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.

The centerpiece of California's Proposition 57 was to allow release of those convicted of “nonviolent felony offenses” after they had served their full...
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2.16.2018
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Local Colorado police served a search warrant on an apartment in Trinidad, Colo., on Tuesday as part of an ongoing “computer crime investigation,” potentially...
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2.15.2018
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The changes wrought in RNA of certain tissues in the recently-dead can be a critical marker to determine post-mortem interval, according a paper by a Spanish...
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2.14.2018
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A new study in the Journal of Forensic Sciences assesses a kit made by a Japanese company that allows DNA analysts to test small chips of bone, instead of...
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2.13.2018
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Attorney General Jeff Sessions pledged his continued opposition to marijuana legalization and sanctuary cities in a meeting with the members of the National...
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2.12.2018
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Bruce McArthur, a 66-year-old landscaper in Toronto, was arrested and charged with the murders of two missing men on Jan. 18. Since then, investigators are...
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2.9.2018
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Wolfram Meier-Augenstein, a German-born scientist working in the United Kingdom, has used isotopes to help identify murder victims, to trace illicit...
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2.7.2018
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What if prosecutors started plunging into the brains of the accused, looking for little electrical flickers and other “clues” supplying proof of guilt? A new...
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2.6.2018
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A new study of female murderers behind bars in Italy shows the ones who are caught and punished have a slightly higher rate of severe personality disorders...
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2.5.2018
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Location, timing—and a rapist’s fantasy focusing in on an unsuspecting victim in bed, at home alone. Those factors were all integral to a search warrant...
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2.2.2018
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Philadelphia couples who have never been married were more likely to be involved in domestic violence calls than others who had tied the knot, according to a...
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2.1.2018
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A digital forensic analyst in Houston was fired last week after it was revealed she had shredded her required case notes from a homicide scene, officials said...
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1.31.2018
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An Arkansas state senator who set up a scheme to siphon government grant funds into his private bank account pleaded guilty to wire fraud, money laundering and...
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1.30.2018
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Ford Global Technologies, based in Michigan, filed a patent for an “autonomous police vehicle,” and it was most recently updated on Jan. 18. The patent...
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1.29.2018
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Bone mineral density scans, like those used to diagnose osteoporosis, are a new tool being used by a team at North Carolina State University led by forensic...
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1.26.2018
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False documents and statements, misleading repackaging and secret international payments could not cover up the illegal smuggling of highly-controlled...
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1.25.2018
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A new study undertaken by scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology proposes a new method of assessing 3-D topographical images of the...
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1.23.2018
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The gruesome details of the murder of Rosemary LaBianca during the infamous Manson Family crime spree in 1969 were cited by California Gov. Jerry Brown in...
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1.22.2018
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The diligence of a patrolman responding to a reported shooting, and the quick linkages of ballistics in a string of homicides, now have a serial killer behind...
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1.19.2018
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The Correctional Offender Management Profiling for Alternative Sanctions, or COMPAS, program is a complex piece of software that is intended to predict which...
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1.18.2018
1:12pm
A police detective who never followed all the leads, a conflicted defense attorney who cried so uncontrollably she did not discuss appeal options after the “...
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1.17.2018
1:21pm
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The Québec Provincial Police are increasing staffing on their cold case squad from five persons to 25 detectives—and they are going to be looking at a group of...
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1.16.2018
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The unthinkable tragedy of a lone gunman breaking into a Connecticut school and gunning down 26 innocent people, most of them small children, was one of the...
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1.15.2018
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Zaira Marina Gonzalez had never given up on her brother Christian, who went missing six years before in a rural part of Texas while trying to make his way back...
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1.12.2018
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Google search history—particularly a record of who was searching for the address where a serial rapist struck—was the crucial lead that ultimately led to an...
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1.11.2018
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An Ohio inmate who was convicted of a triple-murder and was once 13 days from execution is now suing authorities who he said withheld the checkered work...
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1.10.2018
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DNA sequencing and a growing database of threatened and endangered rhino species in Africa has been improving prosecution of poachers, according to a new study.
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1.9.2018
11:28am
The pressure applied from skin onto a surface is a major driver of how much trace DNA evidence crime scene technicians may find at a scene, according to a...
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1.8.2018
11:54am
A landmark U.S. Supreme Court case ruled in 2013 that Maryland could continue to collect DNA from those arrested and charged with serious felonies, if probable...
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1.5.2018
1:11pm
Part Three of Forensic Magazine series "Rape Kits in America" looks at a new partnership between the FBI’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Program and...
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1.4.2018
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Part Two of Forensic Magazine series "Rape Kits in America" looks at how DNA matches in the national database may just end up “sitting in drawers”—...
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1.3.2018
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Part One of Forensic Magazine's series "Rape Kits in America" looks at the forensic reality of finding DNA profiles in the various swabs and...
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1.2.2018
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A Y-STR DNA sample from a victim of a college-dorm rape will be admitted at the trial of a former MIT basketball player, a judge ruled this week.
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12.29.2017
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An autopsy and some follow-up detective work disproved a woman’s account of an accidental self-inflected gunshot death of her boyfriend on Christmas Eve in...
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12.29.2017
11:56am
A second woman has joined a class-action lawsuit against Houston, alleging that her rapist never would have been free to attack her in her own bed while her...
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12.27.2017
9:48am
A state prison guard has been arrested and charged with kidnapping women from their homes and raping them, over the last five years. John E. Kurtz, 43, of...
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12.22.2017
12:40pm
A man who went missing while he was supposedly duck hunting alone on a Florida lake in December 2000 was never seen again alive. But now the body of Jerry...
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12.21.2017
1:11pm
After a baby's body was found decapitated, New Jersey police quickly discovered a handbag and two bloodstained blouses nearby, which they forensically...
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12.20.2017
1:46pm
A landlord is accused of groping multiple women, offering to reduce rent or make repairs in exchange for sex, and making ongoing unwanted sexual advances to...
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12.19.2017
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