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Forensic Investigation: Methods from Experts

Author(s): Katherine Ramsland

Edition: 1

Copyright: 2017

Pages: 238

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Investigations today must coordinate many factors and areas of specialization.

Forensics braids the process of investigation with psychology and the law. Psychology shows the human element, while law dictates the parameters for investigative practices. Forensic Investigation: Methods from Experts demonstrates how these threads intertwine and offers practice with cases that apply specific insights. In this text, experts from diverse disciplines teach specific methods that enhance investigators’ knowledge and support best practices.

Forensic Investigation:

  • includes a case at the start of each chapter.
  • focuses on psychological information as a foundation for investigation.
  • features the work of experts in some area of investigation, including first responders, detectives, death investigators, scientists, attorneys, analysts, and more!
  • offers case-related puzzles in each chapter, some of which even demonstrate that the first leads can sometimes mislead.
  • addresses a variety of investigators involved in the forensic process: detectives, private investigators, death investigators, medical investigators, and more!

Introduction: Investigative Basics

1. Crimes, Scenes, and First Responders

2. I-Contact: The Psychology of Investigation

3. Detecting

4. Science, Technology, Standards, and Fraud

5. The Courtroom

6. The Body

7. Criminal Psychology 101

8. Behavioral Evidence

9. Patterns, Impressions, and ID

10. Enhancements

11. Digital Investigation

12. Special Investigations

Katherine Ramsland

Dr. Katherine Ramsland directs a master's program in criminal justice and teaches forensic psychology at DeSales University in Pennsylvania. She has published over 1,000 articles, blogs, and reviews, and 59 books, including Confession of a Serial Killer: The Untold Story of Dennis Rader, The Mind of a Murderer: Privileged Access to the Demons That Drive Extreme Violence, The Forensic Science of SCI, Inside the Minds of Serial Killers, The Human Predator: A Historical Chronicle of Serial Murder and Forensic Investigation, The Forensic Psychology of Criminal Minds, Beating the Devil's Game: A History of Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation, The CSI Effect, and The Criminal Mind: A Writer's Guide to Forensic Psychology. She presents workshops to law enforcement, psychologists, coroners, judges, and attorneys, and has consulted for CSI and Bones. She speaks internationally about forensic psychology, forensic science, death investigation, and serial murder, and has appeared on numerous documentaries, as well as on such programs as The Today Show, 20/20, 48 Hours, and E! True Hollywood. She writes a regular blog for Psychology Today called "Shadow-boxing."

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