Beating the Devil's Game: A History of Forensic Science and by Katherine Ramsland

By Katherine Ramsland

This present day, the elemental precepts of legal investigation—fingerprints, DNA, blood evidence—are recognized between execs and lay humans alike. yet at the back of every one of those prevalent strategies is an engaging tale of the evolution of technological know-how and legislations, spearheaded by way of leading edge thinkers, a lot of whom risked their careers for extra excellent justice.

Dr. Katherine Ramsland, popular specialist in criminology, lines that improvement from thirteenth-century chinese language reports of decomposition throughout the Renaissance and the period of Newtonian physics to the marvels of the current day and past. alongside the way in which, she introduces us to forensic pioneers and visionaries who galvanized the sector, raised investigative criteria, and whose efforts have stored us simply steps prior to more and more subtle criminals.

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The bill was not acted upon by the Senate. In the 2004–2005 session, proposed bills would have required firearms repair shops to obtain ballistics identifiers for handguns or rifles before returning them to their owners; as of September 2006, no similar bills had been introduced in either chamber. 22 caliber Ruger pistol to shootings of seven people in four cities,” as one where an earlier investigative lead to the gun’s purchaser would have been useful (Butterfield, 2002). , in the 108th Congress, the Technological Resource to Assist Criminal Enforcement (TRACE) Act (S.

Chapter 4 discusses the technology used for acquiring images and scoring and ranking them, focusing on the IBIS platform used by the NIBIN program. Chapter 5 describes the evolution of the NIBIN program and its structure and summarizes what is known about the NIBIN system’s performance. Drawing from both these chapters, Chapter 6 outlines operational and technical enhancements that could improve NIBIN. Part III addresses the basic titular charge to the committee, describing evidence on variability in ballistic evidence and the implications for a national reference ballistic image database.

S. residents followed the same trajectory; see Figure 1-2. UCR data on the yearly number of homicides committed with firearms between 1973 and 2003 follow the same trajectory as the total number of firearms crimes per year; see Figure 1-3. However, the peaks and valleys were more pronounced in the gun homicide trend data. Gun homicides peaked in 3 years: 1974, 1980, and 1993. After 1993, there was a steep decrease to 1999. 6 gun homicides per 100,000). The steep increase in gun homicides beginning in the 1980s and peaking in 1993 was largely driven by minority youth in urban settings (Cook and Laub, 2002; Blumstein, 1995).

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