In a thick wooded area, a dead body lies. Within 5 to 10 minutes, a slew of tiny winged visitors — blow flies — are the first on the scene. Experts say that where there be carrion, this metallic blue-green looking fly is often the first insect to arrive because it can smell death from up to 10 miles away.
The O.J. Simpson murder trial cast a harsh light on police and forensic work, and gave law enforcement a textbook example of what not to do at a crime scene. Among the lessons: follow procedure, make sure evidence is always accounted for and properly logged and be brutally honest to a jury even if it hurts.
Crime scene photographs are powerful pieces of evidence in the hands of prosecutors, which is why investigators must be meticulous while processing a crime scene.
The arrest this week of two 12-year-old girls in Wisconsin in the attempted stabbing death of a classmate has focused attention on the role media play in violent crimes.
Newly discovered DNA evidence may prove that a man known as a Minnesota serial killer might be innocent and that the real killer is someone else.
The Catholic Church in Ireland is facing fresh accusations of child neglect after a researcher found records for 796 young children believed to be buried in a mass grave beside a former orphanage for the children of unwed mothers.
A new study examines how the complex nature of forensic analysis and pressures on forensics experts could lead them to incorrect conclusions.
Past personal experiences can be a dominant driving force that compels a person regarding day-to-day decisions. For Samantha Macht, a cruel and gruesome incident transformed her life and led her from Minnesota to Missouri to study forensic science at Columbia College.
An 88-year-old Lafayette man's body remained in his home for nine months before it was discovered by police, authorities says. Neighbors said wife lived in the home during that time and acted as if everything was normal.
A cell phone trace and a DNA hit led cops to the Brooklyn butcher, sources said. A citywide manhunt ended in Queens late Wednesday with the arrest of the man suspected of fatally stabbing Prince Joshua (P.J.) Avitto.
Studies suggest that some people may be at increased risk of criminal behavior due to their genes. Such research holds potential for helping judges and juries with some of the difficult decisions they must make, but it also brings a substantial risk of misinterpretation and misuse within the legal system.
Criminals' days may be numbered after Dutch forensic experts discovered how to accurately date fingerprints, a breakthrough that could one day let police date crime scene prints from years ago.
Criminals have long used tattoos as indelible ink on their own bodily rap sheet. And for just as long, police have used tattoos as a way to identify suspects, a distinguishing characteristic to jog a memory or catch the public's eye. But only rarely does body art play a pivotal role as evidence posited as proof of wrongdoing.
The FBI is lauching a national campaign to deter people from pointing lasers at aircraft, a federal violation that presents danger to pilots, passengers, and those on the ground.