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Monday's Briefing: Week 51

December 14, 2015 10:42 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Hope you had a great weekend. Here’s what you might have missed, and what you’ll want to know to get you through your work week.

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Biometrics at the Border

December 11, 2015 11:05 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

The federal government is testing a new biometrics system that experts say is a first step in an ambitious effort to track illegal immigration.

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N.J. Man Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Killing Boy Scout Molester in ‘Heat of the Moment’

December 10, 2015 4:48 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

More than three decades later, reeling from PTSD from being raped by an older man, Clark Fredericks burst in Dennis Pegg’s door, stabbed him more than 30 times and slit his throat down to the hyoid bone – with the very same knife Pegg had shown him how to sharpen as part of his “grooming” process to get close to the boy. Fredericks has been in prison ever since, but will be released in little more than a year from now.

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Documenting the Unimaginable: Crime Scene Investigations after Mass Shootings (Part 2)

December 9, 2015 2:57 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

In the wake of the San Bernardino tragedy last week, Forensic Magazine spoke with two police agencies that investigated similar mass killings in 2012—the Newtown, Conn. and the Aurora, Colo. police departments. This is the second and final part of a series, where law enforcement officials talk about investigating the high-profile mass-shooting crime scenes in their towns and the effort and ingenuity that went into the investigations.

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Documenting the Unimaginable: Crime Scene Investigations after Mass Shootings

December 9, 2015 12:37 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

In the wake of the San Bernardino tragedy last week, Forensic Magazine spoke with two police agencies that investigated similar mass killings in 2012—the Newtown, Conn. and the Aurora, Colo. police departments. These brave officers talked frankly about responding and investigating crime scenes that are simply unimaginable.

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Monday's Briefing: Week 50

December 7, 2015 12:15 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Hope you had a great weekend. Here’s what you might have missed, and what you’ll want to know to get you through your work week.

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Organ Matter on Bullets Could Pinpoint Fatal Shot

December 7, 2015 12:07 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

By using mass spectrometry on the trace proteins on the bullet, scientists can determine what organs the bullets passed through with startling new accuracy.

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Driving While Stoned: New Breathalyzer Device Sniffs Out Marijuana

December 4, 2015 4:12 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Currently, law enforcement relies on either blood, urine or saliva samples to test for marijuana usage. However, such methods can’t distinguish between recent use and chronic use.

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San Bernardino: Are Female Shooters a Growing Phenomenon?

December 4, 2015 12:41 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

San Bernardino might have an even-more unsettling significance: This was the first multiple-shooter event since Columbine in 1999, and it was also the first in recent years to involve a female. 

Reevaluating Age Estimations Under 25

December 3, 2015 12:35 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Identifying skeletal remains is an effective tool in any homicide investigation, but estimating the age and gender of a still-growing person can be a surprising difficult task, especially since humans have grown larger and have matured faster than previous generations.

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New DNA Evidence Implicates Second Man in 15-Year-Old Murder Case

November 30, 2015 12:06 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

A reevaluation of DNA evidence found at the scene of a 2000 murder has led to a second arrest in Washington state, 15 years after the crime.

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Monday's Briefing: Week 49

November 30, 2015 11:11 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend—here’s what you might have missed, and what you’ll want to know to get you through your work week.

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Graphic Dash-Cam Video Released After Chicago Cop Is Charged With Murder

November 25, 2015 11:08 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

More than a year after a black man was fatally shot by police in the middle of a Chicago street, the white officer who fired some of the fatal shots has been charged with murder – and a dashcam video of the killing has been released to the public.

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DNA Frees Man After 16 Years, Links Infamous ‘Teardrop Rapist’ to Crimes

November 24, 2015 11:15 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Follow-up DNA testing on the samples of the rape kit proved Vargas did not commit the crime – and that the eyewitness testimony which was the basis of his conviction was based on a similar facial tattoo.

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Monday's Briefing: Week 48

November 23, 2015 12:13 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Hope you had a wonderful weekend—here’s what you might have missed, and what you’ll want to know to get you through your work week.

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