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Melbourne mathematician Samuel Blake and two fellow cryptologists have been officially recognised by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation for solving a 50-year-old cryptic message written by an...

Trees and shrubs might reveal the location of decomposing bodies

Plants could help investigators find dead bodies. Botanists believe the sudden flush of nutrients into the soil from decomposition may affect nearby foliage. If...

Are Detectives discounting the associative value of fingerprints that fall short of an identification in their investigations?

Every day, Fingerprint Experts in every latent office across the globe examine fingermarks that they determine to fall short of an identification. Whether it...

Using the NCIC Bayesian Network to improve your AFIS searches

This National Crime Information Centre (NCIC) Bayesian network is based on the statistical data of general patterns of fingerprints on the hands of 17,951,192...

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Are Detectives discounting the associative value of fingerprints that fall short of an identification in their investigations?

Every day, Fingerprint Experts in every latent office across the globe examine fingermarks that they determine to fall short of an identification. Whether it...

DNA decontamination of fingerprint brushes

Using fingerprint brushes across multiple crime scenes yields a high risk of DNA cross-contamination. Thankfully an Australian study has discovered a quick and easy way to safely decontaminate fingerprint brushes to prevent this contamination risk and allows the brushes to be safely reused even after multiple cleaning cycles.

New modified fingerprint chemical that fluoresces touch DNA on clothing

In sexual assault and burglary investigations, the recovery of DNA from items that have been handled by the suspect is very important. This is...

Even after handwashing, new fingerprint test can distinguish between those who have taken or handled heroin

A state-of-the-art fingerprint detection technology can identify traces of heroin on human skin, even after someone has washed their hands—and it is also smart...

Experimental fingerprint test can distinguish between those who have taken or handled cocaine

In a paper published in Nature Publishing Group's Scientific Reports, a series of experiments by the University of Surrey detail how it is possible to...

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Are Detectives discounting the associative value of fingerprints that fall short of an identification in their investigations?

Every day, Fingerprint Experts in every latent office across the globe examine fingermarks that they determine to fall short of an identification. Whether it...

Using the NCIC Bayesian Network to improve your AFIS searches

This National Crime Information Centre (NCIC) Bayesian network is based on the statistical data of general patterns of fingerprints on the hands of 17,951,192...

DNA decontamination of fingerprint brushes

Using fingerprint brushes across multiple crime scenes yields a high risk of DNA cross-contamination. Thankfully an Australian study has discovered a quick and easy way to safely decontaminate fingerprint brushes to prevent this contamination risk and allows the brushes to be safely reused even after multiple cleaning cycles.

Presenting Fingerprint Comparisons in Court using Forensic Comparison Software

This video gives the fingerprint technician some ideas on how to present a Fingerprint Comparison result to the court that looks professional. To accomplish this...

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Zodiac killer code cracked by Australian mathematician Samuel Blake more than 50 years after first murder

Melbourne mathematician Samuel Blake and two fellow cryptologists have been officially recognised by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation for solving a 50-year-old...

When a DNA Test Says You’re a Younger Man, Who Lives 5,000 Miles Away

Three months after his bone marrow transplant, Chris Long of Reno, Nev., learned that the DNA in his blood had changed. It had all...

You Could Be Your Cat’s Favorite Meal

The picturesque campus of Colorado Mesa University (CMU) stands in stark contrast to the school's Forensic Investigation Research Station (FIRS), where a body farm...

Claremont serial killings trial told Ciara Glennon fingernail DNA find proved a major ‘turning point’

The discovery under murdered lawyer Ciara Glennon's fingernails of male DNA matching samples taken from a teenage rape victim has been highlighted by a...

The 25 Best True-Crime Documentaries on Netflix

After the success of HBO’s The Jinx and Netflix’s Making a Murderer, true-crime documentaries became something of an industry on cable and streaming services....
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Trees and shrubs might reveal the location of decomposing bodies

Plants could help investigators find dead bodies. Botanists believe the sudden flush of nutrients into the soil from decomposition may affect nearby foliage. If...

Detection of latent fingerprint hidden beneath adhesive tape by optical coherence tomography

Adhesive tape is a common item which can be encountered in criminal cases involving rape, murder, kidnapping and explosives. It is often the case...

