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Grisly Autopsies from the 1929 Valentine’s Day Massacre Found

March 9, 2016 12:38 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Autopsies of the gruesome slayings have recently been unearthed in a police storage warehouse 87 years after they were handwritten by shocked medical examiners.

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Post-Conviction DNA Testing Confirms Guilt for 1974 Rapist, Not Innocence

March 9, 2016 12:24 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Post-conviction DNA testing has exonerated a growing list of the wrongfully convicted around the country, but it only added to the evidence against one convicted man in a particular case in Virginia.

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Forensic Meteorology and the Sinking of the Oriental Star

March 9, 2016 10:12 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

It remains unclear why the doomed vessel pushed on into a severe thunderstorm, killing 442 passengers—one of the deadliest peacetime, maritime disasters in Chinese history.

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Can ‘Big Data’ Help Predict Crime?

March 8, 2016 12:20 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

A new computer algorithm might help police better predict when and where crimes happen on their next shift.

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New Technology Could Mire CSIs in the Details

March 8, 2016 11:59 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Can reliance on the latest technological tools available at the scene distract CSIs from looking at the “big picture” – the modus operandi and the reconstruction of the crime?

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Bone ‘Patterning’ Discovered in Taphonomic Research in New England

March 8, 2016 10:06 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Body farms have been documenting human decomposition for years. Now, a new study is determining what can be learned from bone "patterning" in New England.

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Monday's Briefing: 03/07/16

March 7, 2016 12:20 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Here’s the forensic news you might have missed over the weekend, and what you’ll want to know to get you through your work week.

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Forensic Botany Helps Put Illegal Loggers Behind Bars

March 7, 2016 12:10 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Four defendants pleaded guilty to illegally felling and stealing special maple trees in Washington state – based largely on the genetic identification found within the logs.

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Knife Found Buried at OJ Simpson’s Estate Resurfaces

March 4, 2016 12:18 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

The LAPD have opened a new forensic investigation into one of the most enduring unsolved murder cases in American history.

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Protecting Your Wi-Fi

March 4, 2016 9:18 am | by John J. Barbara | Comments

Before connecting to the wireless network, the wireless router needs to be made as secure as possible to prevent unauthorized access.

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Exhuming Lee Harvey Oswald

March 4, 2016 9:12 am | by Dolly Stolze | Comments

Forensic investigators exhumed a coffin, and decapitated the corpse, to prove the identity of the body inside. Pathologists examined the skull and teeth, and finally reached a decision in the bizarre case of Lee Harvey Oswald.

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Ethics and the Forensic Expert: What Would You Do?

March 4, 2016 9:05 am | by Judy Melinek | Comments

A couple of years ago I was part of a panel of forensic pathologists who posed ethical questions to both forensic experts and attorneys. We got very different answers.

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Cyber Trends 2016

March 4, 2016 8:57 am | by Louis E. Grever and Paul Stokes | Comments

If 2015 is to be considered “the year of the breach” with almost weekly compromises becoming the norm, 2016 will be considered the “year of the exploit.”

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Forensic Palynology Goes under the Microscope

March 3, 2016 12:59 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Experts say pollen forensic in the US is “miles behind” the rest of the world, but a new study is, again, showing the discipline's usefulness.

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Lab Tech Suspended after Allegedly 'Dry Labbing' Drug Evidence

March 3, 2016 12:48 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

A forensic scientist allegedly seen "dry labbing" a suspected marijuana sample in NJ has been suspended, as attorneys consider thousands of other cases he handled.

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