Forensic Science for Beginners

For many people, forensics is a fascinating but confusing field that is full of mystery and intrigue. Whether it's learning more about how criminal evidence is collected and stored or finding out how the legal system uses this information, everyone should explore the world of forensics. A skilled team of expert authors write all of our articles, which we hope will be informative and interesting to our huge and diverse readership.

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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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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Chemical Pollution of a Crime Scene

A great many of us are familiar with the processes of forensic science simply from what we have seen on television, in the movies and also read in books but there are processes involved that are sometimes not spoken of simply because they slow the process of storytelling down. What …

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Exhuming a Corpse For Forensic Analysis

There are any number of reasons why a body might be exhumed for forensic analysis but they must first be deemed justified by a judge before an order to exhume will be issued. It is important to examine first of all why forensics dictates that a body might need to …

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Computer Forensics Explained

In today’s ever changing criminal world the use of computers for fraud and the pursuit of other crimes has increased to dramatic proportions. So much so that specialist departments have been formed to help deal with the problem of computer crime. Computer crime is not only about fraud – online …

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Using the Eyes to Tell the Age of a Victim

There have been many advances in forensic science in the last two decades which have allowed forensic pathologists to become more adept at telling the age of a victim if normal means of identification fail. One such means of identification is to use the eyes as a means of determining …

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Medico-Legal Photography

What is Medico-Legal? You may not be familiar with the term ‘Medico-Legal’: it is the provision of expert help and testimony from someone who is well respected and experienced in their chosen field who may be required to give evidence in the case against someone who has suffered medical malpractice. …

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How Forensic Evidence is Presented to a Jury

During the course of a trial a jury must be able to understand and appreciate the complexities of both the crime and the methods used in solving the crime and also the scientific procedures used in aiding with the crime’s resolution. What is an Expert Witness? An expert witness is …

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Reconstructing a Face

As we have already looked at in other articles a pathologist, in conjunction with a forensic anthropologist, will try to determine the sex of a skeleton by examining the differences between skeletal frames. But in addition to this a forensic anthropologist will be charged – if necessary – to reconstruct …

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Determining Sex

Sometimes during the course of a criminal investigation and its subsequent autopsy the pathologist may find his or herself faced with the task of identifying the sex of a skeleton after decomposition. Obviously before decomposition there are detailed differences between the form of a male or a female but once …

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