Forensic Books for High School Students
Patti Nolan Bertino 1.14.15
There are many great non-fiction forensics books that are of high interest to students. This is just a very small list. As part of my forensics class, I often read excerpts from the following books. After hearing sections of these books, many students become motivated to read the rest of the book.
A suggestion for teachers: As you read books, articles, and blogs record the topic and page number in the back of the book or article so that when you want to find that passage again next year, you can easily locate the reference in the back of the book ex. Pg 56 Bones: male vs. Female. Add a stick-em note to that page with the topic on the note.
Forensic Books List
High School Forensic Textbook
Bertino, Anthony, and Bertino, Patrician N., Forensic Science: Fundamentals and Investigations, Mason, Ohio:Cengage/National Geographic Learning, 2016.
Cohle, Stephen, M.D., and Tobin T. Buhk, Cause of Death.Amherst, New York: Prometheus, 2007.
MacDonell, Herbert Leon, Bloodstain Patterns, Elmira Heights, New York: Golos Printing, 2005, Second revised edition
Wonder, Anita Y., Bloodstain Pattern Evidence, Boston, MA: Elsevier Academic Press, 2007 (more advanced many physics applications)
Bones (Forensic Anthropology)
Hansen, Joyce and McGowan, Gary, Breaking Ground Breaking Silence, New York, New York: Henry Holt, 1998 (Story of New York City African Burial Ground)
Jackson, Donna M., The Bone Detectives, Hong Kong, Little, Brown & Company, 1996
Massie, Robert K., The Romanovs: The Final Chapter, New York, New York: Random House, 199 (Romanov investigation)
Maples, William, Dead Men Do Tell Tales, New York, New York: Doubleday, 1994 (case studies)
Thomas, Peggy, Forensic Anthropology The Growing Science of Talking Bones, New York, New York: Facts on File, 2003
Walker, Sally, Written in Bone in Bone, Minneapolis, MN: Carolrhoda Books, 2009
(forensic anthropology, story of lives of colonial Jamestown and Maryland, easy reading)
Walker, Sally and Owsley, Douglas W., Their Skeletons Speak Kennewick Man and the Paleoamerican World, Minneapolis, MN: Carolrhoda Books, 2012
(easy reading level)
Ubelaker, Dr. Douglas and Scamell, Henry, Bones; A Forensic Detective’s Casebook, New York , New York: M. Evans and Company, 1992
Hall David W., and Byrd,Jason, Forensic Botany: A Practical Guide, Chichester, Sussex, U.K.: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, 2012
Walker, Maryalice. Entomology and Palynology: Evidence for the Natural World, Philadelphia, PA: Mason Crest, 2006
Baden, Michael, Unnatural Death Confessions of a Medical Examiner, Toronto, Canada: Ivy Books, 1989
Baden, Michael and Roach, Marion, Dead Reckoning, New York, NY: Touchstone, 2001
Craig, Emily PhD, Teasing Secrets From the Dead: My investigations at America's Most Infamous Crime Scenes, New York, NY: Three Rivers Press, 2004
Erzinclioglu, Zakaria Dr., The Illustrated Guide to Forensics True Crime Scene Investigations, New York, NY: Barnes & Noble, 2004
Evans, Colin, The Casebook of Forensic Detection: How Science Solved 100 of the World’s Most Baffling Crimes, New York, NY: John Wiley & Company, 1996
Mann, Robert, Forensic Detective: How I Cracked the World's Toughest Cases, New York, NY: Ballantine Books, 2007
Crime Scene Investigations
Hallcox, Jarrett and Welch, Amy, Bodies We've Buried , New York, NY: Berkley Publishing Group, 2006 (describes CSI academy training)
Kollmann, Dana. Never Suck a Dead Man’s Hand: Curious Adventures of CSI, New York, NY: Citadel Press Books, 2007 (not appropriate for younger students)
Fletcher, Connie. What Cops Know, New York, NY: Pocket Books, 1990
Gardner, Ross M., and Bevel, Tom. Practical Crime Scene Analysis and Reconstruction, Boca Raton, Florida, CRC Press, 2012
Platt, Richard, Crime Scene: The Ultimate Guide to Forensic Science, U.K.: DK Publishing, 2003
Time of Death
Cohle, Stephen, M.D., and Tobin T. Buhk, Cause of Death. Amherst, NewYork: Prometheus, 2007.
