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Forensics : The History of Modern Criminal Investigation - James Morton

Forensics

The History of Modern Criminal Investigation

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Two centuries ago, our justice system was based almost entirely on one person's word against another's. Today, investigators use state-of-the-art technology?from DNA sequencing to data mining to blood splatter analysis?to catch criminals. In Forensics, seasoned lawyer and legal scholar James Morton traces the development of procedures such as:

  • Fingerprinting
  • Ballistics
  • Handwriting analysis
  • Dental record identification
  • Electronic surveillance
Beginning with Eugene Francois Vidocq, the nineteenth century French inspector commonly known as ?the first detective," Morton delves into notable cases throughout history that led to major advances in the field.
The science of forensics goes beyond than what you see in the labs of CSI or NCIS. Morton also shows how investigators have collaborated with some of the world's best psychologists and criminologists to develop interrogation techniques such as recovered memory, false confessions, hypnosis, and polygraph tests, commonly known as lie detectors. In just the last few decades, the push to get inside the mind of the offender in turn has led to staggering advances in behavioral profiling, the technique used to track down serial killers like Ted Bundy and Jeffrey Dahmer and the subject of the hit show Criminal Minds.
Based on the author's own original research and written with the suspense and immediacy of a thriller, Forensics is destined to be a new true crime classic.

ISBN: 9781468301298
ISBN-10: 1468301292
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 29th May 2014
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24
Weight (kg): 0.454