Practical Homicide Investigation: Tactics, Procedures, and Forensic Techniques, Fourth Edition has long been considered the "bible of homicide investigation." Designed to accompany this bestselling work, Practical Homicide Investigation Checklist and Field Guide, Second Edition provides first responders, police personnel, and medical examiners and coroners with essential checklists that proceed step-by-step through the tactics, procedures, and forensic techniques that are mandatory in sudden and violent death inquiries. This new edition contains twice the material of the first edition, yet maintains its concise, practical format.
Specific investigative duties at the death scene
Suicide and equivocal death investigation
Autoerotic fatalities and other sex-related deaths
SIDS and Munchausen syndrome by proxy
Police-related shootings and deadly force incidents
Crime scene photograph documentation and videotaping protocols
Guidelines for proper death notification to family members
Supplemented by color anatomical diagrams and indexed by type of crime for quick and easy reference, this second edition has been newly revised with the most current information and updates in technology. The appendix contains collection procedures for specific types of evidence, ensuring that a proper and complete investigation can be undertaken in all cases. Forensic professionals who master the material in this guide can be assured that death scenes are handled professionally and expeditiously and no evidence is overlooked.
Commander Vernon Geberth is a retired lieutenant commander of the New York City Police Department with over 40 years of law enforcement experience. He is a nationally renowned lecturer, author, educator, consultant, and expert witness on the subject of death investigation. He has appeared on numerous local, national, and international television programs to answer questions on the subject of murder and provide insight, analysis, and commentary with respect to all aspects of homicide and death investigations. Geberth has been referenced as a media consultant on myriad national major cases across the United States and Canada. Over 69,500 members from over 8,000 law enforcement agencies have attended Geberth's Practical Homicide Investigation seminars. In his seminars, Geberth focuses on his textbooks stressing advanced tactics, procedures, and forensic techniques and presents equivocal death, suicide, and missed investigations as well as serial murder investigation and the application of abnormal psychology to the investigative process.
The Checklist Approach to Homicide Investigation The Homicide Crime Scene Introduction The Patrol Officer's Duties First Officer's Duties upon Arrival Patrol Officer Establishing the Crime Scene The First Officer Initiates the Homicide Investigation The Patrol Officer's Checklist The Preliminary Investigation at the Scene The Detectives Prior to Leaving for the Crime Scene, Instruct Patrol to Arrival at the Scene The Investigative Checklist Documentation of the Initial Report Duties of the Detective Supervisor upon Arrival at the Scene Specific Investigative Duties at the Scene The Suspect in Custody Evaluation of the Suspect's Demeanor and Mental Capacity Obtaining a Dying Declaration Suicide Investigation Three Investigative Considerations in Determining the Manner of Death (Homicide or Suicide) Suicide Notes Suicide Checklist Psychological Aspects Final Exit Suicides Investigative Checklist for Final Exit Cases The Plastic Bag Suicide-By-Cop Scenarios Some Suicide Indicators Autoerotic Fatalities Investigative Considerations Autoerotic Checklist: Determining the Involvement of Sexual Asphyxia Investigative Fatal Fires Checklist Investigative Considerations The Fire Incident Suspicious Designation: General Determination Factors Maintenance of the Fire Crime Scene Investigation at the Scene Determination of Arson Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS ) Investigative Checklist Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy Warning Signs Crime Scene Documentation Documentation of Crimes Scene Photographs Recommended Crime Scene Photographs Photographs of Deceased Subjects Videotape Protocol Taping Protocol Checklist Documentation of the Crime Scene Sketch The Title Block Formulating the Search Examination of the Outdoor Crime Scene Investigative Questions Examination of the Body at the Scene The Wound Chart Gunshot Wounds Cutting Wounds Blunt Force Injuries Asphyxial Deaths Recommendations and Guidelines for Proper Death Notifications to Surviving Family Members Sex-Related Homicide Investigation Investigative Considerations The Crime Scene Investigation Sex-Related Crime Scene Checklist Medicolegal Considerations Examination of the Crime Scene Descriptive Information Anatomical Figures Supervisor's Homicide Checklist Supervising the Preliminary Investigation at the Scene: The Checklist Directing Specific Investigative Duties Supervising a Homicide Crime Scene Search Crime Scene Considerations Release of the Body Release of the Crime Scene Investigation of Police-Related Shootings Officer-Involved Shootings (OIS s) and Use of Deadly Force Incidents The Protocol Investigation of OISs and Use of Deadly Force Incidents Supervisory Responsibilities-Checklist Incident Scene Investigator(s)-Checklist Interview of Employee(s) Involved Follow-Up Investigation Background Investigation Preparation of Investigative Report Appendix: Procedures for the Collection of Evidence Collection of Specific Types of Evidence Body Materials Blood Stains (Dry) Semen Urine Spittle or Saliva Feces Vomit Tissue Hair Objects Firearms Fibers Fabric Clothing Cigarette or Cigar Butts Displaced Furniture Insects Soil Tools Vehicles Documents (Letters, Notes, and Papers) Glass Impressions Tool Marks Newly Damaged Areas Collection of Bite-M ark Evidence at the Scene Blood Stain Pattern Analysis (Examination of Blood Spatter) Crime Scene Collection of Electronic and Digital Evidence Investigative Considerations Additional Investigative Considerations Computers Cellular Phones Notes