Forensic Magazine

Key Evidence in Bay Area Cold Murder Cases Sat on Shelf for Years

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 11:02
NewsBiological evidence that eventually led to arrests in decades-old Bay Area killings was readily available years earlier but languished untested in police evidence labs, according to a Bay Area News Group investigation.Contributed Author: Nate Gartrell, East Bay TimesTopics: DNA
Categories: Law Enforcement

Man Described by Sheriff as Serial Killer Suspect Arrested

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 10:51
NewsSheriff’s deputies in Houston acting on a tip from a caller Tuesday arrested a suspected serial killer linked to the deaths of three people. The caller spotted a Nissan Sentra that authorities had earlier said was being driven by Jose Gilberto Rodriguez, 46, wanted in connection to three killings since Friday.Contributed Author: Associated Press
Categories: Law Enforcement

Officer in Eric Garner Death to Face Disciplinary Proceeding

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 10:32
NewsThe New York Police Department announced on Monday that it will allow disciplinary proceedings to go forward against a patrolman accused in the notorious chokehold death of an unarmed black man, saying it’s run out of patience with federal authorities’ indecision about whether to bring a criminal case.Contributed Author: Tom Hays, Associated PressTopics: Police Procedure
Categories: Law Enforcement

White Mass Shooters Receive Sympathetic Media Treatment

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 10:25
NewsWhite mass shooters receive much more sympathetic treatment in the media than black shooters, according to a new study that analyzed coverage of 219 attacks. Findings showed that white shooters were 95 percent more likely to be described as "mentally ill" than black shooters.Contributed Author: Ohio State UniversityTopics: Firearms
Categories: Law Enforcement

Oklahoma Rape Kit Testing Could Cost at Least $9.5M

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 10:18
NewsTesting more than 7,000 unsubmitted rape kits in Oklahoma could cost more than $9 million, according to state estimates.Contributed Author: Associated PressTopics: Sexual Assault Investigations
Categories: Law Enforcement

20 Years On, Unidentified Boy in NC Prompts Isotope, Pollen, DNA Work

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 12:18
NewsThe latest development in the case of an unidentified boy's 1998 death is facial reconstructions released by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. But there are also stable isotope analysis and pollen analysis — two tools that have helped narrow down leads in high-profile cases nationwide over the last several years. Staff Author: Seth AugensteinTopics: Unsolved
Categories: Law Enforcement

Arkansas Prosecutors Seek Circuit Court Cybercrime Fee

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 11:39
NewsAssistant Prosecutor Grant DeProw told The Jonesboro Sun his office is looking at establishing a circuit court cybercrime fee that could be as much as $500. DeProw said in 2017 Arkansas legislators passed a bill that allowed them to add a cybercrime fee to almost any felony that requires special electronic investigation.Contributed Author: Stephen Simpson, Associated PressTopics: Digital Forensics
Categories: Law Enforcement

Over 400 Items Found in UK Nerve Agent Poison Probe

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 11:33
NewsBritish police said Saturday that search teams have found over 400 items as part of the investigation into the poisoning of two Britons by the nerve agent Novichok — but searches will likely take many more weeks as officers seek further evidence.Contributed Author: Sylvia Hui, Associated PressTopics: Evidence Collection
Categories: Law Enforcement

Rights Group Questions DEA Exploit of Encrypted Cellphones

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 10:57
NewsIn the first known case of its kind, U.S. drug agents supplied unwitting cocaine-trafficking suspects in California with smartphones they thought were encrypted but had been rigged to allow eavesdropping, Human Rights Watch reported Friday.Contributed Author: Frank Bajak, Associated PressTopics: Mobile Forensics
Categories: Law Enforcement

Tracking Backlogs at the Mississippi State Medical Examiner’s Office

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 10:44
NewsThe Mississippi Medical Examiner's Office is down to just two doctors to perform 1,400 autopsies a year. That’s well above the average 250 autopsies each doctor is supposed to be limited to every year. It’s why autopsies are on hold for months on end as the doctors try to get around to finishing their backlog of work, take on new work and testify in cases around the state.Contributed Author: April Thompson, Associated PressTopics: Medical Examiner
Categories: Law Enforcement

