Forensic Magazine

Authorities Probe Mansion Fire Where 4 Found Dead

2 hours 16 min ago
NewsAuthorities in New Jersey continue to investigate the scene of a mansion fire believed to have been set intentionally where two adults and two children have been found dead.Contributed Author: Associated PressTopics: Crime Scene
Categories: Law Enforcement

Mistrial Declared in Case of Slain NYC Runner Karina Vetrano

2 hours 21 min ago
NewsThe trial of a man accused of killing a woman who was sexually attacked while running near her family's New York City home ended in a hung jury late Tuesday.Contributed Author: Associated PressTopics: DNA
Categories: Law Enforcement

Missouri Sheriff Pleads Guilty to Cellphone Tracking Charges

2 hours 29 min ago
NewsThe sheriff of a rural southeast Missouri county pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal charges for using the cellphones of a judge, other law officers and others to track their whereabouts.Contributed Author: Jim Salter, Associated PressTopics: Mobile Forensics
Categories: Law Enforcement

APNewsBreak: Indian Country Criminal Prosecutions Plateau

2 hours 40 min ago
NewsThe number of Indian Country crimes that the U.S. Justice Department decided to prosecute has not shown significant change in recent years, despite programs and attempts to boost both public safety and prosecutions of sexual assaults and other crimes on reservations, according to federal figures Wednesday.Contributed Author: Mary Hudetz, Associated Press
Categories: Law Enforcement

'We Need Hundreds': Fire Victims' Families Urged to Give DNA

3 hours 10 min ago
NewsAuthorities are using a powerful tool in their effort to identify the scores of people killed by the wildfire that ripped through Northern California: rapid DNA testing that produces results in just two hours.Contributed Author: Kathleen Ronayne, Associated PressTopics: DNA
Categories: Law Enforcement

Eastbound Strangler Case: 12 Years and Counting

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 11:33
NewsTwelve years later, the killings perpetrated by the still-hunted “Eastbound Strangler” remain unsolved. Could some of the significance of the crime scene details have been misleading? One criminal profiler who has weighed in on the case since the beginning says it’s possible. Staff Author: Seth AugensteinTopics: Unsolved
Categories: Law Enforcement

Argument at Chicago Hospital Erupts Into Deadly Shooting

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 09:52
NewsAn argument outside a Chicago hospital turned deadly when a man pulled out a gun and killed an emergency room doctor whom he knew, then ran into the hospital and fatally shot a pharmacy resident and a police officer, authorities said.Contributed Author: Amanda Seitz and Don Babwin, Associated PressTopics: Firearms
Categories: Law Enforcement

Duke Forms Prototype of Robot Dog Nose

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 09:47
NewsEvery day, thousands of trained K9 dogs sniff out narcotics, explosives and missing people across the United States. Duke researchers have taken the first steps toward building an artificial "robot nose" device made from living mouse cells that officers could use instead of dogs.Contributed Author: Duke UniversityTopics: Crime Scene
Categories: Law Enforcement

Inspector General: Haskell Falsified Crime Statistics

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 09:43
NewsAdministrators at Haskell Indian Nations University underreported crime statistics for a two-year period and failed to follow internal policy when handling misconduct complaints, according a federal report.Contributed Author: Associated Press
Categories: Law Enforcement

Florida Sues Walgreens, CVS Over Opioid Sales

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 09:35
NewsFlorida is suing the nation's two largest drugstore chains, Walgreens and CVS, alleging they added to the state and national opioid crisis by overselling painkillers and not taking precautions to stop illegal sales.Contributed Author: Terry Spencer, Associated PressTopics: Toxicology
Categories: Law Enforcement

Exonerated Man Sues Detective Over Blood Spatter Evaluation

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 14:59
NewsA southwestern Missouri man who spent eight years behind bars for his wife’s death before being exonerated is suing the detective who helped convict him.Contributed Author: Associated PressTopics: Crime Scene
Categories: Law Enforcement

Colorado Man Gets Life for Killing Pregnant Wife, 2 Girls

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 12:04
NewsA Colorado man was sentenced Monday to life in prison for killing his pregnant wife and their two young daughters and dumping their bodies on an oil work site.Contributed Author: Kathleen Foody, Associated PressTopics: Crime Scene
Categories: Law Enforcement

Judge: John Hinckley Can Move Out of His Mother's House

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 11:52
NewsThe man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan can move out of his mother's house in Virginia and live on his own, a federal judge ruled Friday.Contributed Author: Ben Finley, Associated PressTopics: Forensic Psychology
Categories: Law Enforcement

Engineers Use Game Theory to Quantify Threats of Cyberattacks on Power Grid

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 11:49
NewsIowa State engineers are developing tools to protect the power grid from cyberattacks. The researchers say game theory will help to quantify and model threats.Contributed Author: Iowa State UniversityTopics: Cybersecurity
Categories: Law Enforcement

GBI: Backlog of 3,000 Rape Kits Cleared Since 2016 Law

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 11:42
NewsMore than 3,000 rape kits found untested in police evidence lockers have all undergone lab tests by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation less than three years after state legislature passed a law to eliminate the backlog, the GBI’s director and the lawmaker who spearheaded the measure announced Friday.Contributed Author: Russ Bynum, Associated PressTopics: Sexual Assault Investigations
Categories: Law Enforcement

Prison Inmate Death After Run-in With Staff Ruled Homicide

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 11:28
NewsThe death of an inmate following an "altercation with correctional staff" at Western Illinois Correctional Center in May has been ruled a homicide, according to an autopsy report provided to The Associated Press under a Freedom of Information request.Contributed Author: John O'Connor, Associated PressTopics: Police Procedure
Categories: Law Enforcement

Wichita Police to Ask Gun Owners to Save Fired Casings

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 11:18
NewsWichita police will soon ask gun owners and dealers to keep spent ammunition as a way to help identify stolen weapons following an increase in gun thefts over the past five years.Contributed Author: Associated PressTopics: Firearms
Categories: Law Enforcement

Falling Death of Woman on Cruise Under Forensic Investigation

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 12:25
NewsThe falling death of an American woman from the top of a cruise ship in the Caribbean earlier this week is being investigated as a homicide, according to multiple international news outlets.Staff Author: Seth AugensteinTopics: Crime Scene
Categories: Law Enforcement

Inmate Confesses to 90 Deaths; Investigators Corroborate 30

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 12:16
NewsA man convicted of three California murders and long suspected in numerous other deaths now claims he was involved in about 90 killings nationwide spanning nearly four decades, and investigators already have corroborated about a third of those, a Texas prosecutor said Thursday.Contributed Author: David Warren, Associated PressTopics: Unsolved
Categories: Law Enforcement

Can Artificial Intelligence Help Victims of Abuse to Disclose Traumatic Testimony?

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 12:12
NewsSince child victims are often traumatized and potentially abused by their caregivers they can be reluctant to come forward with accusations or disclose relevant information. Yet, what if artificial intelligence could be a useful tool to help young victims tell their stories? Contributed Author: University of Southern CaliforniaTopics: Witness Testimony
Categories: Law Enforcement