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Forensics Chapter 4

by: Makenzie Hooper

Forensics Chapter 4 Anth 357

Makenzie Hooper
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Date Created: 10/09/16
Chapter 4: Crime Scene Documentation and Searching Procedures I. Crime Scenes 1. Primary Scene a. The original location of a crime or accident. 2. Secondary Scene a. An alternate location where additional evidence may be found. II. Methods of Crime Scene Documentation 1. Note taking a. Critical to the detailed crime scene report that ultimately follows b. For major crime scenes, includes documentation of a number of features that may not be appropriate for every crime scene. c. Note taking checklist  Personnel on scene include their ID info, time of arrival and departure, date of arrival and departure, and time search warrant was obtained.  Also include:  District officers  Detectives  Crime scene investigators  Supervisors  Medics  Forensic investigators  Weather/temp/lighting  Description of structures, overall crime scene, specific location, outdoor/indoor location  POE  Vehicles  Odors  Sounds 2. Photography a. Camera is the single most important item one can have at a crime scene. b. Important to photograph everything before disturbing it c. Types of Photography  Overall Photography  Capture overall scene and items of evidence  Goal is to put them into put into perspective  Can generate a panoramic view of the scene  Midrange Photography  Captures items of interest and put them within a broader context of the crime scene  Show relationship of evidence to surrounding scene  Close-up Photography  Purpose is to fill the frame  Draws attention to one particular item  Taken with and without a scale d. Photography reminders  Do not capture bystanders or police in background  Do not capture personal or departmental items in background  Capture existing light at the scene  May be required to photograph a lot of nighttime scenes which may require you to “paint with light”  Nighttime photos may need to be photographed in the day time.  Always photograph the location of the body after removal, may be too graphic for court  Take overall, midrange, and close-up photos of the scene and people  Photograph the presence and absence of evidence  Many areas in the note taking section should be photographed  Footwear and tire impressions should be taken in black and white. 3. Sketching/ Diagramming a. Start out rough, but then reworked into a finished product b. Keep all drafts in the case file c. Should depict an area larger than that of a crime scene photograph d. Adrawing can eliminate distracting information that a photograph would have e. Usually used when photos are too bloody and graphic to show 4. Sketch methods a. Baseline Coordination  Establishing a baseline between two fixed points  Measurements are taken at right angles to the baseline b. Rectangular Coordination  Take two measurements at right angles to each other to each item of evidence, and then measuring, at right angles, to the evidence c. Polar Coordination  Measure the distance of the evidence from a transit, and the angle of each item relative to the distance d. Triangulation  Measure between two fixed points and from each of those points to the evidence 5. Sketch Planes a. Plan view sketch  Abird’s eye view of the crime scene  Objects are depicted in a horizontal plane b. Elevation (profile) sketch  Depicts the vertical plane of the crime scene c. Exploded view sketch  Combination of plane view and elevation sketch  Constructed for indoor scenes but the walls have been folded out so plan and profile data are depicted in the same diagram. d. Perspective sketch  A3-D sketch e. Sketch reminders  Identify the room depicted  Include case number, date, and time of sketch  Include a north arrow  State that the drawing is not to scale  Label measuring points  Include a legend  Keep orientation consistent  Measure at least two points of a body  Measure from fixed locations  Use a steel tape, as it is less likely to stretch 6. Photogrammetry a. Method of mapping can be used when necessary crime scene measurements are not recorded b. Application of mathematical formulae to accurately measure objects depicted in the scene image 7. New Graphic Technology a. Crime scene techs. can scan a scene in a relatively short period of time and capture hundreds of images and measurements. b. Data can be used to graphically create an accurate 3-D model of the scene.


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