Crime Scene Investigation & Forensic Science

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What If Forensic Science Isn’t Really Science?

Forensic science — the kind that traces the grooves in bullets, the mark of a shoe, or the scrape of a tool — emerged in the early 20th century as a …


'Risk of more miscarriages of justice' - Newcastle professor's warning to Government over forensic science

He said: “The Government needs to come up with a coherent forensic science policy that is both financially and practically effective.<p>“There is a …

Criminal Justice

The mystery of the Phantom of Heilbronn

If your DNA is found on a weapon or at a crime scene, does that make you guilty? The police might think so, but a female serial killer dubbed the …

Criminal Justice

A flawed forensics model

Blaming the parlous state of forensic science on ‘privatisation’ is far too simplistic – quality standards can only achieve so much.


Forensic experts destroyed Kirsty Maxwell's clothes WITHOUT microscope test

BLUNDERING forensic experts have admitted balcony plunge victim Kirsty Maxwell’s clothes were not even examined using a microscope before being …


Law & Science

<b>Following closely on the heels of the Randox testing scandal, the unexpected collapse of Key Forensic Services has led to a renewed focus on the</b> …

Criminal Justice

‘I hate to say I told you so but…’

News yesterday that Key Forensic Services has gone into receivership will come as no surprise to those who have campaigned against the decision to …

Criminal Justice

The Conviction of Dr. Crippen: New Forensic Findings in a Century‐Old Murder

Abstract<p><b>Abstract: </b> Dr. Hawley Crippen was accused and convicted of murdering his wife in London in 1910. Key to the conviction was microscopic …

Secrets of the Dead - Executed In Error

Forensic Nightmare: The Perils of Touch DNA

New scientific research casts doubt on the evidence investigators and prosecutors too often rely on.<p>Have you heard of “touch DNA?”<p>This mundane, yet …


News story: Continuing cuts to forensic science threaten criminal justice

In the report, which was published today (Friday 19 January), Regulator Dr Gillian Tully warns that the cuts highlighted last year have continued in …


To Catch a Criminal: Is Expanding the DNA Database a Crime Deterrent or a Privacy Invasion?

In a December 19 <i>Washington Post</i> article, “To Deter Criminals, Expand DNA Databases Instead of Prisons,” Keith Humphreys writes that expanding …

Criminal Justice

CSI effect is a myth: forensic detective series do not make criminals better at crime

Since Sir Arthur Conan Doyle first penned the exploits of Sherlock Holmes in 1887, the justice profession has despaired that revealing the art of the detective could only help criminals evade capture.<p>Similarly, when CSI: Crime Scene Investigation launched in 2000, detailing the forensic techniques …

Bayes theorem in real life

I had a chance to practice Bayesian inference in real life today: at 1pm my wife called to tell me that the carbon monoxide (CO) alarm at the house …

Miscarriages of Justice and Destroyed Evidence - Are Austerity Cuts Killing Forensics Science?

How Forensic DNA Evidence Can Lead to Wrongful Convictions

Lynette White was murdered in 1988. When the three men first imprisoned for her murder were found to have been wrongfully convicted, it seemed that …

Dubious forensic evidence? That's what happens when we sell off public services

The recent mass review of 10,000 criminal case samples shows what can happen when commercial demands get in the way of vital public services<p>The mass review of 10,000 criminal cases because of concerns over forensic evidence is shocking – it’s the biggest recall of samples in British criminal …

Science and the law

Primers for courts<p>The judicial primers project is a unique collaboration between members of the judiciary, the Royal Society and the Royal Society of …


Can bloody dioramas show how to investigate a murder? These forensic experts say yes.

The three forensic experts slowly, carefully examined the horrific crime scene. Three bloody bodies: A woman lying in bed, apparently shot to death; her husband face down on the floor next to the other side of the bed with a large crimson stain on the bed; and in an adjacent room, a baby in a crib, …


Convicted By Blood

The death of Lisa Jennings in 2006 was first ruled a suicide. But after a second investigation, her husband Brad was convicted of her murder and has …

ParaDNA video short - 4930


The art of murder: miniature dioramas of unexplained deaths – in pictures

Frances Glessner Lee, often referred to as the ‘mother of forensic science’, created the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death to train homicide detectives in the 1940s and 50s. The dollhouse-sized true crime scenes are being shown at the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Forensic science providers: codes of practice and conduct, 2017

Revised codes of conduct and practice for forensic science providers and practitioners in the criminal justice system.


Forensic genetics and genomics: Much more than just a human affair.

2017 Sep 21;13(9):e1006960. doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1006960. eCollection 2017 Sep.<p>Arenas M1,2,3, Pereira F2,4, Oliveira M2,3,5, Pinto N2,3,6, Lopes …


Promoting Reliability in Expert Evidence

The Inns of Court College of Advocacy (ICCA) has started a programme of work to improve the reliability of expert evidence in court. This area forms …

Data Science

Sir Sydney Smith and the development of police forensic laboratories | Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Sir Sydney Smith (1883-1969) was one of the pre-eminent medico-legal specialists of his day. As a leading forensic pathologist, Professor of Forensic …

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These Are the Three Main Categories of Bloodstain Pattern

Today, bloodstain pattern analysis is routinely used in murder investigations - analysts draw on chemistry, mathematics and physics to determine the …


Nikki Allan murder: DNA clue in girl's 1992 killing inquiry

<b>Fresh DNA evidence has been recovered by detectives hunting the killer of a seven-year-old girl 25 years ago.</b><p>The body of Nikki Allan, who had been stabbed 37 times, was found in a then derelict building near her Sunderland home, in October 1992.<p>Police say advanced testing has enabled the DNA of a …


DNA databases: it's still far from clear how effective they are in fighting crime

Thanks to television detectives, the power of forensic DNA evidence is well known. Viewers are familiar with criminals leaving their DNA at the scene …