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Stigations examined in depth include a notorious murder involving blood evidence and defended by F Lee Bailey the seminal 1936 murder that demonstrated the usefulness of the microscope in examining trace evidence the 1849 murder of a wealthy Boston businessman that demonstrated how difficult it is to successfully dispose of a corpse and many othe This is an excellent book It is a methodical review of particularly important forensic science methods and cases in which those methods were used usually for the first or near the first time and instrumental in solving the case Most chapters are set up to focus on a particular method such as blood trace evidence or DNA all of which have chapters explains what it is how it works why it s important and uses a case to illustrate that importance Everything is clearly well researched the sheer amount of historical detail in the cases is incredible told in a story format and methodically laid out in such a way that is both easy to understand and interesting Whether you re truly interested in the topic or just looking for good criminology read this is definitely a book that will catch and keep attention

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Silent witnessesa 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 fascin 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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Ating figures as Dr Edmond Locard the “French Sherlock Holmes”; Edward Heinrich “Wizard of Berkeley” who is credited with having solved than 2000 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 inve Murder has a magic all of its own So said William Roughhead a 19th century criminologist and so opens Silent Witnesses The Often Gruesome but Always Fascinating History of Forensic Science McCrery sets out to demonstrate the wizardry and science of forensic identification which as he notes is a history of uniuenessThe book is divided into chapters with each section discussing the technological progression of one particular form of forensic evidence fingerprints and physical identifiers ballistics blood trace evidence the body poisons and DNA The writing is casual and conversational with each technological advance accompanied by an anecdote that demonstrates the efficacy of the new technology I was especially entertained by the unexpected details for example the first time fingerprints were used to solve a murder was in Argentina and some of the archaic anecdotes Did you know that in ancient China handprints and fingerprints were used in evidence and in Babylon handprints were considered sufficiently individual to be used to seal legal contracts McCrery provides entertaining biographies of some of the most influential figures in the forensic sciences such as Dr Joseph Bell Doyle s main inspiration for Sherlock Holmes as well as Alphonse Bertillon the Holmes of Paris and man who introduced the idea of photo fit pictures In fact in Hound of the Baskervilles Holmes is described as second only to Bertillon McCrery also discusses a few crimes that I think may have been inspirations for other mystery writers Whilst I rather enjoy the lurid stories of the long distant past recent atrocities especially ones in which McCrery acted as an investigator felt far ghoulish to me Other than my distaste for these recent true crime cases the main place in which I think the book could be improved is the photographs that pepper the book Even though photographs would be incredibly useful in illustrating some of the details such as differences in rifling or the euipment used in isolating poisons most are of buildings or generic forensic ish pictures that add little to no enlightenment Unlike the photographs the stories themselves are varied and entertaining They include tales of crooked expert witnesses the struggles of pioneering scientists and detectives and murders so outlandish that they belong in an Agatha Christie novel Amongst a multitude of amusing anecdotes and sensational stories here are a few of my favourites Several entrepreneurial ladies have run profitable businesses in the industry of husband removal For example the lady Toffana di Adomo was so successful in marketing her Acua Toffana supposedly a benign ladies cosmetic that she helped almost 600 women to become uite merry widows Samuel Colt s famous 6 shot was known as the eualizer because of a popular poem that was written about it Be not afraid of any man no matter what his sizeWhen danger threatens call on me and I will eualize The freakiest poisoning case in the book is that of Georgi Markov He was out walking one day when he suddenly felt a sharp pain in his leg He thought it was due to the umbrella point of a passerby In fact the umbrella had been used as a weapon to shoot a tiny spherical metal pellet into his leg The pellet which contained a lethal dose of ricin was sealed with a material that melted precisely at the temperature of the human body I kept waiting for someone in the story to show up with a mini rocket cigarette or perhaps a shoe phone From explanations of Locard s Exchange Principle Every contact leaves a trace to the details of the science behind bullet fingerprinting to pure hearsay like the story of the man who outsmarted a highwayman he tricked him into taking a shot and because early guns took so long to reload was able to get his sword out before the gun was read again Silent Witnesses is both entertaining and informative If you re an inveterate mystery reader and interested in a casual informal look at the history of forensics this book is definitely worth a peekExcerpted from my review on Booklikes I received this ebook through NetGalley from the publisher Chicago Review Press in exchange for my honest review


10 thoughts on “Silent witnessesa history of forensic science

  1. says:

    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 uick 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

  2. says:

    Not to be confused with the British 1990's TV series Silent Witness which also featured forensic scientistsThis book looks at the de

  3. says:

    Silent Witnesses is a non fiction research book about the developments and various stems of forensic science throughout the decades Lots of n

  4. says:

    Murder has a magic all of its own” So said William Roughhead a 19th century criminologist and so opens Silent Witnesses The Often Gruesome but Always Fascinating History of Forensic Science McCrery sets out to demonstrate the wizardry and science of forensic identification which as he notes is a history of uniuenessThe book is divided into chapters with each section discussing the technological progression of one par

  5. says:

    Police programmes with a focus on forensics are hugely popular the CSI franchise getting some 30 million viewers at the height of its popularity The realists of course know that actual real life forensics isn't like that it's often laborious and very time consuming The instantaneous results obtained by Horatio Caine and Mac Taylor

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    Continuing my odd streak of reading nonfiction books I finished Nigel McCrery's Silent Witnesses A History of Forensic Science this evening As I read it mostly while waiting at the mechanic's garage waiting I paused to contemplate my fingerprints to see if I have arch whorl or loop prints or looked at the mechanics' hands to wonder what chemicals and substances they might transfer I got than a few weird looks of my own Silent Wit

  7. says:

    Very interesting look at the history of forensic science The book covers identity ballistics blood trace evidence the body poisons and

  8. says:

    Started slow but once the author got to the chapter on DNA it was fascinating

  9. says:

    This is an excellent book It is a methodical review of particularly important forensic science methods and cases in which those methods were used usually for the first or near the first time and instrumental in solving the case Most c

  10. says:

    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 al

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