Building a forensics lab is as complex as the work that goes on inside. Take an inside look at the construction of two top-flight Forensic Science laboratories, and read about what one company learned about the crime lab of the future.
A parole board in California has repeatedly denied to release Fred Swanigan saying that he lacks “insight” into the murder he was convicted of in 1981 since he refuses to admit to the crime.
Computer forensic techniques allow investigators to collect evidence from various digital devices. Tools and techniques exist that allow the discovery of difficult-to-get evidence, including destroyed, locked or obfuscated data. At the same time, criminals routinely make attempts to counter forensic efforts by wiping data, deleting files, faking or clearing logs, histories and other traces of performed activities.
“Saturation patrols” are being conducted in a town about 55 miles northwest of Chicago to investigate any suspicious activity and reassure residents, after three men are suspected of fatally shooting an officer on Tuesday.
The quicker turnaround on DNA samples could free up laboratories to make headway on other testing – notably that of the nationwide rape-kit backlog, said some advocates.
A man charged with methamphetamine possession spent four months in an Australian jail, until the forensic analysis of the substance came back, and it was determined that the substance was actually Epsom salt.
When migrants flee one life for another, they’re taking a gamble on the future. But by leaving forms of identification behind, and by putting their lives in the hands of profit-driven smugglers, they are taking a risk – the biggest risk of all.
Packed with color illustrations of crime scenes and autopsies, the fifth edition is essentially a whole new book, including advancements in DNA and other technologies that were unthinkable 30 years ago.
Forensic palynology, or the scientific method of establishing “pollen prints” on clothing based on the geography of plants, is now center stage in the major investigation.
Although the research is in its infancy, the findings could eventually lead to breakthroughs in forensic investigation, according to the scientists, and might at least help law enforcement investigate certain crimes, if not get convictions.
Video from the scene shows that Parker was conducting a live interview when shots pop off camera. Parker screams, and the camera falls. The broadcast cut back to the studio quickly.
The lawyer for the convicted killer, who is the subject of the record-breaking “Serial” podcast, now argues the evidence that landed his client behind bars was inaccurate – and prosecutors were warned not to use it.
Aboard will be five emergency locator transmitters, data-collecting sensors and two crash-test dummies, the agency said, that will help provide forensic investigators an inside look at emergency landings.
Heat from the bombing in Bangkok could pose a complication for Thai investigators looking for DNA evidence from fragments of a backpack that allegedly held the bomb.
The reconstruction of faces using DNA, called phenotyping, is being used in criminal investigations nationwide. But the facial images constructed from DNA samples are all defaults. Now a company is employing the touch of a forensic artist to help produce more-accurate visualizations of persons unknown, in concert with the computerizations.