Evidence Collection

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. Michael McCarthy, 37, was found guilty of second-degree murder on Monday. The resolution of...
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1:10pm
6.28.2017
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 investigation by a team of experts, published in the latest Journal of Forensic Sciences, came...
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12:09pm
6.21.2017
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In a hidden room in a house near Argentina's capital, police believe they have found the biggest collection of Nazi artifacts in the country's history, including a bust relief of Adolf Hitler and magnifying glasses inside elegant boxes with...
by Debora Rey, Associated Press
9:16am
6.21.2017
Three sources close to the investigation into the 1990 Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum art heist, in which 13 masterpieces were stolen, revealed that essential evidence to the case had disappeared. The duct tape and handcuffs used by the...
by Kristin LaFratta, MassLive.com
1:03pm
6.16.2017
Forensic experts have spoken of the extraordinarily complex investigation that lies ahead at Grenfell Tower and predicted that establishing the causes of the devastating fire will take months.
by Hannah Devlin, The Guardian
11:19am
6.15.2017
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The Mumbai Police have requested the handwriting analysis of a message that was found written in blood at the crime scene where Deepali Ganore, wife of police inspector Dyaneshwar Ganore, was allegedly murdered by her son Siddhant, 19, on May 23.
by Mohamed Thaver, The Indian Express
10:24am
6.2.2017
The suicide bomber who killed 22 and injured 59 with an improvised explosive device at a pop concert in Manchester last night died in the blast. But the Greater Manchester Police Department has arrested a 23-year-old man as part of their...
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11:43am
5.23.2017
A nonprofit legal aid group is trying to re-open the books on a decades-old Baton Rouge rape conviction by tracking evidence for DNA testing. However, several items, including the rape kit, have disappeared from the evidence record since the 1980s.
by Steve Hardy, The Advocate
11:29am
4.24.2017
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Forensic brainwave analysis—or “brain fingerprinting”—could add a revolutionary new dimension to criminal investigations in New Zealand, a NZ Law Foundation-backed research project has found. Brain fingerprinting measures involuntary brainwave...
by University of Canterbury
10:22am
4.21.2017
Significant similarities were found between Stanley Tippett's penmanship and the printing in several letters asking another inmate to lie for him, according to a forensic document examiner's testimony. The results of her analysis were presented...
by Jessica Nyznik, The Peterborough Examiner
9:55am
3.30.2017
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In cases of animal cruelty, such as abuse, neglect or animal fighting, the ASPCA cooperates with police and prosecutors by conducting forensic examinations of animals, looking at their physical health, their behavior and for any signs of trauma.
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11:28am
3.15.2017
In assault cases, when it’s a victim’s word against the abuser’s, medical evidence can make or break a criminal case. Due to a grant from the state Office of Emergency Services, some domestic violence victims in San Diego will have access to the...
by Lyndsay Winkley, The San Diego Union-Tribune
10:48am
3.14.2017
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Human facial expressions and subtle body language can influence children's responses during investigative interviews—bias that might be avoided with the use of robots. Software could enable robots to follow basic forensic interview protocol with...
by Alyssa Danigelis, Seeker
10:31am
3.13.2017
The defense team of a New York woman accused of murdering her half-brother is hoping a startling lack of DNA and fingerprint testing—including on an alleged murder weapon—will put the kibosh on a potential guilty verdict.
by A.J. Rao, The Post-Journal
10:57am
3.3.2017
Tuesday’s testimony in the trial of New York man Robert Henry, who is accused of murdering Glen Falls resident Kevin Jenks, focused on handling of evidence by local police and state police, and the lack of forensic evidence tying anyone to Jenks’...
by Don Lehman, The Post Star
11:52am
2.15.2017
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Mark Edward Grant was convicted in 2011 of second-degree murder in connection with the 1984 death of Candace Derksen, 13. But in 2013, the Manitoba Court of Appeal ordered a new trial, ruling the trial judge was wrong to exclude evidence the defense...
by Jill Coubrough, CBC News
11:20am
1.25.2017
South Dakota announced earlier this month they have eliminated their rape kit backlog of 504 untested kits from years past. About half – 254 kits – yielded enough biological evidence for DNA testing.
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12:40pm
1.23.2017
Institutional problems within the Chicago Police Department have led to serious civil rights violations for years, including racial bias against blacks and a tendency to use excessive force, according to a U.S. Department of Justice report released...
by Michael Tarm, Don Babwin, Juliet Linderman, Eric Tucker, Associated Press
11:48am
1.13.2017
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The popular sports phrase “leave it all on the field” does not seem to correlate for some NFL players, especially in terms of misbehavior. New research has found NFL players who draw the most penalties are the same ones who have more criminal...
10:42am
1.11.2017
A hyper-sensitive microscope detecting chemicals down to a single micron could have a future use scanning crowds and baggage at airports and other high-security places, according to a new series of demonstrations.
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11:35am
1.9.2017
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Candice Bridge, a University of Central Florida chemist, is working on developing a new tool which could assess condom lubricants to help forensically connect criminals to an assault where DNA is not available.
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11:15am
1.4.2017
It’s a problem anyone who has endured a big move knows: Where do you put all of your stuff?
by Dana Littlefield, San Diego Union-Tribune
10:41am
1.4.2017
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Humans continue to be better at facial recognition than machines – though the incredible ability to process minute visual data continues to perplex scientists.
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12:30pm
12.27.2016
Women who report sexual assault at the hands of their intimate partners don’t always cooperate with the criminal investigation. Because of fears for personal safety, or a desire to “put the incident behind her,” the help for detectives can slow down...
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12:02pm
12.6.2016
Defense attorneys for Paul Aaron Ross say there is no valid science linking a bite mark to a specific person, so when Ross’ murder case comes up for a retrial in Blair County court, that evidence should be excluded.
by Kay Stephens, Altoona Mirror
11:12am
12.6.2016
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Sotheby’s has become the first big auction house to create its own forensic art analysis department, underlining the reputational threat forgeries pose to multimillion-pound art market sales.
by James Pickford, Financial Times
11:00am
12.5.2016
Nearly three months after Steven Avery’s post-conviction lawyer pledged she had a plan to overturn her client’s 2007 murder conviction, both sides have signed a written agreement to begin independent scientific testing on several critical pieces of...
by John Ferak, USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin
11:02am
11.25.2016
Munir Abdulkader, 22, of West Chester, Ohio, was sentenced to 20 years in prison and lifetime supervised release, for plotting to murder a military base employee and attack a Cincinnati area police station in the name of the Islamic State of Iraq...
by U.S. Department of Justice
10:48am
11.25.2016
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