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  • Software designer says Casey Anthony prosecution data was wrong

    07/19/2011 6:27:00 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 35 replies · 1+ views
    The Orlando Sentinal ^ | Jul 19, 2011 | Jeff Weiner
    Prosecutors cited a report prepared by a software program called CacheBack, which the state argued showed 84 web searches for chloroform being made on the Anthony computer. The defense would later contradict the CacheBack report with a separate report generated by another program, NetAnalysis. That report returned only one search result for chloroform. Last week, CacheBack CEO John Bradley posted a statement on his website, acknowledging that the 84-search result was an error, and criticizing the state for its use of flawed data. It was Bradley who introduced those results as a witness for the defense. On the stand, he...
  • Justice for Don Berkebile, Retired Smithsonian Curator Homicide Unresolved

    05/29/2011 10:28:53 AM PDT · by Jenny217 · 6 replies
    My last post here about Don was Sept 2009. Justice for Don (Berkebile), Retired Smithsonian Curator Homicide. At that point we still had hope that those responsible would be held accountable for our cousin's death. It didn't happen. Don's estate has been finally settled after having to defend itself against the man who killed him. A counter suit was filed and both suits were eventually dropped without this man benefiting financially. Thankfully that was a good thing. But no criminal charges were ever brought against this man and due to 'fill in the blank' the authorities appear to consider the...
  • D.I.Y Birth Certificate FORENSICS

    04/29/2011 10:17:31 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 95 replies
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  • D.I.Y Birth Certificate FORENSICS

    04/29/2011 10:17:28 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey
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  • (Survival Tips For The Zombie Apocalypse!) Anatomy and the Perfect (Undead) Headshot

    12/08/2010 8:19:33 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 33 replies · 2+ views
    Popular Mechanics ^ | December 3, 2010 | JOE PAPPALARDO
    Anatomy and the Perfect (Undead) Headshot Does the creative team behind the hit TV show The Walking Dead take zombie anatomy as seriously as the legions of crazed fanboys? PM investigates. Horror aficionados judge onscreen zombie special effects by the quality of the cranial gunshots that kill the ghouls. The cameras of AMC's show The Walking Dead linger on the aftereffects of gunshots to the heads of their undead in a way that can only be described as lavish. The show's just-completed first season has been serious, emotional, well-written and epic. But for those kind of people who are obsessed...
  • Engineers Ensure Forensics Facility’s Safety

    01/12/2010 5:00:10 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 136+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. April Mota, USA
    BAGHDAD, Jan. 12, 2010 – Six soldiers added finishing touches to the new Joint Expeditionary Forensics Facility on Victory Base Complex here Jan. 7. Army Spc. Ryan Hedburg carries equipment into the Joint Expeditionary Forensics Facility on Victory Base Complex in Baghdad, Jan. 7, 2010. Soldiers from the 101st Engineer Battalion installed window cages and evidence-room cabinets, and built a countertop for the facility’s lobby. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. April Mota  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Military police, Iraqi lab examiners and civilian contractors will run the facility. The soldiers, from the 317th Engineer Company and 101st...
  • Justice for Don (Berkebile), Retired Smithsonian Curator Homicide

    08/31/2009 6:31:10 PM PDT · by Jenny217 · 12 replies · 1,054+ views ^ | 8/31/09 | Justice for Don
    In February of 2001 Don Berkebile added a one page codicil to his will saying it was added; “in the event that I should suffer an accident before a new will is prepared.” Then in 2003, he added a sticky note to a letter to the Editor he sent to a reporter at a local news agency, noting that he felt his life was in danger: “Keep this in mind, should something happen to me, and request a thorough investigation.” They say justice delayed is justice denied. Over a year has passed since Don Berkebile; retired curator of the Smithsonian...
  • Michael Jackson died of 'acute propofol intoxication,' coroner says

    08/28/2009 12:17:05 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 57 replies · 1,838+ views
    LA Times ^ | August 28, 2009
    The Los Angeles County coroner's office officially ruled the death of Michael Jackson a homicide and said he died of "acute propofol intoxication." According to a statement from the coroner: The "manner of death has been ruled homicide. Cause of death was established as acute propofol intoxication. Other conditions contributing to death: benzodiazepine. The drugs propofol and Lorazepam were found to be the primary drugs responsible for Mr. Jackson’s death. Other drugs detected were midazolam, diazepam, lidocaine, and ephedrine. The final coroner’s report includes a complete toxicology report will that remain on security hold at the request of the Los...
  • "Beyond the Body Farm"-a Book About Dead Bodies & Bugs

    08/23/2009 2:25:14 PM PDT · by Fishtalk · 17 replies · 792+ views
    Fish Book Reviews ^ | 8/23/09 | Pat Fish
    Dr. Bass became head of the Body Farm at the University of Tennessee. There dead bodies are studied, rates of decay and other nasty stuff, to help solve crimes, identify the long dead or just so people like myself can read some really interesting stuff about it. Not for the squeamish.
  • To Sketch a Thief: Genes Draw Likeness of Suspects

    03/29/2009 9:37:10 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 3 replies · 455+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 27, 2009 | Gautam Naik
    The old-fashioned police sketch is getting a makeover. Researchers are identifying genes that give rise to a person's physical traits, such as facial structure, skin color or even whether they are right- or left-handed. That could allow police to build a picture of what a criminal looks like not just from sometimes-fuzzy eyewitness accounts, but by analyzing DNA found at a crime scene. Forensic experts are increasingly relying on DNA as "a genetic eyewitness," says Jack Ballantyne, associate director for research at the National Center for Forensic Science at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, who is studying whether...
  • Troops Prevent Attacks With Battlefield Forensics

