Forensic Analysis of Trace Evidence

by J. Thomas McClintock, Ph.D.

Academx Publishing Services, Inc., Bel Air, MD

Trace evidence is a discipline within forensic science that focuses on the transfer of minute material during the commission of a violent crime. Trace material includes, but is not limited to, human hair, animal hair, fibers and fabrics, glass, paint primer residue, soil, and tool- marks. The physical contact between the victim and the suspect(s) can result in the transfer of trace material and provide a link between the victim, the suspect, and the crime scene.

The purpose of this book, Forensic Analysis of Trace Evidence, is to introduce the science of trace evidence analysis by focusing on basic techniques used in crime scene investigations and in forensic science laboratories. This book is designed to provide the reader with a fundamental understanding of trace evidence as well as a thorough background of the specialized techniques used to identify and compare specific types of trace evidence. The most current and up to date methods used in trace evidence analysis are presented to prepare the reader to be able to analyze and interpret the data generated in each exercise with clarity and confidence. The laboratory exercises are designed to:

  • Provide an overview of evidence collection, forensic microscopy, the process of examining human and animal hair, as well as fibers, how blood stain patterns are analyzed, and much more
  • Presents protocols that have been adapted from methods and procedures used in federal, state, and private forensic science laboratories
  • Each exercise can be used to simulate a wide range of applications for trace identification
  • An extensive glossary has been included to assist the reader with terminology used in the analysis of trace evidence, as well as basic terms used in forensic science

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1.  Presents protocols for performing trace evidence analysis

2.  Introduces the reader to the science of trace evidence analysis

3.  Focuses on basic techniques used in crime scene investigations and forensic science laboratories

4.  Provides exercises on evidence collection, forensic microscopy, examining human/animal hair and fiber, bloodstain patterns, and paint and glass analysis

5.  Includes a glossary of trace evidence terminology


ISBN  9781682844946 

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