Category Archives: Forensic

GUEST POST: Understanding Mitochondrial DNA with D.P. Lyle

I’m absolutely delighted to have D.P. Lyle on my blog today! He’s an amazing writer, doctor, and forensic expert. I had the honor and opportunity to serve with him on a panel at Bouchercon 2014 to talk about forensics and … Continue reading

Posted in Forensic, Guest Post | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Getting Away with Murder: 4 Infamous Cases

Photo courtesy of http://www.123rf.com. With murder, comes the inevitable feeling of tragedy and outrage. But, sometimes, the tragedy of the actual heinous act is overshadowed by the outrage of a great injustice. That is, when a murderer is not held … Continue reading

Posted in Forensic | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Gunshot Residue: Now You See it Now You Don’t

Gunshot residue or GSR is an important component to any homicide crime scene involving the discharge of a firearm.  It tells a story.  The big question is how accurate is the story and is it retold correctly.  As they say, … Continue reading

Posted in Forensic | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Criminal, The Victim, and The Psychological Autopsy

One of the most interesting aspects of studying criminal behavior and criminology is finding out why and how criminals commit a specific crime. It’s really the complicated and daunting task of finding out what makes an individual tick and hopefully … Continue reading

Posted in Criminology, Forensic, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

FACT or FICTION: Forensics and Crime Scene Investigation Portrayed in Entertainment

(article originally posted on CrimeFictionBook.com 11/19/2015) If you’re not already reading crime writer/criminologist Jennifer Chase’s blog and Emily Stone series of novels, you’re missing out. In addition to those great reads, Chase cranks out posts on her website worthy of a … Continue reading

Posted in Criminology, Forensic | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Gruesome Mysteries: Forensics Cracks the Case

Photo courtesy of fineartamerica.com For many of us, the area in which we live is filled with relative peace and tranquility. But, sometimes, a gruesome and brutal crime will occur in our community. And then suddenly, that harmony is turned … Continue reading

Posted in Forensic | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Analyzing Crime Scene Characteristics

Crime scene characteristics are extremely important to all criminal investigations, especially homicides and all serial crimes.  After the forensic analysis of the physical evidence found at the crime scene is completed and the victimology is established, then the task of … Continue reading

Posted in Criminology, Forensic | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment