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A Good Hanging: Short Stories by Ian Rankin

By Ian Rankin

Twelve striking, gritty tales starring Detective Inspector John Rebus in his domestic urban of Edinburgh, as merely Ian Rankin can painting it: not only the tearooms and cobbled streets of the vacationer brochures, yet a latest city city with a whole variety of criminals and their victims--blackmailers, peeping Toms, and multiple form of assassin. It's a urban like several different, a urban that provides beginning to crimes of ardour, injuries, and long-hidden jealousy, and a urban during which felony minds locate all of it too effortless to vanish into the shadows. As committed readers of the sequence good recognize, not anyone is healthier built to delve into Edinburgh's again alleys and smoky pubs than Rebus, and not anyone greater in a position to light up his international than Ian Rankin.

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7 Therefore, any effort directed at processing the scene must consider this issue, and investigators should actively seek to eliminate any action that creates unnecessary postincident artifacts. At the very minimum, the crime scene investigator must distinguish between those items that are postincident artifacts and those that are actual evidence related to the event. It is this consideration that requires the responding officers and investigators to ask and determine who did what to the scene prior to their arrival.

EMS (emergency medical service) technicians arrived moments after the 911 call and found him on the floor, bloodied from top to bottom. The scene investigation and subsequent autopsy indicated that the woman was bludgeoned with an object that had distinct angled corners. Despite significant effort to locate anything remotely similar, the police failed to find such an object at the scene. They certainly failed to locate anything similar that was bloodied. 2. These patterns clearly indicated that some object with distinct angled edges, while bloody, was in contact with the husband’s shirt.

This is doubtful. Simply put, if investigators place all of their stock in testimonial evidence, then they have missed the boat. Victims, witnesses, and subjects are all capable of distorting facts, sometimes for purpose, other times without even knowing they have done so. Does that mean we ignore the testimonial evidence? Certainly not, but the investigator must always recognize the importance of physical evidence in evaluating testimonial evidence. This is a lesson lost on many in the criminal justice system.

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