Silent Witnesses looks at the history of forensic science over the last two centuries, during which time a combination of remarkable intuition, painstaking observation, and leaps in scientific knowledge have developed this fascinating branch of detection. Throwing open the casebook, it introduces us to such luminaries as 'The Wizard of Berkeley' Edward Heinrich, who is credited with having solved over 2,000 crimes, and Alphonse Bertillon, the French scientist whose guiding principle 'no two individuals share the same characteristics' became the core of identification.
Along the way, it takes us to India and Australia, Columbia and China, Russia, France, Germany, Spain, and Italy. And it proves that, in order to solve ever more complicated cases, science must always stay one step ahead of the killer.
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By Amazon Customer on 02-02-17
WOW! A fascinating read
This is the best work concerning forensics and wonderfully read. Incredible truth over fiction. If you like VSI NCIS'S Abbey you will love this. should be 'properly' serialised for TV, it would be a massive hit.
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By Liz on 09-06-18
Just phenomenal written clearly and concisely
I really enjoyed listening to this book it was set out in an easy neurological order using each facet that have come to the police's aid to catch a criminal in order so that by the end there was discussion on DNA. It really is a very important book to read if you enjoy books about factual crimes and how they were punished or and also detected very interesting, I would recommend to anybody who's interested in the whole process of murder and the way that we work to catch people who have murdered others.