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Manhunt Underway for 3 'Dangerous' Escapees from Maximum-Security Prison

January 25, 2016 11:30 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Three men who were awaiting trial for violent crimes escaped a California county jail on Friday, and a massive manhunt is still underway three days later.

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Louisiana Serial Killer, Suspect in Cold Murder Investigation, Dies on Death Row

January 22, 2016 4:53 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Lee, who had been on death row since 2004, quickly became a person of interest in the revived Boisfontaine investigation.

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How States Are Curbing Millions of Dollars in Police Seizures

January 22, 2016 1:05 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Civil asset forfeiture “takes the profit out of the crime” by eliminating the funds needed to continue illegal activity. However, critics say it can be a legal slush fund for law enforcement.

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Court Rules to Force Feed Dying Inmate on Hunger Strike

January 22, 2016 12:20 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

A New Jersey prison inmate now on his second hunger strike to protest prison conditions will be force fed, due to his impending death, according to a court decision.

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Decapitated Skeletons Likely Those of Roman Gladiators

January 21, 2016 1:01 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Genetic forensic work has provided more clues about the mystery of dozens of Roman-era decapitated bodies found in the gardens of a British mansion.

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‘Stripper Tax’ Could Fund Rape-Kit Testing in Washington State

January 21, 2016 12:40 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

New legislation in Washington State could end the backlog of 6,000 rape-kits statewide, and is proposing a novel way to pay for the testing.

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Should DNA Evidence Reopen a Dropped Rape Case in Ohio?

January 20, 2016 12:45 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

One day before the 20-year statute of limitations was to expire, Demetrius Jones was indicted for the crime after DNA had come up with a “hit” from an unrelated 2011 attack.

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Police ID Torso Stuffed in Suitcase and Dumped in Canal

January 20, 2016 12:02 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Pedestrians on a quiet walking path along the Grand Canal west of Dublin made a grisly discovery over the weekend: a suitcase that contained a human torso.

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Monday's Briefing: 01/18/16

January 19, 2016 12:51 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Here’s what you might have missed over the long weekend, and what you’ll want to know to get you through your work week.

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New DNA Implicates Acquitted Man in Brutal Death of 77-Year-Old British Woman

January 19, 2016 12:39 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

A British man who was acquitted on murder charges in the death of a 77-year-old grandmother—apparently beaten to death with a marble rolling pin—is on trial again.

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Discovery Channel True-Crime Show Follows Hunt Through ‘Killing Fields’

January 15, 2016 4:45 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The new crime-show "Killing Fields" tracks a real, active cold-case murder investigation, week after week, looking into the unsolved 1997 killing of Eugenie Boisfontaine.

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Robotics to the Rescue: Automated Sample Processing

January 15, 2016 12:49 pm | by Lois C. Tack and Laurent Baron | Comments

The use of DNA in criminal cases has rapidly grown in recent years and forensic labs are confronted with more samples to analyze, track and store. At the same time, many states have passed legislation to include arrestee DNA samples for analysis, adding to backlogs.

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Largest DNA Sequencing Project Ever Focuses on Vietnam War Dead

January 15, 2016 12:17 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The largest DNA sequencing effort ever undertaken will help identify half a million soldiers and civilians lost in the Vietnam War more than 40 years ago.

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Modern Forensic Techniques Uncover Past Victims of Child Abuse

January 15, 2016 11:39 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

History is filled with cases of child labor, slavery and abuse—and sadly many cases still remain today. Now, researchers are using modern-day forensic analysis to find out how children were treated, or often mistreated, in past cultures.

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'Making a Murderer' Inmate, Steven Avery, Files Motions for Release

January 14, 2016 1:01 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The inmate who is the subject of the Netflix series “Making a Murderer” filed an appeal last week, claiming authorities did an improper search to find evidence, and that a juror on his case was biased.

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