A Fly for the Prosecution: How Insect Evidence Helps Solve Crimes

A Fly for the Prosecution: How Insect Evidence Helps Solve Crimes

A Fly for the Prosecution How Insect Evidence Helps Solve Crimes The forensic entomologist turns a dispassionate analytic eye on scenes from which most people would recoil human corpses in various stages of decay usually the remains of people who have met a prema

  • Title: A Fly for the Prosecution: How Insect Evidence Helps Solve Crimes
  • Author: M. Lee Goff
  • ISBN: 9780674007277
  • Page: 124
  • Format: Paperback
  • The forensic entomologist turns a dispassionate, analytic eye on scenes from which most people would recoil human corpses in various stages of decay, usually the remains of people who have met a premature end through accident or mayhem To Lee Goff and his fellow forensic entomologists, each body recovered at a crime scene is an ecosystem, a unique microenvironment coloniThe forensic entomologist turns a dispassionate, analytic eye on scenes from which most people would recoil human corpses in various stages of decay, usually the remains of people who have met a premature end through accident or mayhem To Lee Goff and his fellow forensic entomologists, each body recovered at a crime scene is an ecosystem, a unique microenvironment colonized in succession by a diverse array of flies, beetles, mites, spiders, and other arthropods some using the body to provision their young, some feeding directly on the tissues and by products of decay, and still others preying on the scavengers.Using actual cases on which he has consulted, Goff shows how knowledge of these insects and their habits allows forensic entomologists to furnish investigators with crucial evidence about crimes Even when a body has been reduced to a skeleton, insect evidence can often provide the only available estimate of the postmortem interval, or time elapsed since death, as well as clues to whether the body has been moved from the original crime scene, and whether drugs have contributed to the death.An experienced forensic investigator who regularly advises law enforcement agencies in the United States and abroad, Goff is uniquely qualified to tell the fascinating if unsettling story of the development and practice of forensic entomology.

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    Goff's Fly for the Prosecution is about forensic entomology. It's a pretty thorough book, while still being suitable for a lay audience, covering the full range of the discipline: the history of forensic entomology, determining short post-mortem periods, determining long post-mortem periods, the effects of drugs, the effects of different environments, plus some specifics to the forensic process itself, including how to cope and giving testimony in court. There's even an index at the back, so [...]

    Maggots, maggots, maggotsd not a drop to drink! This is a book about crawly things that feed on bigger things postmortem (and sometimes pre-), en masse, clustering at open means of ingress here, elsewhere creating portals of their own (amazing what a few thousand tiny sets of mandibles can do). It is a book for the unsqueamish, those intrepid armchair explorers of things unknown and ill-considered who gaze now and then upon the grassy cosmos 'neath their feet and wonder: how long before a corpse [...]

    *NOT FOR THE FAINT HEARTED* I was recommended this book by my lecturer for my forensic zoology module. Professor Goff takes the reader through the different stages of body decomposition and what species can be used to establish a post-mortem interval before describing different ways this can be increased or decomposition can be slowed. He does this brilliantly by presenting evidence from his own experiences in the field. An excellent companion book to my studies

    A discussion of forensic sciences would not be complete without mentioning forensic entomology-the study of insects and arthropods that inhabit decomposing remains. We're talking maggots and flies, mites and beetles. Icky to some, indeed, but to others, very intriguing, especially those interested in determining the time or post-mortem interval and location of a death.Dr. Goff dives deep into the various species that visit the dead, and describes how they arrive in a very specific order and stay [...]

    Drank this book up in practically one sitting last weekend! A truly fascinating look at two fields I love: forensics and entomology. Goff covers both the theory behind forensic entomology and provides many criminal case studies as well as his own research with animal corpses. In addition, the last few chapters are devoted to personal and professional issues in the field, including how the leading professional forensic entomology organization was formed. Provided you're not squeamish, this is TOT [...]

    “It was a perfect morning for shoreline fishing and throwing nets for crabs…” What a beginning! It gets better as Goff, an entomologist mixes science and journalism to tell how insects are used in forensics to solve crimes. With his audience in mind, Goff writes in plain English to make this a readable and gripping read. He describes actual experiences of visiting sites around Oahu to gather evidence for several cases. Many residents, who have been in Hawaii long enough, will be able to id [...]

    A fascinating, quick-and-easy read by the scientist who practically invented the modern field of forensic entomology. Dr. Goff does a great job in writing this book for a general audience. It exposes the use of insects as a tool in solving crimes and other mysteries in a mostly anecdotal way that anyone interested in true crime, mystery, fans of "CSI", and/or practical applications of natural history can appreciate.

    I only checked this out because I was curious what he would actually have to say about bugs and solving crimes. He gets a little in depth with the different types of flies/etc, which I don't think everyone would enjoy. I found it interesting but if you don't like reading about bugs and dead bodies, probably not for you.

    Just by accident my friend says to me that his anthropology teacher is going to Hawaii to study with a famous Professor who studies bugs and immediately I said wait and pull out this book from my shelf and said is it Lee Goff and to his surprise he said wow yeah! Then I began to tell him all the great details of this book and why it's a must read.

    Fascinating account of how insect evidence helps solve crimes by a trailblazing forensic entomologist. He makes the most gross subject tolerable yet very interesting too. He has a good sense of humor. Thank goodness there are no corpses of all the maggot infested corpses!

    Forensics book about insects and how you can use their life histories to establish time-of-death, etc. I would not recommend this book to anyone unless they are totally into entomology. It was so dry and dull.

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