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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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Identifying Gender From a Fingerprint

November 23, 2015 11:31 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Race, and exposure to drugs and explosives have been the focus of recent studies. But now, even gender can be determined from the concentration of amino acids in a fingerprint, according to the latest study published by a University at Albany team in the journal Analytical Chemistry.

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Hunting the ‘Eastbound Strangler’

November 20, 2015 12:24 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

A $25,000 reward is now being offered in the case of four women who were found in a drainage ditch behind a seedy motel, facing east toward the bright casino lights of Atlantic City.

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Oxygen Isotopes Offer New Details in 30-Year-Old Multiple-Murder Case

November 17, 2015 4:45 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

DNA early on established the woman and two of the girls were closely related, perhaps mother and daughters. But now advanced new technology has authorities making a push to solve one of the most baffling and gruesome cold cases in U.S. history.

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Prehistoric DNA Sheds Light on Mysterious Human Ancestors in Siberia

November 17, 2015 11:44 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

An obscure branch of the human tree of evolution survived for thousands of years in a remote mountain range in Siberia – and even though it eventually died out, left genetic traces within living Homo sapiens.

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