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  • PrinTips04 Ninhydrin Development

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    Like many of the techniques used in crime labs and crime scenes, ninhydrin (also known as 1,2,3-indantrione monohydrate) was not specifically used for developing latent prints. Ninhydrin: 2,2-Dihydroxyindane-1,3-dione, a Reagent Sensitive to Amino Acids Like many of the techniques used in crime labs and crime scenes, ninhydrin (also known as 1,2,3-indantrione monohydrate) was not specifically used for developing latent prints. The first mention of ninhydrin in chemical literature was in 1910....
  • Law Enforcement Teams Up to Bring Down Drug Pipeline

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    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Law enforcement agencies across the Tri-State are teaming up to disrupt the drug pipeline from Detroit. Recently, officers from Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia took part in a training course in Huntington. They learned about new tip-offs to look for in traffic stops and more about how they can work together to stop criminals from trucking in drugs. "Drug trafficking doesn't stop at the river over here, it goes across state lines," FBI Agent Chris Courtright...
  • Death Detectives - Forensic Pathologists

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    By: Don Penven - Known as forensic pathologists or medical examiners(ME), these specially trained physicians are responsible for examining the bodies of those people who died a sudden death—either unexpectedly or violently. These individuals must determine the cause and manner of death and draw a conclusion if the death was the result of homicide, suicide, natural or accidental causes. In some cases insufficient evidence results in an “unknown” cause of death. According to the National...
  • In lilac for Forensic Nurses Week

    By: Jocelyne Terilli
    The forensic nurse is often called upon to handle the most horrific cases of abuse. They’re on the front line of helping victims and establishing justice. They must balance the need to provide much-needed medical attention while collecting evidence from a potential living crime scene. A crime scene that is in the form of a vulnerable, scared, and sometimes uncooperative victim. That evidence is often used to bring charges against and prosecute perpetrators. We honor and thank all forensic...
  • 5 Useful Applications for Thermal Imaging Cameras

    By: Jocelyne Terilli
    Our new Thermal Imaging Cameras (TICs) allow you to measure temperature differentials from as close as 6 inches to as far as 500-1,800 feet away depending on the model.  That’s six times as long as an American football field.  Being able to see the difference in temperature can give you significant advantages in more ways than you may think. Here are 5 scenarios where our customers have found Thermal Imaging Cameras to be very helpful to meeting their mission: Search & Rescue....
  • Cybercrime and the FBI

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    The FBI leads the national effort to investigate high-tech crimes, including cyber-based terrorism, espionage, computer intrusions, and major cyber fraud. From the FBI Website We are building our lives around our wired and wireless networks. The question is, are we ready to work together to defend them? The FBI certainly is. We lead the national effort to investigate high-tech crimes, including cyber-based terrorism, espionage, computer intrusions, and major cyber fraud. To stay in front...
  • Excavations of Skeletal Remains From an Anthropological Point of View

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    Working with the International Commission for Missing Persons (ICMP), in Bosnia-Herzegovina, I was exposed to gravesites where different exhumation teams were making recoveries. These sites and many more are being investigated for humanitarian reasons... by Danny Rinehart , Rinehart Forensics Spring, Texas 77388 Republished from Crime Scene Investigator Network Introduction: Mankind has waged war for centuries. The twentieth century has become an age of genocide,atrocities and mass...
  • Considering purchasing a surveillance system? Here’s five questions to help make your decision easier.

    By: Jocelyne Terilli
      Video surveillance offers the ability to objectively document crimes and activity. It has become a valuable tool in law enforcement’s arsenal to fight crime and solve cases. Additionally, video footage is often key evidence in court cases. With technology advances, surveillance has come a long way from the man in a car with a camera and VHS tape recordings. Today, surveillance products produce clear, high-resolution images, live video feeds and recordings with the right technology....
  • New crime lab to offer internships, opportunities for collaboration

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    Construction for the $11.9 million Bureau of Criminal Investigation crime lab will begin October on campus at the corner of North College Drive and Leroy Avenue. Posted: Monday, September 16, 2013 1:04 am by Dominic Binkley Bowling Green, Ohio - Construction for the $11.9 million Bureau of Criminal Investigation crime lab will begin October on campus at the corner of North College Drive and Leroy Avenue. The state-funded facility will be an upgrade from the BCI’s current office on East...
  • How police tracked down Steve Jobs' stolen iPads

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    The digital breadcrumbs left behind when people use Internet-connected gadgets are what led California investigators to recover iMacs, iPads and other items stolen from the home of the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Digital breadcrumbs left by the iMac and iPad computers were key in tracking them down By Martyn Williams IDG News Service - The digital breadcrumbs left behind when people use Internet-connected gadgets are what led California investigators to recover iMacs, iPads and other items...
  • Steganography…An Introduction to Cyber-Encrypted Messages

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    Computer technology opened up a whole new avenue of hiding messages using the hidden code on a page. In fact using the electronic means of communication as most of us do, messages can be hidden within Web pages, images and online video and audio. By Don Penven Steganographic methods are numerous. We see examples in spy movies and novels like Computer technology opened up a whole new avenue of hiding messages using the hidden code on a page.  In fact using the electronic means of communication...
  • What is Forensic Entomology—and How Can it Solve Crimes

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    Forensic entomology had its beginnings way back in the 1300s, but during the last few decades it has been given a more serious look by criminal investigators. Can Insects Talk? At Crimes Scenes They Can Speak Volumes  Forensic entomology had its beginnings way back in the 1300s, but during the last few decades it has been given a more serious look by criminal investigators. It is the study of insects that provides a relationship to the acts of criminals. Forensic entomology is basically...
  • Hair and Fiber Evidence

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    We have all doubtlessly watched television shows and/or movies where the mention of hair and fiber is made often when it comes to the discovery of a corpse or indeed the reporting of a crime. Hair and Fiber Evidence Author: Jack Claridge - Updated: 2 October 2010 http://www.ExploreForensics.co.uk/ We have all doubtlessly watched television shows and/or movies where the mention of hair and fibre is made often when it comes to the discovery of a corpse or indeed the reporting of a crime. The...
  • Criminal Profiling and Its Use in Crime Solving

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    The use of criminal profiling as a means to help detect and capture criminals has become more common place during many a criminal investigation. Indeed criminal profiling has also been recognized as one of the most useful techniques in offender profiling - a technique used to help define the behavior of an offender before they reach the height of their criminal career. Reprinted with permission – ExploreForensics In the last decade the use of criminal profiling as a means to help detect and...
  • How Police Find Latent Blood Prints

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    Latent blood prints are often found at crime scenes but many times they lack detail. Several different chemical processes are available to enhance these prints permitting them to be photographed by crime scene investigators. Latent fingerprints, as described in earlier articles in this series, are fingerprints left at a crime scene that are not readily visible to the naked eye. But some crime scenes, especially those where physical violence has occurred, may harbor latent blood fingerprints and...