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A month after the complex DNA-mixture evidence was tossed from the prosecution’s case, an upstate New York man was acquitted of murder by a judge. Oral “Nick” Hillary, now 42, was accused of strangling his ex-girlfriend’s 12-year-old son Garrett...
9.28.2016
12:31pm
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9.28.2016
10:30am
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Emerging designer drugs are a headache for us forensic pathologists. Routine toxicology may not even detect them, and if there’s enough of the more common drug in the sample, then it can camouflage the novel compound.
by Dr. Judy Melinek
9.27.2016
12:17pm
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In today’s climate of heightened tensions, the possibility of danger may seem greater than ever. However, the risks to officers are nothing new. Lab safety and the use of personal protective equipment are standard operating procedures in our field.
by Owen McDonnell
9.27.2016
12:12pm
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“Never again.” How often do we utter that phrase and profess that sentiment? The Holocaust, the Balkans, Rwanda, countless others. Each time we vow this to be the last mass extermination, mass victimization and systemic rape. And yet, almost certainly,...
by Chris Asplen
9.27.2016
12:09pm
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Wiping software is intended to make some or all of the original data stored on a HDD, tablet, or smartphone unrecoverable by anyone using forensic tools. While wiping algorithms differ from product to product, they generally all work the same way.
by John J. Barbara
9.27.2016
11:43am
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The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre was the climax of a gang war over the bootlegging trade in Chicago. Although the murders are officially unsolved, the homicide investigation proved the usefulness of the emerging field of ballistics and the need for a...
by Dolly Stolze
9.27.2016
11:38am
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Microbial DNA in the internal organs of decaying humans may hold the key to unlock the door to innovative tools for forensic investigators.
by Gulnaz Javan, Ph.D.
9.27.2016
11:35am
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Researchers are focusing on how best to recover DNA—swabbing, soaking, or lifting with tape—and within those methods, determining which specific techniques are most successful.
by Jim Dawson
9.27.2016
11:32am
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Today’s analysts are critically important members of the crime fighting team. They are capable of rapidly moving from tactical analysis to the focal point of providing intelligence on the highest profile crimes.
by Louis F. Quijas
9.27.2016
11:25am
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The first minutes at a crime scene are the most important in the fact finding and investigative process. Collecting “just the facts” is not enough, police must rapidly collect witnesses’ personal observations and perceptions of an incident to gain a...
by Gerald Whitman
9.27.2016
11:16am
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A disgruntled lawyer wearing military-style apparel with old Nazi emblems had two weapons and more than 2,500 rounds of live ammunition when he randomly shot at drivers in a Houston neighborhood before he was shot and killed by police, authorities said.
by Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press
9.27.2016
10:45am
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Faith Hedgepeth was bludgeoned to death four years ago inside her off-campus apartment at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in a case that remains unsolved.
by Fox News
9.27.2016
10:42am
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A conventional criminal investigation begins with the evidence of the crime that defines the scenario to be investigated. For environmental crimes, the investigation often begins with the evidence of the damage rather than of the illegal act of pollution...
by Massimiliano Lega, University of Naples Parthenope
9.27.2016
10:38am
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Investigators from the Pennsylvania State Police announced today that they are joining with a forensic anthropologist from the University of South Florida to further their investigative efforts regarding cold case homicides.
by Crimewatch PA
9.27.2016
9:59am
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9.27.2016
9:51am
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The young man’s collection was bordering on obsessive. He kept boxes of videogames, many of which were still shrinkwrapped. At the time of his young death, Stephen Cabrinety had amassed 50,000 titles, along with hundreds of pieces of hardware to play...
