Silent Witnesses: The Often Gruesome but Always

Silent Witnesses: The Often Gruesome but Always Fascinating History of Forensic Science Crime novelist and former police officer Nigel McCrery provides an account of all the major areas of forensic science from around the world over the past two centuries The book weaves dramatic narrative and scientific principles together in a way that allows readers to figure out crimes along with the experts Readers are introduced to such fascinating figures as Dr Edmond Locard, the French Sherlock Holmes Edward Heinrich, Wizard of Berkeley, who is credited with having solved than , crimes and Alphonse Bertillon, the French scientist whose guiding principle, no two individuals share the same characteristics, became the core of criminal identification Landmark crime investigations examined in depth include a notorious murder involving blood evidence and defended by F Lee Bailey, the seminalmurder that demonstrated the usefulness of the microscope in examining trace evidence, themurder of a wealthy Boston businessman that demonstrated how difficult it is to successfully dispose of a corpse, and many others I guess I ve read too many books on forensic science as it pertains to solving crimes, because this book was mostly a rehash of cases I was already familiar with, and not written in a terribly gripping way It might not be bad for a starter book for someone unfamiliar with the history of forensics, though. I really enjoyed this because if you havent noticed by now I love books about the history of fields or history in general The book is really general and so I wouldn t read it if you want to learn details and specifics about how forensics work but if you want a quick read that ll give you an idea of the time line in which forensics started to be used then you should totally read this Also if you re looking for an introductory book into forensics science this is a good read as well. Not to be confused with the British 1990 s TV series Silent Witness, which also featured forensic scientists This book looks at the deep history behind forensics, but also how forensic experts are viewed in society and culture and how much things have changed between early days and ourmodern methods of investigation at the present time As Silent Witnesses effectively proves, there s a lot behind the scenes we don t see and a lot that is often portrayed wrongly in pop culture and rumors Not to be confused with the British 1990 s TV series Silent Witness, which also featured forensic scientists This book looks at the deep history behind forensics, but also how forensic experts are viewed in society and culture and how much things have changed between early days and ourmodern methods of investigation at the present time As Silent Witnesses effectively proves, there s a lot behind the scenes we don t see and a lot that is often portrayed wrongly in pop culture and rumors The book can get a bit repetitive at times and can be overzealous to the point where it comes off as rather morbid, but it s definitely well written, taking apart inaccuracies and stereotypes by showing readers the science and detail behind this important job, including some of the many procedures involved The book also contains photographs, and luckily they re not of the very gory or inappropriate variety Unfortunately though, the photographs included don t really aid in explaining what goes on in forensics aside from very basic stuff Still some of it was very interesting, as was the included case history Silent Witnesses is a non fiction research book about the developments and various stems of forensic science throughout the decades Lots of new information that I didn t know about before was included, however, it was very slow going and since I was going into this one as a casual reader, there were times that I felt a little overwhelmed with facts This one is great for students and academics

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