chapter  5
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Death Scene Investigation

One of the most critical aspects of any death scene investigation is successful and proper photography. With regard to death scene information, it is certainly true that a picture is worth a thousand words. Photographs provide invaluable information to the investigation team. High-quality equipment facilitates the job, but there is no substitute for careful, conscientious work by the investigator. The death scene should be photographed immediately upon its discovery before anything is disturbed or moved. All angles should be considered during death scene photography. Photographs should include overall views, midrange views, and close-ups of the scene and victims. Too many photographs are always better than too few.