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When the little girl known as Baby Doe was found in a plastic bag on a Massachusetts beach, investigators had little clues to go on. Then, investigators discovered trace pollen spores on the girls’ clothes and blanket that showed the particular mix of...
6.24.2016
11:17am
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The White House recently reminded us that our rape-kit problem is going nowhere fast. Four hundred thousand kits and counting stack on evidence-room shelves, but how much will America's rape-kit problem cost?
6.24.2016
11:08am
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The news that convicted murderer Colin Pitchfork was denied parole was shocking. Not that he was denied, but that he was still alive. Certainly, the first case in history that utilized DNA evidence in a forensic context had to be a very long time ago.
by Chris Asplen
6.24.2016
10:52am
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Among the existing protocols used by law enforcement around the world for fingermarks development, ethyl cyanoacrylate fumigation is well adapted to reveal latent marks on non-porous or some semi-porous surfaces covering potential evidence.
by Jeremy Malinge, Ph.D.
6.24.2016
10:50am
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A federal judge in Sacramento will evaluate a novel legal theory recently raised by the defense lawyer representing an admitted California burglar and suspected kidnapper.
by Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica
6.24.2016
10:08am
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Fragments of a drug jar were found on Roanoke Island, and may be evidence of the first English colony in the New World. But even if those shards are proven to be connected to the Lost Colony of Roanoke, the first and most enduring American mystery...
6.23.2016
12:36pm
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6.23.2016
12:28pm
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Los Angeles County prosecutors will ask a judge Thursday to free a man convicted seven years ago of killing a college student, citing new doubts about his guilt.
by Robert Jablon, Associated Press
6.23.2016
11:11am
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A judge acquitted a police van driver of all charges including "depraved-heart" murder on Thursday in the death of 25-year-old arrestee Freddie Gray, whose broken neck on the way to the station set off Baltimore's worst riots in decades.
by Juliet Linderman, The Associated Press
6.23.2016
11:06am
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The three civil-rights workers were killed by the Ku Klux Klan on a hot night in the summer of 1964. Days later, as authorities continued to search for the bodies, the federal Civil Rights Act was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson. Fifty-two...
6.22.2016
12:31pm
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The state of Louisiana's refusal to install air conditioning on death row has already cost taxpayers more than $1 million in legal bills, according to records obtained by The Associated Press.
by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press
6.22.2016
12:26pm
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On a clear September morning, Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz was found shot to death in a heavily wooded area off a gravel side street in Fox Lake, Ill., a small suburb of Chicago. Minutes earlier, Gliniewicz had radioed from his unit that three...
by Vernon Geberth
6.22.2016
11:43am
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Hidden apps are growing in popularity. While initially marketed as a way for teens to hide videos, photos, forbidden apps, and text messages from the watchful eyes of parents, the use of hidden apps is increasingly being used for criminal activity.
by Cindy Murphy
6.22.2016
11:37am
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The adoption of next-generation sequencing technology in the forensic industry is in its infancy, but its ability to garner more actionable information, particularly in compromised samples, is undeniable. Better described as massively parallel sequencing...
by Bruce Budowle, Ph.D., and Angie Ambers, Ph.D.
6.22.2016
11:31am
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Imagine a $50 million diamond heist that isn't investigated by any police body, and more than four days later, the broken vault that made the whole thing possible remains unfixed and suffers follow-on attacks by a group of marauding copycats. In essence...
by Dan Goodin, Ars Technica
6.22.2016
10:42am
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Texas's capitol city — and the country — had never encountered anything like it: Someone was killing black women, mutilating their bodies with an ax or an ice pick. Six victims were killed in less than a year, many of them dragged from their beds, their...
by MPR News
6.21.2016
12:26pm
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The killer of unarmed innocents at an Orlando nightclub earlier this month was, by official accounts, a mentally ill person spurred to heinous action by radical Islamic information he found on the Internet. But, such “lone wolf” attackers might be...
6.21.2016
12:23pm
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The number of possibly contaminated convictions grew, from one to now around 1,500 in central Oregon's Deschutes County alone.
by Andrew Selsky, Associated Press
6.21.2016
12:05pm
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6.21.2016
10:13am
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Here’s the forensic news you might have missed over the long weekend, and what you’ll want to know to get you through your work week.
