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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....

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...

Forensic DNA profiling might be about to take a big leap forward. Are we ready?

Picture the scene. A detective is addressing her team: “The DNA test results are in. We’re looking for a white male suspect, 34–37 years old,...

Linking a person’s appearance with criminality highlights the technical and ethical limits of face recognition

WHAT can your face say about you? Face recognition systems can pick up on things like age, gender and maybe even your mood. Now, two...

JonBenet Ramsey: What to Know About the Beauty Queen’s Murder 20 Years Later

Nearly 20 years after the shocking death of a 6-year-old beauty queen piqued the public’s interest and plunged her closest family members under a...

Gnawing squirrels are culprits at many crime scenes

Left to their own devices, squirrels will gnaw away not just on acorns, but also on bone. And that poses problems for forensics. “Squirrels seem...

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