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.

After a year of a multi-agency investigation, authorities finally have their man: the “Chameleon” killer was one Terry Peder Rasmussen, a U.S. Navy veteran...
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8.18.2017
11:08am
A popular Chinese writer drafting a book about a novelist who got away with murder was himself arrested by authorities for a 1995 quadruple homicide, according...
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8.17.2017
1:01pm
MH370, the flight that made a suspicious turn into the Indian Ocean three years ago with 239 people aboard and has never been located, could be discovered with...
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8.16.2017
12:38pm
The government of Uzbekistan was essentially an organized crime network that benefited the leader and his daughter for decades, according to ongoing...
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8.15.2017
12:41pm
An MS-13 member who is accused of brutally butchering his friend as part of a gang initiation was apprehended after four months on the FBI’s Most Wanted List....
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8.14.2017
12:04pm
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Officer Quincy Smith of the Estill Police Department survived four bullet wounds—and the glasses equipped with a camera he was wearing at the time of the...
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8.11.2017
12:30pm
In a chance occurrence, the Y-STR mixture in the underwear of a rape victim was provided solely by two of three convicted suspects, and the third was only...
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8.10.2017
12:17pm
This year's meeting of the International Association for Identification features the most advanced trace DNA analysis, drone mapping of crime scenes and...
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8.9.2017
12:42pm
GHB, y-hydroxybutyric acid, is the most commonly used date rape drug, dropped into someone’s drink to incapacitate a victim before a sexual attack. A new study...
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8.9.2017
11:05am
Several of the biggest forensic stakeholder groups said they looked forward to taking a bigger role in the “forensic overhaul” of the sciences that has been...
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8.8.2017
12:11pm
The U.S. Army banned the use of drones made by the Chinese company DJI last week, apparently in response to the load of hackable data the machines collect and...
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8.7.2017
12:14pm
Detectives across the nation told Forensic Magazine earlier this year that a loss of funding to a program at the University of North Texas Health Science...
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8.4.2017
12:42pm
A former Oklahoma City police officer who was convicted in 2015 of using his uniform to sexually abuse women has continued to fight his 263-year sentence. A...
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8.3.2017
12:47pm
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The mouth microbiome in death, the oral mélange of bacteria, is the focus of a new investigation in the journal Molecular Oral Microbiology. The natural...
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8.2.2017
12:05pm
A man who stalks college coeds, breaks into their off-campus residences and rapes them at gunpoint has remained at large for nearly two decades, Kansas...
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7.28.2017
1:07pm
An attorney for one of three convicts to escape from the Orange County Jail in California last year released the produced and edited video of the jailbreak to...
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7.27.2017
12:41pm
Forensic Magazine has found that seven states had prisoners whose DNA had not been collected, and who were not in CODIS. Most often, these states had no...
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7.17.2017
9:44am
Craniometrics, the measurements of skull shapes, has been a critical anthropological and forensic tool. But the increasingly complex racial mixtures in the...
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7.13.2017
11:51am
Genetic material from workers who manufacture forensic tools, such as swabs, has the potential to contaminate crime scene evidence. The International...
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7.12.2017
11:46am
Acid phosphatase is an enzyme found in many bodily fluids—but in especially great amounts in semen. The results of a test for the enzyme will be included in...
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7.10.2017
12:10pm
Three Baltimore police officers who were already indicted now face additional federal charges in a racketeering-and-robbery operation that included reselling...
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7.7.2017
12:48pm
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Leslie Van Houten, a then-19-year-old who helped kill a man and woman in their home during the infamous Manson Family murder spree in 1969, has been denied...
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7.6.2017
1:13pm
A chemist at the University at Albany and her team have a new solution to quickly profile insect eggs found at crime scenes: using direct analysis in real time...
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7.5.2017
12:15pm
The Fyre Festival quickly fell apart back in April, with musical acts failing to show, tents in place of the villas and a reported lack of water and food. The...
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7.3.2017
12:16pm
A federal appeals court has ruled that two expert witnesses who testified to later discredited bite mark evidence—which led to the murder convictions of two...
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6.30.2017
3:29pm
The employment of a wet vacuum DNA collection method on the 40-year-old evidence at the crime scene where 16-year-old Sharon Schollmeyers was discovered...
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6.29.2017
1:41pm
A trend in forensic science is to quantify as much evidence as possible. But an expert witness, who spends their entire career analyzing trace evidence, also...
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6.29.2017
10:09am
Two years after 2-year-old Bella Bond’s remains were found washed up on a Boston-area beach, her mother’s boyfriend has been sentenced to prison for life....
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6.28.2017
1:10pm
The hashtags, pictures and quickly tossed off 140-character missives of Twitter could alert police to breaking crises, like riots, before even 911 can raise...
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6.27.2017
12:42pm
The disappearance of 17-year-old Hailey Burns reached a successful resolution after a full year, a time frame in which many others do not. She was recovered at...
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6.26.2017
12:39pm
An Air Force Airman First Class who was listed as a deserter for 43 years has been located. The skull of Rudy Redd Victor was found in 1982, a short distance...
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6.23.2017
1:41pm
The shooter of the congressional baseball practice carried a list with the names of six members of Congress at the time of his attack—and shortly before...
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6.22.2017
12:44pm
The preliminary conclusion in a woman's violent death was that she had been killed in a gruesome way: by use of a riding reel lawn mower. But the detailed...
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6.21.2017
12:09pm
The moment of truth for a notorious suspected “chameleon” serial killer in 2002 came when his fingerprints matched his identity from more than a decade before...
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6.20.2017
5:36pm
The University of New Haven has set up what it envisions to be the major hub to connect cyber forensics teams the world over: the Artifact Genome Project....
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6.20.2017
12:37pm
Firearms are the third-leading cause of death of U.S. children, taking approximately 1,300 lives annually and injuring another 6,000 each year. More than half...
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6.19.2017
12:09pm
When investigating a burglary, is it necessary to do a full comparison of dozens of latent prints left on a doorknob by the homeowner, their children and their...
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6.16.2017
1:22pm
The skeleton of a child was found in a blue metal box in 1976, in the basement storage area of an upstate New York apartment complex. Now, thanks to a new...
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6.15.2017
12:22pm
The latest two-step method of analyzing the chemical makeup of latent fingerprints would involve laser ablation, vacuum capture and mass spectrometry—a...
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6.14.2017
12:44pm