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The triple homicide of a mother and her two adult sons in their Pensacola, Florida home was a ritualistic slaughter inspired by “witchcraft,” according to authorities. Such killing patterns are often overlooked in investigations, Dawn Perlmutter, a ritual

Ritualistic Killings in Florida Follow Celestial, Violent Patterns, Expert Says

August 6, 2015 3:00 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The triple homicide of a mother and her two adult sons in their Pensacola, Florida home was a ritualistic slaughter inspired by “witchcraft,” according to authorities. Such killing patterns are often overlooked in investigations, Dawn Perlmutter, a ritualistic murder expert, told Forensic Magazine.

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The scratches, fractures and even the barnacles on the fragment of an airplane wing recovered from an isolated Indian Ocean island are being scrutinized by investigators today. The fragment of debris could be the break in an investigation into how and whe

Plane Wing Confirmed as Part From Lost Malaysian Flight

August 5, 2015 3:00 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The fragment of a plane wing found last week on an isolated Indian Ocean island was today confirmed as a piece of the lost Malaysian Airlines flight that vanished more than a year ago.

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Narcotic use, gender, nicotine habits, and exposure to explosive chemicals can be discovered in minute traces on fingerprints, according to the developer of a new law-enforcement technology.

Fingerprint Molecules Come Under the Microscope With New Tech

August 4, 2015 2:24 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Narcotic use, gender, nicotine habits, and exposure to explosive chemicals can be discovered in minute traces on fingerprints, according to the developer of a new law-enforcement technology.

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John Walsh Leads Record Crowd at 100th I.A.I. Conference in Sacramento

August 3, 2015 4:18 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

John Walsh gave a moving keynote speech Monday morning to a packed crowd at the Memorial Auditorium, during the centennial conference of the International Association of Identification (IAI). He highlighted his successes capturing dangerous criminals and bringing them to justice.

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Jack the Ripper, the first serial killer to terrorize a modern city, gruesomely killed   five prostitutes in the East End of London. After little more than two months of mayhem in 1888, the killer apparently vanished. The mystery remains, despite a drumbe

Final Victim of Jack the Ripper Might be Exhumed for DNA

August 3, 2015 3:44 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Jack the Ripper, the first serial killer to terrorize a modern city, gruesomely killed five prostitutes in the East End of London. After little more than two months of mayhem in 1888, the killer apparently vanished. The mystery remains, despite a drumbeat of new theories and bestselling books. The latest theory claims that the fifth and final victim was killed by someone else.

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Strange Remains: The Scalping of Jane McCrea

August 3, 2015 2:23 pm | by Dolly Stolze | Comments

According to a letter written by General Gates to General Burgoyne, the American Indian scouts attacked other villagers in the area then grabbed Sara. But a conflicting version of events recorded that Jane was accidentally shot by American soldiers.

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'Body Farm' Finds Microbial Ecosystems Could Pinpoint Time of Death

July 31, 2015 3:06 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

New research at the famed “Body Farm” of the University of Tennessee is yielding a newly discovered pathway to estimate time of death: a kind of ecosystem that grows within the dead body itself.

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New Clues, Few Leads: Is Jimmy Hoffa's Disappearance Unsolvable?

July 31, 2015 1:44 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Theories about the final resting place of James Riddle Hoffa hatched dozens of conspiracy theories as prolific and extraordinary as the man himself. But after 40 long years, investigators  believe the mystery is now almost unsolvable.  

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It is hard to ignore the overlap of data security and the various forms of digital investigation. And as digital forensic investigators and incident responders join cybersecurity professionals in the investigation of cyber incidents, all involved need to

Digital Professionals Keeping an Eye on the Law

July 31, 2015 1:02 pm | by Ernie Austin, Associate Editor | Comments

It is hard to ignore the overlap of data security and the various forms of digital investigation. And as digital forensic investigators and incident responders join cybersecurity professionals in the investigation of cyber incidents, all involved need to realize that what they do will have legal ramifications.

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'Free Hugs' From Inner City Police Officers Goes Viral

July 31, 2015 10:42 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

This viral video from two inner city police officers is using social media to shape public opinion.

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Debris Washed Up Near Madagascar Possibly From Missing Malaysian Airliner

July 30, 2015 3:13 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Debris that washed up on an isolated island in the Indian Ocean could be the first trace of vanished flight MH370, which completely disappeared some 16 months ago, touching off one of the biggest forensic investigations in history.

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Fixing Forensic Science: A Conversation with Kathy Reichs

July 30, 2015 2:20 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs was measured and precise chatting about her life as a New York Times best-selling author, but when she talked about forensic science, Dr. Reichs was like an open book.

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Two Possible Serial Killers: One Shot Dead, Another Remains at Large

July 28, 2015 4:06 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The trails of two suspected serial killers are being investigated by authorities: an Oregon man who was shot and killed by an escort after he tried to attack her in West Virginia; and another killer who dismembered two women related by marriage in Upstate New York.

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Forensic Clues ID Four of America's First Leaders at Jamestown

July 28, 2015 3:59 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

A team of Smithsonian scientists say they have pieced together the tantalizing clues of four of America’s first leaders – and identified them through a years-long investigation.

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Death of Woman Found Bound With Duct Tape Remains a Mystery

July 27, 2015 4:04 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

DNA from an unknown male was found on the victim's body, but an exact cause and manner of death remains undetermined – it’s still unclear exactly how Danette Webb, 53, died last summer in New Mexico.

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