Sachs, Jessica. Corpse: Nature, Forensics, and the Struggle to Pinpoint the Time of Death. Cambridge, MA: Perseus Publishing, 2001.
Wecht, Cyril, MD, JD., and Curriden, Mark, Tales From the Morgue, Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, NY 2005
Bass, Dr. Bill and Jefferson, Jon, Death's Acre, New York, NY: Berkeley Publishing Group, 2003 (Body Farm)
Roach, Mary, Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, New York, NY: Norton, 2003
Butler, John M. Fundamentals of Forensic DNA Typing, Burlington, MA: Elsevier, 2005 (AP level text)
Massie, Robert K. The Romanovs The Final Chapter, New York, NY: Random House, 1995
Cotton, Ronald and Thompson-Cannino, Jennifer, Picking Cotton, New York, NY: St. Martin’s Press, 2009 (wrongful conviction later exonerated by DNA)
Wambaugh, Joseph The Blooding, New York, NY: Bantam Book, 1989
(First case solved through DNA not for younger readers)
Drugs and Toxicology
Cobb, Cathy; Feteroff, Monty L.; Goldsmith, Jack G., Crime Scene Chemistry for the Armchair Sleuth, Amherst NY: Prometheus Books, 2007
Blum, Deborah, The Poisoner's Handbook, New York, NY: Penguin Group, 2010
Byrd, Jason H. and Castner, James L. editors, Florida, CRC Press, ForensicEntomology: The Utility of Arthropods in Legal Investigations, Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 2011
Erzinclioglu, Dr. Zakaria,Maggots Murder and Men, New York, NY: Thomas Dunne Books, 2000
Goff, M. Lee, A Fly for the Prosecution: How Insect Evidence Helps Solve Crimes: First Harvard Press, 2001
Lee, Henry, Lee, Henry. Physical Evidence in Forensic Science, Tucson, AZ: Lawyers & Judges Publishing, 2000.
George, Robert M., Facial Geometry: Graphic Analysis for Forensic Artists, Springfield, IL: Charles C Thomas, 2007
Taylor, Karen T., Forensic Art and Illustration, Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 2001
Schiller, Lawrence. S, Perfect Murder, Perfect Town, New York, NY: Harper Books, 1998 (Jon Benet Ramsey Case)
MacMaster, Greg. Environmental Forensics, Kewadin, MI: Greg MacMaster, 2010
Van Zandt, Clint,Facing Down Evil: Life on the Edge as an FBI Hostage Negotiator, New York, NY: G. P. Putnam Son's, 2006
Fraud and Counterfeiting
Abagnale. Frank W., Catch Me if You Can,New York,NY, Random House, 1980
Abagnale, Frank W. The Art of the Steal , New York, NY: Random House, 2001
Perenyi, Ken, Caveat Emptor: The Secret Life of an American Art Forger, New York, NY, Pegasus Books, 2012
Wittman, Robert K. Priceless, New York, NY, Random House, 2010
Fisher, David. Hard Evidence, New York, NY: Dell, 1995.
Rainis, Kenneth, Forgery, Crime-Solving Experiments, Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow Publishers, 2006
Evans, Colin. The Casebook of Forensic Detection. New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons, 1998.
McDonald, Peter. Tire Imprint Evidence (Practical Aspects of Criminal and Forensic Investigations). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 1992.
Ekman, Paul, Emotions Revealed, New York, NY: Henry Holt and Company, 2007
Sand and Soil
McPhee, John. Irons in the Fire, New York, NY: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1997
Murray, Raymond C. Evidence from the Earth: Forensic Geology and Criminal Investigation, Missoula, MT, Mountain Press Publishing, 2004
Baldwin, David; Birkett, John; Facey, Owen; Robey, Gilleon. The Forensic Examination and Interpretation of Tool Marks, London. John Wiley and Sons, 2013
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