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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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. 

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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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