Bodies We've Buried: Inside the National Forensic Academy, the World's Top CSI TrainingSchool

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Penguin, May 1, 2007 - Psychology - 336 pages
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Two National Forensic Science Institute administrators invite readers into what the Washington Post calls "the Harvard of hellish violence"-the only hands-on CSI school of its kind where students are trained in burial recovery with actual human remains. With exclusive access to a world normally off-limits to the public, this is the first book to go behind the scenes of the ten-week course that discloses the uncensored realities of burial exhumations and the fascinating art of forensic investigation.

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This book takes an inside look at the National Forensic Academy and the various elements of forensic science taught there (including but not limited to: fingerprinting, forensic photography ... Read full review


Eight Steps to Working a Crime Scene
Footwear and Fingerprints
Characteristics of Light
Choosing the Correct Film
The Camera Lens
Digital Photography
Finding the Mock Crime Scene
Fingerprints on the Dead
Stages of Death
Manner of Death
Characteristics of a Blood Drop
Measurement of Bloodstains
Types of Bloodstain Patterns
Angle of Impact
Area of Convergence

Decorating the Crime Scene
Creating the Crime Scene Scenario
Working the Scene
Latent Fingerprints
Dusting for Fingerprints
Chemical Processing
Specialized Latent Processes
Bloody Prints
Time Since Death Research
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Cadaver Dogs
Fingerprinting the Dead
Setting up the Bloody Scene
Fire Death
Car Fires
House Fires
Improvised Explosive Devices
Lessons from the Unabomber
Collecting Trace Evidence
Vehicle Identification

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About the author (2007)

Jarrett Hallcox is the Director of the National Forensic Science Institute (NFSI). He has been featured in national media coverage of the NFA, including Popular Science, Court TV, and the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Originally from Michigan, he resides in Knoxville with his wife and young daughter.

Amy Welch is the Forensic Training Coordinator for NFSI. She has assisted in a variety of media stories on the NFA, including on Court TV.

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