- Presents a practical, concise field guide to the topic of death scene investigations
- Provides bulleted information for ease of access in a handy spiral-bound format
- Uses line drawings to demonstrate evidence rather difficult-to-discern photographs
- Contains discussion of all manners of death, including accident, suicide, and homicide
- Includes a CD-ROM with 15 innovative worksheets for use at the scene
Those tasked with investigating death scenes come from a variety of backgrounds and varying levels of experience. Death Scene Investigation: Procedural Guide gives the less experienced investigator the procedures for almost any death scene imaginable while providing the seasoned investigator a ready reference for deaths occurring even under the most unusual of circumstances. It details the precise steps that need to be taken when processing and analyzing a death scene to ensure vital evidence is not lost and "red flags" are not missed.
Using a bulleted format for quick and easy access, the book provides hands-on, concise instruction in a style friendly to a range of professionals. Topics discussed in this practical manual include:
Initial response and scene evaluation. This section includes a death investigation decision tree to lead investigators to a preliminary cause of death. The section is broken down into natural, accidental, suicidal, and homicidal deaths. It also explores the role of the medical examiner and autopsy protocol.
Recovery of human remains from open field, aquatic, and buried sites. This section also discusses estimating the time of death.
Wound dynamics and mechanisms of injury. Manners of death include asphyxiation; sharp force, blunt force, and chopping injuries; handgun, rifle, and shotgun wounds; and explosive, thermal, and electrical injuries.
Special death scene investigations. Discussions include child and infant death, sex-related death, and death scenes with multiple victims.
Death scene management. This section covers documentation, sketching, photography and videography, special observations, and search procedures.
This section covers documentation, sketching, photography and videography, special observations, and search procedures.
Death scene evidence processing.
Topics include bloodstain patterns; shooting scenes; entomological, biological, trace, friction ridge, and impression evidence.
An appendix contains precautions for handling bloodborne pathogens and 15 innovative worksheets are available for download. Death scene responders who master the techniques in this volume will expedite solving the circumstances of the death and the closing of the case.
TABLE OF CONTENTSDeath Scene Investigation
Scene Evaluation, Analysis, Strategy, and Direction
The Role of Medical Examiner
Autopsy Protocol and Investigator’s Role
Recovery of Remains
Searching for Human Remains
Surface Recovery of Human Remains
Recovery of Buried Human Remains
Aquatic Recovery of Human Remains
Estimating Postmortem Interval
Wound Dynamics and Mechanisms of Injury
Sharp Force Injuries
Blunt Force Injuries
Firearms: Handgun and Rifle Wounds
Firearms: Shotgun Wounds
Special Death Scene Investigations
Child and Infant Deaths: Physical Abuse and Neglect
Child Deaths: Sexual Abduction and Murder
Sexual Activities Resulting in Death
Sexual Assaults Resulting in Death
Death Scenes with Multiple Victims
Death Scene Management, Tasks, and Responsibilities
Death Scene Management
Death Scene Sketching
Death Scene Photography and Videography
Death Scene Notes and Observations
Death Scene Search Procedures
Death Scene Evidence Processing
Documenting and Processing Bloodstain Patterns
Documenting Shooting Scenes
Recovery of Firearm Evidence from Scene
Trace Evidence at the Scene
Friction Ridge Evidence at the Scene
Universal Precautions for Blood Borne Pathogens
Death Scene Notes
Death Scene Notes: Supplemental
Biological Evidence Notes
Friction Ridge Evidence
Impression Evidence Notes
Trace Evidence Notes
Death Scene Entry Log
Photographic Head Slate
Immersion Burn Worksheet
SUID Scene Worksheet
Firearms Documentation Worksheet
Post Blast Worksheet
Post Mortem Indicators Worksheet
Published: February 2012