Describes the kind of evidence that can be used by forensic scientists to solve crimes and discusses the methods used to analyze and interpret this evidence.
Older boys and girls will be mesmerized by this dramatically illustrated chronicle of crime detection and its many methods. Crimebusters surveys the wide spectrum of crime--burglary, forgery, arson, murder, and even cyber crime--and describes how the science of forensics has evolved to become the criminal investigator's most important tool. Dramatic full-color photos show how forensics technicians collect fingerprints, footprints, tire tracks, hair, and fibers from crime scenes, and then analyze them to get evidence that often points to a criminal's identity. Also described and illustrated is the science of ballistics--the study of bullets and firearms--and how specific guns are traced to criminal acts. The author cites fascinating real-life crime cases with reference to clues that resulted in their solution. Readers learn how infra-red light and X-rays can reveal art forgeries, how laser beams can map the paths of bullets, how DNA tests can establish the guilt or innocence of a criminal suspect, and much more. Full-color photos and illustrations appear on every page. A concluding forensics glossary and a list of recommended books and web sites will inspire young readers to delve more deeply into the absorbing science of crime detection.