An improved process for the collection and DNA analysis of fired cartridge cases

Improvements to the DNA analysis of fired cartridge cases have been made in recent years, yet successful analysis of this important evidence type remains...

Touch DNA: The effect of the deposition pressure on the quality of latent fingermarks and STR profiles

Latent fingerprints present unique, and sometimes the only, evidence found at a crime scene. Several factors affect their quality, including deposition pressure. Its effect...

Assessing the reliability of a clothing-based forensic identification

According to the testimony of FBI forensic analysts, the patterns seen on denim are reliably unique and can be used to identify a suspect in surveillance footage. A paper published this week puts denim-pattern analysis through its paces, finding that it isn’t particularly good at matching up identical pairs of jeans—and may create a number of “false alarm” errors to boot.

Time of death written in your genes — and it could help forensic investigators

When our heart stops beating, our body tissues don't instantly up and die too. The genetic machinery inside some cells can keep whirring away...

How Good a Match is It? Putting Statistics into Forensic Firearms Identification

On February 14, 1929, gunmen working for Al Capone disguised themselves as police officers, entered the warehouse of a competing gang, and shot seven...

FBI Validates STRmix™ for Use on Up to Five-Person Mixtures

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has published its validation of STRmix™ for use on mixtures of up to five persons, as well as...

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Forensic genealogy group helps Cumberland County investigators crack 21-year-old cold case

A popular genealogy website helped crack a cold case murder of a baby from 21 years ago. "Baby Michael" was not even a day old when a Fort Bragg Soldier found...

How Good a Match is It? Putting Statistics into Forensic Firearms Identification

On February 14, 1929, gunmen working for Al Capone disguised themselves as police officers, entered the warehouse of a competing gang, and shot seven...

Inside the Australia body farm: Where scientists and detectives go to learn about death

The barbed wire gate creaks open, beckoning us into a most unusual paddock. A few steps forward and we all stand still, staring. The first...

Forensic breakthrough? Study suggests humans can be identified by the proteins in their hair

It’s hair-raising news for criminals on the run. Scientists behind a new study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, have worked out how to identify...

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Court: Fingerprints alone don’t prove possession of a firearm

Fingerprints found on a weapon should not have automatically led to the conviction of a felon for illegally being in possession of a firearm,...

Ex-NFL star Hernandez convicted of murder, sentenced to life

Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison Wednesday for a deadly late-night shooting,...

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Is Guilty in Boston Marathon Bombing Trial

BOSTON — After 11 hours of deliberations over two days, a federal jury on Wednesday found Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a failing college student and the...

Judge tosses out two types of DNA testing

A Brooklyn judge has stirred up controversy by tossing out two types of DNA proof routinely applied in criminal circumstances all through the city. Justice...

Virginia judge rules police can require suspect to unlock cell phone with fingerprint

Recently, there was a lot of press coverage about a Virginia court ruling on how the Fifth Amendment applies to bypassing a smart phone...

Canadian court rejects fingerprint evidence

In 2013, R. vs Bornyk was heard in the Supreme Court of British Columbia before The Honourable Mr. Justice Funt. The case is centered on a single...

TrueAllele Casework ruled admissible in Ohio Daubert challenge

An Ohio judge ruled that TrueAllele® Casework is reliable under the Daubert admissibility standard. Judge Maureen Clancy also denied discovery of TrueAllele source code....

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Assessing the reliability of a clothing-based forensic identification

According to the testimony of FBI forensic analysts, the patterns seen on denim are reliably unique and can be used to identify a suspect in surveillance footage. A paper published this week puts denim-pattern analysis through its paces, finding that it isn’t particularly good at matching up identical pairs of jeans—and may create a number of “false alarm” errors to boot.

U.S. Justice Department Issues Draft Guidance Regarding Expert Testimony and Lab Reports in Forensic Science

The U.S. Justice Department announced on Friday 3rd June 2016, the release of draft guidance documents governing the testimony and reports of the department’s forensic...

How Making A Murderer Will Change The Way We Think About Justice

Making a Murderer, the hugely popular Netflix documentary series, is predicted to change the way in which mainstream society interprets and discusses the law. Professor...

Man freed after 20 years for a murder he didn’t commit based on a wrong fingerprint identification

Beniah Dandridge was released on October 1st after the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) presented evidence showing that he is innocent of the murder for which he...
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