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Silent Witnesses (2013)

by Nigel McCrery(Favorite Author)
3.77 of 5 Votes: 3
1847946836 (ISBN13: 9781847946836)
Random House Books
review 1: Nigel McCrery created Silent Witness, which aired on the BBC featuring a team of forensic pathologists, as well as the more light-hearted New Tricks, this time about retired policemen solving cold crimes. The author started his working life as a police officer in Nottinghamshire and towards the end of this book he uses one of the cases he worked on to show how DNA profiling can be successful many years after a murder.In his introduction the author launches straight in with details of a murder of a young girl with illustrations of how forensics can rule someone out as a suspect as well as pointing justice in the direction of a perpetrator.This book goes right back to the early forensics. It must be remembered that identifying someone from their corpse is probably not the ea... moresiest task! `Always remember you are absolutely unique, just like everyone else.' Margaret Mead US anthropologist (1901-1978) Although arranged in order of chronological developments in real life some of the techniques overlap before the scientists come to an agreement of the best method.Each chapter of the book not only details the advances in forensic science but also gives examples of how these discoveries were used in evidence in court. There is much to digest in this book but it is all presented in such a way that you don't need any specialist knowledge to understand. I even kept track during the chapter on ballistics and for the first time understood how bullets can be tracked back to a particular gun.I have to admit my favourite chapter was on poisons `after all, they were an extremely convenient way of ridding yourself of an enemy whilst avoiding detection.' Often used by women it took scientists much trial and error before they came up with conclusive proof that could be laid before a jury.A must read for anyone who would like an accessible insight into the work of forensic scientists through the ages.
review 2: I did my degree in Psychology and Forensic Science so it was good going back to familiar ground. I think forensic science is interesting so I may be biased but McCrery makes this acessable whether you have any background in science or not. And just as importantly he makes it a fun topic looking at a vareity of different areas such as DNA, fingerprints and ballistics. Whether you're interested in science, crime or anything else this is a really interesting read. It looks at how these things originated and how far they've come since less
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This book lives up to its title. It was both fascinating and gruesome. A lively read.
Quick tour of some of the advances in forensics from DNA to fingerprinting.
An interesting history with some interesting case histories.
to look into further/hunt down
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