Firearms and Fingerprints

ISBN-10: 0816055122
ISBN-13: 9780816055128
Edition: 2008
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Description: Essentials of Forensic Science is a seven-volume set that explores a number of significant aspects of the field, from its inception to its application in the modern laboratory and courtroom. From its roots in the Middle Ages and further back to  More...

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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Facts On File, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/1/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 171
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Essentials of Forensic Science is a seven-volume set that explores a number of significant aspects of the field, from its inception to its application in the modern laboratory and courtroom. From its roots in the Middle Ages and further back to ancient Greece, forensic science past, present, and future is provided an intriguing overview in this informative set.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Overview
Firearms and Fingerprints in the Crime Lab
Firearms and Fingerprints at the Crime Scene
The Beltway Sniper Case
The Reconstruction of Crimes Using Firearms and Fingerprint Evidence
Conspicuous Absence
Putting It All Together for the Jury
How to Become a Firearms or Fingerprint Examiner
Conclusion
A Brief History of Firearms and Fingerprints and the Scientists Involved
Firearms and the Evidence They Provide
Firearms Examination Emerges As a Discipline
Food for Thought: Individualization
Early Firearms Examinations in the United States
Professor Alexandre Lacassagne: A Pioneer in Bloodstain Analysis
The Brownsville Riot and Cartridge Case Comparisons
Professor Victor Balthazard and Bullet Comparison in France
Calvin Goddard and the Beginnings of Modern Firearms Examination in the United States
Fingerprints: What They Are and How They Are Produced
Ridge Characteristics
Johannes Purkinje and the First Attempt at Fingerprint Classification
Henry Faulds and William Herschel and the "Who Was First?" Controversy
Alphonse Bertillon and the Transition to Dactylography
Sir Francis Galton's Fingerprint System
Juan Vucetich's Fingerprint System
Sir Edward Henry's System: The Dawn of Modern Fingerprint Identification
Scientific Principles, Instrumentation, and Equipment
The Theory of Individual Identification and the Scientific Method
Firearms Identification
Applying the Scientific Method
Firearms Examination Equipment
Specialized Equipment for Shooting Reconstruction
Laboratory Methods for Firearms Evidence
Firearms Testing: Sympathetic Firing
Identifying the Use of a Sound Suppressor
Ball Powder Goes the Distance
Automated Comparison of Firearms Evidence
The Community Gun
Latent Print Examination and Comparison
The Low-Tech Approach to Fingerprints
Absence of Evidence Is Not Evidence of Absence
Chemistry and Fingerprints
Fingerprints and Modern Technology
The Fingerprint Examiner at the Crime Scene
The Automated Fingerprint Identification System
To Err Is Human
Forensic Applications
Reconstructing Shootings Using Firearms-Related Evidence at the Scene
The Crime Lab's Role in Shooting Reconstruction
Ignorance Is Not Bliss
The Crime Lab's Role in Criminal Investigation
Ironclad Alibi
The Role of Fingerprints in Crime Scene Reconstruction
A Double Homicide in Arizona
Shots Fired at a Moving Vehicle Kill the Young Driver
A Staged Crime Scene Is Uncovered by Investigators
Homicide or Suicide? An Unusual Case That Leaves Investigators Puzzled
The Future
Fingerprints and DNA
Firearms, Fingerprints, and DNA
The Eyes May Have It
Firearms That Can "Talk"
Phantom Firearms
What's Next?
Breakthrough: Reading Fingerprints Even after They Are Gone
A New Application of Old Techniques
Arising Legal Challenges
Glossary
Further Reading
Index

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