Silent Witnesses

Silent Witnesses

The Often Gruesome but Always Fascinating History of Forensic Science

Book - 2014
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Through examinations of specific cases throughout history, crime novelist and former police officer Nigel McCrery explores the gruesome but fascinating history and progress of forensic science around the world.
Publisher: Chicago : Chicago Review Press, 2014
ISBN: 9781613730027
Characteristics: xxiii, 264 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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McCrery discusses important historical cases to explain developments in criminology. He gives an understandable explanation of how DNA evidence works.

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May 27, 2018

The history of forensics through actual cases world-wide and way in the past.
Especially interesting were identifying the Romanov family and Richard 111.
Highly recommend this.
Special kudos to all the biologists, chemists, geneticists, physicists, and the inventors of the machines used in these processes.

Jun 28, 2017

Silent Witnesses does an excellent job of illustrating the evolution of forensic science. The writer of this book, Nigel McCrery (former police officer), has displayed the history of forensic science in the form of criminal investigations dated from more than a century back to a few decades ago. I feel that McCrery has compiled and linked the different cases together in a very effective manner. According to its name, Silent Witnesses is about the visible and microscopic pieces of evidence that act as witnesses of crimes. These include blood, bones, DNA, fingerprints and other telltale marks. The book features many cases that have shown how a small proof may reveal an entirely new story, pin-point the criminal, and free the innocent. Moreover, the book provides fascinating facts on how forensic science has changed and developed due to new findings and advancement in technologies. Overall, Silent Witnesses is full of gruesome details, but may be suitable for those that have an interest in forensics.
Rating 5/5
- @VirtueofReading of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library


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