Bitemarks & Forensic Odontology

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Yet another bite-mark conviction is unraveling

In 1991, a Pennsylvania man named John Kunco was convicted of raping and beating a 55-year-old woman the previous December. The state’s case against Kunco was based almost entirely on the testimony of two bite-mark analysts. The police collected more than 40 other samples of forensic materials, …

National Academy of Sciences

Feral dog packs kill six children and wound dozens more in spate of attacks in India

Roaming packs of feral dogs have killed six children in the last week in north India, terrifying villagers who have begun keeping their children at …

India

New evidence of predation on humans by cookiecutter sharks in Kauai, Hawaii

1.<p>World Health Organization (WHO) (2017) Drowning: fact sheet. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs347/en/. Accessed 5 Oct …

A plane crash, a boy with a bite & a cryptic deep-sea shark

In late October this year, seven-year-old Jack Tolley became the second person in recorded medical history to be bitten by a cookiecutter shark in …

UK tourist attacked by crocodile while taking video in Australia

Ally Bullifent took this photo of her friend's injured leg after the crocodile attack.<p>A young British tourist holidaying in Australia has captured on …

Australia

Young boy mauled to death by pitbulls as crowd of 15 people 'stood by and watched'

A seven-year-old boy was mauled to death by a pair of pitbulls after he tired to retrieve a ball from their enclosure.<p>Neighbours said they were …

Veterans

Mario Perivoitos died at his north London home after being attacked by Staffordshire bull terrier in front of BBC film crew<p>A Staffordshire bull terrier that killed its owner by crushing his larynx in its jaws in front of a BBC documentary crew had probably taken crack cocaine, an inquest has …

North London

Another bite mark exoneration: Alfred Swinton released after 19 years in prison

Alfred Swinton was just released from prison after serving 19 years. Swinton was first arrested shortly after the 1991 murder of Carla Terry in Connecticut. From the Innocence Project, which represented him:<p>He was arrested for the murder after police conducted a search of the basement of the …

Guilty, said bite expert. Bogus, says DNA.

MILWAUKEE — In a cubicle at Marquette University, a professor of dentistry and a former prosecutor are trying to use computer science to shore up a beleaguered forensic discipline.<p>But as the two men try to lay the groundwork to provide a statistical backbone to preserve bite-mark comparison's place …

University of British Columbia

Another judge rules in favor of bite mark evidence, for the same misguided reasons

Six weeks ago, I wrote about a case in Pennsylvania in which a prosecutor was attempting to use bite mark evidence in the murder trial of Paul Aaron Ross. This, despite the fact that every scientific panel to review bite mark analysis to date has found no scientific basis for its underlying …

Forensic Odontology

Podcast: Play in new window | Download |<p>Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More<p><b>Forensic odontology</b> is the application of dental science to …

Man wrongly convicted with bite mark evidence confronts bite mark analysts

Keith Harward was wrongly convicted of a grisly rape and murder and spent more than 33 years in prison. The main evidence against him were alleged bite marks found on the victim. Over the course of two trials, <i>six</i> bite mark analysts said the marks were a match to Harward’s teeth. He was finally …

Lightning Learning: Naming (Adult) Teeth

“The latest in our series of quick learning bites, designed to tie in with education and sims running in the department.”— advice is based on our …

Why is forensic bitemark identification likely to be abolished as a form of trial evidence?

The public holds exaggerated views of the quality of the scientific foundations of a surprising number of forensics sciences, as well as of the …

Forensic bitemark identification: weak foundations, exaggerated claims | Journal of Law and the Biosciences | Oxford Academic

Citation<p>Michael J. Saks, Thomas Albright, Thomas L. Bohan, Barbara E. Bierer, C. Michael Bowers, Mary A. Bush, Peter J. Bush, Arturo Casadevall, …

Domestic violence against children detected and managed in the routine of dentistry - A systematic review.

2016 Oct;43:34-41. doi: 10.1016/j.jflm.2016.07.006. Epub 2016 Jul 13.<p>1Department of Dentistry, Federal University of Sergipe, Brazil.2Private Dental …

How Bitemark evidence is still operating at the appellate level – The Kunco Case

The “relatively unique teeth” of John Kunco<p>The “recaptured” evidence used against Kunco.<p>There still is a long road for prison inmates to overcome …

BBC World Service - Discovery, Forensic Dentistry

The science and techniques behind forensic dentistry. The field of forensic dentistry can help investigators even in the absence of significant items of evidence, in the case of a murder. Teeth can survive fire and mutilation and remain sometimes the only means of identifying a person.

White House Report: Bite-Mark Analysis is Junk Science | Innocence Project of Florida

The Intercept has obtained a draft report of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) titled “Forensic Science in …

White House science council: Bite-mark matching is junk science

Jordan Smith at the Intercept has the details:<p>The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) has concluded that forensic bite-mark evidence is not scientifically valid and is unlikely ever to be validated, according to a draft report obtained by The Intercept. The report, …

White House Report Concludes That Bite-Mark Analysis Is Junk Science

The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology has concluded that forensic bite-mark evidence is not scientifically valid and is …

Elderly man dismembered and mauled to death in Jacksonville dog attack

An 83-year-old man has been mauled to death by a pack of four dogs near his home in Florida.<p>Michael Downing was killed by his neighbour’s dogs near …

Old Age

Expert witness goes nuts during questioning for Mississippi death penalty case

I’ve been reporting on the crazy death investigation system in Mississippi for about ten years now. Just when I’ve thought things couldn’t get more surreal, I’m inevitably proven wrong. The latest example comes in a deposition last April of the disgraced “bite mark expert” Michael West.<p>To fully …

Disney alligator attack: Father 'tried to free son from animal's jaws'

The father of a toddler who was snatched by an alligator at a Walt Disney resort reached into the animal’s mouth in a failed attempt to try and save …

Disney World

Tory MP criticises Dangerous Dogs Act after boy is mauled to death by bulldog

The Dangerous Dogs Act, brought in 25 years ago in the wake of a child’s horrific death, has “never really worked” and should be overhauled, a Tory …

Pets

From the Boxing Day tsunami to Fred West, meet the forensics mastermind who has helped identify victims around the world

Forensics mastermind David Whittaker has lifted the lid on a life spent investigating murder, assault and natural disaster.<p>The 73-year-old spent …

Crime

Meet The Man Who Spent 33 Years In Prison After Being Wrongfully Convicted For Rape And Murder

A typical evening watching television with his parents turned into <b>Keith Allen Harward’s</b> worst nightmare – one that would last him decades – when the …

Hospitals dealt with more than 800 dog bites over two years in Wales

Hospitals in Wales treated more than 800 people for dog bites over a two-year period, new NHS figures have shown.<p>At a time of increasing compensation …

Compensation