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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.

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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.

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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. 

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High Schools Add Cyber Security Curriculum

October 20, 2014 11:34 am | Comments

Staying abreast of global trends in the digital world, educators in Richmond and Co­lumbia counties are working to create new coursework that will train high school students to protect computer networks from security threats.              

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Model Helps Set Up Police Sting to Catch Hacker

October 20, 2014 11:23 am | Comments

A hacker obtained nude photographs of a California model through Apple's iCloud and gave her two choices: pay up or have your private photos distributed to the world. The hacker reportedly bragged about hacking into celebrity accounts and leaking nude photos before demanding $900 from the model or else he'd 'ruin her modeling career.' 

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Even as the U.S. Air Force Academy has reduced the number of majors it offers recently, it has instituted a new program aimed at helping the Air Force fly, fight and win in cyberspace.

GIAC Network Forensic Analyst Certification

October 20, 2014 11:13 am | Comments

A new forensics certification, the GIAC Network Forensic Analyst, validates that professionals who hold this credential are qualified to perform examinations employing network forensic artifact analysis and demonstrate an understanding of network forensics, normal and abnormal conditions for common network protocols, the process and tools used to examine device and system logs, wireless communication, and encryption protocols.

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Old Phone Fraud Finds New Life in VOIP

October 20, 2014 11:06 am | Comments

Bob Foreman’s architecture firm was the victim of an age-old fraud that has found new life now that most corporate phone lines run over the Internet. Hackers had broken into the phone network of the company, Foreman Seeley Fountain Architecture, and routed $166,000 worth of calls from the firm to premium-rate telephone numbers in Gambia, Somalia and the Maldives.

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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.

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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.

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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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Mexican police sent horse-mounted patrols and officers with trained dogs up into the hills around the city of Iguala in an expanded search for 43 college students missing since a clash with police last month.

Mexico Widens Search for 43 Missing Students

October 17, 2014 1:39 pm | by Christopher Sherman, Associated Press | Comments

Mexican police sent horse-mounted patrols and officers with trained dogs up into the hills around the city of Iguala in an expanded search for 43 college students missing since a clash with police last month.            

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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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