Seth Augenstein
Senior Science Writer

Seth Augenstein is a reporter for Forensic and Laboratory Equipment magazines. He spent a decade as a reporter at New Jersey newspapers, most recently at The Star-Ledger. He has interviewed people at crime scenes, in prisons, from hospital bedsides, within operating rooms, inside laboratories, standing in flood waters, cringing outside four-alarm fires, and in many dirty kitchens and quiet living rooms. He has won numerous state press association awards for his work. He is also a fiction writer.

Adolf Hitler did indeed die in his bunker in April 1945—and the few charred fragments left of his bones and dental work prove that the conspiracy theories...
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5.22.2018
1:45pm
Today the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System has launched its “2.0”—the second version of the database. The system is sleeker, faster—and comes...
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5.21.2018
12:31pm
The search for D.B. Cooper, the infamous skyjacker who has eluded authorities for 47 years, has become a legend. New suspects have appeared and been checked...
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5.18.2018
1:35pm
An international team of academics have pushed out a new webtool for predicting eye color, hair color and skin tone that they say is pushing new boundaries for...
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5.17.2018
1:34pm
A man was shot in the head during a violent protest in South Africa, but survived. The victim sued in 2014, saying a cop had fired the round. A team of...
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5.16.2018
12:50pm
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Jennifer Bastian, 13, was riding her bike in a local park one summer evening when she went missing. Her body was found three weeks later in a wooded area off a...
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5.15.2018
12:27pm
A former Louisiana death row inmate will get a new trial because his attorney went against his client’s wishes, based on a U.S. Supreme Court ruling issued...
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5.14.2018
12:44pm
A Massachusetts man pleaded guilty to 25 federal crimes in connection with one of the most wide-ranging cyberstalker campaigns in recent memory. Ryan S. Lin,...
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5.11.2018
1:14pm
The defense’s DNA data in a Washington, D.C. rape case was thrown out by a judge in 2015, due to technical errors by a Pennsylvania forensic laboratory. Now...
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5.10.2018
12:58pm
The DNA Doe Project, one of the first groups to apply forensic genealogy to criminal investigations nationwide, identified the victim of one of the most...
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5.9.2018
11:38am
Last month, forensic genealogy identified one of the most infamous of unidentified cold cases in American history—and caught California’s most notorious serial...
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5.8.2018
12:30pm
A crucial advanced database identification that led to the killer of 17-year-old Melanie Road, who was raped and stabbed in England in 1984, has been named the...
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5.4.2018
1:54pm
Keeping pace with the explosive growth of digital forensic evidence in virtually every kind of crime, the FBI is opening two new digital forensic hubs to...
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5.3.2018
1:30pm
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A Romanian national who allegedly broke into a Connecticut home, tied up a woman, injected her with a supposedly deadly virus and demanded $8.5 million for the...
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4.30.2018
12:33pm
The Golden State Killer terrorized communities up and down California for more than a decade, raping and killing people in their own beds, before disappearing...
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4.27.2018
12:36pm
The notorious Golden State Killer was apprehended, decades after his “reign of terror” in California, authorities announced yesterday. Joseph James DeAngelo,...
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4.25.2018
4:47pm
Getting DNA off spent shell casings, that of whoever loaded the firearm, is not a given. Getting a genetic profile from swabbing alone off this most crucial...
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4.25.2018
12:22pm
There is little difference in the weight of an expert’s testimony and the use of quantifiable statistics, according to a new paper in the Journal of Forensic...
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4.24.2018
12:51pm
The DNA evidence from a rape on the street last summer has been linked to three similar attacks from 2010 and 2011. The serial rapist’s genetic profile has not...
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4.23.2018
12:17pm
The Columbine school massacre in Littleton, Colo. on April 20, 1999, exactly 19 years ago, was the final deadly mass school shooting of the 20th century in the...
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4.20.2018
1:06pm
The results of a NIST DNA mixture study showed that, as DNA sensitivity has grown by leaps and bounds, interpretation of those tiny clues has not kept pace....
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4.19.2018
12:52pm
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The second widespread forensic laboratory scandal in Massachusetts will bring more than 11,000 dismissed convictions, according to the state’s chapter of the...
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4.17.2018
11:41am
Advanced DNA analysis of degraded samples, complex sequencing and the use of public DNA databases could provide a link to the unnamed and unidentified...
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4.16.2018
1:52pm
Two prisoners who were serving life sentences for a 1995 robbery and homicide were cleared of their murder convictions today, according to the Innocence...
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4.13.2018
4:27pm
The name of the young woman known only as the “Buck Skin Girl,” found strangled and beaten to death in April 1981, remained unknown for 37 years. Ultimately,...
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4.12.2018
5:06pm
The murderer of 31-year-old Allison Feldman had left DNA in her home, but that genetic profile did not show up in any state or national databases for more than...
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4.11.2018
1:40pm
Cloyd Steiger's new memoir, Homicide: A View Inside the Yellow Tape, includes an unflinching look at highlights of 22 years on Seattle’s homicide squad (...
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4.10.2018
1:45pm
Backpage, the classifieds website that stood accused of hosting prostitution ads, was “seized” by federal authorities on Friday.
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4.9.2018
1:05pm
A 23-year-old man had been stabbed with a double-edged, foot-long hunting knife 11 times during a bar fight. A new piece of software took the CT scans,...
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4.6.2018
1:19pm
The disappearance of Louise Pietrewicz has gone unsolved for over half a century. Two weeks ago, police investigators found human bones buried seven feet deep...
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4.5.2018
12:40pm
FBI and Harvard scientists have succeeded in sequencing a degraded mitochondrial genome, and pieces of nuclear DNA, from an Egyptian mummy’s head—a...
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4.4.2018
12:44pm
Suspects arrested for felonies in California are subject to DNA collection as part of standard police booking procedures, according to a California Supreme...
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4.2.2018
1:57pm
A new investigation by some doctors in Boston has determined that fentanyl—the synthetic and powerful opioid currently causing an epidemic of overdose deaths...
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3.29.2018
12:54pm
The U.S. Department of Justice rolled out “uniform language” about how fingerprint experts could testify in federal courtrooms last month. But now the American...
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3.28.2018
1:10pm
The slaying of two young women in California remained a baffling mystery for 32 years—until local police charged an already-imprisoned killer with two counts...
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3.27.2018
1:32pm
Some 320 universities, and 31 terabytes of documents and data, were the target of a state-sponsored cyber theft operation launched by Iran. Nine men still...
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3.27.2018
1:09pm
A split group of judges in federal appeals court in Texas published an opinion this week that could have a ripple effect in the new electronic frontier. The U....
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3.23.2018
1:12pm
Hard drugs have become part of our everyday society—so much so that a significant percentage of people who have never used nevertheless have trace amounts on...
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3.22.2018
1:26pm
A months-long police investigation in Wales led to the sentencing of nine members of a drug ring, authorities announced last week. The criminal case culminated...
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3.21.2018
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