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.

Identifying the Victim

When it comes to identifying the deceased forensic science and forensic medicine are both crucial weapons in any law enforcement agency’s armoury. Difficulty in Identification Identifying the victim can sometimes not be as simple as looking at their face and matching them to a description given by a worried relative …

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The Rate of Decay in a Corpse

The rate of decay within the human body after death is normally split into two distinct categories. These are: Autolysis: A process of self-digestion where the body’s enzymes contained within cells begin to go into a post death meltdown. The process can be speeded up by extreme heat and likewise …

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Estimating The Time of Death

Estimating the time of death for the deceased is something else that the pathologist will have to do during the course of his autopsy procedures. In addition to this he or she may be called upon at the scene of a crime whilst carrying out their external examinations to try …

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Determining Cause of Death

Determining cause of death is the most important task a pathologist can perform during the course of an autopsy. In terms of legality it is a necessity for law enforcement to be able to prove beyond any doubt that the deceased has died of means other than natural causes. Indeed …

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Performing an Autopsy

An autopsy is performed when there are suspicious circumstances surrounding someone’s death; or when no signs of natural causes can be located. Stages of an Autopsy An autopsy takes the form of six stages: Y-Incision Removal of Organs Stomach Contents Sample Collection Head and Brain examination Conclusion The Y-Incision is …

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External Examination

An external examination of a corpse is essential at two stages in the forensic science process. The first time an external examination is carried out is upon discovery of a corpse. At this point the body should be checked for visible signs of injury and those injuries that are most …

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What is a Pathologist?

A pathologist is the senior doctor responsible for the performance of autopsies and for the determining as to how an individual died. This particular role within the forensic science sector is a demanding and sometimes harrowing job, which is not for those faint of heart. What a Pathologist Does Indeed …

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Understanding Trace Evidence

Trace evidence is best described as any small piece of evidence that has to be collected by Scenes of Crime Officers (SOCO) and places a suspect at the scene of a crime. What is Trace Evidence? Trace evidence normally takes on the form of one of the following: Hair Fibres …

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Computer Crime

In today’s hi-tech world of computers, the Internet, online banking and the likes, the criminal fraternity have turned their attentions to other ways of blackmailing and theft. Types of Computer Crime Since the Internet’s surge into the mainstream and into our daily lives criminals have been finding new and more …

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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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