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Jack the Ripper, the first serial killer to terrorize a modern city, gruesomely killed   five prostitutes in the East End of London. After little more than two months of mayhem in 1888, the killer apparently vanished. The mystery remains, despite a drumbe

Final Victim of Jack the Ripper Might be Exhumed for DNA

August 3, 2015 | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Jack the Ripper, the first serial killer to terrorize a modern city, gruesomely killed five prostitutes in the East End of London. After little more than two months of mayhem in 1888, the killer apparently vanished. The mystery remains, despite a drumbeat of new theories and bestselling books. The latest theory claims that the fifth and final victim was killed by someone else.

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John Walsh gave a moving keynote speech Monday morning to a packed crowd at the Memorial Auditorium, during the centenial conference of the International Association of Identification (IAI). He highlighted his successes capturing dangerous criminals and b

John Walsh Leads Record Crowd at 100th I.A.I. Conference in Sacramento

August 3, 2015 4:18 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

John Walsh gave a moving keynote speech Monday morning to a packed crowd at the Memorial Auditorium, during the centennial conference of the International Association of Identification (IAI). He highlighted his successes capturing dangerous criminals and bringing them to justice.

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Strange Remains: The Scalping of Jane McCrea

August 3, 2015 2:23 pm | by Dolly Stolze | Comments

According to a letter written by General Gates to General Burgoyne, the American Indian scouts attacked other villagers in the area then grabbed Sara. But a conflicting version of events recorded that Jane was accidentally shot by American soldiers.

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'Body Farm' Finds Microbial Ecosystems Could Pinpoint Time of Death

July 31, 2015 3:06 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

New research at the famed “Body Farm” of the University of Tennessee is yielding a newly discovered pathway to estimate time of death: a kind of ecosystem that grows within the dead body itself.

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New Clues, Few Leads: Is Jimmy Hoffa's Disappearance Unsolvable?

July 31, 2015 1:44 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Theories about the final resting place of James Riddle Hoffa hatched dozens of conspiracy theories as prolific and extraordinary as the man himself. But after 40 long years, investigators  believe the mystery is now almost unsolvable.  

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It is hard to ignore the overlap of data security and the various forms of digital investigation. And as digital forensic investigators and incident responders join cybersecurity professionals in the investigation of cyber incidents, all involved need to

Digital Professionals Keeping an Eye on the Law

July 31, 2015 1:02 pm | by Ernie Austin, Associate Editor | Comments

It is hard to ignore the overlap of data security and the various forms of digital investigation. And as digital forensic investigators and incident responders join cybersecurity professionals in the investigation of cyber incidents, all involved need to realize that what they do will have legal ramifications.

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'Free Hugs' From Inner City Police Officers Goes Viral

July 31, 2015 10:42 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

This viral video from two inner city police officers is using social media to shape public opinion.

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Debris Washed Up Near Madagascar Possibly From Missing Malaysian Airliner

July 30, 2015 3:13 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Debris that washed up on an isolated island in the Indian Ocean could be the first trace of vanished flight MH370, which completely disappeared some 16 months ago, touching off one of the biggest forensic investigations in history.

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Fixing Forensic Science: A Conversation with Kathy Reichs

July 30, 2015 2:20 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs was measured and precise chatting about her life as a New York Times best-selling author, but when she talked about forensic science, Dr. Reichs was like an open book.

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Two Possible Serial Killers: One Shot Dead, Another Remains at Large

July 28, 2015 4:06 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The trails of two suspected serial killers are being investigated by authorities: an Oregon man who was shot and killed by an escort after he tried to attack her in West Virginia; and another killer who dismembered two women related by marriage in Upstate New York.

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Forensic Clues ID Four of America's First Leaders at Jamestown

July 28, 2015 3:59 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

A team of Smithsonian scientists say they have pieced together the tantalizing clues of four of America’s first leaders – and identified them through a years-long investigation.

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Death of Woman Found Bound With Duct Tape Remains a Mystery

July 27, 2015 4:04 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

DNA from an unknown male was found on the victim's body, but an exact cause and manner of death remains undetermined – it’s still unclear exactly how Danette Webb, 53, died last summer in New Mexico.

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Is This the End of Bite-Mark Analysis?

July 24, 2015 3:38 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Bite-mark analysis has come under increased scrutiny in recent months, and now a major re-analysis of American forensic disciplines will put it under the microscope to determine the fate of the technique – with results coming by the end of this year.

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How This Sunken Car May Solve a 43-Year-Old Missing Persons Case

July 23, 2015 1:57 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The rusted 1968 Pontiac was pulled from the water of a small North Carolina lake on Tuesday. It was filled with mud – and the long-decomposed remains of a person.

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Video Shows Suspended Trooper Threatened to 'Light Up' Sandra Bland after Traffic Stop

July 22, 2015 12:11 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Texas authorities have quickly released video of the stop, condemned the demeanor of the state trooper who arrested her, and brought in federal authorities to investigate the death of the African-American woman.

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It seems nearly every week we learn about a data breach where attackers went unnoticed for a significant period of time. In 2014, the average number of days was 205. The numbers are not surprising to most seasoned incident response (IR) professionals, man

Detecting a Data Breach

July 22, 2015 12:00 pm | by Jake Williams | Comments

Almost every week we learn about a data breach where attackers went unnoticed for a significant period of time. In 2014, the average number of days was 205. The numbers are not surprising to most seasoned incident response professionals, many of whom have worked cases where attackers have been in the network undetected for years.

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