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Written in blood : a history of forensic detection

Author: Colin Wilson; Damon Wilson
Publisher: New York : Carroll & Graf, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st Carroll & Graf edView all editions and formats
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Time and again it is the most minute scraps of evidence that yield results. The Nancy Titterton case, a sexually motivated murder that took place in New York in 1936, has all the classic simplicity of detective fiction--the murderer was betrayed by a single horsehair. Many such dramatic tales appear in this new and updated edition of the most gripping catalog of crimes by acclaimed criminologist Colin Wilson. The  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Colin Wilson; Damon Wilson
ISBN: 078671266X 9780786712663
OCLC Number: 53374654
Description: xi, 690 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Contents: 1 The Science of Detection 7 --
2 The Power of Poison 52 --
3 The Discovery of Fingerprints 107 --
4 Whose Body? 170 --
5 If Blood Could Speak ... 245 --
6 Every Bullet Has a Fingerprint 310 --
7 The Microscope As Detective 372 --
8 The Sexual Criminal 433 --
9 The Craft of the Manhunter 517 --
10 The Soul of the Criminal 586.
Responsibility: Colin Wilson & Damon Wilson.
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Time and again it is the most minute scraps of evidence that yield results. The Nancy Titterton case, a sexually motivated murder that took place in New York in 1936, has all the classic simplicity of detective fiction--the murderer was betrayed by a single horsehair. Many such dramatic tales appear in this new and updated edition of the most gripping catalog of crimes by acclaimed criminologist Colin Wilson. The book follows the progress of forensic science form the first cases of suspected arsenic poisoning right up to investigations using today's impressive armory of high-tech methods: ballistic analysis, blood typing, voice printing, textile analysis, psychological profiling and genetic fingerprinting. [...] This massive and compelling account of forensic crime detection recounts the sometimes unbelievable details of extraordinary cases through history, from poisoners in ancient Rome to modern day serial killers. --From cover.

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