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.

A Montana man convicted of a trailer-park homicide will get a whole new trial, because the sole other eyewitness may have been high on methamphetamine at the...
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7.20.2018
1:42pm
Is there a “crisis” in forensic science? The top British regulator says no—though there are problems, and perhaps even an “existential threat” in the lack of...
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7.19.2018
11:48am
The abduction, rape and murder of an Indiana girl in 1988 was solved by genetic genealogy this week, according to authorities. The arrest of John D. Miller, 59...
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7.18.2018
12:15pm
A 30-year-old Pennsylvania woman was charged with the criminal homicide of her infant son, after forensic tests traced the drug overdose of the boy back to the...
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7.17.2018
12:08pm
The latest development in the case of an unidentified boy's 1998 death is facial reconstructions released by the National Center for Missing and Exploited...
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7.16.2018
1:18pm
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A full battery of tests, and particularly a computed tomography (CT) scan, allowed pathologists to determine the cause of death of a severely bruised 2-year-...
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7.12.2018
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A survey of 20 bodies cataloged by medicolegal death investigators in the region around Nice, France found that extensive mummification can happen in a variety...
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7.11.2018
1:41pm
Drones and near-infrared photography have become inexpensive technology that is widely available in the 21st century. Its forensic promise in locating...
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7.9.2018
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A Montana man’s “shaken baby syndrome” murder conviction was overturned this week, after appeals attorneys effectively pointed out that the autopsy had ruled...
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7.6.2018
12:56pm
We all put wear and tear on our DNA. Although we are born with a certain highly unique genetic code, the things we do — from diet to exercise, alcohol to...
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7.5.2018
1:24pm
The microscopic isotopes within a fingernail can pinpoint travel — down to relatively short trips, or even certain medical treatments, according to a new study...
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7.3.2018
12:30pm
Getting young migrants back with their parents is going to be difficult to do in a short time span, according to most experts. Genetic testing is seen as the...
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6.29.2018
4:40pm
A Vietnam veteran, now 74 and retired, was accused in a book and movie two years ago of being infamous hijacker D.B. Cooper — and was again named this week...
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6.29.2018
1:45pm
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James Alex Fields Jr., 21, stands accused of federal hate crimes for a car attack that killed one and injured several others following a white supremacist...
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6.28.2018
11:42am
A single swab of the thigh of a college student who had been raped and murdered was the crux of a murder case in Texas up until last week. The prosecutor’s DNA...
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6.27.2018
1:07pm
Extracting DNA from bones has traditionally been forensically focused on tapping the inner parts of the long bones. But a new study from Michigan State...
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6.26.2018
12:09pm
How did the Neanderthals hunt so prodigiously with such limited technology? A detailed forensic examination of ancient deer bones—and a reconstruction of spear...
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6.26.2018
11:54am
A former boss of the New England La Cosa Nostra and an associate were found guilty of murdering a nightclub owner in 1993 for fear he would cooperate with...
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6.25.2018
11:27am
At least part of an Ohio mystery involving identity theft and suicide has been uncovered by the DNA Doe Project, with the latest headline-grabbing breakthrough...
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6.22.2018
12:21pm
The Burglary Microbiome Project, an ongoing study using mock crime scenes and scientific sampling of homes, residents and intruders, is underway to lay the...
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6.21.2018
1:53pm
For the next 10 months, the Houston Forensic Science Center will outsource most of its DNA work to a private laboratory to play catch-up with a backlog of...
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6.20.2018
12:57pm
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The assassination of Robert F. Kennedy was one that altered the course of history, 50 years ago this month. The first full medical review of the murder,...
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6.19.2018
1:43pm
A wide array of swabs used for forensic collection can absorb trace material remarkably well, according to a new series of laboratory tests. But less than half...
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6.15.2018
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A Japanese team of archaeologists have extensively mapped a shipwreck using advanced 3D imaging, even though the ship sits more than 40 meters deep in the...
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6.14.2018
1:19pm
About 5,300 American soldiers remain in the soil of North Korea, casualties in a war that has never officially ended. The new talks between U.S. President...
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6.13.2018
12:29pm
Forensic Magazine and a local Nebraska newspaper both asked about the DNA collection of inmates in the state last spring. Brandon Weathers’ DNA was collected...
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6.12.2018
12:29pm
The recently-fired director of forensic science at the New York Department of Criminal Justice Services has publicly alleged that three “catastrophic” DNA hit...
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6.11.2018
12:34pm
Forensic analysis has determined that strong coastal currents pulled the tiny body of the unidentified infant known as "Baby June" for miles—meaning...
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6.8.2018
1:24pm
The FORESIGHT Project is a way for laboratories to benchmark against one another in meaningful ways. But over its last decade, it has relied on some time-...
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6.7.2018
12:43pm
From universities to the FBI, the digital forensic industry is growing.
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6.6.2018
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One German who was part of Nazi forces in the Ukraine is now being prosecuted in the genocidal massacre of Jews. Even though German prosecutors cannot...
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6.6.2018
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Two men who served 23 years in Montana prisons for a 1995 robbery and homicide were released in April. The pair are now effectively exonerated, after the state...
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6.4.2018
4:56pm
The warrants allowing authorities to search the house of Joseph James DeAngelo, and charge him with a run of heinous crimes attributed to the notorious Golden...
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6.4.2018
1:31pm
What are the needs of crime labs, when it comes to the latest 21st century tools and technology? A new federal working group announced last week at the annual...
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6.1.2018
2:13pm
Last week a grand jury indicted Michael Anthony Galvan, 64, for the Jan. 22, 1979 rape and murder of 18-year-old newlywed Debra Sue Reiding. The latest...
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5.31.2018
1:29pm
Informed consent is the first, and most key, safeguard to forensic genealogy searches to solve long-unsolved crimes, according to three bioethicists from the...
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5.30.2018
1:20pm
Matching soil on a killer’s shoes to link them to an outdoors crime scene or disposal site can be up to 100 percent accurate with a combination of two lab...
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5.25.2018
1:06pm
The arrest of the alleged Golden State Killer last month, decades after the horrific run of rapes and murders up and down California, launched advanced genetic...
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5.24.2018
12:34pm
The paraphilia of a British serial killer may be a relatively new phenomenon that investigators should keep an eye out for among rape and murder cases,...
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5.23.2018
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