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DNA found in Northamptonshire 'blazing car' murder case

<b>Scientists investigating a murder mystery dating back more than 80 years have made a breakthrough that could finally identify the victim.</b><p>A man was hit over the head with a mallet and burned to death in a Morris Minor near Northampton in 1930.<p>Alfred Rouse was later hanged for the crime and took the …

Crime

DNA from rock, cigarette helps solve 1995 Utah murder

A cigarette butt proved to be the undoing of a man suspected of killing a girl in Utah 18 years ago, after a sheriff trailed him for four days to grab the DNA evidence.<p>Without the efforts of Wasatch County Sheriff Todd Bonner, the case would have been forgotten long ago. For Bonner, however, it was …

Police working through massive supermarket shooting crime scene

<b>Elkhart, Ind.</b> A horrific night at an Elkhart supermarket ended with three people dead, after a man opened fire in the store.<p>It happened just after 10 …

Indiana State Police

Silent Witnesses: A History of Forensic Science by Nigel McCrery – review

From fingerprinting to DNA, how the onward march of forensic science has revolutionised the art of detection<p>The title comes from the BBC TV drama series <i>Silent Witness</i>; and before that from a book by the American forensic chemist Paul L Kirk, which stated: "Wherever he steps, whatever he touches, …

Official Tickets and Your Source for Live Entertainment

Aug<p>19<p>Sun<p>Chris Hennessee<p>Rams Head Live!, Baltimore, MD<p>Aug<p>22<p>Wed<p>Bea Miller & Madison Beer<p>Rams Head Live!, Baltimore, MD<p>Aug<p>25<p>Sat<p>featuring tributes to …

George Washington

Virtual autopsy: does it spell the end of the scalpel?

Anyone who has spent any time in a courtroom knows how easy it is for a skilled defence lawyer to plant doubt in the mind of a jury. Even in a relatively straightforward case, such as a hit and run, jurors are frequently presented with such a confusing array of photographic and forensic evidence …

Improving Scientific Foundation of Forensic Firearm and Tool Mark Identification

Each firearm/tool produces an identification signature (striation/impression) on fired bullets that is unique, and the signature can be positively …

Kercher trial: How does DNA contamination occur?

<b>Potential for the contamination of forensic DNA evidence has been highlighted by the Meredith Kercher murder trial. But just how much of a problem is it and what lessons should be drawn?</b><p>The high-profile retrial of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito, who had been imprisoned for the killing of …

Crime

Knox Verdict: How does DNA contamination occur?

Potential for the contamination of forensic DNA evidence has been highlighted by the Meredith Kercher murder trial. But just how much of a problem is …

Amanda Knox retrial verdict: Six things to know

U.S. student Amanda Knox and her former Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito have had their sentences in the murder case of British student Meredith Kercher upheld by an Italian court.<p>Knox, who is currently living in the United States, had her sentence increased to 28 years and six months. …

Review: 'The Poisoner's Handbook' on PBS: forensic medicine's birth

Debuting Tuesday as part of the PBS series "American Experience," "The Poisoner's Handbook" offers a fascinating look back at how the chemical age changed police work.<p>Based on Deborah Blum's 2010 book "The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York," it is …

DNA evidence frees 2 Brooklyn men convicted in 1992 triple murder

Two Brooklyn men who have spent the last 21 years in prison for three murders that DNA evidence suggests they did not commit were released Thursday on consent of the Brooklyn district attorney.<p>Anthony Yarbough, 39, and Sharrif Wilson, 37, were arrested in June 1992 in the slaying Yarbough's …

How Forensic Lab Techniques Work

The history of forensic science dates back thousands of years. Fingerprinting was one of its first applications. The ancient Chinese used …

Los Angeles

On the trail of solving a mass murder

<b>Hey there, time traveller!</b><br>This article was published <b>12/2/2014</b> (1597 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.<p>Civilians thrown from …

Oscar Pistorius trial: Photographs give virtual tour of crime scene

PRETORIA, South Africa – The pistol, cocked and ready to fire, lay on a mat on the bloodied bathroom floor in the home of South African athlete Oscar Pistorius, just where he left it after shooting his girlfriend to death, according to police.<p>In an eerie virtual tour of the Pistorius house …

Scientists Reconstruct Faces From DNA Samples

Sometime in the future, technicians will go over the scene of the crime. They’ll uncover some DNA evidence and take it to the lab. And when the cops need to get a picture of the suspect, they won’t have to ask eyewitnesses to give descriptions to a sketch artist – they’ll just ask the technicians …

Fort Hood shooter’s path retraced

By Rae Jefferson<br>Staff Writer<p>U.S. Army officials retraced the steps of the gunman in Wednesday’s Fort Hood shooting at a press conference Monday …

Digital Forensics Processing and Procedures

<i>The following is an excerpt from the book</i> Digital Forensics Processing and Procedures <i>written</i> <i>by David Watson and Andrew Jones and published by</i> …

Forensics

News and Articles on Science and Technology

Spotlight Science News<p>sort by:<p>Natural lipid acts as potent anti-inflammatory<p>National Institutes of Health researchers have identified a naturally …

Oscar Pistorius forensic expert accused of ‘irresponsible’ evidence to murder trial

Roger Dixon, a former police officer and “forensic geologist”, contradicts state ballistics and pathology evidence before conceding he’s “a layman” in both fields<p><b>Oscar Pistorius live updates</b><p>Oscar Pistorius’ forensic expert admitted he surfed the internet for research and used a music producer to …

Oscar Pistorius

To Catch an Arsonist: New Advances in the Art of Fire Science

A series of fires swept across San Diego County last week, burning down tens of thousands of acres of land and everything on it. Severe drought, high …

Arson

The CSI Effect: Fact vs. Fiction

Some of the most popular shows on television revolve around scientists and investigators trying to hunt down criminals. Using forensic evidence, they …

Forensics

Flawed forensics: Undoing the dirty work of Annie Dookhan

File cabinets and legal boxes line the walls, stuffed with manila folders of court documents. Unofficially, it’s the Annie Dookhan room, dedicated to the once glorified state chemist who has turned the process of determining guilt or innocence on its head.<p>The filing location in the Plymouth County …

R.I. House passes bill allowing collection of DNA in violent crimes

PROVIDENCE � Rhode Island law enforcement would collect a DNA sample from anyone arrested for a violent crime and submit it for inclusion in a …

Rhode Island

Sleazy, bloody and surprisingly smart: In defense of true crime

This stigmatized genre has much to teach us about the way crime and justice really work<p>Laura Miller<p>May 29, 2014 10:59pm (UTC)<p>Give me a book that begins with a time and a date and a boring address, something along the lines of "At 9:36 on March 24, 1982, Dep. Frank McGruff of the Huntington County …

10 Classic Images That Explain the O.J. Simpson Trial

It's been twenty years since O.J. Simpson's name was splashed across headlines in connection with the murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, …

10 Cold Cases Solved

<b>1. Cold Case Murder of Krystal Beslanowitch, 1995</b> <b>:</b> <i>Solved through forensic technologies.</i><p>A determined cop who was the original investigator into the …