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law enforcement 'Law enforcement'' is the activity of some members of government who act in an organized manner to enforce the law by discovering, deterrence (legal), deterring, rehabilitation (penology), rehabilitating, or punishment, punishing people who viol ...
parlance, the term murder book refers to the case file of a
murder Murder is the unlawful killing of another human without justification (jurisprudence), justification or valid excuse (legal), excuse, especially the unlawful killing of another human with malice aforethought. ("The killing of another person w ...

murder
investigation. Typically, murder books include crime scene photographs and sketches,
autopsy An autopsy (post-mortem examination, obduction, necropsy, or autopsia cadaverum) is a surgical procedure that consists of a thorough examination Examination may refer to: * Physical examination, a medical procedure * Questioning and more speci ...
and
forensic Forensic science, also known as criminalistics, is the application of science Science () is a systematic enterprise that builds and organizes knowledge Knowledge is a familiarity or awareness, of someone or something, such as fac ...
reports, transcripts of investigators' notes, and witness interviews. The murder book encapsulates the complete
paper trail An audit is an "independent examination of financial information of any entity, whether profit oriented or not, irrespective of its size or legal form when such an examination is conducted with a view to express an opinion thereon.” Auditin ...
of a murder investigation, from the time the murder is first reported through the arrest of a
suspect In law enforcement jargonLaw enforcement jargon refers to a large body of acronyms, abbreviations, codes and slang used by law enforcement personnel to provide quick concise descriptions of people, places, property and situations, in both spoken ...

suspect
. Law enforcement agencies typically guard murder books carefully, and it is unusual for civilians to be given unfettered access to these kinds of records, especially for unsolved cases.


In modern culture


In films and television

*In the
thriller Thriller may refer to: * Thriller (genre), a broad genre of literature, film and television ** Thriller film, a film genre under the general thriller genre Comics * Thriller (DC Comics), ''Thriller'' (DC Comics), a comic book series published 1983 ...
novel ''
The Murder Book ''The Murder Book'' is a mystery novel by American author Jonathan Kellerman. Plot introduction During a surprise trip to Paris, Alex Delaware's girlfriend Robin announces that she will be working as part of the road crew for a rock music tour, wh ...
'' (2002) by
Jonathan Kellerman Jonathan Seth Kellerman (born August 9, 1949) is an American novelist, psychologist, and Edgar Award, Edgar- and Anthony Award–winning author best known for his popular mystery novels featuring the character Alex Delaware, a child psychologist ...
, a murder book is sent to the psychologist
Alex Delaware Alex Delaware is a literary character In fiction, a character is a person or other being in a narrative (such as a novel, Play (theatre), play, television series, film, or video game). The character may be entirely fictional or based on a real ...
, renewing the hunt for a murderer in a twenty-year-old case. *A murder book featured heavily in the plot of the 2006/2008
ABC ABC are the first three letters of the Latin script known as the alphabet. ABC or abc may also refer to: Arts, entertainment, and media Broadcasting * American Broadcasting Company, a commercial U.S. TV broadcaster ** Disney–ABC Television ...
miniseries ''
Day Break ''Day Break'' is a television series, television program for which one 13-episode season was produced. The series starred Taye Diggs as Detective Brett Hopper, who is framed for the murder of Assistant District Attorney Alberto Garza. Due to a ti ...

Day Break
''. *Episode 387-1716 of the TV series ''
Law & Order ''Law & Order'' is an American police procedural and legal drama television series created by Dick Wolf and produced by Wolf Entertainment, launching the Law & Order (franchise), ''Law & Order'' franchise. Airing its entire run on NBC, ''Law & ...

Law & Order
'' is titled "
Murder Book In law enforcement 'Law enforcement'' is the activity of some members of government who act in an organized manner to enforce the law by discovering, deterrence (legal), deterring, rehabilitation (penology), rehabilitating, or punishment, punish ...
" (2007). *''Murder Book'' (2014–) is an American television series on the Investigation Discovery channel. *In the film of the Michael Connelly novel ''Blood Work (novel), Blood Work'' the murder book is a key investigative tool to find a suspect in several killings.


In literature and publications

American crime novelist Michael Connelly makes regular references to the meticulous murder books kept by Los Angeles Police Department, LAPD detective Harry Bosch, particularly in ''The Black Echo'', ''The Concrete Blonde'', ''The Last Coyote'', ''Trunk Music (novel), Trunk Music'', ''The Closers'', and ''The Drop (Connelly novel), The Drop''. In 2020 Connelly created a true crime podcast titled ''Murder Book''. Novelist Lisa Gray makes regular references to murder books in her Jessica Shaw novels.


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External links


The Gangs of Los Angeles - The Homicide Library
FBI Law enforcement terminology {{law-enforcement-stub