True crime/crime writing resources
As a professional editor, I’ve come across a few different people asking about resources that could help them with their writing. I did some research and came up with a number of (mostly) free resources, which I share below.
Criminal law and criminal code
Each state has its own criminal code, so you’ll want to look for resources that pertain to your state. Here is a site that does just that.
This is a great book that I used in a criminal law class (not free, but perhaps you can find it at your local library).
Want to know the difference between voluntary and involuntary manslaughter, or need to confirm that a shod foot is considered a weapon? This book will answer these questions and them some.
If you want to look up the different penal codes in other states, you can do so here.
This website has “everything you need to know about human trafficking.” http://humantraffickingsearch.org/
Cold case toolkit
National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology, and the Law’s website has a handy toolkit available.
Crime scene investigation
Here are two websites that offer tips on what happens during a crime scene investigation:
End Stalking in America’s website is a little dated, but they provide some helpful definitions and information. For more up-to-date statistics, visit the CDC’s website. https://www.cdc.gov/features/prevent-stalking/index.html
Crime scene checklist
Click here to see a 70-page checklist that you can save or print out.
Homicide investigation standard operating procedures
This PDF a bit outdated, but you could contact your local precinct to see if they would permit you to see their procedures.
Violent crime analysis
This document is outdated, but it covers modus operandi, signature, and staging.
FBI publication on serial murder
This publication is really interesting and was presented at the Serial Murder Symposium in 2005.
This website provides links to articles about the psychology behind famous criminals.
A simplified guide to forensic documentation
This PDF is, as it says above, a very simplified guide.
Wikipedia does offer a lot of information concerning the eight stages of death, but this helpful web page was put together by a crime writer.
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