The American criminalist Paul Kirk’s seminal monograph, Crime Investigation, contains this deceptively simple statement:

Those words are a perfect introduction to crime scene investigation, which is concerned with things and the stories they might tell of people, their actions, and relations. Crime scene investigation can be described as a series of activities in a process-what we here will term the forensic process-beginning with the detailed identification and examination of the scene of the incident and proceeding through the detection, recognition, collection, and interpretation of exhibits in order to convert the discovered things to stories and evidence.