With the ever-spreading problem of violent crime in today's society, techniques to assist forensic scientists and other law enforcement personnel have come to the forefront. With improvement in collection methods and analytical tools to conduct more thorough analyses, gunshot residue examination has made a dramatic impact as an area of trace evidence that is essential in the investigation and prosecution of violent crime.
Current Methods in Forensic Gunshot Residue Analysis deals with major areas of gunshot residue analysis such as current and future methods of analysis, collection techniques, interpretation of evidence as well as expert testimony and report writing.
This text is a necessity for any forensic scientist conducting this type of analysis and all other law enforcement personnel, academia, and lawyers involved in the investigation and prosecution of violent crimes involving firearms.
... a useful reference for forensic specialists in this field ... a relatively easy-to-read educational tool for law enforcement personnel and members of the justice system. !an excellent book which delivers a great deal of useful information in the area of gunshot residue analysis. --Bruce Kramarchuk, I/C Firearms Section, RCMP Forensic Laboratory, Regina, in Canadian Society of Forensic Science Journal Excellent value for its money. This book should prove very useful to forensic scientists involved in GSR analysis. It should also be useful for undergraduate and postgraduate students of forensic science and forensic medicine, and to law enforcement personnel in general. Fully recommended. --Anil Aggrawal's Internet Journal of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Volume 3, Number 1, January - June 2002
GUNSHOT RESIDUE (GSR) AS FORENSIC EVIDENCE Introduction Value of GSR as Trace Evidence Degradation of GSR Transfer of GSR Specific Areas of GSR Deposition Collection of GSR Evidence General Crime Scene Considerations Examination of GSR EXPLANATION OF GUNSHOT RESIDUE Particle Formation Classification of GSR Particles Uniqueness of Composition Terminology Environmental Considerations in GSR Examination METHODS OF EXAMINATION OF GUNSHOT RESIDUE Principal Techniques Scanning Electron Microscopy/Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy Automated SEM Analysis Variable Pressure SEM Other Methods of Analysis A STUDY OF PLUME CONCENTRATIONS The Plume Study Summary of Results Particle Fallout Conclusions AMMUNITION Firearms Rifles Shotguns Pistols Cartridges Bullet Powder Charges Primer Head Stamps .22 Caliber Ammunition Composition Ammunition Composition Studies GSR Studies: U.S. Manufacture Pistol Primers General Observations from Test Firings Revolvers vs. Semi-Automatics DOCUMENTATION OF EVEIDENCE AND TESTIMONY Note Taking Report Writing Chain of Custody Expert Testimony GLOSSARY BIBLIOGRAPHY INDEX