Forensic Cases: The Woman in the Suitcase

In November 2002, a walker in Askham Richard, a village near York, in North Yorkshire, made a horrific discovery – the almost naked and decomposed body of a young Asian woman, hidden in a suitcase. A pathologist confirmed that she had been suffocated. Forensic Analysis The forensic analysis began with …

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Forensic Cases: The M25 Rapist, Antoni Imiela

In March 2004, a judge at Maidstone Crown Court sentenced Antoni Imiela, a 49-year-old Briton of German and Polish origin to seven life sentences for the rape of seven women and girls aged 10 to 52 in Kent, Surrey, London and Hertfordshire, with a further 29 years for the kidnap, …

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Forensic Cases: The Murder of Leanne Tiernan

In August 2001, a man walking his dog in Lindley Woods, near Otley, in West Yorkshire, found the body of 16-year old Leanne Tiernan, buried in a shallow grave. This was about ten miles from her home in Landseer Mount, Bramley, Leeds. She had been walking home from a Christmas …

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The Romanovs: Forensic Identification of the Tsar’s Grave

The Romanovs were the last imperial dynasty to rule Russia, between 1693 and 1917. In the February Revolution in 1917, the first part of the Russian Revolution, the Romanov Tsar Nicholas II abdicated and nominated his brother, the Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich, who declined the crown. Nicholas, his wife, Tsarina …

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Forensic Cases: Colin Pitchfork, First Exoneration Through DNA

One of the keystones of forensic science is DNA testing. DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) is the genetic material present in every cell. Each individual has a Unique DNA Profile. There are even a few differences between the DNA of identical twins. A British scientist, Sir Alec Jeffreys, developed DNA profiling in …

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Forensic Pathology

Pathology is the study of disease and its causes. Forensic pathology involves discovering the cause of death, especially in cases where it is sudden or the police suspect that it has not occurred by natural causes. A forensic pathologist is a medical doctor trained in pathology. Forensic pathology dates back …

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Forensic Entomology

Entomology is the study of insects, and forensic entomologists use insects to provide more information about crimes. The first record of the use of forensic entomology is Song Ci (sometimes called Sung Tz’u), a lawyer in 13th century China. The live and dead insects found at the site of a …

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Forensic Archaeology

Archaeology and anthropology are the study of historic human remains and the objects, buildings and other artefacts associated with them. Forensic archaeologists and anthropologists can apply the same techniques to crime scenes, to get evidence from human remains, as well as from drugs, guns or stolen goods found at crime …

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