A forensic analyst at an Oregon State Police laboratory has been placed on leave after she was accused of tampering with evidence, according to local media reports. Hundreds of cases featuring drug evidence handled by the analyst could now be called into doubt.
A team of New Zealand researchers shot pigs in the head to help forensic science understand the mechanics of entrance wounds in suicides and homicides. But some question the science of the method, due to the different biology of the animals, and whether it translates to human death investigations.
In the first part of this paper we talked about the most common - and also some of the simplest - ways suspects can try to cover their tracks in an attempt to slow down an investigation. Now, we adress the more advanced techniques that can, at times, be very challenging to deal with. We look at some of the possible workarounds for deleted or encrypted data.
A winter storm toppled a huge beech tree in rural western Ireland. The uprooted base of the 215-year-old tree brought up something even more ancient: the remains of a 1,000-year-old homicide.
The prison inmate who has been behind bars for 35 years and repeatedly denied parole, at least partly because he continues to maintain his innocence, won a victory at the state appellate court earlier this month. But Fred Swanigan is still behind bars.
The items left behind by survivors provide a unique snapshot into 1813, and might help us understand how the crew survived in the frigid Alaskan winter, awaiting rescue for almost a month.
As the world commemorates the 14th anniversary of one of the world’s deadliest terrorist attacks, and the largest crime scene in American history, authorities are still wrestling with investigating and stopping terrorism in the post-9/11 world.
As host of one of primetime’s longest running crime shows, John Walsh has helped capture more dangerous fugitives than any other law enforcement agent in history.
For the first time, age is being determined from blood and tooth samples – and European police agencies are already clamoring to use it.
The DNA samples from the crime scene do not match the officer, authorities have said, and may provide crucial clues into the identities of the killers.
Forensics is complicated, and sound bites are few. But always keep in mind that you are exploring a story about a dead human being. You owe it to that person—and to your audience, and to the public record—to get the details of the death investigation rigorously right.
A survey done by tax advisory firm KPMG reports that 81 percent of health care technology and security officers say their organization has been compromised by a data breach in the last two years. And the effects of those breaches can be seen reaching into pockets, wallets and phones - all at the same time.
The anthropology disciplines were added to the Texas lab in 2006, and have proved instrumental in forensic investigations.
Crammed in an old grocery store within a busy shopping plaza, the previous northwest Ohio office of the BCI was in dire need of upgrades. But the ten-year long journey to build this state-of-the-art crime lab was not as straightforward as it might have seemed.