Subscribe to Forensic Magazine

The Lead

UW-Platteville ‘Goes Hollywood’ with Recreated Crime Scene

October 23, 2014 | by Shelby Le Duc and Dan Wackershauser | Comments

The fourth annual Horrific Crime Scene Revisited event took place during Homecoming activities in early October at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. The recreated crime scene was organized by the Criminal Justice Association at UW-Platteville and was constructed at the Forensic Investigation Crime Scene House.

View Sample

Forensic Magazine

Synthetic Marijuana Use Growing Problem in Russia

October 24, 2014 9:27 am | Comments

According to Russian authorities, in recent weeks the spice epidemic has taken 25 lives and led to 700 people seeking medical attention. Hardly a day goes by without a fresh horror story of adolescents dying from the drug. 


Unsolved Murders Taken as Sign that Minority Victims Don't Matter

October 24, 2014 9:20 am | Comments

At 11:25 p.m. on Oct. 12, Maggie Rosales, a student at Walt Whitman High School, was found dead on Lynch Street in this working-class enclave, fatally stabbed. Ten days later, the Rosales case still unsolved, protesters marched on Town Hall. They waved homemade placards, wept and invoked the memory of those killed, shot and stabbed in recent years. 


Making Decisions When Using Trace Evidence

October 24, 2014 8:42 am | Comments

Using trace evidence, such as stains, fibers, and particles, to solve crimes goes beyond finding the evidence at the crime scene. How the evidence is transferred onto another material, what evidence appears to be missing, and how conclusions are made based on the evidence are all questions that need to be answered during trace evidence analysis.  

Scores of pending criminal cases and past convictions could be in jeopardy

Backlogs Plague VA State Labs

October 24, 2014 8:28 am | Comments

The Virginia Department of Forensic Science has four laboratories and a plethora of staff and equipment to analyze minute properties in evidence, from strands of DNA to the chemical makeup of methamphetamine. The challenge, though, is finding the time to examine the ever-growing mountain of evidence that comes in every year.

DNA from blood found in Dante Taylor’s vehicle and items at his home matches that of the two women killed last summer in Sodus, New York. That was the testimony of a forensic scientist during Taylor’s trial in Wayne County Court.

TrueAllele Casework Ruled Admissible in Ohio Daubert Challenge

October 23, 2014 9:54 am | Comments

An Ohio judge ruled that TrueAllele® Casework is reliable under the Daubert admissibility standard. Judge Maureen Clancy also denied discovery of TrueAllele source code. The defendant Maurice Shaw accepted a guilty plea shortly after the Cleveland ruling.

Battelle has been awarded a federal grant in excess of $800,000 from the National Institute of Justice to conduct feasibility and validation tests on a suite of new investigative tools that use next-generation sequencing (NGS) to unlock new clues from DNA

Live Two-Day Seminar on Cold Case Investigations

October 23, 2014 9:42 am | Comments

The Forensic Technology Center of Excellence will be hosting a two-day online seminar on The Science, Law and Politics of Cold Case Investigations on October 30-31 in order to answer critical questions about cold cases and what it takes to resolve them.


Report Suggests Improvements for Trafficking Investigations

October 22, 2014 10:23 am | Comments

A new NIJ-funded study by the Urban Institute and Northeastern University explored patterns of labor trafficking in the U.S., finding that trafficking occurs in multiple industries, including agriculture, hospitality, construction, and restaurants.

Battelle has been awarded a federal grant in excess of $800,000 from the National Institute of Justice to conduct feasibility and validation tests on a suite of new investigative tools that use next-generation sequencing (NGS) to unlock new clues from DNA

DNA Evidence Fails to Incriminate Toha

October 22, 2014 10:14 am | Comments

Prosecutors have finished presenting evidence against Munawar Toha, wrapping up their case against the 67-year-old on Tuesday afternoon. A prosecution witness said a key piece of DNA evidence failed to incriminate Toha as the man who dumped his wife’s body in a lake.

An expert in crime scene investigations told a jury that evidence in the slaying of a young Stow woman showed that a “blood-shedding event” occurred inside the bedroom of defendant Roxanne Buck, and an attempt was made to clean it up.

New Forensic Evidence in Ferguson Shooting Case

October 22, 2014 10:05 am | Comments

Tensions are rising once again in Ferguson, Missouri as new details emerged about the Michael Brown police shooting. CNN reports new forensic evidence shows Michael Brown's blood was found on Ofc. Darren Wilson's gun, uniform, and inside the interior door panel of the officer's car.


The CSI Effect

October 21, 2014 6:04 am | Comments

The “CSI Effect” — it’s a real thing. It describes the effect CSI and other crime investigation shows have had on public awareness of forensic science. As the popularity of these shows rise, schools have seen an increase in the demand for undergraduate courses and graduate programs in forensic science.


Police Sketches Still Relevant

October 21, 2014 5:26 am | Comments

In an age of digital media, they may seem old-fashioned, but sketches can pay off at times and still have their place in fighting crime, according to Wade Dakin, coordinator of the Michigan State Police's Forensic Artist Unit.

To say that developments in “Rapid DNA” have been progressing quickly is an understatement. From a front page USA Today article headline reading “Rapid DNA Test Could Transform Crime Fight”, to its first use in a criminal prosecution and, most importantly

DNA Collection Shortfall

October 21, 2014 5:21 am | Comments

Law officers are asking the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation how to best collect genetic material from people convicted of certain misdemeanors and enter the information into a national database.


Apparent Stab Wounds Caused by Airbag

October 21, 2014 5:15 am | Comments

Hien Tran lay dying in intensive care this month after a car accident, as detectives searched for clues about the apparent stab wounds in her neck. An unlikely breakthrough arrived in the mail a week after she died from her injuries. 

A visit to the Crime Lab can illustrate the advances that the San Bernardino   County Sheriff’s Department in California has made over the past several   years. The Sheriff's Scientific Investigations Division has handled thousands   of cases, and as tech

Nevada Implements Arrestee DNA Collection for Felony Offenses

October 20, 2014 10:47 am | Comments

A Nevada law that requires DNA samples be taken from every person arrested on a felony charge — and criticized by civil rights groups as an invasion of privacy — has seen surprisingly little pushback in the four months it has been in practice.


DNA Error Casts Doubt on Jack the Ripper Identification

October 20, 2014 10:41 am | Comments

It was supposed to have been the definitive piece of scientific evidence that finally exposed the true identify of Jack the Ripper after he had brutally murdered at least five women on the streets of Whitechapel in the East End of London, 126 years ago. But an error of nomenclature undermines the case.



You may login with either your assigned username or your e-mail address.
The password field is case sensitive.