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Criminal Investigation

Criminal Investigation

Fourth Edition
Experience with SAGE edge

January 2018 | 568 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Criminal Investigation offers a comprehensive and engaging examination of criminal investigation and the vital role criminal evidence plays in the process. Written in a straightforward manner, the text focuses on the five critical areas essential to understanding criminal investigations: background and contextual issues, criminal evidence, legal procedures, evidence collection procedures, and forensic science. In the Fourth Edition, author Steve Brandl goes beyond a simple how-to on investigative procedures, and draws from fascinating modern research, comprehensive cases, and criminal evidences to demonstrate their importance in the real world of criminal justice.

New to the Fourth Edition:

Five new From the Case File opening vignettes that explore criminal investigations in current events.
- Updated and current discussion of digital evidence encourages discussion of the impact of technology on investigations.
- Several brand new, full-color original photos of crime scenes provide a striking visual addition to the text.
- Discussion of recent Supreme Court cases offer insight into the legal side of criminal investigations.
- A multitude of new case examples illustrate key points and provide a basis for discussion about proper investigation conduct and techniques, for reality-based application.

Chapter 1: The Investigation of Crime
The Investigation of Crime  
From the Case File: The Investigation of the Washington, D.C. Beltway Snipers  
Criminal Investigation, Evidence, and Forensic Science Defined  
Types of Criminal Investigations  
Perspectives on the Criminal Investigation Process  
The Role of Chance, Accident, and Discovery in Criminal Investigations  
Mental Mistakes in Criminal Investigations  
Qualities and Characteristics of Investigations  
Criminal Investigation and the Criminal Justice System  
Chapter 2: The History of Criminal Investigation
From the Case File: The Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping  
The Importance of History in Understanding the Present and the Future  
The Evolution of the Investigative Task: English Developments  
The Evolution of the Investigative Task: American Developments  
Chapter 3: The Role and Documentation of Evidence in Criminal Investigations  
From the Case File: The Murder of Stanley Van Wagner  
The Basics of Criminal Evidence  
Types of Evidence  
The Functions of Evidence  
Documenting Evidence: The Value and Importance of Investigative Reports  
Chapter 4: The Law and Criminal Investigations
From the Case File: Ernesto Miranda’s Confession  
Basic Legal Terminology  
The Rules and Admissibility of Evidence  
Constitutional Requirements for the Collection of Evidence  
Chapter 5: Physical Evidence and the Crime Scene
From the Case File: The Murders of Nicole Brown Simpsons and Ronald Goldman  
The Role of Physical Evidence in Criminal Investigations  
The Crime Scene and Its Management  
Types of Physical Evidence  
The Role of Crime Laboratories in Criminal Investigations  
Forensic Science Specialty Areas  
Chapter 6: Interviews and Eyewitness Identifications
From the Case File: BP Gas Station Robbery  
Interviews Defined  
Types of Witnesses  
Types of Information Obtained from Witnesses  
Methods of Eyewitness Identification  
Value of Eyewitness Identifications in Establishing Proof  
The Memory Process and the Identification Task  
Guidelines for the Collection of Eyewitness Evidence  
Investigative Tools in Interviewing  
Other Guidelines for Conducting Police Interviews  
Chapter 7: Interrogations and Confessions
From the Case File: The “Secret” Interrogation of O.J. Simpson  
Interrogations Defined  
The Controversy of Interrogation Methods  
Prerequisites for a Productive Interrogation  
Approaches to Investigative Interrogations  
The Potential Problems with Police Deception in Interrogations  
Why Do Suspects Confess?  
The Issue of False Confessions  
Investigative Tools in Recognizing Deception  
Chapter 8: Behavioral Evidence and Crime Analysis
From the Case File: A Mutilation Murder  
Behavioral Analysis Defined  
Crime Scene Profiling  
Geographic Profiling  
Case in Point: The Murder of JonBenet Ramsey  
Crime Analysis  
Empirical Crime Analysis  
Chapter 9: Information from the Public, Social Media, Information Networks, Digital Devices, and Other Sources
From the Case File: “Ain’t No Love in the Heart of the City”  
Information from the Public in Criminal Investigations  
Information from Social Media in Criminal Investigations  
Confidential Informants  
Gang Intelligence  
Information Networks  
Information from Electronic Devices and Digital Evidence  
Chapter 10: Death Investigation
From the Case File: He Hit Her Until She Fell… and That Was Just the Beginning  
Issues in the Investigation of Death: Manner of Death  
Patterns and Characteristics of Homicide  
Investigative Considerations with Death and Homicide  
Major Challenges in Homicide Investigations: Serial Homicide  
Major Challenges in Homicide Investigations: Cold Cases  
Chapter 11: The Investigation of Sex Crimes, Assault, Child Abuse, and Related Offenses
From the Case File: “Since You Don’t Have Any Money…”  
Varieties and Characteristics of Rape and Other Sexual Assaults  
Investigative Considerations with Rape and Other Sexual Assaults  
Varieties and Characteristics of Other Assaults  
Investigative Considerations with Other Assaults  
Domestic Violence and Child Abuse  
Chapter 12: The Investigation of Robbery
From the Case File: A Robber Who Lost His Tool  
Variations and Characteristics of Robbery  
Investigative Considerations with Robbery  
Interrogation Considerations  
Other Strategies and Sources of Information  
Chapter 13: The Investigation of Burglary, Vehicle Theft, Arson, and Other Property Crimes
From the Case File: Dad and Daughter Go to Work  
Varieties and Characteristics of Burglaries  
Investigative Considerations with Burglary  
Varieties and Characteristics of Vehicle Theft  
Myths and Misconceptions: Expensive Cars are the Most Frequently Stolen  
Investigative Considerations with Vehicle Theft  
Varieties and Characteristics of Arson  
Investigative Considerations with Arson  
Varieties and Characteristics of Larceny  
Investigative Considerations with Larceny  
Interrogation Considerations with Burglars, Arsonists, and Other Thieves  
Chapter 14: The Investigation of Fraud and Computer-Related Crimes
From the Case File: An Internet Chat with an Undercover Officer  
Fraud and Its Investigation  
Varieties of Computer-Facilitated Crimes and Their Investigation  
Chapter 15: The Presentation of Evidence
From the Case File: A Tragedy and More  
The Adversarial Process  
Errors in Justice Outcomes  
The Value and Importance of Investigative Testimony  
Expert Testimony  
Testimony of Investigators  
Chapter 16: Terrorism, Technology, and the Future of Criminal Investigation
From the Case File: The Day the World Changed  
The Future of Criminal Investigation  
A New Approach to Criminal Investigations  
The New Technology of Crime Detection  


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