscopic evidence to draw definitive conclusions that solved actual cases.
The book discusses the role of evidence in solving cases and explores the legal and ethical responsibility of the forensic scientist. It examines real-world application of scientific methods and analytic principles, including evidence gathering, instrumentation, sampling methods, analysis, and interpretation; and features over 160 full-color figures that illustrate the relevant case evidence.
This book is a recommended resource for forensic microscopists and trace evidence analysts, crime laboratories, crime scene technicians, criminal investigators, forensic science professionals and students, and the legal community.
- Contains contributions from some of the premier forensic scientists in the field
- Discusses the role of evidence in solving cases and explores the legal and ethical responsibility of the forensic scientist
- Explores real-world application of scientific methods and analytic principles including evidence gathering, instrumentation, sampling methods, analysis, and interpretation
- Includes over 160 full-color figures that illustrate the relevant case evidence
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1: The Specificity of Animal Hairs
2: Fiber-Plastic Fusions in Car Accident Reconstructions
3: Inclusions and Exclusions Using Trace Evidence
4: Soil as Trace Evidence
5: The Importance of Trace Evidence
6: Cereal Murder in Spokane
7: Using 1:1 Taping to Reconstruct a Source
8: Who Do You Believe?
9: My Roommate is Using the Refrigerator
Dr. Max M. Houck is an internationally-recognized forensic expert with research interests in forensic science, education, and the forensic enterprise and its industries. He has worked in all aspects of forensic science, including at the FBI Laboratory. Dr. Houck has published widely in books and peer-reviewed journals. His anthropology and trace evidence casework includes the Branch Davidian Investigation, the September 11 attacks on the Pentagon, the D.B. Cooper case, the US Embassy bombings in Africa, and the West Memphis Three case, among hundreds of others. He served for six years as the Chair of the Forensic Science Educational Program Accreditation Commission (FEPAC). Dr. Houck is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a founding Co-Editor of the journal Forensic Science Policy and Management.