The Philosophy, Practice, and Science of Crime Scene Investigation, Part 1

  • by Robert C. Shaler
  • 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

The director of the Forensic Science Program at Pennsylvania State University, Professor Robert C. Shaler leads a comprehensive study of the intricacies of an intriguing, and always topical, science. In these lectures, Shaler imparts a clear understanding of crime-scene investigation, from archiving the scene to the presentation of evidence in court proceedings. Covering everything from fingermarks and bloodstains to 3-D imaging and microbial forensics, the course is an essential guide for anyone intrigued by this riveting subject.


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I hate to give a negative review. It seemed like a fascinating topic, but early on this gets very bogged down in terminology and how the investigators need a scientific approach, and who is a criminalist and who is a technician and who was on first, no second base... The work is much like a textbook in which the author wants each statement to be completely accurate without regard for whether anyone is still listening. Was it Samuel Noah Kramer who said archeology should bring the dead to life, not bring sleep to the living...? I gave this one an hour and punted.
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- Jeff

Informative and Practical approach

I've taken college level courses on criminology and the information presented in this book is right on with the previous instructions I have received. The presenter has a good voice, seems very knowledgeable, easy to listen to, understandable, and practical. I didn't give 5 stars because the the presenter #1 tends to repeat himself and #2 uses too much casual speech in his presentation (e.g. incorrect grammar and slang such as "goona" and "kinda"). The unprofessional style of presentation lost some its credibility. However, all in all, it was well done and I've already listened to the book twice.
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- Ronda

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-15-2011
  • Publisher: Recorded Books