    03/24/2009 4:49:56 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 275+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Tim Beckham, USAF
    CAMP TROY, Iraq, March 24, 2009 – When an improvised explosive device is detected, most people run and take cover, but a team of servicemembers here heads straight to the site to start the crime-scene investigation. Members of the weapons intelligence team provide counter improvised explosive device intelligence through collection and analysis in support of Multinational Corps Iraq, in Iraq, February 2009. By collecting evidence and staying ahead of the enemy, the team helps prepare U.S. and coalition forces for future attacks. Courtesy photo   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The airmen, soldiers and sailors of the weapons...
  • Congress Investigates Forensic Science

    03/13/2009 10:23:59 AM PDT · by ADReditor · 2 replies · 296+ views
    American Daily Review ^ | 03/13/2009 | Jim Kouri
    The U.S. Congress’ Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation on Tuesday heard from a panel of forensic expert witnesses that some issues dealing with the validity of forensic science need better review procedures and more rigorous standards. The hearing focused on a recent report released by the National Academy of Sciences regarding the status of U.S. crime labs, Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward. The study found that, with the exception of DNA analysis, most forensic disciplines are in need of further scientific evaluation to determine their reliability and accuracy. “Forensic science is a key factor in...
  • Basrah Forensic Lab Gets CSI Upgrade

    02/27/2009 3:29:41 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 200+ views
    BASRAH — Crime scene investigators here are now working in a modernized forensic laboratory thanks to a $263,000 renovation, completed Feb. 22. “I’m very pleased with the new capabilities our renovated Basrah Criminal Evidence Department Laboratory offers,” said Iraqi Police Capt. Bassim. “This is the first time in ten years our facility has been upgraded.” The five-month project improves the investigator's ability to effectively analyze crime scene evidence and solve crimes, he explained. “The completed project provides Basrah a great facility to conduct criminal forensics,” said Arthur Davey, project engineer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Gulf Region...
  • Give That Undertaker a Badge

    02/26/2009 8:03:55 PM PST · by metmom · 17 replies · 835+ views ^ | Thursday, February 26, 2009 | Associated Press
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police and medical examiners who thought a man died of natural causes changed their minds after funeral-home workers found bullet holes in his head. The Kansas City Star reported Thursday that three bullet wounds — two of them in Anthony Crockett's head — were noticed after the man's body was embalmed Friday. The funeral home returned the 49-year-old Kansas City man's body to the Jackson County medical examiner's office, and police counted the death as a homicide.

    01/11/2009 1:22:01 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 42 replies · 2,528+ views ^ | January 11, 2009 | Stuart Winter
    FORENSIC investigators have recovered the charred remains of most of the 9/11 hijackers - to honour a pledge that they would never be buried with the victims. The £30million CSI-style probe has taken seven years. Flesh or bone from 13 of the 19 Al Qaeda terrorists who flew passenger jets into the Twin Towers in New York and the Pentagon in Washington have now been identified. In the most intense crime scene investigation in history, scientists sifted through a mountain of concrete dust, buckled iron and shattered glass to find what was left of the terrorists. The final tally was...
  • Of murder, science and blood ties

    10/05/2008 1:01:51 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 234+ views
    The Age | October 5, 2008 | Liz Porter be posted, per rules.
  • Discovery of lab mistake may exonerate murder defendants

    09/29/2008 10:14:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 194+ views ^ | 9/25/2008 | Karen Florin
    The defense attorney for one of two men accused in the murder of physicist Eugene Mallove said today that he expects the state to stop prosecuting the men based on the discovery that the state forensics lab mixed up key physical evidence that had initially appeared incriminating. Mallove, 56, a prominent scientist from Pembroke, N.H., was found beaten to death, struck about the head and neck, in the driveway of his late mother’s house on Salem Turnpike in Norwich on May 14, 2004. The same weekend, New Britain police arrested Gary McAvoy and Joseph Reilly in a car stolen from...
  • Error-prone Detroit police crime lab shut down

    09/25/2008 6:28:40 PM PDT · by Abathar · 7 replies · 484+ views
    AP via Tahoo ^ | 09/25/08 | COREY WILLIAMS
    DETROIT - The Detroit police crime lab was shut down by the city's new mayor and police chief after an outside audit found errors in some evidence used to prosecute cases involving murder and other crimes, officials said Thursday. An audit by Michigan State Police found erroneous or false findings in 10 percent of 200 random cases and subpar quality control compliance at the lab, said Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy. The report revealed a "shocking level of imcompetence" in the lab and constitutes a systemic problem, she said at a news conference. When it came to recognized work standards,...
  • Agencies Work Behind Scenes to Bring Home Missing Troops Finding the MIAs)

    09/18/2008 4:38:07 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 206+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 18, 2008 – Since the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have begun, thousands of American soldiers have been welcomed home with elaborate parades, gymnasiums packed with tearful spouses and children, and commanders proclaiming from podiums great deeds done in battle. Navy Rear Adm. Donna L. Crisp, who commands the JPAC, talks about emerging technologies that are boosting efforts to recover and identify missing servicemembers. Defense Dept. photo by Fred W. Baker III  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Still others have had more tragic homecomings, instead returning in flag-draped coffins to grieving spouses and families; their ceremonies...
  • Good for Cops, Bad for NIH

    09/05/2008 8:15:30 AM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies · 251+ views
    ScienceNOW Daily News ^ | 29 August 2008 | Jennifer Couzin
    When DNA from hundreds of people is pooled together, it has been impossible to identify any individuals. In what could be a boon for crime-fighters, however, a statistical technique now makes the task possible--allowing forensic detectives to determine whether a suspect handled a gun, for example. But the technique also creates a privacy concern about health data; the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, is now backpedaling on a policy mandating genetic sharing developed just 8 months ago for fear that the health information of people who participated in the studies could be identified. The authors of the...