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Ending ‘Suicidal Act,’ Judge Rules to Force Feed Dying Inmate

March 18, 2016 11:29 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The prospect of death or permanent organ damage would do harm to the NJ Department of Corrections and its mission to keep inmates safe, the judge said.


Fingernail Scrapings Lead to Murder Charge for Convicted Rapist

March 17, 2016 1:14 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The teenaged girl struggled against her attacker, and she scratched her killer just before she was thrown five stories from a Bronx building to the ground below.


Bones of Slain King Erik IX Analyzed, 850 Years Later

March 17, 2016 12:30 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

No historical records remain of the king, but what can modern science reveal about the alleged remains of one Sweden’s most celebrated martyrs?


Baltimore’s ‘Gray Effect’ May Have Led to Increased Crime Rates

March 16, 2016 12:44 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

A newly researched phenomenon, called the “Freddie Gray Effect,” may have been the catalyst for one of the deadliest years in Baltimore’s history.


Nuclear DNA Analyzed in 400,000-Year-Old Bones

March 15, 2016 1:10 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Archaeologists have recovered more than 5,500 bone fragments, including hundreds of teeth, and 28 skeletons of the inhabitants of the cave believed to be from 400,000 years ago.


Mom on Trial for 5-Year-Old Son's Murder, 25 Years Later

March 15, 2016 12:55 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Michelle Lodzinski originally claimed that she lost her son at a carnival in Sayreville, NJ when she went to buy soda from a stand, then turned back to find her boy had disappeared.


New Forensic Method to Lift and Analyze Lipstick Traces Developed

March 14, 2016 11:43 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Lipstick smears are not a particularly common piece of trace evidence – they’re more often found in hardboiled detective novels. Nevertheless, the colorful chemical mixtures do appear amid the chaos of a real-life crime scene from time to time. Now a group of scientists contend they have perfected a simpler method to analyze the particular lipstick for forensic analysis


Unique Pollen Blend Links 1976 Baltimore ‘Jane Doe’ to Boston

March 10, 2016 12:58 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Investigators believe they have pinpointed the home of a Jane Doe, found in Baltimore almost 40 years ago, to the Boston are—some 400 miles away.


Maintaining Innocence: A Murderer's Fight for Freedom Without Remorse

March 10, 2016 12:36 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Thirty-five years after he was convicted of murder, Fred Swanigan could be released on parole – if only, he expresses remorse for a murder, he says, he didn't commit. 


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.


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.


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.


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.


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?


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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