Wildlife Forensics: Guest Post by Fiona Quinn

It’s my pleasure to welcome back Fiona Quinn to Murder Blog, with a fascinating post about wildlife forensics. The post is so informative I don’t want to ruin it by rambling, so let’s get right to it. Over to you, Fiona! In wildlife forensics, an investigator attempts to tie a…

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6 Mind-Blowing Forensic Advancements

6 Mind-Blowing Forensic Advancements

The forensic community works tirelessly to improve techniques to aid law enforcement, and much of this work is done at body farms across the country. The Texas body farm has conducted some amazing work as of late. I’ve complied my top six forensic advancements, which I think you’ll find fascinating. Teeth…

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Mortis: What Happens to the Body After Death?

Mortis: What happens to the body after death?

Once the heart stops beating, whether due to homicide or natural causes, the body enters the first stage of death. Blood drains from the capillaries to the larger veins in the parts of the body, closest to the ground. This process is called livor mortis (embalmers call it “postmortem stain”).…

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“THE CORONER: I SPEAK FOR THE DEAD” – Q&A with Graham Hetrick

THE CORONER: I SPEAK FOR THE DEAD

I have a real treat for you today. There’s a new show on Investigation Discovery (ID channel) that premieres tonight, “THE CORONER: I SPEAK FOR THE DEAD.” Renowned Coroner Graham Hetrick took time out of his busy schedule to come to speak with us. How cool is that? Check out…

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Eyewitness Testimony – Test Your Observation Skills

Eyewitness testimony

Forensic Psychology is a fascinating field of study, especially as it relates to eyewitness testimony. Can we always trust our memory? Let’s test your observation skills. In this short video, count the number of times the ball is tossed from one white-shirt player to another. Sounds easy enough, right? Give it a try.…

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Elusive Serial Killer: The Woman Without a Face

The Woman Without a Face

The sleepy town of Bad Kreuznach, Germany found itself at the center of one of the most bizarre, high-profile murder mysteries in the country’s history — the search for a serial killer the police called “The Woman Without a Face.” They had no fingerprints. No witnesses. No description. But they…

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The CSI Effect: Are Cop Shows Brainwashing Us?

The CSI Effect

The CSI Effect is a real condition that’s influencing jurors across the globe. In its most basic form, people who watch cop shows like CSI, Criminal Minds, NCIS, and Bones, to name a few, tend to either discount expert testimony at trial or put too much weight on weak forensic…

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What Happens at The Body Farm?

What happens at The Body Farm?

What happens at The Body Farm might surprise you. National Geographic has a fantastic YouTube documentary called Secrets of The Body Farm about what forensic anthropologists do at the National Forensic Academy in Tennessee aka The Body Farm—ground zero of forensic anthropology. Forensic anthropologists come from all over the US to…

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Forensics: Radiocarbon Dating & Skeletal Differences

Forensics: Radiocarbon dating

Forensics, or forensic science, is always evolving to better aid in the apprehension of criminals. But what if a killer leaves his victim with no fingertips, DNA, or teeth? One way to determine the age of a victim is by examining the eyes. Sounds bizarre, doesn’t it? The soulless eyes of…

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