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Crime Novelist Charts the History of Forensics

October 20, 2014 10:36 am | Comments

Crime novelist Val McDermid charts the history of forensics and interviews crime scene investigators to get the maggots-and-all story. McDermid, 59, is the author of 28 crime novels; for her nonfiction work, Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime, she has interviewed crime scene investigators (CSIs), ranging from blood spatter specialists to DNA swabbers, craniofacial reconstruction experts, and footprint and toxicology analysts.

Search Ends with Discovery of Human Remains

October 20, 2014 10:17 am | Comments

The search for 18-year-old Hannah Graham was called off after human remains were found in a rural part of Albemarle County. The remains that were discovered were taken to the Medical Examiner’s Office in downtown Richmond where test will be conducted to positively ID the body.

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Unsolved Murders to Get New Scrutiny

October 17, 2014 11:55 am | by Lester Dailey, Clearwater Beacon | Comments

Because there is no statute of limitations on murder, unsolved homicide cases are never closed. But they are sometimes put on the back burner after months or years with no new leads. Now, thanks to a pending federal grant, Clearwater Florida investigators are preparing to dust off the files on 20 unsolved murders that occurred years or decades ago.

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Kimberly Allen was on the floor of her dining room, trying to inch her way to the front door to escape a violent struggle, but she never made it, a crime scene reconstruction expert told a jury.

Blood Pattern Expert Explains Frying Pan Murder

October 17, 2014 11:39 am | by Kathleen Hopkins, Asbury Park Press | Comments

Kimberly Allen was on the floor of her dining room, trying to inch her way to the front door to escape a violent struggle, but she never made it, a crime scene reconstruction expert told a jury.                

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Minneapolis police are using the newest bullet-tracing technology to match bullets to different crimes around the city. The high-tech system is a major advancement for solving gun-related crimes, and is already helping police with one of the worst mass sh

Minneapolis, Forefront of New Gun ID Technology

October 17, 2014 11:24 am | by Libor Jany, Star Tribune | Comments

Minneapolis police are using the newest bullet-tracing technology to match bullets to different crimes around the city. The high-tech system is a major advancement for solving gun-related crimes, and is already helping police with one of the worst mass shootings in city history.

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Expert witnesses are being subjected to greater scrutiny by English criminal courts, despite the government’s refusal to implement safeguards recommended by its own law reform advisers.

English Juries Blinded by Science

October 16, 2014 12:37 pm | by Joshua Rozenberg, the Guardian | Comments

Expert witnesses are being subjected to greater scrutiny by English criminal courts, despite the government’s refusal to implement safeguards recommended by its own law reform advisers.                   

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Human remains recently exhumed from an Alabama grave are not those of the notorious fugitive William Bradford Bishop, who is accused of killing five family members with a small sledgehammer in Montgomery County in 1976 and setting their bodies on fire, la

Body Exhumed in Alabama Not Most Wanted Fugitive

October 16, 2014 12:26 pm | by Dan Morse and Clarence Williams, The Washington Post | Comments

Human remains recently exhumed from an Alabama grave are not those of the notorious fugitive William Bradford Bishop, who is accused of killing five family members with a small sledgehammer in Montgomery County in 1976 and setting their bodies on fire, law enforcement officials say.

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A fly’s sense of smell could be used in new technology to detect drugs and bombs.

Fruit Fly Sniffs Out Drugs and Bombs

October 16, 2014 8:15 am | by James Hakner, Univ. of Sussex | Comments

Brain scientist Prof. Thomas Nowotny found that the "nose" of fruit flies can identify odors from illicit drugs and explosive substances almost as accurately as wine odor, which the insects are naturally attracted to because it smells like their favorite food, fermenting fruit.

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Poison control workers say that as the e-cigarette industry has boomed, the number of children exposed to the liquid nicotine that gives hand-held vaporizing gadgets their kick also has spiked.

Exposures to Liquid Nicotine Up among Children

October 16, 2014 8:14 am | by Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press | Comments

Poison control workers say that as the e-cigarette industry has boomed, the number of children exposed to the liquid nicotine that gives hand-held vaporizing gadgets their kick also has spiked.                 

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A California state audit report has found that nearly half of all sexual assault evidence kits at three selected law enforcement agencies were never analyzed — and that many lacked a clear explanation why.

Audit Finds Half of Sexual Assault Kits Went Unanalyzed

October 15, 2014 1:44 pm | by Katy Abbott, The Daily Californian | Comments

A California state audit report has found that nearly half of all sexual assault evidence kits at three selected law enforcement agencies were never analyzed — and that many lacked a clear explanation why.             

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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.

Crime Scene Expert Testifies about Blood Found in Slaying

October 15, 2014 1:33 pm | by Ed Meyer, Ackron Beacon Journal | Comments

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.     

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It was news that gave parents hope: None of the bodies found in five mass graves in southern Mexico belonged to 43 teachers college students who have been missing for nearly three weeks since a clash with police.

Mexico's 43 Missing Not in Mass Graves So Far

October 15, 2014 1:20 pm | by Christopher Sherman and E. Eduardo Castillo, Associated Press | Comments

It was news that gave parents hope: None of the bodies found in five mass graves in southern Mexico belonged to 43 teachers college students who have been missing for nearly three weeks since a clash with police.           

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Forensic Test Shows Gunshot Residue on St Louis Suspect

October 15, 2014 12:47 pm | by Jim Salter, Associated Press | Comments

Gunshot residue was on the hand, waistband and shirt of an 18-year-old man killed by a St. Louis police officer, authorities said Tuesday.                               

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Ukrainians Recover Belongings of MH17 Victims

October 14, 2014 4:13 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

The Dutch government says Ukrainian searchers have recovered belongings including passports, luggage, jewelry and children's toys from the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.                    

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Hearings into Killings of Two British Tourists Open on Thai Island

October 14, 2014 4:08 pm | by Thomas Fuller, The New York Times | Comments

Hearings began Tuesday in the killings of two British tourists on a Thai resort island, a case plagued by missteps by the Thai police that could further damage a tourism industry that is already suffering a downturn after the May military takeover.

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