Category Archives: Forensic

Corruption and Incompetence: Crime Labs Gone Bad

The American justice system is designed to not only keep us safe from criminals, but also – to protect us from the potential intrusions of the state. So, when we hear stories of systematic corruption and incompetence in state mandated … Continue reading

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The New Face of Crime

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.”              ~ Walt Whitman The ability of law enforcement to maintain order has always depended on its capacity to outmatch the technological … Continue reading

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To Lie or Not To Lie

Years ago I had an interview with a police department for a forensic position.  I had already been fingerprinted, interviewed by the supervisor, had an in-depth background meeting with the background investigators trying to catch me in a lie from … Continue reading

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The Art of Impression Evidence

“There is no branch of detective science that is so important and so much neglected as the art of tracing footsteps”, simply stated by the fictional detective character, Sherlock Holmes, from “A Study in Scarlet” written in 1881. How important … Continue reading

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Forensics and Criminology: How Did They Do That?

As we go about our daily routines, there are scientists hard at work trying to discover answers for the criminal justice arena, as well as breakthroughs to improve our way of life.  Many of these tests, studies, and theories aren’t … Continue reading

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6 Mistakes to Avoid at a Crime Scene Straight From a Cold Case Detective

Originally posted on Author Jennifer Chase:
Photo: Courtesy of coldcasesquad.com Crime scenes aren’t as cut and dry as one might think.  There are many variables and each one should be carefully identified, searched, documented, and processed correctly.  The process doesn’t…

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What Would You Write in Your Crime Scene Investigator’s Notebook?

Originally posted on Author Jennifer Chase:
The job of a crime scene investigator isn’t glamorous or exotic as it is portrayed on popular television shows or even in the movies.  This daunting task is extremely important and necessary for any…

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