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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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DNA Evidence Links Suspect to Ashley Olsen Murder in Florence

January 14, 2016 12:49 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

DNA samples from the scene, and from under the victim's fingernails, matched DNA from a cigarette butt the suspect discarded at the police station.

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‘Unknown’ Pearl Harbor Sailors Identified, 75 Years Later

January 13, 2016 3:31 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

The remains were disinterred last year in an initiative that exhumed the remains of some 388 service members from 45 graves at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

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Evidence of Mass Extinction, Behind a South Jersey Hardware Store

January 13, 2016 11:23 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The dinosaurs and large creatures that had ruled the planet for millions of years were gone almost instantly, experts believe. But like in a good crime story, there were no bodies to be found.

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Police Exhume 'Baby Moses' for DNA and an Identity

January 12, 2016 3:21 pm | by Seth Augenstein | Comments

The investigation has gotten new life this week, as authorities seek to exhume the tiny body, and test the remaining DNA to determine the parents and finally solve the case.

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