9.26.2016
12:12pm
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Results of DNA testing are back in the decades-old homicide case of “Baby Moses,” but Martin County Sheriff William Snyder said Friday that hard work remains in front of investigators.
by Will Greenlee, TCPalm
9.26.2016
11:49am
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Common crime lab techniques made famous by shows like Law & Order have come under fire yet again—this time by President Obama’s top scientific advisers.
by Rebecca McCray, TakePart
9.26.2016
11:44am
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An expanded crime lab is opening up Monday.
by Christian Heilman, WDBJ7
9.26.2016
11:39am
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9.26.2016
11:35am
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Houston’s criminal justice system was on a troubled foundation for about a decade. A series of scandals at the city’s crime laboratory, both system-wide and down to single individuals, resulted in exonerations and hundreds of criminal cases being...
9.23.2016
11:49am
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Less than a week after an unarmed black man was shot dead by a white police officer on a Tulsa street, prosecutors charged the officer with first-degree manslaughter, a decision that may prevent unrest in a city with a long history of tense race...
by Justin Juozapavicius and Sean Murphy, Associated Press
9.23.2016
11:40am
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When Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) were found this month in New York and New Jersey, they gave detectives a wealth of information central to the ongoing investigation.
by Frank Gardner, BBC security correspondent
9.23.2016
11:35am
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The skull of one of the most famous archaeological finds of the twentieth century has been reconstructed using 3D imaging.
by Janet Tappin, Daily Mail
9.23.2016
11:32am
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9.23.2016
11:28am
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Charlotte is the latest American city to erupt with violent protests over the police shooting of a black man. The National Guard has now been called in to keep the peace, as the investigation of the shooting continues.
9.22.2016
11:56am
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There are two things that forensics experts inside and outside of the government agree on: The bombs were relatively sophisticated, and if not for one key mistake, the attacks would have been much, much deadlier.
by Yochi Dreazen, Vox
9.22.2016
11:34am
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Footmarks at a crime scene provide evidence that can be as crucial as fingerprints and DNA in catching and convicting culprits. But exceptional expertise is required for it to be interpreted correctly and then stand up in court. This is the realm of...
by University of Huddersfield
9.22.2016
11:28am
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The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency’s (DPAA) Forensic Identification Laboratory recently reached construction completion at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Oahu, Hawaii. Designed by SmithGroupJJR, the new $89 million laboratory will aid in the...
by SmithGroupJJR
9.22.2016
11:22am
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9.22.2016
11:19am
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The wreck of the famous Antikythera shipwreck was discovered more than a century ago, and artifacts from the large cargo ship have been pulled from the seafloor ever since. But a startling discovery was made on Aug. 31: a nearly complete set of bones...
9.21.2016
10:03am
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The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology released a final report Tuesday on forensics, concluding that much of the most common analysis used in criminal trials doesn’t meet scientific standards.
by Gary Fields, The Wall Street Journal
9.21.2016
10:00am
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Howland’s police chief is on his way to New York to pick up a suspect in a 20-year-old rape and assault case.
by Nadine Grimley, WYTV
9.21.2016
9:53am
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A Fairbanks man who was charged in February with his aunt's 2008 murder after new DNA tests linked him to the crime was let out on bail Tuesday because that evidence was recently found to be inconclusive.
by Dorothy Chomicz, Newsminer.com
9.21.2016
9:50am
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9.21.2016
9:47am
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The show, which brought together a team of forensic experts and criminologists on the unsolved 20-year-old death investigation, concluded that JonBenet’s 9-year-old brother Burke accidentally killed her with a spontaneous swing of a flashlight – and then...
9.20.2016
1:17pm
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The man suspected of planting bombs in a New York neighborhood and a New Jersey seaside town may have aimed to inflict carnage incognito, but he didn't succeed for long in concealing his identity.
by Jake Pearson, Jennifer Peltz and Dake Kang, Associated Press
9.20.2016
11:33am
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With initial help from his work at a Utah university (link is external), an Australian-born biochemist is partnering with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) to discover a second science-based forensic tool for identifying people in addition to...
by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
9.20.2016
11:25am
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Latent prints left at the scene can be smudged, incomplete, or leave little contrast. Even the best-trained experts may not be able to correctly analyze them using finely-tuned, but still subjective, judgment.
9.19.2016
12:58pm
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