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Forensic Career Tips for High School Students Wanting a Career in Forensic Science

Recently I was asked to be a guest lecturer at local high school here in Southern California One of the great things I love about teaching forensics is being able to give career building tips to students who are thirsty for career tips to maximize their college time AND reduce any 'oops'...

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The Myths of Circumstantial Evidence

The Myths of Circumstantial Evidence “Circumstantial evidence is a very tricky thing,” answered Holmes thoughtfully. “It may seem to point very straight to one thing, but if you shift your own point of view a little, you may find it pointing in an equally...

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The Peterson Triad--Drew, Michael, and Scott--of Wife Killers

I recently posted an article about parents who raise murderers (read it here)--yes, I know...I read kinda out of the norm things but I think you share similar interests, right? While reading the article, I started thinking about other characteristics commonly found in murderers: childhood,...

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Forensic Career Series: What is a Forensic Document Examiner?

Student Question of the Week: I'm really interested in getting a job in forensics. I'm exploring a career as a document examiner. What does a document examiner do and how much education is needed to become one? Forensic document examiners often determine the authenticity of legal documents,...

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Natural Disasters and Forensic Evidence

Hurricane Harvey is beyond a doubt a event the State of Texas, or the rest of the United States, won't soon forget. As of this writing, Hurricane Harvey has dumped over 19 trillion gallons of water in southeast Texas, creating massive flooding, and the death toll stands at 46, and most likely...

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The ABCs of Investigations

This week's blog is inspired by a good friend of mine who has over 30 years of law enforcement and forensic experience. Students often ask how will they know what steps to take when starting or assisting with an investigation. Although the answer can be quite in depth, the basics are very...

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CSI Training: What is Biological Evidence?

This is part of our ongoing summer series of the various types of evidence found at crime scenes. These series of blog posts introduces the type of evidence and how the evidence is collected. Precaution and care must be practiced at any crime scene--this is given. However, when dealing...

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CSI Training: What is Trace Evidence?

This is part of our ongoing series introducing and explaining various types of evidence a crime scene investigator may observe and collect. Investigators expect to find evidence at crime scenes, right? Of course. Evidence collection is the 'main ingredient' of any crime scene so it's only...

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What is Impression Evidence?

What is impression evidence? Did you know the most common form of impression evidence is a shoe print left at the scene by the suspect? But what exactly is impression evidence? Impression evidence “is simply where several objects are pressed or stamped against one another allowing the objects...

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Note Taking: What to Document

Student Question of the Week: What type of questions should I ask myself when first arriving upon a scene? Although each scene is different from another, it is important to discuss getting into the habit of documenting some of the most common events when arriving to a scene. Documenting the...

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