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  • Digital Evidence, the New DNA in Criminal Cases

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    Reprinted From: Computer Forensics International In 1911, it was fingerprints. In 1990, it was DNA. "In 2014, its digital evidence that's now playing a lead role at determining the fate of criminal defendants," says Mark McLaughlin of Computer Forensics International. The ability to place someone at the scene of a crime is typically done by eyewitnesses, or Digital Evidence through something unique they leave behind like fingerprints or DNA. And when a solid chain of custody is made, it...
  • Fingerprints give police new clues for solving crime

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    Fingerprints give police new clues for solving crime By Rebecca Morelle Science reporter, BBC World Service Article Source and Introductory Video:  As darkness falls across the suburbs of Leeds, calls start to flood in to Chris Barley's radio from police HQ. It is prime time for criminal activity, and it is going to be a busy night for West Yorkshire's crime scene investigators too. A break-in has been reported nearby, and the forensic officer gets on his way. When you're gathering evidence at...
  • Using Skin Bacteria to Identify an Individual

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    Don’t be fooled… some elements of society pay attention to TV news and Cop Shows, and thus the criminal element learns new tricks to prevent detection. Wearing gloves and covering up body hair are two of the most often used preventative measures, but according to Rob Knight, a microbial ecologist, bacteria on the hands may soon be replacing latent prints and DNA. Speaking at the a conference in Vancouver recently , Knight said that bacteria on your hands leave a "print" on a computer mouse...
  • Novel forensics tool used in the Casey Anthony trial

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    Edited by; Don Penven from National News Services ORLANDO, Fla. – A novel forensics technique introduced in Casey Anthony's murder trial recently has the promise to do what the noses of highly-trained cadaver dogs are able to do... sniff out the odor of decomposition and locate hidden bodies. That technique had never before been used in a criminal case until the trial of the young Florida mother, who is charged with killing her 2-year-old daughter Caylee. It could end up being the most...
  • DNA Testing May Reveal Identity of Jack the Ripper

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    Reprinted from Fox News    Jack the Ripper?     A self-described "armchair detective" and a Finnish molecular biologist have claimed to have discovered the identity of the serial killer known as Jack the Ripper, who brutally murdered at least five prostitutes in the East End of London in the autumn of 1888. A report in the Mail on Sunday names the killer as Aaron Kosminski, a Jewish Polish-born immigrant who lived in the East End and would have been 23 years old at the time of the...
  • Solving a Murder Mystery: Who Will Become a Killer

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    University of Texas at Dallas Predicting which people will commit murder is extremely difficult, according to a new study by criminologists at The University of Texas at Dallas. Dr. Alex Piquero, Ashbel Smith Professor of criminology and co-author of the paper, said he and his fellow researchers were motivated by the lack of scientific literature on distinguishing people who will commit homicide from those who will not. According to the study, the similarities outweigh the differences between...
  • Vincent Van Gogh "did not shoot himself," forensic expert claims

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    Reprinted From Fox News Wheat Field by Vincent Van Gogh Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh, whose mysterious death by gunshot near Paris in 1890 has long been scrutinized, may have been murdered, a leading forensics expert claims. The Post-Impressionist artist revealed on his death bed he had shot himself in a wheat field in Auvers on July 27, 1890, just days after placing a large order for paint and other supplies. But Dr. Vincent Di Maio, an expert on gunshot injuries who was a key witness...
  • Investigation of The Violent Crime (Part 2.)

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    Investigation of the violent crime part 2. Develop a viable theory about what happened at the crime scene in order to arrive at a motive. INVESTIGATION OF THE VIOLENT CRIME (Part 2.) Dr. Thomas O’Connor Program Manager of Criminal Justice and Homeland Security Director, Institute for Global Security Studies Austin Peay State University 601 College Street Clarksville, TN 37044  http://www.drtomoconnor.com/3220/3220lect03.htm   Continued from Part 1. ESTABLISHING THE VICTIM'S...
  • The Real World of Forensic Scientists (Without Hollywood Hype)

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    Television and film have shown us great, albeit far-fetched – and many times ridiculous! – variations on the forensic scientist and detective, over the years. Lee Lofland--The Graveyard Shift  David Caruso, fiery orange hair ablaze against the blue-tinged Miami background, slowly takes off his sleek titanium Maui Jim sunglasses, his stone-cold, magisterial face reminiscent of a life lived with almost too much manliness, his SUV parked behind him, exploding (for no apparent reason at all)...
  • Basic Stages for a Crime Scene Investigation—Possible Homicide

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    A crime scene investigation begins well before the CSI enters a structure, an open field or wooded area. Usually the radio dispatch message is brief and seldom reveals the full nature of the incident. Most often this is done to avoid drawing on-lookers and the media who may be monitoring the dispatch frequency. By: Don Penven Approaching the Scene: The crime scene investigator returns the microphone to its clip and begins the drive to the latest assignment.  A crime scene investigation...
  • Victim of Cybercrime Fights Back

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    When the victim went online to check the funds-transfer activity in her bank account, she found that it had been cleaned out by cybercrooks to the tune of almost half a million dollars. By Ellen Messmer - Originally Published at: Digital Forensic News It started out as an ordinary workday for Michelle Marsico, who runs a business based in Redondo Beach, Calif., handling escrow funds for clients in real estate. But when she went online to check the funds-transfer activity in her commercial bank...
  • Digital Detectives: Search and Seizure of Electronic Devices

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    Digital detectives are the newest cadre of specialists in the war against crime, and in-depth training and firsthand experience are basic requirements before the trainee ever touches a computer or smart phone. By Don Penven The personal computer (PC) has ushered in a completely new way of living for people worldwide. Every day of the week, hundreds of millions of people spend countless hours on their PCs, tablets and mobile devices to handle their emails, surfing the Internet, add to or modify...
  • Investigating the Underwater Crime Scene

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    M-D Dive Team Most crime scene investigations are conducted using primarily land-based procedures. But the earth’s surface is 70% water, which requires a thorough understanding of underwater investigation techniques for a successful outcome. Underwater Crime Scene Investigation By: Don Penven, Technical Support Group Most crime scene investigations are conducted using primarily land-based procedures. But the earth’s surface is 70% water, which requires a thorough understanding of...
  • Stringing a Crime Scene to Determine Trajectories

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    The position of cartridges, cartridge cases, and bullets at the crime scene is just as important to the determination of origin as the position of drops of blood. From the Journal of Forensic Identification Vol. 53, No. 4, July/August 2003* Gregory A. Parkinson State Attorney's Office 15th Judicial Circuit Palm Beach County, FL ATF Bulletin - Automated Firearms-Ballistic-Technology Background Today's understanding of crime scene interpretation, combined with long-term experimentation under...
  • Planning a Formal Interview

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    There are a number of benefits to preparing an interview sheet. By writing out key questions in advance, the investigator has the opportunity to think about all of the questions that need to be asked during... By: Don Penven For many years, the author has interviewed countless subjects on issues ranging from purse snatching to homicide. Despite these experiences, I could not simply review background information on a case, then walk into a room and conduct an effective interview of the...