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SUMMARY × JOHNS-CYCLING-DIARY.CO.UK ´ Nigel McCrery Crime novelist and former police officer Nigel history of MOBI #243 McCrery provides an account of all the major areas Silent witnessesa ePUB #9734 of forensic science from around the world over the past two centuries The book weaves dramatic narrative witnessesa history of Kindle #211 and scientific principles together in a way that allows readers to figure out crimes. I really enjoyed this because if you havent noticed by now I love books about the history of fields or history in general The book is really general and so I wouldn't read it if you want to learn details and specifics about how forensics work but if you want a uick read that'll give you an idea of the time line in which forensics started to be used then you should totally read this Also if you're looking for an introductory book into forensics science this is a good read as well

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CHARACTERS ☆ Silent witnessesa history of forensic science ☆ [KINDLE] ❅ Silent witnessesa history of forensic science Author Nigel McCrery – Crime novelist and former police officer Nigel McCrery provides an account of all the major areas of forensic science from around the world o Along with the experts Readers are introduced to such fascinating figures as Dr Edmond Locard the “French Sherlock Holmes” Edward Heinrich “Wizard of Berkeley” who is credited with having solved than crimes and Alphonse Bertillon the French scientist whose guiding principle “no two individuals share the same characteristics” became the core of criminal ide. Murder has a magic all of its own” So said William Roughhead a 19th century criminologist and so opens Silent Witnesses The Often Gruesome but Always Fascinating History of Forensic Science McCrery sets out to demonstrate the wizardry and science of forensic identification which as he notes is a history of uniuenessThe book is divided into chapters with each section discussing the technological progression of one particular form of forensic evidence fingerprints and physical identifiers ballistics blood trace evidence the body poisons and DNA The writing is casual and conversational with each technological advance accompanied by an anecdote that demonstrates the efficacy of the new technology I was especially entertained by the unexpected details for example the first time fingerprints were used to solve a murder was in Argentina and some of the archaic anecdotes Did you know that in ancient China handprints and fingerprints were used in evidence and in Babylon handprints were considered sufficiently individual to be used to seal legal contracts McCrery provides entertaining biographies of some of the most influential figures in the forensic sciences such as Dr Joseph Bell Doyle's main inspiration for Sherlock Holmes as well as Alphonse Bertillon the Holmes of Paris and man who introduced the idea of photo fit pictures In fact in Hound of the Baskervilles Holmes is described as second only to Bertillon McCrery also discusses a few crimes that I think may have been inspirations for other mystery writers Whilst I rather enjoy the lurid stories of the long distant past recent atrocities especially ones in which McCrery acted as an investigator felt far ghoulish to me Other than my distaste for these recent true crime cases the main place in which I think the book could be improved is the photographs that pepper the book Even though photographs would be incredibly useful in illustrating some of the details such as differences in rifling or the euipment used in isolating poisons most are of buildings or generic forensic ish pictures that add little to no enlightenment Unlike the photographs the stories themselves are varied and entertaining They include tales of crooked expert witnesses the struggles of pioneering scientists and detectives and murders so outlandish that they belong in an Agatha Christie novel Amongst a multitude of amusing anecdotes and sensational stories here are a few of my favourites Several entrepreneurial ladies have run profitable businesses in the industry of husband removal For example the lady Toffana di Adomo was so successful in marketing her Acua Toffana supposedly a benign ladies' cosmetic that she helped almost 600 women to become uite merry widows Samuel Colt's famous 6 shot was known as the eualizer because of a popular poem that was written about it “Be not afraid of any man no matter what his sizeWhen danger threatens call on me and I will eualize” The freakiest poisoning case in the book is that of Georgi Markov He was out walking one day when he suddenly felt a sharp pain in his leg He thought it was due to the umbrella point of a passerby In fact the umbrella had been used as a weapon to shoot a tiny spherical metal pellet into his leg The pellet which contained a lethal dose of ricin was sealed with a material that melted precisely at the temperature of the human body I kept waiting for someone in the story to show up with a mini rocket cigarette or perhaps a shoe phone From explanations of Locard’s Exchange Principle “Every contact leaves a trace” to the details of the science behind bullet fingerprinting to pure hearsay like the story of the man who outsmarted a highwayman he tricked him into taking a shot and because early guns took so long to reload was able to get his sword out before the gun was read again Silent Witnesses is both entertaining and informative If you're

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Silent witnessesa history of forensic scienceNtification Landmark crime investigations examined in depth include a notorious murder involving blood evidence and defended by F Lee Bailey the seminal murder that demonstrated the usefulness of the microscope in examining trace evidence the murder of a wealthy Boston businessman that demonstrated how difficult it is to successfully dispose of a corpse and many others. Started slow but once the author got to the chapter on DNA it was fascinating