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Practical Homicide Investigation: Tactics, Procedures And Forensic Techniques (4th Ed)

Vernon Geberth
Category: Book Reviews
Subcategory: Investigations
Price: $99.95
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Renowned for being the definitive source of homicide investigation, Practical Homicide Investigation: Tactics, Procedures, and Forensic Techniques emphasizes essential procedures, combines detailed techniques with instructive case studies, and outlines the foundation on which to build a solid, prosecutable case. The book features two new chapters along with major revisions of those from the previous edition. In addition it contains 675 photos and illustrations - including 300 new entries that incorporate depictions of wound structures and procedures that portray exactly what to do and how to do it. All illustrations are presented in full color, including new medical-legal drawings for instruction and courtroom testimony

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    Dayngerus, Thu, 06 Mar 2008 22:36:13 UTC.
    1st review

    *THE* book on homicide investigation. If you investigate murder, and can only have one book, this one is it.

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    Retleo, Sat, 08 Mar 2008 05:43:13 UTC.

    A "Must Have" for the bookshelf of any Homicide Unit, or anyone interested in the dynamics of Homicide investigations. Geberth is a Master in this field and his 4th edition only adds to his credentials as a "star" of the LEo community.

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    detective117, Mon, 10 Mar 2008 04:51:06 UTC.

    Great book. I attended one of his courses. He knows what he's talking about, but after a week of pictures and video's of dead people is about enough for me. He even has videos of actual deaths (autoerotic hangings that went bad).

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    ochavez, Wed, 12 Mar 2008 12:49:21 UTC.

    This book holds all the Tactics, Procedures, and Forensic Techniques needed to build a solid, prosecutable case. Awesome book!

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    patricia324, Mon, 24 Mar 2008 20:18:41 UTC.


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    LPD347, Mon, 24 Mar 2008 22:07:14 UTC.

    Well worth the money...a must-have for any homicide unit.

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    Hisrat, Tue, 08 Apr 2008 09:28:52 UTC.

    I have attended several seminars that Geberth has spoke at, I purchased this at one. It is well worth the money, very detailed and informative. If you do nothing but look at the pictures you will learn something. Years of experience and expertise have went into this book and you will use it as a reference your entire career.

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    Anonymous, Tue, 08 Apr 2008 21:34:52 UTC.

    Very good but a little basic. It is a ground up approach very helpful

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    nadnock, Mon, 21 Apr 2008 06:16:35 UTC.

    The very first book handed down to me when I was transferred to detectives. Since receiving the publication, its been the single most informative writing on the topic of homicide that I have been exposed to. Great read.

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    ctoler, Wed, 07 May 2008 17:27:41 UTC.

    great book, keep it around for reference

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    swatman141, Mon, 19 May 2008 20:07:53 UTC.

    Great book... has helped me alot during my investigations.

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    csi782, Mon, 16 Jun 2008 03:14:15 UTC.

    This book is full of case studies and pictures. Excellent book.

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    Wolvarine, Sun, 22 Jun 2008 05:23:53 UTC.

    Awesome Book!

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    wothsuyip, Mon, 30 Jun 2008 01:43:35 UTC.

    I have the 3rd ED.... and its one of the better books I have read on this matter....Photos in the book are great and very informative...

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    gb2950, Wed, 30 Jul 2008 05:07:42 UTC.

    Can't beat Venon's book...don't leave the office without it!!

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    msd128, Wed, 27 Aug 2008 08:42:24 UTC.

    This book is the best. Very informative and detailed. Pics are great too.

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    lburris, Tue, 14 Oct 2008 20:20:43 UTC.

    Another great book by Vern.......if you don't have the occasion to attend any of his training, by all means read this book.

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    sdmcdaniel, Fri, 19 Dec 2008 20:49:23 UTC.

    Excellent book for Crime Scene and Death Investigators. For those who have had the opportunity to attend one of the PHI seminars, the instruction is unbelievable. This book is a must for all investigators.

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    SPPD328, Tue, 03 Mar 2009 10:23:55 UTC.

    Awesome book! Definitely a must have! Very informative.

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    sgtgopd, Tue, 10 Mar 2009 18:43:02 UTC.

    I have met Geberth,, he is as smart as he seems and his book is a great way to begin any homicide investigation

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    gaffrc, Sun, 09 Aug 2009 21:31:11 UTC.

    I have known Vernon for a number of years. Although we have disagreed, he is the master in writing and lecture on crime scene investigation. This is a must have book for any law enforcement officer.

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    Oncethere2506, Sat, 30 Jan 2010 04:17:18 UTC.

    Vernon is the real deal! This book is the bible of homicide investigation and what all other homicide investigations are judged by.

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    clrenfrosr, Wed, 15 Sep 2010 23:01:38 UTC.

    Vernon is one of the best instructors and authors I have ever met. He is straight forward with his teaching and the research that goes into his books are top notch. I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in being a homicide detective and/or who is already in the unit looking to reinforce sound investigative practices and/or proceedures.

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