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Too Much Touch DNA Evidence Overwhelms a Texas County Crime Lab

July 7, 2015 3:48 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Touch DNA is almost too much of a success in places like Harris County, Texas – where the total DNA testing caseload has nearly doubled in about five years. Now the county’s crime lab is suspending use of touch DNA samples when it comes to property crimes.

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Strange Remains: Discovering the Pieces of George Parkman

July 7, 2015 3:26 pm | by Dolly Stolze | Comments

In November 1849, Ephraim Littlefield opened a trap door in the cellar of the Harvard Medical School building on North Grove Street and crawled inside. What he found with his lantern and tools soon became the murder case of the century.

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Linked to Brutal Attack by a Selfie, Rapist Gets 14 Years

July 6, 2015 2:35 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

When police took the suspect into custody at the scene of the crime about 90 minutes later, they found a selfie that became crucial to their investigation.

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Scientists Specifying Time of Death with Muscle Proteins and Blood Color

July 2, 2015 2:33 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Time of death after 36 hours can be difficult to pin down, owing to decomposition and other limiting physical factors. Now scientists are trying to use science to attempt to give investigators more-detailed timelines in death investigations.

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Bones Don’t Lie: Decapitation in Medieval Ireland

July 2, 2015 2:05 pm | by Katy Meyers Emery | Comments

In our modern Western world, decapitation is uncommon. It’s usually associated with homicide, and other negative behavior. But, beheading was a popular mode of execution throughout human history because it's dramatic, final and often part of a public display of power by the victors over the soon to be deceased.

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Prosecuting Decades-Old Rape Kits Means Extending the Statute of Limitations in Ohio

July 2, 2015 9:36 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

A new bill in Ohio is attempting to keep the window of opportunity for prosecution open, by extending the statute of limitations cutoff another five years – and allowing DNA hits to reach even further back on the calendar.

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Fire that Destroyed Historic Black Church Likely Caused by Lightning

July 1, 2015 1:57 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

The National Weather Service has consulted with investigators from the FBI to create a forensic report of lightning strikes from heavy storm cells, and with the use of meteorological evidence, the FBI now believes the likely cause is four lightning strikes that were reported by radar in the area last night.

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A total re-analysis of American forensics is underway – and could be “transformational” to the way criminal investigations are done, according to scientists leading it.

National Review of Forensics Underway, Could be 'Transformational'

June 30, 2015 4:44 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

A total re-analysis of American forensics is underway – and could be “transformational” to the way criminal investigations are done, according to scientists leading it.

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Capture of the Escaped Fugitive Caught on Video

June 30, 2015 2:00 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Grainy amateur cell phone video shot by two residents returning home from vacation has captured the exact moments that police took down David Sweat, the fugitive who escaped from a maximum-security prison over three weeks ago.

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The Houston Forensic Science Center board of directors has eight members who are judges, cops and lawyers. But none has spent more time getting an education in the criminal justice system than the ninth and newest member, Anthony Graves.  His degree came

Exonerated Man Goes From Death Row to the Crime Lab Boardroom

June 29, 2015 3:37 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The Houston Forensic Science Center board of directors has eight members who are judges, cops and lawyers. But none has spent more time getting an education in the criminal justice system than the ninth and newest member, Anthony Graves. His degree came from what he describes as “D.R.U.” – “Death Row University.”

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While some in the U.S. Government are convinced that China is to blame for the breach at the Office of Personnel Management, others hold that investigation is more important for attribution.

Not All US Goverment Fingers Point to China, Yet

June 26, 2015 12:20 pm | by Ernie Austin, Associate Editor | Comments

While some in the U.S. Government are convinced that China is to blame for the breach at the Office of Personnel Management, others maintain that further investigation is important for attribution.

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Fingerprint ID from a Photograph Leads to Child Porn Conviction

June 26, 2015 9:09 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Horner had become the focus of an international investigation after he was suspected of exchanging child porn with offenders overseas.

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The Kennewick Man, a 9,000-year-old skeleton, has been the subject of a legal back-and-forth ever since he was dug out of a Washington river in 1996. One week after advanced genetic testing apparently proved their claims, they are getting support from Gov

Who Owns the 9,000-Year-Old Kennewick Man?

June 25, 2015 1:53 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The Kennewick Man, a 9,000-year-old skeleton, has been the subject of a legal back-and-forth ever since he was dug out of a Washington river in 1996. One week after advanced genetic testing apparently proved their claims, they are getting support from Gov. Jay Inslee.

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Recently, Nextgov reported that the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) found "indicators of compromise" similar to the breach at the Office of Personnel Management. But, the signs of intrusion turned out not to be so similar after all.

NARA Compromise Not Like the Others

June 25, 2015 11:57 am | by Ernie Austin, Associate Editor | Comments

Recently, Nextgov reported that the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) found "indicators of compromise" similar to the breach at the Office of Personnel Management. But, the signs of intrusion turned out not to be so similar after all.

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Domestic Terrorism Doubles the Deaths Caused by Foreign Groups Since 9/11

June 24, 2015 2:19 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Domestic violent extremism has killed nearly twice the number of people than other forms of terrorism, like Muslim-connected Jihadism, since Sept. 11, 2001, according to a new report.

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