From The Flying Squad To Investigating War Crimes

Genocide is not something that started and ended with the German Nazis and this book is specially welcome because it looks at more recent genocide through the eyes of a British detective who spent time investigating Bosnian war crimes. The break up of Yugoslavia after the death of Josip Bron Tito was inevitable because the centuries of religious and ethnic division. Once the strong man was gone there was no one to hold the fragile union together. – Very Highly Recommended.

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NAME: From The Flying Squad To Investigating War Crimes
FILE: R3154
AUTHOR: Ron Turnbull
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING: hard back
PRICE: £19.99                                                               
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT:  British police, Flying Squad, beat officer, investigator, CID, forensics, 
murder, genocide, Bosnia, the Balkans, Yugoslavia, Christians, Serbs, Muslims, civil 
war, international war crimes, killing fields, mass murder

ISBN: 1-52675-866-0

PAGES: 236
IMAGE: B3154.jpg
BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/s7q9nju
DESCRIPTION: Genocide is not something that started and ended with the German 
Nazis and this book is specially welcome because it looks at more recent genocide 
through the eyes of a British detective who spent time investigating Bosnian war 
crimes. The break up of Yugoslavia after the death of Josip Bron Tito was 
inevitable because the centuries of religious and ethnic division. Once the strong 
man was gone there was no one to hold the fragile union together. – Very Highly 
Recommended.

The initial shock of the public, when seeing the latest example of man's inhumanity, 
turns to disgust and demands for justice, before being replaced quickly by boredom. 
Of course there are many other things emerging all the time to divert our attention 
and, in the case of genocide, there is also, in many, the realization that we are all 
capable of doing great good and terrible evil. The trigger may not be that hard to
 squeeze. As at the end of WWII, when the German Holocaust was exposed, the 
ending of the Bosnian civil war exposed what other wise ordinary and 
undistinguished people are capable of. War criminals don't come with horns and a 
smell of sulphur, they come as the school teacher, the bank clerk, the soldier, the 
neighbour next door. At the end of the killing spree they take off whatever uniform 
they had donned and return to their pre-genocide persona.

The author has provided a fascinating insight into his career from British detective to 
war crimes investigator. Even when a mass grave is uncovered justice should be 
attempted and the challenges can be considerable. A single murder victim is usually 
not too difficult to identify and the investigator can produce the history of events 
through painstaking research and forensics. A mass grave presents many additional 
challenges in attempting to identify heavily decomposed remains mingled together 
and frequently were the victims are simply forgotten by their former neighbours and 
families. There may be no missing person report.

The author has demonstrated how forensic science has improved dramatically and 
continues to evolve. This has made traditional detecting practical and successful 
amidst the remains of genocide.