Insights and approaches drawn from anthropology could be a useful part of the toolkit for a cop trying to catch a killer.
Forensic anthropologist Prof. Kathy Gruspier (left) is seen with police officers at a Toronto property where alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur worked.
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Police in Toronto say they've found the remains of at least six people in the midst of their investigation into alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur. Here's what goes on in such investigations.
If human remains can’t easily be identified, DNA testing can provide answers to bereaved families.
New evidence points to a possible burial site for South Australia's Beaumont children, missing for 52 years. Specialist techniques will be applied to extract and sequence DNA if remains are found.
The immediate aftermath of the shooting of President Kennedy in November 1963.
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Applying actual science to forensic investigations can yield substantially different results from the findings of standard methods in the field.
Researchers have created a new kind of 'drugalyser' that's less likely to give false positive readings.
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New plastic banknotes pose a challenge to forensic scientists that clever chemistry can solve.
Genetic techniques can help make pollen useful for cracking criminal cases.
Karen L. Bell
Pollen is all around us, is extremely durable and can provide clues about where someone's been. A new genetic technique will make it easier to use pollen evidence in criminal investigations.
Paul Stopforth (b. 1946) ‘Elegy’ (1980). Graphite and wax on paper on board: 149 x 240 cm.
Courtesy Durban Art Gallery
Works like "Elegy" are ciphers for what it means to be human and vulnerable within a social and political regime in which not all bodies are considered equal
Forensic scientists should be encouraged to shed more light on a pattern of behaviour when investigating incidence.
Forensic scientists should be encouraged to help detect patterns of behaviour in the incidents they investigate. This could lead to changes in the way some things are done and potentially save lives.
A new technique could help the police identify more criminals from just their footprints.
Bodies thought to belong to members of Russia's murdered royal family are to be re-examined for new evidence but forensics has its potential and limitations.
A forensic scientist investigating one of the final and less smelly stages of decomposition in cattle.
The smell of death is easily recognised but not fully understood. Identifying the compounds behind it could lead to a number of improvements in forensics, including better trained cadaver dogs.
First bodies of victims in the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash arrive at Eindhoven Airbase, the Netherlands.
The first of the bodies from Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 have arrived in the Netherlands ready for forensic investigation into the remains of the 298 passengers and crew. Identifying the victims is…
Vital forensic evidence could be lost as bodies from Malaysia Airlines MH17 are moved.
Returning the 298 victims from Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 to their families with dignity and respect is a major priority for each nation involved. Disaster victim identification (DVI) is a difficult…
False recollections can lead to wrongful convictions.
Justin Gaurav Murgai
A recent series of articles on The Conversation focused on the value of forensic science in criminal cases. Many specialities were covered. But what about forensic psychology? Professionals in this field…
What’s in you and on you says a lot about you … and a lot about where you’ve been.
FORENSICS AUSTRALIA – Thanks to television crime shows and crime novels many people are now familiar with the use of DNA as forensic evidence in criminal cases. In these scenarios, DNA profiles are based…