Sunday, December 6, 2020

How to Find Bloodstains

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New York Medical Examiners Not Required To Return All Organs, Court Rules

A New York state court has ruled that medical examiners can keep organs from autopsied bodies without notifying family members. The case involves 17-year-old Jesse Shipley who...

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...

New blood marker could help identify age of criminal from blood stains at the crime scene

Ongoing forensic research led by University at Albany Assistant Chemistry Professor Jan Halámek and his team has revealed a simple way to estimate the...

Fingerprints and Other Ridge Skin Impressions

The field of fingerprinting for personal identification and criminal investigation is progressing at a rapid rate. Numerous research projects are devoted to fingerprint detection...
Michael Whyte
Crime Scene Officer and Fingerprint Expert with over 7 years experience in Crime Scene Investigation and Latent Print Analysis. The opinions or assertions contained on this site are the private views of the author and are not to be construed as those of any professional organisation or policing body.
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The Smithsonian Channel series: Catching Killers have created an informative video to show when criminals clean up after a violent crime, bloodstain pattern analysts use luminol, one of the most valuable assets in the analyst toolkit, to uncover traces of invisible blood.

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