Irrefutable Evidence: Adventures in the History of Forensic Science [EPUB]
05 March 2018, 00:57
2009 | EPUB | 1.98MB
The rise of scientific thinking in finding, catching, and convicting criminals―and, just as important, freeing the innocent―has transformed society's assault on crime. Before scientific detective work, early attempts to maintain public safety relied on the severity of punishment rather than any probability of apprehension. But with the rapid development of the sciences in the nineteenth century, some techniques began to spill over into more effective police work.
Michael Kurland's engrossing history of forensic science recounts this remarkable progress, which continues to the present. He traces the history of the major techniques of criminal detection and many of the minor ones. Here are Bertillon's physical measurements used to recognize habitual criminals; the study of fingerprints identifying criminals long after they have left the scene of the crime; Gravelle's comparison microscope comparing bullets to determine if they have been fired from the same gun; the development of bloodstain identification and, ultimately, the blood type involved. Mr. Kurland explains how once–accepted techniques have fallen by the wayside―handwriting analysis, for example―and how methods such as lie detectors, voice spectrum analysis, bite mark evidence, and other methods have proven unworthy.
Finally Irrefutable Evidence explores the rise of modern DNA typing techniques, which have proven the innocence of many persons convicted of major crimes and resulted in the exoneration of more than two hundred on death row.
Blood, Sweat and Fear: The Story of Inspector Vance, A Pioneer Forensics Investigator [EPUB]
25 February 2018, 21:13
2017 | EPUB | 8.24MB
Heralded internationally as “Canada’s Sherlock Holmes,” John Vance was an innovative and pioneering forensic investigator who was so successful at solving criminal cases, he was the subject of numerous attempts on his life. Over the course of forty-two years beginning in the 1930s, Vance helped police detectives in British Columbia to determine murder from suicide as well as solve hit-and-runs, safe-crackings, and some of the most sensational murder cases of the twentieth century.
The Trunk Dripped Blood: Five Sensational Murder Cases of the Early 20th Century [EPUB]
19 February 2018, 10:04
2018 | EPUB | 3.31MB
A trunk dripping blood, discovered at a railway station in Stockton in 1906, launched one of the most famous murder investigations in California history--still debated by crime historians.
In 1913, the dismembered body of a young pregnant woman, found in the East River, was traced back to her killer and husband, who remains the only priest ever executed for homicide in the U.S.
In 1916, a successful dentist, recently married into a prestigious family, poisoned his in-laws--first with deadly bacteria, then with arsenic--claiming the real murderer was an Egyptian incubus who took control of his body.
Drawing on court transcripts, newspaper coverage and other contemporary sources, this collection of historical American true crime stories chronicles five murder cases that became media sensations of their day, making headlines across the country in the decades before radio or television.