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Gacy Case Helps Solve Unrelated Death

April 23, 2014 | by Don Babwin, Associated Press | Comments

Four decades after John Wayne Gacy lured more than 30 young men and boys to his Chicago-area home and strangled them, his case has helped authorities solve another killing — one he didn't commit.               

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Wildlife Forensics Team Examines Bird of Prey Deaths

April 23, 2014 11:35 am | by David Miller, BBC | Comments

The team at Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA), a division of the Scottish government, has been busier in recent weeks due to the mass poisoning of red kites and buzzards. Birds of prey which police suspect may have been poisoned are routinely sent to SASA's labs for testing.  


IntegenX to Support Forensic DNA Day on Capitol Hill

April 23, 2014 11:11 am | IntegenX, Inc. | Comments

The event is sponsored by the Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network (RAINN) and the National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC).                                   

Autistic Boy Wants Tormentors' Charges Dropped

April 22, 2014 12:26 pm | by Ian Shapira, The Washington Post | Comments

He grew frightened when his schoolmate put the knife to his throat, while his 15-year-old girlfriend shot video with her cellphone. Incidents were recorded on his girlfriend’s cellphone, furnishing a chronicle of alleged assaults that authorities are using in the prosecution of the two Chopticon High School students.


Eyewitness Testimony Overshadowed by Forensics

April 22, 2014 12:09 pm | by Nigel Duara, Associated Press | Comments

Decades of studies show eyewitness testimony is right only about half the time — a reality that has prompted a small vanguard of police chiefs, courts and lawmakers to toughen laws governing the handling of eyewitnesses and their accounts of crimes. The reexamination of eyewitness testimony comes at a time when technology and other forensic analysis are being given greater weight.


Are Forensics Experts Relying on Inconsistent Fingerprint Technology?

April 22, 2014 11:39 am | by Lawrence LeBlond, | Comments

Forensic detectives have been relying on unique fingerprints to catch criminals for more than a century, but a new report by the UK Home Office’s first Forensic Science Regulator said human fingerprints may not be as unique as once thought.  


Families of Ferry Victims Hope and Identify

April 21, 2014 4:10 pm | by Gilian Wong, Associated Press | Comments

Heartbreak awaits the families of about 220 people still missing from the submerged ferry Sewol, or at least those whose relatives' bodies are ultimately recovered. Families who once dreamed of miraculous rescues now simply hope their loved ones' remains are recovered soon, before the ocean does much more damage.


Colorado Deaths Stoke Worries about Pot Edibles

April 21, 2014 11:58 am | by Sadie Gurman, Associated Press | Comments

The two recent deaths have stoked concerns about Colorado's recreational marijuana industry and the effects of the drug, especially since cookies, candy and other pot edibles can be exponentially more potent than a joint.        


Sleuthing with Time-of-flight Mass Spectrometry

April 21, 2014 11:43 am | by NaturPhilosophie | Comments

Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry is a technique for separating ions of different masses by measuring the time taken to traverse a fixed distance through a magnetic field. Sounds a bit arcane? The technique is used daily by forensic investigative teams to research criminal profiling and provide reliable evidence for the prosecution.


NIJ Solicitation: Solving Cold Cases With DNA

April 21, 2014 11:23 am | by NIJ | Comments

NIJ is seeking applications from States and units of local government for funding under the Solving Cold Cases With DNA program to identify, review, and investigate Uniform Crime Report (UCR) Part 1 Violent Crime “cold cases” that have the potential to be solved using DNA analysis, and to locate and analyze the biological evidence associated with these cases.


Working to Prove Innocence of Inmates

April 21, 2014 10:17 am | by Maurice Chammah, The New York Times | Comments

Clinics like the Innocence Project can be found at public law schools across Texas. The clinics, which offer legal help to people who may have been falsely convicted, range from small student-organized groups to the Innocence Project of Texas. 


Boston Marathon under Tight Security

April 21, 2014 9:39 am | by Jimmy Golen, Associated Press | Comments

A large police presence greeted runners and spectators filtering in Monday morning for the Boston Marathon, a year after a pair of homemade pressure-cooker bombs near the finish line killed three people and wounded more than 260 others.   


Forensic Complex a Boon to Investigators

April 18, 2014 12:07 pm | by Jessica Creagan, Hometown News | Comments

The new Indian River County Sheriff's Office forensic sciences complex in Florida may look like just a big building on the outside, but on the inside it's the newest weapon in local law enforcement's arsenal to catch and prosecute criminals.  


New Technology Gives 1990 Jane Doe a Face

April 18, 2014 11:44 am | by Bethany Bruner, Zainesville Times Reporter | Comments

In 1990, a sketch was made of what Jane Doe looked like from photos taken during her autopsy. Since that time, technology has advanced to create a digitally enhanced version of the autopsy photos that gives a clearer picture of how Jane Doe looked at the time of her death.


Ohio Bans Two Chemicals Used to Make Synthetic Drugs

April 18, 2014 11:30 am | by Ann Sanner, Associated Press | Comments

Ohio officials are hoping the new rule will help stymie illegal-drug makers who tweaked the compounds to produce synthetic drugs, which can have effects similar to, but longer-lasting than, amphetamines.             


Two Men Get $18M Each in Wrongful Conviction Case

April 18, 2014 11:20 am | by Joseph Berger, The New York Times | Comments

The man who represented the two in their lawsuit against the county, produced evidence that he said showed that a county detective planted hairs and hid other evidence that might have stopped a conviction. Lawyers for the county disputed the evidence’s scientific value.



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