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SQLite is a popular database format that is used extensively. Both iOS and Android employ SQLite as a storage format of choice, with built-in and third-party applications relying on SQLite to keep their data. A wide range of desktop and mobile Web browser

Forensic Analysis of SQLite Databases: Free Lists, Write Ahead Log, Unallocated Space and Carving

March 17, 2015 8:57 am | by David Makeev, Nikita Timofeev, Oleg Afonin and Yuri Gubanov | Belkasoft | Comments

SQLite is a popular database format that is used extensively. Both iOS and Android employ SQLite as a storage format of choice, with built-in and third-party applications relying on SQLite to keep their data. A wide range of desktop and mobile Web browsers (Chrome, Firefox) and instant messaging applications use SQLite, which includes newer versions of Skype, WhatsApp, iMessage and many other messengers.

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King Richard III’s Last Moments Revealed

March 16, 2015 12:42 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Researchers believe an injury sustained to the interior surface of the cranium, consistent with wounds inflicted by a sword or the spiked top of a halberd, would have knocked the king unconscious before death.Eleven injuries have been identified in all, nine of them delivered to the skull around the time of death, two to the postcranial skeleton, although many are believed to have been sustained after death.

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What’s Wrong With DC’s $220 Million Crime Lab?

March 12, 2015 11:35 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser ordered an audit of the crime lab, last week, after federal prosecutors stopped sending evidence there in January. But even as far back as 2013, photos of flammable chemicals in glass jugs crammed into sinks, and unpacked boxes in the evidence room surfaced amidst allegations that the undermanned staff had to dry blood-stained clothing on top of sheets of paper on floors and countertops.

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Inside the Mind of Forensic Science: An Interview with Dan Simon

March 11, 2015 1:40 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

University of Southern California professor Dan Simon, S.J.D., researches the “messy” process of forming decisions in everyday walks of life and applies his findings to determinations in criminal cases. Human reasoning “infuses a process” throughout the course of an investigation, and Simon has dedicated most of his scientific career to finding out exactly how.

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As Ohio Crime Lab Stalls, Heroin Use Spreads

March 10, 2015 12:30 pm | by Sean Allocca, editor | Comments

The Hamilton County crime lab processed 35,573 pieces of evidence in 2013, the latest statistics available, of which 27,038 were drug related. An astounding 76 percent of all the evidence processed by the crime lab in 2013 was related to the current heroin epidemic.

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Obama's 'Privacy Bill of Rights' Not Without Critics

March 9, 2015 12:52 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

President Obama released a draft bill outlining long-awaited legislation that would establish “baseline protections” for online consumers under a proposed Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights. But the bill is over three years in the making, and critics say it doesn’t do nearly enough

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Before you can do any casting, you need to find the evidence. When you arrive at a crime scene, stop and observe before you jump in. Think about how the suspect might have moved through the scene.

Locating Evidence to Cast

February 27, 2015 2:08 pm | Comments

Before you can do any casting, you need to find the evidence. When you arrive at a crime scene, stop and observe before you jump in. Think about how the suspect might have moved through the scene.

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AAFS Farewell: Telescopes and Romance at Science Night Live

February 25, 2015 8:11 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Science enthusiasts came out to the Orlando Science Center for a fun and informative AAFS night session for the final exhibit of the conference. 

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Battling Bias: AAFS Panel Discusses Cognitive Bias

February 24, 2015 8:18 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Treating all criminal cases fairly in the face of cognitive bias was at the forefront of the “Human Factors in Forensic Science” discussion at this year’s AAFS Plenary Session. The discussion featured some of the top academics and practitioners in the field, and highlighted the importance and difficulty of recognizing cognitive bias, and the necessity to diminish its effects.

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AAFS Thinks Ahead, Remembers the Past

February 20, 2015 12:15 pm | by Sean Allocca | Comments

​A former Los Angeles County coroner, who gained national attention for the investigations into the deaths of Marilyn Monroe and Robert F. Kennedy, was awarded the Gradwohl Laureate Award at this year’s annual AAFS business meeting, before President-elect Dr. Victor W. Weedn, was sworn into office.

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After listening to colleagues for years and exploring it further, Jonathan Grier saw how pressing the need was for technology like his. Although the NIJ was the organization that bridged the gap between idea and practical application for his technology, i

The Possible Put Into Digital Forensic Practice With Grier Technology

February 18, 2015 12:44 pm | by Ernie Austin, Associate Editor | Comments

After listening to colleagues for years and exploring it further, Jonathan Grier saw how pressing the need was for technology like his. Although the NIJ was the organization that bridged the gap between idea and practical application for his technology, it was another agency that saw its possibility.

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Depending upon the nature of investigations, timely forensic examinations normally can expedite the apprehension of suspects. The use of a triage tool can identify the most likely evidentiary data sources. Ideally, the relevant evidence should then be sea

Streamlining the Digital Forensic Workflow: Part 3

February 17, 2015 1:12 pm | by John J. Barbara | Digital Forensics Consulting, LLC | Comments

Depending upon the nature of investigations, timely forensic examinations normally can expedite the apprehension of suspects. The use of a triage tool can identify the most likely evidentiary data sources. Ideally, the relevant evidence should then be seamlessly exported and analyzed in-depth by another comprehensive forensic tool which can provide indexing and detailed analysis.

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When photographing a scene, you want to provide a permanent record of the scene and the evidence collected. This record will assist anyone not at the scene—detectives, prosecutors, members of the jury—if the case goes to trial.

Crime Scene Photography: Creating an Accurate Record

February 13, 2015 2:41 pm | Comments

When photographing a scene, you want to provide a permanent record of the scene and the evidence collected. This record will assist anyone not at the scene — detectives, prosecutors, members of the jury — if the case goes to trial. 

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Online-Dating Extortion Scams Exposed

February 12, 2015 4:46 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Thousands of cases of online dating fraud were reported in 2014, with over 41.2 million American users contributing to the $1.2 billion industry, according to an article by the Better Business Bureau. But, these Internet criminals are not working alone.

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Proposed Crime Lab a 'Luxury Item' in Cincinnati

February 12, 2015 9:56 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Funding for a new crime lab became a hot-button issue in Cincinnati, after democratic leaders in Hamilton, Ohio fired back at County Commissioner Greg Hartmann’s assertion that a new crime lab amounted to a “luxury item” and that coroners are not required to run crime labs, only morgues.

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