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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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By Maintaining Innocence, Convicted Murderer Is Denied Parole

September 3, 2015 3:26 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

A parole board in California has repeatedly denied to release Fred Swanigan saying that he lacks “insight” into the murder he was convicted of in 1981 since he refuses to admit to the crime.

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Computer forensic techniques allow investigators to collect evidence from various digital devices. Tools and techniques exist that allow the discovery of difficult-to-get evidence, including destroyed, locked or obfuscated data. At the same time, criminal

Countering Anti-Forensic Efforts - Part 1

September 3, 2015 8:55 am | by Oleg Afonin, Danil Nikolaev and Yuri Gubanov | Comments

Computer forensic techniques allow investigators to collect evidence from various digital devices. Tools and techniques exist that allow the discovery of difficult-to-get evidence, including destroyed, locked or obfuscated data. At the same time, criminals routinely make attempts to counter forensic efforts by wiping data, deleting files, faking or clearing logs, histories and other traces of performed activities.

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Massive Manhunt for 3 Suspected Cop Killers Intensifies

September 2, 2015 1:10 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

“Saturation patrols” are being conducted in a town about 55 miles northwest of Chicago to investigate any suspicious activity and reassure residents, after three men are suspected of fatally shooting an officer on Tuesday.

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Faster, Cheaper Rapid DNA System Unveiled in Poland

September 1, 2015 2:09 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The quicker turnaround on DNA samples could free up laboratories to make headway on other testing – notably that of the nationwide rape-kit backlog, said some advocates.

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Man Jailed for 4 Months Until Test Showed 'Meth' Was Just Epsom Salt

August 31, 2015 2:27 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

A man charged with methamphetamine possession spent four months in an Australian jail, until the forensic analysis of the substance came back, and it was determined that the substance was actually Epsom salt.

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Grim Discovery of Deceased Migrants Poses a Familiar Problem

August 28, 2015 1:08 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

When migrants flee one life for another, they’re taking a gamble on the future. But by leaving forms of identification behind, and by putting their lives in the hands of profit-driven smugglers, they are taking a risk – the biggest risk of all.

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‘Bible of Homicide Investigation’ Author Vernon Geberth on the Extensive 5th Edition

August 27, 2015 2:25 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Packed with color illustrations of crime scenes and autopsies, the fifth edition is essentially a whole new book, including advancements in DNA and other technologies that were unthinkable 30 years ago.

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‘Baby Doe’ Breakthrough Showcases Pollen Forensics

August 27, 2015 9:39 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Forensic palynology, or the scientific method of establishing “pollen prints” on clothing based on the geography of plants, is now center stage in the major investigation.

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‘Microbial Zoo’ Might Lead Forensic Investigations of the Future

August 26, 2015 1:06 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Although the research is in its infancy, the findings could eventually lead to breakthroughs in forensic investigation, according to the scientists, and might at least help law enforcement investigate certain crimes, if not get convictions.

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Virginia News Crew Fatally Shot During Live Broadcast

August 26, 2015 9:48 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Video from the scene shows that Parker was conducting a live interview when shots pop off camera. Parker screams, and the camera falls. The broadcast cut back to the studio quickly.

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Cellphone Location Evidence Questioned in the Murder Conviction of 'Serial' Killer Adnan Syed

August 25, 2015 2:00 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The lawyer for the convicted killer, who is the subject of the record-breaking “Serial” podcast, now argues the evidence that landed his client behind bars was inaccurate – and prosecutors were warned not to use it.

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