Crime Scene Chemistry for the Armchair Sleuth

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  • Copyright: 2007-07-17
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
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Over twenty-five demonstrations, using ordinary household products and items, you can become familiar with the basics of forensic chemistry and gain insights into the painstaking work that goes into criminal investigations that is rarely seen on TV.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. 11
Apologiap. 15
Introduction: The Chemistry of Crimep. 17
The Case of the Innovative Introductionp. 18
Public Safety-and Personal, Toop. 23
Crime Lab and Crime Solutionsp. 25
Bare-Bones Chemistryp. 39
A Significant Differencep. 43
Confidence in Chemistry and Confidence in Clues: The Significance of Digitsp. 47
The Case of the Presumptive Perpp. 47
Cashing It Inp. 57
Improbable Profiling: Finding Massive Cluesp. 59
The Case of the Significant Otherp. 59
The Color of Crimep. 67
My Dear Watson: Elements and the Evidence They Containp. 71
The Case of the Mystifying Metalp. 71
Chromatography and Crimep. 81
Isolating the Witness: Screening Tests Tellp. 85
The Case of the Dueling Drugsp. 85
A Case of Frictionp. 93
Fatal Attraction: Intermolecular Forces Make the Charges Stickp. 97
The Case of the Sticky Situationp. 97
The Current Casep. 105
Volatile Situation: Mass, Gas, and Chemical Fingerprintsp. 109
The Case of the Validating Vacuump. 109
Place of Confinementp. 117
Too Much of a Good Thing: Establishing Concentration Levelsp. 123
A Case of Strong Medicinep. 123
Solid Evidencep. 131
Crystal-Clear Crime: Microcrystalline Identificationp. 133
The Case of the Sweet Surrenderp. 133
Felonious Interactionsp. 139
Physical Evidencep. 141
A Change for the Worse: When It Gets Physicalp. 145
The Case of the Physical Flawp. 145
Precipitating Eventsp. 153
Chemistry Under the Influence: Compounding the Crimep. 157
A Case of Nervesp. 157
Seeing Red, Wearing Bluep. 165
Acrimonious Adversity: Acid-Base Chemistryp. 169
The Case of the Cracked Casep. 170
Reduced to Essentialsp. 181
Burning Passion: Runaway Redox Reactionsp. 185
The Case of the Reducing Ratp. 186
Incriminating Chemistryp. 193
The Smoking Gun: Explosive Chemical Reactionsp. 195
The Case of the Material Witnessp. 195
Three Strikes and a Foulp. 201
In Hot Water: Thermochemistryp. 205
A Very Cold Casep. 205
Sequence of Eventsp. 211
Doing Time: The Importance of Chemical Reaction Ratesp. 215
A Matter of Timingp. 215
Extracting the Truthp. 223
The Clue Is in the GUE: Physical Equilibriump. 229
The Case of the Perfect Grimep. 229
Evidence Indicating Otherwisep. 237
Equal, Just as for All: Chemical Equilibriump. 241
The Case of the Well-Handled Crimep. 241
Interrogation Lightsp. 251
Behind Prism Barsp. 255
Enough Rope: Infrared Spectroscopy for Fiber and Morep. 257
A Case of Canine Karmap. 257
Examining the Evidencep. 267
Under the Microscope: Microscopyp. 271
The Case of Courting Troublep. 272
Point of Lawp. 281
Sexy Science: Laser Ablationp. 283
The Case of the Subtle Smearp. 283
Illuminating Detailsp. 289
The Glaring Truth: Chemiluminescence and Fluorescencep. 293
The Case of the Hirsute Homelessp. 293
Corpus Delictip. 301
Pointing the Fingerp. 305
The Prince of Forensics: Fingerprint Technologyp. 311
The Case of the Elusive Acetonep. 311
A Bloody Shamep. 319
Sticky Cases: Bodily Fluid Identificationp. 323
The Case of the Contraband Confectionp. 323
Sorting Out the Factsp. 331
Unlocking the Cell: Death, Decay, and DNAp. 337
The Case of the Flowery Felonp. 337
The Big Joltp. 347
Sniffing Out the Truth: The Future of Forensic Chemistryp. 349
The Case of the Clean Getawayp. 349
Postmortemp. 357
The Periodic Table of the Elementsp. 358
Endnotesp. 361
Bibliographyp. 363
Indexp. 365
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