The Forensic Casebook: The Science of Crime Scene Investigation

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I have always loved suspenseful whodunit television shows, movies, and books that use forensic science to crack the cases. My favorite television show is The First 48, my favorite movie is The Silence of the Lambs, and my favorite book is The Body Farm. Therefore, I was excited to have the opportunity to take this course and learn even more about the subject of forensics. This essay gives a summary of N. E. Genge’s book, The Forensic Casebook: The Science of Crime Scene Investigation, and includes the things I disliked and liked about the book.
The book gives a general overview of the field of forensic science. The sections of the book include “The Scene of the Crime; Working the Scene--The Evidence; Working the Scene of the Body Human;
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The stories were not just about cases where all procedures were correctly followed, but also included stories about rookie mistakes. I really enjoyed the about unique cases—such as the man killed by the falling icicle (Genge 79). In another story, young woman was found hanged, and police were charged with the task of determining if she had committed suicide or if she was the victim of a homicide. After much investigation, the cause of death was listed as an accident. Evidently the young woman’s friend stated that she had helped tie the knot on the rope—never believing that the young woman would actually kill herself (Genge 92). After the ruling, the police were not entirely convinced that it was an accidental death even though no sign of struggle was evident; however, there was insufficient evidence to prove otherwise (Genge 92).
The discipline I enjoyed reading the most about was the use of animal examiners—dogs. The author was very thorough with the subject, even going so far as to explain why dogs are normally used instead of other animals such as pigs, cats, and ferrets. According to Genge, dogs enjoy working because of the praise earned, whereas pigs are easily sidetracked by the smell of food, cats “don’t like to work,” and the attention span of a ferret is almost non-existent (Genge 210). Another interesting fact about dogs is that the canine nose is adept at sniffing out old
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