Hair and Fibres in Forensics

We have all doubtlessly watched television shows and/or movies where the mention of hair and fibre is made often when it comes to the discovery of a corpse or indeed the reporting of a crime. The Importance of Hair and Fibre Hair and fibre are two of the most important …

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Ballistics: The Use and Study of Firearms

Most of us will have heard the term Ballistics at some time or other – more often than not when we have been watching fictionalised accounts of police work on television or in the cinema. What is Ballistics? Ballistics is the area of Forensic Science that deals with firearms; how …

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Latent Prints

Latent Prints are one of three categories of fingerprints that can be found at the scene of a crime. About Fingerprints Fingerprints are split into three categories: Latent Impressed Patent Patent prints are those fingerprints that are easily spotted without the use of magnesium powders, ultra violet lights or chemicals …

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Forensic Science

To put forensic science in simply layman’s terms: it is the application of scientific procedures in conjunction with the law. Forensic science is the umbrella term for a collection of scientific procedures that can be employed when it comes to providing evidence that a crime has been committed and also …

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Toxicology

Toxicology is the area of forensic medicine that deals with the categorisation and determination of drugs within the human body and also how they are a contributing factor in criminal acts. There are many different kinds of drug available openly in our society today and many have side effects that …

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Forensic Medicine

Where forensic science is the study of those things that may contribute – or be attributed – to the death of a victim, forensic medicine is the natural progression and is the study of how the body died. Most of us will see a corpse on television or at the …

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Serology: Bodily Fluids

Serology is the study and examination of bodily fluids that is used in forensic science as a means of segregating fluids excreted by assailants or attackers in varying criminal acts. These acts can range from physical assault to sexual assault, right through to the act of murder and all of …

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Forensic Accounting

Forensic Accounting is a field of forensic science that – although it may not sound particularly interesting – has its place and is very useful when it comes to investigating fraud cases. It is worth mentioning at this point that not all aspects of forensic science are geared towards the …

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Forensic Reconstruction

We have all seen those television programmes that re-enact a crime to help jog the memories of members of the public when a crime has taken place and no immediate suspects or motives have come to light; these are known as forensic reconstructions. What is a Forensic Reconstruction? A forensic …

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Forensic Psychology

Forensic psychology is the forensic study of the mind and the ways in which the mind works, especially in the instances of violent crime. Determining The Reasons During the course of an investigation into a violent crime – or indeed murder – a forensic psychologist is charged with the task …

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