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A pioneering forensic technique, developed in Scotland, helped bring one of Britain's most sophisticated crime gangs to justice.
by Paul O'Hare, BBC Scotland
12.15.2017
11:07am
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More than a year after a Native American girl was killed and her tribe was criticized for not having an alert system in place when children go missing, the Navajo Nation has signed a contract to purchase the software it needed to get the notification...
by Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press
12.15.2017
10:41am
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Forensic botanists and co-authors of the book Forensic Plant Science, Jane Bock and David Norris, have proven that looking at stomach contents under a microscope can be an important tool in solving a crime.
by Tove Danovich, Atlas Obscura
12.15.2017
10:35am
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The man accused of driving into a crowd protesting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville faces a new charge of first-degree murder after a court hearing Thursday in which prosecutors presented surveillance video and other evidence against him.
by Sarah Rankin, Associated Press
12.15.2017
10:17am
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Video calling services like Skype and ooVoo make it even easier to feel like people even hundreds of miles away are right there in the room with you. But the dark side of this connectedness was highlighted late last month, when a Swedish court ruled that...
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12.14.2017
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A divided Ohio Supreme Court on Thursday rejected requests for unredacted autopsy reports from the unsolved slayings of eight family members. The court ruled 4-3 that the Pike County coroner in southern Ohio does not have to release the reports with...
by Andrew Welsh-Huggins, Associated Press
12.14.2017
12:05pm
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The question of whether federal agents display racial bias by staging phony drug stash-house stings overwhelmingly in black neighborhoods is the focus of hearings in Chicago that could determine whether agencies curtail or even abandon their use...
by Michael Tarm, Associated Press
12.14.2017
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The Chachapoyas, the “Warriors of the Clouds,” were a people that lived in the northern elevations of Peru, and put up a long-running struggle against the Inca Empire, which they eventually lost. A new deep dive into the DNA of these “warriors” indicates...
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12.14.2017
11:50am
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Thirty years after the first use of DNA profiling, this new technology may change everything.
12.14.2017
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To say that Grigori Rasputin was a controversial figure in pre-revolutionary Russia is an understatement.
by Dolly Stolze
12.13.2017
3:41pm
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Anyone who has used photography to recover impressions knows the process is much more involved than simply taking a picture.
by Owen McDonnell
12.13.2017
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Experienced experts learn more from consult work than they learn when they limit themselves to government cases.
by Judy Melinek, M.D.
12.13.2017
3:25pm
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The complexity and number of shipping channels presents a significant security concern because of the expanding capability to disguise dangerous substances (including bombs) in normal postal packages.
by Andre Chambre, Founder and CEO, Air Science, LLC
12.13.2017
3:20pm
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Manually managing an extensive repository of evidentiary DNA samples and small biological samples can be time-consuming, contributing to a slowdown in overall laboratory efficiency. This issue is compounded in forensic laboratories.
by Johann van Niekerk, Senior Sales Engineer, Hamilton Storage GmbH
12.13.2017
3:09pm
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Dutch police have arrested a suspect in the 1992 rape and murder of a 19-year-old woman after asking over 100 men to volunteer their DNA for testing, authorities announced Monday.
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12.13.2017
1:46pm
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The far-right terrorist who shot 11 people in and around Stockholm in the early 1990s has been shipped to Germany to stand trial for the unsolved 1992 murder of an elderly Holocaust survivor. John Ausonius, dubbed “Laserman” for the laser-sighted rifle...
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12.13.2017
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Los Angeles detectives said Tuesday they are investigating a woman's claim that Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski molested her in 1975, when she was 10 years old. Although the statute of limitations has long expired, law enforcement officials may be...
by Michael Balsamo, Associated Press
12.13.2017
1:33pm
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A University at Buffalo-led team of researchers has discovered how to identify smartphones by examining just one photo taken by the device. The advancement opens the possibility of using smartphones—instead of body parts—as a form of identification to...
by University of Buffalo
12.13.2017
1:22pm
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The city of Ferguson, Missouri, is reviewing nearly 8,000 municipal court cases from before 2014 to determine which should be thrown out, a process expected to take about six months, the attorney for the St. Louis suburb told a federal judge Tuesday.
by Jim Salter, Associated Press
12.13.2017
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It can sometimes seem as though mass shootings are occurring more frequently. Researchers who have been studying such crimes for decades say they aren’t, but they have been getting deadlier.
by Lisa Marie Pane, Associated Press
12.12.2017
12:36pm
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Police in Antioch, California made the shocking announcement Monday night that they have solved one of the city’s most notorious cold case homicides, the kidnapping and murder of 14-year-old Suzanne Bombardier, who disappeared while babysitting her...
