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Title:
Howdunit : how crimes are committed and solved
Author:
Boertlein, John, 1957-
Publication Information:
Cincinnati, OH : Writer's Digest Books, 2001.
Physical Description:
404 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
General Note:
Selections from the Howdunit series.
Language:
English
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Howdunit series.
ISBN:
9781582970158
Format :
Book

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Summary

This is the ultimate reference on the dark worlds of criminals and those who oppose them. Readers will learn how crimes are plotted, committed, investigated and solved.


Author Notes

John Boertlein has been in law enforcement for twenty years, serving as a police officer, undercover officer and investigator for the police forces in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Covington, Kentucky. He has taught at the Ohio Police Academy and worked as a police recruiter. He has also written technical and procedural documents for the Cincinnati Police Division


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Library Journal Review

The "Howdunit" series seeks to give writers the facts they need to make crime fiction believable. This latest offering brings together chapters from several of the earlier books, supplementing them with new material (about a third of the text). Boertlein, a veteran Cincinnati police officer, wrote most of the new material, including chapters on street gangs, hate crimes, surveillance, and drug enforcement. Unfortunately, the older sections received little, if any, updating or editing. Occasional references to information in other parts of the original books will surely confuse and frustrate the reader. Another drawback is the superficial treatment of the many subjects covered, which include serial murders, terrorists, and sexual predators. Aspiring crime writers would do better to study the works of such writers as Joseph Wambaugh and Patricia Cornwell, whose experience in the field lends authenticity to their fiction. Recommended only for public libraries with a high demand for crime-fiction how-tos.DSusan M. Colowick, North Olympic Lib. Syst., Port Angeles, WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

John BoertleinAlan MarchMauro V. Corvasce and Joseph R. PaglinoMauro V. Corvasce and Joseph R. PaglinoMauro V. Corvasce and Joseph R. PaglinoMauro V. Corvasce and Joseph R. PaglinoKeith D. Wilson, M.D.Keith D. Wilson, M.D.Keith D. Wilson, M.D.Russell BintliffFay FaronFay FaronJohn BoertleinAnne WingateRussell BintliffKatherine Ramsland, Ph.D.Sean MactireJohn BoertleinJohn BoertleinSean MactireJohn BoertleinMauro V. Corvasce and Joseph R. PaglinoSean MactireSean MactireJohn BoertleinJohn BoertleinGreg FallisGreg FallisGreg Fallis
Part I Systems
Chapter 1 Street Copsp. 2
Chapter 2 The American Criminal Justice Systemp. 18
Part II Crime
Chapter 3 An Overview of Murderp. 27
from Murder One: A Writer's Guide to Homicide
Chapter 4 Mass Murdersp. 33
from Murder One: A Writer's Guide to Homicide
Chapter 5 Serial Murdersp. 37
from Murder One: A Writer's Guide to Homicide
Chapter 6 Bizarre Murdersp. 49
from Murder One: A Writer's Guide to Homicide
Chapter 7 Controversies Involving Deathp. 57
from Cause of Death: A Writer's Guide to Death, Murder and Forensic Medicine
Chapter 8 How the Body Is Handledp. 67
from Cause of Death: A Writer's Guide to Death, Murder and Forensic Medicine
Chapter 9 The Autopsyp. 76
from Cause of Death: A Writer's Guide to Death, Murder and Forensic Medicine
Chapter 10 Larceny, Burglary, Robbery and Assaultp. 98
from Police Procedural: A Writer's Guide to the Police and How They Work
Chapter 11 The Conp. 126
from Rip-Off: A Writer's Guide to Crimes of Deception
Chapter 12 Elements of the Conp. 132
from Rip-Off: A Writer's Guide to Crimes of Deception
Part III Hardware
Chapter 13 Crime Tools Guidep. 141
Chapter 14 Crime-Scene Searchp. 176
from Scene of the Crime: A Writer's Guide to Crime-Scene Investigations
Chapter 15 Interviews and Interrogationsp. 190
from Police Procedural: A Writer's Guide to Police and How They Work
Chapter 16 The Art of Forensic Psychologyp. 216
Chapter 17 Profiling the Criminalp. 231
from Malicious Intent: A Writer's Guide to How Murderers, Robbers, Rapists and Other Criminals Think
Part IV Particular Problems
Chapter 18 Street Gangsp. 245
Chapter 19 Hate Crimes and Hate Groupsp. 256
Chapter 20 Terroristsp. 271
from Malicious Intent: A Writer's Guide to How Murderers, Robbers, Rapists and Other Criminals Think
Part V Vice-Related Crimes
Chapter 21 Vice Enforcement: Gambling and Liquor Investigationsp. 285
Chapter 22 Prostitutionp. 290
from Modus Operandi: A Writer's Guide to How Criminals Work
Chapter 23 Sexual Predatorsp. 300
from Malicious Intent: A Writer's Guide to How Murderers, Robbers, Rapists and Other Criminals Think
Chapter 24 Child Molesters and Child Murderersp. 312
from Malicious Intent: A Writer's Guide to How Murderers, Robbers, Rapists and Other Criminals Think
Chapter 25 Drug Enforcementp. 332
Part VI Big Brother
Chapter 26 Surveillance: Part Ip. 348
Chapter 27 Surveillance: Part IIp. 359
from Just the Facts, Ma'am: A Writer's Guide to Investigators and Investigation Techniques
Chapter 28 Tailingp. 373
from Just the Facts, Ma'am: A Writer's Guide to Investigators and Investigation Techniques
Chapter 29 Information Sourcesp. 386
from Just the Facts, Ma'am: A Writer's Guide to Investigators and Investigation Techniques
About the Contributorsp. 397
Indexp. 399

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