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Studying Gunshot Backspatter by Shooting Live Pigs?

September 16, 2015 3:18 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

A team of New Zealand researchers shot pigs in the head to help forensic science understand the mechanics of entrance wounds in suicides and homicides. But some question the science of the method, due to the different biology of the animals, and whether it translates to human death investigations.

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In the first part of this paper we talked about the most common - and also some of the simplest - ways suspects can try to cover their tracks in an attempt to slow down an investigation. Now, we adress the more advanced techniques that can, at times, be v

Countering Anti-Forensic Efforts - Part 2

September 16, 2015 11:44 am | by Oleg Afonin, Danil Nikolaev and Yuri Gubanov | Comments

In the first part of this paper we talked about the most common - and also some of the simplest - ways suspects can try to cover their tracks in an attempt to slow down an investigation. Now, we adress the more advanced techniques that can, at times, be very challenging to deal with. We look at some of the possible workarounds for deleted or encrypted data.

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1,000-Year-Old Homicide Unearthed in Ireland

September 15, 2015 12:49 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

A winter storm toppled a huge beech tree in rural western Ireland. The uprooted base of the 215-year-old tree brought up something even more ancient: the remains of a 1,000-year-old homicide.

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The prison inmate who has been behind bars for 35 years and repeatedly denied parole, at least partly because he continues to maintain his innocence, won a victory at the state appellate court earlier this month. But Fred Swanigan is still behind bars.

Calif. Inmate Who Maintains Innocence After 35 Years Won't Be Released Soon, Despite Court Victory

September 14, 2015 2:51 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The prison inmate who has been behind bars for 35 years and repeatedly denied parole, at least partly because he continues to maintain his innocence, won a victory at the state appellate court earlier this month. But Fred Swanigan is still behind bars.

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Forensic Tools Unearth 200-Year-Old Russian Shipwreck in Alaska

September 11, 2015 3:30 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The items left behind by survivors provide a unique snapshot into 1813, and might help us understand how the crew survived in the frigid Alaskan winter, awaiting rescue for almost a month.

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Plot to Bomb 9/11 Memorial Foiled on 14th Anniversary

September 11, 2015 3:00 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

As the world commemorates the 14th anniversary of one of the world’s deadliest terrorist attacks, and the largest crime scene in American history, authorities are still wrestling with investigating and stopping terrorism in the post-9/11 world. 

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Hunting Justice: A Converstation with John Walsh

September 10, 2015 10:26 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

As host of one of primetime’s longest running crime shows, John Walsh has helped capture more dangerous fugitives than any other law enforcement agent in history.

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Can DNA Testing Determine Age?

September 10, 2015 9:42 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

For the first time, age is being determined from blood and tooth samples – and European police agencies are already clamoring to use it.

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DNA Found at Scene of Slain Officer in Chicago

September 9, 2015 2:49 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor and Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The DNA samples from the crime scene do not match the officer, authorities have said, and may provide crucial clues into the identities of the killers.

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7 Common Mistakes Regarding Autopsy Reports

September 9, 2015 1:16 pm | by Judy Melinek | Comments

Forensics is complicated, and sound bites are few. But always keep in mind that you are exploring a story about a dead human being. You owe it to that person—and to your audience, and to the public record—to get the details of the death investigation rigorously right.

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A survey done by tax advisory firm KPMG reports that 81 percent of health care technology and security officers say their organization has been compromised by a data breach in the last two years. And the effects of those breaches can be seen reaching into

Health Care Info Used to Hack Phone NFC

September 9, 2015 10:59 am | by Ernie Austin, Associate Editor | Comments

A survey done by tax advisory firm KPMG reports that 81 percent of health care technology and security officers say their organization has been compromised by a data breach in the last two years. And the effects of those breaches can be seen reaching into pockets, wallets and phones - all at the same time.

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A First for Forensic Anthropology at a Texas Crime Lab

September 8, 2015 2:18 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The anthropology disciplines were added to the Texas lab in 2006, and have proved instrumental in forensic investigations.

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Seeking Justice: The Story of an Ohio Crime Lab

September 8, 2015 9:17 am | by Craig Pickerel | Comments

Crammed in an old grocery store within a busy shopping plaza, the previous northwest Ohio office of the BCI was in dire need of upgrades. But the ten-year long journey to build this state-of-the-art crime lab was not as straightforward as it might have seemed.

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Castration for Paroled Sex Offenders?

September 4, 2015 11:10 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Paroled sex offenders in the US island territory of Guam might soon be handcuffed in more ways than one.

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Building a Forensic Crime Lab

September 4, 2015 8:16 am | by Brian Holthaus | Comments

Building a forensics lab is as complex as the work that goes on inside. Take an inside look at the construction of two top-flight Forensic Science laboratories, and read about what one company learned about the crime lab of the future.

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