Covers new trace evidence techniques and expanding areas of analysis, along with key theory and applications
Developed around the need for updated information in the disciplines of trace evidence the Handbook of Trace Evidence Analysis focuses on the increasing awareness and need for validation, modern methods for addressing and controlling contamination, the shift towards incorporating statistical analyses into the interpretation phase and cutting edge research into new forensic science methods and their application.
Beginning with an overview of the topic and discussing the important role that information derived from trace materials can provide during investigations, the book then presents chapters on key techniques. The first being the critical nature of microscopy, and the methods employed for the recognition, collection, and preservation of trace evidence. Subsequent chapters review the core disciplines of trace evidence examination: paints and polymers, hairs, fibers and textiles and glass. Each chapter contains in-depth discussions on the origin of the materials involved, including any natural or synthetic processes involved in their production, the nuances involved in their detection, and the methods of analysis that are used to extract valuable information from samples. In addition, suggested workflows in method and testing selections, as well as addressing specific scientific challenges as well as the limitations of knowledge on the transfer, persistence and background abundance of trace materials are discussed. The book ends by examining the interpretation of trace evidence findings from a historical perspective and examining the methods that are currently being developed.
- Provides an in-depth introduction to the general area of trace evidence and discusses current and new techniques
- Consolidates trace evidence and materials categories of testing into one reference series
- Offers a detailed focus on technical approaches and guidelines to trace evidence
- Includes analytical schemes/workflows and valuable guides for the interpretation of data and results
The Handbook of Trace Evidence will appeal to forensic science academics, students, and practitioners in the trace evidence and materials science disciplines, as well as DNA analysts, toxicologists, forensic anthropologists, crime laboratory managers, criminal justice students and practitioners, and legal professionals. It would also be a valuable resource for every crime laboratory reference library.
List of Contributors
1. Trace Evidence Recognition, Collection and Preservation
2. Polarized Light Microscopy for the Trace Evidence Examiner
3. Paints & Polymers
4. Forensic Hair Microscopy
6. Interpretation of glass evidence
7. Interpreting trace evidence