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.

Nevada's first DNA law, passed in 1989, had never allowed for the retroactive collection from convicted felons who were already behind bars at the time....
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9.21.2018
1:27pm
DNA databases of huge ivory shipments have shown a handful of poaching and smuggling cartels that are trying to cover their tracks by separating African...
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9.20.2018
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The semen left behind at the scene of a brutal rape and murder resulted in a genealogical search that captured the killer, authorities announced. The slaying...
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9.19.2018
11:56am
The fallout over the allegedly-bungled investigation into the death of 77-year-old Louise Talley in her North Philadelphia home on Oct. 19, 1991 continues. In...
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9.18.2018
1:34pm
A new study of several hundred Spanish prisoners in Forensic Science International proposes a model that they contend could help better identify psychopaths.
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9.17.2018
1:43pm
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A mass grave with 168 skulls has been uncovered in Mexico — the latest in a series of grisly finds that could be tied to the ongoing chaos of the nation’s...
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9.7.2018
1:10pm
There can be rational conclusions about something not existing if it isn’t there, two academics write in the latest issue of Forensic Science International.
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9.6.2018
12:26pm
Ripple effects of having a local AFIS fingerprinting system and database have improved the entire identification system — and largely cleared up the...
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9.5.2018
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French law enforcement negotiated with a man for 24 hours before they heard multiple gunshots. The officers burst into the house, and found the man dead from...
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9.4.2018
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About 1,600 DNA samples of convicted criminals in Delaware sat on the shelf for years and were never entered into CODIS or other databases, according to state...
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8.31.2018
12:23pm
Two months after testifying against his former boss, a capo within the New England Cosa Nostra was sentenced to 66 months in federal prison for lying to...
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8.30.2018
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As the 20th anniversary of the murder of 11-year-old Nicky Verstappen approached, the Netherlands Forensic Institute announced in February it would collect...
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8.29.2018
12:13pm
Some studies have shown a phenomenon called secondary transfer: that an innocent person’s DNA could be transferred to a place where they’ve never been. But it...
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8.27.2018
1:40pm
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More than a year of phone wiretaps, confidential informants, controlled drug buys, video surveillance and drug seizures have led to federal felony charges...
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8.23.2018
6:46am
Today, prosecutors from multiple counties appeared to draw a circle around Joseph James DeAngelo's reign of terror on California with a new amended...
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8.21.2018
3:08pm
Jakiw Palij, among the guards at the Trawniki concentration camp in far eastern Poland, is now being deported back to Germany to stand trial for his alleged...
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8.21.2018
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There are certain contextual factors that can be giant flashing warning signals in investigating homicides from a height, according to a new study in the...
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8.20.2018
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Omar Ameen, 45, is accused of gunning down a police officer in Rawah in 2014, just as ISIS was reaching the peak of their power, according to the U.S....
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8.17.2018
12:48pm
A cross-section of hundreds of people who were shot by police shows that a majority of the suspects who were subject to the use of force had recent arrests or...
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8.16.2018
11:42am
LIDAR, or the use of light in a radar-liked platform, can show minute changes in elevations for burial mounds, according to the recent study by personnel from...
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8.14.2018
1:42pm
Authorities say the killer of three family members in Colorado in 1984 was hidden in prison two states over. His DNA was never collected because of a loophole...
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8.10.2018
3:27pm
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In 2013, the Czech Bishops’ Conference approved the process of beatification of a priest who had become a martyr figure in the decades since the fall of the...
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8.10.2018
12:30pm
A registered sex offender in Virginia has pleaded guilty to a child porn charge just a month after he was charged with downloading abuse videos through a...
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8.9.2018
11:40am
Forensic science has been “under attack” in recent years — coming under fire for anything that doesn’t have a quantitative basis, Deputy Attorney General Rod...
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8.8.2018
12:36pm
Digging and meticulous unearthing of seven nameless bodies begins this morning at a potter’s field on the outskirts of Philadelphia. The massive operation...
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8.7.2018
12:15pm
The trove of social media messages in the seconds, minutes and hours after blood is spilled in a terror attack is part of the work of Karyn Sporer, a...
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8.6.2018
1:03pm
Skulls cremated at Stonehenge thousands of years ago have yielded stable isotopes, forensically answering some questions about the ancient peoples using the...
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8.3.2018
12:28pm
Five years after an interlaboratory study showed that more than a hundred forensic laboratories could not agree on a single forensic riddle—and that a majority...
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8.2.2018
1:25pm
TIGHAR, the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, has put together an analysis of the radio transmissions from Amelia Earhart reported across the...
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7.27.2018
1:16pm
Sometimes, suicidal plans go awry — leading to forensic conundrums that can stump the most experienced death investigators. A man found dead in a chair in...
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7.26.2018
12:51pm
Three men are killed every day in police use-of-force situations — a rate twice the current official estimates, according to a new study by Cornell University...
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7.25.2018
11:33am
A surveillance operation investigating a drug operation out of an auto parts store in Mississippi’s capital last year led to a child porn conviction, and 17...
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7.23.2018
11:24am
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
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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
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
12:50pm
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