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Fire, Arson and Explosion Investigation

NCJ Number
J Kennedy
Date Published
1218 pages
This textbook and reference guide provides information on all facets of fire, arson, and explosion investigation for professionals and students.
It focuses on the varied aspects of the prevention of fires and explosions; the study of fire causes; the effects of fires; the investigation of fires, arson, and explosions; the law of arson; the collecting, preserving, and presenting of evidence; interviewing witnesses; and courtroom testimony. The material is presented in laymen's language, and photos, diagrams, and tables support the text. It also covers court decisions in cases involving fire, arson, and explosions. Special attention is given to circumstantial evidence; the use of photographs and diagrams in the courtroom; the testimony of lay witnessess as opposed to that of expert witnesses; motives; statements; confessions; the impeachment of witnesses; the admissibility of various kinds of evidence; and arrest, search, and seizure laws. Case highlights are presented, and pertinent points or lessons to be derived therefrom are reviewed. Reference tables and a glossary of terms are included.