The latest in Forensic techniques, and recent Cold Cases solved. INCLUDES PHOTOS


With its clear explanations, this book is intended as an introductory guide and reference to forensic techniques for front-line police officers, criminal attorneys, journalists, mystery fans, arm chair sleuths, and crime authors. This encyclopedic book is a must read for any true crime aficionado. 


Dr.'s PARKER and VRONSKY provide real cold case examples where forensic science was key, not only identifying the guilty, but also in clearing the innocent and freeing the wrongly convicted. Forensic Facts and Cold Cases - thanks to DNA analysis and new techniques, many cases once thought hopeless are being resolved. 

Forensic Analysis and DNA in Criminal Investigations and Cold Cases Solved

  • "A first-class introduction and secular guide to the complexities and history of forensic science."  - BOOKLIST


    "RJ Parker covers all the bases in this history/casebook of forensic science past and present. He begins, quite rightly, with a history of the field and DNA's application to crime, then proceeds to biographies of 15 pioneers in the field who may or may not be familiar to North American readers of true crime. Parker presents forensic investigations to both cold and "hot" cases, again ranging from the headliners of yesteryear to the 21st century - who would think of 1930s kidnapper George "Machine Gun" Kelly in a forensic context, 50 years before the use of DNA in a criminal case? Yet here he is, where he belongs. The author does not shy away from controversial cases, such as those of the Boston Strangler and O. J. Simpson, where arguments persist years or decades after a verdict in court. Renowned true crime author and historian Peter Vronsky contributes an engaging and informative preface, well worth reading on its own account." - Michael Newton, New York Times Bestseller Author of over 260 books


    "RJ Parker takes the reader on an exciting tour behind the scenes and into the laboratory of forensic science. The book offers a fascinating history of forensic science and its key contributors. As always, Parker keeps the reader on the edge of his/her seat as he explains how forensic science and DNA analysis helped to solve complex and confounding cold cases. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in the evolving science of criminal investigations. A fascinating book!" - Dr. Scott Bonn, author of "Why We Love Serial Killers: The Curious Appeal of the World's Most Savage Murderers."

    "RJ Parker has written another winner!  This book is the best of two worlds: it provides an introduction to DNA and its use in forensic science (for those new to the subject), but also includes specific case studies with analysis of its application.  If you a true crime aficionado, you owe it to yourself to give this a read!" - JT Hunter, bestselling author of "The Country Boy Killer" and "The Vampire Next Door"

    "Very useful for both the lay interested party and for professionals in law enforcement and justice seeking a basic introduction to forensic sciences." - Steve Jackson, author of "No Stone Unturned: The True Story of the World's Premier Forensic Investigators."


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