by Nate Gartrell, Aaron Davis and Rowena Coetsee, East Bay Times
12.12.2017
12:27pm
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Jurors in a murder trial involving the 2015 death of a Tennessee high school football player who shielded friends from gunfire heard an interview Monday in which one defendant tells police he fired shots in the air without aiming at anyone that night.
by Steve Megargee, Associated Press
12.12.2017
12:03pm
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A would-be suicide bomber was held Tuesday on state terrorism charges while federal prosecutors prepared their own case in the rush hour blast in the heart of the New York City subway system that failed to cause the bloodshed he intended, officials said.
by Colleen Long and Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press
12.12.2017
11:54am
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New York became the fourth state to require law enforcement to enter the most stubborn cases into the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, or NamUs. The law, signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Nov. 29, will ask law enforcement to enter all their...
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12.12.2017
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More than a year after the murder conviction of Brendan Dassey was tossed by a federal judge, a split appeals court has now upheld the pivotal confession the then-16-year-old made to two Wisconsin detectives—one of the details in the case that fueled the...
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12.11.2017
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Today, the FBI released information on more than 6 million criminal offenses that were submitted to the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program’s National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) in 2016—and for the first time in last year, the annual NIBRS...
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12.11.2017
12:58pm
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Researchers fr­­om Stanford and Duke University examined recent studies on the causes of gun violence in the United States in an effort to find consensus in a body of research that often covers different states or different time periods, making...
by Stanford University
12.11.2017
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Convicted serial killer Todd Kohlhepp, in a letter to the Herald-Journal, said he has more victims who have not been discovered. Earlier this year, Kohlhepp, 46, was convicted of killing seven people and was handed seven life sentences plus 60 years in...
by Daniel J. Gross, Spartanburg Herald-Journal/GoUpstate.com
12.11.2017
12:24pm
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California man who spent 15 years in prison for shaking his baby to death was freed Saturday, one day after a judge set aside his conviction. Zavion Johnson, 34, walked out of the Sacramento County jail, where he was being held while his court case was...
by Don Thompson, Associated Press
12.11.2017
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A Boise lawmaker is continuing to work on improving sexual assault kit protocols. In the upcoming legislative session, Rep. Melissa Wintrow (D-Boise) plans to introduce a measure that puts in place a statewide standard for how rape kits are processed and...
by Natalie Shaver, KTVB
12.11.2017
11:38am
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In late November 2017, the Massachusetts Office of Chief Medical Examiner (MAOCME) issued their first official identification of a deceased person based on the accredited use of Rapid DNA in their lab. MAOCME only just recently became accredited for...
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12.8.2017
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The New Jersey Supreme Court has upheld the “earwitness testimony” from the lone survivor in the horrific 2008 quadruple murder and arson in Irvington. The state’s highest court upheld last year’s appellate rejection of the defendant's arguments that the...
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12.8.2017
11:48am
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A semi-retired Russian three-star general oversaw the cross-border movements of a rocket launcher used to bring down a passenger jet in 2014 over eastern Ukraine, killing all aboard, an investigation by a team of reporting outlets has found.
by Kevin G. Hall, Miami Herald
12.8.2017
11:16am
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In the wake of the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, in Newtown, Connecticut, the number of guns purchased in America spiked compared to baseline levels, and there were 60 additional accidental deaths related to firearms—20 among...
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12.8.2017
11:01am
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An ex-priest was convicted of murdering a 25-year-old Texas schoolteacher and beauty queen on Thursday, more than 57 years after Irene Garza went to Sacred Heart Catholic Church in McAllen intending to go to confession.
by Associated Press
12.8.2017
10:51am
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Archer Mayor is a death investigator with the Vermont Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and a recently retired detective of the Windham County Sheriff’s Department. He is also the author of the Joe Gunther book series, a series of police procedurals...
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12.8.2017
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A white former South Carolina officer was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Thursday for fatally shooting an unarmed black motorist in the back in 2015, wrapping up a case that became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement.
by Meg Kinnard, Associated Press
12.7.2017
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Virtual reality offers unparalleled capabilities to support and facilitate forensic activities.
by Eduardo Neeter, Principal, FactualVR, Inc.
12.7.2017
1:29pm
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The jury made the right decision, considering the testimony and evidence given to them, argues one alternate juror for the high-profile Kate Steinle murder trial. Based on the forensic evidence presented at trial, and how it was argued by San Francisco...
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12.7.2017
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Hours after he sputtered his own accusations at his accuser from the witness stand, a 59-year-old New Orleans landlord was convicted of kidnapping and rape in a case that lay dormant for decades until it was revived by DNA evidence.
by Matt Sledge, The New Orleans Advocate
12.7.2017
12:55pm
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