Baker & Taylor Provides an insider's view of detective work in a modern crime lab, detailing facts associated with the most notorious cases in modern history
Blackwell North Amer In the chaotic command post set up at the World Trade Center just hours after a massive terrorist bomb had almost toppled one of the Twin Towers, a man stood on a folding chair and called for silence. When the room finally quieted, he announced, "My name is Dave Williams and I'm in charge here. From this point on, the FBI laboratory is coordinating this crime-scene investigation..." Evidence examined by the FBI crime lab, the finest and most sophisticated forensic laboratory in the world, quickly led to the arrest of the men who had planted the bomb. But that case is only one of the countless high-profile crimes that the FBI crime lab has helped to solve. Given unprecedented access to the lab, best-selling author David Fisher has conducted more than 170 hours of interviews with the FBI agents who have worked to crack many of the most notorious and baffling crimes in recent history. Hard Evidence reveals, for the very first time, what goes on in the FBI's modern sci-crime lab - and it will dramatically alter your understanding of crime detection. Here you will learn the behind-the-scenes stories of the truly remarkable work done in each of the lab's twelve units, told by the agents who actually conducted the investigations. Roger Martz of the Chemistry Unit explains how he used almost invisible blue specks to find the woman who killed two people by putting cyanide in Excedrin. Doug Dietrich of Hairs and Fibers explains how Wayne Williams, the Atlanta child killer, was convicted almost exclusively on the evidence of minuscule hairs and fibers. Tom Thurmond of the Explosives Unit explains how he used a piece of plastic no larger than a thumbnail to identify the Libyans who planted a bomb aboard Pan Am Flight 103. And retired agent Bob Frazier, in the first interview he's ever given to a journalist, details the ballistics investigation of the Kennedy assassination, going through it step by step to refute the conspiracy theories. Hard Evidence is a fascinating account of the high-tech procedures used in a modern crime lab, where bits of evidence too small to be seen with the naked eye have led directly to the perpetrator of a crime. And it is the true-to-life and compelling story of the agents whose intuition, perseverance, and technical skills have proved time and time again that there is no such thing as the perfect crime.
Baker & Taylor Provides an insider's view of detective work in a modern crime lab, detailing the facts associated with the most notorious cases in modern history, including the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 and the Kennedy assassination. 25,000 first printing.