Forensic Toxicology

The field of forensic science has come a long way – this is particularly true in the area of forensic toxicology, which is both fascinating and important for many applications. Forensic toxicology deals with the investigation of toxic substances, environmental chemicals or poisonous products. If you have ever been asked …

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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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Criminal Profiling & Its Use in Crime Solving

In the last decade the use of criminal profiling as a means to help detect and capture criminals has become more common place during many a criminal investigation. Indeed criminal profiling has also been recognised as one of the most useful techniques in offender profiling – a technique used to …

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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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Building a Criminal Case Using Forensic Evidence

The most important element of any case against a suspected criminal is the forensic evidence. In the past much was made of eye witness accounts of a crime but now – as technology evolves – the eye witness is the evidence left at the scene of a crime by the …

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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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How Can a Bullet be Identified from a Particular Gun?

While a firearm is not usually left at the scene of a crime, a bullet quite often is found at the crime scene. Fortunately, forensics experts do have a number of techniques and tools at their disposal to identify a bullet from a specific firearm. A bullet would carefully be …

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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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Rigor Mortis and Lividity

Rigor Mortis and Lividity are two natural occurrences within the human body after death that can be used as a means of determining – or at least estimating – when the deceased died. What is Rigor Mortis? Rigor Mortis is the stiffening of the body after death because of a …

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Are all Forensic Photographers SOCOs?

While most forensic photographers will have worked in a scene of crime officer (SOCO) role, or be working in this role as part of their forensic photography duties, there is alternate scope for someone who feels a passion for photography and forensic science but doesn’t want to work as a …

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