6.20.2016
1:10pm
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Each homicide has a unique fingerprint of circumstances and motive, from drugs and alcohol, to financial reasons, to the intangibles of jealousy and mental illness. No two killings are exactly the same. Men kill more often, according to innumerable...
6.20.2016
12:43pm
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The 20-year-old woman spent Christmas 2010 in a hospital exam room as a forensic nurse carefully collected swabs from her body. The woman told Everett police someone had raped her hours earlier at a family holiday party while her husband slept nearby....
by Diana Hefley, Herald Net
6.20.2016
11:33am
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The adoption of next-generation sequencing (NGS) technology in the forensic industry is in its infancy, but its ability to garner more actionable information, particularly in compromised samples, is undeniable. Better described as massively parallel...
by Bruce Budowle, Ph.D., and Angie Ambers, Ph.D.
6.19.2016
11:26am
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Almost all the missing from the year-long Kosovo conflict are almost certainly dead, hidden amid the mounds of skeletal remains collected in the wake of the rebellion. Now, there is a new forensic push to use advanced DNA extraction from the remaining...
6.17.2016
12:22pm
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The news that convicted murderer Colin Pitchfork was denied parole was shocking. Not that he was denied, but that he was still alive. Certainly, the first case in history that utilized DNA evidence in a forensic context had to be a very long time ago.
by Chris Asplen
6.17.2016
10:08am
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Forty years ago this week, a masked man broke into a woman’s home and raped her as he threatened to kill her. It was the beginning of one of the longest, and most violent, unsolved crime sprees in American history, totaling 45 rapes and 12 homicides –...
6.16.2016
12:12pm
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Corpses do not faze him but Joshua D. Stephany, Orlando’s chief medical examiner, still has the image of what he saw inside the Pulse nightclub on the morning of the slaughter seared into his head.
by Frances Robles, The New York Times
6.16.2016
11:08am
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6.16.2016
10:22am
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The US Federal Bureau of Investigation has successfully convinced a federal judge to block the disclosure of where the bureau has attached surveillance cams on Seattle utility poles.
by David Kravets, Ars Technica
6.16.2016
10:22am
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Twenty-year-old Ardit Ferizi readily admitted his crime: hacking computers to obtain personal data of more than 1,300 U.S. government and military personnel, then turning the data over to the Islamic State group. But he couldn't explain why.
by Matthew Barakat, Associated Press
6.16.2016
10:08am
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A now-80-year-old man who disappeared from an Ohio prison camp in 1959 while serving time for manslaughter and who was captured last year in Florida has been released from prison on parole.
by Kantele Franko, Associated Press
6.15.2016
12:54pm
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A forensic scientist testified in a federal civil rights suit trial that prosecutors skewed her analysis of bodily fluids from a 1985 murder.
6.15.2016
12:26pm
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A man accused of opening fire on police officers who were investigating reports that he was making threats in the area has been charged with attempted murder.
by McKenzie Romero, KSL
6.15.2016
11:40am
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An international team of scientists envisions being able to create unique physical tokens which could scatter light or sparkle to make them impossible to copy, according to a new study in the journal Scientific Reports. 
6.14.2016
12:11pm
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The abrupt closure of the Austin Police Department’s DNA lab will impact cases that are moving through the Travis County court system.
by Calily Bien, KXAN
6.14.2016
11:28am
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It took a Manhattan jury just two hours to convict a man of raping a 25-year-old woman in the West Village more than two decades ago.
by Samantha Tomaszewski and Rebecca Rosenberg, NY Post
6.14.2016
10:49am
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Here’s the forensic news you might have missed over the long weekend, and what you’ll want to know to get you through your work week.
6.13.2016
12:31pm
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Forensic scientists have long used dead pigs and other animals as stand-ins for humans to better understand how the body decomposes after death.
by Erica Goode, The New York Times
6.13.2016
12:23pm
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A federal judge on Monday unsealed disturbing dashcam footage of a suburban Kansas City, Missouri, police officer tasering a 17-year-old motorist who became brain damaged after what was billed as a routine traffic stop.
by David Kravets, Ars Technica
6.13.2016
11:42am
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The shutdown will last four to six months, and will involve new training, certification, re-certification, auditing, and the hiring of a new lab director, according to officials.
6.13.2016
11:30am
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