Beating the Devil's Game: A History of Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation

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Berkley Books, 2007 - Law - 300 pages
An authoritative history of forensic science and the evolution of criminal investigation, from the author of The Forensic Science of C.S.I. and The Human Predator.

Today, the basic scientific precepts of criminal investigation-fingerprinting, DNA, ballistics, and more-are widely known among professionals and lay people alike. But behind each of these now-commonplace concepts is a compelling story of the evolution of science and law, spearheaded by innovative thinkers, many of whom risked their careers and reputations for the sake of justice. Dr. Katherine Ramsland traces that development from thirteenth-century Chinese studies of decomposition rates through the flowering of science during the Renaissance, up to the marvels of the present day and beyond.

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Admittedly, at this point in my reading life, there is nothing new under the sun where forensics books are concerned. I learned very little new reading this book. But I am a Katherine Ramsland fan ... Read full review

BEATING THE DEVIL'S GAME: A History of Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation

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A thumbnail history of forensic science, ranging from ancient China to the O.J. Simpson trial.Ramsland (Forensic Psychology/DeSales Univ.; Inside the Minds of Serial Killers: Why They Kill, 2006, etc ... Read full review


From Spies to Investigators
Judges and Juries
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Dr. Katherine Ramsland's multiple degrees include a master's in forensic psychology. She is the author of more than two dozen books, and currently teaches forensic psychology as an assistant professor at DeSales University in Pennsylvania.

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