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Fundamentals of criminal investigation

Author: Charles E O'Hara; Gregory L O'Hara
Publisher: Springfield, Ill. : Thomas, ©1980.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 5th ed
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Intended for the beginning student of criminal investigation, this textbook introduces in detail both the philosophy of investigation and the mechanics of crime detection. The introductory section outlines the theory of investigation and defines the investigator's three 'tools'--information, interrogation, and instrumentation. The role of the investigator's notebook and the importance of report writing are also  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: (DLC) 79021536
(OCoLC)5447733
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Charles E O'Hara; Gregory L O'Hara
OCLC Number: 894391517
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2011. MiAaHDL
Description: xvi, 909 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: Preface to fifth edition --
Introduction --
Acknowledgments --
Part I. General. Chapter 1. Methods of investigation --
Chapter 2. The investigator's notebook --
Chapter 3. Report writing --
Part II. Initial steps. Chapter 4. Crime scene search --
Chapter 5. Photographing the crime scene --
Chapter 6. Crime scene sketch --
Chapter 7. Care of evidence --
Part III. Obtaining information. Chapter 8. Interviews --
Chapter 9. Interrogations --
Chapter 10. Admissions, confessions and written statements --
Chapter 11. Recording interviews and interrogations --
Chapter 12. Informants --
Chapter 13. Tracing and sources of information --
Chapter 14. Missing persons --
Chapter 15. Surveillance --
Chapter 16. Undercover assignments --
Part IV. Specific offenses. Chapter 17. Arson --
Chapter 18. Narcotics violations --
Chapter 19. Sex offenses --
Chapter 20. Larceny --
Chapter 21. Burglary --
Chapter 22. Robbery --
Chapter 23. Truck robbery --
Chapter 24. Forgery --
Chapter 25. Homicide --
Chapter 26. Criminal explosion --
Part V. The investigator in court. Chapter 27. Rules of evidence --
Chapter 28. Testimony in court --
Part VI. Identification and reproduction. Chapter 29. Observation and description --
Chapter 30. Identification by witnesses --
Chapter 31. Fingerprints and the mechanics of recording --
Chapter 32. Latent fingerprints --
Chapter 33. Classification of fingerprints --
Chapter 34. Laundry and dry cleaning marks --
Chapter 35. Casting and molding --
Chapter 36. Various impressions --
Part VII. Specialized-scientific methods. Chapter 37. Stains, traces and chemical analysis --
Chapter 38. Firearms --
Chapter 39. Tests for intoxication --
Chapter 40. Tracing materials and detective dyes --
Chapter 41. Hair and fibers --
Chapter 42. Invisible radiation --
Chapter 43. Documentary evidence --
Appendix I. White-collar crime --
Appendix II. Arrest search, and seizure --
Appendix III. Suggestions for law enforcement agencies transmitting evidence to the F.B.I. --
Index.
Responsibility: by Charles E. O'Hara, with Gregory L. O'Hara.

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Intended for the beginning student of criminal investigation, this textbook introduces in detail both the philosophy of investigation and the mechanics of crime detection. The introductory section outlines the theory of investigation and defines the investigator's three 'tools'--information, interrogation, and instrumentation. The role of the investigator's notebook and the importance of report writing are also described. The second section presents in detail an investigation's initial steps, including crime scene search, sketches and photography, and the collection and handling of evidence. Sources of information and methods for obtaining it are described in chapters on interviews, interrogations, admissions and confessions, informants, missing persons, surveillance, undercover assignment, and related topics. Successive chapters apply these search and evidence collection procedures to investigations of specific offenses: arson, narcotics violations, sex offenses, theft offenses, forgery, homicide, and criminal explosions. Two chapters on courtroom procedures discuss the rules of evidence, the principles of proof, and the presentation of findings. Chapters on methods of identification explain observation and description, identification by witnesses, fingerprints, fingerprint classification, laundry and drycleaning marks, casting and molding, and various impressions. A final section discusses the state of the art of specialized scientific methods. Information is provided on stains, traces, and chemical analysis; firearms; tests for intoxication; tracing materials and detective dyes; hairs and fibers; invisible radiation; and documentary evidence. Photographs, illustrations, reading lists for each chapter, an index, and appendixes discussing white-collar crime, arrest procedures, search and seizure procedures, and suggestions for law enforcement agencies sending evidence to the FBI laboratory are included.

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