The ever-increasing adoption of digital surveillance technologies by local police departments may dramatically improve the efficiency of criminal investigations, but it also creates the opportunity for abuse and misuse, a Univ. of Illinois expert in criminal law and information privacy says.
From the mug shots police took of Lee Harvey Oswald to the homicide report for the president he was accused of killing, a collection of rarely seen artifacts related to the assassination of John F. Kennedy has gone on display at Dallas City Hall.
The air was thick with the stench of decay as sweating workers lowered the plastic coffins one by one into a grave the size of an Olympic swimming pool. Scores of unidentified bodies were interred together Thursday in a hillside cemetery without any ritual — the first mass burial in this city shattered by last week's Typhoon Haiyan.
The Ohio state crime lab has determined the car that ran over a 56-year-old woman riding her bicycle in October is actually silver in color. The lab determined the mid-to-late 2000s Buick Lacrosse that struck Mayo and dragged her underneath the car and then fled was silver. The car was originally believed to be a dark color. Police said the lab tested the paint that transferred from the car to the bike.
James (Whitey) Bulger, Boston’s most notorious gangster, was condemned Thursday to spend the rest of his life in prison, receiving two consecutive life sentences plus five years.
U.S. authorities will crush 6 tons of seized ivory, each piece cut from dead elephants, signaling resolve to kill a $10 billion illicit trade linked to international crime and terrorism. They've set up a blue rock-grinder near a warehouse at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge where the ivory is kept, and Thursday will pulverize it all into chips.
Skepticism Surrounding JFK Assassination Bullet Evidence Focus of Statistician's 50th Anniversary TalkNovember 14, 2013 11:41 am | by Texas A&M Univ. | Comments
Cliff Spiegelman has no opinion about whether presumed shooter Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in the assasination of President John F. Kennedy. But the Texas A&M Univ. statistician's examination of the forensics in the 1963 slaying led him to conclude that the assertion that Oswald must have acted alone based on the comparative bullet lead evidence has been overstated.
With a law banning undetectable firearms about to expire, federal agents are focusing attention on the latest twist in high-tech weaponry: guns made entirely out of plastic. 3-D industrial printers that can create plastic models and prototypes now can make guns that can't be picked up by metal detectors.
Deputies and coroner's investigators digging through two shallow graves in Southern California's Mojave Desert found the remains of four people whose identities remain a mystery. Medical examiners planned to begin working Thursday, and possibly for the next several months, on determining who the bones belonged to.
The Canton-Stark County Crime Lab in Ohio began returning untested evidence to local law enforcement agencies in an effort to ease the strain on its depleted staff. The lab, which has been shedding employees throughout the year, soon will be down to three full-time and two part-time employees.
It is a Spartan setting, the lab where 120 cardboard filing boxes — each with human bones in them, many of them old Native American bones — fill the eight large metal lockers along the walls. They are awaiting reburial, back to the land where they had spent all those years undisturbed. In this rather worn building, one of those concrete government places waiting to be torn down, Guy Tasa is at work.
In an effort to solve more gun crimes, the Tampa Police Department will collect all shell casings that officers find on duty — even if they don't appear to be involved in a crime — and gather DNA and fingerprints from every gun confiscated as evidence.
A spy whose naked, decomposing body was found inside a padlocked gym bag at his apartment likely died in an accident with no one else involved, British police said — a tentative conclusion that is unlikely to calm conspiracy theories around the bizarre case.
Syracuse University’s forensic science department is continuing its two-year expansion with the recent addition of a new, up-to-date lab suite. In about two years, the department has grown from two classes to 38 classes. There is currently a forensic science integrated learning major and a forensic science minor available for undergraduate students, as well as a few forensic science tracks for graduate students.
A new study on cocaine, the notorious white powder illegally snorted, injected or smoked by nearly 2 million Americans, details how it may permanently damage proteins in the body. That information, gleaned from laboratory tests, could be used to potentially detect the drug in biofluids for weeks or months — instead of days — after use, say scientists.