Practical homicide investigation : tactics, procedures, and forensic techniques / Vernon J. Geberth, M.S., M.P.S., B.B.A., FBINA, Homicide and Forensic Consultant, Fellow, American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Lieutenant Commander (Retired), New York City Police Department.

Geberth, Vernon J. [Browse]
Fifth edition.
  • Boca Raton : CRC Press, [2015]
  • ©2015
1 online resource (lxix, 1,226 pages) : illustrations.


CRC series in practical aspects of criminal and forensic investigations. [More in this series]
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Renowned for being THE definitive resource for homicide investigators, Practical Homicide Investigation: Tactics, Procedures, and Forensic Techniques details the recognized protocols used by investigative divisions of major police departments throughout the world. The text is used in most police academies, including the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Now in its fifth edition, the book begins with a comprehensive discussion of homicide crime scenes and moves chronologically from initial police notification, the correct police response that follows, and the subsequent steps necessary to conduct an intelligent investigation. It then delves into the more technical aspects of homicide investigation, augmented with numerous pictures and full-color illustrations that involve pertinent case histories. This latest edition includes three new chapters along with fully revised chapters with new case histories and techniques that reflect the latest forensic methods and modern investigative procedures. Highlights of the Fifth Edition Include: Newly revised "Homicide Investigator's Checklist" A new chapter on the latest DNA technology A rewritten chapter on equivocal death investigations that includes staged crime scenes Additional information on modes of death Fully updated chapters on death notifications, sex-related homicide, management for police administrators, suicide investigation, and narcotics-related and homosexually based homicides Over 920 photos and illustrations, 250 new photographs, and several new case histories Eminent author, lecturer, consultant, and expert witness Vernon J. Geberth incorporates his more than four and a half decades of real-world law enforcement experience in this quintessential reference. This classic and must-have resource provides the most vital information needed by detectives and police investigators responsible for cases in violent and sudden death. Remember: do it right the first time. You only get one chance. --Vernon J. Geberth, M.S., M.P.S., Homicide and Forensic Consultant, Author of Practical Homicide Investigation, and Series Editor of The Practical Aspects of Criminal and Forensic Investigations
"Version date: 20150209"--Title page verso.
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  • The homicide crime scene
  • First officer's duties: general
  • First officer's duties: specific
  • The preliminary investigation at the scene: the detectives
  • Specific investigative duties at the scene
  • The crime scene photographs
  • The crime scene sketch
  • The homicide crime scene search
  • Estimating time of death
  • The identity of the deceased; Resources for missing and unidentified persons cases
  • Death notifications: the surviving family as secondary victims
  • Modes of death
  • Suicide investigation
  • The investigation of sex-related homicides
  • Homosexual homicides
  • Forensic application of DNA analysis: introduction
  • Collection of evidence
  • The autopsy
  • The news media in homicide investigations
  • Identification of suspects
  • Investigative assessment: criminal personality profiling
  • Equivocal death investigation
  • Narcotics-related homicides
  • Practical homicide investigation: supervision and management of the homicide investigation.
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