After 30 Years, Police Say They’ve Captured a Child-killer Who Left a Sickening Trail of Taunts

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 10:28
NewsThe message was slashed onto the weather-beaten planks of a barn in the empty farmland not far from where the girl’s body had been found. Police in northern Indiana stared at the jerky handwritten scrawl in May 1990, realizing this was the most significant clue to drop in the region’s most publicized unsolved crime. In 1988, 8-year-old April Tinsley had been found killed and sexually assaulted. Contributed Author: Kyle Swenson, The Washington PostTopics: DNA
Categories: Law Enforcement

Virtual Case Notes: Drone Forensic Images Made Available to Examiners

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 12:11
NewsDigital forensics examiners can now make use of forensic images of over a dozen different drones uploaded to the National Institute of Standards and Technology website last month, following a year-long endeavor by VTO Labs to investigate the devices’ inner workings and determine the best methods for extracting data from each model.Staff Author: Laura FrenchTopics: Digital Forensics
Categories: Law Enforcement

Residential Segregation Associated With Black-White Disparity in Firearm Homicide Rates

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 12:08
NewsA study, published in the Journal of the National Medical Association, finds states with greater residential segregation of black and white populations have higher racial disparities in firearm homicide fatalities.Contributed Author: Boston University School of MedicineTopics: Firearms
Categories: Law Enforcement

Federal Prosecutors to Focus on Synthetic Opioids

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 11:43
NewsFederal prosecutors in eight states with high drug overdose death rates will pursue even seemingly small synthetic opioid cases under a program announced Thursday by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.Contributed Author: Holly Ramer, Associated PressTopics: Toxicology
Categories: Law Enforcement

Court Agrees to Review Decision to Reopen 'Serial' Case

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 11:25
NewsMaryland's highest court has agreed to review a decision to reopen a high-profile case for a man whose murder conviction was chronicled in the hit podcast "Serial," according to an order issued Thursday.Contributed Author: David McFadden, Associated Press
Categories: Law Enforcement

Prosecutor Won’t Seek Retrial of Ex-Soldiers in 1992 Killing

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 11:05
NewsAfter spending more than half their lives in prison for a crime their lawyers insist they had no part in, three former U.S. soldiers learned Thursday that they are finally free from prosecution.Contributed Author: Jeff Martin and Russ Bynum, Associated PressTopics: Exonerations
Categories: Law Enforcement

Case Study: Horrific Child Abuse, Fatal Blow to Heart Pinpointed by CT

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 11:50
NewsA full battery of tests, and particularly a computed tomography (CT) scan, allowed pathologists to determine the cause of death of a severely bruised 2-year-old boy, as reported in the latest issue of the Journal of Forensic Sciences. Staff Author: Seth AugensteinTopics: Medical Examiner
Categories: Law Enforcement

Judge: Montana Murder Case Not a 'Crime of Violence'

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 11:36
NewsA Montana man faces resentencing next month in the 2003 murder of his uncle after a judge said the shooting did not meet the definition of a violent crime.Contributed Author: Matthew Brown, Associated PressTopics: Firearms
Categories: Law Enforcement

DNA Tests Confirm Remains Are Those of 17-year-old Akron Girl Linda Pagano Missing Since 1974

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 11:33
NewsA 17-year-old Akron girl who disappeared 44 years ago is no longer missing. Investigators have confirmed through DNA tests that remains buried in a pauper’s grave in Cleveland were those of Linda Pagano.Contributed Author: Stephanie Warsmith, Beacon Journal/Ohio.comTopics: DNA
Categories: Law Enforcement

Government Probing ‘New Information’ in Emmett Till Slaying

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 11:23
NewsThe federal government has reopened its investigation into the slaying of Emmett Till, the black teenager whose brutal killing in Mississippi shocked the world and helped inspire the civil rights movement more than 60 years ago.Contributed Author: Jay Reeves, Associated PressTopics: Unsolved
Categories: Law Enforcement