In the revised and expanded edition of this critically acclaimed book, leading forensic scientist John Trestrail offers a pioneering survey of all that is known about the use of poison as a weapon in murder. Topics range from the use of poisons in history and literature to convicting the poisoner in court, and include a review of the different types of poisons, techniques for crime scene investigation, and the critical essentials of the forensic autopsy.
The author updates what is currently known about poisoners in general (psychological profile, types, and statistical analyses) and their victims (who gets poisoned, investigative considerations, and classic symptoms of poisoning). The Appendix has been updated to include the more commonly used poisons, as well as the use of antifreeze as a poison, to reflect some cases that have recently come to light.
Comprehensive and fully updated, this book offers forensic scientists, police and private investigators, forensic psychologists, and criminal lawyers a unique one-volume summary of the knowledge and techniques needed to solve the near-invisible crime of poisoning and convict the perpetrator.
Written for: Forensic scientists investigating homicide, analytical toxicologists, clinical toxicologists, forensic toxicologists, criminal attorneys, and police investigators
Table of contents
Chapter 1 - Poisoners Throughout History
Chapter 2 - Types of Poisons
Chapter 3 - Poisoners
Chapter 4 - Victims
Chapter 5 - Crime Scene Investigation
Chapter 6 - The Forensic Autopsy
Chapter 7 - Proving Poisoning
Chapter 8 - Poisoners in Court
Chapter 9 - Poisoning in Fiction
Chapter 10 - Conclusion
APPENDIX: Some Common Homicidal Poisons
A. Antifreeze (Methanol, or Ethylene glycol)
C. Botulinus Toxin
E. Sodium fluoroacetate
Collected Bibliographies on Homicidal Poisoning:
A. Poisoners Throughout History Bibliography
B. Poisoning in Fiction Bibliography
C. Forensic Poisoning Bibliography
D. Analytical Toxicology Bibliography